Roto Riteup: July 30, 2012

Today’s Roto Riteup should help you figure out exactly what the hell happened over the weekend. You know, with trades and whatnot.

• Zack Greinke is now an Angel, making their rotation absolutely ridiculous. Greinke’s first start back in the AL was a successful one — he struck out eight Rays over seven innings of work — and he will be a dominant starter in the Junior Circuit for the rest of the season, at which time he will become a free agent and could sign with any team he chooses.

• Francisco Liriano is now a member of the Chicago White Sox, and his new home ballpark could make life miserable for him. Pitching within the same division and with more run support are the only pluses to come out of this deal for Liriano owners, but the negatives will likely negate the positives.

• Chris Johnson is now going to be playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he will be playing at third base on a daily basis for his new team. The D’Backs are acquiring a player who is sure to disappoint, but fantasy owners should note that Johnson will now be able to hit a few more homers throughout a full season. Johnson isn’t likely to hit higher than .280, even with the additional power output.

• It appears that Logan Morrison will miss the rest of the year due to a right knee injury. LoMo’s season has been a disappointing one, especially after 2010’s outburst and the solid follow-up campaign that came in 2011. Morrison will still only be 25 years old when his 2013 season starts, so there’s plenty of reason to believe he can turn it around and have a very successful big league career that fantasy owners — especially those in OBP leagues — can capitalize on. His keeper value is low right now, so look to acquire him if his owner makes him available.

For those of you who play daily fantasy games like FanGraphs: The Game, or just like to stream players, here are a couple matchups you may be able to exploit.

A Pitcher for Today: Marco Estrada vs HOU
Despite the homers — oh, the homers — Estrada has been excellent this year when given the chance to start.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Aaron Laffey at SEA
Laffey is returning to Seattle, where right-handers will have a hard time taking advantage of mistakes.

A Hitter for Today: David Murphy vs LAA (Ervin Santana)
I would love to grab Mitch Moreland if he returns to the team in time for tomorrow’s game, but there’s no guarantee of that happening, so i’ve chosen Murphy.




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  1. Jkud says:

    What’s up fellas I need help. I just got offered to take over a team in a keeper league (keep 5). I see 4 obvious keeps in the team (Kinsler, Longo, Jose, Haren), any help to find the next two would be great:

    c – Roman Hernandez
    1b- Michael Young
    2b- Ian Kinsler
    3b- Jose Bautista
    SS- Yunel Escobar
    MI- Ian Desomnd
    CI- Alex Rodriguez
    OF- Jeff Francour
    OF- Peter Bourjos
    OF- Nick Markakis
    OF- Logan Morrison
    OF- he has an empty spot lol
    UTL- Omar Infante
    DL- Evan Longoria
    BN- Ryan Raburn
    BN- Daniel Murphy

    SP- Tommy Hanson
    SP- Jeremy Hellickson
    SP- Clay Buchholz
    SP- Dan Haren
    SP- Chris Carpenter
    RP- Paplebon
    RP- Francisco Cordero
    RP- Javy Guerro

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    • grassyjones says:

      Desmond? Hanson? maybe Arod or Paplebon? .. idk
      Unless that is a very deep league, I would ask for some kind of compensation. That is not a good team at all (see: really bad).

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    • Pic says:

      I’d say keep Desmond. You can get similar SPs or RPs for the same price/pick or less in the draft. No other hitters on that roster really have much upside and SS is a wasteland.

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      • Jkud says:

        Word. I’m feeling Jose/Kinsler/longo, and then Desmond. Last guy I’m thinking Hanson? Is he better than Haren for next year?

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  2. dch says:

    Kinsler, batista, Longoria, haren, pabelbon

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  3. Nik says:

    No love for Hellickson??? btw I hope this is at least a 12 team league, otherwise ouch…

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    • Jkud says:

      Ya man 12 team. But the guy clearly left me with a last place team, it’s awful. I think Hanson>Hellickson. Like the K’s.

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