Roto Riteup: June 18th, 2012

Today’s Roto Riteup was written whilst “rocking out,” so random keystrokes caused by a certain forehead touching a certhsthdgdfh keyboard should be ignored.

• John Danks hasn’t pitched in the majors for a month now and had to take a trip to visit Dr. Lewis Yocum after only four innings of rehab work. Danks struggled early this year and was placed on the DL due to shoulder soreness, likely caused by carrying the heavy bags of cash handed to him this offseason in the form of a contract extension. Danks’ velocity dipped over one MPH from last season, and hopefully some rest and rehab for his shoulder could allow the left-hander to regain what he lost. If he’s still having issues with his throwing shoulder, it may not be reasonable to expect anything different when (or if) he returns. If you drafted and DL’d Danks hoping for a repeat of 2008-2011, it looks like you could be out of luck. At this point there’s no need to drop him outright if you’ve already held on to him, but he should be monitored with a super-powered microscope when he comes back.

• Brandon Moss is developing into quite the interesting story down in Oakland. The lefty showed power potential in 2008, then showed no real pop in 2009 while playing most days for the Pirates. Over the past two seasons in the minors, Moss hasn’t looked like anything special, but he’s broke out again this season, blasting 15 bombs and slugging .582 in 224 Triple-A plate appearances. Now in the majors, the 28-year-old has hit six homers in just 11 games. Could Moss finally be living up to the potential he briefly flashed back in 2008, or was it a mirage both then and now? Only one way to tell: playing time. Or a cadre of scouts. Two ways to tell! I’d be very tempted to snatch up Moss in AL-only leagues just in case this is all for realsies.

• In case your fantasy league hadn’t noticed, Juan Pierre is back to doing Juan Pierre things this season. Ridiculous contact rate, good batting average, and steals. Sexy indeed.

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: Matt Harrison at SDP
Whatever you do, don’t start Hector Noesi today. That’s just an accident waiting to happen down in Arizona.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Mike Leake at CLE
I’m still in love with Mike Leake, or at least I’m in love with the idea of him. Getting him away from Cincy is a nice touch.

A Hitter for Today: Andruw Jones vs ATL (Mike Minor)
Minor gives up bombs, Jones hits bombs, and Yankee stadium is good for bombs. Prediction? Bomb(s).

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9 Responses to “Roto Riteup: June 18th, 2012”

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  1. antoine says:

    Why do experts speculate about Moss’s power being real, yet totally dismiss Trevor Plouffe as nothing more than a “role player”? It’s not like Plouffe didn’t display his power upside last year at Triple-A!

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  2. Hector Noesi says:

    Re: starting Hector Noesi today

    I know this may be wishful thinking….but in a weekly league, it’s either start Noesi @ARI and @SD or miss out on both starts. He’s been awful on the road this year, and of course throws a lot of flyballs, but now the outfield defense includes Gutierrez instead of Figgins. Also he’s been quite good against RHB, and Arizona’s scariest bats are RHBs. I’d hate to miss out on the SD start, since he’s looked very impressing against the awful offense teams this year (OAK, MIN, CLE, SD). I juse hope the second time against SD within a couple of weeks won’t be too bad. So I’m going to hope he doesn’t embarrass himself tonight and then has a very good start on the weekend.

    In case you can’t tell, I’m in a *very* deep AL-only league, so only have so many options :-)

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    • Stan Gable says:

      Unless you have more talented options, I would say to take the plunge and start yourself.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Sadly, I’m doing that, too.

      I feel dirty.

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    • Eric Dykstra says:

      Noesi has some innate talent, but starting him at SD isn’t worth starting him in AZ imo. He’s not an ace stream option even in SD, and in Arizona… He’s going to give up a lot of runs with his 0-2 hangers.

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    • JRoss says:

      In deep AL as well. With Marrow, Niemann, and Paulino all shelved, I’ve been using Cobb, Grimm. Richards, and Noesi as match-up dependent replacements.

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    • Hector Noesi says:

      Thanks for the other feedback, glad to hear others are in the same boat.

      In the end I’m having a hard time thinking about tonight’s match up @ARI….so scary. On the other hand, his next couple of match ups after this week appear to be at home, but against BOS and BAL. I’m just starting to wonder if more than 1 out of 5-6 of his starts don’t feel scary. And if so, even though this is a deep league, why do I have him filling a roster space! Maybe the $1 keeper value….

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  3. Stan Gable says:

    Stream Matt Harrison? Is he really unowned anywhere (especially so at this point)?

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    • Eric Dykstra says:

      Harrison and Miley are both excellent streaming options, and unowned in 1/3 of Yahoo leagues. I’d gladly stream either, even in an 8 or 10 team league. There really are no other streaming options for today, unless you’re willing to take a chance on Zach Stewart, which I wouldn’t do in any league with less than 16 teams, or AL-only leagues.

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