Roto Riteup: June 9, 2013

Today’s Roto Riteup can help you go the distance in your fantasy leagues. Side note: Hercules was recently added to the Netflix instant queue. So go watch it. It’s grand.

On today’s agenda:
1. David Price and the Tampa Bay rotation
2. Make a move for Wil Myers
3. The return of Logan Morrison
4. Gerrit Cole to debut Tuesday

David Price and the Tampa Bay rotation
Yesterday Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters that David Price will make three rehab starts before rejoining the Rays. Price is yet to begin his rehab starts, thus putting him on track to return in late June or early July. As a result, Price’s rotation spot is up in the air for another three weeks. No word on whether or not it will be Chris Archer that continues to pitch in Price’s slot however. This is speculation but it seems likely for Archer to stay up, though Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome, and Mike Montgomery are all potential replacements too.

Make a move for Wil Myers
Even prior to yesterday’s 3-for-5 day that was highlighted by a pair of home runs, some sources thought Wil Myers could be called up within the next 10 days. Right now Myers should be picked up by any dynasty/keeper format and AL-only leagues. Even those in deeper mixed leagues should take note, as Myers has the potential to be that good. He is owned in 16% of ESPN formats, 30% of Yahoo! leagues, and 70% of CBS leagues. If you have a deep enough bench, grab him now. For those of you in 12-team mixed leagues, don’t be too patient on him. He’ll probably have his ownership numbers skyrocket in the coming days.

The return of Logan Morrison
The Miami Marlins are anticipating the return of Logan Morrison on Monday when the team begins a new series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Marlins have seen a revolving door of ineffective and injured players at first base as the Marlins have the third worst first baseman value in Morrison’s absence, so he will be a welcome return. Morrison’s fantasy value is a bit harder to peg, as he has never been a great source of power or batting average. He is a decent bat in general, but he is overshadowed by more powerful options at first base. In deeper leagues he is worth an add, though in standard 12-team mixed leagues, he is probably a pass at this point.

Also of note, the club does not expect to activate Giancarlo Stanton on Monday. They now believe it will be Tuesday at the earliest. The delay is due to the fact that Stanton hasn’t been able to appear in as many rehab games due to rain outs, not any sort of physical setback.

Gerrit Cole to debut Tuesday
Through 12 Triple-A starts, Gerrit Cole is the owner of an outstanding 2.91 ERA. On the other hand, he also has a 3.99 FIP and less than a 2:1 strikeout to walk rate ratio. Despite the lack of strikeouts and control, Cole is getting the promotion that he has waited for all his life. On Tuesday evening he will square off against the San Francisco Giants in his major league debut. Though his current numbers are underwhelming, Cole is capable of developing into a number one starter. He may have some growing pains and there is no official word whether or not he will stay with the big league club after Tuesday. James McDonald isn’t too far from returning and may bump Cole back down to the minors. Only time will tell, but for now Cole is worth owning, even for one start. Currently, Cole is owned in 55% of CBS formats, though his ESPN and Yahoo! ownership is below 20% and 30% respectively.




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  1. Brian says:

    Would you drop Jurickson Profar for Wil Myers in a 10 team mixed roto? Thanks!

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    • David Wiers says:

      Yeah. Even with Kinsler’s setback, Profar is due to go back to the minors. I think once Myers is up, he’s up for good.

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      • RaysFan says:

        I read that the Rangers are discussing ways to keep Profar in the lineup even after Kinsler comes back. Any chance this happens?

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      • David Wiers says:

        Maybe, but it isn’t like Profar is setting the world on fire right now. A lot can happen between now and when Kinsler will be back. I don’t think Kinsler even has a timetable yet.

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  2. Zach Sanders says:

    This handsome commenter will certainly be watching Hercules today.

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  3. Dan says:

    Myers > Profar in run production and power. I would, but I always have a surplus of the speedy, OBP guys anyways. I picked up Myers and anticipate good things for my 16-team league.

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    • David Wiers says:

      Good move. Did you have to FAAB it or was it just a waiver wire pick up? Free agency? I’m always curious to see how super deep leagues do their acquisitions.

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  4. Rod Allen says:

    Was offered Yadier Molina for Manny Machado. Not sure if I should accept in a 16 team points league where my catcher is Yasmani Grandal and I have Arenado to plug in at 3rd.

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    • David Wiers says:

      I’d stick with Machado. Catchers get too much time off and to use Arenado as a primary third baseman seems like stretching his current talent.

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    • FeslenR says:

      no way. Yadier is good for a C, but Machado is putting up pretty nice numbers …and 3b depth is hard to find.

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  5. Vegas dog says:

    In a home run league, should I drop Middlebrooks or Freeman for Myers. This is a non-keeper league

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  6. mikeincmn says:

    12 team standard Yahoo league, is it crazy to drop Alcedis Escobar to pick up Myers? I have Jed Lowrie as my primary SS, but was holding onto Escobar in case Lowrie got hurt.

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    • David Wiers says:

      Lowrie is made of glass, but in a standard league there should be SS readily available on the waiver wire if need be. I’d drop Escobar for Myers without thinking too much.

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  7. lee says:

    Kyle blanks; what do you think? will he stick around when Yonder is healthy?

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  8. lee says:

    he’s on a bit of a tear so far this month so i might ride him for a week.
    any candidates I should look to besides Blanks?

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    • David Wiers says:

      Hmm. Blanks is owned in 15% or less of CBS, Yahoo!, and ESPN leagues. Assuming you want to stick around that ownership threshold, these are some names I like more than Blanks:

      Drew Stubbs, 4% ESPN, 10% Yahoo!, 19% CBS

      Seth Smith 10% ESPN, 7% Yahoo!, 19% CBS

      Blanks isn’t a bad player, and it makes sense to ride him while he’s hot, it’s just that he’s a better-in-real-life than fantasy type.

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  9. stretchfest says:

    I’ve been waiting for Puig to steal a base just so I can say “Now Yasiel him, now you don’t”

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  10. edWAR says:

    Drop Rendon for Myers NOW or wait until Rendon finishes today’s doubleheader?

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  11. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Just traded Carlos Gomez, Kelly Johnson and Alcides Escobar for Andrew McCutchen, Lorenzo Cain and Andreleton Simmons. Thoughts?

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  12. bonjour says:

    Drop Puig or Profar for Myers in 10 team no keeper? Puig’s pretty hot and in demand, and I’m thinking if the rangers try to keep profar around he might pick up some extra eligibility.

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  13. MN Mike says:

    Who is the better stash for my one open DL spot; Chris Perez or JJ Putz? I currently own Heath Bell. Thanks.

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  14. Blastings! says:

    Stanton actually returning Monday according to Rotoworld today.

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  15. Ruki Motomiya says:

    Let the Myers overrating begin!

    (Let the “Jinx Yourself With Comment” begin, too!)

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  16. Rye Rye says:

    Could anybody give a close estimate of how many starts a 1-4 starter on a team will get from now until the end of the year barring injuries?

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    • David Wiers says:

      Fantasy…real life…?

      In real life, most 1-4 pitcher make between 31-33 starts, with some number 1′s making 34. Most 1-4 have made 12 starts, some 13, and some 14. So, 17-20 more starts seems about right, barring injuries.

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  17. Blastings! says:

    Tyler Skaggs vs. SF & SD or Edwin Jackson (yea, I know) vs. PIT & NYM?

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  18. Fedee_ says:

    I read somewhere that Gerrit Cole is getting sent down regardless of what he does in his debut. Pretty disappointing if true

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  19. 1800STFU says:

    I am at a standstill, with most of my OF injured (Kemp and Harper) I have Dunn, Morrison, Cuddyer and Quentin to fill 2 spots (1B and 1 OF spot).

    Scared to start Cuddyer because of injury concerns. Thoughts?

    This post is endorsed by an active abuser of Skytoss :)

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    • David Wiers says:

      I’d roll with Dunn and Cuddyer. The latter isn’t much more of an injury concern than Quentin.

      And dude, skytoss. I don’t like PvP’s because if I open proxy oracle (Grubby build) and they blind counter with Phoenix, that’s just GG. I’ve been doing 3 stalker pressure into DT expands. That seems to be okay in low masters.

      And I almost feel bad for Zerg. Then I get hit with locusts and I want to flip my desk over.

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      • 1800STFU says:

        I shall go with your advise than.

        I’m around the same level and have found success with a quick oracle followed up with a 3-gate phoenix all-in when they attempt to expand. I’ve faced that build you’re referring to (I’ve seen Artosis use it on his stream) and usually I’ll make a forge + 2nd oracle and counter attack once I stabilize.

        I feel the same way about mutalisks. Why I ALWAYS open double stargate skytoss and do a 1 VR with phoenix reinforcement pressure. Usually able to bring down their 3rd.

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      • David Wiers says:

        How many Phoenix do you get? Do spend your Chrono on the stargate or the warpgates to keep pumping units?

        And yeah, it’s always a blast to contain a zerg to three base, only to see a flock of 20 muta’s show up from a proxy’d spire. Every time I watch a replay of myself losing to proxy spire, I die a little bit inside.

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      • 1800STFU says:

        4 Normally. I spend the chrono preliminarily on probes the entire time. I’ll use it 1-2 times on the initial void ray. After I’ll switch back to VR’s until I build up 6-8 of them.

        Thats happened to me. Hey, neat, I have an unkillable army of 6 Colossus and 8 Voidrays w/ gateway units. Wait….thats…..goddamnit

        I’ve even experimented with Stargate openings vs Terran with mixed success. I use it to build up a Colossus/Phoenix based army comp that was briefly popular in WoL. In the early mid-game you have to play VERY defensively though.

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      • David Wiers says:

        I don’t feel safe going stargate first against Terrans. I tend to go Robo, twilight to blink, then add on the bay and get colossi. I never know when to get my second forge against Terran either. I don’t feel safe investing so heavily into upgrades in the early game, and the mid game I always want to tech up into templar. If I go blink (and I have to against drops) I focus on attack, whereas if I go chargelot/archon I go armor. I have a terrible win rate against T. Arg.

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