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Roto Riteup: June 9, 2013

Posted By David Wiers On June 9, 2013 @ 9:15 am In Roto Riteup | 48 Comments

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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