Roto Riteup: May 2nd, 2012

Today’s Roto Riteup is a Jack of all trades, but a master of none.

• With Kyle Farnsworth being transferred to the 60-day DL, Fernando Rodney’s hold on the job only grows stronger. Rodney has been shockingly great this year, which could be due to magic voodoo or his increased reliance on his two-seam fastball. I still don’t have the utmost confidence in Rodney, but I’d feel pretty good if I owned him right about now.

• In other Rays’ news, Evan Longoria is going to be out for a couple months due to a torn hammy. Tampa Bay’s replacement isn’t going to be worthy of an add in roto leagues, and Longoria owners are likely going to be hard pressed to find a third baseman worth his weight in wheat.

• Mike Carp has come off the DL for the Seattle Mariners, so be prepared to adjust your lineups. Chone Figgins has been filling in for Wells in left field, and with both Alex Liddi and Kyle Seager hitting better than him, Figgy looks to be out of a job. Carp’s minor league rehab stint did nothing to instill confidence, but let him try his hand in the majors before making your final determination.

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: Lance Lynn (STL) vs PIT
Lynn may have been snapped up in your league by now, but there are not a whole lot of options today.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: David Phelps (NYY) at KCR
Phelps makes his debut in the Yankees’ rotation away from the tissue box that is Yankee Stadium.

A Hitter for Today: Luke Scott (TBR) vs SEA (Blake Beaven)
I love me some Luke Scott against a guy who won’t be able to get away with leaving a pitch over the plate.

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  1. closed says:

    How do you feel about trading Jim Johnson for Rodney straight up? They seem similar in their situations.

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    • Rob says:

      Pick your poison… want a better closer on a team that will eventually tail off, or a closer who may blow a few saves (not to mention Farnsworth’s eventual return) on a sure-fire contender?

      I would keep Johnson and continue to use him until the O’s inevitable collapse (I’m an O’s fan, so I know it’s coming), then attempt to deal Johnson while his stock is still high.

      Just my two cents…

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      • Eminor3rd says:

        Are the Rays a sure-fire contender without Longoria?

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      • BStu185 says:

        Contrary to popular belief, being on a non-contender does not significantly lower a closer’s fantasy value. There’s data to back this up somewhere.


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  2. LD Smith says:

    13 Team, NL Only Rotisserie Style. I’m picking second in our waiver selections. First choice will be Bryce Harper. Should I take Moore or Corbin? I’d be dropping Reed Johnson for Moore. I would drop one of the following for Corbin: Salas, Lincoln, Correia.

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  3. Eric Dykstra says:

    I agree that there aren’t a lot of streaming options today. I’ll stick with Arroyo, though, who I chose yesterday before the game was rained out. Cubs have a weak offense, and Arroyo isn’t awful.

    Here are my pitchers not to pitch today, even in deep leagues, who you may normally start:
    – Joe Saunders
    – Brandon McCarthy
    – Carlos Zambrano

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  4. Stan Gable says:

    ‘(Lance) Lynn may have been snapped up in your league by now..’

    Is this sarcastic? Is there a mixed/NL specific league out there wherein Lynn isn’t owned at this point?

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  5. MikeInNJ says:

    Nice call on Luke Scott!

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