Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: April 2, 2014

Tomorrow, April 3, will be the 22 year anniversary of the John Hughes film “Beethoven” being released in the United States. For anyone who doesn’t remember that particular piece of cinema, here is the trailer. Warning: it is so 90’s it hurts.

On today’s agenda:
1. Jose Reyes to the disabled list, Melky Cabrera to leadoff
2. Poor velocity, poor results from CC Sabathia
3. A lineup swap in Philadelphia
4. The Daily Five

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Jose Reyes
to the disabled list, Melky Cabrera to leadoff

Another hamstring issue has sidelined the Toronto Blue Jays shortstop, though that has opened up the top of the lineup for Melky Cabrera. After placing Reyes on the 15-day DL, Melky was the man to get the leadoff spot. He managed to crack two singles and come around to score a run. Melky is owned in nearly 70% of CBS formats but his ownership rates in ESPN and Yahoo! leagues are both lower than 30%. Just because Melky isn’t elite in any one category doesn’t mean that chipping into each of the main five categories every now and then isn’t helpful.

Poor velocity, poor results from CC Sabathia
A 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio is where the good news ends for Sabathia’s start yesterday. He allowed a pair of home runs and a total of six runs were debited to him. I suppose nine swinging strikes isn’t bad either, but when facing the Houston Astros, swings-and-misses are awfully common. According to Brooksbaseball.net, CC’s fastball sat at 90.6 mph and never touched 92, peaking at 91.6. The continued slowing of his radar gun readings has gone from “concerning” to “alarming” as his ERA/FIP/xFIP/SIERA are all on a three-year rise. In my book, Sabathia went from “automatic starter” to “match up guy” midway through last season. Whether or not he stays that way or works himself back into form remains to be seen. On a random note, Sabathia’s player page number is 404 and his velocity is not found. If you laughed at that, congrats, you’re a nerd too.

A lineup swap in Philadelphia
For the first time in nearly six seasons, Ryan Howard started a game and did not hit fourth for the Philadelphia Phillies. Rather than his customary cleanup spot, Howard was penciled in at the fifth spot in favor of Marlon Byrd. Going forward, expect Byrd to bat fourth when the Phillies face a left-handed starter. Howard’s struggles against same-handed pitching are well documented, however this is the first time a lineup shuffle has occurred to try and address those struggles. When facing an opposite-handed starter one can expect Howard to return to his normal cleanup slot.

The Daily Five
Infielder: Chris Davis — $4,300
Facing off versus John Lackey should favor Davis, as he tends to punish right-handers with a career 131 wRC+ against them.

Outfielder: Andrew McCutchen — $4,400
McCutchen is amazing in just about any style of points league, but with his power and speed, he can really shine in DraftKings settings.

Other hitter: Shin-Soo Choo — $4,300
Choo hits considerably better against righties and the Rangers go up against a righty in Kyle Kendrick that has a career 4.80 K/9. I love Choo to have a big day today, as should most of the Rangers lineup.

Starter 1: Hiroki Kuroda — $8,300
It seems expensive for someone who doesn’t generate a ton of strikeouts, but facing the Astros lineup is when so-so strikeout pitchers really crank up the K’s. Last year the Astros could have created a wind farm from all of their swings and misses.

Starter 2: Mark Buehrle — $6,100
This is more of a budget pick than something I really love. Buehrle isn’t great at anything, nor is he awful at anything. Very “meh” from a fantasy perspective. I just couldn’t justify spending $9,900 or $9.800 on Tony Cingrani and Gio Gonzalez respectively. Go with the cheaper Buehrle and hope for the best.

Remaining Budget: $22,600 on five roster spots




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11 Responses to “Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: April 2, 2014”

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  1. Chris says:

    Khris Davis vs Aaron Harang or Avisail Garcia vs Kevia Correia?

    16 team
    9 hitting stats: R H HR RBI K AVG OBP SB XBH

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    • David Wiers says:

      I like Davis there.

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    • NCPhilly says:

      It was just announced that Khris Davis will be out of the starting lineup today. The White Sox lineup is still pending if my brief research is correct, but based on what we now know about Davis he should not be started today.

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      • Chris says:

        yeah just logged into Yahoo and saw the Davis info. I have another start/sit situation with Seager and Moustakas, but probably sitting Moustakas due to his match-up with Scherzer and Seager facing Santiago (who is also on my team ugh).

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  2. K men says:

    Any thoughts on Matt Cain? Rocked in last spring start and certainly not sharp last night…

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    • DrBGiantsfan says:

      FB was 93. Slider had too much movement and he couldn’t command it. Was too stubborn with trying to establish it. The stuff was there, I think he’ll get it worked out.

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    • David Wiers says:

      I’m not prepared to sweat on him just yet. Brooksbaseball says his FB was averaging 91 and touched 93 a few times, but only five whiffs is noteworthy. I’d still start him comfortably, though.

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  3. David says:

    Any chance Sabathia can do a Mussina-style makeover by taking some velocity off of his off speed pitches to generate greater change of pace, or is his control not Moosey enough for that?

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    • David Wiers says:

      Sure, there is a chance, but I don’t know if I’d bank on that happening. I’d wager that Moose had better command and control — I’m not calling CC wild or anything, just my thoughts given their BB/9 and F-Strike% — though I could see Sabathia adapting and being better than what we saw last season.

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  4. Reilljt0 says:

    Odd question… I have Brandon Moss and Jason Castro both of whom I am concerned when they hit LHP. Would grabbing Derek Norris (OAK catcher) who hit .320 again LHP last season with 9 HR make sense and platoon him with Castro and Moss? Seems odd but like it could work… What do you think?

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