Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: June 9, 2014

This may just be one man’s opinion, but I’m not too sad that it’s Monday here at the Roto Riteup.

On today’s agenda:
1. Jonathan Singleton’s early going
2. Chris Archer continues his hot stretch
3. Rougned Odor hurts his shoulder
4. The Floppy Five

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Jonathan Singleton’s early going
Now that he’s been up for nearly a week, it’s time to check in on the status of Singleton in the majors. Singleton has amassed 26 plate appearances over six games, and so far everything has sort of gone as planned, and not always in a good way. Singleton has 10 strikeouts (38.5%) and a poor whiff rate helps explain why. The left-hander also has two homers and a double, good for a .480 SLG and .280 ISO. What’s troubling is that the youngster has only walked once, but it’s been less than a week and he’s probably just excited to swing away. The biggest knock on Singleton has been the strikeouts, so this is a scary glimpse into a worst-case scenario. Hopefully Jonathan is able to drop his K% to the 25% rate for the rest of the year, which would leave us with hope for what could be.

Chris Archer continues his hot stretch
The young Archer did well in a start against the Mariners yesterday, losing out to King Felix Hernandez in what may be one of the King’s top-5 career outings. Here’s a nice look at what Archer has accomplished recently.

5/16, @LAA: 5.2 IP, 5 K, 5 BB, 2 H, 0 ER
5/23: vBOS: 6 IP, 11 K, 4 BB, 4 H, 0 ER
5/28, @TOR: 6 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 6 H, 2 ER
6/03, @MIA: 7 IP, 8 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 1 ER
6/08, vSEA: 6.1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 5 H, 0 ER

Over this stretch of only allowing three earned over five outings, Archer has been granted one win, one loss, and three no-decisions. While he wasn’t facing the league’s top offenses, most of those groups aren’t schlubby, and Archer does have the potential to do great things even against the league’s best. Make sure he’s owned in your league.

Rougned Odor hurts his shoulder
The Rangers’ second baseman tweaked his shoulder while diving back into first on a pickoff attempt, so at least his circumstances are better than the man he’s replacing, one Jurickson Profar. Odor is hitting .290 in 76 big league plate appearances, but is slugging .478 thanks to a handful of extra-base hits. Odor is considered day-to-day for now, so don’t freak out, bro.


The Floppy Five

SP: Stephen Strasburg | $11,400 | @SF
SP: Vidal Nuno | $6,200 | @KC
1B: David Ortiz | $4,500 | @BAL (Bud Norris)
3B: Adrian Beltre | $5,100 | vCLE (T.J. House)
OF: Anthony Gose | $3,100 | vMIN (Ricky Nolasco)

Nuno and Gose allow you to save money for the other three, and even those two guys could do something positive on the day. There’s not much out there for mid-level starting pitchers, so this may be the best way to go about it.


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8 Responses to “Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: June 9, 2014”

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  1. FeslenR says:

    how can anyone “not freak out”, considering all the recent rash of injuries? :P~.

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  2. pags140 says:

    Would you drop Salazar for Gausman in a 16 team mixed league? I have good pitching staff already with great depth but I hate holding on to a player I can’t use.

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  3. Brian says:

    Would you drop Hector Rondon or Ervin Santana for Jake McGee, Jean Segura, or Ben Zobrist? 12-team mixed roto and need help in wins, average, steals, and runs. I am first in saves.

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    • Mike Wimmer says:

      I would definitely grab Segura, if only because he will help you in the steals department.

      I’m not convinced McGee gets the closers job, I want it to happen since he would likely out up awesome Fantasy numbers in the role, but I refuse to believe the Rays will make him more expensive in a year where they are clearly going nowhere. Peralta seems like the logical stop gap option for them, much like he was last year when Rodney was struggling.

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