Roto Riteup: May 9th, 2012

I worked extra hours yesterday, so be prepared for the ride of your life in today’s Roto Riteup.

• With Jayson Werth out of the lineup for an extended period of time, it looks like phenom Bryce Harper is going to be staying in the majors for quite a while longer. Harper is now hitting second in the Nationals’ lineup, further cementing himself in Davey Johnson’s friend zone. Harper was slugging .500 before yesterday’s game despite not hitting a homer. He’s walked more than he’s struck out, and seeing as his strikeout rate was the only thing bothering me, this is a beyond excellent start. Hold or acquire in all formats, even the shallow ones.

• After dominating in Triple-A, Alex White has joined the Rockies’ rotation. I think White can be a successful MLB starter, but not necessarily in the fantasy realm. Grab him in slightly deeper NL-only leagues.

• Johan Santana’s velocity may still be down compared to the past, but his strikeouts aren’t. Good times.

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: Drew Smyly at SEA
Seattle’s offense stinks, and most of the decent hitters are lefties. Put Drew Smyly in Safeco and you have yourself an ace.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Henderson Alvarez at MIN
There’s a limited slate of games today, so options are limited.

A Hitter for Today: Matt Diaz at CHC (Maholm)
If Diaz is in the lineup, use him. If not, abuse him with a wet noodle.

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Brad Johnson

Do you really think Harper was ever going back to AAA short of a terrible slump?


With Werth down, Harper is up for good.

Stan Gable
Stan Gable

Never mind Jayson Werth, Casey Weldon’s former backup is exactly correct. Bryce Harper was pretty much here to stay regardless, folks.