Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 18 hrs ago
Pitching prospects have been a mess in roto 2016, a horrible investment. Anyone who’s played the wait-and-pounce game is buried in the red.
I’ve generally been sitting these out, but Friday morning I added a few shares of Jose De Leon. I’ve talked myself into this case.
De Leon is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound righty who’s been toying with the PCL during his age-23 season. Check what he’s done over nine starts: 43.1 IP, 14 BB, 64 K, a 2.49 ERA, 1.02 WHIP. He’s striking out 13.3 batters per nine innings, a silly ratio. The three main scouting clipboards all rated him a Top 30 prospect before the season.
The Dodgers rotation is full of question marks, as you know. We have no idea if Clayton Kershaw will pitch again this year. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood are on the disabled list. Julio Urias won’t be allowed to pitch extensively during his age-19 season; he went four innings Thursday.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
Tyler Naquin is five years into his professional baseball career, and it’s hard to say just who he is — and who he isn’t. But we can declare he’s one of the biggest surprises of the season, a shocker special. And the unexpected breakouts are the most fun of all.
The Indians had high hopes when they snagged Naquin with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Naquin was a superstar at Texas A&M, the Big 12 Player of the Year. But Naquin’s minor-league seasoning progressed at a deliberate pace, and he never made it on any buzzy clipboard lists. Entering 2016, he had a career MiLB slash of .287/.359/.417 — perhaps an adequate table setter someday, but nothing special in the power department.
Post-hype sleeper? Nah, this is more like a no-hype sleeper. I didn’t see Naquin get drafted in any of my pools this March, even after a snappy spring training.
The opposing schedule is righty-friendly for the next couple of weeks — Cleveland only sees two southpaws over its next 11 games. Naquin is approved for add and play in all formats. The Mighty Quin is available to grab in 67 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel spin. If those lyrics were good enough for Paulie Walnuts, they’re good enough for us.
Brad Ziegler was merely a depth acquisition for the Red Sox earlier this month — the idea wasn’t for him to close in Boston, even with Craig Kimbrel hurt. Koji Uehara seemed up to the task. Alas, Uehara strained his right pectoral muscle at the end of Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over the Giants, and given that he’s 41 to begin with, a disabled list stint appears likely (and now it’s official, he’s on the 15-day DL).
Ziegler’s ownership tag dipped a bit after the trade back to the AL, so make sure he’s not floating around the wire. He doesn’t have the type of profile we generally look for in a closer — just 29 strikeouts in 41.1 innings, a 1.38 WHIP — but Ziggy can play the ninth. His handshakes are as good as anyone else’s, and he sure looks like the last man standing in The Hub at the moment. And at least the Red Sox are a winning club.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago
Rest-of-season value is what we’re after. What’s happened to this point is merely an audition.
Today, we rank all those eligible at middle infield (second base, shortstop).
Assume a 5×5 scoring system. Players in the minors, suspended, or on the DL do not get ranked. I’ll add commentary later, and reserve the right to make some changes. Win the discussion, win the rank. Players at the same cost are considered even.
If I’ve missed someone, let me know.
If you have disagreement, I’m all ears — so long as you have a reason. Remember not to add or dock value from the players just because you like them, dislike them, roster them, etc.
$31 Jose Altuve $27 Francisco Lindor $27 Manny Machado $26 Ian Desmond $26 Xander Bogaerts $23 Carlos Correa $23 Robinson Cano $20 Corey Seager $19 Trevor Story $19 Jason Kipnis $19 Ian Kinsler
It’s common to hear about a pitching prospect who might be bored in the minors, fiddling around with pitches, lacking some focus. The narrative doesn’t seem to apply to hitters as often, but perhaps Francisco Lindor is an exception.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 12 days ago
Here’s a look at some Sunday DFS options. We’ll focus on the slate that begins at 2:10 pm ET.
P: David Price, vs. TB, $47 P: Dallas Keuchel, vs. HOU, $36 C: J.T. Realmuto, vs. CIN (Reed), $17 1B: Chris Davis, vs. LAA (Lincecum), $22 2B: Kolten Wong, at MIL (Guerra), $7 3B: Todd Frazier, vs. ATL (Foltynewicz), $11 SS: Eduardo Nunez, at Tex (Griffin), $17 OF: Giancarlo Stanton, vs. CIN (Reed), $19 OF: Ryan Rua, vs. MIN (Milone), $13 OF: Randal Grichuk, vs. MIL (Guerra), $10
Keuchel’s a different pitcher at home, and Price gets to take dead aim against a Tampa team that’s stumbling right now. We needed some exposure to Lincecum; Davis has two-homer upside. Rua is one of the most underrated lefty crushers in the game right now.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 15 days ago
SP: Trevor Bauer, $43, vs. NYY (Nova)
SP: Danny Duffy, $42, vs. SEA (Paxton)
C: Nick Hundley, $12, vs. PHI (Morgan)
1B: Joe Mauer, $11, at TEX (Gonzalez)
2B: Jason Kipnis, $18, vs. NYY (Nova)
3B: Maikel Franco, $21, at COL (Bettis)
SS: Freddy Galvis, $10, at COL (Bettis)
OF: Nomar Mazara, $10, vs. MIN (Duffey)
OF: Cameron Maybin, $17, at TOR (Hutchison)
OF: Lonnie Chisenhall, $16, vs. NYY (Nova)
Good luck in your Thursday evening contest.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 15 days ago
For most of my sporting life, I’ve been something of a San Diego sympathizer.
I grew up loving The Famous Chicken on The Baseball Bunch (it hasn’t aged well) and This Week In Baseball (still worth a view), and wondering if Bill Walton would ever be healthy enough to play for his hometown team (terrible decision by the Clippers . . . terrible). I loved the Don Coryell Chargers, the aerial circus and the fight song. I even played 31 games of tournament Scrabble in San Diego, once upon a time.
If you rank all backstops for that two-month period, Norris grades out No. 4 — trailing only Wilson Ramos, Buster Posey, and Jonathan Lucroy. Norris remains free to grab in about two-thirds of Yahoo leagues.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 16 days ago
It hasn’t been the best of seasons of ballyhooed pitching prospects. Jose Berrios was kicked around and promptly returned to the minors. Julio Urias hasn’t been sharp, and he too is returning to the bushes. Jameson Taillon and Blake Snell have been up and down. Sean Manaea, not quite the pedigree of those others, has been hit hard. (Lucas Giolito was fine in his four-inning debut, whatever four innings tells you.)
Nonetheless, potential is a seductive siren. And with that, let’s get ready for Tyler Glasnow.
Glasnow is coming up for Thursday’s start at St. Louis, a tricky assignment. The Cardinals are third in the majors runs, eighth in walk rate. They’re going to make the rookie work. If Glasnow sticks in the rotation, the Pirates face Washington and Milwaukee after the All-Star break.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 17 days ago
The idea with Shuffle Up is simple: 5×5 value for rest of season. Today we do the corners (first base, third base), with the DHs mixed in (they don’t fit anywhere else).
What’s happened to this point is merely an audition. I didn’t rank anyone on the DL, or anyone in the minors. Everyone seems to be more optimistic on injury returnees and hot prospects (anytime you’re ready, A.J. Reed) than I am.
The prices are unscientific in nature, and players at the same price are considered even. I’m just looking for a way to show the pockets of value as I see them. I don’t look at old prices when I construct these — it’s all from scratch. I don’t even see the point of looking back there; live in the present, look to the future.
And remember our golden rule— a player doesn’t gain value because you like him, nor does he lose value because you don’t like him.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 18 days ago
Fantasy owners have been scrambling for catching production all year, while Rupp’s zesty June flew under the radar. He cranked five homers and put up a .290/.347/.594 slash for the month, settling in as the team’s primary catcher, and he’s already hit a July homer, too. If you cut up the 5×5 value over the past 30 days, Rupp is the No. 10 catcher.
Sure, there are some flaws in his game. He’s walked just seven times over 191 at-bats — and he’s struck out 51 times. The average isn’t likely to hang around. But we’re also talking about someone who has a respectable 17 home runs in 534 career at-bats. Not bad for a 27-year-old catcher. The Phillies usually bat him in the No. 5 or No. 6 slot these days.