Dr. Roto: Didi Gregorius is The Real Deal (And a Visionary Play!)

Dr. Roto discusses New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius and the latest MLB news across the Fantasy Baseball landscape!

Didi Gregorius
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Daily Dr. Roto—April 17, 2018

Fantasy Baseball News and Notes

If I had told you before the season started that Yankees SS Didi Gregorius was going to bat cleanup you would have thought that was ridiculous. Well, with Greg Bird still out, Gregorius is hitting right in the middle of the Yankees’ lineup and had himself two more home runs giving him five on the season. Moreover, he’s hitting .327 and there is no reason to think that he should let up. The seeds of his improvement were there after 2017 and I think he might end up becoming a top five SS in all of Fantasy Baseball by season’s end.

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The Washington Nationals scored six runs in the eighth inning last night to defeat the Mets after Jacob deGrom was outstanding for the first 7 1/3 innings. Prior to the season the Mets thought that their bullpen would be an asset, but if they continue to blow six run leads like this against division opponents, the Mets will be in big trouble.

Prior to the season, I compared Rays SP Blake Snell to Robbie Ray. I still hold to that comparison as Snell is good for tons of strikeouts, but still can be somewhat wild. The good thing about last night’s game against the Rangers was that Snell had 9 Ks and zero walks. If Snell can continue to avoid giving up free passes he might become a top-flight Fantasy starter in the near future.

Keep your eye on Brewers SS Orlando Arcia. He seems to be getting better contact at the plate and it looks like his confidence is increasing with every at bat. This might be the perfect time to trade for him if his current owner fixates on his poor average from the first two weeks.

DFS Plays

Starting Pitching:

Corey Kluber (super expensive but the best starter on the slate)

Zach Wheeler (he looked amazing in his last start and worth the risk)

Lance McCullers (Seager and Cano hit him BvP but the rest of the Mariners can’t touch him)

Matt Moore (hate the pitcher, but love the revenge narrative)


Houston (Ariel Miranda is a train wreck)

Los Angeles Dodgers (starting to heat up)

Oakland (great matchup against Gonzalez who is a flyball pitcher)

Contrarian Stacks:

Tampa Bay (in case you hate Matt Moore)

Milwaukee (I liked them on Monday, but I might have been off by a night)

Visionary Plays:

Starling Marte (like him as a one off considering he is hitting .714 vs Chad Bettis)

George Springer (has four hits against Miranda and all four have been home runs)

Travis Shaw (I thought he was going to hit a HR on Monday; I might be a day off here, so roll with him on Tuesday)

Matt Olson (when he gets hot he can hit home runs in bunches)

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