Daily Dr. Roto — May 14, 2018
Fantasy Baseball News and Notes
— I am concerned about D’Backs 1B Paul Goldschmidt Roto’s poor start. After close to 150 at-bats (or 1/4 of the season), Goldy has 4 HRs and 12 RBIs and is hitting a paltry .216. He’s struck out about a third of the times at the plate which is even more concerning. The high-stakes player in me says to trade for him now more than ever. But, we all know the old adage: buy low and sell high. You can get one of the game’s best players at his absolute bargain basement price! If anything you can sit him for a week until he gets back on track. Buy buy buy!
— Phillies 1B Carlos Santana is starting to heat up. It might be a good idea to activate him if he’s on your bench or trade for him if his current owner is fed up with the way he has been playing.
— Braves RP A.J. Minter is this close to becoming the new closer for the team. It will take one more blown save from Vizcaino for that to happen.
— Phillies RP Edubray Ramos is a name that you probably haven’t heard of this season, but you might soon. Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler has started to call Ramos’ name in late-game pressure situations. There’s a reasonable chance that if he can handle the pressure, he could end up being the Phillies’ new closer.
— Don’t get overly excited about Orioles OF Joey Rickard’s big day. He’s a specialist at hitting LHP but won’t do enough to secure an everyday job.
— If we voted today, would Mookie Betts be the AL MVP? I think so. He’s hitting .360 with 13 HRs and 7 SB. There’s no doubt he should go 30/30 this season if he stays on his current pace.
— Tigers 3B Jeimer Candelario is going in for an MRI this week on his injured wrist. There’s a good chance that he will be shut down for at least a few weeks if not the whole season to get his wrist to stop ailing.
— Astros 1B Yuli Gurriel is currently on a nice hitting streak, but I have yet to see his power return after his off-season wrist issues. If he continues to swing a hot bat (and the power picks up), he would be a nice trade target for those owners needing batting average.
— White Sox RP Bruce Rondon seems to have surfaced as a potential closer on the South Side. Rondon was a top minor league prospect for the Tigers but failed in his previous late-inning chances. I still might grab him off waivers if you need saves in case he turns his fortunes around.
— Whoever projected Brewers SP Freddie Peralta to strikeout 13 batters in 5 1/3 IP on Sunday, please stand up and take a bow as you are my new Fantasy hero! I am not sure if Peralta can mow down batters at this rate, but I am more than willing to pay a few bucks to see if he can.
— The Padres are calling up OF Franmil Reyes from Triple-A. He’s currently hitting .346 with 14 HRs in 127 at bats. I knew he had power, but I didn’t see this type of power coming. If he starts a few games this week and doesn’t look overmatched at the plate, he might be the most expensive player available in FAAB next Sunday.