Roto Riteup: August 18, 2022

I don’t think I have ever seen this:


On the Agenda: 

  1. Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest
  2. Quick Hits
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitchers


Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest

On most Tuesday’s and Friday’s and some other days, Paul Sporer and I will be doing a $5 draftkings game for anyone that is interested. Will add a link once available. 


Quick Hits

Charlie Blackmon left with a hamstring injury. The injury is not considered serious. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 

Antonio Senzatela left Thursday’s game with an apparent knee injury on this play:

He is expected to undergo an MRI on Friday. It sounds like he will likely hit the IL.

Elvis Andrus signed a one year deal with the White Sox on Thursday. Andrus was struggling in Oakland, but will get an opportunity to man shortstop for the White Sox while Tim Anderson recovers from thumb surgery. He is only viable in the deepest of leagues right now.

Brandon Marsh was placed on the IL with a bone bruise and ankle sprain. There is no timetable for his return. Bradley Zimmer was claimed off of waivers to take his spot on the roster.

JT Brubaker left his start on Thursday with a blister issue. It reportedly was a small blister and the move was most precautionary to avoid making it worse. Brubaker was dealing and was already pitching in the seventh, so it is a bit of a bummer, but hopefully he will make his next start.

Yandy Diaz left Thursday’s game with a knee issue. Consider him day-to-day at this time.

Various News and Notes
Andrew McCutchen went two-for-four with two home runs in the victory over the Dodgers.

McCutchen isn’t the play he used to be, but he has been very solid for the Brewers, hitting .253/.322/.406 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases in everyday playing time. He has actually been a top 45 outfielder in 5×5 leagues this season and still available in 39% of CBS leagues and 43% of ESPN leagues.

Michael Massey went two-for-four with a home run in the loss to the Rays on Thursday.

Massey has quietly been great since coming up, hitting .321/.356/.482 with a home run and a stolen base. He is showing good contact skills and he could find himself towards the top of the lineup at some point. He should be rostered in most formats.

Brett Baty hit his first ever Major League home run off of the first pitch he saw in his Major League debut on Wednesday.

Baty crushed in the minors, hitting .315/.410/.533 with 19 home runs and two stolen bases in 420 plate appearances. Baty is one of the top prospects in baseball with legit 70-grade power. He has an opportunity to play regularly in New York right now and will be the top pickup of the week in most leagues.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  Graham Ashcraft at PIT

Ashcraft continues to pitch well and has a great matchup in a great park. 

High Risk Options:  Jordan Lyles vs BOS, Kutter Crawford at BAL, Matt Manning vs LAA.


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Dustin May vs MIA

I don’t know how deep into the game he goes in his first start back from Tommy John surgery, but he has a great matchup and a lot of talent. 

High Risk Options:  Braxton Garrett at LAD, James Kaprielian vs SEA, Kris Bubic at TB, Glenn Otto at MIN, Mitch White at NYY


For those of you that would like to see how these picks play out, I have a doc I put together to track the stats from the recommended pitchers. It does not include the “High Risk Options.”

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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