Roto Riteup: August 22, 2022

I wonder what his ADP will be in baseball leagues?

On the Agenda: 

  1. Closer Chaos
  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. 


Closer Chaos

Seranthony Dominguez was placed on the IL with triceps soreness. He isn’t expected to be out for very long, but with so little time left in the season this is a big blow for his fantasy value. David Robertson is expected to be the next man up in Philly. 


Quick Hits

Yasmani Grandal was placed on the IL with a knee sprain. This was an ugly injury and he had to be carted off the field, but an MRI revealed that there was no structural damage in his knee. The hope is he can return after two weeks. 

Zack Greinke left his start on Sunday due to a cramp in his forearm. The Royals characterized it as a precautionary move so hopefully it is not serious. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Jakob Junis left his start on Sunday after being hit in the hand with a comebacker. X-rays were negative, so it appears he may have avoided major injury. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

Riley Greene went 2-for-2 with a home run and two walks in the victory over the Angels on Sunday:

Greene has struggled in his adjustment to the Majors, hitting .234/.296/.349 with four home runs and one stolen base in 257 plate appearances, but immense talent is there and he will likely be a bargain in drafts next season.

Jake Fraley went 2-for-2 with a home run, a stolen base and three walks in the victory over the Pirates on Sunday.

Fraley has quietly been fantastic since returning from the IL hitting .357 with six home runs and a stolen base in 56 at bats. Even better, he has been leading off for the Reds recently, hitting first in seven of his last eight games and hitting second in the one game he didn’t lead off for. Fraley has some pop and a good amount of speed and with the leading off, he is a sneaky fantasy pick up in all formats.

Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a home run in the victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

Longoria is now hitting .333 with two home runs since returning from the IL on August 8th. He also made some amazing plays in the field for the Giants:

Including being a part of the game winning play:

Longoria has been a productive player when healthy, but has struggled to stay on the field. He has been playing about two-thirds of the time while he shares third base with newly acquired J.D. Davis. He is best suited for deeper leagues with daily moves.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  None

Some intriguing high risk options, but none that I feel truly comfortable with. 

High Risk Options:  Domingo German vs NYM, Jake Odorizzi at PIT, Roansy Contreras vs ATL, Drew Smyly vs STL, Daniel Lynch vs CHW, Cole Ragans at MIN. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Jose Suarez at TB

Suarez has pitched well and I am not afraid of Tampa Bay

High Risk Options: Austin Voth vs CHW, Zach Davies at KC, Adrian Sampson 샘슨 vs STL, J.T. Brubaker vs STL, German Marquez vs TEX, Dane Dunning at COL. 


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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1 year ago

Per Statcast, Greene’s HR is tied for 21st in Tigers history (that is, Statcast history since 2015 anyway) and isn’t even the longest this year. Baez hit one 459 back on Jun 24th.

1 year ago
Reply to  Justin Mason

I checked it because I was surprised by it – 448 is not that long in terms of franchise record. Obviously it is a bomb in terms of all HR, just not franchise record.

Just by coincidence, MLB ran an article just a couple weeks ago on each franchise’s longest HR. I do note that the Tigers have the shortest “franchise record HR” at 467 ft by JD Martinez