Roto Riteup: May 3, 2021

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On the Agenda: 

  1. Quick Hits
  2. Various News and Notes
  3. Streaming Pitchers


Quick Hits

Travis d’Arnaud and Alex Jackson were placed on the IL by the Braves. d’Arnaud was placed on the 60-IL with a torn ligament in his thumb and is expected to miss a large part of the rest of the season. William Contreras was recalled and looks like he will be in line for a starting role moving forward. 

Luis Robert was removed from the game on Sunday due to a hip flexor injury. He is expected to hit the IL and be out for an extended period of time. 

Jesus Luzardo was placed on the IL with a fractured hand. Luzardo injured his hand playing a video game prior to the start of the game on Sunday. This is disappointing for sure. There is no current timetable for his return. 

Ian Happ left Sunday’s game after colliding with Nico Hoerner in the outfield. He appeared to have broken his nose and possibly was concussed. Consider him day-to-day, but he will likely miss some time.

Tommy La Stella left Sunday’s game after straining his hamstring. La Stella hurt his hand earlier in the game, but was able to play through it and go 2-for-3 before having to leave. Consider him day to day for now. 

Trevor Story left Sunday’s game after being hit on the finger with a pitch. X-rays were negative after the game so it appears he will be ok. 


Various News and Notes

Jacob Nottingham went 2-for-4 with two home runs versus the Dodgers on Sunday. Nottingham was acquired from the Mariners due to injuries to both Manny Pina and Omar Narvaez. Nottingham is a former prospect of note and has a ton of power in his bat, but is a career .203 hitter with a 35% strikeout rate. He should play a fair amount while Pina and Narvaez are hurt. 

A.J. Pollock went 3-for-6 with two home runs, including a grandslam. The Dodgers went off in this one hitting two grand slams in back-to-back innings. Pollock has been better as of late and is now hitting .265 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He is playing most days with injuries racking up for the Dodgers and should be rostered in most formats. 

Isaiah Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-3 with a home run and a stolen base. IFK is now hitting .277 with five home runs and five stolen bases on the season. He has been great this season, but he has been extremely hot over the last two weeks, hitting .380 with three bombs and three stolen bases over that time while leading off or hitting second in most contests. He should be rostered in all formats, but especially in Yahoo, where he is still catcher eligible and would be a top 5 guy at the position moving forward. 

Alex Kirilloff went 1-for-4 with a home run in the victory over the Royals on Sunday. After a slow start, Kirilloff is hitting .280 with four home runs over the last week including long balls in each of the last three games. There will be ups and downs for the rookie, but he is showing that he belongs in the Majors. 

Shohei Ohtani was hit by a pitch on the elbow in the game versus the Mariners. Ohtani was able to play through it and steal two bases in that inning. He is supposed to start today, but was pretty sore after the game according to manager Joe Maddon so don’t be surprised if he is pushed back. 

Daniel Lynch will make his Major League debut on Monday versus the Indians. He has four average to above average pitches with decent command. He has a nice matchup versus a Cleveland team that has a .292 wOBA versus lefties, but there is no way to know how deep he will be allowed to go in this one. He should be rostered in most formats on upside alone. Jakob Junis will shift back to the bullpen. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Daniel Lynch vs CLE

Lynch is making his Major League debut which has risk in itself, but it is against CLE at home which helps. 

High Risk Options: Tyler Anderson at SD, Adrian Houser at PHI, Dean Kremer at SEA


Pitcher for Tomorrow: None

High Risk Options: Shane McClanahan at LAA, Mitch Keller at SD, Justin Dunn vs BAL, Jeff Hoffman vs CHW. 


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” but I may add them at some point. 

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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