Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: April 8, 2014 by David Wiers April 8, 2014 Today I’ll be at my first live major league game of the year. assuming we’re not counting spring training. Look for me in the crowd in Chicago as the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cubs. On today’s agenda: 1. A.J. Ellis to have knee surgery 2. John Lackey’s strong start 3. Matt Moore’s elbow soreness 4. The Daily Five Want to win $10,000 playing Opening Day fantasy baseball? All first time depositors get a free entry into this contest by clicking the link! A.J. Ellis to have knee surgery The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Ellis will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. It is the same knee Ellis had surgery on after the 2012 season. Apparently Ellis had been receiving “lengthy treatment” after each game and attempting to slide into home in yesterday’s game was the last straw. The club hasn’t announced a time frame or even a surgery date, though it is anticipated it will be a four to six week recovery period. Ellis didn’t offer much in terms of fantasy value outside of OBP leagues and his likely replacement, Drew Butera, offers even less. John Lackey’s strong start Facing the visiting Texas Rangers, Lackey cruised through seven frames on 95 pitches and allowed just one unearned run. He scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five Rangers. Lackey was able to generate 14 whiffs, 10 of which came on his slider. To date, it seems as though Lackey has decided to largely forgo his changeup in favor of a mostly fastball/slider combination. As per BrooksBaseball, Lackey only threw four non-slider or non-fastball pitches yesterday. His season to date shows a similar pitch selection with his fastball and slider combining for over 90% usage. Whether or not this becomes viable long term is still to be determined — expect opposing managers to stack the lineup with lefties to force more changeups — but for now be aware of his low BABIP and finicky pitch selection. If you own Lackey, I’d look to sell high. Matt Moore’s elbow soreness After lasting 4.1 innings against the Kansas City Royals, Moore visibly winced on the delivery of his 78th pitch. Thus far tests have proven inconclusive, however Moore is scheduled for an MRI this morning. After the game Moore was optimistic and said hopefully the pain he felt was merely a hyperextension. Missing time due to soreness in his throwing arm isn’t new to Moore, as he missed all of August last season with it. Hopefully the tests come back negative and Moore won’t miss more than a handful of starts. The Daily Five Starting Pitcher: James Paxton — $7.800 In his first outing — that happened to be against the Los Angeles Angels that he’ll face today — Paxton was outstanding. Let’s hope for another eight strikeout day. Starting Pitcher: Aaron Harang — $6,500 Yes, Harang is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he’s facing a New York Mets team that is currently leading the league in strikeout rate by a wide margin. Infielder: Troy Tulowitzki — $5,200 No need to justify Tulo, especially when he is slated to face off a left-handed pitcher and is playing at Coors Field. Outfielder: Andrew McCutchen — $4,900 I just want to see him hit a home run live. Other Hitter: Anthony Rizzo — $4,300 See above. Remaining Budget: $21,300 Going cheap on Harang pays off here, as you now have over $4,000 per player to finish filling in your roster. This post, covering one of the leading sites for daily fantasy, is sponsored and made possible by the generous support of DraftKings. FanGraphs maintains complete editorial control of the postings, and brings you these posts in a continued desire to provide the best analytical information on the latest in baseball.