Roto Riteup: September 13, 2022

It is unfair how talented he is:

On the Agenda: 

  1. Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest
  2. COVID Issues
  3. Quick Hits
  4. Various News and Notes
  5. 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. 


COVID Issues

Justin Dunn was placed on the IL without a designation. This is typically a COVID issue and something to watch in Cincinnati. 


Quick Hits

Tommy La Stella was placed on the IL with neck spasms. This will likely end his season. Willie Calhoun was recalled to take his spot on the roster. 


Various News and Notes

Trevor Rogers threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine in the no-decision versus the Rangers. 

Rogers was actually scoreless through six innings before giving up the runs in the seventh inning. Rogers was fantastic, but most importantly, his changeup was working really well. He got eight whiffs on the change and his fastball velocity was very good as well and he even threw the fastest pitch of his career in the outing. Rogers has pitched well since returning and will be likely undervalued especially early in draft season.

Aristides Aquino went 2-for-3 with a home run in the loss to the Pirates on Monday.

Aquino has been dreadful in limited playing time this year, but he is on fire right now, hitting .333 with four home runs in the month of September. The Reds have two double headers remaining this week which should mean he will play quite a bit here, so if he is available, he is a really nice pick up in leagues that allow mid-week pickups.

Jon Gray threw 3.2 innings allowing an unearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out five in a no-decision versus the Marlins.

This was Gray’s first start back from the IL, so it is not surprising that he only threw 45 pitches in this one. 39 of his 45 pitches were thrown for strikes. His velocity was right in line with where it was prior to the injury and his slider was filthy, getting a 53% CSW. He may be limited in his next start as well, but he is a potential difference maker down the stretch.

Ryne Nelson threw six scoreless innings versus the Dodgers, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six in the no-decision on Monday.

Nelson was impressive again, getting a 31% CSW on his fastball while throwing it 69% of the time (nice.) The curve was pretty impressive as well, but he only threw it 14 times out of the 81 pitches he threw. Nelson has had a nice start to his MLB career, but there are red flags. He is mostly a one pitch guy at this point and needs to begin throwing his secondary pitches more frequently or eventually he will get hit around. He also can struggle with command which is even more troublesome when you add that to his lack of a full repertoire. I think he can be trusted right now, but I want to see more growth from him before I start getting excited for next season.

Javier Assad threw six innings versus the Mets, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out six in the victory on Monday.

Assad stymied a pretty good Mets lineup, working mostly with his cutter and four seamer, getting a 30+% CSW on both pitches. He isn’t particularly overpowering, but when the control and command are there, he can make it all work. He has a pretty nice schedule with the Marlins in Miami and the Pirates in Pittsburgh for his next two starts, so he makes for a nice team streamer.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  Bailey Falter at MIA

Falter has pitched well lately and faces a Marlins team that struggles versus lefties. 

High Risk Options: Dean Kremer at WAS, Jose Suarez at CLe, Ken Waldichuk at TEX, Cody Morris vs LAA, Luis Cessa vs PIT, Cole Ragans vs OAK, Adrian Sampson 샘슨 at NYM.


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Roansy Contreras at CIN

Don’t love when guys are pitching at Great American Ballpark, but Roansy has been so good recently. 

High Risk Options: David Peterson vs CHC, Zack Greinke at MIN, Drew Smyly vs CHC, Brayan Bello vs NYY, Dane Dunning vs OAK, Austin Voth at WAS. 


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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2 months ago

Rogers run scored after an extremely generous call on a ball that bounced off the CF’s glove