With fantasy baseball season coming to an end, the Roto Riteup would like to remind you to not get complacent:
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— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 23, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. 2018 Mock Drafts
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options
2018 Mock Drafts
Every year I run a mock draft in September for the next season. It is a fun exercise to see where some of the industry thinks about future value is on players before people start writing postmortem stories. This year I decided to take it up a notch. About a week ago, I started four industry mock drafts for the 2018 season with a total of 57 different industry analysts. I will be covering them in an upcoming piece or two, but I thought I’d share the links where you can see them and follow along:
Various News and Notes
Dylan Bundy was scratched from his start on Sunday. This will likely end his season. Bundy threw a career high 169.2 innings in 2016, putting up a 4.24 ERA with over eight strikeouts per nine innings, but struggled down the stretch. The former first round pick and top prospect still has warts, but his biggest wart previously has been injury and with a 60 inning jump this year, it looks like he may be able to start to put that narrative behind him.
According to Jason Beck, Miguel Cabrera an MRI revealed that he has two herniated disks in his back. Cabrera has struggled mightily this season hitting .249/.329/.399 with only sixteen home runs, however, the back issues probably have contributed heavily. This likely puts the rest of his season in doubt with the Tigers out of contention, but reports are that he could just DH rest of the way. Depending on the severity of the injuries, Cabrera could need surgery and will undoubtedly be one of the most divisive players heading into 2018 drafts.
Bryce Harper is expected to be activated on Monday. Harper has been on the DL since injuring his knee while legging out a single and slipping on a wet first base. Harper is one home run away from 30 on the season while hitting .326/.419/.614. In all four in of my mock drafts he has gone before pick eight and as early as pick five in two of them.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: Jakob Junis at NYY
Since the All-Star Break, Junis has a sub-3 ERA, a 7.49 k/9 and a 1.05 WHIP.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Daniel Mengden vs SEA
He doesn’t strike many guys out, but he has had three straight quality starts and two straight scoreless outings.
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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, 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.