Roto Riteup: September 4, 2019

So, this why my coach told me to run out groundballs.

 

On the Agenda:
1. The 2 Early Mock Drafts
2. Quick Hits
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitching Options

 

The 2 Early Mock Drafts
Every year, I run a series of mock drafts late in the season for the following year. This year’s 2 Early Mock drafts have begun. Two drafts started yesterday, two more are starting today, and two more on Thursday. You can find the ADP for these mocks here. Big shout out to Smada from Friends with Fantasy Benefits and Prospects Live for compiling the data.

 

Various News and Notes
Dylan Cease struck out 11 in 6.2 innings pitched versus the Indians. Cease wasn’t perfect in the outing, allowing four earned runs, but after a rough start to the game, he showed flashes of his extreme upside that has made him one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Cease will likely be an afterthought heading into 2020, but is a nice sleeper bet for next season.

Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-3 with a home run on Tuesday. Castellanos is now hitting .346 with 12 home runs since being traded to the Cubs. Obviously, he will cool down at some point, but this is not just salvaging his season, it may make him a popular player heading into 2020 drafts and MLB Free Agency.

Mike Montgomery threw 5.2 innings versus the Tigers, striking out five and allowing only one run. Quietly, Montgomery has been fantastic since the beginning of August. He has thrown 35 innings, striking out 36 batters and only allowing 20 walks and nine earned runs. He is still fairly widely available but should be owned in most formats right now.

 

Quick Hits
Kris Bryant was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday with renewed soreness in his knee. Consider him day-to-day for now.

George Springer left Tuesday’s game after injuring himself on this amazing catch:

The Astros said after the game that he is being considered day-to-day at this time, but if you haven’t already, it is time to grab Kyle Tucker if he is still available.

Eric Sogard left Tuesday’s game after being hit in the head with a pitch. Consider him day-to-day at this time.

Mitch Keller was removed from his start on Tuesday after being hit in the wrist with a comebacker. Following the game, he was diagnosed with a contusion, so it appears that he avoided serious injury, but there is a chance he could miss his second start of the week because of the injury.

Johnny Cueto is unlikely to make his return to the Giants this weekend after experiencing back soreness. This doesn’t seem like a huge deal as he is working his way back from Tommy John Surgery. He should be back next week.

 

Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
Short slate with bad options.

High Risk Options: Trevor Williams vs MIA

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Elieser Hernandez vs PIT

High Risk Options: Glenn Sparkman vs DET, Kolby Allard at BAL, Nathan Eovaldi vs MIN.





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.

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