Daily Dr. Roto — June 12, 2017
One Name to Watch — National League
Arizona: Robbie Ray — He’s been lights out in his last five starts. The window to trade for him is probably still slightly ajar, but just barely so get him right now in case his current owner thinks his success is a fluke.
Atlanta: Sean Newcomb — The number that sticks out to me is 74 Ks in 57 IP. If he can continue to mow guys down in the majors (he had 7 Ks in his first start), he will stick in the Braves rotation.
Chicago: Addison Russell — I loved him coming into the season, but the domestic violence claims by his wife must be affecting him on the field. Sadly, I have the feeling that Russell is going to need all offseason to get his life in order.
Cincinnati: Scott Schebler — Did anyone see this coming? Schebler was a guy you could have drafted in the reserve round of all your leagues, and now he’s on his way to hitting 30 home runs. You might still be able to get him in a deal if his current owner expects regression. I expect another 15 HR from this point forward.
Colorado: Jeff Hoffman — Normally I recommend avoiding players in Coors, but Hoffman looks special. So long as he can keep avoiding walking guys (something that plagued him in the minors), he will be a fixture in the Rockies rotation.
Los Angeles: Chris Taylor — Adrian Gonzalez’s herniated disc looks like it will open a spot for Chris Taylor to stay in the Dodgers’ lineup (Bellinger would move to 1B). What I love the most about Taylor is his ability to play multiple positions which is extremely important to Fantasy owners come the second half of the season.
Miami: Justin Bour — Bour never played at all against LHP in 2016, and finally the Marlins decided to give him the full-time 1B job — and — BOOM! He’s been a spectacular hitter for them in the middle of the order. There seem to be a ton of rumbling coming out of Miami about trades that may or may not be made. I have to think that Bour will remain with the team and put up good second half numbers as soon as he returns from an ankle injury.
Milwaukee: Lewis Brinson — The Brewers finally brought up their prized minor leaguer and inserted him in the leadoff spot in his first game. Talk about confidence!!! I am not sure if Brinson sticks with the team all year (a lot will depend on the health of Ryan Braun), but if he hits, he will play.
New York: Michael Conforto — Conforto carried the Mets offense for the first two months of the season with Cespedes out on the DL. Now with Cespedes back, it will be interesting to see if the Mets continue to let Conforto play every day or if they begin to give him a few days of rest. Terry Collins is one of my least favorite managers in baseball and I worry that he will start tinkering with the lineup card when inserting Conforto’s name should be a lock.
Philadelphia: Maikel Franco — When will this guy start to hit?? Odubel Herrera finally came around and got hot, but Franco is still ice cold. Luckily, the Phillies front office has said that they will let Franco work out his problems with the team and not send him back to the minors. He might be an amazing buy low candidate for the 2nd half.
Pittsburgh: Starling Marte — It’s going to be about a month before Marte returns from suspension, but he might be a hugely impactful player in your Fantasy league before the year is over. Marte’s speed has never been in question, and with stolen bases so hard to come by, Marte might be the difference maker in some Fantasy leagues if he can steal 15-20 bags in the second half. See if you can make a deal for him now.
San Diego: Austin Hedges — Flying under the radar, Hedges has quietly hit 11 HR on the season. His average has been awful (right around the Mendoza line), but I see it improving in the second half. With catching being such a difficult position to fill, Hedges stands out above the rest for his youth, power, and job security.
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner — He’s beginning his rehab and is hoping to see live hitters soon with a return possible within a month. Feeling lucky? Mad Bum might be the guy who wins you a league if you are willing to deal for him. I especially like him in Head-to-Head leagues where he can give you a two-start week in the playoffs.
St. Louis: Stephen Piscotty — I could have chosen practically anyone from the Cardinals roster (except for Jedd Gyorko), but Piscotty is my choice. His last two weeks have looked very impressive, and he could be ready to hit for some power too. This might be the last time you can get him all season before his owner realizes he’s back to full health.
Washington: Matt Albers — Koda Glover is hurt. Blake Treinen stinks. Shawn Kelley can’t stay healthy. What does this all mean? It means that Matt Albers is the likely closer for the Nationals until they trade for another closer. Get him in the short-term and hope he can give you 5-10 saves before the Nationals replace him.