Dr. Roto Podcast – Friday, April 13

Dr. Roto examines the top hitters and pitchers to target on the waiver wire and how much of your FAAB budget you should spend on each player!


Jefry Marte — I consider Marte to be a specialist in hitting LHP. He went 5 for 9 earlier this week in two starts against mediocre lefties and I think he will clearly be part of a platoon situation with the Angels. If your league allows daily moves, I think it might be a wise idea to stash Marte onto your reserve squad and play him whenever he is active. For those Fantasy owners in weekly moves leagues, I would only consider rostering him in 15 team leagues or deeper.

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Jose Lobaton — Travis d’ Arnaud looks like he is going to miss the next few months if not the entire season with a tear in his UCL. Backup Kevin Plawecki just found out that he has a broken hand and could be out until the All-Star Break. This means that the Mets will bring up Jose Lobaton from Triple A (along with Tomas Nido from Double A). Lobaton is a light hitting catcher, but unless the Mets make a trade (which seems unlikely) he will get the bulk of the starts in the coming weeks. I would not dare pick him up in a mixed league format, but he might be useful in NL-only leagues.

Pedro Severino — The Nationals think so highly of Severino that they designated Miguel Montero for assignment earlier this week. Matt Wieters, the Nationals starting catcher, has never been the pillar of health, so it would not shock me to see Severino get about 300 at bats this season.


Nick Pivetta — Ronis and I talked about Pivetta as our Phillies pitching sleeper this season, and thus far he hasn’t disappointed. His WHIP is a paltry .96 after three starts and while I know he won’t keep that up, it also suggests to me that he is not nibbling around the plate and putting free runners on base. Get Pivetta now as I fully expect him to slide into the SP3 spot permanently.

Yonny Chirinos — How many of you knew that Chirinos was the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year back in 2017? He won that award mainly due to his amazing K:BB ratio. Chirinos has kept that ratio alive and well thus far in the majors (12K:2BB) and has let up only eight hits in 14 1/3 IP. I love his upside and this week might be the last time to get him cheaply.

Joey Lucchesi — How many rookies can go into Coors Field and dominate the Rockies? That’s exactly what Lucchesi did earlier this week and he now has my full attention. As with any young pitcher, there will be some bumps in the road, but with 16 K compared to 4 walks thus far, I am intrigued and will be bidding on him this weekend.


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