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Scott Shea SJS
Justin Upton Los Angeles Angels

Justin Upton (OF) ANA - Feb. 18

Upton is battling patellar tendinitis in his right knee and will take things slowly this spring, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Upton has received at least 600 plate appearances in eight straight seasons. It doesn't appear that the knee issue will be serious enough to threaten that streak, though the injury is at least one to monitor. If Upton starts the season on the injured list, Michael Hermosillo could be in line for unexpected outfield starts.


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Yolmer Sanchez Chicago White Sox

Yolmer Sanchez (3B) CHI-A - Feb. 18

Sanchez is expected to open the season as the White Sox's starting second baseman, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Sanchez and Yoan Moncada are expected to swap positions, with Moncada taking over at the hot corner and Sanchez covering second base -- at least until prospect Nick Madrigal is ready to debut.

Alex Patton Alex
Kelvin Herrera Chicago White Sox

Kelvin Herrera (P) CHI-A - Feb. 18

Herrera (foot) was noncommittal when asked about his status for Opening Day, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "I'm working on it. It's a process," the reliever said.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Herrera is still working his way back from season-ending surgery that he underwent last September to repair a torn ligament in his left foot. While the veteran right-hander recently resumed throwing and is scheduled for regular bullpen work, his status for the start of the season remains up in the air. Even if Herrera isn't ready to go by Opening Day, it doesn't sound like he'll be too far behind. Once healthy, it's unclear whether Herrera or Alex Colome will serve as the White Sox's primary closer.

Alex Patton Alex
Ji-Man Choi Milwaukee Brewers

Ji-Man Choi (DH) TB - Feb. 18

The Rays expect Choi to serve as their top designated hitter and an occasional first baseman in 2019, Juan Toribio of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Choi was quietly one of baseball's most productive hitters in the second half last season, supplying a .275/.382/.523 batting line and 149 wRC+, which ranked 17th among all hitters with at least 150 plate appearances after the break. That late-season surge should keep his spot atop the depth chart secure, though Choi will most likely have to settle for a platoon role at DH with Avisail Garcia or at first base with Yandy Diaz. The lefty-hitting Choi should at least benefit from earning the larger side of any timeshare.

Alex Patton Alex
Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds

Nick Senzel (3B) CIN - Feb. 18

Reds manager David Bell suggested that Senzel is "the favorite" to win the starting center field job, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bell also suggested that Jesse Winker is expected to get 500 at-bats, meaning that both Scott Schebler and Matt Kemp would thus lose playing time. Earlier, Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams told Mark Sheldon of that they would "... put the best team out there ..." for Opening Day when asked about Senzel's likely Opening Day status. Neither quote affirmatively says that Senzel will be with the team on Opening Day, but at least with their comments, the Reds are addressing Senzel differently than the Jays are with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Alex Patton Alex
Matt Kemp Cincinnati Reds

Matt Kemp (OF) CIN - Feb. 18

Kemp is unlikely to be part of the Reds' first base picture, Mark Sheldon of reports. "We hope Joey (Votto) plays every day for the most part, but I think there's going to be some thought to making sure he's strong all the way through," manager David Bell said. "Matt Kemp has never played there. I know we talk about moving positions a lot and try to talk about how possible it is because I believe that, but that's a tough thing. At this point in his career, to have never played the position, that would be a big ask."

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Obviously Votto is the everyday starter at first base, but in the event that Votto is injured or needs a day off, it's unlikely that the Reds turn to Kemp. Kemp is going to have a difficult time playing regularly absent an injury, especially if Nick Senzel starts up with the big club on Opening Day.

Alex Patton Alex
Ben Revere Texas Rangers

How steals skew our game ...

MLB views him as an easily replaceable quantity ...

But in Roto, if he can find ABs, he's still worth bidding on.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Garrett Hampson Colorado Rockies

Garrett Hampson (SS) COL - Feb. 18

Hampson will have to battle with Ryan McMahon during spring training for the starting job at second base, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Hampson appears to be the favorite for the starting gig, although he doesn't have much experience in the big leagues to this point. He went 11-for-40 with four extra-base hits, four RBI and two stolen bases in 24 games a season ago, his lone major-league experience. While McMahon is the immediate competition, Brendan Rodgers, who's big-league debut was derailed by injuries a season ago, is also lurking in the shadows. Expect manager Bud Black to give both Hampson and McMahon plenty of opportunities to prove themselves during spring training, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rockies platoon at the keystone to open the 2019 campaign.

Alex Patton Alex
Ben Revere Texas Rangers

Rangers. MiLC.

Frank Smith Pancho
Adeiny Hechavarria Pittsburgh Pirates

Yankees.  Minor league contract.

Frank Smith Pancho
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

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No Bench. Everyone  plays, except those on DL or in Farm.

Need 2 Replacement Owners Seeking A New Challenge Custom League, not an off-the-shelf or shop worn format. 16 round Serpentine draft from 98 players with fixed salaries and contracts.

James Morgan jem1776
Gerardo Parra San Francisco Giants

Now with the Giants

van wilhoite LVW
Yoan Moncada Chicago White Sox

Nick Madrigal is on the fast track....and it could be accelerating. Great hit tool for the youngster and some serious speed potential.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Hernan Perez Milwaukee Brewers

Between the big price and the value of the projection?

Uncertainty about playing time tempers the big price, I imagine.

And, even if Hernan gets those 422 AB, it is a bold projection. I love bold projections myself, but I've learned many times not to match them with equally bold bets. If you really want a player, put down a bid limit that you think is just enough to get him. If you're wrong, let him go. The bid limit marks the point that the risk starts to exceed the reward.

Alex Patton Alex

There is.

In Options/Formula...

1) check Custom Denominators

2) change BA1 from 1430 to 1397

3) change BA3 from .260 to .254

4) click on OK

This changes the value of Rotoman's projection for Sanchez from $17 to $18.

A small difference. But you have uncovered a big mistake: we are still using the 2017 EVA formulas to calculate the values in the Projector; we should be using the 2018 EVA formulas.

It was hard to see, since the overall hitting contexts both years were similar. Neverheless, we won't wait until March 1 to fix this. I will post here as soon as we have.

Alex Patton Alex
D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

I can't see LeMahieu getting so many ABs. He shouldn't play over Torres or Andujar. DH is spoken for. Can he play 1b, or SS until Gregorius returns? 

Scott Shea SJS
Hernan Perez Milwaukee Brewers

Fantasy Baseball Guide has $8 for big price. Any idea why such a difference in value?

Joe Wrobel Chepelully
Maikel Franco Philadelphia Phillies

In a loaded lineup, but there's a catch - he'll be at the wrong end of it. Batted sixth and seventh most of last year, and that's his best-case scenario right now. Pitchers don't knock guys in; those 48 runs should stick out like a sore thumb. If something special was likely to happen, I think it would have happened by now. If you want to pay for .250 and 20-25 homers, fine. He's a reactive pick for me, not anything close to a proactive one. 

scott pianowski ballfour
Ross Stripling Los Angeles Dodgers

Love, love, love the skills. No idea on role or health or durability. Thus, a great pick when you already have the core or most of it and you're trying to get lucky. You just hope the definition comes early. 

scott pianowski ballfour

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