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Roto Roundup: Hector Olivera, Jake Arrieta, Alfredo Simon and others

Ray highlights some of the top fantasy performers from Thursday's roto action, including Hector Olivera, Jake Arrieta, Alfredo Simon and others.

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Roto Roundup

It was surprising to see the Dodgers trade away infielder Hector Olivera back in late July, but the return was worth it, as they received starter Alex Wood and infield prospect Jose Peraza. Olivera has been dealing with a strained hamstring and was on the disabled list when he was traded to the Braves. His recovery has been slow, but it appears he will be getting a call up real soon. According to Mark Bowman, Braves beat writer from MLB.com, he could be called up in the next 3-4 days:

I have written quite a bit about Olivera this season, but really thought he would be helping fantasy teams at this point in the season. The hamstring injury didn't help, but his slow recovery indicates the injury may have been more severe than reported. That said, he will play third base for the Braves on an every day basis, assuming he can stay healthy. He should be picked up in all NL only leagues and really deep mixed leagues.

Marlins power hitting outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is aiming for return to the Marlins lineup on September 1st. Stanton is recovering from hamate bone surgery, and has begun hitting off pitching machines and live pitching, but still experiences some pain when swinging a bat. His September 1st return date may be optimistic, and the Marlins have no reason to rush him back to the lineup as they are competing for the #1 pick in the 2016 MLB Draft with the Phillies.

I ranked Pirates shortstop Jung-ho Kang as my 5th ranked shortstop in yesterday's Top 5 rankings at each position for 2016 article, as I think there is more power in his bat, and hopefully that shows up in 2016. Last night, he went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the Pirates 4-0 win over the Giants, and is now hitting .287-.361-.447 with 10 home runs, 47 runs scored, 42 RBI and 5 stolen bases in just over 360 plate appearances. Give him 550-600 plate appearances next season, and I could see a 20 home run, 75 RBI season with a solid batting average.

The Tigers traded infielder Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford to the Red for starter Alfredo Simon last offseason and by the looks of it, the Reds got the better end of that deal, as Suarez has hit over .300 with 8 home runs while playing shortstop every day in Zack Cozart's absence. But, last night, Simon looked like the pitcher the Tigers had hoped for as he dominated the Rangers, tossing a complete game one-hit shutout in the Tigers 4-0 win. Simon walked one and struck out five in moving his record to 11-7 with a 4.52 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a below average 91-49 strikeout to walk rate in 137.1 innings. How he is owned in over 20% of leagues is beyond me, as he has allowed four or more runs in 8 of his last 10 starts, including five or more in half of those starts. Ouch.

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta is pitching himself into the National League Cy Young award conversation with his performance lately. Last night, he shut out the Braves on 4 hits, a walk and 7 strikeouts over six innings in the Cubs win over the Braves. The win moved his record to 15-6 with a 2.30 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and a 170-42 strikeout to walk rate in 168 innings. He has given up two runs or less in 17 of his 25 starts this season, and has given up just 11 earned runs over his last 69 innings pitched. He will garner some Cy Young award votes for sure, and could become the favorite if he wins 20 games and the Cubs make the playoffs.

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