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Well, here we are in week 3 already, wonder if ML bee will have another opening game just to keep it fresh.   The world of two-start pitchers is in full bloom, the rotations are coming together and being set in an orderly fashion.  Thank goodness.  I needed a abacus, 2 liters of cola and a Snoopy notebook just to get anything close to some sort of semblance for last week’s post.  I will be honest with you, there aren’t many great options this week to take advantage of matchups.  Every lower end option this week has either one or two really tough outing.  My best advice to you, if you have ever read my posts before and are on the fence about a starter, refer to your most readily available betting line.  I say it every year and some listen, but others forget to take their ADD medicine and wander off.  So enjoy my tidbit of fantasy baseball knowledge as we get to the fellas that will go twice this week. Enjoy the week and good luck!  (Please keep in mind that pitchers and matchups change.)

One Start Streamers:

4/18

Derek Lowe @ Sea – Vargas

Juan Nicasio vs SD – Richard

4/19

Randy Wolf  @LAD – Harang

4/20

Lance Lynn @ Pit vs Morton

Edinson Volquez vs PHI – Hamels

Jeanmar Gomez @ Oak – Godfrey

4/21

Jake Westbrook  @ Pit – Correia

Two Start Options:

Philip Humber (Bal vs Arrieta, Sea vs Beavan) Of all the guys listed, probably my favorite 2 start streamer of the week.  That doesn’t mean you should stop reading here.  BTW, where else can you get a Humber twice in a week and not have to pay for it?

Freddy Garcia  (Min vs Pavano, @Bos vs Bard) We still like you cause of the hat you wear.  So be grateful. I want the old Freddy, with the flowing locks of Jheri-curled sassiness, that’s when I used to use words like smitten and rad.  Is a 6 IP, 3 ER pitcher but based on this week’s other choices it could be slim pickens, minus him riding the atomic bomb.

Joe Saunders (Pit vs Bedard, Atl vs Hanson)  Love me some of the Colonel. I am a sucker for wily veterans, what can I say, that’s why I got rims on my motorized scooter.  Hope for the best, pray for an offensive onslaught by the D-Backs. And by love in the first sentence I mean from a distance.

Jeremy Guthrie (SD vs Luebke, @Mil vs Gallardo) God, I wish he was better.  I wanna root for him cause he generally seems like a nice guy and someone that I would probably stop stalking if he just acknowledged me.  Jeremy, BTW, your new furniture looks great from the lawn.

Danny Duffy (@Det vs Verlander, Tor vs Romero) Hey, Danny, good job on that last start.  Let’s move you up to the AP level of matchups now. As fast as he was added, he will be stamped with a triangle and then separated by color; green, brown, clear.  See ya in 3 weeks, I’ll send you a tickler.

Randall Delgado (NYM vs Santana, @Ari vs Kennedy) Let’s temper expectations a little; it was against Houston.  Julio Teheran was seen working on his core with Richard Simmons and an ice cream scoop.  The scoop could not be reached for comment. Good test for the youngen, after these two you should know what you’re getting and could be a popular pick if you don’t get him now.

Kevin Millwood (Cle vs Masterson, CHW vs Danks) “You know Bartolo Colon with his sneaky 4-ish ERA in a pitchers’ park?  That’s Millwood.”  That’s me quoting Grey.  If Millwood makes 30 starts I may start writing about fantasy synchronized swimming, because he will be a frequenter in this weekly post and I already hate it.

Drew Smyly (@KC vs Chen, Tex vs Lewis) Great lineup…check. At least one decent matchup…check.  Named after an emoticon…check. Hey, if he totally sucks, it was fun writing his name like this for awhile, Drew : )

Joe Blanton (@SF vs Bumgarner, @SD vs Bass) For streaming starts this is like a threesome with the 80′s version of Carol Alt and Ma’am from Webster.  Hey, no one really wants the details, it still counts.  Philly’s O is more like a Y right now with aspirations of being a real vowel someday.

Dillon Gee (@Atl vs Hanson,SF vs Lincecum) A rough matchup week for a guy I tend to like to outperform this year. True story, his facial inventory is causing PS3 to freak out.   Should market himself a little better and change his number to 6.  Oh well, the bottles are on ice so we have time.

  1. Boesch.0 says:
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    No Billingsley two-start? (@Mil, @Hou)

    • Chunk says:
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      @Boesch.0, Probably too heavily owned (83% in yahoo) to be considered a ‘streamer.’ Verlander has 2 starts next week too, but you can’t exactly go out and pick him up in many leagues.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Boesch.0, What he said

  2. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Smokey, 12 team h2h. Both me and my opponent have 2 starts this coming week. I’m thinking of dumping Stauffer (I’ve got three guys on the DL – Stauffer, Farnsworth and Craig – with only 2 DL slots) for Humber. Now I love my hodgepadres but how do you think Humber stacks up with Stauffer for the rest of the year? Should I just go with Humber and kick Stauffer to the curb?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Is Craig that valuable to ya? If not add Humber.

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Smokey, I’ve thought about it but I don’t have much MI depth and his 2B eligibility (Yahoo) makes him valuable when he gets back.

        I’m leaning towards standing pat and seeing how the week plays out. I think my pitching is pretty solid with Haren, Kennedy, Latos, Cahill, Masterson, Niscasio and Alvarez

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @3FingersBrown, holding is never a bad idea.

  3. Tony says:
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    I need a spot start TODAY, whats your pick outta these matchups:

    Edwin J. vs. Cin
    Bailey @was
    Hammel @ TOR
    Noesi vs OAK
    morton @ SF

    yep slim pickens…. i need wins, QS’s, K’s…. im screwed.

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Tony, I’d go Noesi on matchup alone.

      • Tony says:
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        @3FingersBrown, Porcello is available as well vs. CHW

  4. Raj says:
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    If Duffy can maintain his control, and his minor league numbers indicate that it’s a reasonable possibility, he has the stuff to become a very good pitcher. I recommend seeing him pitch.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Raj, for one start he has yeah but last year that wasn’t the case

  5. Tony says:
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    would you rather acquire GIO or Yovanni in a trade if you had a shot at one or the other?

    Knowing the teams, situations, etc gio or yo-ga?

    sounds like some type of Italian Mobster fantasy league?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Tony,

      Depends on the scoring cats. I’d go Gallardo if K’s are a factor but it’s pretty close. You can’t really go too wrong with either – they’re both good.

      • Tony says:
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        @Hawk, 10×10, so…. wins, losses, runs, bb, K, era, whip, saves, QS and HR’s…

        yep, buckwild.

        • Chunk says:
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          @Tony, I like Gio, and he’s probably cheaper to acquire. Drafts are still fresh in peoples’ minds so draft position and value are probably still irrationally correlated

  6. Hawk says:
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    Sucks that the Pirates have wasted two of the projected six healthy starts Erik Bedard will have.

    Duffy with starts vs. Detroit and Toronto this week. What’s the over under on his weekly ERA? 9?

    • Chunk says:
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      @Hawk, Under, I agree with Raj. Kid looked good.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Hawk, Maybe 8.75.lol

  7. Kane says:
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    Best long-term pickup: J.D. Martinez, LaHair, Schaffer, De Aza, or Furcal? Thanks!

    • Ozzie says:
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      @Kane,

      Speed or Power, depends on what you need

      Furcal will eventually get hurt and slow down, so i would rank him towards the bottom if considering long term.

      I would rank De Aza over Schaffer very easily, will be interest to see the power / speed combo of De Aza, possible a 12 HR 25 SB guy. Schaffer wont give you the power.

      Martinez and Lahair are too close to call IMO. I give the edge slightly to Martinez.

      Overall, I would go De Aza, Martinez, LaHair, Furcal, Schaffer. But if you need HR and RBI, Martinez/Lahair is a better choice over De Aza.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Kane, De Aza

  8. Kurt says:
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    Deep league 16 team head to head points league we start 11 bats with 3 dh and 3 of. With wright possibly dl bound, who sucks less, luke scott or johnny damon. Waiver is bare, bloomquist also there but bleh.

    • Chunk says:
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      @Kurt, Scott and Damon will both be competing for ABs. Bloomquist won’t give you the pop you’re probably looking for, but he is hitting, and at the top of a stacked Zona offense. Until Damon can outperform Hafner on a regular basis and Scott can prove himself worthy as the regular DH, I think you’re better off with Bloomy.

    • Smokey

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      @Kurt, Both pretty meh. Wright looks like he is avoiding the DL for now at least

  9. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Would you dump Farnsworth for Lynn or Milone? My other closers are, Street, Santos, Marshall, Santiago. I need ERA help, and Fister is on my DL.

    • Chunk says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, I would for Lynn

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Lynn, your ok with saves.

  10. Chunk says:
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    Anyone else nervous about Edwin J at home vs CIN? I am. Thinking about sitting him in my 16 team points league with Ws and Ls, 1500 innings cap. Don’t know why but I can’t seem to avoid owning him every year.

    Thoughts??

    • Chunk says:
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      @Chunk, Damn. Glad I played him. Copy and paste for his next start.

  11. Ozzie says:
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    Pick a side:

    Hanson + Beachy

    for

    Ian Kennedy

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ozzie, Def Hanson and Beachy.

  12. Chunk says:
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    Hanson/Beachy, but if you have a ton of SPs and you hate the Braves, it’s close enough to go with Kennedy

    • Ozzie says:
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      @Chunk, thanks for your input

      Not a ton of SP, but I like roster spots at the beginning of the season, and feel its only a matter of time before Hanson is on the disgraceful list.

      • Chunk says:
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        @Ozzie, Good point, especially if there are some FA gems that you could pick up with the extra room. Beachy is solid but young and still needs to prove himself. Kennedy is probably the safer choice.

      • Chunk says:
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        @Ozzie, Good point, especially if there are some FA gems that you could pick up with the extra room. Beachy is solid but young and still needs to prove himself. Kennedy is probably the safer choice.

  13. Chunk says:
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    @Ozzie

  14. 3FingersBrown says:
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    WTF is Lawrie doing trying to steal home with bases juiced and Joey Bats at the plate?!

    • Tony says:
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      @3FingersBrown, terrible baseball

  15. Tony says:
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    Grey/Smokey/Anyone: 10×10 league, im looking pretty stacked on offense, and because of that my staff is:

    Wainy
    Jzimm
    Sale
    Luebke
    Nova
    Samardjza

    RP: Puttz, motte, hanarahan, balfour, marshall….

    yep so not so strong there, good relief crew, starters are very shakey.

    We have a 32 inning min for pitching, and again we have 10 pitching cats: W, L, SV, runs, HR, bb, K, ERA, whip, QS

    What do you think of Ian Kinsler for Kershaw?

    I have Cuddyer and Kelly Johnson who are both 2B eligible.

    • Tony says:
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      @Tony, and while we’re at it what do you think of Matt Cain/Alex Gordon for Ian Kinsler???

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Tony, Either trade would work for me personally, adding the additional hitter in the second isnt a bad thing.

  16. Jim says:
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    Sounds like Wilson is gonna be done for year, Romo or Casilla can not screw this up in my FA bidding. Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jim, I think its going to be Casilla, with Romo and Affeldt mixed in some also.

  17. Matt says:
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    Would you drop Morneou for Lucas Duda?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Matt, Do you need more help in the Of or are you using Duda at the CI? I would prolly hold for now though Duda should be rostered any other droppable guys?

      • Matt says:
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        @Smokey, not really, I don’t think. It’s a 10 team league with regular spots, other than 2 Utility:

        H/AB*
        R
        HR
        RBI
        SB
        AVG
        OPS

        C
        Miguel Montero
        (Ari – C)

        1B
        Prince Fielder
        (Det – 1B)

        2B
        Brandon Phillips
        (Cin – 2B)

        3B
        David Wright
        (NYM – 3B)

        SS
        Elvis Andrus
        (Tex – SS)

        OF
        Howie Kendrick
        (LAA – 1B,2B,OF)

        OF
        Nelson Cruz
        (Tex – OF)

        OF
        Michael Bourn
        (Atl – OF)

        Util
        Paul Goldschmidt
        (Ari – 1B)

        Util
        Erick Aybar
        (LAA – SS)

        BN
        Drew Stubbs
        (Cin – OF)

        BN
        Justin Morneau
        (Min – 1B)

        BN
        Jemile Weeks
        (Oak – 2B)

        DL
        Ryan Howard
        (Phi – 1B)DL

        IP*
        W
        SV
        K
        ERA
        WHIP
        K/BB

        SP
        Max Scherzer
        (Det – SP)

        SP
        C.J. Wilson
        (LAA – SP)

        RP
        Huston Street
        (SD – RP)

        RP
        Sean Marshall
        (Cin – RP)

        P
        Javy Guerra
        (LAD – RP)

        P
        Hector Santiago
        (CWS – RP)

        P
        Tommy Hanson
        (Atl – SP)

        P
        Brandon Beachy
        (Atl – SP)

        BN
        Daniel Hudson
        (Ari – SP)

        BN
        James Shields
        (TB – SP)

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Matt, Yea i would hold for the next week.

          • Matt says:
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            @Smokey, thanks

  18. Ozzie says:
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    Indians and Royals cleared the benches twice tonight. I guess if we are not going to get good baseball then maybe we can get some good fights throughout the year.

  19. Tom C says:
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    Wainwright was dropped in my league. Would you drop any of these pitchers and hold on to him hoping he can find is groove?

    Worley, Niese, Chacin, Scherzer, Luebke, Cahill

    Thanks!

    • Disco says:
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      @Tom C, I’d drop Niese probably or maybe Chacin for Wainwright

      • Chunk says:
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        @Disco, drop chacin

  20. Brent

    Brent says:
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    Smokey,

    What do you think of my team (we draft 1 week into season). 12-team, NL-only, 4X4 (AVG/HR/RBI/SB, W/ERA/WHIP/S), $280 cap, Keeper, no bench, no max inning limit:

    C – Nick Hundley
    C- Jesus Flores
    1B – Joey Votto
    2B – Jed Lowrie
    3B – David Wright
    SS – Hanley Ramirez
    MI – Willie Harris
    CI – Lyle Overbay
    OF – Hunter Pence
    OF – Alex Presley
    OF – Kirk Nieuwenhuis
    OF – Scott Hairston
    OF – Rick Ankiel
    UT – Roger Bernadina
    UT – Matt Carpenter

    P – Brandon Beachy
    P – Juan Nicasio
    P – Jeff Samardzjia
    P – Cory Luebke
    P – Tim Stauffer
    P – Clayton Richard
    P – Aaron Harang
    P – J.J. Putz
    P – Javy Guerra
    P – Santiago Casilla

  21. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    How many $ to bid on Santiago Casilla? We have a $200 budget, I haven’t spent a buck yet, and I need Saves badly.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Shmorgie S. Board, $40, gotta splurge.

      • Shmorgie S. Board says:
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        @Smokey, Got him for $25, WHEW! It’s our first year using FAAB, so it’s hard to figure the market values. Next top bids were two for $16. The situation is a bit murky with Romo included, obviously. But I only have Street + a handful of strong handcuffs, so it was in my interest to go the extra buck (or nine).

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Shmorgie S. Board, nice

  22. Steve says:
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    What do you guys think about Correia tomorrow against San Fran? He looked very good in his first start against a powerful lineup and I think he’s got good stuff.

  23. MrHappyTime says:
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    Volquez or Westbrook today as streaming options?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Westbrook

  24. joe from point pleasant says:
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    bonifacio or encarnacion at 3b in a points league?

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