Oaktown Steve commented that he is '...always looking for an edge.' Seemed like a great jumping off topic. The way I think
: Since I will not be drafting an SP (streaming), and consequently not locking up bench slots with SP, the bench slots are available to stream hitting and pitching.
Game 1 yields a perfect op to jump in front my league (not in one yet, but plan for RCL). TEX@HOU showcases MLB with the first game--Sunday, March 31. The VERY EARLY matchup looks like this:
GM1: Darvish vs. Norris
Normally, I would not expect to find a streamable SP on Day 1. However, currently, the lowest draft position I find for Norris is #263 at MDC. Bet you didn't recollect that he opened the season last year with a 7IP, 4-hit W home vs. COL. He won EIGHT of his first NINE, including wins over WAS and STL and TWO over MIL. A no-brainer, right? NOT-SO-QUICK
: I see SON burying him due to the formula based, in part, on season FIP,WHIP, etc. Will have to weigh his start last year against his overall marginal skills. If he looks strong this spring, he is my likely:Streamer #1--Norris,HOU,home vs. TEXWe aren't done yet:
Still have TWO available bench slots. None of the rest of the pitchers on either side sports streamable periphs. What about HITTERS
Here's the two best over the first 3 games, TEX@HOU:
Justin Maxwell,HOU, current ADP around 275. in 2012: vs. #1Darvish, 2 for 3 with 1 HR; vs. #2Holland, 1 for 2 with 1 HR.
David Murphy,TEX, with a current ADP around 225 he probably doesn't fall far enough to get streamed. vs.#2Harrell, 2 for 6 with 1 HR; vs. #3Lyles, 3 for 4 with 1 HR.SUMMARY: Stream:Su, March 31: Norris(?) and MaxwellTu, Ap2
(game 2 of the series): Maxwell and Murphy
(if he falls)
Other possibles gm1: Moreland, TEX, .468 SLG vs. right, 290-ish ADP
F.Martinex, HOU, .514 SLG vs. right, 350 ADP
Castro, HOU, .458 SLG vs. right, 330 ADP
Wallace, HOU, .425 SLG vs. right, 360 ADP(pass on Pena, Soto, L.Martin, and J.D. Martinez)
Just put this on your watch list and see how the spring swirls. There will be plenty more ops for GM2's, Mo, April 1. Of course, the fools' joke is on you if you don't stream SP--your available slots will be locked up by those must-haves, and these first, of daily, ops will float right by you.