Well my friends, or enemies, it has come to be again:  Baseball… sorry… fantasy baseball! Is there anything more addictive than fantasy baseball? Twenty plus weeks of stats and trades, adds and drops. Preseason stuff is all well and good… but we want competition amongst our so-called friends.  Week one started early and for those in weekly leagues that can’t use any of this: I’m sorry.  For those who can, start off by asking yourself, “Will this help me?” and “Do I really need to add any of these players?” The answer to both of those questions is subjective: It all depends on league size, team need, and scoring setup.  So use the advice I give with fair warning and don’t just do it ‘cause I made a suggestion because this is only a guide of who pitches twice.  I can only show you the way, but you must walk it. I believe it was Q-Tip who said it best when he said, “If knowledge is the key than just show me the lock.” Well, I’m giving you directions to the lock store.  So, as I embark on my second decade of fantasy baseball (Damn, I’m getting old.  I remember doing this with a pen, a piece of paper and a newspaper.  They don’t even make those things anymore!), here are your week 1 two start starters for fantasy baseball. (Pitching match ups and games may change so keep that in mind.) Good luck!

Dallas Braden (@Tor-Reyes, @Min-Duensing) – Grandma’s ‘lil quilter. My inside voice is telling me he is going to get hurt this year.  My outside voice told me to shut up and get me a beer.  Very lucky last year.  Match up guy most of the year for me. Not too bad to start off the year though.

Erik Bedard (@Tex -Ogando, Cle- Masterson) – Healthy, well currently yes. May need to join Tod Lubitch to stay that way though.

Brian Duensing (@NYY-Garcia, Oak-Braden) – Vanilla is the best way to describe him. You add a good lineup, decent defense behind him, and a splash of dual eligibility and that’s baby making stuff.

Bud Norris (@Cin-Leake, Fla- Sanchez) – Ahh Bud, why do you hurt me? Your K numbers look like a down blouse shot of Brooklyn Decker, and your WHIP makes her look like Bea Arthur. Will be a drop and add guy most of the year.

Chris Young (@Phi-Hamels. Was-Lannan) – Can he be healthy for longer than an episode of Robot Chicken? Spring numbers look great, but so what? He is healthy now, so use him while he is, ‘cause you can’t when he isn’t, duh.

Aaron Harang (SF-Bumgarner, LAD-Redding) – Harangatang in the SD zoo… awesome!  2 starts at the Pet’, yes and thanks.

Jason Hammel (LA-Kershaw, @Pit-McDonald) – Could be sneaky this year. Pitched way better and without the luck. Check the numbers, I’ll wait.  How can you not like a guy with a name so close to a tchotchke?

Mike Leake (Hou-Norris, @Ari-Enright) – He got tired by June 1st last year. 2 great starts vs. what looks on paper to be bad teams.  Good start could lead to better things…

Jo-Jo Reyes (Oak-Braden, @Ana-Kazmir) – The least owned name on this week’s list. Play anyone vs. Kazmir, he is hot garbage. Run support, check.  Named after a clown, check.  That, right there, is like the fantasy daily double!

James McDonald (@STL-McClellan, Col-Hammel) – Can he be the first fantasy relevant starting pitcher in Pittsburgh since Ollie Perez in ’04? Possibly. This is an upstart team with a baseball savvy manager. Double digit wins and 170 k’s are not out of the question. Or that’s what I said right before I threw a penny into the fountain.

Jason Marquis (@Fla-Sanchez, @Nym-Capuano) – Doing “Hawk and Animal” proud this week. Missed half of last year due to injury… Yeah, no one noticed. Pitched OK to end last year, don’t expect much on the year but 2 decent match-ups help for the first week of streaming season.

  1. agarthered says:

    Don’t think i’ll be starting Bedard in Arlington. Think im going to wait and see how he does first, before throwing him into the fire!

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:

    chris young will be interesting to watch,i know paulie is rooting for the old sandbagger

  3. timSTi says:

    Seeing these posts makes me miss my H2H league. Fell apart last year. Oh well. Keep up the good work though

  4. dave says:

    Get on it now girls… Britton will be the AL ROY.

  5. NewBVick says:

    I <3 Carmona!!! (razzball)

  6. Exactly says:

    @newbvick: the thing about carmona is if you try to get him now, you’re still buying high.

    I’m going on a limb, but Lind is gonna be a top 20 guy this year. Watch out!

  7. we need 2 start starters in week 2 already – thanks for putting this together

  8. bobbo says:

    Anyone else afraid to start Colby Lewis against the BoSox tonight, or is it just me?

  9. DiscoD says:


    Who has the best matchup of the three starters tonight?

    DLR vs ARI
    Daniel Hudson @ COL
    Marcum @ CIN

  10. LMack says:

    Beckham looks due for a good year.

  11. nyydj2 says:

    Any word yet on Stanton? Need to make a lineup decision by 4 EST on him today, tentatively have pulled him. Is St. Louis waiting for the &^&^&*appendix to try batting practice before they use that thing called a disabled list?

  12. JoeC says:

    Time for that AJ Burnett bounce-back! ;)

  13. bshow says:

    I am in a 10-man Points League…should I do this trade?
    Joe Mauer / Ryan Howard / Adam Jones for
    Andrew McCutchen / Evan Longoria / Kendry Morales

  14. JG_ism says:

    Wire decisions in by Sunday night…
    Hold on and wait out for Pavano or drop home for McClellan or McDonald?

  15. JG_ism says:

    That’s drop him (Pavano), not drop home….

  16. ltf says:

    I trade Posada and Mark Reynolds for Geovany Soto and Pablo Sandoval. Talk me out of it.

    Looks like everyone gets to join in my Kyle Drabek love.

    How about:

    “Your mother, Drabek!”(Sean Connery/Trebek)

    Son of Git R’ Done(Doug Drabek had an epic mullet/goatee combo)

    Baseball Bieber

    The Flaxen Bieber

    Platinum Bieber

  17. RyGuy says:

    Shaun Marcum sucked today…. thought he’d be a solid 4th starter. Moving forward, should I stick with him or Bumgarner or Hellickson as my 4th? Or just look at matchups?

    I love the site…. you’ve won me numerous trips to the finals in my baseball AND football leagues.

  18. Long Bawls says:

    Was just offered Rasmus, McCutchen and Hensley for Weaver, Wright and C Young (pitcher/roams the Serengeti). I could make the argument for this trade–I already have A-Rod, and Young MC might be as good as Wright–but it doesn’t seem like I really come out ahead, right?

  19. IgnatiusJReilly says:

    Grey….how do you feel about Johan Santana in a 10 team 8X8 keeper league?….I mean,he’s just sitting on waivers,and Im trying to come up w/ a good reason why I shouldnt stash him on the DL til’ he comes back,even if its next year-dude’s only 31 yrs old.

  20. IgnatiusJReilly says:

    ….also,what about Dom Brown?

    he’s sitting on waivers too…..I really dont need more OF’s,but thats some serious talent to just ignore,no?

  21. Earl Battey says:

    I inadvertently build a Razzball staff around Ubaldo, Liriano, Wandy and Volquez (though I didn’t start Volquez) in a weekly 5×5 league. My ugly choices for this week include (I need 3):

    Ubaldo, questionable for his start vs. LAD
    Volquez vs. HOU
    Liriano @ NYY
    Bedard @ TEX, vs CLE
    Wandy vs. FLA
    EJackson vs. TB

    I think given the matchups and most recent performances, Liriano, Bedard and Wandy are all basically unplayable this week.

    I guess I’m leaning towards EJax, Volquez and Ubaldo. Hopefully the Rox will just skip Ubaldo is he’s still dealing with the cut on his thumb. I guess I could also throw Chapman out there and hope for a vulture win.



  22. Mr2Bits says:

    Drew has really done a number on my team at SS. Until his vagina can heal, I have been using Ian Desmond who has as good of a BA as Carl Crawford right now. Would you lose Desmond for any of these guys until Drew comes back?

    Angel Sánchez
    Mike Aviles
    Álex González
    Erick Aybar
    Yunel Escobar

  23. LMack says:

    Anyone starting Mad Max @ NYY today?

  24. Roger Dodger says:

    Starting Max Scherzer today against the Yanks? That would be a big negatory. I didn’t even consider it given his rough spring and the way those guys hit Verlander and Penny. If he does well today… like 3 ER or fewer… I’ll be glad to pitch him on his next start… but I think I’ll sit him until he gets into the flow regardless of his opponents. Great guy, but nobody needs to start the season in an ERA hole.

  25. Child Please says:

    12-team H2H 5×5 (H instead of AVG), 8-player keeper
    Would you use your 2nd overall waiver pick for Asdrubal? I would drop Valencia…

    C- McCann
    1B- Smoak
    2B- Howie Kendrick
    3B- Wright
    SS- Andrus
    MI- Brignac
    CI- Jose Lopez (3B)
    OFx5- Nelson Cruz, Choo, Pence, Snider, Raburn
    UTIL- Adam Lind
    BEN- Ben Fransico, Valencia
    DL- Utley, Morales

  26. Tony says:

    H2H im getting drilled in pitching this week, need to salvage some points: Should I drop MINOR for a spot start from:

    Nova vs. MIN
    or Ogando vs. SEA? I’m leaning heavily towards ogando? really nothing to lose…

  27. elwood blues says:

    I need a starter in an NL only 4×4 12-team keeper.. what’s your take on Lannon??

    my rotation right now.
    2-Latos-DL – likely will keep active since our 1st pickups are next week

    Other options Livan, Gorzo.. or go with closers in waiting Hernandez, Melancon, Ry. Webb.. and hope for some vulture wins and maybe some svs later this yr.

  28. JoeC says:

    Smokey! AJ “Take that scorecard and” Burnett did ok yesterday. We’ll see how he does the rest of the year, but for this one day, you are vindicated! :)

  29. dja says:

    my team has way too much speed and not enough power,

    12 team h2h 5×5 with obp.

    would you consider trading bj upton + hanrahan or cordero for werth? how about upton for carlos quentin?

    current outfield is mccutchen, bj, and granderson with vernon wells/luke scott/brandon belt at util

  30. Dingo says:

    @anyone: Which of the following pitchers is worth a wait-and-see roster spot?

    Jonathon Niese
    Bud Norris
    Mike Minor
    James McDonald


  31. ken plane says:

    Javier Vazquez looked awful, must have thought he was still in the AL

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:

    kemp gors yard,yes

  33. Jim says:

    is kershaw a 2 start pitcher this week? One site says yes, other says Redding going.

  34. Outlaw says:

    Should I drop Scherzer or Marcum in favor of Drabek? If so, which one?

  35. Outlaw says:

    Oops, details: 8-team mixed H2H points league.

  36. Outlaw says:

    Thanks! OK, here’s one more: I own both Mike Stanton and Drew Stubbs. Stubbs has been great so far; to quote someone else above, I <3 Stubbs. Stanton has been sitting. I have a bunch of RH OFs anyway…. So should I trade Stanton? Or trade one of my other RH OFs: CarGo (L), Kemp, Braun, Pagan (S), Chris B. Young, and wait for Stanton to come around?
    P.S.: Pagan and Young now providing all my SBs since dropping Rajai Davis.

  37. Outlaw says:

    Thanks again…. Patience is never my strongest suit…. Including UTIL i can start five of them. Lately Braun Kemp Cargo Stubbs and Young or Pagan.
    Love this board, Grey!

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