Not much grosses me out as much as Subway knives and people who don’t take the few extra moments to update their rosters in fantasy baseball.
Have you ever noticed that Subway uses the same knife to cut every sub they make? Every sub. They chop a footlong meatball sub in half with the same mayonnaise-crusted knife that they used to cut tuna subs. Perhaps it is just the Subway by me. Perhaps not. Either way, that’s just plain nuts.
So is neglecting your fantasy roster … especially in leagues where you set weekly lineups. Not sure why it such an issue for people, but if you ever plan to be successful in fantasy baseball, you need to do your homework and, at times, have tunnel vision for your squad’s best interests.
Here are some interesting things to note as you prepare to set your lineups for Week 2.
First, make sure you check out my list of pitchers who will likely start two games this week.
Checking that list out, it is hard not to get excited about pitchers such as Max Scherzer. He’s already one of my favorite fantasy commodities, but pitching twice thsi week … including once against the Royals and then against the not-yet-gelled Mariners … he makes a really nice play and should be inserted in all your weekly lineups.
Want some even deeper pitching value this week? Why not go red … as in Cincinnati Reds. Both Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo are pitching twice this week, and they get cupcake matchups in Florida and then Pittsburgh. The same matchups will likely help Jay Bruce wake up from his slow start to the 2010 season … at least that’s what I’m telling myself. He’s just too talented to not start crushing baseballs.
Another potential big bopper who’s been disappointingly quiet so far has been Chris Davis with the Rangers. Will a series against the Cleveland Indians help jolt him into fantasy relevance? Playing in the New York Yankees’ home run derby park should help, too.
Wondering what to do about recently injured players? Here are a few guys who may miss at least a few games this week.
Ian Kinsler continues to slowly recover and will likely be out until later this month. He shouldn’t be seeing your week 2 lineup.
Miguel Montero left Saturday’s game with a knee injury. Severity is not yet known, and it is likely he’ll miss at least half the coming week and perhaps see time on the DL. If you have other catchers available, you may want to sit Montero.
A tight hammy forced Ryan Zimmerman out of Saturday’s game and it is looking like he’ll miss at least a few games. Likely not much more than that, but enough to consider benching him in your weekly lineup leagues.
Hamstring tightness is an issue for another chinstrap ninja targeted player in Aaron Hill. He’s already missed three games and could be out until sometime next week. It sounds as though he’ll be back before Zimmerman, but it is a gamble as to when and how effective he’ll be when he returns. I’m starting him, but that is based more on a gut feeling than anything logical.
Jose Reyes returned to the Mets lineup Saturday and singled. He looks good to go and could be a great value for people who were able to steal him later in drafts thanks to his thyroid issues during the preseason. Be sure to start him in all league formats.
Brian Roberts is another player likely to miss time this week due to injury … this time a back tweak that could land him on the DL. Not a good time for fantasy second baseman (Hill and Kinsler included).
What are you looking at with your Week two lineup? Feel free to comment below, and if you have any questions about a specific roster move, feel free to mention it below or e-mail me directly here.