Some people start to majorly panic if their fantasy baseball team isn’t living up to expectations at this point … Week 2 of a 162-game season.
Team a little under the weather? Here are a few pick-me-ups for Week 3 games.
Baltimore: Brad Bergesen (SEA, BOS)
Boston: John Lackey (TB, BAL) and Tim Wakefield (TEX, BAL)
Chicago WS: John Danks (TB, SEA)
Cleveland: Justin Masterson (MIN, OAK)
Detroit: Dontrelle Willis and Rick Porcello (LAA, TEX)
Kansas City: Brian Bannister (TOR, MIN)
LA Angels: Joel Pinero, Scott Kazmir (DET, NYY)
Minnesota: Kevin Slowey (CLE, KC)
NY Yankees: Javier Vazquez (OAK, LAA)
Oakland: Gio Gonzalez (NYY, CLE)
Seattle: Doug Fister (BAL, CHW)
Tampa Bay: Jeff Niemann (BOS, TOR) and David Price (CHW, TOR)
Texas: Colby Lewis (BOS, DET)
Toronto: Brandon Morrow (KC, TB)
Arizona: Rodrigo Lopez, Dan Haren (STL, PHI)
Atlanta: Tommy Hanson (PHI, NYM)
Chicago Cubs: Randy Wells, Carlos Zambrano (NYM, MIL)
Cincinnati: Homer Bailey (LAD, SD)
Colorado: Aaron Cook, Jorge De La Rosa (WAS, FLA)
Florida: Chris Volstad (HOU, COL)
Houston: Brett Myers (FLA, PIT)
LA Dodgers: Chad Billingsley (CIN, WAS)
Milwaukee: Dave Bush (PIT, CHC)
NY Mets: Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey (CHC, ATL)
Philadelphia: Kyle Kendrick (ATL, ARI)
Pittsburgh: Charlie Morton (MIL, HOU)
St. Louis: Brad Penny (ARI, SF)
San Diego: Clayton Richard (SF, CIN)
San Francisco: Matt Cain (SD, STL)
Washington: Craig Stammen, Scott Olsen (COL, LAD)
Matchups to Exploit
Plenty going on this week, but my favorite matchup involves players for the Colorado Rockies. The squad splits the week against Washington and Florida. This means that Aaron Cook and Jorge De La Rosa are especially interesting options considering both the matchup and their likely two starts each this week. Also elevate Rockies players in your projections for Week 3.
Milwaukee doesn’t have it bad this next week, either, going up against Pittsburgh and Chicago. Considering the Brewers potential firepower offensively, these matchups may be just what the doctor ordered for some slower-starting Brewers in fantasy-land. Such as Prince Fielder.
In the AL, you have to love the Twins matchps this week. Cleveland and Kansas City are not scary teams in the least, and this could be week that Kevin Slowey shows everyone why this particular ninja was taking him late in drafts with glee this spring.
Lnace Berkman will likely be playing again in the majors starting Tuesday. Playing against the Marlins and Pirates this week, Berkman should be able to find a few juicy offerings and could be a sleeper start this week. Just remember that he isn’t the same Berkman we remember from before.
Aaron Hill will probably be off the DL starting Friday. For leagues that set rosters by the week, you should hold off on putting Hill into your lineup until next week. For those who have daily transactions, you can plan accordingly for this weekend’s matchup with the Rays.
Those panicking when they saw Derek Jeter out of the Yankees lineup can breathe a sigh of relief. He is suffering from a head cold and should be back Tuesday.
Aaron Rowand, who was beaned in the face by a Vicente Padilla fastball, had extensive facial breaks, but likely won’t need surgery. This means that he could be back by early May. Not that you’re starting him in anything short of a 14-team league, but still.