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Fantasy Baseball Week 3 (4/16 - 4/22)

4/22 -
  • Marlon Byrd was traded to the Red Sox for Michael Bowden.  Byrd should jump right into the Sox lineup. The Cubs then placed Ryan Dempters on the 15-Day DL(quad) and recalled Tony Campana.
  • The Phillies placed Cliff Lee on the 15-Day DL (oblique)
  • The Diamondbacks placed Dan Hudson on the 15-Day DL (shoulder)
  • The Blue Jays placed Sergio Santos on the 15-Day DL (shoulder)
  • AJ Burnett made his Pirates debut.  7 innings 7 strikeouts 2 walks, 0 runs and the W

4/19 - New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been placed on the 15-Day DL with a strained right shoulder. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman should be joining him soon as he has aggrevated his calf again. Matt Carpenter will take over the everyday first base duties for the Cardinals is now a must own. He has produced more than most of your starting first basemen/third basemen, driving in 11 runs and he has just 24 AB!

4/18 - The Diamondbacks have called up 1st round draft pick AJ Pollock.  The kid has wheels and hit 41 doubles while stealing 36 bases last year in the minors.  He is getting the nod in center field today due to recent injuires to Chris Young and Justin Upton.  Not much long term value but could help you the rest of this week/however long Young/Upton are out.

Another week into Fantasy Baseball and more players have hit the disabled list.  Jacoby Ellsbury will miss at
least the next two months, while Brian Wilson is done for the season.  Let us know how you plan on replacing these guys and we will tell you if we have better ideas!

Division Leaders to start the week:
AL East - Orioles/Yankees/Blue Jays
AL Central - White Sox
AL West - Rangers
NL East - Nationals
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Dodgers

Daily Starting Lineups
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MLB Depth Charts
Baseball Monster

Pitching Probables
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Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Teams Playing 7 Games:
Arizona Diamondbacks (6-3) - Josh Collmenter and Daniel Hudson have been terrible.  Their 4 starts have gone just 17.1 innings and they have allowed 20 earned runs.  With 7 games at home this week, the Diamondbacks pitching staff should be able to keep the Pirates and Braves off the scoreboard.
Atlanta Braves (5-4) - Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters continue to be one of the best setup/closer combo in the league, probably only behind Robertson/Rivera in New York.  They have pitched 8.2 innings of shutout ball with 14 strikeouts.  However, they have walked 6.  With the Mets in town for 3 before heading to Arizona, these two flamethrowers will need to pitch under control.
Baltimore Orioles (5-4) - The Orioles are still in first place in the tough AL East.  Weiters(.286), Andino(.303), Reimold(.323) and Jones(.343) leading the team in hitting and have hit 8 of the teams 13 home runs.  They have also driven in 17 of the teams 33 runs.  They travel to Chi-Town to face the White Sox for 4 games, before hitting up the West Coast to take on the Angels.

Chicago White Sox (5-3) - Like fine wine, Paul Konerko and AJ Pierzynski continue to get better with age.  They are leading this White Sox offense that is struggling to score runs (24th in the league).  The pitching staff has been great allowing 5+ runs just twice in 8 games while holding oppnents to 3 or less runs in the 5 other contests.
Detroit Tigers (6-3) - Victor Martinez is out for the season, Miguel Cabrera is hitting just .242 and the Tigers offense is still top 5 in nearly all offensive categories.  Austin Jackon's .412 avg has lead to 10 runs scored already which is tied for 3rd in the league behind Matt Kemp (13), Ian Kinsler (11), and tied with Mark Ellis and Josh Hamilton.  A 3 game series in Kansas City is on tap before hosting the Texas Rangers in what could be some high scoring games at Comerica Park.

Houston Astros (4-5) - If you still don't know who JD Martinez is, you are missing out.  We wrote about him last year and he continues to be great this season.  He has a hit in every game and 4 multi hit game.  His 3 doubles and 3 home runs have lead to 10 RBI and 5 runs scored. 

Los Angeles Angels (3-6) - After spending all that money on free agents Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, fans must have expected a 9-0 start.  More than half of the pitching staff has an ERA over 6!  A 4 game series with the Oakland Athletics should help them get back on track. 

Minnesota Twins (2-7) - The Twins have gotten off to a slow start, and this is a tough week coming up.  First they have to go to New York and take on the Yankees for 4 games, before heading to Tampa to take on the Rays.  Josh Willingham and Denard Span have 27 of the Twins 70 hits.  Mauer and Morneau have combined for just 15.

New York Yankees (5-4) - Derek Jeter (.610) actually leads the Yankees in slugging.  6 of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases, with 4 doubles and 2 home runs.  He has as many hits, doubles and home runs as Granderson and Teixeira combined.  A 4 game series with the Twins in the Bronx should help Grandy and Tex hit some homers before a 3 game series at Fenway, another great park for lefties.

Oakland Athletics (4-6) - Jemile Weeks leads the team with 9 hits over the teams first 10 games.  That is awful.  If your pitchers are going against the A's be happy.  Or if you are looking to add a pitcher for the day, or series, take whoever is going against Oakland.  This week it's the Angels and Indians.

Philadelphia Phillies (4-5) - A 7 game stint on the west coast awaits the Phillies.  A 3 game series with the Giants is followed up with a 4 game series in San Diego.  The offense has been struggling with out Utley and Howard but they were able to break out against the Mets on Sunday for 8 runs.  Still not many fantasy options in the Phillies lineup outside of Victorino, Pence, Rollins and Ruiz.

San Diego Padres (2-8) - As expected, the Padres offense has struggled early on.  Jeremy Hermida is the only player on the roster with a batting average over .286 and he has just 4 hits. 

Tampa Bay Rays (7-3) - David Price lasted just 3 innings in his last start and James Shields' ERA is over 5.  Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson have each allowed 3 home runs over their first two starts in just 26.2 innings pitched.  If the Rays want to win the AL East, they are going to need their rotation, which is one of the best in the game, to pitch to their talent level.
Washington Nationals (4-5) - Desmond (.354), Werth (.350) and LaRoche (.341) have been the only offense for the Nationals driving in 21 of the teams 36 runs.  While Zimmerman (.194) and Espinosa (.179) struggle to get hits, they have been patient at the plate and their walks have lead to 16 runs.  The pitching staff has been key early on as they have just a 1.99 ERA as a team.

Every other team plays 6 games
  • Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners play all 6 at home
  • Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians,  Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers play all 6 on the road
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster

Two Start Pitchers
For a more in depth breakdown of each starter, check out Fake Teams post

ARIKennedy/SaundersPIT, ATL
ATLDelgado/HansonNYM, @ARI
BALArrieta/Chen@CHW, @LAA
BOSDaniel BardTEX, NYY
CHCRyan Dempster@MIA, CIN
CHWDanks/HumberBAL, @SEA
CINJohnny Cueto@STL, @CHC
CLEJustin Masterson@SEA, @OAK
COLJeremy GuthrieSD, @MIL
DETVerlander/Smyly@KC, TEX
HOURodriguez/Weiland@WAS, LAD
KCDanny DuffyDET, TOR
LAAHaren/WeaverOAK, BAL
LADChad Billingsley@MIL, @HOU
MIAJosh JohnsonCHC, @WAS
MILYovani GallardoLAD, COL
MINLiriano/Pavano@NYY, @TB
NYMDillon Gee@ATL, SF
NYYSabathia/GarciaMIN, @BOS
OAKMcCarthy/Bass@LAA, CLE
PHIHalladay/Blanton@SF, @SD
PITErik Bedard@ARI, STL
SDCory Luebke@COL, PHI
SEAKevin MillwoodCLE, CHW
SFTim LincecumPHI, @NYM
STLKyle LohseCIN, @PIT
TBShields/Niemann@TOR, MIN
TEXColby Lewis@BOS, @DET
TORRicky RomeroTB, @KC
WASStrasburg/GonzalezHOU, MIA