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Fantasy Baseball Week 5 (4/30 - 5/6)

5/4 - Chicago Cubs Carlos Marmol (71% owned Yahoo) has been removed of his Closer duties.  It is now up to James Russell (4%) and Rafael Dolis (9%).  Based on stats I would argue that Russell deserves the first shot.  With half the innings he has twice the strikeouts and a nice 0.00 ERA.  If you are Dale Sveum who do you let close?

Rafael DolisCHC130121130015.111861843.521.240.216
James RussellCHC9010001007.26000480.001.300.207

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Bobby Abreu.  Abreu was recently released by the Los Angeles Angels.  Juan Rivers is the LF at the moment, but he has a .175/.375 split against right and left handed pitching.  Clearly Abreu should see plenty of playing time against right handed pitching.

The New York Yankees Closer, Mariano Rivera, has been diagnosed with a Torn ACL.  His season is finished and most likely his career is too.  He injured himself shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City.  David Robertson seems to be the favorite to get the closer role but Rafael Soriano might get an opportunity as well.

The video is priceless -

ARod's reaction, the multiple camera angles, fly balls still flying overhead as they attempt to get Rivera in the cart, Girardi beaing out hustled to the warning track by a guy with a beer belly..amazing camera work.

5/3 - Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis has landed on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to Sunday April 29.  The stiffness in his back that has kept him out of games since Saturday April 28 is what is landing him on the DL.  If you are looking to add a player Chase Headley tops the list of eligible 3B and is just 68% owned in Yahoo leagues.  After him Chris Davis (56%) and Mike Moustakas(71%) are you best bets.  Chris Johnson of the Astros (5%) is there too but his 2 HRs and 6 RBI against the Mets the other day have boosted his stats to make him appear better then he has been.

5/2 - Milwaukee Brewers 1B Mat Gamel will miss the remainder of the season with a Torn ACL.

Johnny Damon is in the Cleveland Indians lineup tonight, batting leadoff

5/1 - New York Yankees Nick Swisher will miss this week due to a hamstring injury.  It does not look like a DL stint is likely

Division Leaders to start the week:
AL East - Orioles/Rays
AL Central - Indians
AL West - Rangers
NL East - Braves/Nationals
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Dodgers

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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 (11-11) - Jason Kubel has been Arizona's best hitter at .333 with 5 doubles and 3 home runs.  Only Miguel Montero (13) and Chris Young (13) have more RBI than Kubel's 12.  Because of the lack of offense from other hitters, he has scored just 7 runs, while Justin Upton (14), Aaron Hill (13), Gerardo Parra (13), Miguel Montero (11), Willie Bloomquist (9) and Chris Young (8) have all crossed home plate more times.  Kubel is owned in just 39% of Yahoo leagues.

Joe Saunders has been lights out in his 4 starts tallying 30 ip and a .90 ERA!  He has allowed just 19 hits over this span and just 1 HR, a solo shot to Dan Uggla.  Saunders is owned in just 29% of Yahoo leagues.

Atlanta Braves (14-8) - The Braves have been getting offensive contributions from most of their lineup, with 5 everyday players hitting over .270.  Oddly enough the one guy you would expect to be on that list, Brian McCann (.242), is not.  Michael Bourn (.344) is the only guy batting better than .274.  Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward and Martin Prado have combined for 32 XBH.

Brandon Beachy has been the highlight of this Braves pitching staff.  His 4 starts have lead to just 25.2 innings pitched, but his WHIP currently sits under 1 and his ERA is just 1.05.  The back end of the bullpen is the best in baseball with Jonny Venters setting up Craig Kimbrel.  Over 17.2 innings they have allowed just 14 hits, 2 earned runs and struck out 33 batters.  You don't want to be losing to the Braves heading into the 8th inning.

Chicago Cubs (8-14) - The Cubs have one of the worst offensive in baseball.  However, they do have a nice option in Bryan LaHair who is just 49% owned in Yahoo leagues.  In his 55 ABs, LaHair has hit 4 HRs and driven in 12 runs while scoring 10 himself.  Only David DeJesus (13) has scored more time while Starlin Castro also has 10 runs scored.  On top of the 4 HRs, LaHair has also hit 7 doubles, leading to a .727 SLG.  Clearly there are owners who need LaHairs bat and they shouldn't hesitate to pick him up.

Outside of Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza there is nothing to own in the Cubs rotation and/or bullpen.  If you can trade Carlos Marmol and/or Kerry Wood you should do so.  Let us know what you are getting in return!

Kansas City Royals (6-15) - Mike Moustakas is only 67% owned in Yahoo leagues.  What is wrong with you fantasy owners!  If you are reading this and he is not currently on your roster, yet available in your league, he better be by the time you close this window.  He is currently the 17th best 3b eligible and the only one less than 72% owned.  Hitting .315 Moose has 7 doubles, 3 HRs, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored.

Danny Duffy (3.63) is the only Royals starter with an ERA under 4.  The talented young lefty has Kd 20 hitter over his first 17 innings in his 3 starts and if he can ever keep his pitch count down, will be capable of pitching deeper in to games and hopefully earn 15 wins this season. Duffy is not worth an add just yet, but at 11% owned there is time to wait on him.  If you see him string together 3 or 4 good starts in a row, feel free to add him to your roster.

Los Angeles Angels (7-15) - If I told you in March, that 21 games into the season not one Angel would have double digit RBI would you have believed me?  Didn't think so.  Vernon Wells (11) is the only Angel to score 10+ runs and he drove himself in 4 times with HRs.  Mark Trumbo has been the Angels best hitter, and due to a lack of a position, he doesn't even get to play everyday.  At just 72% owned in Yahoo leagues, he is worth an add to your roster as he will earn more starts and ABs as the season progresses.

Scott Downs has moved into the closer role for the Angels.  At just 41% owned he is worth an add if you need bullpen help.  Just let it be known, that he has never been a strike out pitcher, so don't expect help in that category.  The 36 year old has struck out just 485 batters in 632 innings.

Miami Marlins (8-13) - Omar Infante is owned in just 64% of Yahoo leagues.  He is slugging .759 hitting 6 doubles, 2 triples and 5 HRs.  His 13 runs leads the Marlins, and he would also be leading the team in RBI if Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes were batting betting then .205.

Mark Buerhle is just 50% owned in Yahoo leagues, but is worth a look.  He might not strike out a bunch of batters a night, but he will keep his and your teams ERA and WHIP nice and low.  If the Marlins offense ever gets going, he might actually win 12+ games.

New York Yankees (12-9) - Mark Teixeira is off to another terrible April.  But owners should have no fear as he always ends up at the top of the 1b list.

David Phelps (2% owned Yahoo) has moved into the starting rotation as Freddy Garcia has been moved to the bullpen.  Phelps has made 6 apperances lasting 17.2 innings and has a nice 3.57 ERA.  The only scary thing about Phelps is the 4 homers allowed.  If you need pitching help, Phelps could be worth a look this week in spot duty.

Philadelphia Phillies (10-12) - Ty Wiggington (14% owned Yahoo) has done a nice job filling in this year for the Phils.  Batting over .300 with 3 doubles and 2 HRs, Wiggy can serve as a nice role player for your fantasy team.  With Howard not due back anytime soon there are plenty of ABs available for Ty.  Plus he has 1b, 3b, and OF eligibility.

Even with a team pitching staff at 2.99, the Phillies find themselves under .500 and in 4th place in the NL East.  The staff is nearly top 10 in every pitching category, as expected.  Many people believed Vance Worley had a flukey season last year, but he is proving otherwise.  He is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA striking out 27 batters in 25 innings.  Only downside is the 4 HRs allowed, but at 72% owned he is worth adding to the roster.

Pittsburgh Pirates (9-12) - Pedro Alvarez continues to disappoint.  Even though he has 8 extra base hits including 4 HRs, he has just 7 RBI and is hitting .200 on the season.  If the Pirates are serious about winning, they will let Casey McGehee play third and either move Alvarez back to the minors, or have him come off the bench.

AJ Burnett has been great since returning to the NL.  In his 2 starts, he has Kd 15 batters in 13 innings.  With a bunch of starts against the WEAK NL Central (outside of St. Louis) Burnett should have a nice year and at 27% owned in Yahoo leagues, if you are looking for pitching help, Burnett could be useful.

Seattle Mariners (11-12) - Mariners young 3b Kyle Seager is just 10% owned in Yahoo leagues.  He also has SS eligibility, which makes his .279 average, 7 doubles and 1 round tripper look even better.  A big plus for him is that he has struck out just 9 times in 19 games. 

Jason Vargas is a solid MLB pitcher and threw 4 CG last year, 3 for SO.  He will win 10 games, pitch 200 innings and keep a low WHIP and respectable ERA.  If you need pitching help, he is just 26% owned in Yahoo leagues.

Tampa Bay Rays (14-8) - Matt Joyce is off to another hot start.  He has 10 XBH including 2 triples which has lead to a .314 average, a .667 SLGand 12 runs scored.  He is just 67% owned and can help most owners.  Luke Scott is another Rays batter off to a hot start, with 5 HRs and 5 doubles, Scott is SLG .610.  At just 36% owned, Scott can provide some pop.

Fernando Rodney is only owned in 80% of Yahoo leagues.  He has 7 saves, and an ERA under 1!  If you are looking for saves, see if Rodney is available. 

Toronto Blue Jays (12-10) - Edwin Encarnacion must have drank Jose Bautista's mojo.  Encarnacion has 20 RBI already and has hit 7 HRs while Joey Bats is hitting just .190 with 3 HRs and 10 RBI.

Kyle Drabek is 26% owned in Yahoo leagues, yet has an ERA of just 2.45 over his first 4 starts.  Another pitcher who allows more HRs then you would like, but with the Jays offense providing him nice run support, Drabek is a nice add for spot starts.

Every other team plays 6 games
  • Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals play all 6 at home
  • Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, 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 Fake Teams post

Aaron Harang@COL, @CHC
Adam WainwrightPIT, @HOU
Brandon BeachyPHI, @COL
Brian Matusz@NYY, @BOS
Bronson ArroyoCHC, @PIT
Bud NorrisNYM, STL
C.J. WilsonMIN, TOR
Charlie Morton@STL, CIN
Chris SaleCLE, @DET
Chris Volstad@PHI, LAD
Clay BuchholzOAK, BAL
Cole Hamels@ATL, @WAS
Drew HutchisonTEX, @LAA
Duane BelowKC, CWS
Felix Hernandez@TB, MIN
Hector Noesi@TB, MIN
Hiroki KurodaBAL, @KC
James McDonald@ATL, CIN
Jeff Samardzija@CIN, LAD
Jeremy HellicksonSEA, OAK
Jhoulys ChacinLAD, ATL
Joe WielandMIL, MIA
Jonathan Sanchez@DET, NYY
Jordan ZimmermannARI, PHI
Kyle DrabekTEX, @LAA
Luke Hochevar@DET, NYY
Mark BuehrleARI, @SD
Matt CainMIA, MIL
Matt MooreSEA, OAK
Mike MinorPIT, @COL
Nick Blackburn@LAA, @SEA
Patrick Corbin@MIA, @NYM
Phil HughesBAL, @KC
R.A. Dickey@HOU, ARI
Randy Wolf@SD, @SF
Ricky Nolasco@SF, @SD
Tom Milone@BOS, @TB
Trevor Cahill@WAS, @NYM
Ubaldo Jimenez@CWS, TEX
Vance WorleyCHC, @WAS
Yu Darvish@TOR, @CLE