Position Players to Start
In the last two weeks Elvis Andrus has been on a tear, scoring thirteen runs and hitting .379.
This week he has five matchups against starters against whom he is hitting .360 or better with four home runs.
Make sure he is active for your team.
J.J. Hardy was dropped in many leagues a few short weeks ago, but has turned it around of late and not only belongs on your roster, but also, in your starting lineup this week.
Hardy has clubbed five home runs in the last two weeks and gets four matchups against pitchers against whom he has had success.
Some position players have an impressive looking stat line due to a limited number of at bats, but vets like Shane Victorino have been around long enough to tally several at bats and when their stats are examined they seldom are misrepresented.
If that is true, Victorino is set up for a strong week this week as he has earned a .290 or better batting average against four of the starters he is expected to face.
I don’t have to tell you to start Jose Bautista do I?
Maybe I need to remind you though.
Bautista was off to a slow start and you may have thought best to sit him until he returned to form.
He has recently returned to form, smacking five home runs in the last couple of weeks.
In his career he has also hit five home runs against the pitchers that he should face this coming week.
Make sure he isn’t wasting his resurgence on your bench.
If you are looking for a sneaky play in your outfield, you should consider sliding Josh Willingham in to your lineup.
He hasn’t faced two of the starters that he will see this week, but against the four others he is 10-for-22 with a home run.
Willingham has three home runs in his previous twelve games and could be an “under the radar” starter for you this week.
Shin-Soo Choo has been hitting the ball as well as anyone since he moved back to the top of the batting order.
Considering his recent success and his upcoming matchups Choo is an absolute must start this week.
Choo has hit .319 going 44-for-138 with six homeruns against the starters that he will face this week.
Position Players to Avoid
Many fantasy owners latched on to the Astros’ scrappy second baseman Jose Altuve when he got off to a hot start this season.
He has recently cooled off a bit and enters this week facing some unfavorable matchups.
The sampling is smaller, but Altuve has only managed to get one hit in sixteen at bats against the starting pitchers that he will face this week.
Predicting a poor performance is difficult, but when a player is likely to miss several games on the week it makes your decisions much easier.
Omar Infante was scratched from the Marlin’s lineup Sunday due to a death in his family.
There is no timetable set for him to return to the team, so for lineups that have to be set Monday if will be difficult to plug a player in who may miss extended time.
Drew Stubbs has not been hitting the ball well of late and you may want to sit him this week if you have hotter hitting options.
Stubbs has only one multi hit game in the last two weeks.
This week when Stubbs and the Reds face off with the Braves; he will square off against three starters that he has combined to go 0-9 against.
Mark Teixeira hardly ever finds his place on this list, but a variety of circumstances are working against him this week.
Teixeira rested this weekend as he tried to fight of a bronchial infection and was limited to only one pinch hit appearance Sunday.
In the last couple of weeks Teixeira has barely eclipsed the dreaded “Mendoza line”.
Mix in a hitless stretch (0-9) against four of the starters Teixeira and the Yankees will face and you have to consider sitting him this week.
Two Start Pitchers
Mark Buehrle gets two starts this week, but he can’t be started without some trepidation.
Buerhle has pitched well against the Rockies but has not been successful against the Giants.
His mixed success and general low strikeout performances make it difficult to pencil him in this week.
Jamie Garcia…two home starts?
Garcia has a strong track record against the Padres and Phillies.
This appears to be the perfect set of circumstances for a great week.
Ricky Nolasco is often a coin toss type starter, but this week he gets two starts against teams that he has dominated in his career.
Nolasco is a combined 9-2 with an earned run average of around two when facing these foes.
Make sure he is ready to go for you this week.
After some early season woes, Yu Darvish has recovered nicely and turned in a string of impressive starts.
This week he gets the Mariners and Blue Jays.
Get him in you lineup this week.
In case you haven’t noticed the Astros’ Bud Norris has been dealing of late.
Norris had been a one trick pony in the past racking up strikeouts amidst inconsistent starts.
This season he is 4-1, still racking up strikeouts and this weeks he is the beneficiary of two attractive matchups.
Grab him up and get him in your lineup while he is still under the radar.
Never the model of consistency, Ubaldo Jimenez is faced with two tough matchups and belongs on your bench this week.
Both the Tigers and White Sox have found his pitching to their liking.
Make sure Jimenez is reserved this week.
Gio Gonzalez is pitching very well this season and is approaching the “start every outing” class.
He gets two starts this week and certainly should be active in your lineup.
Adam Wainwright has been successful using precision control on the mound.
His return from Tommy John surgery has been a bit bumpy as he struggles to get his control back.
This week he gets two starts against the Padres and Phillies.
He has a strong track record against these clubs and could get back on track this week.
One Start Wonders
Even though these guys get only one start this week, all signs point to them having the opportunity to register good numbers.
Make sure to have them active.
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