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Fantasy Baseball START’EM AND SIT’EM for the Week of 4-16-18 through 4-22-18

Players with Matchups to Start and Sit for the Week

Week of 4-16-18 through 4-22-18

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Fantasy Baseball BEST HITTING MATCHUPS for the week of 4-16-18 through 4-22-18:

  1. Milwaukee Brewers  7  games at hitter friendly Miller Park.  3 games vs the bad Cincinnati Reds staff and 4 games vs the depleted Miami Marlins
  2. Philadelphia Phillies  3 games on the road vs the Atlanta Braves to start the week and then 4 games at home vs the Pittsburgh Pirates
  3. Houston Astros  7 games on the road with 4 games at the Seattle Mariners and Marco Gonzales (SP Seattle Mariners) and Ariel Miranda (SP Seattle Mariners) and 3 games at the suspect Chicago White Sox featuring James Shields (SP Chicago White Sox) and Lucas Giolito (SP Chicago White Sox)
  4.  Chicago Cubs 3 games at home vs Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha (SP St. Louis Cardinals) and the St. Louis Cardinals and 3 games at Coors Field. 
  5. Detroit Tigers 6 games at home vs Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman (SP Baltimore Orioles) who traditionally struggles in the 1st half and 3 games vs the Kansas City Royals and Eric Skoglund, Jason Hammel, and a struggling Danny Duffy (SP Kansas City Royals)

Fantasy Baseball WORST HITTING MATCHUPS for the week of 4-16-18 through 4-22-18:

Fantasy Baseball START’EM AND SIT’EM for the Week of 4-16-18 through 4-22-18

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  1. Minnesota Twins play only 5 games this week.  2 games vs Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco (SP Cleveland Indians) in Puerto Rico and 3 games at Tropicana Field vs the Tampa Bay Rays and 2 of their top 3 SP in Chris Archer and Blake Snell (SP Tampa Bay Rays)
  2. San Francisco Giants play 6 games on the road coming off 3 straight losses to the lowly San Diego Padres.  Giants face the Diamondbacks tough staff and then 3 at the Los Angels and Shohei Ohtani (SP Los Angeles Angels)  
  3. Cleveland Indians play only 5 games this week: 2 vs the Minnesota Twins in Puerto Rico and 3 games at the Baltimore Orioles vs Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner (SP Baltimore Orioles) who are both pitching well. 
  4. Washington Nationals play 6 games on the road vs the challenging New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers staffs. 
  5. San Diego Padres play 6 games this week starting off with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 3 games at home and then 3 games on the road against the tough Diamondbacks staff including Zac Godley and Patrick Corbin (SP Arizona Diamondbacks)

Please keep in mind this is to help you set your WEEKLY fantasy lineups.  Be very careful about benching STUDS that play only 5 games.  I have seen multiple occasions where players with 5 games out produce players with 7 games in points so don’t get CUTE with your lineups, especially in Week 3.  Fantasy owners who benched Khris Davis (OF Oakland A’s) and Matt Chapman (3B Oakland A’s) this week because they only played 5 games are regretting those decisions.

Fantasy Baseball TOP UNDER THE RADAR OR MIDDLE TIER Starting Pitchers (SP) with the BEST 2-start matchups:

  1. Nick Pivetta (SP Philadelphia Phillies) Tuesday April 17 at the Atlanta Braves (SP Mike Foltynewicz) and Sunday April 22 vs the Pittsburgh Pirates (SP Trevor Williams).  Pivetta is coming off 2 dominant performances vs the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds but is facing tougher foes this week.  Pivetta was one of the hottest FA SP pickups this week. 
  2. Mike Foltynewicz (SP Atlanta Braves) Tuesday April 17 vs the Philadelphia Phillies (SP Nick Pivetta) and Sunday April 22vs the New York Mets (SP Zach Wheeler).  Foltynewicz is pitching great this year even though he is not going deep into games.  Foltynewicz is facing 2 hot teams so it won’t be easy but he’s already dominated the Phillies this year and the Mets are due for some cold hitting.  
  3. Blake Snell (SP Tampa Bay Rays) Monday April 16 vs the Texas Rangers (SP Martin Perez) and Sunday April 22 vs the Minnesota Twins (SP Jake Odorizzi). Snell looked awesome vs the Chicago White Sox and pitched well in 2 of his 3 starts this year.  Snell is facing a depleted Texas Rangers lineup who is striking out a lot and a pesky Minnesota Twins lineup who does have several left handed hitters.  
  4. Junior Guerra (SP Milwaukee Brewers)  Tuesday April 17 vs the Cincinnati Reds (SP Sal Romano) and Sunday April 22 vs the Miami Marlins (SP Caleb Smith).  The Reds and Marlins are not hitting at all right now.  Guerra won’t go past 5-6 innings and doesn’t K a ton of batters but he did pitch well at the St. Louis Cardinals in his 1st start of the season this week. 
  5. Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP Los Angeles Dodgers)  Monday April 16 at the San Diego Padres (SP Robbie Erlin_?? Unannounced at this time) and Sunday April 22 vs the Washington Nationals (SP Jeremy Hellickson).  Ryu is not as good on the road as he is at home but it is against the San Diego Padres.  Ryu’s home matchup is against a somewhat depleted Nationals offense and crafty Jeremy Hellickson so Ryu still has a good shot at a win in both games. 
  6. Francisco Liriano (SP Detroit Tigers) Tuesday April 17 vs the Baltimore Orioles (SP Andrew Cashner) and Sunday April 22 vs the Kansas City Royals (SP Danny Duffy).  Liriano is off to a great start and already dominated the punchless Royals offense this year and is also facing a struggling Orioles offense.  The Orioles have the capability of lighting Liriano up but with Jonathan Schoop on the DL, the Orioles are more vulnerable than usual.  
  7. Brent Suter (SP Milwaukee Brewers) Monday April 16 vs the Cincinnati Reds (SP Luis Castillo) and Saturday April 21 vs the Miami Marlins (SP Jose Urena).  The Reds and Marlins are not hitting at all right now.  Suter won’t last past the 6th inning in either game and won’t strikeout a ton of batters but is a candidate to pitch well vs 2 slumping lineups and maybe get 2 wins. 

STREAMER MIDDLE TIER HITTERS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STARTING THE WEEK of 4/16-4/22/18:

  1. Scott Kingery (2B Philadelphia Philles).  Kingery is a rising star playing all over the field as a utility guy for the Phillies.  KIngery had a big week this week and continued his hot hitting today vs the Tampa Bay Rays with 2 hits and 3 RBI. 
  2. Justin Bour (1B Miami Marlins) has 3 HR in the last 5 games and is playing in 2 great hitter ballparks this week at Yankee Stadium and Miller Park.  The caveat is Bour is facing Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka at Yankee Stadium (SP New York Yankees).  Bour is very streaky and you have to ride these HR streaks when they come.
  3. Josh Bell (1B Pittsburgh Pirates) is heating up with 3 hits and 3 RBI on April 15 and gets Colorado for 3 games at home coupled with 4 games at Philadelphia.  I feel Bell will have a good week facing 6 right handed starting pitchers. 
  4. Domingo Santana (OF Milwaukee Brewers) has 7 games at home facing the awful Reds SP staff for 3 games and 2 left handed starters for the Marlins.  Eric Thames (1B/OF Milwaukee Brewers) left the game early on April 15 and if he’s out an extended time, Santana will definitely play every day.  Either way, Santana should play the majority of the games this week. 
  5. Travis Shaw (3B Milwaukee Brewers) has a great schedule this week as I have outlined in this article and I think Shaw has a big week. 
  6. Aaron Hicks (OF New York Yankees) hit 2 HR in his 1st game back from the DL and faces 4 left handed starters out of his 6 games where Hicks hit .312 with a .903 OPS vs left handed pitchers last year. 
  7. Cesar Hernandez (2B Philadelphia Phillies) still gets no respect from many fantasy owners but all Hernandez does is get hits, score runs, steals bases, and hits a few HR.  Hernandez has a nice schedule this week as outlined earlier in this article.  Look for Hernandez to have a solid week. 
  8. Kyle Seager (3B Seattle Mariners) has a tough 4 games vs the Astros staff but 3 of them are right handed starters and has 3 games at Arlington Texas where Seager  historically has a ton of success. 
  9. Adam Duvall (OF Cincinnati Reds) has very good career numbers vs several starting pitchers he is facing this week and hit a HR on April 15.  Duvall hit 30 plus HR the last 2 seasons.  Duvall is off to an ice cold start but the home runs will come.  I think the home runs start coming this week.  

Other streamer/middle tier hitters I feel will have good weeks are Yuli Gurriel (1B Houston Astros), DJ LeMahieu (2B Colorado Rockies), and watch out for Eric Thames’s injury status going into this week.  Eric Thames (1B/OF MIlwaukee Brewers) absolutely terrorized the Cincinnati Reds last year.  Keep in mind will most likely sit 2 games vs the Marlins over the weekend since the Marlins are starting 2 lefties.   Albert Pujols (1B Los Angeles Angels) has very good career numbers vs several starting pitchers he is facing this week and is hitting well right now in a very hot lineup. 

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