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Interleague Impact (May 2 – 8): C.J. Cron Becomes A Must Sit & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that interleague play can cause some changes for our lineup construction.  Which NL teams are going to benefit from adding a DH for a few games?  Which AL teams are going to lose their DH, which may lead to fantasy owners needing to sit that player down?  Let’s take a look:

 

Washington Nationals at Kansas City Royals (May 2-4)

Considering the injury history of Ryan Zimmerman he should DH at least one game, and maybe more, which will open up at bats for Clint Robinson. That’s going to make him a sneaky play for those in daily formats or maybe in NL-only leagues (he had 10 HR against RHP last season), but he’s not likely going to get many AB the rest of the week.  The few games in the lineup will be nice (especially for those in daily formats), but it’s not enough to justify considering him in mixed leagues.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: May 2 – 8: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Just like that the calendar has turned to May. While performances, both that of individuals and teams, still has a ways to go before stabilizing, we are starting to get a better idea of what to expect out of 2016. The same can be said for your fantasy squad, as standings are starting to steady a bit and there’s a clearer picture of what you need.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week and whether they deserve a spot in your starting lineup or if they warrant a FAAB claim:

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; vs. Washington
  2. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Chicago Cubs; at St. Louis
  3. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – vs. Minnesota; vs. Seattle
  4. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at Cincinnati; vs. Colorado
  5. Matt Harvey – New York Mets – vs. Atlanta; at San Diego

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Interleague Impact (April 25 – May 1): Is There Risk In Using Carlos Santana & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that interleague play can cause some changes for our lineup construction.  Which NL teams are going to benefit from adding a DH for a few games?  Which AL teams are going to lose their DH, which may lead to fantasy owners needing to sit that player down?  Let’s take a look:

 

Boston at Atlanta (4/25-4/26)

David Ortiz/Hanley Ramirez
It’s hard to imagine the Red Sox sitting David Ortiz for two games, thanks to the loss of the DH, so we’d expect him to start one of the two games in Atlanta (at the expense of Hanley Ramirez). One guaranteed day off in a seven game week does little to impact either player’s outlook so plan on using them as you normally would.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: April 25 – May 1: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Coming off a week with few good options, this week those looking at the two start options are treated with a slew of good ones. Several of the top pitchers in the game are set to toe the rubber twice, as well as many of the guys in the middle tiers. Who should we be looking to avoid? Who are the streamers worth considering? Let’s take a look at all the options:

 

Tier 1 (The Elite):

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Mia, vs. SD
  2. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – vs. Cin, vs. SF
  3. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – vs. SD, at NYM
  4. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – at Tor, at Bal
  5. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Col, vs. Cin
  6. David Price – Boston Red Sox – at Atl, vs. NYY

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Interleague Fallout Week 3 (April 18-24): Should Byung Ho Park Land On Fantasy Benches?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that interleague play can cause some changes for our lineup construction.  Which NL teams are going to benefit from adding a DH for a few games?  Which AL teams are going to lose their DH, which may lead to fantasy owners needing to sit that player down?  Let’s take a look:

 

Milwaukee at Minnesota (4/18 – 4/19)
The Brewers will get the benefit of a DH for a pair of games in Minnesota, but is there really a benefit? While it will allow them to keep someone like Ryan Braun’s bat in the lineup, while giving him a day of rest, there isn’t an obvious slugger on the bench who would be a plug and play. With only two games with a DH we’d anticipate Braun getting one day (opening up AB for Kirk Nieuwenhuis) and Jonathan Lucroy likely getting the other (getting Martin Maldonado a start). As we said, just use the Milwaukee offense as you normally would.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: April 18-24: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

While the standings are beginning to stabilize, we are still too early into the season to take any rash action. Sure your strengths and weaknesses are starting to become visible and apparent, but it is difficult to draw any reasonable conclusions on two weeks of action and limited innings pitched. With that being said, let’s take a look at the pitchers who are slated to take the mound twice this week and see what value they may, or may not, offer (and a lot of these options are best left, not even on the bench, but on the waiver wire):

Tier One:

  1. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – at Philadelphia; at Atlanta
  2. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Miami; vs. Minnesota
  3. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Seattle; at Detroit
  4. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – vs. Washington; at San Francisco

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