Fantasy Baseball Weekly Notes (April 18-24)
The first week of fantasy baseball is in the books. For week two, we will return to the longer form Weekly Notes, much like what we wrote each week last season.
For starters, please note that this Monday is Patriots' Day in Boston. As such, the Red Sox vs Twins game will have an early start at 11:10 am EST. Make sure to confirm your lineups before then!
Around the league, there will be plenty of baseball this week, with every team scheduled to play at least six games and twelve teams scheduled to play on all seven days. Notably, the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals will play all seven of their games at home. It should be no surprise that each team listed above as playing all seven days projects well from a hitting standpoint this week.
Of the three teams listed, we plan to target a handful of Cubs this week after an impressive start to the season. If available in your league(s), consider signing Seiya Suzuki (OF, 93% owned), Frank Schwindel (1B, 70% owned), and Nick Madrigal (2B, 45% owned).
Coming off seven perfect innings, Clayton Kershaw (SP, 100% owned) is in line for a two-start week, both on the road, against the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres. I would not bench Kershaw, but proceed with caution as both of these lineups are much less favorable for LHP than the Minnesota Twins, who rank among the bottom of the league against such SP.
Two other two-start pitchers who have looked good to start the season and who we will target this week are New York Mets' Tylor Megill (SP, 71% owned), who will face the San Francisco Giants at home and the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road, and Miami Marlins' Jesus Luzardo (SP, 31% owned), who will face the St. Louis Cardinals at home and the Atlanta Braves on the road. Both Megill and Luzardo rank as top-25 SP for us on the week.
In this post, I will always discuss a few more players that I will be targeting on the waiver wire and who are currently available in most leagues:
- If you're still looking for a catcher, consider Oakland's Sean Murphy (C, 48% owned), who has played every game so far and currently has 2 HR.
-Los Angeles' Gavin Lux (2B, SS, OF, 58% owned) seems poised for a big season while hitting in a loaded Dodger lineup. Through eight games, Lux is hitting .348 with a HR and a SB.
- For those playing in deeper leagues, consider St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Jordan Hicks (RP, 9% owned), who is expected to make his first career start this week. Hicks has already thrown the fastest pitch in MLB history at 105.1 mph. Expect him to be on a limited pitch count at least for this week.