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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.03.11

Happy Friday from Spot Starting.  It’s a gorgeous weekend on the East Coast, perfect baseball weather.  Let’s see what we can do to make your weekend even better on the fantasy baseball front.

For games on Saturday June 4th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Edwin Jackson 42% / 18% (CWS) vs. DET

Aaron Harang 39% / 24% (SD) vs. HOU

Charlie Morton 30% / 32% (PIT) vs. PHI

Jake Arrieta 22% / 16% (BAL) vs. TOR

Derek Holland 21% /5% (TEX) @ CLE

Fausto Carmona 18% / 8% (CLE) vs. TEX

Doug Fister 6% / 4% (SEA) vs. TB

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.20.11

Well all good things must come to an end, and our 3 game streak of good picks did so last night with Travis Wood.  But at least I didn’t have any money on it, right Killboy?

For games on Wednesday April 20th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Chris Narveson 45%/44% (MIL) @ PHL

Wade Davis 16%/51% (TB) vs. ChW

R.A. Dickey 25%/12% (NYM) vs. HOU

Erik Bedard 11%/4% (SEA) vs. DET

Bud Norris 11%/3% (HOU) @ NYM

Jon Garland 8% / 5% (LAD) vs. ATL

Charlie Morton 4%/2.5% (PIT) @ FLA

Bartolo Colon 3% / 0.4% (NYY) @ TOR

My Pick: Wade Davis vs. White Sox

Alternate: R.A. Dickey vs. Astros

Deep League Special: Bartolo Colon at Blue Jays

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems – National League

Everyone knows you need to make a few moves throughout the season and it’s not all about the draft. This post is designed to help you rule the waivers!

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.17.11

Welcome to the 3rd edition of  Spot Starting, if you missed our first couple posts, read herefor the explanation of how this works.  We also now have results from my first picks from Friday night, I’ll be keeping tabs on how my picks worked at below, and so far so good.

For games on Sunday April 17th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo) with percent owned, team, and opponent:

Michael Pineda 46% (SEA) @ KC

Alexi Ogando 45% (TEX) @ NYY

Chris Young 34% (NYM) @ ATL  Likely to be scratched

Clayton Richard 32% (SD) @ HOU

Mark Buerle 19% (CWS) vs. LAA

Brian Duensing 18% (MIN) vs. TB

Fausto Carmona 17% (CLE) vs. BAL

My Pick: Michael Pineda at the Royals

Alternate: none

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.15.11

Welcome to 4th and Home’s latest daily article called Spot Starting where we will highlight Starting Pitchers who are likely available on your league’s waiver wire and are projected to be starters the following day.  As we’ve discussed a lot on this site, starting pitchers are a lot less consistent and hard to predict year to year.  We’ve also pointed out all the value to be had in Starters late in drafts and off the waiver wire.  Using the last guy(s) on your bench as a flex position that you drop/add can be a very useful strategy to pad your pitching stats, especially in daily leagues.  On days when you have open pitcher slots it’s always advantageous to scan the waiver wire for favorable match ups.  Pitchers might be hard to project year to year, but it’s much easier to look at single game match ups and splits, much as you might do in Fantasy Football with your Defense.  One minor caveat is to be mindful of your league’s rules on maximum number of moves you can make in a season.  For instance, the league I play in allows 60 moves.  In a 22 week season, that’s around 3 per week.  Allowing for DL moves and other waiver pickups, if you do 1-2 Spot Starts per week, you should be just fine and you might just pick up a few extra head to head wins or eke out a pitching category.

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2011 National League West Previews: Padres

Today’s Focus: San Diego Padres

2010 Record: 90-72, 2nd in NL West

The Padres shocked the baseball world last year by finishing 2 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the West and 1 game behind the Atlanta Braves for the wild card spot. Their 90 win season can be attributed to their strong pitching and solid defense. Will they be able to shock us again?

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National League Centeral Previews: Reds

Today’s Focus: Cincinnati Reds

2010 Record 91-71, 1st Place NL Central. Lost to Phillies in NLDS

The same Cincinnati Reds that brought you the NL Central Championship last year are back with no major changes to its core of talented players.  The pitching staff is anchored by the 1-2-3 punch Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, and Edison Volquez.  Former 1st round pick, Homer Bailey, finally showed some consistency last year and will get a chance to win one of the final spots in the rotation this spring.  The bullpen took a hit with Arthur Rhodes departure, but hard throwing uber prospect Aroldis Chapman will likely take his take his spot, and could wind up as the team’s closer

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