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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.18.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

For games on Friday August 19th  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:

Jake Peavy 42% / % (CWS) vs. TEX

Derek Lowe 42% / % (ATL) vs. ARI

Phil Hughes 38% / % (NYY) @ MIN

Kevin Correia 35% / % (PIT) vs. CIN

Brett Cecil 17% / % (TOR) @ OAK

Rich Harden 15% / % (OAK) vs. TOR

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.16.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

For games on Wednesday August 17th  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:

Mark Buehrle 47% / 50% (CWS) vs. CLE

Bud Norris 34% / 35% (HOU) vs. ChC

Dillon Gee 27% / 26% (NYM) @ SD

John Lackey 27% / 20% (BOS) vs. TB

Carl Pavano 13% / 6% (MIN) @ DET

Brandon McCarthy 7% / 10% (OAK)  vs. BAL

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.26.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  For the second straight day we are faced with a slew of poor match ups, but we march on and dig deeper.

For games on Wednesday July 27th 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:

John Danks 48% / 42% (CWS) vs. DET

Carlos Zambrano 42% / 17% (ChC) @ MIL

Phil Hughes 41% / 32% (NYY) vs. SEA

Cory Luebke 38% / 52% (SD) vs. ARI

Javier Vazquez 33% / 9% (FLA) @ WAS

Bronson Arroyo 30% / 31% (CIN) vs. NYM

John Lackey 24% / 17% (BOS) vs. KC

Paul Maholm 17% / 11% (PIT) @ ATL

Barry Zito 11% / 4% (SF) @ PHL

Livan Hernandez 5% / 2% (WAS) vs. FLA

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NL Waiver Wire Gems

Nyjer Morgan, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (17% owned Yahoo, 24.2% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .331/29/3/20/6

Morgan has very low ownership, partly due to him being in a platoon with Carlos Gomez, but he seems to have gotten the bulk of the starts of late. Nyjer boasts superior plate discipline and comparable fielding prowess to his centerfield counterpart, and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, with 1 HR, 6 RBIs, and a steal (yea, need to see more of those).   Even if he gives up some playing time to Gomez going forward – Morgan will probably sit against lefties – if he can hover around .280-.290 the rest of the year, steal 13-17 bases, and score close to 30 runs, all legit outcomes in the vaunted Brewer lineup, you have yourself a sale rack star.

My Projection (all rest of season): .290/30/2/18/14

Raul Ibanez, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (40% Yahoo, 61.8% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .247/42/13/48/2

Ibanez isn’t one of those exciting waiver wire adds, i.e. the hot young prospect or the buzzy top of the lineup out of nowhere star, but he has been ridiculously productive of late: 4 HR and 14 RBIs in his last 7. Of course this torrid stretch won’t last much longer, but even when he levels off, he should be a solid run/hr/rbi man as your 4th OF/bench option.

My Projection: .265/35/9/39/1

Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (20% Yahoo, 10.7% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .247/22/5/16/3

It would be an understatement to say that Brown has been a disappointment thus far. First the hand injury, then a generally mediocre June, which ended with him hitting .214. He has raised his average over 30 points since July 1, and has a nifty 18/25 Walk/K ratio, so a big 2nd half could be forthcoming. Could produce similarly to Ibanez, with a better average and more SBs, plus the added bonus of youth and upside, if you are in a keeper league.

My Projection: .270/30/9/28/7

Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies (22% Yahoo, 10.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .219/33/10/34/3

Iannetta doesn’t hit for average, like most catchers, but he provides some pop and great plate discipline: .372 OBP, 52/63 BB/K ratio. If he ends up close to 65 R, 20 HR, 70 RBIs, with a near .800 OPS, could you really complain about that from your backstop?

My Projection: .230/29/8/30/2

Bud Norris, SP, Houston Astros (55% Yahoo, 71.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 3.59/1.28/118/5-6 (ERA/WHIP/K/W-L)

Norris is owned in the majority of leagues, but just barely in Yahoo leagues. His number should be closer to 75%, and should definitely be above the likes of Ricky Nolasco (72%), A.J. Burnett (63%), and – good god – Jonathan Broxton (really, 58% of you think he’s worth holding onto?!). He has come down some after his terrific start, but this is still a guy who Ks over 9 per 9, and who has brought his walks down this year as well. He has an xFIP of 3.42, so he isn’t just getting lucky. Yeah, he probably will not end up with a 3.5 ERA and a 1.2 WHIP, but the way he misses bats is more valuable than what the pitchers mentioned above do IMO (you could make an argument for Nolasco, but how long is he going to be “due” to bust out?). Go and get him if he’s still around.

My projection: 4.10/1.35/76/5-5

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.15.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Well, all good things must come to an end, and our streak of 10 consecutive wins ended after over 5 weeks and 18 picks.  Ironically the loss goes to Bud Norris who was the last pick to lose, but on the bright side – he put up a tremendous line that should win 99% of the time.

For games on Thursday June 16th 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:

Javier Vazquez 25% /  2% (FLA) @ PHL

Jeremy Guthrie 20% / 8% (BAL) @ TOR

Mark Buehrle 19% / 15% (CWS) @ MIN

R.A. Dickey 13% / 6% (NYM) @ ATL

Nick Blackburn 9% / 4% (MIN) vs. CWS

John Lannan 4% / 5% (WAS) vs. StL

Jordan Lyles 4% / 2% (HOU) vs. PIT

Mike Minor 3% / 1% (ATL) vs. NYM

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.13.11

Welcome to another week of Spot Starting.  As you can see from our season totals below, you can get ace caliber contributions if you play your match ups right.  Let’s keep the good time rolling shall we.

For games on Tuesday June 14th 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:

Bud Norris 45% /  43% (HOU) vs. PIT

Jonathon Niese 23% / 14% (NYM) @ ATL

Carl Pavano 21% / 6% (MIN) vs. CWS

Carlos Villanueva 10% / 4% (TOR) vs. BAL

Doug Fister 7% / 3% (SEA) vs. LAA

Jeff Karstens 4% / 2% (PIT) @ HOU

Randy Wells 3% / 1% (ChC) vs. MIL

Danny Duffy 2% / 1% (KC) @ OAK

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.09.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Well good ole Bud came through and kept our personal winning streak alive and dropped our ERA under 3!  Now if I could only follow my own advice maybe I could win a game in my league.

For games on Friday June 10th 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 40% / 16% (CWS) vs. OAK

Carlie Morton 34% / 39% (PIT) vs. NYM

Dillon Gee 28% / 30% (NYM) @ PIT

Jake Arrieta 21% / 13% (BAL) vs. TB

Travis Wood 17% / 31% (CIN) @ SF

Fausto Carmona 15% / 5% (CLE) @ NYY

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.07.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  We had a great 4th and Home night at Citizens Bank Park last night watching Cliff Lee dominate the Dodgers and Matt Kemp to the tune of 10 Ks in a 3-1 victory.

For games on Wednesday June 8th 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:

Bud Norris 44% / 40% (HOU) vs. StL

Bronson Arroyo 37% / 38% (CIN) vs CHC

Randy Wolf 23% / 21% (MIL) vs NYM

Carl Pavano 21% / 5% (MIN) @ CLE

Jason Vargas 9% / 7% (SEA) @ CWS

Carlos Villanueva 7% / 3% (TOR) @ KC

Zach Duke 5% / 4% (ARI) @ PIT

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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: 05.19.11

Welcome back to a soggy Spot Starting from the east coast.  A bunch of games were rained out Tuesday so be sure to check back on these probables for updates due to shuffling of rotations.

For games on Thursday May 19th 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:

Kyle McClellan 44% / 31% (StL) vs. HOU

Fausto Carmona 29% / 27% (CLE) @ CWS

Wade Davis 24% / 53% (TB) @ TOR

Derek Holland 22% / 5% (TEX) @ KC

Chris Narveson 16% / 11% (MIL) @ SD

Tyson Ross 7% / 7% (OAK) vs. MIN

Liván Hernández 5% / 2% (WAS) @ NYM

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