Regular Articles

The Week:
Sunday, April 1st - Saturday, April 7th

Two Start Pitchers Worth Using:

  • STL: Chris Carpenter

  • TOR: Roy Halladay

  • DET: Jeremy Bonderman

  • ATL: John Smoltz

  • FLA: Dontrelle Willis

  • TBD: Scott Kazmir

  • LAD: Jason Schmidt

  • CHC: Carlos Zambrano

  • ARI: Brandon Webb

  • BOS: Curt Schilling

  • SEA: Felix Hernandez

  • HOU: Roy Oswalt

  • TEX: Kevin Millwood

  • SDP: Jake Peavy

  • FLA: Scott Olsen

  • HOU: Jason Jennings

You Make the Call:

  • NYM: Tom Glavine

  • PHI: Brett Myers

  • WAS: John Patterson

  • MIL: Ben Sheets

  • CLE: C.C. Sabathia

  • CIN: Aaron Harang

  • OAK: Danny Haren

  • PIT: Zach Duke

  • ANA: John Lackey

  • SFG: Barry Zito

  • NYM: Orlando Hernandez

  • TEX: Vicente Padilla

  • ANA: Kelvim Escobar

Don't Bother:

  • NYY: Carl Pavano

  • CHW: Jose Contreras

  • COL: Jeff Francis

  • KCR: Gil Meche

  • WAS: Shawn Hill

  • ARI: Livan Hernandez

  • OAK: Esteban Loaiza

Eight games this week:

Seven games this week:

At the hitter’s parks this week:

  • Coors Field: Arizona (4/2 - 4/4)

  • Ameriquest Field: Boston (4/6 - 4/7)

  • US Cellular Field: Cleveland (4/2, 4/4 - 4/5) and Minnesota (4/6 - 4/7)

  • Rogers Center: NONE

  • Minute Maid Park: Pittsburgh (4/2 - 4/4) and St. Louis (4/6 - 4/7)

  • Fenway Park: NONE

  • Tropicana Field: Toronto (4/6 - 4/7)

Ratchet them up!

Adrian Beltre (3B, Mariners): After an enormous spring during which Beltre tore the cover off the ball while astoundingly walking about as often as he struck out (a very good sign for Beltre), and a strong second half in 2006, Beltre looks poised to reemerge as one of the game's best third basemen.  Chances are, you got Beltre late in your fantasy drafts, or if you didn't, find the guy who did and try to nab him in trade.

Rich Harden (SP, Athletics): I have just one line to share with you all.  In 13.2 Spring Innings, Harden has 25 (!) strikeouts, 3 BB, 10 H, and 2 ER allowed.  As long as he stays healthy, he's a Cy Young candidate.

Chris Snelling (OF, Nationals): He's healthy, he's dangerous, and he's pounding the ugly tar out of the baseball for the Nats.  He still has to fight for playing time in an overcrowded outfield, but I guarantee you, he'll get plenty of playing time as long as he doesn't hurt himself again.

Barry Bonds (LF, Giants): I'm hearing crazy stories about Bonds being drafted very low in even enlightened leagues.  The man leads the Giants in spring batting and looks every bit as mobile and vital as he did in 2004.

Chris Iannetta (C, Rockies): Looking for that all too important spare catcher for you bench?  Might I humbly suggest this kid?  Normally I urge caution when trusting minor league hitting stats garnered in places like Tulsa and Colorado Springs (both notorious minor league hitter's havens), but he's moving to Colorado anyway!  He might turn out to be one of the best young players in the NL if things break right.

Jarrod Washburn (SP, Mariners): It's not so much that Washburn is a great guy to have on your fantasy roster (unless in you're deep AL only leagues), but the knee problems that limited his effectiveness last season are gone and Washburn is hitting 92 on the radar gun for the first time since 2002 when he and Pineiro were the talk of the AL West.  Keep one eye on Washburn this year.  He might surprise you.

Jorge Julio (CL, Marlins): Florida is a great place for an inconsistent but talented flyball/strikeout closer to go to get back in the game.  Julio had very mixed results last year in Arizona, but with his trade to the Marlins, he's a solid middle tier closer again.

Ratchet them down!

Chone Figgins (UT, Angels): Not only is Figgins injured at the moment (broken finger), but he will probably not get as much regular playing time when he does come back as he'll find himself competing with Gary Matthews Jr, Maicer Izturis, and Howie Kendrick for a job at one of his three positions.

Chris Burke (OF/2B, Astros): After hitting barely above the Mendoza line this spring, Burke has Astros fans worried.  He hasn't developed the way most envisioned, and he's running out of time to show signs of life.

Pedro Feliz (3B, Giants): Do yourself a favor and don't buy into the annual spring hype about Feliz and his raw power.  14 Ks to 1 BB scream .240 hitter.

Dave Roberts (CF, Giants): He's getting drafted too high in the mad scramble for steals.  If you need steals bad enough to consider Roberts, I recommend punting steals.  Roberts will be lucky to hit .250 this year, which goes nicely with his .290 OBP and .320 SLG.

Freddy Garcia (SP, Phillies): While it doesn't seem the latest injury scare with Garcia has too much in the way of long term repercussions, I would still be hesitant to trust Garcia with even a marginally high draft pick given the uncertainty about his arm.

Randy Johnson (SP, Diamondbacks): Consider RJ's latest "minor" injury a warning shot across your bow out there in fantasyland.  The guy is older than old.  Don't expect top flight performance just because his K/BB was still good last year.

Todd Jones (CL, Detroit): Avoid this guy at all costs unless you have no other closers to take and you absolutely need one more.  He's never been a particularly effective closer aside from the lucky saves he's been picking up the last year or two, and now there's a hot shot right on his heals (Joel Zumaya) who will almost certainly take the job away from Jones at some point this year.