April 7th, 2018
I’m usually super conservative during the first week of both the NBA and MLB seasons.
This year was no different, as I play super light and take the “wait and see” approach – my overall feeling is that the long-ball will come into play less and steals will be the easy to find stat of the year. Pitchers are going to be better this year, meaning HRs are going to be at a premium. All the big boppers will see a drop off in HRs in 2018 vs 2017 and that’s ok — as long as we are on top of it. Steals are already up and HRs are down and pitching numbers will be better. Starters will pitch fewer innings and bull-pens will be over worked.
So there you have it… this past week was chalked full of ugly slates and there was no way I’m putting a line-up out there. I played light…. and am now excited about the next few days. Let’s take a look.
SP – Gerrit Cole vs San Diego – $9100
Easily the most expensive pitcher I’ve bought this season. Cole is easily the most dominating pitcher on this slate and will be super chalky. I love him at home against one of the worst hitting teams in the majors.
1B/C – Albert Pujos vs Oakland $2500
I have to go Pujols here, because my pitching price gobbled away my budget. He’s been OK so far this season, and I love him at home against Oakland’s pitching
2B – Jed Lowrie vs LAA – $2700
Jed is a hitter, and don’t let anyone who tell you otherwise. He’s been a healthy part of Oaklands surprisingly decent offense. I do like the pitching matchup as well along with the price.
3B – Yangervis Solarte at Texas – $3000
Solarte has been a great contributor for the Jays so far. He’s had a good series against TEX, and I expect that to continue.
SS – Carlos Correa vs San Diego $4500
Hands down the best hitting SS in the league with a combination of speed and power. I’ve gone to the well with him several times this year and I’m expecting him to go-off at some pant
OF – Justin Upton – vs OAK – $3500
Every day Upton’s ceiling is through the roof, the fantasy world is jus looking for him to consistently string it together. So far this year, Upton has been just fine. I want as much exposure to the Angels as I can get as they are a super streaky team.
OF – Starling Marte – vs Cincinnati – $3300
I love Marte this season and I think that he was over looked on draft day and in the daily game. He’s a legit 25/25 candidate and is now healthy and not taking steroids,
OF – Gregory Polanco vs Cincinnati – $3700
Polanco is finally doing what Scouts and fans have been expecting him to do. He’s getting on base like crazy and piling up the counting stats. This has translated into monster average daily production, so I’m rolling with Polanco until he stops producing.
UTIL – Cory Dickerson vs Cincinnati – $2700
Dickerson is another one of those guys who’s getting hot, and plays in good lineup as well. He’s piling up the counting stats and there’s no reason to believe he won’t keep this up.
Good Luck Gamers