Fantasy focus: Saturday’s starters to target

By | April 20, 2013 1:10 am | 0 Comments

 

If you’re in daily fantasy baseball leagues, here’s a breakdown of starters to target for Saturday:

AL
L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at Baltimore (Hammel 2-1), 1:05 p.m., 1st game
N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 2-1) at Toronto (Buehrle 1-0), 1:07 p.m.
Kansas City (Shields 1-2) at Boston (Buchholz 3-0), 1:10 p.m.
Detroit (Porcello 0-1) at L.A. Angels (Richards 0-0), 3:05 p.m.
Minnesota (Worley 0-2) at Chicago White Sox (Peavy 2-1), 3:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 0-2) at Baltimore (W.Chen 0-2), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game
Cleveland (Kazmir 0-0) at Houston (Humber 0-3), 7:10 p.m.
Oakland (Parker 0-2) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
Seattle (Maurer 1-2) at Texas (Tepesch 1-1), 8:05 p.m.

NL
Miami (LeBlanc 0-3) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-1), 1:10 p.m.
Washington (G.Gonzalez 1-1) at N.Y. Mets (Hefner 0-2), 3:05 p.m.
Atlanta (Maholm 3-0) at Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 1-2), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (Lynn 2-0) at Philadelphia (Lee 2-0), 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 0-2) at Milwaukee (Burgos 0-0), 7:10 p.m.
Arizona (Cahill 0-2) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 1-1), 8:10 p.m.
San Diego (Richard 0-1) at San Francisco (Lincecum 1-0), 9:05 p.m.

Here are the players to target:

Must start

Cliff Lee looks good. … Jake Peavy has juicy start against Twins. … Clay Buchholz is rolling but he faces James Shields. Good matchup.

Good start

Tim Lincecum used to be a must start. After last season, I still need to see more from him to get bumped back into that category. … I like what I saw from Josh Beckett the last time out. … I’m really tempted to put Paul Maholm in Must Start against the Bucs. … I think the Nats bounce back today with Gio Gonzalez on the hill. … Bronson Arroyo and the Reds should get a win against the lowly Marlins.

Neutral

Trevor Cahill is in Colorado against Jorge De La Rosa. … I’m tepid for Nick Tepesch, although it is against the Mariners, which could be enough to bump him a little. … Jeremy Hellickson should get a win against the A’s. … Scott Kazmir gets his first start with the Tribe. Let’s wait and see how he does. … Philip Humber should rack up Ks against struggling Tribe. … Edwin Jackson’s matchup is OK. … Wei-Yin Chen is 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA. … Lance Lynn has a 2-0 record, but his ERA stinks. … Hiroki Kuroda had a complete-game shutout last time. Regression time. … Rick Porcello might get a win just because of the Tigers’ offense. … Garrett Richards faces those Tigers.

Avoid

Clayton Richard doesn’t do anything for me. … Don’t get cute with the Rangers’ Brandon Maurer. … Jarrod Parker’s ERA is still over 10. Pass. … Hiram Burgos? Nah. … No way I start James McDonald. … Jeremy Hefner shouldn’t start in any format. … Don’t think too long about Vance Worley. … Wade LeBlanc for the Marlins might as well be Matt LeBlanc. … Mark Buehrle’s ERA is 7.31.

– Rick Green

 

 

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