Fantasy Baseball Weekly Digest: Brian Dozier rolling, Cole Hamels returning, more

by Tim Heaney on April 20, 2014 @ 11:36:05 PDT

 

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Your prep for the coming fantasy baseball week

Trending

2B Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
BullDozier crushing it

Rising

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Falling

Sleepers of the week

SP Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers (April 21-24)

The Tigers haven't faced many left-handed pitchers this year yet haven't done much in that time. Quintana, who boasts some of the most sneakily good peripherals among big-league starting pitchers, lines up to face these rivals during this series and potentially once more the following week. The southpaw boasts a 2.70 ERA with 23 strikeouts against Detroit in four lifetime starts (26 2/3 IP).

SP Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves (April 25-27)

Bailey has reflected his first name too closely for his fantasy owners' comfort by giving up six in his first 14 1/3 innings. Atlanta ranks among the league leaders in homers versus righty arms, but they're near the bottom in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. If Bailey yields a tater or two, they may not cause much damage, and Bailey's velocity and strikeout ability remains intact even during his woes.

OF Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (April 18-20)

Martin's .230 career BA in 61 AB vs. the A's doesn't produce much confidence, but he's typically fared better in Arlington than elsewhere, and against righty arms than he has lefties. Oakland lines up to throw at least two of the former against him.

2B Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies (April 28-30)

Fantasy owners have had little desire to play Hill, considering his sluggishness out of the gate. Maybe it'll take more games against the Rox to get him going. He's 4-for-14 against them so far this year. In his previous first two full seasons with Arizona, Hill has hit .350 in 98 AB against them, with four of his five homers coming at Chase Field, not that hitter's paradise in Denver.

Bust of the week

OF Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays (April 22-24)

Kubel is off to a torrid start and has plenty of room for playing time. However, as has been typical in his career, he has done most of his damage versus righty hurlers. The Rays will probably throw David Price and Erik Bedard at Minnesota in that series, so despite the latter being a newcomer to Tampa Bay, Kubel should do a little less than his owners expect -- if he even plays.

Trainer's table

SP Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Hamels ready to go

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Phillies | Cole Hamels may have made final rehab start

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:23:01 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (biceps) pitched what was likely his final rehab start on Thursday, April 17, as he threw seven strong innings for Class A Clearwater. Hamels allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out two. Hamels, making his third start for the Threshers, threw 57 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Tip: Hamels will likely be activated off the disabled list early next week, when the Phillies play four games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Hamels could return as early as Tuesday, April 22.

Blue Jays | Jose Reyes on track for Saturday

Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (hamstring) is on track to return Saturday, April 19, because the weather on Friday, April 18, isn't expected to be favorable.

Fantasy Tip: Note this for your leagues that allow daily transactions.

Braves | Craig Kimbrel says he's ready

Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch side session Wednesday, April 16, and said his shoulder felt good. Kimbrel says he's ready to pitch.

Fantasy Tip: Kimbrel looks like he's dodged a bullet. Make sure he's in your starting lineups moving forward.

Pitcher Planner

SP Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds
Simon says "Start me!"

Streamers

Probable pitchers with attractive matchups next week, in descending order
(Owned in less than 50 percent of leagues polled)

Pitcher
Tm
Opp
Date
Wade Miley
ARI
@CHC
4/23
Alfredo Simon
CIN
@PIT
4/23
Ricky Nolasco
MIN
@TB
4/24
Jarred Cosart
HOU
@SEA
4/23

Two-Start Pitchers

Subject to change based on injury, weather, managerial decisions and other conditions

Strong

Pitcher
Tm
Opp 1
Opp 2
Adam Wainwright
STL
@NYM
PIT
Johnny Cueto
CIN
@PIT
@ATL
Yu Darvish
TEX
@OAK
@SEA
Chris Sale
CWS
@DET
TB
Felix Hernandez
SEA
HOU
TEX
Cliff Lee
PHI
@LAD
@ARI
Zach McAllister
CLE
KC
@SF
Hyun-Jin Ryu
LAD
PHI
COL
Wily Peralta
MIL
SD
CHC
Masahiro Tanaka
NYY
@BOS
LAA

Moderate

Pitcher
Tm
Opp 1
Opp 2
Francisco Liriano
PIT
CIN
@STL
Justin Verlander
DET
CWS
@MIN
Anibal Sanchez
DET
CWS
@MIN
Andrew Cashner
SD
@MIL
@WSH
Julio Teheran
ATL
MIA
CIN
James Shields
KC
@CLE
@BAL
David Price
TB
MIN
@CWS
Jon Lester
BOS
NYY
@TOR
Travis Wood
CHC
ARI
@MIL
John Danks
CWS
@DET
TB
Paul Maholm
LAD
PHI
COL
Mike Leake
CIN
@PIT
@ATL
Edinson Volquez
PIT
CIN
@STL
Dallas Keuchel
HOU
@SEA
OAK
Ian Kennedy
SD
@MIL
@WSH
Clay Buchholz
BOS
BAL
@TOR
Tom Koehler
MIA
@ATL
@NYM
Jorge De La Rosa
COL
SF
@LAD
A.J. Burnett
PHI
@LAD
@ARI
Wei-Yin Chen
BAL
@BOS
KC
Danny Salazar
CLE
KC
@SF
Brandon McCarthy
ARI
@CHC
PHI
Scott Feldman
HOU
@SEA
OAK
Miguel Gonzalez
BAL
@TOR
KC

Weak

Pitcher
Tm
Opp 1
Opp 2
Jeremy Guthrie
KC
@CLE
@BAL
R.A. Dickey
TOR
BAL
BOS
Dan Straily
OAK
TEX
@HOU
Tommy Milone
OAK
TEX
@HOU
Dillon Gee
NYM
STL
MIA
Jenrry Mejia
NYM
STL
MIA
Bronson Arroyo
ARI
@CHC
PHI
Garrett Richards
LAA
@WSH
@NYY
Jason Hammel
CHC
ARI
@MIL
Taylor Jordan
WSH
LAA
SD
Tanner Roark
WSH
LAA
SD
Ryan Vogelsong
SF
@COL
CLE
Mike Pelfrey
MIN
@TB
DET
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