Tracking injury, weather factors an essential part of Week 1 lineups
Week 1 of the fantasy baseball season might be the easiest lineup to fill out. You drafted your guys and if you are like most owners, you will want to have at least a three-week evaluation period before making any major moves. Let 'em ride.
The first thing you need to gauge is health. Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, Grady Sizemore and -- hold your breath here -- Carlos Beltran just might be ready to use in lineups when the action opens up Thursday. Chase Utley, Zack Greinke, Kendrys Morales and Jake Peavy ... not so much.
The second thing to worry about is the weather. It isn't all sunshine and fun this time of year in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington. One rainout in a short week could cost you a victory in head-to-head leagues. Watch your players scheduled for games in those cities, including their opponents (Pirates, Brewers, White Sox, Diamondbacks, Angels, Astros and Braves).
There is very little reason to sit any of your starters this week outside of injury or weather concerns. Spring training stats mean
First, let's take a look at some savvy starts for this week, hitter-wise. We will break down the starting pitchers Wednesday before lineups lock.
By the way, Rotisserie leagues should allow you to set a lineup Thursday and another one Monday. Some head-to-head points leagues might consider the first scoring period to be March 31-April 10, a span of 11 days.
These guys are fit to play, barring any late setbacks in the coming days.
Let these pitchers and hitters prove to be healthy and productive before trusting them in your lineups.
As for the slew of players who are day-to-day with various ailments late in spring, expect those to heal quickly. Playing spring games is more of a nuisance for veterans. They will answer the bell for the first week if they are not headed to the DL.
You obviously shouldn't trust any players who are headed for the DL. Here is a breakdown of the fantasy-pertinent players expected to open the season there:
Baltimore Orioles -- Brad Bergesen (arm)? and Justin Duchscherer (hip)
Arizona Diamondbacks -- Zach Duke (hand)