Fantasy Baseball Strategy Guide and News for 24 March 2009 (Issue 5)

He’ll Be Fine

Alex Gonzalez (Reds SS) strained his hamstring.
Nick Johnson had wrist surgery but will be starting at first for the Nationals.
Alex Gordon pulled his hamstring.
Fausto Carmona was struck by a line drive.
J.D. Drew has a $14 million hand contusion.
Kevin Youkilis has a healed heel.
Carlos Beltran has a stiff neck.
Orlando Cabrera has a tight back.

Starting Job in Jeopardy

Dana Eveland has been getting rocked all spring.

Name Recognition Means Nothing

Brad Penny should only be used in AL-only leagues.

Injured Starters

Rich Hill might begin the season on the DL.
Justin Duchscherer threw a bullpen yesterday.

Sleepers for Keeper Leagues

Chase Headley will be starting in left field.
Kelvin Pichardo was suspended for using a banned substance.
Chris Coghlan is hitting with power but should start the season in AAA.
Ricky Romero is good in AL-only leagues but may only be an injury replacement for Casey Janssen.
Scott Moore can hit, but there are no at-bats for him.
Joe Bisenius has been reassigned to the club’s minor league camp. So has Sam Narron. And Blake Hawksworth. And Yasuhiko Yabuta. And Paul McAnulty. And Daniel Bard.
Derek Rodriguez was sent back to the White Sox.
Landon Powell has a tight oblique but will be a backup anyway.
Brad Harman was optioned. So was Lou Marson. And Kyle Kendrick. And Tyler Greene. And Michael Bowden.
Brandon Knight cleared waivers.
Max Scherzer is a fifth starter but has enough K’s to consider adding for a dollar.
Jonathan Van Every will start the season in the minors.
Buster Posey impressed but just isn’t ready yet.

Major League Starter Doesn’t Mean Fantasy League Starter

J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park and Carlos Carrasco are battling for a fifth starter role. Same with Micah Owings and Homer Bailey. Owings is OK in NL-only leagues.
Zach Duke is a very average pitcher.
Eric Hinske should only be used in NL-only leagues. Same with Jeff Suppan, who is a No. 1 this year.
Shawn Hill signed with the Padres but is a No. 4 at best.

Breakout Candidates

Matt Kemp may be moving up the batting order because of his continued good performance this spring.

Closer Watch

Seth McClung is the favorite in Milwaukee.
Jason Hammel will be deep in the bullpen but walks too many guys for it to matter what he does.
Brandon Lyon only has the job by default.
Henry Rodriguez was sent to AAA. So was Vince Mazzaro.
Brian Wolfe has shoulder problems.
Chris Perez has finally begun throwing.
Joey Devine threw a bullpen yesterday and should be fine.

Other Stuff

Ronny Paulino and Chris Coste are backups at best. Carlos Ruiz is the starter.
Mike Hampton is worth considering as a No. 2.

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