Welcome to baseball! Each week this season, I’m going to be dropping a hitting streamers article, giving you the best (and worst) hitters to target for the following week. Here are the teams you should be looking to get your hitting from this week:
The Numbers Game
With the latest COVID-19 outbreak on the Marlins, this info is subject to change. I'll try to update if we get more clarity. With that in mind, this assumes the Marlins will be back playing the Phillies on Tuesday. Week 2 (or Week 3 if you count the partial week?) has 15 of the 30 teams with a full seven game slate. The Red Sox are only scheduled for five games. The Nationals and Yankees might join Boston with a five-game week but we will have to wait and see if any additional games get added. The Orioles only have four games currently scheduled, not that there's too much fantasy appeal with Baltimore anyways...
Andrew Benintendi (91% owned) has struggled to begin the year and was even moved to the bottom of the Red Sox lineup. I'm benching him in Week 2. Honestly, dropping him outright is what I'd do.
The Reds stand out as a team that should continue to rake. They seem likely to get all righties in their seven-game slate. Joey Votto (75% owned) has started the year strong hitting .304/.429/.565 with two homers. He should continue his hot streak this week. I'll also continue to ride with Shogo Akiyama (44% owned).
The Blue Jays have struggled out the gate but I'm not benching any of their young standouts. They finish out the week in Boston and the Red Sox pitching is a great way to break out of a slump. Teoscar Hernandez has been on fire and is still only 30% owned. Scoop him up and put him in your starting lineup right away for Week 2.
The Rockies get four of their seven games at home. Ryan McMahon (67% owned), Garrett Hampson (57% owned), and Sam Hilliard (22% owned) all are worth a look in fantasy, assuming the Rockies actually play them.
The Giants are the visitors in a four-game set in Colorado. Mike Yastrzemski (50% owned) has been on a tear to begin 2020 and should continue to rake this week. The Double Switch podcast favorite is hitting a blazing .423 with a pair of home runs and eight runs scored so far this season.
With four lefties on the schedule, my dart throw of the week is Rays slugger Jose Martinez (6% owned). The 32-year-old owns a .974 OPS against lefties in his career.
Fade! Fade! Fade!
The Yankees are only scheduled for five games, with four of them being at Tampa Bay. Maybe not the best time to use Luke Voit (72% owned) or Gio Urshela (50% owned).
The Rangers offense has yet to take off in 2020. Texas travels to Oakland for three games before returning home to play the Angels thrice. I'm sitting Elvis Andrus (80% owned), Danny Santana (80% owned), and company (except for Joey Gallo) this week.