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Dream Weaver

Friday, April 22, 2011

Angels ace Jered Weaver has won all five of his starts this season, and he'll look to push his record to 7-0 next week when he makes two starts, against the Athletics and Rays. His owners should be downright giddy. Weaver headlines a rather barren "Strong Plays" group in the AL, but you'll find a number of solid mid-tier options (I'm particularly interested in seeing whether Clay Buchholz can rebound from a slow start with a couple cake match-ups against the Orioles and Mariners).

National League note: Ubaldo Jimenez, was originally listed as a two-start pitcher but his start has been moved up from Monday to Sunday. Thanks to reader Chris for the heads-up.

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
Gio Gonzalez: @LAA (Weaver), TEX (Harrison)
Jered Weaver: OAK (Gonzalez), @TB (Davis)
Justin Masterson: KC (Hochevar), DET (Coke)

Decent Plays
Kyle Drabek: @TEX (Lewis), @NYY (Burnett)
Colby Lewis: TOR (Drabek), @OAK (Anderson)
Wade Davis: @MIN (Blackburn), LAA (Weaver)
A.J. Burnett: CWS (Humber), TOR (Drabek)
Nick Blackburn: TB (Davis), @KC (Hochevar)
Luke Hochevar: @CLE (Masterson), MIN (Blackburn)
Phil Coke: SEA (Bedard), @CLE (Masterson)
Gavin Floyd: @NYY (Colon), BAL (Britton)
Clay Buchholz: @BAL (Britton), SEA (Bedard)
Zach Britton: BOS (Buchholz), @CWS (Floyd)

At Your Own Risk
Matt Harrison: TOR, @OAK (Gonzalez)
Erik Bedard: @DET (Coke), @BOS (Buchholz)
Bartolo Colon: CWS (Floyd), TOR
Phil Humber: @NYY (Burnett), BAL (Arrietta)

National League

Strong Plays
Jaime Garcia: @HOU (Norris), @ATL (Lowe)
Matt Cain: @PIT (Morton), @WAS (Zimmermann)
Cliff Lee: @ARI (Kennedy), NYM (Dickey)
Ricky Nolasco: LAD (Garland), @CIN (Arroyo)

Decent Plays
Jordan Zimmermann: NYM (Dickey), SF (Cain)
Aaron Harang: ATL (Lowe), @LAD (Garland)
Charlie Morton: SF (Cain), @COL
R.A. Dickey: @WAS (Zimmermann), @PHI (Lee)
Marco Estrada: CIN (Arroyo), @HOU (Norris)
Bud Norris: STL (Garcia), MIL (Estrada)
Jon Garland: @FLA (Nolasco), SD (Harang)
Matt Garza: COL (De La Rosa), @ARI (Hudson)
Bronson Arroyo: @MIL (Estrada), FLA (Nolasco)
Ian Kennedy: PHI (Lee), CHC (Russell)
Daniel Hudson: PHI (Oswalt), CHC (Garza)
Derek Lowe: @SD (Moseley), STL (Garcia)

At Your Own Risk
James Russell: COL, @ARI (Kennedy)

Streamer City

The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:

American League

Wednesday, 4/27: Scott Baker vs. TB
Baker is coming on after a slow start, and the Rays don't pack a lot of offensive punch.

Thursday, 4/28: Fausto Carmona vs. KC
Carmona seems to have it working against this year. His ERA is deceptively high.

National League

Tuesday, 4/27: Tom Gorzelanny vs. NYM
Gorzelanny has been notching strikeouts and limiting base runners early on in Washington -- good signs.

Thursday, 4/28: Kyle McClellan @ HOU
The St. Louis right-hander has been outstanding early in the season. He'll look to keep it going in Houston against the lowly Astros.

Saturday, 4/30: Esmil Rogers vs. PIT
Rogers has pitched well this year outside of one ugly start. He should fare just fine at home against the Bucs.

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Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter at nnelson9.
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