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The Week Ahead

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Let's Get It Started

Friday, April 06, 2012

Happy Opening Day!

Well, I guess Opening Day was yesterday. Er, Wednesday. Errr… last week. Whatever. Many teams have already gotten underway, but today the rest of the league celebrates the start of the 2012 season. That means that the first full week of baseball is on tap, and today we'll preview it from a fantasy perspective.

You'll find this feature here on Rotoworld every Friday throughout the summer. The Week Ahead will always include a tiered listing of two-start pitchers for the upcoming week (Monday-through-Sunday) as well as breakdowns of lefty/righty match-ups and total games for each team, recommended streamers (pitchers owned in less than 50 percent of fantasy leagues with favorable match-ups) and injury updates. Frequently I'll highlight hitters who figure to benefit from a particularly advantageous set of pitching match-ups on deck.

If there's anything else you'd like to see covered here, or if you have questions or comments, feel free to fire me an email at If you're interested in reading my other stuff, along with Twins coverage from a bunch of other great writers, check out

And now, let's get down to business with the year's first edition of TWA.

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays
Yu Darvish: SEA (Noesi), @MIN (Hendriks)
Neftali Feliz: SEA (Beavan), @MIN (Blackburn)
C.J. Wilson: @MIN (Blackburn), @NYY (Nova)
Matt Moore: @DET (Porcello), @BOS (Doubront)

Decent Plays
Felix Doubront: @TOR (Alvarez), TB (Moore)
Derek Lowe: CWS (Humber), @KC (Mendoza)
Philip Humber: @CLE (Lowe), DET (Porcello)
Rick Porcello: TB (Moore), @CWS (Humber)
Nick Blackburn: LAA (Wilson), TEX (Feliz)
Ivan Nova: @BAL (Hammel), LAA (Wilson)
Tommy Milone: KC (Mendoza), @SEA (Noesi)
Graham Godfrey: KC (Duffy), @SEA (Beavan)
Hector Noesi: @TEX (Darvish), OAK (Milone)
Kyle Drabek: BOS (Bard), BAL (Hammel)
Henderson Alvarez: BOS (Doubront), BAL (Chen)

At Your Own Risk
Jason Hammel: NYY (Nova), @TOR (Drabek)
Luiz Mendoza: @OAK (Milone), CLE (Lowe)
Blake Beavan: @TEX (Feliz), OAK (Godfrey)

National League

Strong Plays
Edwin Jackson: @NYM (Pelfrey), CIN (Bailey)
Cole Hamels: MIA (Sanchez), NYM (Pelfrey)
Shaun Marcum: @CHC (Volstad), @ATL (Minor)
Clayton Kershaw: PIT (Correia), SD

Decent Plays
Jake Westbrook: @CIN (Bailey), CHC (Maholm)
Kevin Correia: @LAD (Kershaw), @SF (Zito)
Mike Pelfrey: WAS (Jackson), @PHI (Hamels)
Chris Narveson: @CHC (Maholm), @ATL (Beachy)
Anibal Sanchez: @PHI (Hamels), HOU (Happ)
J.A. Happ: ATL (Beachy), @MIA (Sanchez)
Homer Bailey: STL (Westbrook), @WAS (Jackson)
Mike Leake: STL (Lohse), @WAS (Detwiler)
Chris Volstad: MIL (Marcum), @STL (Lynn)
Paul Maholm: MIL (Narveson), @STL (Westbrook)
Trevor Cahill: @SD, @COL (Chacin)
Brandon Beachy: @HOU (Happ), MIL (Narveson)

At Your Own Risk
Ross Detwiler: @NYM (Gee), CIN (Leake)
Barry Zito: @COL (Chacin), PIT (Correia)
Jhoulys Chacin: SF (Zito), ARI (Cahill)

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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 @NickNelsonMN.
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