Week 11 (June 9-15) Start/Sit
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*These Sit/Start recommendations are based on several factors including: Home/Away and Lefty/Righty splits for both this season and the length of the player’s career, number and location of games this week for each player, batter vs pitcher history against each other throughout their career, and more.  I only cover players who should ever be owned in any mixed league.  It’s relative to what you have available on your bench as alternatives – so don’t bench a good player, even if I recommend you sit him, if you don’t have a decent alternative.  Superstars are un-benchable even in weeks with tough match-ups.

Start
Catcher
Wilin Rosario
Chris Iannetta

1B
Adam Lind
Lucas Duda
Juan Francisco

3B
Todd Frazier
Pablo Sandoval
Kyle Seager
David Wright

2B
Gordon Beckham
Howie Kendrick

SS
Alcides Escobar
Alexei Ramirez

OF
Andre Ethier
Seth Smith
Corey Dickerson
Jason Heyward
Norichika Aoki
Josh Hamilton
David Murphy
Lucas Duda
Angel Pagan
Dexter Fowler
Matt Joyce

SP
Jon Lester
Jason Hammel
Dan Haren
Anibal Sanchez
Corey Kluber
Mike Minor
Travis Wood
Francisco Liriano

Sit
Catcher
N/A

1B
Adam Dunn
Eric Hosmer
Mark Teixeira
Allen Craig
Justin Smoak

3B
David Freese
Kelly Johnson
Yangervis Solarte

2B
Kelly Johnson
Yangervis Solarte
Kolten Wong

SS
Erick Aybar
Jhonny Peralta
Jimmy Rollins
Dee Gordon

OF
Matt Holiday
Oscar Taveras
Allen Craig
Carlos Beltran
Christian Yelich
Curtis Granderson
George Springer

SP
Jason Vargas
Jesse Chavez
John Danks
Bud Norris
Aaron Harang
Gavin Floyd
Gerrit Cole

Week 10 (June 2-8) Start/Sit
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*These Sit/Start recommendations are based on several factors including: Home/Away and Lefty/Righty splits for both this season and the length of the player’s career, number and location of games this week for each player, batter vs pitcher history against each other throughout their career, and more.  I only cover players who should ever be owned in any mixed league.  It’s relative to what you have available on your bench as alternatives – so don’t bench a good player, even if I recommend you sit him, if you don’t have a decent alternative.  Superstars are un-benchable even in weeks with tough match-ups.

Start
Catcher
Wilin Rosario
Miguel Montero

1B
Allen Craig
Anthony Rizzo
Adam Lind
Garrett Jones
Lucas Duda
Juan Francisco

3B
Todd Frazier
Juan Francisco

2B
Gordon Beckham
Aaron Hill
Brandon Phillips

SS
Jean Segura

OF
Austin Jackson
Leonys Martin
Seth Smith
Michael Cuddyer
Corey Dickerson
Charlie Blackmon
Allen Craig
Curtis Granderson
Alfonso Soriano
Matt Joyce
Garrett Jones
Lucas Duda
Marlon Byrd

SP
Collin McHugh
Chris Archer
Jose Quintana
CJ Wilson
Dan Haren
Yovani Gallardo
Cole Hamels
Tanner Roark
Nate Eovaldi
Henderson Alvarez
Jacob de Gromm
Phil Hughes
Gavin Floyd
Dallas Keuchel
Corey Kluber
Jason Vargas
Mark Buehrle

Sit
Catcher
Kurt Suzuki

1B
Billy Butler
Adrian Gonzalez
Brandon Moss
Adam Dunn
Paul Konerko
Mark Teixeira

3B
Danny Espinosa
Pedro Alvarez

2B
Ben Zobrist
Kolten Wong
Danny Espinosa

SS
Andrelton Simmons
Ben Zobrist
Jhonny Peralta
JJ Hardy

OF
Norichika Aoki
Ben Zobrist
Carlos Beltran
Matt Kemp
Andre Ethier
BJ Upton
Brandon Moss

SP
Jon Lester
John Lackey
Ian Kennedy
Aaron Harang
James Shields
Rick Porcello
Zack Greinke
Drew Hutchison
Hyun-Jin Ryu
RA Dickey
Shelby Miller
Lance Lynn
Eric Stults

Memorial Day
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Sorry guys, I am out of town and busy this Memorial Day weekend so I didn’t have a chance to do the Waiver Wire and Sit/Start recommendations… hopefully you all have a wonderful holiday and we’ll be back next week!

Week 8 Start/Sit
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*These Sit/Start recommendations are based on several factors including: Home/Away and Lefty/Righty splits for both this season and the length of the player’s career, number and location of games this week for each player, batter vs pitcher history against each other throughout their career, and more.  I only cover players who should ever be owned in any mixed league.  It’s relative to what you have available on your bench as alternatives – so don’t bench a good player, even if I recommend you sit him, if you don’t have a decent alternative.  Superstars are un-benchable even in weeks with tough match-ups.

Start
Catcher
Carlos Ruiz

1B
Lucas Duda
CJ Cron
Justin Smoak
Ryan Howard
Nick Swisher

3B
Lonnie Chisenhall
Pablo Sandoval
Kyle Seager

2B
Brandon Hicks
Howie Kendrick

SS
Brandon Hicks

OF
Angel Pagan (if healthy)
Mike Morse
David Murphy
Garrett Jones
Seth Smith
Lucas Duda
Jason Heyward
Nick Swisher
Michael Brantley

SP
Yovani Gallardo
Dallas Keuchel
Aaron Harang
Corey Kluber
Tony Cingrani
Ervin Santana
Erik Bedard
Jon Niese
Jon Lester

Sit
Catcher
Kurt Suzuki
Josmil Pinto
Alex Avila

1B
Adam Lind
Juan Francisco
Allen Craig

3B
Mike Olt
Juan Francisco

2B
Mike Aviles

SS
Erick Aybar
Mike Aviles
Zack Cozart

OF
Matt Joyce
Torii Hunter
Melky Cabrera
Colby Rasmus
Allen Craig
Marcell Ozuna

SP
Jason Vargas
Colby Lewis
Scott Feldman
Zach McAllister
Hiroki Kuroda
Homer Bailey
Matt Cain
Francisco Liriano

Week 8 Waiver Wire
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This week I’m going to start dividing the recommendations into more groups… here’s how we’ll do it:

See if these guys were dropped…
*These guys might have been dropped because they got hurt or struggled and/or got sent down to the minors

3B Pablo Sandoval (SF) – Panda is hitting once again, get him before he has a big breakout that no one can ignore

OF Kole Calhoun (LAA) – He’ll be activated Tuesday and hitting at the top of that dangerous Angels’ lineup should make him a shallow mixed league pick-up everywhere… big sleeper potential

2B Kolten Wong (STL) – He’s got speed to steal 20+ bases, pop to hit 10+ HRs and is a great contact hitter who should hit close to .300… he’s back from the minors and hitting well already

SP Aaron Harang (ATL) – I’m sure he’ll regress some, but at this point he needs to be owned in all leagues going forward until he proves otherwise

Two-Start Waiver Pitchers who should be picked up in all leagues
*These guys might be available in many leagues but should be picked-up and started in all leagues this week

SP Jason Hammel (CHC) – Outside of last start against STL, he just keeps putting up good numbers and has close to a 4:1 K/BB ratio – recipe for success

SP Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – Changed his repertoire and re-invented himself.  Only 13 pitchers have gotten more swinging strikes on their curve than Keuchel.  His four-seam is terrible (Brooks has it with a 0.94 whiff rate!), but he’s been throwing his better two-seamer more often.  Don’t look at the projections.  Ever since he got rid of the curve for a slider, he’s been a good pitcher.  Now he’s definitively a mixed leaguer

SP Garrett Richards (LAA) – Has some of the best stuff in the league and is putting it all together… needs to be owned everywhere, especially on a 2-start week

SP Drew Pomeranz (OAK) – He’s still somewhat of an unknown, but he’s striking guys out and showing solid control and a good groundball rate as well… I’m buying on a 2-start week

Newly-Minted Closers
*These guys are, or look to have become, new closers within the past week

RP Jenrry Mejia (NYM) – The Mets moved him to the bullpen, stated that they wanted him to become the closer, then gave him his first save opp – which was successful.  I’d say he’s the closer (and Farnsworth was cut)

RP Chad Qualls (HOU) – After providing some stability to a pen that needed it badly, he was named closer this week.  Don’t overlook the saves just because he’s on a bad team – buy… don’t wait on Crain, who keeps having his timetable pushed back

RP Sean Doolittle (OAK) – He looks to be the new A’s closer, he just hasn’t had a save opportunity yet.  The A’s had him warming up for the 9th twice before both games became non save opps… otherwise he would have been in there.  Despite the fact that he’s a lefty, the A’s look like they want to install him as closer.  Johnson has repeatedly blown his chances.. Doolittle can run away with this job

RP Zach Britton (BAL) – He got Baltimore’s last save opportunity and closed it out easily 1-2-3.  What are the chances they go back to Hunter if Britton is getting grounders at an 85% clip while throwing his 94 MPH fastball?  Doubtful.  I’m buying Britton

Deep Waivers
*These guys are likely available and worth a look in deeper leagues

OF Junior Lake (CHC) – He hits HRs and steals bases… all he needs is a full-time job and he’s instantly a shallow league option

2B Derek Dietrich (MIA) – Like Lake, he just needs more playing time to become relevant in shallower leagues

OF Eric Young (NYM) – The Mets seem to be using a 4-man OF with him, Lagares, Young, and Granderson… with his SB potential he needs to be owned in most leagues – especially if he’s playing around 4/5 games

RP Jason Motte (STL) – Former elite closer is returning this week – and Rosenthal is really struggling… hmmm…

SP Danny Duffy (KC) – He has filthy stuff but still needs to refine some things… the strikeouts will come, just be patient as he makes his way back

SP Gavin Floyd (ATL) – Anyone ATL puts in their rotation turns to gold… he’s been fantastic in 2/3 starts so far and you should expect the former top prospect to put up better numbers in the NL East than he did in the AL Central.. just keep expectations realistic (think around 3.9 – 4 ERA)

SP Jaime Garcia (STL) – He’s back after being out for the past year with shoulder issues… I’d wait and see how healthy he looks before picking him up, but he has the talent to be a mixed leaguer so keep him in mind