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Home  GNUru Special Features  GNUru Lineup Literacy  Week 2: Lineup Literacy
Week 2: Lineup Literacy
Written by The GNUru   
Apr 08, 2007 at 05:57 PM

Fantasy Baseball's first week of action is about to come to a close and now it's time to gear up for week two.  While some of you maybe licking your wounds from a disappointing week 1, others will be celebrating their early success.  However, now is not the time to either be too high, nor too low.   If you lost your head-to-head matchup or find yourself in the cellar of your Roto league, it's important not to make any rash decisions.  While most experienced owners know that the season is a marathon and not a sprint, it's important to keep that perspective no matter how pitiful your team may look.  The best thing you can do at this point is have faith in the players you have drafted and make the most of your lineup decisions.  Fortunately the GNUru is here to guide you in those very decisions.  So without further adieu, here is the GNUru's look at the hitter and pitchers of Week 2.

Week 2 - GNUru Batter Banter

While you certainly cannot analyze a player based on just 1 week of play, you can determine who is hot and who is not.  While your not going to sit an Alfonso Soriano (.217 AVE) for the hot hitting Eric Byrnes (.384 AVE, 2 HR), looking a who doing well can help you decide between a Chad Tracy (.184 AVE) and a Melvin Mora (.292 AVE, 2 HR, 7 RBI).

 Who's Hot

Player
BA
HR
RBI
SB
Rodriguez, Alex 3B NYY
0.389
3
9
1
Guerrero, Vladimir RF ANA
0.524
3
10
0
Byrnes, Eric CF ARI
0.385
2
6
3
Cabrera, Miguel M. 3B FLA
0.500
2
7
0
Granderson, Curtis CF DET
0.375
2
7
1
Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI
0.350
3
6
1
Reyes, Jose B. SS NYM
0.318
1
7
2
Dunn, Adam LF CIN
0.353
3
6
2
Ramirez, Hanley SS FLA 
0.333
1
2
3
Beltran, Carlos CF NYM
0.300
2
7
1
Jacobs, Mike 1B FLA
0.429
1
4
0
Mora, Melvin 3B BAL
0.292
2
7
1
Thomas, Frank DH TOR
0.375
1
4
0
Hudson, Orlando 2B ARI
0.360
1
4
0
Church, Ryan CF WAS
0.286
2
4
0
Sizemore, Grady CF CLE
0.429
3
4
0
DeRosa, Mark 2B CHC
0.412
2
6
0
Holliday, Matt LF COL
0.348
2
7
0
Willingham, Josh LF FLA 
0.333
1
7
0
McCann, Brian C ATL
0.368
2
6
0
Ramirez, Aramis 3B CHC
0.454
1
4
0

 Also of interest are the teams that play a full schedule of games:

 8 Games                     7 Games

Cleveland Indians         Baltimore Orioles
Seattle Mariners           Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Toronto Blue Jays

 
Week 2 - GNUru Rotation Ramblings

With an abundance of rainouts, snow outs, and the utilization of 4-man rotations, predicting who will make 2 starts this week is better left for Miss Cleo.  That said, here who is slated to make 2 starts during fantasy week 2.

 

Probable Week 2 Double Starters

Pitcher 
 Start No. 1 
 Start No. 2
Felix Hernandez
at CLE Carmona
vs. TEX McCarthy
Rich Harden
vs. CHW Contreras
vs. NYY Pettitte
C.C. Sabathia
vs. SEA Weaver
vs. CHW Danks
Jason Schmidt
vs. COL Francis
vs. SD Young
Josh Beckett
vs. SEA Washburn
vs. LAA Santana
Bronson Arroyo
at ARI Davis
at CHC Lilly
Matt Cain
at SD Young
at PIT Snell
Chris Young
vs. SF Cain
at LAD Schmidt
Cole Hamels
at NYM Maine
vs. HOU Jennings
Andy Pettitte
at MIN Bonser
at OAK Harden
Ervin Santana
at CLE Westbrook
at BOS Beckett
John Maine
vs. PHI Hamels
vs. WAS Chico
Anibal Sanchez
vs. MIL Suppan
at ATL Hudson
A.J. Burnett
vs. KC Perez
vs. DET Durbin
Tim Hudson
vs. WAS Chico
vs. FLA Sanchez
Pitcher
Start No. 1
Start No. 2
Ted Lilly
vs. HOU Williams
vs. CIN Arroyo
Daniel Cabrera
vs. DET Durbin
vs. KC Perez
Ian Snell
vs. STL Looper
vs. SF Cain
Nate Robertson
at BAL Wright
at TOR Towers
Boof Bonser
vs. NYY Pettitte
vs. TB Seo
Jose Contreras
at OAK Harden
at CLE Carmona
Brandon McCarthy
vs. TB Jackson
at SEA Hernandez
Jeff Francis
at LAD Schmidt
at ARI Davis
Carl Pavano
at MIN Ponson
at OAK Blanton
Jeff Suppan
at FLA Sanchez
at STL Looper
Zack Greinke
at TOR Towers
at BAL Wright
Fausto Carmona
vs. SEA Hernandez
vs. CHW Contreras
Doug Davis
vs. CIN Arroyo
vs. COL Francis
Braden Looper
at PIT Snell
vs. MIL Suppan
Woody Williams
at CHC Lilly
at PHI Garcia
Jeff Weaver
at CLE Sabathia
vs. TEX Padilla
Chad Durbin
at BAL Cabrera
at TOR Burnett
Jaret Wright
vs. DET Robertson
vs. KC Greinke
Josh Towers
vs. KC Greinke
vs. DET Robertson
Jae Seo
at TEX Wright
at MIN Bonser
Edwin Jackson
at TEX McCarthy
at MIN Ponson
Odalis Perez
at TOR Burnett
at BAL Cabrera
Matt Chico
at ATL Hudson
at NYM Maine
Sidney Ponson
vs. NYY Pavano
vs. TB Jackson

With an uncertain slate of double starters, it's important to note which pitchers have gotten off to hot starts.  In weekly head-to-head (H2H) leagues, it's often the better strategy to avoid weak double starters and go with pitcher with proven track records (or at least look to be in mid-season form.  Here is a list of which starting pitchers have impressed early and warrant rotation consideration.

 Who's Hot

Player
GS
QS
W
K
ERA
Willis, Dontrelle SP FLA 
2
2
2
12
3.000
Lackey, John SP ANA 
2
1
2
11
0.750
Oswalt, Roy SP HOU 
2
2
1
7
1.080
Hernandez, Felix SP SEA 
1
1
1
12
0.000
Smoltz, John SP ATL 
2
2
1
11
3.750
Matsuzaka, Daisuke SP BOS 
1
1
1
10
1.286
Lilly, Ted SP CHC 
1
1
1
9
1.286
Hirsh, Jason SP COL 
1
1
1
8
1.350
Sheets, Ben SP MIL 
2
1
1
6
3.600
De La Rosa, Jorge RP KC 
1
1
1
5
1.286
Snell, Ian SP PIT 
1
1
0
11
3.000
Harden, Rich SP OAK 
1
1
1
7
0.000
Perez, Oliver SP NYM 
1
1
1
6
1.286
Hill, Rich SP CHC 
1
1
1
6
1.286
Maine, John SP NYM 
1
1
1
6
0.000
Peavy, Jake SP SD 
1
1
1
6
0.000
Santana, Ervin SP ANA 
1
1
1
6
2.571
Lopez, Rodrigo SP COL
1
1
1
5
1.286
Hamels, Cole SP PHI  
1
1
0
8
0.000
Vazquez, Javier SP CHW 
1
1
1
5
0.000
Moseley, Dustin SP ANA 
1
1
1
4
1.500
Cabrera, Daniel SP BAL 
1
1
0
9
3.857
Greinke, Zack SP KC 
1
1
0
7
1.286
Jennings, Jason SP HOU 
1
1
0
7
1.500

Comments

Thanks for the kind words...

I'd much rather have JJ Hardy as he has much more upside. You know about what you'll get from Uribe!

Posted by The GNUru, on 04/10/2007 at 22:10

JJ Hardy.. has much more upside.

Thanks for the compliment!

Posted by GNUru, on 04/10/2007 at 22:09

Great work on the blog... sorry if this isn't the right place to ask, but speaking of lineups, who would you favor in a 5x5 roto keeper league at SS/MI, J.J. Hardy or Juan Uribe?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by F.J. Delgado, whose homepage is here on 04/10/2007 at 00:01

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