Fantasy Baseball's Week One Start/Sit

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IApril 1, 2009

PHOENIX - AUGUST 05:  Brandon Webb #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field on August 5, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

That itch that you have been feeling for the last few days, weeks, months is finally here, it’s fantasy baseball time!

Some owners are coming back this season as champions, while others may have only lost by a few points or even worse on the last day.

Nevertheless, it’s a new season and optimism fills the air. Let’s go straight to Week One of the 2009 fantasy baseball Start/Sit.


Starting Pitching

Pitching matchups that I love: Johan Santana on the road against the Reds, Brandon Webb at home against the Rockies, Jake Peavy at home against the Dodgers, Roy Halladay at home against the Tigers, Tim Lincecum at home against the Brewers.


Other Favorable Matchups Include: John Danks against the Royals, Dan Haren at home against the Rockies, Ricky Nolasco at home against the Nationals and Ted Lilly on the road against the Astros.


Starters to Avoid: Aaron Harang, Kevin Millwood, Gil Meche, Aaron Cook, Jarrod Washburn, and Jeremy Guthrie.


Players to Watch: Clayton Kershaw, Ubaldo Jimenez, Mike Pelfrey, Scott Olsen, Noah Lowry, Micah Owings, Dallas Braden, Kevin Slowey, and Max Scherzer.


Position Players: Infielders

All eyes should be on the youth movement that is transpiring in Cincinnati. One of their young players on the verge of being an All-Star is 1B Joey Votto. He ended last year with 24 home runs and 84 RBI.

What was impressive was his ability to have a high OBP. He finished with an OBP of .368 and SLG percentage of .505. Look for him to have a great week.

I am drinking all the juice that has been pouring out of 2B Mark DeRosa...


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