By John Arias.
Week three of the fantasy season is right around the corner. Fantasy owners: do not panic if some of your stud players like Jose Reyes or Matt Holliday have not yet produced. The fantasy baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. With that said, here is week threes start/sit planner.
Starting Pitcher in focus: Derek Lowe
After signing the huge contract in the offseason, Lowe has not disappointed. He is 1-0 with a stellar 0.82 ERA, and in 11 innings, he has struck out 10.
Look for him to continue his success in week three, where he will face the Nationals and Reds. Last year in two starts against the Nationals he had a 1.13 ERA and the Nats' only hit .130 as a team against him.
Pitching matchups that I love for week three: Roy Halladay, Clayton Kershaw, Armando Galarraga, Chris Young, and Eric Bedard.
Starter to Avoid for week Three: Oliver Perez
He should be called Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, because no one knows which pitcher is going to show up. Dating back to his last six starts of 2008 and including his first in 2009, Perez has a 5.79 ERA. He will face the Padres and Cardinals, yet I would avoid him for week three until he can prove to be consistent.
Other Starters to Avoid for week three are Jonny Cueto, Andy Sonnanstine, and Aaron Cook.