Fantasy Baseball: Week 1 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Breakdown

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Fantasy Baseball: Week 1 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Breakdown
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Should fantasy baseball owners insert Michael Pineda in the starting lineup after his two-year absence?

The MLB season is underway, which means fantasy baseball managers must shift gears from draft preparation to lineup management.

You assembled a team fitting your specific desires, but now you must put those assets into action. Is that pretty sleeper worth a spot in the starting lineup? Can you trust that late-round gamble now that the games count?

To celebrate the new season, let's take a trusted tradition out of the box and put the "Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Breakdown" back into commission. 

For those new to the party, welcome. Take a seat, enjoy a cold beverage and then stop resting because there's serious work to be done. Here at the "Start 'Em/Sit 'Em," I'm not going to tell you to activate Chris Sale for his two starts against the Minnesota Twins and Kansas Royals. As Britta Perry would retort, duh doy

Owner's don't need assistance with those routine decisions. It's the dicey calls in between that will find managers entrenched in the line of statistical analysis. Rising youngsters, streaky journeyman, slumping stars, meddling plays with awesome matchups and good pitchers with awful matchups.

Those are the guys who will fill this space throughout the 2014 season. The opening week is tricky, since everybody is starting with zeroes across the board. It's a magical, confusing time where the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins stand on even footing.

Luckily, there are last year's stats and park factors to guide owners through April. That should help fantasy gamers make well-informed roster manuevers to start the season smoothly.

 

Note: All advanced statistics all courtesy of FanGraphs. Probable pitchers obtained from MLB.com.

 

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