Fantasy Baseball: Week 2 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Breakdown

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Fantasy Baseball: Week 2 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Breakdown
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Should fantasy baseball managers start James Paxton after his impressive first start?

Opening Day giddiness is now replaced by early-season panicking across the fantasy baseball community.

It's easy to script a plot to winning the championship before draft day. Then the season starts, and gamers quickly remember how little control they hold over certain outcomes. Injuries ruin everything, and that guy who won your heart during draft prep just surrendered eight runs.

To make matters worse, there's only one week of data, fueling fantasy players to read too much into that singular week. Curtis Granderson hitting .167 during a random week in July wouldn't raise a peep, but impatient New York Mets fans quickly booed their new center fielder after a sluggish start.

Filling out a roster is difficult while using a small sample size as intel. It's incredibly easy to get manipulated by numbers when Aaron Harang boasts a lower ERA than Cliff Lee. 

Which Week 1 results were flukes? Which ones should cause owners to reconsider prior perceptions held before Opening Day? Let's take a look at some of this week's perplexing lineup decisions.


Note: All advanced stats are courtesy of FanGraphs.


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