Matchups mean everything when managing a fantasy baseball squad.
An owner who blindly fills out a lineup will not get far during the draining baseball season. The successful managers won't assume that past results will carry over through the season. Baseball is a game of ups and downs, where the same guy laboring to get an out in May can become unhittable in June.
Also, not every start is created equal. Should gamers punish a pitcher for a bad day against a top offense even though his next start comes against a light lineup? How about the opposite scenario?
This week's installment of Start 'Em or Sit 'Em focuses heavily on several extreme matchups. How much should owners value a start at San Diego? Should they run for the hills after seeing "at Colorado" on the docket?
I'll also mourn the demotion of Danny Salazar, but only to explore his replacement, another intriguing young hurler that can mitigate some of the sadness from losing the preseason fantasy darling to the minor leagues.
Note: All advanced statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.