Fantasy Baseball 2011: Who Should You Start, Sit During Week 2?
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Major League Baseball is heading into its second full fantasy baseball week, and players are either starting to assert themselves or fall off the big league map.
Who are the players you want in your lineup for week two? The answers are within your clutches on the roller coaster of this article.
Hang on for the ride, and I hope you get some great information from the show
Austin Jackson: Sit Him While He Struggles to Overcome His Early Strikeouts
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The speedy first batter for the Tigers, Jackson has struggled out of the gate this season. He's batting below the Mendoza line (.200) and fanning a lot.
He struck out over 170 times last year, and looks to be approaching the number again. No player is going to go 4-for-4 every single game, but Jackson is currently guaranteeing fantasy owners one out per contest.
He'll bounce back, but until he does...
Vladimir Guerrero: Start Him Because He's Starting to Mash the Ball
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All Guerrero does is hit the ball—hard. If you saw his home run to straight away center field last week, then you know he can still rake with the best of them.
He blasted a pitch from Brad Penny over even the leaping Austin Jackson's glove. It looked just like a recent blast from Ryan Howard.
Guerrero is much younger than Howard, though—wink, wink.
Albert Pujols: Phat Albert's Bat Hasn't Gotten Skinny Just Yet
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This young man is in the market for a larger contract, but he's starting off sluggish like the economy. The Cardinals general manager may have a little leverage—for now.
But Albert could start shaking and raking at any moment. He should never, ever be on your bench.
Phil Hughes: Is He Pitching His Way out of the Starting Rotation?
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This is a no-brainer because right now, Phil Donahue is pitching better than Hughes. The starter for the Yankees behind C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, Hughes has been burning himself on the mound.
He's possibly on his way out of the rotation. If he continues to pitch like this, then writers will have no choice but to compare him to last year's A.J.
Except for C.C. and Mariano Rivera, be afraid of all Yankees pitchers fantasy owners—until further notice.
Maicer Izturis: Start Him for Runs, Batting Average and Clutch RBIs
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I noticed Izturis drove in the winning run for the Angels in the 14th inning last week. But don't expect him to be a huge RBI guy this Major League Baseball season.
He's leading off for the Angels and with his high batting average, he'll be driven in a lot by the big boppers the Angels have.
Izturis is listed as a second baseman, shorstop and third baseman—providing extra value for fantasy team owners.
Chase Utley: Is the Chase On for a Return Soon to the Major Leagues?
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Now hear this, fantasy owners—a word of advice for newbies—do not start Chase Utley until further notice.
Some new owners may be tempted to put him in the starting lineup—just in case the Phillies slip him in secretly. This won't happen.
Injured players usually go through rehabilitation stints in the minor leagues and get sent back to the majors when they look ready to perform at the highest levels.
Utley is a long ways away. Try his replacement—Wilson Valdez.
Aubrey Huff: Sit Him at the End of Your Bench This Week
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Huff was sent further slumping by the usually excellent St. Louis Cardinals pitchers.
He could come on strong this week. For now, he's hitting .222. Keep him on the bench until he does start coming on strong.
You'll know to start him after he has a multi-hit game. Huff and puff and keep him on the bench until then.
Ike Davis: Start Him for His RBIs
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Davis isn't just a left-handed look-alike Jayson Werth. Ike is batting in the order behind the suddenly relevant Carlos Beltran and should have plenty of RBI chances.
I like Ike as a fantasy player because he's coming off a season in which he hit 19 home runs. It was his first full ride in the majors and he produced.
Look for steady production from the lefty all season long.
Luke Scott: Sit Him Until He Gets Going
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Scott was injured to start the season and will need some time to get going. Give him a go next week, and your team will be good to go.
Manager Showalter doesn't need offense, and he'll take it easy on Luke until he gets going.
Russell Martin: The Former Dodger Could Become a Very Solid Yankee Catcher
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One of the best hitting catchers in MLB, Russell hasn't shown it in the last couple of seasons, but he's showing it in the Bronx.
Must be something about the Jankees, I mean—Yankees. Martin has to keep a clean-looking face, per team rules.
Maybe it's the stuff better hitting is made of. Martin is back on track to join the club of elite hitting catchers.