It’s Saturday, so let’s hope we can end Week 2 on a good note.
Fantasy baseball owners need to make sure to assemble the best possible lineups on Saturday, because it’s really the last chance you have to make significant strides in head-to-head matchups. Yes, there’s always tomorrow, but come Sunday you gotta just lay it all out on the line. Saturdays allow for a little more maneuvering.
Here are Saturday’s top “Start ’em and Sit ’ems”…
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» Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: Kansas City Royals’ starter James Shields has pitched well this year (2.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP), and Minnesota isn’t exactly known as a powerhouse opponent, but for whatever reason the Twins have owned him — especially Joe Mauer.
The three-time AL batting champ has a .324 (12-for-37) lifetime average against Shields and will be looking to break out of a bad slump to start his season (11-for-44). Mauer is also a highly favorable player to start due to the success he’s had in his home park. Mauer had 32 of his 47 RBI (68%) at Target Field last year and didn’t drive in more than three runs at any other stadium.
In keeping with the Minnesota mojo, Jason Kubel also represents a sneaky spot start in deeper or AL-only fantasy baseball leagues. The Twins’ outfielder has nine hits in 23 career at bats (.391) vs. Shields, which includes a homer, two doubles and four RBI. Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia have been sidelined for the past week, and Kubel has taken advantage, going 12-for-26 (.462) with a home run and six RBI over his last six games.
Put me in, coach: Matt Holliday (5-for-16, .313 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI vs. Villanueva), Darwin Barney (8-for-26, .308 BA, HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI vs. Wainwright), Jimmy Rollins (5-for-14, .357 BA, HR, 2B, RBI, 4 BB vs. Eovaldi), Rickie Weeks (7-for-19, .368 BA, 2 HR, 2B, 3 RBI vs. Volquez), Curtis Granderson (10-for-27, .370 BA, 5 HR, 6 RBI vs. Weaver)
Take a seat, meat: Carlos Gonzalez (4-for-41, .098 BA, 16 K vs. Cain), Pedro Alvarez/Clint Barmes, (combined 2-for-40, .050 BA, 15 K vs. Gallardo), Colby Rasmus (4-for-22, .182 BA, HR, 6 K vs. Norris), Alexei Ramirez (8-for-49, .163 BA, HR, 7 K vs. Masterson)