By this time you are noticing that many of your early April fears (or successes) have suddenly reverted themselves. Yeah, we are about one month in to the fantasy baseball season and all of those great calls you thought you made, Emilio Bonifacio, Jesse Chavez, Jose Valverde, etc are all of a sudden back to being worthless. Likewise, those players that you thought were lost causes such as Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Kyle Seager are starting to make an impact. It’s a long season folks and you just cannot make major decisions based on such small sample sizes.

Week 5 is interesting in that only four teams play everyday and six teams play just five games this week. As a result there will be quite a bit of rotation fluctuation so pay attention throughout the week as teams make adjustments. My projections here are 100% correct as of Saturday April 26th at 5 PM ET. Here is the Week 5 preview:

What About The DH?

It is important to always pay attention to which teams are going to lose and add the DH in this weeks interleague play. Here are the interleague games for this week:

Pittsburgh Pirates at Baltimore Orioles (2 x Tuesday-Wednesday)
Washington Nationals at Houston Astros (2 x Tuesday-Wednesday)
Los Angeles Dodgers at Minnesota Twins (3 x Tuesday-Thursday)
Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates (3 x Friday-Sunday)

Starting Pitchers

The toughest choices you will make from week to week are what pitchers to use and which to sit on the bench. Lucky for you our staff here at Fantasy Alarm enjoy solving your problems. Not only do we tell you which starters are worth streaming next week, but we also tell you this weeks two start pitchers as well.

If that ain’t enough for you I have gone ahead and ranked my top 60 (bonus 10!) starting pitchers for this coming week. I also went ahead and listed the opposing team and pitcher for each individual matchup as well. You’re welcome you bastards!! 

# Player Matchup 1 Matchup 2
1 Yu Darvish (TEX) Athletics (Gray) @Angels (Skaggs)
2 Jose Fernandez (MIA) Braves (Wood) Dodgers (Greinke)
3 Zack Greinke (LAD) @Twins (Pelfrey) @Marlins (Fernandez)
4 Max Scherzer (DET) @White Sox (Quintana) @Royals (Vargas)
5 Michael Wacha (STL) Brewers (Gallardo) @Cubs (Samardzija)
6 Madison Bumgarner (SF) Padres (Ross) @Braves (Wood)
7 Cliff Lee (PHI) Nationals (Roark)  
8 Felix Hernandez (SEA) @Yankees (Nuno)  
9 Adam Wainwright (STL) @Cubs (Hammel)  
10 Tony Cingrani (CIN) Cubs (Jackson) Brewers (Lohse)
11 Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) Rays (Price)  
12 Alex Wood (ATL) @Marlins (Fernandez) Giants (Bumgarner)
13 Stephen Strasburg (WAS) @Phillies (Hernendez)  
14 Justin Verlander (DET) @Royals (Shields)  
15 Gio Gonzalez (WAS) @Astros (Cosart)  
16 David Price (TB) @Yankees (Tanaka)  
17 Andrew Cashner (SD) Diamondbacks (Arroyo)  
18 Jordan Zimmerman (WAS) @Astros (Oberholtzer)  
19 C.C. Sabathia (NYY) Mariners (Young) Rays (Bedard)
20 Sonny Gray (OAK) @Rangers (Darvish) @Red Sox (Lackey)
21 Cole Hamels (PHI) Mets (Niese)  
22 Tyson Ross (SD) @Giants (Bumgarner) Diamondbacks (Miley)
23 A.J. Burnett (PHI) Nationals (Jordan)  
24 Matt Cain (SF) Padres (Stults)  
25 John Lackey (BOS) Rays (Bedard) Athletics (Gray)
26 Yovani Gallardo (MIL) @Cardinals (Wacha) @Reds (Simon)
27 Kyle Lohse (MIL) @Cardinals (Lynn) @Reds (Cingrani)
28 Jeff Samardzija (CHC) @Reds (Simon) Cardinals (Wacha)
29 Julio Teheran (ATL) Giants (Vogelsong)  
30 Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) Mariners (Elias)  
31 Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) @Marlins (Koehler)  
32 Homer Bailey (CIN) Cubs (Villanueva)  
33 James Shields (KC) Tigers (Verlander)  
34 Yordano Ventura (KC) Blue Jays (Buehrle)  
35 Anibal Sanchez (DET) @Royals (Guthrie)  
36 Francisco Liriano (PIT) Blue Jays (Dickey)  
37 Gerrit Cole (PIT) Blue Jays (Morrow)  
38 Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) @Astros (Keuchel)  
39 Scott Kazmir (OAK) @Rangers (Perez)  
40 Justin Masterson (CLE) @Angels (Skaggs) White Sox (Quintana)
41 Jon Lester (BOS) Athletics (Milone)  
42 Mike Minor (ATL) @Marlins (Alvarez)  
43 Shelby Miller (STL) Brewers (Garza)  
44 Lance Lynn (STL) Brewers (Lohse)  
45 Ian Kennedy (SD) Diamondbacks (McCarthy)  
46 Wade Miley (ARZ) Rockies (Morales) @Padres (Ross)
47 Robbie Ross (TEX) Athletics (Chavez)  
48 Jose Quintana (CHW) Tigers (Scherzer) @Indians (Masterson)
49 Jered Weaver (LAA) Indians (Kluber)  
50 Brandon Morrow (TOR) @Pirates (Cole)  
51 Ervin Santana (ATL) Giants (Lincecum)  
52 Jesse Chavez (OAK) @Rangers (Ross)  
53 Dan Haren (LAD) @Twins (Nolasco)  
54 C.J. Wilson (LAA) Indians (Carrasco)  
55 Tyler Skaggs (LAA) Indians (Masterson) Rangers (Darvish)
56 Matt Garza (MIL) @Cardinals (Miller)  
57 Wily Peralta (MIL) @Reds (Cueto)  
58 Aaron Harang (ATL) @Marlins (Eovaldi)  
59 Alfredo Simon (CIN) Cubs (Samardzija) Brewers (Gallardo)
60 R.A. Dickey (TOR) @Pirates (Liriano)  

Counting Stats

Always pay attention to which teams play the most games in a given week. This is the perfect way to maximize counting stats such as runs, RBI, wins and strikeouts. Here are the teams that play the most in week 5:

7 Games:

Rays, Reds, Rockies & Brewers

6 Games

Red Sox, Indians, White Sox, Royals, Angels, Twins, Yankees, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres, Giants & Cardinals

5 Games

Orioles, Tigers, Astros, Phillies, Pirates & Nationals

 

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Comments

Jeff Mans 

Matt, Not AS safe obviously but honestly Liriano isn't one of my go to guys anyways. He is always a threat to implode in my opinion but he is also a threat to reach double digit K's and take a no hitter into the late innings. You just have to assess his matchup and realize that for every two 10+ K outings he will have a 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB one as well.

Jeff Mans 

A Adler, I have a major issue with Tyler Skaggs right now and that is the fact that he is "tipping" his pitches. He has the EXACT SAME 3 pitch sequence for 85% of hitters faced so far this season and that is curveball, fastball, fastball. If a dope like me can pick this up I guarantee advanced scouting departments are on it as well. This makes me nervous in starting him despite the favorable matchup against the Tribe.

Jeff Mans 

Sean, there is no way I am hanging onto Hanrahan in any league format. Nate Jones isn't great but for the $1 investment he will wind up closing games here at some point for the White Sox. I'd hand onto Jones for now and free up the roster space with Hanrahan.

Matt 

Still feel safe starting Liriano?

A Adler 

Jeff, what is your take on Tyler Skaggs v. Clev. Masterson and as this is interleague I wonder how clev. can even muster an offense?

Sean Sarro 

Jeff- Standard 5x5 AL-Only Roto scoring, 5 year potential keeper league. Is Joel Hanrahan and Nate Jones worth holding onto in anticipation of a contribution for the 2nd half? I spent $1 each of my FAAB, but they are taking 2 of my 8 reserve spots. Who is the better keep? Do you think Hanrahan signs in the AL??

Jeff Mans 

The Rangers aren't nearly the offense they used to be and at this point I am very comfortable with Gray in both of these matchups.

Bryan Reynolds 

Jeff, do you feel Gray is an auto-start @Tex and @Bos? I feel those are some tough match ups for him. Is era is solid, but his high whip scares me.


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