Hold on to your shorts folks it looks like the flood of prospects to the bigs may have begun. Friday night alone we saw the Cardinals finally call up outfielder Oscar Taveras, who many who saw him at the Future’s Game a couple years ago or at any other time coming up will tell you, there is something special about his bat. The ball just sounds different coming off the 21-year-olds stick. Unlike the Astros prospect phenom George Springer, Taveras can hit for both power and average, granted do not expect anywhere near the power production that Ole’ Georgy Boy has sprung on us over the past few weeks but in the long-run Taveras should be the more consistent player. In addition to Taveras, the Blue Jays recalled Marcus Stroman who will get the start Saturday versus the Royals. I am in no way prejudice against smaller in stature starters as there have been a few great ones and probably could have been plenty more if the under six foot bias did not exist. So, when I tell you I am not a long-term believer in Stroman as a starter realize it has less to do with his height then it does from what I have seen in person and on tape. I expect he will do fine against the Royals, which should only increase the love affair fantasy owners have with this kid. Thus, I suggest if you own him in any format you jump at the opportunity to sell high on him. Think about it, the odds of him sticking in a starting rotation are against him and his home ballpark is the most homer friendly park in the American League. To me that is like chasing a flush draw when your opponent already has a made hand. Yeah you might get lucky and hit it big, but then again you may not, so unlike this poker metaphor where mucking your hand would gain you no net return trading Stroman would actually net you a proven player or two in a trade.

Likely the calling up of these two prospects has just broke the dam and we will see a wave of more arriving real soon, but in the meantime let’s get ready for Week 10 of the Fantasy Baseball season while everyone else is busy cleaning their self off from premature prospect jubilation.

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Interleague Schedule

Here is a look at which interleague games are on the schedule for Week 10.

NL Team’s Getting a DH

Cardinals at Royals (2x Wednesday-Thursday) Tough week to loss Matt Adams, could you imagine the St. Louie lineup with Adams, Craig, and Taveras in it? Then again no guarantee the Cards would of called up OT if Adams was healthy.

Cardinals at Blue Jays (3x Friday-Sunday) gotta love the park, which could lead to a power surge from a Cards team that has the second fewest home runs of any team in baseball ahead of only the Royals. (Keep this in mind when building your  daily fantasy league lineups next weekend).

Marlins at Rays (2x Wednesday-Thursday) makes the Marlins even tougher regardless of their struggles on the road, and the last thing Rays struggling starter David Price needs a team gaining an advantage.

Brewers at Twins (2x Wednesday-Thursday) perfect timing for the return of Aramis Ramirez of the disabled list as the Brew Crew can ease him back into the lineup by allowing him to DH.

AL Team’s Losing a DH

Rays at Marlins (2x Monday-Tuesday)

White Sox at Dodgers (3x Monday-Wednesday) not a good week to start Adam Dunn or Paul Konerko in weekly leagues with the loss of the DH spot in the lineup for three games and Jose Abreu is expected back Monday.

Royals at Cardinals (2x Monday-Tuesday) Country Breakfast Billy Butler will have two days off. Any chance he finds a treadmill instead of a buffet table?

Twins at Brewers (2x Monday-Tuesday) only an issue for AL-only players.

Mariners at Braves (Wednesday) surely not too many of you are affected by this either.

Click here for a look at Two-Start Pitchers for Week 10  by Ivar G. Anderson

Total Games This Week

Playing Seven Games:

AL: Royals, Twins, Yankees, and Rays

NL: Marlins, Brewers, Mets, Cardinals, and Phillies

Playing Six Games:

AL: Angels, Orioles, Red Sox, White Sox, Indians, tigers, Astros, A’s, Mariners, Rangers, and Blue Jays

NL: DBacks, Cubs, Reds, Rockies, Dodgers, Pirates, Padres, Giants, and Nationals

Playing Five Games:

NL: Braves

Click here for a look back at the Week That Was by Glenn Colten

Loaded Lefty or Righty Matchups

Teams Games vs LHP Games vs RHP Notes
Angels 2 4  
Braves 1 3 Tue vs SEA TBD
DBacks 1 5  
Orioles 3 3  
Red Sox 2 4  
White Sox 3 3  
Cubs 1 5  
Reds 2 4  
Indians 1 5  
Rockies 2 4  
Tigers 2 4  
Astros 1 5  
Royals 1 6  
Dodgers 4 2  
Marlins 1 6  
Brewers 0 7  
Twins 3 4  
Yankees 3 4  
Mets 1 6  
Athletics 2 4  
Phillies 0 7  
Pirates 0 6  
Padres 1 5  
Mariners 2 4  
Giants 2 4  
Cardinals 3 4  
Rays 2 5  
Rangers 0 6  
Blue Jays 1 5  
Nationals 1 5  

Week 10 Starting Pitcher Rankings:

I didn’t separate the top two-start pitchers for the week, but it is easily ascertainable in the rankings below.

 

  1. Felix Hernandez - (SEA) Mon-@NYY (Phelps), Sun-@TB (Archer)

  2. Adam Wainwright - (StL) Wed-@KC (Vargas)

  3. Yu Darvish (TEX) - Sat-CLE (Tomlin)

  4. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) - Mon-CWS (Sale), Sun-@COL (De La Rosa)

  5. Chris Sale (CWS) - Mon-@LAD (Kershaw), Sun-@LAA (Wilson)

  6. Alex Cobb (TB) - Mon-@MIA (Alvarez), Sat-SEA (Elias)

  7. Johnny Cueto (CIN) - Fri-PHI (Hamels)

  8. Michael Wacha (STL) - Thu-@KC (Ventura)

  9. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) - Wed-PHI (Burnett)

  10. Jeff Samardzija (CHC) - Sat-MIA (Alvarez)

  11. C.J. Wilson (LAA) - Tue-@HOU (McHugh), Sun-CWS (Sale)

  12. Jered Weaver (LAA) - Sat-CWS (Quintana)

  13. Madison Bumgarner (SF) - Thu-@CIN (Leake)

  14. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) - Thu-OAK (Pomeranz)

  15. Tim Hudson (SF) - Sat-NYM (Colon)

  16. Garrett Richards (LAA) - Thu-@Hou (Peacock)

  17. Corey Kluber (CLE) - Wed-BOS (Workman)

  18. Homer Bailey (CIN) - Tue-SF (Lincecum), Sun-PHI (Buchanan)

  19. Doug Fister (WSH) - Thu-PHI (Kendrick)

  20. Dallas Keuchel (HOU) - Sat-@MIN (Gibson)

  21. Jordan Zimmermann (WSH) - Tue-PHI (Buchanan), Sun-@SD (Stauffer)

  22. Anibal Sanchez (DET) - Tue-TOR (Hendriks), Sun-BOS (Lackey)

  23. Matt Garza (MIL) - Mon-MIN (Gibson), Sat-@PIT (Volquez)

  24. Julio Teheran (ATL) - Fri-@ARI (McCarthy)

  25. Scott Kazmir (OAK) - Tue-@NYY (Kuroda), Sun-@BAL (Norris)

  26. Gerrit Cole (PIT) - Tue-@SD (Roach)

  27. Max Scherzer (DET) - Sat-BOS (Lester)

  28. Zack Wheeler (NYM) - Tue-@CHC (Arrieta), Sun-@SF (Lincecum)

  29. Ian Kennedy (SD) - Wed-PIT (Liriano)

  30. Tim Lincecum (SF) - Tue-@CIN (Bailey), Sun-NYM (Wheeler)

  31. Wily Peralta (MIL) - Thu-@MIN-(Correia)

  32. Chris Archer (TB) - Tue-@MIA (Wolf), Sun-SEA (Hernandez)

  33. Francisco Liriano (PIT) - Wed-@SD (Kennedy)

  34. Sonny Gray (OAK) - Sat-@BAL (Chen)

  35. David Price (TB) - Wed-MIA (Koehler)

  36. Josh Beckett (LAD) - Wed-CWS (Danks)

  37. Tanner Roark (WSH) - Fri-@SD (Ross)

  38. Tyler Skaggs (LAA) - Fri-CWS (Rienzo)

  39. Marco Estrada (MIL) - Wed-@MIN (Nolasco)

  40. Tyson Ross (SD) - Fri-WSH (Roark)

  41. Cole Hamels (PHI) - Fri-@CIN (Cueto)

  42. Mike Minor (ATL) - Wed-SEA (Iwakuma)

  43. John Lackey (BOS) - Mon-@CLE (Masterson), Sun-@DET (Sanchez)

  44. James Shields (KC) - Tue-@STL (Garcia), Sun-NYY (Kuroda)

  45. Zack Greinke (LAD) - Sat-@COL (Chacin)

  46. David Phelps (NYY) - Mon-SEA (Hernandez), Sat-@KC (Duffy)

  47. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) - Tue-MIN (Deduno), Sun-@PIT (Morton)

  48. Justin Verlander (DET) - Thu-TOR (Happ)

  49. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) - Wed-@ATL (Minor)

  50. A.J. Burnett (PHI) - Wed-@WSH (Strasburg)

  51. Drew Hutchison (TOR) - Fri-STL (Lynn)

  52. Travis Wood (CHC) - Thu-NYM (DeGrom)

  53. Kyle Lohse (MIL) - Fri-@PIT (Cumpton)

  54. Mark Buehrle (TOR) - Sat-STL (Miller)

  55. Phil Hughes (MIN) - Fri-HOU (Oberholtzer)

  56. Ryan Vogelsong (SF) - Wed-@CIN (Cingrani)

  57. Jesse Chavez (OAK) - Wed-@NYY (Nuno)

  58. Drew Smyly (DET) - Fri-BOS (De La Rosa)

  59. R.A. Dickey (TOR) - Wed-@DET (Porcello)

  60. Bartolo Colon (NYM) - Mon-@PHI (Hernandez), Sat-@SF (Hudson)

  61. Jacob deGrom (NYM) - Thu-@CHC (Wood)

  62. Matt Shoemaker (LAA) - Wed-@HOU (Cosart)

  63. Jake Arrieta (CHC) - Tue-NYM (Wheeler), Sun-MIA (Wolf)

  64. Jake Peavy (BOS) -- Tue-@CLE (House)

  65. Henderson Alvarez (MIA) - Mon-Rays (Cobb), Sat-@CHC (Samardzija)

 

My Top Streaming Options for Week 10

Pitchers must be less than 60% owned to qualify.

  1. Tanner Roark (WSH) - Fri-@SD (Ross)

  2. Tyler Skaggs (LAA) - Fri-CWS (Rienzo)

  3. Drew Hutchison (TOR) - Fri-STL (Lynn)

  4. Phil Hughes (MIN) - Fri-HOU (Oberholtzer)

 

Best of Luck and remember to view our Daily Fantasy Baseball Playbook if you play DFS, post your comments or questions below, and/or hit me up on twitter @FantasyNomad.

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Comments

Michael Pichan 

Derek in a 10 team league it easier to take some risk so going with the a player who is healthy and has upside is usually the way to go. I would also consider flipping Taveras if you could as on the flip side when Adams comes back Taveras could lose a bit of PT depending on how he has/is playing at that time.

Michael Pichan 

Thanks AJ for the heads up appreciate your feedback

Derek 

Drop Matt Adams now that Taveras is up (10 team mixed roto)?

AJ 

Sale does not pitch twice this week. He just started yesterday.


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