Week three of the Fantasy Season begins Monday April 20th and ends Sunday April 26th. Here's what I have for you for week three!
This Week's Interleague Matchups
Two Start Pitchers for Week Three (April 20-26)
Please remember these are scheduled starts. Be sure to check team rosters daily for any possible changes.
Trevor Cahill, Miguel Gonzalez, Bud Norris, Justin Masterson, Wade Miley, Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, John Danks, Hector Noesi, Anthony DeSclafani, Jason Marquis, Carlos Carrasco, Jorge de la Rosa, Tyler Matzek, Alfredo Simon, Brad Peacock, Edinson Volquez, Jason Vargas, Matt Shoemaker, Hector Santiago, Brett Anderson, Dan Haren, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, Kyle Gibson, Jon Niese, CC Sabathia, Nathan Eovaldi, Kendall Graveman, Drew Pomeranz, Jerome Williams, A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Odrisamar Despaigne, Brandon Morrow, Tim Lincecum, Hisashi Iwakuma, Lance Lynn, Erasmo Ramirez, Nick Martinez, Mark Buehrle and Gio Gonzalez.
Available Waiver Wire Relief Pitchers
Each of these relief pitchers is available in at least 50 percent of all major Fantasy Baseball leagues.
Joel Peralta RP Dodgers: Peralta has a couple of saves and a win. He'll be the man until Kenley Jansen returns. He's been having trouble with his neck to be sure he's available before picking him up this week.
Jim Johnson RP Braves: Johnson has bounced back nicely from an awful 2014. If your league has "holds" as a category he's your man. If your Roto roster has ERA problems then he's your man for now. He'll also get the occasional save also.
Joaquin Benoit RP Padres: He isn't the Padres closer but he's racking up holds and has picked up three wins already this season. WHIP less than 1.0 and some strikeouts too.
Streaming Starting Pitching Options Monday-Thursday
Each of the options is available in at least 70 percent of all major Fantasy Baseball leagues.
Monday: Edinson Volquez of the Kansas City Royals has had a couple of interesting performances. He's averaging six strikeouts a game and his .078 WHIP is outstanding. He's my guy against the Twins on Monday.
Tuesday: Travis Wood of the Chicago Cubs had a great second outing of the season. Twelve strikeouts in 11.2 innings of work with an ERA of 2.37 is good enough for me to run him out there on Tuesday against the Pirates.
Wednesday: Joe Kelly of the Red Sox is my best option for Wednesday. WHIP of 0.71 and an ERA of 2.13 with 11 strikeouts over 12.2 innings is a good thing. Facing Tampa Bay on Wednesday is an even better thing.
Thursday: Jesse Hahn of Oakland is a favorite of mine. His WHIP of 1.03 is decent. His 3.09 ERA is decent also. He won't strike out a lot of folks but he should be good to go on Thursday against the Angels.
Starting Pitching Waiver Wire Options
Each of these waiver wire options is available in at least 50 percent of all major Fantasy Baseball leagues.
Edinson Volquez SP Royals: Volquez has a 0.78 WHIP and a very good ERA of 2.30 with six strikeouts a game. He also has two starts this week.
Jimmy Nelson SP Brewers: Nelson has had a couple of really good outings. Nelson has twelve strikeouts over twelve innings and an ERA of 1.50, WHIP of 0.75 against the Pirates? He faces the Reds on Wednesday and I like his chances.
Drew Pomeranz SP Athletics: Pomeranz has a couple of scheduled starts this week. WHIP of less than one and eleven strikeouts and just one walk over twelve innings of work is encouraging. His ERA is okay at 3.00 and I like him twice this week.
Joe Kelly SP Red Sox: Eleven strikeouts and four walks over 12.2 innings isn't a bad start for Kelly. An ERA of 2.13 and WHIP of 0.71 are also encouraging numbers. His next start is Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Waiver Wire Suggestions for Week Three
Each of these players is available in at least fifty percent of Major Fantasy Baseball leagues. As always please consult your league waiver wire for these and other more suitable options available only on your waiver wire.
Michael Morse 1B OF Marlins: Morse is starting to come alive for the Marlins. His dual eligibility is a huge asset. Morse has two bombs and seven RBI already this season. His .244 batting average is a bit concerning but he's batting fifth and as long as he drives in runs he's as good as gold.
Yonder Alonso 1B Padres: Alonso is batting towards the lower end of the lineup but is hitting .342 with one homerun and four RBI. He's also swiped a base this season. .400 BABIP and a .472 slugging percentage are encouraging. He's also healthy!
Mike Napoli 1B Boston: Napoli is going to break out of his .132 batting average malaise. He's scored twelve runs so far mainly due to his outstanding 15.6 percent walk rate. He's also striking out a ton but there is too much history on his side to not take a chance on him.
Brett Lawrie 2B 3B Oakland: I really like dual eligible players but Lawrie is struggling at the plate. Right now he's striking out a LOT (27%) and not walking very much (3.9%). He does score runs and has some power. Lawrie is a deeper league option only at this point.
Scooter Gennett 2B Brewers: Owners are dropping Gennett like he has the plaque or something. Gennett is off to a slow start but his .313 BABIP suggests he's been a bit unlucky. If there was ever a low risk high reward guy its Gennett.
Jed Lowrie SS Houston: Three bombs already on the young season is impressive. Really good walk rate (9.8%), slugging percentage of .500 and a .270 ISO are all encouraging signs to see. He's even swiped a base this season.
Jake Lamb 3B Arizona: Lamb is batting .414 this season. Right now he's hitting at elite levels in power, slugging and average and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Lamb has been so good he's batting second in the Diamondback lineup.
Nick Castellanos 3B Tigers: Plenty of owners seem to be unhappy with Castellanos. His power numbers are decent, he's still in the starting lineup and his .180 ISO and .462 are great numbers. If he lowers that 20 percent strikeout rate he won't be available much longer.
Alex Avila C Tigers: Avila has a high walk rate (26.7%) and really good OPS (.747) and OBP (.414) but his 20 percent strikeout rate tells the real story for the Tigers starting catcher. He's a deeper league option.
Dalton Pompey OF Blue Jays: Great .182 ISO and 8.2 percent walk rate. He's hit two bombs and driven in six runs already this season. Only one stolen base so far this season but that should change because this dude can fly.
Steven Souza Jr. OF Tampa Bay: Extremely good ISO (.175), slugging (.425), OBP (.348), .382 BABIP and walk rate (13%). He strikes out a LOT (37%) but other than that he's good to go.
Desmond Jennings OF Tampa Bay: Great contact rate (88%), walk rate (12.2%), strikeout rate (10.2%) and you'd think Jennings would be amazing wouldn't you? The guy scores runs and steals bases.
Avisail Garcia OF White Sox: Good to great numbers in slugging (.469), ISO (.156), batting average (.313), BABIP (.360) and strikeout rate (17.1%). Doesn't walk much (6%) but has one bomb, three RBI and even a stolen base.
Available A's for Week Three
Ike Davis 1B 0.9% owned: The A's have seven games this week. Unfortunately for Davis four of those games are against lefties.
Mark Canha 1B 22% owned: Canha will get some at bats this week with the Athletics facing four lefties in seven games.
Drew Pomeranz SP 35.8% owned: Two starts this week and two great streaming opportunities against the Angels on Tuesday and Houston on Sunday.
Josh Reddick OF 5.6% owned: Reddick is back making grabs and has already hit a bomb after making his return from the DL.
Stephen Vogt 1B C 41% owned: Facing four lefties this week isn't going to help Fantasy Owners much but if you stream players Vogt would be a great choice against righties.
Good luck this week Fantasy Baseball Owner!