Fantasy baseball forecaster for Week 2: April 8-14

Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season is the first that runs seven days in length, spanning from Monday, April 8, through Sunday, April 14, and it gets off to an early start thanks to a pair of day games in Chicago on Monday: Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox has a 2:10 p.m. ET scheduled first pitch, while Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs has a 2:20 ET scheduled first pitch, with the latter serving the Cubs’ home opener. The Boston Red Sox’s home opener, scheduled for Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays and the latest home opener of 2019, also has a daytime scheduled first pitch: 2 p.m. ET on ESPN. With so many day games on the early part of the 2019 schedule — 15 of the 62 weekday (Monday-Friday) and 36 of the week’s 92 scheduled games overall have daytime scheduled starts — be prepared for many early lineup locks as well as split slates in daily fantasy nike nfl jerseys from china

The Red Sox’s schedule is one of five that’s only five games in volume, but it’s easily the most favorable of the bunch, including a pair of games against the aforementioned Blue Jays followed by three against the surprisingly hot-starting Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox had a rough go of it during the first 11 days of the 2019 season, playing on the road on every one of those days, including a West Coast swing, but now they return to familiar Fenway Park with more-than-adequate rest on both Monday and Wednesday, sandwiching a day of excitement when they raise their 2018 championship banner. With the possible exception of Matt Shoemaker, their Tuesday scheduled opponent who has a career 21.9 percent strikeout rate, the Red Sox aren’t expected to face a single high-strikeout starter, which should help ease some of the worries Jackie Bradley Jr.’s and Rafael Devers’ fantasy managers might have about their early whiff woes. Among the less-prominent Red Sox hitters, Devers should remain a part of your Week 2 fantasy lineup, considering his heart-of-the-order lineup spot and this sneaky-good schedule. The team’s rotation should also reverse its early funk, with all five starters earning above-average projected Game Scores.1

While the Oakland Athletics have improved their team play since returning to the States, much of that the product of their pitching, it’s their hitting that should carry them during fantasy’s Week 2. Trips to both Baltimore’s Camden Yards (four games, Monday-Thursday) and Texas’ Globe Life Park (three games, Friday-Sunday) grant them sizable park-factor bumps, a needed benefit for a team that is currently missing one of its best power sources in Matt Olson (IL, hand). The Athletics were baseball’s top-scoring road team in 2018 (5.48 runs per game) and had the fourth-highest road/home differential in the category (0.92 runs more per game on the road), with Matt Chapman (.311/.388/.596, .424 wOBA), Stephen Piscotty (.265/.331/.504, .366) and Chad Pinder (.289/.341/.467, .358) particularly adept at hitting away from the Oakland Coliseum. The Athletics should face at least five, and perhaps as many as six, right-handed starters, so this is a good week to activate Robbie Grossman, Kendrys Morales and Jurickson Profar in appropriate-depth official nike nfl jerseys

The Colorado Rockies have an unusual schedule in that their hitters reap almost all of the rewards of their week-opening series against the injury-riddled Atlanta Braves pitching staff, while their pitchers should stand out most during their week-ending series at San Francisco’s Oracle Park, an extreme pitchers’ park, against one of the game’s weakest offenses in the San Francisco Giants. Mashing the two series together props up two-start pitcher Kyle Freeland’s matchups to that of a worthwhile start in all weekly-lineup leagues — fellow two-start pitcher German Marquez, meanwhile, is an obvious play — and the Rockies’ right-handed bats will probably stand out due to their facing four left-handed starters. Consider this a good week to activate Garrett Hampson, who might be able to capitalize as well, stealing bases against the Braves’ mediocre catching tandem of Tyler Flowers and Brian McCann.