Sun Apr 7 8:35am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Well, the Godfather advice for last week was spot on, actually good enough that you could have paid for it. Domingo German, Mike Clevinger, Brad Peacock and Yonny Chirinos were all stellar. Archer was good and only Gibson was bad.
So as I look into my crystal ball for the coming week, I’ll give you two streaming pitchers probably on your leagues waiver wire. Both have started the year with better than expected performances, and both have two starts in good situations.
Oakland’s Brett Anderson gets two starts at home. The first start is against Baltimore and the second against Texas. Both appear to give him the advantage against under performing teams.
Detroit’s Jeff Zimmerman, one of the highest paid starters in the American League, is pitching like the ace the Tigers hoped for when they gave him the big contract a couple years ago. His two starts are at home against a weak and injury riddled Cleveland team, and at Minnesota.
The other two pitchers I like this coming week are Madison Bumgarner and Carlos Rodon. Bumgarner and the Giants will have two home starts against San Diego and Colorado. While both opponents have been hitting the ball fairly well, he still has the advantage. Rodon starts at home against Tampa Bay, and in New York versus the Yankees. Again, neither of these two starts seem worthy of getting excited about, but the young southpaw will be facing two lineups that aren’t clicking yet. If you have to face the Yankees, now is a good times with so many players out with injury.
Only five teams are looking at five games this week; Boston, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Texas and Toronto. The Twins and Rangers will be playing in NL ballparks, which means possible limited playing time for Nelson Cruz and one of the Rangers alternating at DH. Also playing NL ball this week is the Angels, playing at Milwaukee and Chicago (Cubs). Albert Pujols and/or Justin Bour will lose some at bats.
Some other interesting matchups show Washington playing against Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with six right handed pitchers scheduled to start against them. Look for Matt Adams to get some starts and do some damage. Two other players that look to have an advantage this week are Arizona’s Christian Walker and Seattle’s Dan Vogelbach. Both are among the home run leaders in MLB, and both look to add to it. Walker, already gaining playing time with Jake Lamb out, looks to feast on at least four lefties. Vogelbach gets four righties in Kansas City and then two more against Houston. I expect both to hit at least two home runs this coming week, more than worthy of a waiver-wire pickup.
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.