From The Godfather: Week 8

Mon Sep 7 11:02am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

We’ve got another week of an unbalanced schedule of games to be played with 13 doubleheaders.  On the plus side of things, you’ll want to be sure to play your players on Philadelphia, Oakland and Miami. All those teams are playing nine games. Playing eight games are Texas, St. Louis and Detroit.  Teams with seven games are Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland, Houston, Kansas City, New York Yankees, San Diego and San Francisco.

At the other end, four teams are only playing five games; Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.  The difference in four extra games being played is huge, although it’s unlikely most players will play both ends of two or three doubleheaders.  But I would play a Matt Olson with nine over a Jose Abreu with five!

All of these games create a unique situation with more than the usual amount of pitchers getting a two-start week.  Make sure you get yours that have two starts. Two chances for wins and extra strikeouts.  And if you have a marginal pitcher you’ve been thinking about replacing, this could be the week to do it.  Check your waiver wire to grab a two-start pitcher.  A couple respectable ones you might find are Jose Urena, Robbie Erlin, Alex Mills, Tyler Mahle, Chris Bassitt, Michael Pineda, Jordan Montgomery and Michael Wacha.

The trade deadline brought about quite a few transactions that will create some playing time for a few players. Some worthy of a pick up are Ty France, Ronald Guzman, Josh Naylor, and  Ryan Mountcastle.  A couple highly regarded rookies to keep eye on that were just adding to active rosters are Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jazz Chisholm.  In the case of Hayes, Pittsburgh should play him a lot to see what he can do.  Chisholm will need to earn at bats as Miami still has their sights on a playoff spot.  And just in, Teoscar Hernandez looks to be headed to the IL, opening up more at bats for Rowdy Tellez.  If you need home runs, he’ll be a good source to get some

With Ross Stripling traded to Toronto, Tony Gonsolin has a clear path to a spot in the Dodgers starting rotation.  He’s worthy of a spot on your team.  With Mike Minor traded to Oakland, look for Frankie Montas to get moved to the bullpen and someone you can cut.  The trades made a couple closer spots available and while their managers will say they will use a committee, I think Yohan Ramirez will get the call most often in  Seattle. And Kevin Ginkel will get the most chances in Arizona.  I’m still not sure who will get the ball in Baltimore, but it won’t be Cole Sulser.  It appears Giovanny Gallegos is the favorite for the Cardinals, but Andrew Miller just came off the IL and finished a game yesterday.  And Daniel Bard looks to remain the closer in Colorado.

Have a great week and get the maximum out of games played this week!  For those of you getting ready for fantasy football, The Godfather will have some advice for you on the RTSports football news page this week and throughout the season, starting this week.

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 cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

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