Mon Jun 20 11:45am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there. This week’s schedule has 18 teams playing six games and two teams, Washington and Texas, playing five games. The ten teams with seven games are Atlanta, both Chicago teams, Miami, Milwaukee, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis. No doubleheaders this week, so nobody is playing eight.
Two start pitching options are very limited. Three rookies that pitched well in their starts last week are my favorites to pick up. Josh Winckowski gets a home start against the Tigers and road start at Cleveland. Beau Brieske has two road starts Boston and Arizona. And Daniel Castano gets two home starts against Colorado and the New York Mets. Not recommended getting two starts are Caleb Kilian and Matt Swarmer, both with road games at Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Kris Bubic gets a road start against the Angels and home start against Oakland. And Erick Fedde is set to start two of the Nationals five games at Baltimore and Texas.
Quite a few players hit the IL list this week. The most serious appears to be Anthony Rendon, with right wrist surgery ending his season. Out for a couple weeks are Fran’s Schwindel, Yadier Molina, Tylor Megill, Jesus Sanchez, Jesus Aguilar, Tigers Austin Meadows, Joe Musgrove, Garrett Hampson, Jorge Polanco, Jeremy Peña and Drew Rasmussen. And Cards outfielder Tyler O’Neill left the game with a stained hamstring, so expect him to miss a few games or wind up back on the IL. Another player gone is Lorenzo Cain, designated for assignment.
Help is on the way
A couple significant players returned to action this week in starters Jack Flaherty, Mike Clevinger and Luis Severino. A couple others were sent on rehab assignments, which might have them back soon; Wander Franco, Nick Lodolo and Brandon Woodruff. The Tigers brought top prospect Riley Greene up, so look for him to be in their outfield on a regular basis.
If you wanted to pick up someone on your waiver wire to get you a few saves this week, your best choices appear to be Hunter Strickland (while Tony Santillan is on IL), Seranthony Dominquez (while Corey Knebel is on IL), Colin Poche, or Tanner Houck.
Have a great 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.