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Fantasy Baseball Weekend Preview: Prepare for an Attack

Fantasy Baseball managers could see a lot of offensive production this weekend. Many teams will deploy their weaker starters over the next few days, as evidenced by the fact that there are many more matchups to target than avoid in this week’s article.

On the pitching side, there aren’t many attractive starters aside from Christian Scott, who has the potential to make a major impact in the coming weeks.

There should be some offensive fireworks at Coors Field this weekend, as none of Texas or Colorado’s six starters can be classified as high-end pitchers. Savvy managers will aim to incorporate players from this series into their lineup, which may include Rangers’ Josh Smith (45%) and Leody Taveras (5%) and Brenton Doyle (28%), Charlie Blackmon (6%) ) and Brendan Rodgers (3%) of the Rockies. In deeper leagues, Rockies rookie outfielder Jordan Beck (5%) is an intriguing option.

The Red Sox could score plenty of runs in their hitter-friendly home park against Washington right-hander Jake Irvin and two lefties (MacKenzie Gore, Patrick Corbin) who each have a WHIP above 1.45. Targeting right-handed hitters Vaughn Grissom (29%), Ceddanne Rafaela (27%) and Connor Wong (30%) is the best move.

Cleveland’s offense should continue its strong start to the season when it faces three White Sox starters who each possess an ERA above 5.00. Estevan Florial (0%) is a sneaky option, as he should take the lead against righties on Saturday and Sunday. Others to consider include left-handed hitters Bo Naylor (27%) and Will Brennan (2%).

The Dodgers are predictable in their lineup choices, making it easy to determine who will start against a trio of right-handed starters this weekend. James Outman (39%) and Gavin Lux (10%) continue to struggle but should start every game. And those hesitant to start Andy Pages (70%) should put him in the lineup.

Milwaukee’s offense is off to a good start to the season and should stay hot against three mediocre St. Louis righties (Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, Miles Mikolas). Those who have had Christian Yelich in an IL slot should know that he returned yesterday and can be activated right away. There are also two outfielders to consider in deeper formats, Sal Frelick (14%) and Blake Perkins (10%).

Although the opposing starters are solid, some matchups can be used based on the fact that the Phillies face three left-handed starters this weekend. First, those in shallow leagues that benched Nick Castellanos should put him back in the lineup. In deeper leagues, Johan Rojas (6%) can be a source of interceptions. On the other hand, Brandon Marsh, a lefty, should be on the bench throughout.

Few Oakland hitters get much fantasy attention, but they’re all poor options against three talented Seattle righties this weekend. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that every Oakland hitter should be left out of every mixed league lineup.

Toronto’s unproductive offense is unlikely to be on track this weekend against a trio of Twins right-handers who either have solid track records or exciting potential. The Blue Jays lineup is full of right-handed bats, and this could be a good weekend to establish their struggling stars. In fact, there isn’t a single Blue Jays hitter I can highly recommend for this weekend.

Fantasy managers have taken a while to adjust to the fact that Megill is the Brewers’ closer. The right-hander has pitched five scoreless innings since returning from the IL, and during that stretch, he has earned all three of the team’s saves. Megill could make a save or win in a home series against the Cardinals this weekend.

Although Rojas has balanced splits, he is in an advantageous position on paper as a right-handed hitter facing three left-handed starters this weekend. And if he reaches base, the speedster could slip a sack against Marlins catcher Nick Fortes, who has allowed more steals this year than all but one catcher.

In order, here are the top streamers of the weekend, with their start date and Yahoo! roster rate in parentheses.

  • Christian Scott vs. ATL (Saturday, 36)

  • Cole Irvin vs. ARI (Friday 22)

  • Luis Gil @TB (Sunday 47)

  • Jameson Taillon @PIT (Friday the 49th)

  • Logan Allen @CWS (Sunday 21)

  • Zach Littell vs. NYY (Saturday 38)

  • Braxton Garrett vs. PHI (Sunday 50)

  • Simeon Woods Richardson @TOR (Saturday 10)

  • Paul Blackburn @SEA (Friday 39)

  • Dean Kremer vs. ARI (Sunday 36)

  • Clarke Schmidt @TB (Friday 39)

  • Taj Bradley vs. NYY (Friday 32)

  • Patrick Sandoval vs. KC (Sunday 6)

  • Bryse Wilson vs. STL (Sunday 9)

  • Cooper Criswell vs. WSH (Saturday 10)

  • Tyler Anderson vs. KC (Saturday, 38)