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Fantasy Baseball Hitting Streamers: Week 2

by Tyler Watts | @tylerpwatts | Featured Writer
Apr 5, 2019

Evan Longoria is an interesting Week 2 streamer with the Giants scheduled to play four of their seven games against lefties.

The MLB season is just underway, and there’s already some surprising early results. The Red Sox are in AL East’s cellar while the Yankees are in fourth. The Cubs, who have just one win, have made more errors than games played. It has certainly been a beginning of stunning results.

Fantasy managers should not panic, though. Even if you used your first-round pick on Trea Turner or Giancarlo Stanton, do not fret. Managers need to make moves to help their club. That means using the waiver wire in head-to-head leagues to maximize their games played.

Let us take a look at the schedule and the top pickups for Week 2.

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A Look at the Schedule

Nine teams (Braves, Orioles, Rockies, Royals, Dodgers, Athletics, Padres, Giants, Mariners) play seven games in the upcoming week. Conversely, five organizations (Red Sox, Reds, Twins, Rangers, Blue Jays) take the field five times. The remaining 16 teams have six contests in Week 2.

Outside of players drafted in the first five rounds, fantasy managers should avoid starting guys on teams with a five-game schedule. Add a waiver-wire option playing seven games that will help more in the coming week. Let us take a look at some of those top pickups. (Under 50 percent rostered in Yahoo leagues is considered on the waiver wire).

Top Pickups

Ryan McMahon (1B/2B/3B – COL): 48% Rostered
The Rockies host the Braves for three games at Coors Field before traveling to San Francisco for four games. McMahon looks locked into regular playing time after Daniel Murphy’s finger injury. He actually has reverse platoon splits in his early career, hitting lefties better than righties. The Braves’ rotation is unsettled, but the Giants are scheduled to pitch three lefties in that series.

Add McMahon for what could be a juicy week of production with an opening series at Coors Field.

Garrett Hampson (2B/SS – COL): 38% Rostered
Hampson is in a 1-for-17 slump to begin the season, but he should get regular at-bats for the Rockies. The 24-year-old crushes lefties, so three games at Coors plus three lefties to end the week creates a fantastic buying opportunity.

Ramon Laureano (OF – OAK): 36% Rostered
Laureano had 19 home runs and 18 steals between Triple-A and the majors last season. Now he is locked into the Athletics’ lineup every day. The center field has already smacked two home runs. He has a career 116 wRC+ against righties, and the A’s are projected to face five in the week ahead. Add Laureano with confidence.

Evan Longoria (3B – SF): 28% Rostered
Longoria looks healthy with a home run already under his belt. The 33-year-old hits better against lefties (.277 vs. .264 in his career), and the Giants are scheduled to face four in Week 2. Longoria is also hitting in the middle of the order and providing protection for Buster Posey. He is a safe option this week as the Giants play seven home games.

Ryon Healy (1B/3B – SEA): 43% Rostered
Healy has played a big part in the Mariners winning seven of their first eight games. Replacing the injured Kyle Seager, he has nine hits and two home runs already. The Royals visit Seattle for four games to begin the week. Their rotation is unsettled, but the Mariners finish the week in Houston. Ride Healy’s hot hand in Week 2.

Jay Bruce (1B/OF – SEA): 26% Rostered
Bruce has three early home runs among his five hits. He continues to hit righties, and the Mariners close the week with two righties in their final three games. Bruce is a bit of an all-or-nothing power add, but target him if you need home runs.

Ian Kinsler (2B – SD): 8% Rostered
Kinsler has batted leadoff for the Padres this season. San Diego is facing four righties and three lefties in Week 2, and the second baseman is a .295 career hitter against lefties. He offers a bit of power and speed, so add him if you need a safe option in the middle infield.

Dansby Swanson (SS – ATL): 10% Rostered
The Braves start the week in Coors Field with three games against the Rockies before heading home for a four-game series versus the Mets.

Swanson is batting eighth for the Braves but already has two home runs under his belt. Atlanta is scheduled to face four lefties in Week 2, and Swanson has a higher OBP and SLG against left-handers in his MLB career. He is a bit of a risky add given his lineup spot, but Coors Field can leave any fantasy manager smiling.

Dwight Smith Jr. (OF – BAL): 4% Rostered
Smith rakes against right-handers for his career, batting .322 versus a .231 average against lefties. The Orioles face four righties in their seven games. He is also batting second and is off to a hot start to begin this season. Baltimore hosts Oakland for four games before heading to Fenway Park over the weekend. Ride the hot hand with Smith.

Tyler Watts is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Tyler, follow him @tylerpwatts.

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