Fantasy Baseball Streaming Hitters: Week 3
As fantasy baseball season enters Week 3, managers start questioning when it’s time to panic. Will Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, and Ronald Acuna Jr. all hit under .220 for the year? None of Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and Jose Ramirez have hit a home run.
The word of the season is still “relax.” The MLB leader in at-bats, Marcus Semien, has 65 heading into Friday. Last season’s leader, Trea Turner, finished with 664. We’re barely even one-tenth of the way to the finish line. Do you panic when you put a pizza in the oven to cook for 20 minutes, and it is not looking done after two minutes? Nope, and you should not panic here either. Believe in your draft-day values.
Let us take a look at the Week 3 schedule with an eye on maximizing games in head-to-head leagues.
A Look at the Schedule
Week 3 has a few more games than normal. Eleven teams (Orioles, White Sox, Reds, Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, Twins, Phillies, Mariners, and Blue Jays) play seven times. Only three organizations (Astros, Athletics, and Pirates) have five games. The remaining 16 teams play six times.
If your lineup locks weekly, it is difficult to start any Astros, Athletics, or Pirates hitter beyond the studs in standard leagues. Grab a player off the waiver wire playing seven games to get a better chance of production. Let us take a look at the top pickups playing seven games who are rostered in under 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Jorge Polanco (SS – MIN): 28% Rostered
Polanco is a career .276 hitter who averages 14 home runs and 14 steals per 162 games. The Twins face the Blue Jays at home before finishing up with three in Baltimore. The pitching matchups look friendly and Polanco has started hot. Add him with confidence.
Yonder Alonso (1B – CWS): 18% Rostered
The White Sox host the Royals for three before going to Detroit for four games in Week 3. They are scheduled to face five righties during that stretch. Alonso has a career .346 on-base percentage against righties. The Sox’s first baseman has also hit 28 and 23 home runs in the last two seasons, respectively, and 42 of those have come off righties. The group he is facing does not feature any studs either. Start Alonso with confidence in Week 3.
Andrelton Simmons (SS – LAA): 43% Rostered
Simmons is a bit underrated in fantasy. Over the last three seasons, he has hit .284. Simmons should also provide double-digit home runs and steals this season. The Angels head to Texas for three games against the Rangers before turning home to face the Mariners in Week 3.
Randal Grichuk (OF – TOR): 41% Rostered
Grichuk already has three home runs and should swat 25-plus for the season. The Blue Jays play seven road games in Week 3 at Oakland and Minnesota. The pitching matchups aren’t scary, and Grichuk figures to bat in the cleanup spot.
Teoscar Hernandez (OF – TOR): 4% Rostered
The 26-year-old is batting second for the Blue Jays following a 22-home run season in 476 at-bats. Hernandez is struggling out of the gate, but he could catch fire this week against favorable pitching matchups. Keep an eye on him.
Jorge Soler (OF – KC): 26% Rostered
Soler already has three home runs and 12 RBIs on the season. He is coming off a season in which he hit .265 with a .354 OBP in just 257 plate appearances. He is nevertheless a bit risky, as the Royals head to Chicago to face the White Sox before taking a trip to Yankee Stadium.
Dwight Smith Jr. (OF – BAL): 3% Rostered
Batting second for the Orioles, Smith already has two steals and is batting .280. The Orioles begin the week with one game in Boston before heading to Tampa Bay for three. They return home for a weekend series against the Twins.
The Orioles are scheduled to face at least four righties (the Rays have two games that are undecided), so expect the left-handed Smith to get on base and run in the coming week. Add him in mixed leagues of 15 teams or greater.
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