We’re a full week into the marathon that is the MLB season and hopefully your passage to fantasy baseball glory. Even though it’s early, there’s still room for adjustments on many owners rosters. If your an owner who likes to stay active, check out our daily sleeper central lineup (archive here).
Today’s lineup which you can find below features the players who stood out in Saturday’s games and are owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues. Not all are a good fit on your team obviously, but some may be just what you need to remedy that late-draft misstep.
Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Starting Lineup-April 6
C- J.P. Arencibia-Toronto Blue Jays: (15.4%) Arencibia hit his third long ball of the year yesterday while going 2-4 with a double, run scored, and a pair of RBI. He has started the year 7-19 with six extra base hits. He probably won’t help you long-term in batting average, but his power numbers for a catcher are amont the best in the MLB. He’s hot right now, so if you need catching help, he’s one of the top bats to consider.
1B- James Loney-Tampa Bay Rays: (0.3%) Loney has started the year 4-14 for Tampa and had his second double and third and fourth RBI in yesterday’s 6-0 win over the Tribe. He’s not a typical power-hitting 1B, but can be useful if you need a bargain option who hits for average. His role is still a bit undefined as Tampa’s lineup continues to shuffle as well.
2B- Mark Ellis-LA Dodgers: (2.7%) Ellis continues to be productive in the second spot in the Dodgers lineup right in front of the big bats. He went 2-4 yesterday with an RBI. The run he drove in was the only one in the game as the Dodgers won 1-0. He also added a stolen base. If he can keep his average up (6-16 so far) he should have plenty of opportunities to score runs.
3B- Conor Gillaspie-Chicago White Sox: (0.0%) Gillaspie got the start against Felix Hernandez and made the most of it going 2-3 with a pair of runs scored and a triple. He was acquired this spring as insurance at the 3B spot from San Francisco and may prove to be a bigger part of the White Sox plans than originally thought. Jeff Keppinger has gotten off to a dreadful start going just 1-21 to start the season. Gillaspie will get another look on Sunday, so see what he can do and if the White Sox are going to have to find ways to work him into the lineup which would immediately give him potential fantasy value.
SS- Jean Segura-Milwaukee Brewers: (15.1%) Segura soon won’t be in the Sleeper Central ranks as he’ll “graduate” into being too owned to be considered a sleeper. He’s frequented the list so far this season after starting the year 9-18. Segura went 3-4 yesterday with a double and his second RBI of the season. He’s providing offense for the Brewers whose lineup has been depleted by injury, and should remain locked in at SS making him a great pickup in almost all formats.
OF- Gerardo Parra-Arizona Diamondbacks: (34.4%) Parra has started off the season red hot from atop the D-Backs lineup. He went 2-5 yesterday with a walk and an RBI. and is now 11-24 with four doubles, a triple, and a home run over his first five games. Parra looks to be firmly entrenched as the leadoff bat for the Snakes and should stay there at least unti Adam Eaton returns. As long as Parra is playing regularly, he’s worth owning in fantasy.
OF- Chris Parmelee-Minnesota Twins: (0.4%) Getting a long look in RF this season in Minnesota, Parmelee now has hits and RBI in his last three games after going 2-3 and hitting his first home run of the season yesterday. He’s a contact hitter who should log plenty of at-bats and accumulate RBI, runs scored, and average that make him ownable as a bargain option in salary leagues or an outfield option in deep leagues.
OF- Starling Marte-Pittsburgh Pirates: (13.8%) Marte has more upside long-term than Parmalee, but he could also hurt your average if he doesn’t start connecting some base hits. He did just that yesterday going 2-4 from the leadoff spot for the Bucs. Pittsburgh wants to keep him in that spot which should allow him to contribute in steals, runs, and hits. He’s gotten off to a rough start this year, but be aware of his outputs and be ready to add him if you need the outfield help.
AL Starting Pitcher- Luis Mendoza-Kansas City Royals: (0.0%) Mendoza won the fifth starter role in Spring Training and showed his upside yesterday against the Phillies. He didn’t get the win since the bullpen blew the lead but he threw six innings of two-hit, one-run baseball while striking out seven. Don’t expect the K numbers to continue since only once last year in 11 starts did he strik out more than six. He did look effective though which means his spot should be safe for now making him a streaming option in the right matchups.
NL Starting Pitcher- Ross Detwiler-Washington Nationals: (14.8%) One of the better streaming options from last year picked up where he left off as Detwiler lasted six innings against the Reds in Cincinnati allowing only one unearned run on six hits and a walk. He only struck out one and doesn’t contribute much in the way of K’s. He is worth a look if you need wins though with the solid lineup the Nats have. In the right matchup-and even in this tough one, Detwiler has shown at times he can be effective even though he’s not super over-powering.
Relief Pitcher-Darin Downs-Detroit Tigers: (0.0%) Downs got his stecond hold of the season pitching two hitless innings against the Yankees. It was Downs third appearance of the season spanning 4 1/3 innings. In that time he’s allowed one run and struck out seven. The Tigers bullpen is very much a work in progress and this lefty is making a strong case to play a role going forward. In most standard scoring leagues, he’s not worth an add yet. However, if your league credits holds or requires relief pitchers, Downs has shown he can get outs.