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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31685274 Sit - Jason Kipnis Sit+-+Jason+Kipnis Fantasy Baseball

This one hurts, not only because of my Cleveland fanhood, but because he’s on two of my fantasy baseball rosters. After going 0-9 in his first two games, Kipnis’ dad sent him a text saying that he sacrificed a chicken. The next game, Kipnis went 2-5 with two doubles. This should be a warning to farmers everywhere since the Indians’ second baseman is batting .154 with nine strikeouts. As a result of his inability to reach base, his stolen base total has remained at zero. That’s not what you want to see from a position with a shallow pool of talent, with a guy you probably selected in your first five picks. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31686303 Sit - Emilio Bonifacio Sit+-+Emilio+Bonifacio Fantasy Baseball

Injuries hampered Emilio Bonifacio’s 2012 campaign, but the bright side was he still managed to swipe 30 bases in 64 games. In 2011, he played in 152 games, batted .296, and swiped 40 bases. So far this season, zero stolen bases and zero attempts. In his defense, it’s difficult to steal second base when he can’t reach first. In his first six games he’s batting .227, with zero walks. Until Bonifacio reaches base on a more consistent level, look elsewhere for outfielders (although, he should reach eligibility for second base soon). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31686302 Sit - Adam LaRoche Sit+-+Adam+LaRoche Fantasy Baseball

Zip, zero, nadda. That’s how many hits Adam LaRoche has in 2013. In his first seven games last year he had two homers and eight RBI. He’s recorded none in his first seven this time. Upcoming, the Nationals will face the White Sox and the Braves. Those teams have the fourth and second lowest ERA in baseball, respectively. I’m not saying LaRoche will stay hitless for long, but until he breaks this slump and if you have better options, bench him. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31685271 Sit - (Almost) All Philadelphia SPs Sit+-+%28Almost%29+All+Philadelphia+SPs Fantasy Baseball

Sporting baseball’s worst ERA (7.08) in seven games, the Phillies are off to a rough start. Cliff Lee is the only exception to the rule (no earned runs allowed in first start). Cole Hamels was promoted from Philly's third starting pitcher to it's top ace. He responded by allowing five earned runs to Atlanta and eight to Kansas City (10.97 ERA). Roy Halladay entered into the season with both pitching and health issues. Combined, Hamels and Halladay are 15-14 against the Marlins (their next opponents). So, maybe let them sit this one out. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31685269 Sit - All Miami Hitters Sit+-+All+Miami+Hitters Fantasy Baseball

Going into 2013, I think I was safe to assume the Marlins wouldn’t do much. They traded away a majority of their talent and didn’t make any necessary additions. This has seemed to impact even their best hitter, Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins have scored 14 runs in seven games (29th in MLB)…and they scored seven runs in one of those games! What’s even more astonishing is that out of all the Marlins who played in at least six of those first seven games, Stanton has the worst batting average (.174). I figured pitchers would just walk him every time because of the lack of surrounding talent, but they don’t need to right now. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31686296 Start - Jim Henderson Start+-+Jim+Henderson Fantasy Baseball

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that a few non-closers have jumped out and stole a solid number of wins the first half of the season. Last year, Texas’ Robbie Ross won six games (0.95 ERA) before the All-Star break. In 2011, it was Minnesota’s Jesse Crain (five wins, 2.41 ERA) and Scott Downs (five wins, 1.52 ERA). This year, Jim Henderson has that allure, while also lurking in the back end of the bullpen. In four appearances, he has yet to allow a run and has earned a win and a save. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31686328 Start - Justin Masterson Start+-+Justin+Masterson Fantasy Baseball

Cy Young himself would be impressed with Justin Masterson’s accomplishment of defeating both the AL (David Price) and NL (R.A. Dickey) Cy Young Award winners of 2012 in his first two starts. Owned in only 34 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, he’s allowed only one earned run (0.69 ERA), struck out 15 batters, and has actually walked more hitters than allowed hits (five hits, walked seven). Next, Masterson will face division-rival, Chicago. While his win/loss record is only 4-5 in 15 starts against the White Sox, his ERA is 2.69. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31686327 Start - Coco Crisp Start+-+Coco+Crisp Fantasy Baseball

Don’t be cuckoo and bench Coooooco Crisp. For some reason, an owner in a 12-team league I’m in dropped Crisp the day the season started and I was fortunate enough to snag him off of waivers. He’s riding a four game, multi-hit streak and has hit a home run in three straight games. (as of 4/9) If his power numbers don’t tempt you enough, take a look at his speed. Crisp doesn’t have a stolen base yet, but he’s swiped 30+ bags in three consecutive seasons. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31686326 Start - John Buck Start+-+John+Buck+ Fantasy Baseball

While most fantasy owners are waiting for the emergence of prospect Travis d’Arnaud, currently John Buck (owned in only 38 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) is earning his roster spot. Last week, he belted three home runs and drove in 12 runs. In 2012, he only hit a "buck"-ninty-two (.192) with 12 "buck shots" (home runs). Leading his team in batting average, home runs, and RBI, Buck will likely get the chance to extend his hitting opportunities at DH when the Mets travel to Minnesota this weekend. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Start and Sits: Week 2 31686325 Start - Jed Lowrie Start+-+Jed+Lowrie Fantasy Baseball

Owned in only 74 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, Jed Lowrie had a stellar opening week. As of April 9th, he’s batting .500 (13-26), with three home runs, and six RBI. Becoming an Oakland Athletic has provided to be an added boost to his value. The surrounding talent has aided in producing the eighth-most runs (38) in baseball, especially when you notice his former Houston club only manufacturing 17 runs (26th overall). – Adam Meyer

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