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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31863580 Sit - R.A. Dickey Sit+-+R.A.+Dickey Fantasy Baseball

Again, I tried warning you before the season started, when I listed R.A. Dickey as a “player to avoid in 2013.” It doesn’t look any better this week when he starts on the road against Oakland…
 

  • In eight career starts, Dickey is 1-4 (5.65 ERA) against the A’s
  • This month, Dickey is 1-3 (5.34 ERA)
  • In three career starts at Oakland Coliseum, Dickey is 0-2 (3.91 ERA and 1.70 WHIP)
  • On the road in 2013, Dickey is 4-5 (3.58 ERA) in 10 outings
     

The ONLY positive trend for Dickey is that his ERA is a full point better during early games, and he’s probable for an earlier start on Wednesday. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31863579 Sit - Carlos Beltran Sit+-+Carlos+Beltran Fantasy Baseball

If the three previous names didn’t surprise you enough, the mention of Carlos Beltran will. Last week, he hit .158 (3-19) with one RBI. Though, Beltran bats a solid .299 on the road this season, he’s 32-137 (.234) at PNC Park and 40-160 (.250) when playing in Cincinnati. Those are the next two opponents for the Braves, and yes, on the road. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31863577 Sit - Justin Upton Sit+-+Justin+Upton Fantasy Baseball

The twitter handle @DidUptonHomer hasn’t been able to tweet “yes” since July 9th. In the last seven days, Justin Upton went 3-24 (.125) with one RBI. Atlanta’s next opponent is Colorado, a team that Upton is 5-12 (.417) with two homers this year. However, the series is at home and Upton is batting .235 (39-166) in Turner Field. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31863578 Sit - Dustin Pedroia Sit+-+Dustin+Pedroia Fantasy Baseball

Could you call it the “curse of the contract?” Dustin Pedroia signs a 7-year extension worth $100 million and then goes 1-21 in the past seven days. You think Ben Cherington (Red Sox GM) kept that receipt? All kidding aside, Pedroia’s road stats are the most troubling: .258 AVG and .323 SLG. Fortunately for Pedey’s owners, the Red Sox are home for seven games this week (.340 AVG). The bad news, only three games last week were away. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31865399 Sit - Buster Posey Sit+-+Buster+Posey Fantasy Baseball

This is just the tip of the iceberg when you see the names on this week’s “sit” list. Buster Posey normally loves July (.401 over the past three seasons), however his 1-20 slump last week pulled his average down to .256 this month in 2013. The most noticeable stat on Posey’s player card is his lack of performance on turf. This season, he is 1-7 (.143) on the artificial surface and 1-12 (.083) in the last three years. After a four-game series in Philadelphia, the Giants continue the east coast trip to Tampa…and their domed facility. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31866286 Start - Tyson Ross Start+-+Tyson+Ross Fantasy Baseball

Much like last week’s highlighted pitcher, Chris Archer, Tyson Ross could be a great addition to your fantasy baseball rotation, even though Ross will start only one game this week. In home outings, Ross posts a 1.89 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He returned to the Padres starting squad as injuries began to pile up. Ross has thrown in two-straight starts in which he’s allowed one earned run and struck out 13 batters. Next, like in Archer’s write-up, Ross is probable against the Yankees. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31865398 Start - Dayan Viciedo Start+-+Dayan+Viciedo Fantasy Baseball

It was a great week on the job for Dayan Viciedo: 10-24 (.417) with two homers and two RBI. When looking at his split stats, nothing really jumps off of the page. However, a closer examination reveals an improvement in performance when Viciedo bats seventh or eighth. In the seven and eight spot, he combines for six home runs and 21 RBI all while batting .323 (32-99). Please, Robin Ventura, don’t move Viciedo higher in the batting order! – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31862789 Start - Devin Mesoraco Start+-+Devin+Mesoraco Fantasy Baseball

Readers familiar with the Start/Sit gallery are used to seeing catchers on the negative side of these write-ups. Devin Mesoraco bucks the trend with by batting 10-28 (.357) with two home runs and seven RBI last week. His best numbers come when a southpaw is on the hill and, unfortunately for Mesoraco, the Reds are only slated to face one lefty starter this week. However, he’s hitting .313 at home and Cincinnati ends the week with a series against St. Louis in Great American Ball Park. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31866285 Start - Nick Franklin Start+-+Nick+Franklin Fantasy Baseball

Sunday’s game put Nick Franklin over-the-top as a candidate in the “start” portion of this list. He belted two homers with four RBI in a three-hit performace against Minnesota. That was Franklin’s second three-hit game in the last three days. As a switch-hitter, Franklin produces better stats when batting from the left side of the plate (facing right-handed pitchers). Against righties, he’s batting .292 with nine home runs and 27 RBI. Lucky for him, the Mariners’ opponents currently have five right-handed probables starting. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 17 31866284 Start - Nate Schierholtz Start+-+Nate+Schierholtz Fantasy Baseball

Though he concluded last week with an “oh-fer” outing, Nate Schierholtz swung a mean stick to the tune of .409 (9-22) with three home runs and eight RBI. Since the trade of Alfonso Soriano to New York, the Cubs combination of David DeJesus, Junior Lake, and Schierholtz in the outfield has brought back positive returns and three-straight wins. Since Chicago will play all of their games at home this week, let’s look at his numbers in Wrigleyville this season: .311 AVG (.252 on the road) with seven homers and 22 RBI. – Adam Meyer

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