Fantasy Baseball Buzz: Jays' Janssen to DL
MAR 31, 2014 5:31a ET
Happy Opening Day, everyone! We're not going to count last night or the games in Australia if it's OK with you. There are 13 games on today's schedule, with only the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers and Padres off.
Many players went on the DL over the weekend - we won't name them all here today - but a big one was Blue Jays' closer Casey Janssen, who will miss at least a couple of weeks with a left abdominal and lower back strain. The Jays don't seem too worried, but unlike many of the other DL announcements, this one isn't retroactive to a date that will allow Janssen to be activated later this week. Sergio Santos will serve as the Jays' closer until at least April 13.
On to the rest of the news:
Tough to find a streaming starter on an Opening Day full of aces? Try Tanner Scheppers, who is owned in just 16.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. Scheppers got today's start for the Rangers through process of elimination, but he could be OK this season, and will face a fading Phillies' lineup. This blog will feature a streaming starter selection each day; last season's picks were 108-63 (.632). To be eligible for a Fantasy Quality Start, a starter must be owned in fewer than 40 percent of leagues. Then, the starter must pitch a minimum of five innings, and meet at least two of the following: 4.00 ERA/1.30 WHIP/4 K/Win.
Randall Delgado is the Diamondbacks' fifth starter.
Here's an article about the Marlins' Opening Day lineup possibilities. Spoiler alert: They're awful.
I guess it's prediction time, huh?
- MVPs: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper
- Cy Youngs: Alex Cobb, Clayton Kershaw
- Rookies of the Year: Masahiro Tanaka, Travis d'Arnaud
- AL playoff teams: Rays, Tigers, A's, Red Sox (WC), Indians (WC)
- NL playoff teams: Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers, Reds (WC), Padres (WC)
- World Series: Nationals over Rays
Cobb and the Padres are my out-on-a-limb picks, because everyone needs to make a couple of those.
See you back here tomorrow morning.