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Welcome back, RotoBallers, hopefully all your teams are off to roaring starts! Either way we're here to try and help with your daily/weekly lineups. I'm filling in for the regular @Roto_Dubs this week, as he doesn't feel like dealing with any messy rotation changes after six (!) postponed games on Sunday. Ouch.

Below are the projected starting pitching matchups for Week 3 as they currently stand -- we'll be updating these throughout the week as rotations are inevitably tweaked. These are our recommended starting pitcher starts/sits for Week 3. For those who are new, welcome - this is our fifth year now writing this weekly column, helping fantasy baseball managers pick the best pitchers weekly.

For every week of the fantasy baseball season, we look to analyze all of the projected starting pitcher matchups and put together our optimal lineups. As part of that, we identify pitchers that can capitalize on a juicy matchup and which ones might be worth putting on the pine against a fierce offense. Our goal is to analyze every SP matchup, each and every week, to help determine which SPs to start/sit and to hopefully find some hidden gems to bolster your teams. It's still early in the season, so benching to right dud can be a ratio saver. And pitchers will be emerging on the waiver wire, so stay stuned! Now let's get those optimal lineups set for the upcoming week...

Editor's Note: Stay on top of our MLB off-season news and fantasy analysis all year round. Read our daily fantasy columns about MLB prospects, dynasty outlooks, player outlooks and much more. It's always fantasy baseball season here. Let's Go!

 

SP Matchups & Start/Sit Recommendations

This weekly piece considers the pitcher’s opponents, their career stats against the opponent, some ballpark factors and historical splits. With all of this information, we then provide our start/sit recommendations for each starting pitcher matchup for the approaching week of fantasy baseball.

Last updated: Tuesday, April 17 at 12:45 pm ET

PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/16/18) - MONDAY    
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
BAL@BOS PPD PPD PPD PPD
CHW@OAK START Reynaldo Lopez SP | CHW SIT Daniel Mengden SP | OAK
CIN@MIL START Luis Castillo SP | CIN SIT Brent Suter SP | MIL
COL@PIT START German Marquez SP | COL SIT Steven Brault RP | PIT
HOU@SEA START Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU START James Paxton SP | SEA
LAD@SD START Hyun-Jin Ryu SP | LAD SIT Robbie Erlin SP | SD
MIA@NYY SIT Caleb Smith RP | MIA START Luis Severino SP | NYY
PHI@ATL START Aaron Nola SP | PHI SIT Julio Teheran SP | ATL
TEX@TB SIT Martin Perez SP | TEX START Blake Snell SP | TB
WAS@NYM SIT Jeremy Hellickson SP | WAS START Jacob deGrom SP | NYM
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/17/18) - TUESDAY    
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
KC@TOR SIT Eric Skoglund SP | KC START Jaime Garcia SP | TOR
KC@TOR START Danny Duffy SP | KC SIT Joe Biagini SP | TOR
BAL@DET START Andrew Cashner SP | BAL START Francisco Liriano RP | DET
BOS@LAA START David Price SP | BOS START Shohei Ohtani SP | LAA
CHW@OAK SIT Miguel Gonzalez SP | CHW SIT Trevor Cahill SP | OAK
CIN@MIL SIT Sal Romano SP | CIN START Junior Guerra SP | MIL
CLE@MIN START Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Jake Odorizzi SP | MIN
COL@PIT START Chad Bettis SP | COL START Trevor Williams SP | PIT
HOU@SEA START Lance McCullers SP | HOU SIT Ariel Miranda SP | SEA
LAD@SD START Alex Wood SP | LAD SIT Bryan Mitchell RP | SD
MIA@NYY SIT Jarlin Garcia RP | MIA START Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY
PHI@ATL START Nick Pivetta SP | PHI START Mike Foltynewicz SP | ATL
SF@ARI START Johnny Cueto SP | SF START Patrick Corbin SP | ARI
STL@CHC SIT Adam Wainwright SP | STL SIT Tyler Chatwood SP | CHC
TEX@TB SIT Matt Moore SP | TEX START Yonny Chirinos P | TB
WAS@NYM START Gio Gonzalez SP | WAS START Zack Wheeler SP | NYM
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/18/18) - WEDNESDAY    
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
BAL@DET SIT Kevin Gausman SP | BAL START Matthew Boyd SP | DET
BOS@LAA START Rick Porcello SP | BOS START Tyler Skaggs SP | LAA
CHW@OAK SIT Carson Fulmer SP | CHW START Andrew Triggs SP | OAK
CIN@MIL SIT Tyler Mahle SP | CIN SIT Zach Davies SP | MIL
CLE@MIN START Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE START Jose Berrios SP | MIN
COL@PIT SIT Kyle Freeland SP | COL SIT Chad Kuhl SP | PIT
HOU@SEA START Gerrit Cole SP | HOU SIT Mike Leake SP | SEA
KC@TOR START Ian Kennedy SP | KC START J.A. Happ SP | TOR
LAD@SD START Kenta Maeda SP | LAD START Tyson Ross SP | SD
PHI@ATL START Vince Velasquez SP | PHI START Brandon McCarthy SP | ATL
SF@ARI SIT Chris Stratton SP | SF START Robbie Ray SP | ARI
STL@CHC START Luke Weaver SP | STL START Jon Lester SP | CHC
TEX@TB START Cole Hamels SP | TEX START Jake Faria SP | TB
WAS@NYM START Tanner Roark SP | WAS START Steven Matz SP | NYM
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/19/18) - THURSDAY    
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
BAL@DET SIT Chris Tillman SP | BAL SIT Jordan Zimmermann SP | DET
BOS@LAA START Eduardo Rodriguez SP | BOS SIT Nick Tropeano SP | LAA
HOU@SEA START Charlie Morton SP | HOU SIT Marco Gonzales SP | SEA
MIA@MIL SIT Dillon Peters SP | MIA START Chase Anderson SP | MIL
NYM@ATL SIT Matt Harvey SP | NYM START Anibal Sanchez SP | ATL
PIT@PHI START Jameson Taillon SP | PIT START Jake Arrieta SP | PHI
SF@ARI SIT Ty Blach SP | SF START Zack Greinke SP | ARI
TOR@NYY SIT Aaron Sanchez SP | TOR START CC Sabathia SP | NYY
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/20/18) - FRIDAY    
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
BOS@OAK START Hector Velazquez RP | BOS SIT Kendall Graveman SP | OAK
CHC@COL START Kyle Hendricks SP | CHC SIT Jon Gray SP | COL
CIN@STL SIT Brandon Finnegan SP | CIN SIT Michael Wacha SP | STL
CLE@BAL START Trevor Bauer SP | CLE SIT Alex Cobb SP | BAL
HOU@CHW START Justin Verlander SP | HOU SIT James Shields SP | CHW
KC@DET SIT Jason Hammel SP | KC START Michael Fulmer SP | DET
KC@DET TBD TBD TBD TBD
MIA@MIL SIT Trevor Richards SP | MIA START Jhoulys Chacin SP | MIL
MIN@TB START Lance Lynn SP | MIN START Chris Archer SP | TB
NYM@ATL START Noah Syndergaard SP | NYM START Sean Newcomb SP | ATL
PIT@PHI START Ivan Nova SP | PIT SIT Ben Lively SP | PHI
SD@ARI SIT Clayton Richard SP | SD TBD TBD
SEA@TEX START Felix Hernandez SP | SEA START Mike Minor RP | TEX
SF@LAA SIT Derek Holland SP | SF START Andrew Heaney SP | LAA
TOR@NYY SIT Marco Estrada SP | TOR START Sonny Gray SP | NYY
WAS@LAD START Max Scherzer SP | WAS SIT Rich Hill SP | LAD
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/21/18) - SATURDAY    
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
BOS@OAK START Chris Sale SP | BOS START Sean Manaea SP | OAK
CHC@COL SIT Yu Darvish SP | CHC SIT Tyler Anderson SP | COL
CIN@STL START Homer Bailey SP | CIN START Miles Mikolas SP | STL
CLE@BAL START Mike Clevinger SP | CLE START Dylan Bundy SP | BAL
HOU@CHW START Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU SIT Lucas Giolito SP | CHW
KC@DET TBD TBD TBD TBD
MIA@MIL SIT Jose Urena SP | MIA SIT Brent Suter SP | MIL
MIN@TB START Kyle Gibson SP | MIN TBD TBD
NYM@ATL START Jacob deGrom SP | NYM SIT Julio Teheran SP | ATL
PIT@PHI SIT Steven Brault RP | PIT START Aaron Nola SP | PHI
SD@ARI START Joey Lucchesi SP | SD START Zack Godley SP | ARI
SEA@TEX START James Paxton SP | SEA SIT Bartolo Colon SP | TEX
SF@LAA SIT Tyler Beede SP | SF START Garrett Richards SP | LAA
TOR@NYY SIT Marcus Stroman SP | TOR START Jordan Montgomery SP | NYY
WAS@LAD START Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS START Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/22/18) - SUNDAY    
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
BOS@OAK START David Price SP | BOS SIT Daniel Mengden SP | OAK
CHC@COL START Jose Quintana SP | CHC SIT German Marquez SP | COL
CIN@STL START Luis Castillo SP | CIN START Carlos Martinez SP | STL
CLE@BAL START Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Andrew Cashner SP | BAL
HOU@CHW START Lance McCullers SP | HOU SIT Reynaldo Lopez SP | CHW
KC@DET SIT Eric Skoglund SP | KC START Francisco Liriano RP | DET
MIA@MIL SIT Caleb Smith RP | MIA START Junior Guerra SP | MIL
MIN@TB TBD TBD START Blake Snell SP | TB
NYM@ATL START Zack Wheeler SP | NYM START Mike Foltynewicz SP | ATL
PIT@PHI START Trevor Williams SP | PIT START Nick Pivetta SP | PHI
SD@ARI SIT Luis Perdomo SP | SD START Patrick Corbin SP | ARI
SEA@TEX TBD TBD SIT Martin Perez SP | TEX
SF@LAA SIT Johnny Cueto SP | SF START Shohei Ohtani SP | LAA
TOR@NYY START Jaime Garcia SP | TOR START Luis Severino SP | NYY
WAS@LAD SIT A.J. Cole SP | WAS START Hyun-Jin Ryu SP | LAD

 

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