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David Regan

David Regan

David Regan is a five-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, and was named the 2010 Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year.

We kick off interleague play this week with thrilling matchups along the lines of Cleveland at Miami, Kansas City at Arizona and Atlanta at Tampa Bay. On the plus side, we do get to see Josh Hamilton beat up on Astros pitching, so there is that.

Here is my rotation in a 10-team NL-only league (note I am able to start six starters a week):

Every week starters:

Matt Garza
Ricky Nolasco
Anibal Sanchez
Edwin Jackson

Others:

Joe Blanton - Three wins and solid ratios.

Paul Maholm - Four wins and solid ration, but I'm probably best off quitting while I'm ahead.

Trevor Cahill - I've had him in there most of the time and he's been solid, if not a bit strikeout-challenged.

James McDonald - After Friday, McDonald has a 2.42 ERA and I've rarely used him. Of course if I put him in now, he'll get rocked.

For the week May 14-20

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Stephen Strasburg - SD, BAL
2. Clayton Kershaw - ARI, STL
3. Cliff Lee - HOU, BOS
4. Zack Greinke - @NYM, MIN
5. Anibal Sanchez - PIT, @CLE
6. Roy Halladay - @CHC
7. Ryan Dempster - @STL, CHW
8. Kyle Lohse - CHC, @LAD
9. Cole Hamels - BOS
10. Tim Lincecum - COL, OAK
11. Jordan Zimmerman - PIT
12. Brandon Beachy - MIA
13. Jake Westbrook - CHC, @LAD
14. Tim Hudson - CIN, @TB
15. Johnny Cueto - @ATL, @NYY
16. Ian Kennedy - @LAD, @KC
17. Lance Lynn - @LAD
18. Matt Cain - STL
19. Tommy Hanson - @TB
20. Ricky Nolasco - @ATL
21. Gio Gonzalez - PIT
22. Chad Billingsley - ARI, STL
23. Madison Bumgarner - STL
24. Josh Johnson - PIT, @CLE
25. Mark Buehrle - @ATL
26. Edwin Jackson - BAL
27. Matt Garza - PHI
28. Adam Wainwright - @SF
29. Jaime Garcia - @SF
30. Vance Worley - @CHC
31. Mat Latos - @NYM
32. Ross Detwiler - BAL
33. Jon Niese - @TOR
34. Jeff Samardzija - CHW
35. Joe Blanton - HOU, BOS
36. Wandy Rodriguez - @PHI, TEX
37. Yovani Gallardo - @NYM, MIN
38. Chris Capuano - @SD
39. Carlos Zambrano - @CLE
40. Shaun Marcum - @HOU
41. Joe Saunders - @KC
42. James McDonald - @WAS
43. Johan Santana - CIN
44. Ted Lilly - STL
45. R.A. Dickey - CIN
46. Alex White - @SF, SEA
47. Erik Bedard - @MIA, @DET (check status)
48. A.J. Burnett - @DET

Borderline Depending on lLeague Format

49. Randall Delgado - CIN, @TB
50. Bronson Arroyo - @NYY
51. Trevor Cahill - @COL
52. Ryan Vogelsong - COL, OAK
53. Barry Zito - OAK
54. Bud Norris - MIL
55. Mike Minor - MIA
56. Christian Friedrich - SEA
57. Edinson Volquez - LAD
58. Randy Wolf - @HOU
59. Wade Miley - @LAD, @KC
60. Tim Stauffer - @WAS, LAA
61. Kevin Correia - @MIA, @DET
62. Paul Maholm - @STL, CHW
63. Aaron Harang - @SD
64. Clayton Richard - LAA
65. Dillon Gee - MIL, @TOR
66. Jeremy Guthrie - @SF, SEA
67. Anthony Bass - LAD
68. Homer Bailey - @ATL, @NYY

Extreme Caution Advised

69. Juan Nicasio - ARI
70. Mike Leake - @NYM
71. Marco Estrada - MIN
72. J.A. Happ - MIL
73. Lucas Harrell - @PHI, TEX
74. Chris Volstad - PHI
75. Jamie Moyer - ARI
76. Jordan Lyles - TEX
77. Charlie Morton - @WAS
78. Patrick Corbin - @COL
79. Miguel Batista - MIL, @TOR
80. Jeff Suppan - @WAS, LAA

Notes: Chien-Ming Wang
is close to returning from a hamstring injury, but with Ross Detwiler locking down the No. 5 starter job, Wang is likely to return as a reliever. Just as likely - he gets traded soon. ... Like Roy Halladay a couple years ago, get prepared for months of Cole Hamels trade speculation. If you're an NL-only owner of Hamels, it's time to get a little concerned. ... Another dominating performance by Stephen Strasburg (13 K's) this week. I'm thinking a sub-2.00 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 180 innings sounds about right. ... Odd that Ryan Dempster leads all starters with a 1.02 ERA. Even odder that Baltimore infielder Chris Davis has more wins than Dempster. ... Erik Bedard left his last start after just one inning due to a sore back. Check his status this weekend before setting your lineups. ... As of May 10, other than Lance Lynn, no pitcher has more than five wins; and to think, he probably wouldn't be in the rotation if not for the injury to Chris Carpenter (shoulder). ... Edinson Volquez has a 2.98 ERA and 38 strikeouts. If he could just improve his shaky control, he could be a top-20 fantasy starter, particularly in that ballpark. ... Mike Minor saw his ERA rise to 6.59 Friday, likely putting him on thin ice. In related news, Julio Teheran has a 2.81 ERA in six Triple-A starts. ... That Gio Gonzalez deal is looking pretty good for both sides right now. Gonzalez is second in the NL to Stephen Strasburg with his 50 strikeouts. ... The Rockies demoted the wrong pitcher to Triple-A in Drew Pomeranz. Alex White and Christian Friedrich rightfully stick around, but Juan Nicasio could use some Triple-A time.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. CC Sabathia - @BAL, CIN
2. Felix Hernandez - @BOS, @COL
3. David Price - @TOR, ATL
4. Dan Haren - OAK, @SD
5. Justin Verlander - PIT
6. Jered Weaver - @SD
7. Brandon Morrow - TB, NYM
8. Colby Lewis - KC, @HOU
9. Ricky Romero - NYM
10. Jake Peavy - DET, @CHC
11. Doug Fister - MIN
12. Yu Darvish - OAK
13. Jon Lester - SEA, @PHI
14. Max Scherzer - @CHW, PIT
15. Derek Holland - KC, @HOU
16. James Shields - ATL
17. C.J. Wilson - CHW
18. Bartolo Colon - @LAA, @SF
19. Ervin Santana - OAK, @SD
20. Drew Smyly - @CHW, PIT
21. Jason Vargas - @BOS, @COL
22. Neftali Feliz - @HOU
23. Henderson Alvarez - TB, NYM
24. Gavin Floyd - @LAA
25. Hiroki Kuroda - @TOR
26. Derek Lowe - @MIN, MIA
27. Jarrod Parker - @SF
28. Matt Harrison - OAK
29. John Danks - DET, @CHC
30. Jeff Niemann - @TOR, ATL
31. Justin Masterson - MIA
32. Danny Duffy - ARI
33. Chris Sale - @LAA
34. Ubaldo Jimenez - SEA
35. Rick Porcello - MIN

Borderline Depending on League format

36. Josh Beckett - SEA, @PHI
37. Jeremy Hellickson - BOS
38. Jason Hammel - NYY, @WAS
39. Tom Milone - @TEX
40. Wei-Yin Chen - NYY, @WAS
41. Josh Tomlin - SEA
42. Brandon McCarthy - @TEX
43. Dan Bard - @PHI
44. Andy Pettitte - CIN
45. Matt Moore - BOS
46. Jerome Williams - CHW
47. Ivan Nova - @BAL, CIN
48. Blake Beavan - @COL
49. Jake Arrieta - @WAS
50. Brian Matusz - @KC
51. Clay Buchholz - @TB
52. Felix Doubront - @TB

Extreme Caution Advised

53. Kyle Drabek - NYY
54. Bruce Chen - @TEX, ARI
55. Hector Noesi - @CLE
56. Jeanmar Gomez - @MIN, MIA
57. Kevin Millwood - @CLE
58. Undecided BAL - @KC (Dana Eveland?)
59. Phil Hughes - @TOR
60. Drew Hutchison - NYY
61. Philip Humber - @CHC
62. Luke Hochevar - BAL
63. Undecided KC - @TEX, ARI
64. Felipe Paulino - BAL
65. Carl Pavano - CLE, @MIL
66. P.J. Walters - @DET
67. Scott Diamond - @MIL
68. Nick Blackburn - @DET
69. Jason Marquis - CLE, @MIL
70. Tyson Ross - @LAA, @SF

Notes:
Is Josh Beckett the most hated player in Boston? After the whole golf/injury fiasco, Beckett goes out in his next start and pitches like a girl. This could get ugly quickly. ... Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) is set to go this week, but I would hesitate to use him until he proves he's 100 percent. ... Very odd game for Colby Lewis this week: five home runs and 12 strikeouts. Even odder - the five homers were the only hits he allowed in the game. Despite the rash of long balls, he's still a top option in all formats. ... Here are the totals for Brandon Morrow over his last three starts: 21 innings, 12 hits, one run, four walks, 27 strikeouts. He will be ranked very high this week. ... Odd stat: Henderson Alvarez's ERA matches his K/9 rate - both are 2.61. ... Max Scherzer has an 18:2 K:BB in 13.1 innings over his last two starts. It would be nice to see some consistency from him. ... Fire the coach? Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez are tied for the major league lead in walks with 25. I was sure wrong about these two this year, as I really thought they could help make the Indians a surprise team. ... Pretty tough to hold onto Matt Moore right now in redraft leagues, eh? I have to think he turns things around as soon as the coaches figure out why the 4.7 BB/9IP. ... Welcome back: Andy Pettitte. ... I can't say that the White Sox's handling of Chris Sale hasn't been head-scratching, but it's good to see him back in the rotation. Guessing presumed closer Addison Reed is taken in your leagues.

MIXED LEAGUE TOP 100

1. Stephen Strasburg - SD, BAL
2. Clayton Kershaw - ARI, STL
3. Cliff Lee - HOU, BOS
4. CC Sabathia - @BAL, CIN
5. Felix Hernandez - @BOS, @COL
6. Zack Greinke - @NYM, MIN
7. David Price - @TOR, ATL
8. Dan Haren - OAK, @SD
9. Anibal Sanchez - PIT, @CLE
10. Justin Verlander - PIT
11. Jered Weaver - @SD
12. Roy Halladay - @CHC
13. Brandon Morrow - TB, NYM
14. Ryan Dempster - @STL, CHW
15. Kyle Lohse - CHC, @LAD
16. Cole Hamels - BOS
17. Tim Lincecum - COL, OAK
18. Jordan Zimmerman - PIT
19. Colby Lewis - KC, @HOU
20. Brandon Beachy - MIA
21. Jake Westbrook - CHC, @LAD
22. Tim Hudson - CIN, @TB
23. Ricky Romero - NYM
24. Johnny Cueto - @ATL, @NYY
25. Ian Kennedy - @LAD, @KC
26. Lance Lynn - @LAD
27. Matt Cain - STL
28. Tommy Hanson - @TB
29. Jake Peavy - DET, @CHC
30. Ricky Nolasco - @ATL
31. Doug Fister - MIN
32. Yu Darvish - OAK
33. Jon Lester - SEA, @PHI
34. Max Scherzer - @CHW, PIT
35. Derek Holland - KC, @HOU
36. James Shields - ATL
37. Gio Gonzalez - PIT
38. C.J. Wilson - CHW
39. Bartolo Colon - @LAA, @SF
40. Chad Billingsley - ARI, STL
41. Ervin Santana - OAK, @SD
42. Madison Bumgarner - STL
43. Josh Johnson - PIT, @CLE
44. Drew Smyly - @CHW, PIT
45. Mark Buehrle - @ATL
46. Edwin Jackson - BAL
47. Matt Garza - PHI
48. Adam Wainwright - @SF
49. Jaime Garcia - @SF
50. Vance Worley - @CHC
51. Mat Latos - @NYM
52. Ross Detwiler - BAL
53. Jason Vargas - @BOS, @COL
54. Jon Niese - @TOR
55. Jeff Samardzija - CHW
56. Joe Blanton - HOU, BOS
57. Wandy Rodriguez - @PHI, TEX
58. Yovani Gallardo - @NYM, MIN
59. Chris Capuano - @SD
60. Neftali Feliz - @HOU
61. Carlos Zambrano - @CLE
62. Henderson Alvarez - TB, NYM
63. Gavin Floyd - @LAA
64. Hiroki Kuroda - @TOR
65. Derek Lowe - @MIN, MIA
66. Jarrod Parker - @SF
67. Matt Harrison - OAK
68. John Danks - DET, @CHC
69. Jeff Niemann - @TOR, ATL
70. Justin Masterson - MIA
71. Danny Duffy - ARI
72. Chris Sale - @LAA
73. Shaun Marcum - @HOU
74. Joe Saunders - @KC
75. James McDonald - @WAS
76. Johan Santana - CIN
77. Ubaldo Jimenez - SEA
78. Ted Lilly - STL
79. Rick Porcello - MIN
80. R.A. Dickey - CIN
81. Alex White - @SF, SEA
82. Erik Bedard - @MIA, @DET (check status)
83. A.J. Burnett - @DET
84. Josh Beckett - SEA, @PHI
85. Randall Delgado - CIN, @TB
86. Bronson Arroyo - @NYY
87. Jeremy Hellickson - BOS
88. Trevor Cahill - @COL
89. Ryan Vogelsong - COL, OAK
90. Jason Hammel - NYY, @WAS
91. Tom Milone - @TEX
92. Wei-Yin Chen - NYY, @WAS
93. Barry Zito - OAK
94. Bud Norris - MIL
95. Josh Tomlin - SEA
96. Brandon McCarthy - @TEX
97. Dan Bard - @PHI
98. Andy Pettitte - CIN
99. Matt Moore - BOS
100. Mike Minor - MIA

Regan, a five-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, was named the 2010 Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year.

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