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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.

Tough break for Kevin Millwood, having to leave six innings into a no-hitter Friday due to groin tightness, but fortunately Seattle's bullpen finished it off for him for the 10th combined no-hitter in big league history.

For the week June 11-17

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Zack Greinke - @KC, @MIN
2. Cole Hamels - @MIN
3. Stephen Strasburg - @TOR
4. Madison Bumgarner - HOU, @SEA
5. Cliff Lee - @TOR
6. Clayton Kershaw - CHW
7. James McDonald - @CLE
8. R.A. Dickey - @TB
9. Ian Kennedy - @TEX, @LAA
10. Gio Gonzalez - NYY
11. Johnny Cueto - CLE, @NYM
12. Anibal Sanchez - @TB
13. Matt Cain - HOU
14. Chris Capuano - LAA, CHW
15. Adam Wainwright - CHW, KC
16. Lance Lynn - CHW
17. Yovani Gallardo - @MIN
18. Carlos Zambrano - @TB
19. Johan Santana - @TB
20. Edwin Jackson - @TOR, NYY
21. Erik Bedard - @BAL
22. Shaun Marcum - @KC
23. Tommy Hanson - BAL
24. Tim Hudson - BAL
25. Josh Johnson - BOS, @TB
26. A.J. Burnett - @CLE
27. Jeff Samardzija - BOS
28. Brandon Beachy - NYY
29. Ryan Vogelsong - @SEA
30. Jordan Zimmermann - NYY
31. Matt Garza - DET
32. Bud Norris - @SF, @TEX
33. Kyle Lohse - KC
34. Ryan Dempster - BOS
35. Jon Niese - CIN
36. Mat Latos - CLE
37. Tim Lincecum - @SEA
38. Randall Delgado - NYY, BAL
39. Brad Lincoln - @CLE, @BAL
40. Bronson Arroyo - @NYM
41. Chad Billingsley - CHW
42. Clayton Richard - @SEA, @OAK
43. Dan Hudson - @TEX
44. Mark Buehrle - BOS
45. J.A. Happ - @SF
46. Ricky Nolasco - BOS
47. Christian Friedrich - @DET
48. Edinson Volquez - @SEA

Borderline Depending on League Format

49. Wandy Rodriguez - @TEX
50. Trevor Cahill - @LAA
51. Nathan Eovaldi - LAA
52. Wade Miley - @TEX
53. Aaron Harang - LAA
54. Anthony Bass - @OAK
55. Barry Zito - HOU
56. Homer Bailey - @NYM
57. Joe Saunders - @LAA
58. Mike Leake - CLE
59. Michael Fiers - @MIN
60. Jake Westbrook - CHW
61. Travis Wood - DET
62. Vance Worley - @TOR
63. Randy Wolf - @KC
64. Dillon Gee - CIN
65. Joe Blanton - @MIN
66. Kevin Correia - @BAL
67. Alex White - OAK
68. Kyle Kendrick - @MIN, @TOR
69. Andrew Cashner - @OAK

Extreme Caution Advised

70. Jason Marquis - @SEA
71. Paul Maholm - DET, BOS
72. Jordan Lyles - @SF
73. Chien-Ming Wang - @TOR
74. Mike Minor - NYY
75. Lucas Harrell - @TEX
76. Chris Young - @TB, CIN
77. Jeff Francis - @DET
78. Jeremy Guthrie - OAK, @DET
79. Joe Kelly - KC
80. Josh Outman - OAK

Notes: Jaime Garcia
is out indefinitely with shoulder issues, so do the Cardinals have another Lance Lynn ready to step up? Doubtful, though Joe Kelly got the nod over Brandon Dickson, at least initially. Shelby Miller is obviously another name to keep in mind, but he has a 5.18 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in Triple-A, so his turn will have to wait. ... Lynn and R.A. Dickey have nine wins. Chris Capuano has eight. Cliff Lee: 0. ... Assuming he's allowed to pitch, Stephen Strasburg would combine with Gio Gonzalez to form a very tough 1-2 punch in the playoffs. I wonder whether the Nationals will start skipping Strasburg here and there to allow him to pitch into October. ... This could be an interesting rotation in a couple years: James McDonald, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Mark Appel and Brad Lincoln. Four top-10 picks and an emerging star in McDonald. ... Clayton Kershaw remains a must-star, of course, but he's reportedly dealing with a sore foot. Therapy hopefully solves that issue. ... Fun fact: the Reds top six relievers in May: 84:21 K:BB in 65.1 innings with a 1.52 ERA. ... Given Alex White was a first-round pick, I'm inclined to cut him some slack for his 5.66 ERA. He looked pretty decent despite allowing four runs Friday, posting a 6:0 K:BB.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Justin Verlander - COL
2. CC Sabathia - @ATL
3. Chris Sale - @LAD
4. Brandon Morrow - WAS, PHI
5. Yu Darvish - ARI
6. David Price - NYM
7. Felix Hernandez - SF
8. Colby Lewis - ARI, HOU
9. James Shields - MIA
10. Max Scherzer - @CHC, COL
11. Bartolo Colon - @COL, SD
12. Josh Beckett - @MIA, @CHC
13. Matt Moore - MIA
14. Justin Masterson - PIT
15. Alex Cobb - NYM, MIA
16. Dan Haren - ARI
17. Kevin Millwood - SD
18. Ricky Romero - PHI
19. Jon Lester - @CHC
20. Jake Peavy - @STL
21. Jason Vargas - SF
22. Matt Harrison - ARI
23. Phil Hughes - @WAS
24. Scott Diamond - PHI
25. Ivan Nova - @ATL, @WAS
26. C.J. Wilson - @LAD
27. Felix Doubront - @MIA
28. Wei-Yin Chen - PIT, @ATL
29. Andy Pettitte - @WAS
30. Jeremy Hellickson - NYM
31. Hiroki Kuroda - @ATL
32. Henderson Alvarez - WAS
33. Alexi Ogando - ARI
34. Felipe Paulino - MIL, @STL (check status)
35. Francisco Liriano - MIL
36. Jarrod Parker - SD
37. Rick Porcello - @CHC
38. Clay Buchholz - @MIA
39. Drew Hutchison - PHI
40. Ubaldo Jimenez - PIT

Borderline Depending on League Format

41. Derek Lowe - @CIN
42. John Danks - @LAD
43. Tom Milone - @COL
44. Casey Crosby - @CHC
45. Jerome Williams - @LAD
46. Ervin Santana - ARI
47. P.J. Walters - PHI
48. Gavin Floyd - @STL
49. Drew Smyly - COL
50. Josh Tomlin - @CIN
51. Cole DeVries - MIL
52. Blake Beavan - SF, SD
53. Scott Feldman - HOU
54. Philip Humber - @LAD
55. Jeanmar Gomez - @CIN, PIT
56. Bruce Chen - @STL
57. Hector Noesi - SD
58. Brandon McCarthy - @COL

Extreme Caution Advised

59. Jose Quintana - @STL
60. Jason Hammel - @ATL
61. Jake Arrieta - PIT
62. Daisuke Matsuzaka - @CHC
63. Baltimore TBD - @ATL
64. Garrett Richards - @LAD, ARI
65. Travis Blackley - SD
66. Brian Matusz - PIT
67. Kyle Drabek - WAS
68. Luke Hochevar - MIL
69. Jonathan Sanchez - MIL
70. Vincent Mazzaro - @STL
71. Nick Blackburn - PHI, MIL

Notes:
In his next outing, Chris Sale will surpass his innings total from last year. I wonder whether a bullpen stint will be in order soon. ... Felipe Paulino's starts this week are in jeopardy due to a groin injury, so monitor his status over the weekend. ... Jake Arrieta has a 5.53 ERA, but his 61:23 K:BB in 70 innings is an indicator that he's had some bad luck. ... The Dan Bard experiment was an utter disaster, but at least Boston scored with Felix Doubront 3.75 ERA, 66:25 K:BB in 62.1 innings. ... Drew Smyly had a 1.59 ERA through six starts, but now has a 7.76 mark in his last five. He'll need to turn things around soon to avoid a Triple-A stint. ... It looks like John Danks is set to return for the weekend series with the Dodgers. It may be best to keep him benched for at least his first start. ... Chris Tillman has a 65:26 K:BB in 67.1 Triple-A innings this year, and with a 1.74 ERA in his last three starts, he could be in line for a second chance in Baltimore soon. ... Jon Lester is historically a slow starter, so seeing him kicking things into gear soon wouldn't be a big surprise. ... Kyle Drabek may ultimately be a successful starter, but not with his current 6.0 BB/9IP. He's going to need to improve his control soon to avoid Triple-A. ... Casey Crosby's stock has fallen due to injuries, but he was a top prospect, so be patient. ... Scott Diamond had a 5.56 ERA at Triple-A last year, but he's shown excellent control with four walks in 38.2 innings, and he's keeping the ball on the ground.

MIXED LEAGUE TOP 100

1. Zack Greinke - @KC, @MIN
2. Cole Hamels - @MIN
3. Stephen Strasburg - @TOR
4. Justin Verlander - COL
5. Madison Bumgarner - HOU, @SEA
6. Cliff Lee - @TOR
7. Clayton Kershaw - CHW
8. CC Sabathia - @ATL
9. James McDonald - @CLE
10. R.A. Dickey - @TB
11. Ian Kennedy - @TEX, @LAA
12. Gio Gonzalez - NYY
13. Johnny Cueto - CLE, @NYM
14. Anibal Sanchez - @TB
15. Matt Cain - HOU
16. Chris Capuano - LAA, CHW
17. Adam Wainwright - CHW, KC
18. Chris Sale - @LAD
19. Lance Lynn - CHW
20. Yovani Gallardo - @MIN
21. Brandon Morrow - WAS, PHI
22. Carlos Zambrano - @TB
23. Johan Santana - @TB
24. Yu Darvish - ARI
25. David Price - NYM
26. Felix Hernandez - SF
27. Colby Lewis - ARI, HOU
28. James Shields - MIA
29. Max Scherzer - @CHC, COL
30. Bartolo Colon - @COL, SD
31. Edwin Jackson - @TOR, NYY
32. Josh Beckett - @MIA, @CHC
33. Matt Moore - MIA
34. Justin Masterson - PIT
35. Alex Cobb - NYM, MIA
36. Dan Haren - ARI
37. Kevin Millwood - SD
38. Erik Bedard - @BAL
39. Shaun Marcum - @KC
40. Tommy Hanson - BAL
41. Ricky Romero - PHI
42. Tim Hudson - BAL
43. Josh Johnson - BOS, @TB
44. A.J. Burnett - @CLE
45. Jon Lester - @CHC
46. Jeff Samardzija - BOS
47. Brandon Beachy - NYY
48. Ryan Vogelsong - @SEA
49. Jake Peavy - @STL
50. Jordan Zimmermann - NYY
51. Matt Garza - DET
52. Bud Norris - @SF, @TEX
53. Kyle Lohse - KC
54. Ryan Dempster - BOS
55. Jon Niese - CIN
56. Mat Latos - CLE
57. Tim Lincecum - @SEA
58. Randall Delgado - NYY, BAL
59. Brad Lincoln - @CLE, @BAL
60. Jason Vargas - SF
61. Bronson Arroyo - @NYM
62. Matt Harrison - ARI
63. Phil Hughes - @WAS
64. Scott Diamond - PHI
65. Ivan Nova - @ATL, @WAS
66. C.J. Wilson - @LAD
67. Felix Doubront - @MIA
68. Wei-Yin Chen - PIT, @ATL
69. Andy Pettitte - @WAS
70. Jeremy Hellickson - NYM
71. Hiroki Kuroda - @ATL
72. Henderson Alvarez - WAS
73. Alexi Ogando - ARI
74. Felipe Paulino - MIL, @STL (check status)
75. Francisco Liriano - MIL
76. Jarrod Parker - SD
77. Rick Porcello - @CHC
78. Clay Buchholz - @MIA
79. Drew Hutchison - PHI
80. Chad Billingsley - CHW
81. Ubaldo Jimenez - PIT
82. Clayton Richard - @SEA, @OAK
83. Dan Hudson - @TEX
84. Mark Buehrle - BOS
85. J.A. Happ - @SF
86. Ricky Nolasco - BOS
87. Christian Friedrich - @DET
88. Edinson Volquez - @SEA
89. Wandy Rodriguez - @TEX
90. Trevor Cahill - @LAA
91. Nathan Eovaldi - LAA
92. Wade Miley - @TEX
93. Aaron Harang - LAA
94. Derek Lowe - @CIN
95. Anthony Bass - @OAK
96. Barry Zito - HOU
97. Homer Bailey - @NYM
98. Joe Saunders - @LAA
99. Mike Leake - CLE
100. John Danks - @LAD


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

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