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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.

For the week July 16-22

That was a brutal two days with no baseball, football or basketball. Fortunately we're back, and thankfully no interleague play.

Play ball!

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Cole Hamels - SF
2. R.A. Dickey - @WAS
3. Stephen Strasburg - ATL
4. Matt Cain - @PHI
5. Clayton Kershaw - PHI
6. Zack Greinke - STL
7. Johnny Cueto - MIL
8. Gio Gonzalez - NYM
9. Roy Halladay - @LAD
10. Ryan Dempster - @STL
11. Jon Niese - @WAS, LAD
12. Anibal Sanchez - @CHC, @PIT
13. Mat Latos - ARI
14. Jordan Zimmermann - NYM
15. Jair Jurrjens - SF, @WAS
16. Trevor Bauer - @CIN, HOU
17. James McDonald - @COL
18. Cliff Lee - @LAD
19. Ian Kennedy - @CIN
20. Josh Johnson - @CHC
21. Madison Bumgarner - @ATL
22. Tommy Hanson - @WAS
23. Chris Capuano - PHI, @NYM
24. Lance Lynn - @MIL, CHC
25. Johan Santana - LAD
26. Matt Garza - @STL
27. Bronson Arroyo - ARI, MIL
28. A.J. Burnett - MIA
29. Joe Blanton - @LAD, SF
30. Edwin Jackson - @MIA, ATL
31. Jeff Samardzija - MIA
32. Kyle Lohse - CHC
33. Tim Hudson - SF
34. Vance Worley - SF
35. Bud Norris - @SD, @ARI
36. Yovani Gallardo - @CIN
37. Adam Wainwright - @MIL
38. Ryan Vogelsong - @ATL
39. Homer Bailey - ARI, MIL
40. Wade Miley - @CIN, HOU
41. Mark Buehrle - @CHC
42. Drew Pomeranz - @SD
43. Mike Leake - ARI
44. Jeff Karstens - @COL, MIA
45. Wandy Rodriguez - @SD
46. Trevor Cahill - HOU
47. Clayton Richard - HOU
48. Jordan Lyles - @SD
49. Randall Delgado - @WAS
50. Michael Fiers - STL, @CIN
51. Jake Westbrook - CHC
52. Ricky Nolasco - @PIT

Borderline Depending on League Format

53. Chad Billingsley - @NYM
54. Carlos Zambrano - WAS, @PIT
55. Edinson Volquez - HOU
56. Travis Wood - MIA, @STL
57. Joe Saunders - @CIN
58. Aaron Harang - @NYM
59. Joe Kelly - @MIL
60. Nathan Eovaldi - PHI
61. Paul Maholm - MIA
62. Mike Minor - SF
63. Ross Detwiler - NYM, ATL
64. J.A. Happ - @SD, @ARI
65. Marco Estrada - @CIN
66. Ben Sheets - @WAS
67. Kip Wells - HOU, COL
68. Lucas Harrell - @ARI
69. Chris Young - @WAS

Extreme Caution Advised

70. Kevin Correia - MIA
71. Barry Zito - @ATL, @PHI
72. Randy Wolf - STL
73. Erik Bedard - @COL
74. Ross Ohlendorf - HOU, COL
75. Miguel Batista - LAD
76. Christian Friedrich - PIT, @SD
77. Jason Marquis - COL
78. Jeremy Guthrie - PIT
79. Jeff Francis - PIT, @SD
80. Tim Lincecum - @PHI
81. WAS starter TBD ATL

Notes:
Mets fans are crossing their fingers that top prospect Matt Harvey debuts this week. I have Miguel Batista slated to start, but I'm guessing Harvey would be the more popular choice. ... Tim Lincecum could have his start this week skipped if he struggles on July 14 against Houston. Fortunately, it's Houston, so he should live another day. ... Not good timing for the Dodgers, as Roy Halladay (lat) is slated to return Tuesday in LA. ... I'll look into this more in-depth in a future Mound Musings piece, but I see Stephen Strasburg notching about 180 innings this year plus playoff innings. ... Jair Jurrjens has a 2.13 ERA in four starts since returning from Triple-A. It's time to trust him again. ... Mark Buehrle has a 0.83 ERA in his last 21.2 innings. ... Trevor Bauer will keep his rotation spot with Josh Collmenter heading to the bullpen. Bauer can probably thank the Dodgers (his last opponent) for this. ... Lance Lynn had a 9.98 ERA in his last three June starts, but rebounded with six shutout innings in his last start before the break. That and extra rest should help him get off to a quick start. ... Whether R.A. Dickey can keep this up in the second half is going to be a big story, as he's the first-half NL Cy Young winner, but in two of his last three starts, Dickey surrendered five runs. Manager Terry Collins is reportedly considering using Dickey on three days' rest come Aug. 1, something that could either increase his fantasy value greatly or cause him to burn out. ... With 12 runs in his last 10.2 innings, might the league have solved Wade Miley? He's a candidate to go from All-Star to Triple-A later this month. ... Jon Niese had a 1.89 ERA in five June starts. The Mets are for real folks.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. CC Sabathia - TOR, @OAK
2. Justin Verlander - CHW
3. Jered Weaver - TEX
4. David Price - CLE
5. Felix Hernandez - @KC
6. James Shields - SEA
7. Chris Sale - @DET
8. Matt Moore - CLE, SEA
9. Phil Hughes - TOR, @OAK
10. Hiroki Kuroda - TOR
11. Gavin Floyd - @BOS, @DET
12. C.J. Wilson - @DET
13. Jon Lester - CHW, TOR
14. Ubaldo Jimenez - @TB
15. Yu Darvish - @LAA
16. Max Scherzer - LAA
17. Wei-Yin Chen - @MIN
18. Ivan Nova - @OAK
19. Jeremy Hellickson - CLE
20. Jake Peavy - @BOS
21. Bartolo Colon - TEX, NYY
22. Jason Vargas - @KC, @TB
23. Colby Lewis - @OAK
24. Alex Cobb - CLE, SEA
25. Drew Smyly - LAA, CHW
26. Scott Diamond - BAL, @KC
27. Tom Milone - NYY
28. Matt Harrison - @LAA
29. Miguel Gonzalez - @MIN, @CLE
30. Roy Oswalt - @OAK
31. Jason Hammel - @MIN
32. Josh Beckett - TOR
33. Doug Fister - LAA
34. Dan Haren - TEX
35. Jose Quintana - @BOS
36. Jarrod Parker - NYY
37. Kevin Millwood - @KC
38. Francisco Liriano - BAL
39. Zach Britton - @MIN, @CLE
40. Derek Holland - @LAA
41. Chris Tillman - @CLE
42. Freddy Garcia - @OAK
43. Derek Lowe - BAL
44. Brian Duensing - @KC

Borderline Depending on League Format

45. Ervin Santana - @DET, TEX
46. A.J. Griffin - NYY
47. Rick Porcello - LAA, CHW
48. Ricky Romero - @NYY
49. Josh Tomlin - @TB, BAL
50. Justin Masterson - @TB
51. Luke Hochevar - SEA
52. Blake Beavan - @KC, @TB
53. Travis Blackley - TEX
54. Henderson Alvarez - @NYY, @BOS
55. Garrett Richards - @DET (tentative)
56. Jerome Williams - @DET
57. Hisashi Iwakuma - @TB

Extreme Caution Advised

58. Clay Buchholz - CHW
59. Luis Mendoza - MIN
60. Franklin Morales - CHW
61. Brett Cecil - @NYY
62. Zach McAllister - @TB, BAL
63. Bruce Chen - SEA
64. Everett Teaford - SEA, MIN
65. Sam Deduno - BAL, @KC
66. Cole De Vries - BAL
67. Aaron Cook - CHW, TOR
68. Aaron Laffey - @BOS
69. Carlos Villanueva - @BOS
70. Phil Humber - @BOS, @DET
71. Jonathan Sanchez - SEA, MIN

Notes:
Consider Garrett Richards tentative for his start this week, as it could be Brad Mills getting the nod with Dan Haren (back) and Jerome Williams (chest) returning from the DL. ... Brandon Morrow's oblique appears to be healing nicely, but he probably won't be back until the week of July 23 at the earliest. ... Blake Beavan might get a start this week if Erasmo Ramirez (elbow) is not deemed good to go. ... Phil Humber returns this week to a 6.01 ERA. He's slated to pitch in Boston and Detroit, so using him is not recommended. ... Zach Britton and Chris Tillman pitch for the Orioles this week. Both have some upside, and it's good to see guys like that pitching for the Orioles for a change. ... With a so-so 6.1 K/9 and ugly 1.6 HR/9, Clay Buchholz has a lot to prove to fantasy owners in his return this week. ... Alex Cobb has been fairly inconsistent this year, but he has decent ratios 6.3 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 so he should continue to have AL-only value. ... Aaron Laffey has three consecutive quality starts, but it's really hard to trust him going into Boston this week. With a fastball that averages just 86 mph and four homers in 27 innings, he's in danger of a very ugly outing soon. ... Miguel Gonzalez is an interesting two-start play this week against the Twins and Indians. I will look at him in more detail in a future article. ... The bubble should burst at some point, but Jose Quintana has a 2.04 ERA in eight starts and allowed just two hits and a run over eight innings against the Rangers last time out. ... Justin Masterson seems to struggle against the Rays, so he's a questionable play this week. ... Ubaldo Jimenez has a 2.93 ERA over his last seven starts. Perhaps he's turned the corner (finally). ... Doug Fister has had issues keeping the ball in the park, but with a 4.75 ERA, he could still be a good buy-low, as his ratios are solid.

MIXED LEAGUE TOP 100

1. Cole Hamels - SF
2. R.A. Dickey - @WAS
3. Stephen Strasburg - ATL
4. Matt Cain - @PHI
5. Clayton Kershaw - PHI
6. CC Sabathia - TOR, @OAK
7. Justin Verlander - CHW
8. Jered Weaver - TEX
9. David Price - CLE
10. Zack Greinke - STL
11. Felix Hernandez - @KC
12. Johnny Cueto - MIL
13. James Shields - SEA
14. Gio Gonzalez - NYM
15. Chris Sale - @DET
16. Matt Moore - CLE, SEA
17. Phil Hughes - TOR, @OAK
18. Hiroki Kuroda - TOR
19. Roy Halladay - @LAD
20. Gavin Floyd - @BOS, @DET
21. Ryan Dempster - @STL
22. C.J. Wilson - @DET
23. Jon Niese - @WAS, LAD
24. Anibal Sanchez - @CHC, @PIT
25. Mat Latos - ARI
26. Jordan Zimmermann - NYM
27. Jair Jurrjens - SF, @WAS
28. Trevor Bauer - @CIN, HOU
29. Jon Lester - CHW, TOR
30. James McDonald - @COL
31. Cliff Lee - @LAD
32. Ian Kennedy - @CIN
33. Josh Johnson - @CHC
34. Madison Bumgarner - @ATL
35. Tommy Hanson - @WAS
36. Chris Capuano - PHI, @NYM
37. Lance Lynn - @MIL, CHC
38. Johan Santana - LAD
39. Ubaldo Jimenez - @TB
40. Yu Darvish - @LAA
41. Matt Garza - @STL
42. Max Scherzer - LAA
43. Wei-Yin Chen - @MIN
44. Ivan Nova - @OAK
45. Jeremy Hellickson - CLE
46. Bronson Arroyo - ARI, MIL
47. A.J. Burnett - MIA
48. Jake Peavy - @BOS
49. Joe Blanton - @LAD, SF
50. Edwin Jackson - @MIA, ATL
51. Jeff Samardzija - MIA
52. Kyle Lohse - CHC
53. Tim Hudson - SF
54. Vance Worley - SF
55. Bud Norris - @SD, @ARI
56. Yovani Gallardo - @CIN
57. Bartolo Colon - TEX, NYY
58. Adam Wainwright - @MIL
59. Ryan Vogelsong - @ATL
60. Jason Vargas - @KC, @TB
61. Colby Lewis - @OAK
62. Alex Cobb - CLE, SEA
63. Drew Smyly - LAA, CHW
64. Homer Bailey - ARI, MIL
65. Scott Diamond - BAL, @KC
66. Tom Milone - NYY
67. Matt Harrison - @LAA
68. Miguel Gonzalez - @MIN, @CLE
69. Roy Oswalt - @OAK
70. Jason Hammel - @MIN
71. Josh Beckett - TOR
72. Doug Fister - LAA
73. Dan Haren - TEX
74. Wade Miley - @CIN, HOU
75. Jarrod Parker - NYY
76. Jose Quintana - @BOS
77. Kevin Millwood - @KC
78. Francisco Liriano - BAL
79. Zach Britton - @MIN, @CLE
80. Derek Holland - @LAA
81. Mark Buehrle - @CHC
82. Drew Pomeranz - @SD
83. Mike Leake - ARI
84. Jeff Karstens - @COL, MIA
85. Wandy Rodriguez - @SD
86. Trevor Cahill - HOU
87. Clayton Richard - HOU
88. Jordan Lyles - @SD
89. Randall Delgado - @WAS
90. Michael Fiers - STL, @CIN
91. Jake Westbrook - CHC
92. Ricky Nolasco - @PIT
93. Chris Tillman - @CLE
94. Freddy Garcia - @OAK
95. Derek Lowe - BAL
96. Brian Duensing - @KC
97. Chad Billingsley - @NYM
98. Carlos Zambrano - WAS, @PIT
99. Edinson Volquez - HOU
100. Travis Wood - MIA, @STL

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

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