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Hit Parade for Week 1

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Editor's note: We don't state the obvious here at CBSSports.com because we don't want to waste your time (or ours). You won't read Scott telling you to start Evan Longoria or Andrew McCutchen. Instead, he'll be focusing on the fringe players on every roster to help you make those tough weekly lineup decisions. These designations indicate a player's Fantasy value for the current week only.

All stats are updated through Thursday, March 28.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Schedule: STL3, @MIL3
Worth a second look: Gerardo Parra
Less than advisable: Cliff Pennington
Nothing terribly exciting here for this week. Parra's modest pop gives him minimal mixed-league appeal, but he'll get regular at-bats with Adam Eaton and Cody Ross down and is a sleeper for Jon Jay-type numbers. I'll wait until the Diamondbacks have a full week at home to recommend Pennington.

Atlanta Braves

Schedule: PHI3, CHC3
Worth a second look: Andrelton Simmons, Evan Gattis
Less than advisable: Dan Uggla
I'm thinking the Braves didn't award Gattis a roster spot to let him sit. Even though he won't be eligible at catcher to begin the year, his monster power makes him worth starting at outfield in NL-only leagues. After a down season, Uggla had a discouraging spring, so if I have a viable alternative, I'm letting him prove himself first.

Scott's 10 sleepers for Week 1
Player Start %
1. Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies 47
2. Ben Revere, OF, Phillies 59
3. Leonys Martin, OF, Rangers 20
4. Erick Aybar, SS, Angels 67
5. David Murphy, OF, Rangers 24
6. Brandon Moss, 1B, Athletics 18
7. Jason Castro, C, Astros 11
8. Emilio Bonifacio, OF, Blue Jays 30
9. Lucas Duda, OF, Mets 20
10. Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles 17

Baltimore Orioles

Schedule: @TB3, MIN3
Worth a second look: Brian Roberts
Less than advisable: J.J. Hardy
After missing most of the last three seasons with concussion issues, Brian Roberts was back to being Brian Roberts this spring -- hitting doubles, drawing walks, stealing bases, etc. I understand he's too risky for the long haul, but as a short-term option at a weak position, he's going overlooked, particularly with his matchups against the Twins at the end of the week.

Boston Red Sox

Schedule: @NYY3, @TOR3
Worth a second look: Jonny Gomes
Less than advisable: Mike Napoli, Jarrod Saltalamacchia
The Red Sox have some of the toughest matchups of any team this week, but Napoli is the only notable player you might sit because of it. His career numbers at Fenway Park are fantastic, but he won't be playing there this week, when he faces CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Josh Johnson and R.A. Dickey. Because three of the pitchers on tap are lefties, Gomes might surprise, but he's still not a mixed-league option.

Chicago Cubs

Schedule: @PIT3, @ATL3
Worth a second look: None
Less than advisable: Alfonso Soriano
Even knowing he's capable of a home run binge at any moment, Soriano is too fringy of a mixed-league option for me to recommend him except when he's already streaking or has favorable matchups. His matchups this week are less than favorable, especially the back end against the Braves.

Chicago White Sox

Schedule: KC3, SEA3
Worth a second look: Alejandro De Aza
Less than advisable: Dayan Viciedo
The White Sox face the best the Royals and Mariners have to offer this week, which includes James Shields, Ervin Santana, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, among others. Everyone on tap throws right-handed, which is good news for De Aza, who hit .291 against righties last season, but maybe not Viciedo, who had a .650 OPS against them.

Cincinnati Reds

Schedule: LAA3, WAS3
Worth a second look: None
Less than advisable: Todd Frazier
With Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren and Stephen Strasburg scheduled to face them, the only thing preventing the Reds from having one of the five worst matchups this week is their home ballpark, where they play all six of their games. Of course, that's not necessarily good news for Frazier, who hit .258 with a .786 OPS at home last year.

Cleveland Indians

Schedule: @TOR3, @TB3
Worth a second look: None
Less than advisable: Lonnie Chisenhall, Mark Reynolds, Michael Brantley, Nick Swisher
As excited as I am about the possibility of a Chisenhall breakthrough after watching him hit .404 with a 1.146 OPS in his first 22 spring games, this week isn't the week to trust in him if you can help it. With R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow, Mark Buehrle, Alex Cobb and David Price on tap, the same goes for every other fringe Indian, though in Swisher's case, he might be your best option regardless.

Colorado Rockies

Schedule: @MIL3, SD3
Worth a second look: Dexter Fowler
Less than advisable: Michael Cuddyer, Todd Helton
The Rockies aren't home for all of this week, but for the three games they are home, they're facing a Padres rotation stocked with retreads like Jason Marquis, Edinson Volquez and Tyson Ross. Fowler is an ideal sleeper in this situation since his home-away splits aren't as dramatic as other Rockies hitters'.

Detroit Tigers

Schedule: @MIN3, NYY3
Worth a second look: Andy Dirks, Torii Hunter
Less than advisable: Alex Avila
Dirks is supposed to be the everyday left fielder either way, but with five righties on tap for the Tigers, you have little reason to doubt it this week. And with Vance Worley, Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, Ivan Nova and David Phelps scheduled to pitch, you have little reason to doubt him.

Houston Astros

Schedule: TEX3, OAK3
Worth a second look: Jason Castro
Less than advisable: Carlos Pena
Playing all six of their games at home, with the short porch in left field, I like every Astros right-handed hitter to one extent or another this week, but Castro is the one I'd be most inclined to start in mixed leagues. He had an .805 OPS at home last year, has hit six home runs in spring training and seems poised for a breakout at age 25.

Kansas City Royals

Schedule: @CHW3, @PHI3
Worth a second look: Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain
Less than advisable: Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas
Bud Selig proposes year-round interleague play, and Fantasy owners are left to pick up the pieces. Considering two of the three pitchers the Royals are scheduled to face in Philadelphia are left-handers, I'm thinking Hosmer, who has played some outfield, gets bumped for both Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur in those games. Better to avoid him in standard mixed leagues.

Best Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Athletics SEA4, @HOU3
2. Mets SD3, MIA3
3. Rangers @HOU3, LAA3
4. Blue Jays CLE3, BOS3
5. Rays BAL3, CLE3

Los Angeles Angels

Schedule: @CIN3, @TEX3
Worth a second look: Howard Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Chris Iannetta
Less than advisable: Peter Bourjos
The Angels are the other AL team traveling to the NL for half of this week. Fortunately, Mike Trout's ability to man center field prevents Trumbo from taking the brunt of it. The six games in extreme hitter's parks should also benefit Kendrick, who hit .319 on the road last year and is red hot coming out of spring training.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Schedule: SF3, PIT3
Worth a second look: None
Less than advisable: Luis Cruz, Andre Ethier
The Dodgers play all six of their games at pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium this week, which explains the Cruz pick, but Ethier was surprisingly productive at home last year. Unfortunately, he was so bad against lefties that I can't endorse him in a week he's facing three. And it's not like righties Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and A.J. Burnett provide any sort of respite. Still, he's probably too high-end to sit in most leagues.

Miami Marlins

Schedule: @WAS3, @NYM3
Worth a second look: None
Less than advisable: Juan Pierre, Justin Ruggiano, Rob Brantly
Chances are you'll need a pretty good excuse to start any Marlins hitter other than Giancarlo Stanton this year, so you wouldn't want to get cute with it in a week they're scheduled to face Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Jonthon Niese.

Milwaukee Brewers

Schedule: COL3, ARI3
Worth a second look: Jonathan Lucroy, Norichika Aoki, Carlos Gomez
Less than advisable: None
Lucroy's quiet spring might have some Fantasy owners doubting him, but he has always fared well at home, where the Brewers play all six of this week, and he hit .400 with a 1.169 OPS against lefties last year. Of course, his matchups against Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Nicasio, Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin this week would be favorable even if three of them weren't lefties.

Minnesota Twins

Schedule: DET3, @BAL3
Worth a second look: Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit, Aaron Hicks
Less than advisable: Trevor Plouffe
Morneau's overall stat line was underwhelming last year, but against right-handers, he was a stud, hitting .290 with a .902 OPS. Not only is he scheduled to face nothing but righties this week, but they're mostly underwhelming righties like Rick Porcello, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman. Plouffe, who had a .691 OPS against righties last year, is about the only Twin who doesn't benefit.

New York Mets

Schedule: SD3, MIA3
Worth a second look: Ike Davis, Lucas Duda
Less than advisable: Daniel Murphy
Am I getting back on the Duda bandwagon? Against the pitiful Padres and Marlins rotations, I am. It doesn't hurt that he's ending the spring on a high note, with home runs in four of his last 12 games. I suppose those matchups could work in Murphy's favor as well, but I'd rather not chance it after he missed most of spring training with an intercostal strain.

New York Yankees

Schedule: BOS3, @DET3
Worth a second look: None
Less than advisable: Brett Gardner, Kevin Youkilis, Ichiro Suzuki
You know the Yankees are in for a hard time when even their healthy hitters don't inspire much confidence in Fantasy. Granted, with the right matchups, I could get behind starting Youkilis, Gardner and Suzuki in mixed leagues, but against Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, I'd rather not.

Oakland Athletics

Schedule: SEA4, @HOU3
Worth a second look: Brandon Moss, Jed Lowrie, Coco Crisp
Less than advisable: John Jaso
The main reason the Athletics have such a favorable schedule this week is because they're one of only two teams playing seven games, but a three-game series against the Astros doesn't hurt. Anytime the A's face five righties, Moss is worth a look. He had a 1.006 OPS against them last year. I'd avoid Jaso until we learn how his platoon with Derek Norris shakes out.

Philadelphia Phillies

Schedule: @ATL3, KC3
Worth a second look: Domonic Brown, Ben Revere
Less than advisable: Michael Young
I've been hyping spring sensation Domonic Brown way too much for me to back down from him because of a couple iffy matchups against the Braves early in the week. Just slot him in and count the win. As for Revere, I feel like his high contact rate and blazing speed make him almost invulnerable to matchups. Young, who is quite obviously on the decline, not so much.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Schedule: CHC3, @LAD3
Worth a second look: Starling Marte
Less than advisable: Pedro Alvarez, Garrett Jones
I'm not pegging Marte for a breakout season, but he's had a good spring and is facing three lefties this week, including the less-than-imposing Travis Wood and Chris Capuano. During his brief time in the majors last year, he hit .318 against the lefties. Of course, those lefties are the same reason I'm not starting Alvarez or Jones in mixed leagues. Jones might not even play against them.

San Diego Padres

Worst Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Yankees BOS3, @DET3
2. Red Sox @NYY3, @TOR3
3. Marlins @WAS3, @NYM3
4. Indians @TOR3, @TB3
5. Giants @LAD3, STL3

Schedule: @NYM3, @COL3
Not as appealing: Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko
Less than advisable: Carlos Quentin
Not only are the Padres on the road all week, but they're at Coors Field for three games, where they'll hit in thin air against lousy pitchers. Really, all of their borderline types are advisable this week, but Alonso is my favorite. I'm predicting a power surge after the work he put in with hitting coach Phil Plantier this offseason. Maybe you could squeeze him into your utility slot?

San Francisco Giants

Schedule: @LAD, STL3
Worth a second look: None
Less than advisable: Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt
Between Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park last year, Pence hit .191 in 141 at-bats. That's where the Giants are playing this week == and against some pretty tough pitchers in Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett and Adam Wainwright. Sandoval, of course, has an elbow issue that has sidelined him since mid-March. Frankly, I'm expecting him to go on the DL.

Seattle Mariners

Schedule: @OAK4, @CHW3
Worth a second look: Michael Morse
Less than advisable: Kyle Seager, Kendrys Morales
I'm not into the whole he'll-have-a-monster-season-because-he's-had-a-monster-spring line of thinking, but I can't deny Morse, with his nine spring homers, is hot right now. With seven games on tap for the Mariners this week, no need to overthink this one. Unfortunately for Seager and Morales, four of the seven pitchers on tap are left-handers. Both hit under .240 against lefties last season.

St. Louis Cardinals

Schedule: @ARI3, @SF3
Worth a second look: Matt Carpenter
Less than advisable: Jon Jay
Judging by his .384 batting average at home and .224 batting average on the road last year, Jay is going to be a less-than-advisable option anytime the Cardinals spend a full week away from home. Going against Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain this week certainly doesn't help matters.

Tampa Bay Rays

Schedule: BAL3, CLE3
Worth a second look: Matt Joyce
Less than advisable: None
The Rays' lineup right now consists of Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings and everybody else. The three are obvious starts. The rest are obvious sits. Because the matchups are favorable this week, I'll throw Joyce's name out as a possibility for deeper leagues, but I'd like him more if the Rays had more than just four righties on tap.

Texas Rangers

Schedule: @HOU3, LAA3
Worth a second look: Leonys Martin, David Murphy, A.J. Pierzynski, Lance Berkman
Less than advisable: None
With the more hittable part of the Angels' rotation coming up at the end of the week, the only way the Rangers' matchups could be more favorable is if they were at home for all six games. But Houston is hitter-friendly in its own right. The five righties make the slate especially enticing for Martin and Murphy owners. They're the two at risk of sitting for Craig Gentry against lefties.

Toronto Blue Jays

Schedule: CLE3, BOS3
Worth a second look: Colby Rasmus, Emilio Bonifacio
Less than advisable: None
Rasmus has a career .278 batting average and .853 OPS in April. For whatever reason, he comes out of the gate hot, and with hittable pitchers like Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Brett Myers and John Lackey on tap for this week, the trend could continue. That said, I like Bonifacio more. As long as he's starting for the Blue Jays, he should probably be starting in Fantasy.

Washington Nationals

Schedule: MIA3, @CIN3
Worth a second look: Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth
Less than advisable: Kurt Suzuki
Werth probably doesn't have another 20-20 season in him, but he still has good extra-base pop and knows how to take a walk. As long as he's healthy and facing pitching staffs like the Marlins', he's an advisable option in Head-to-Head leagues. As for Suzuki, Wilson Ramos poses too much of a threat to his playing time for me to start him even in two-catcher leagues.

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