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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Six-Pack: Patience

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The first week of the baseball season is over. It was both exciting, memorable and oh so frustrating to be a Fantasy Baseball owner all at the same time.

I say frustrating because we saw many players that we had high hopes get off to miserable starts to the year. Jose Altuve, Kris Bryant, Trea Turner, Masahiro Tanaka, along with many closers are just a few to name here.

I say it every year, but I feel like I must say it again though. Do not panic! As my favorite Star Wars character says, “Patience you must have…”.

These players are going to be fine, most likely. I’ll never say 100-percent that they will be fine, we have seen years where players just don’t have it. Most of the time though the first week, even the first month is the only part of the season they disappoint. Then these players bounce back to have stellar total seasons.

These players are going to be fine, most likely. I’ll never say 100-percent that they will be fine, we have seen years where players just don’t have it. Most of the time though the first week, even the first month is the only part of the season they disappoint. Then these players bounce back to have stellar total seasons.

Now that we have gotten that across, I want to welcome you to the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Six-Pack. Each week this season I will be covering a six-pack of topics here for you. Read below to get some insight for the Fantasy Baseball week that was, the week that is to come and also a couple topics to have some fun all at the same time.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Six-Pack

Hitting Planner

Be sure to check out Tyler’s full pitching planner for Week 2.

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies get to start the week at home and that is music to the Rockies player’s owners ears.

Look you are likely never sitting their studs, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, DJ LeMehieu and Trevor Story, but it is no secret that they play so much better in Colorado.

They ended the first week in Colorado, however, these first games were against the Dodgers, who were able to send Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda on the mound against them. This suppressed any inflation we usually get my Coors field.

However, the first three games this upcoming week will be against the Padres, who just might have the worst rotation in baseball this year. The Rockies should be able to put a full weeks’ worth of stats up in these three games alone. This will make up for any struggles they have on the road to end the week in San Francisco where they will have to face Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto.

Toronto Blue Jays

Another team headed back home is on the rise for Week 2.

The Blue Jays struggled this week on the road, batting .217 and hitting only three home runs as a team. This is far from what owners expect from these guys when they drafted them.

Going home, I fully expect this to change, especially against the Brewers and Orioles, who as we know do not have the best pitching.

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks offense is humming right now. Sporting the league’s best batting average and most runs scored by a wide margin. All of this was at the friendly confines of their home ballpark.

They now have to go on the road to San Francisco and Los Angeles (Dodgers). I think the offense will still be good, but we cannot expect them to be this good on the road, especially in San Fran, a historically unfriendly hitters park.

It doesn’t get much better in LA, where they are scheduled to face Kershaw, Maeda and Rich Hill.

Stud/Dud of Week 1

Stud: Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals

As bad as the Royals were offensively this past week, Perez was fantastic. The all-star catcher hit four home runs this week.

This is a guy who fell down draft boards due to getting injured during the World Baseball Classic. Well, it is safe to say he is over the injury and it going to make owners very, very happy this season.

I’m one of them, who got him for $6 and in round 10, both of those being two catcher leagues. Which feels even more like a steal now, than it did when I drafted him.

Dud: Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers

Miggy, who was a first-round pick in some leagues and at the very worst a second-rounder. He wound up having quite possibly the worst week of his career as he finished with a whopping two hits. Yes, you read that right, two hits.

This is not what you expect when taking somebody with the ilk of Miggy Cabrera.

You have to be slightly worried about him too. He was dealing with a back injury that almost caused him to start the season on the DL. Hopefully, this was just a mini-slump to start the season and not his back causing him issues. As an owner myself I hope I’m asking, will the real Miggy please stand up?

Lineup Notes

Byron Buxton Fails in Minnesota… Again

The experiment to put Buxton third in the lineup did not last very long. After he started the season 1-for-18 with 11 strikeouts, the Twins dropped him to seventh in the lineup.

So far that has done little to get him going. He has gone 1-for-8 since being pushed down the lineup.

At this point I’m holding Buxton, hoping he gets things going. The upside is too great for this guy to give up on him this early in the season. If he does get going and can get placed back into the top of the lineup, you will be thankful you had patience.

Adam Eaton Batting Atop Nationals Lineup

To everybody’s surprise, Adam Eaton opened the season batting second for the Nationals. This was after much talk during the spring that he was going to be in the six hole.

Some thought that it was only due to Anthony Rendon not being available for the opener. Well, this was not the case as we saw Trea Turner and Eaton bat 1-2 the rest of the week.

Of course, Turner missed Sunday due to a hamstring injury so Eaton batted first Sunday. Regardless, Eaton appears to have gotten his spot atop the lineup, like many who drafted him hoped for.

Andrew Benintendi Takes Xander Bogaerts Place in Red Sox Lineup

Benintendi was awarded the coveted two spot in the Red Sox lineup this season. This is a guy who has massive talent and you can easily see why the Red Sox would want to make such a move. Owners who took a chance on him in drafts are very happy to see this.

However, this means that Bogaerts, who manned that spot in the lineup last season had to find another home. That home is now the six spot. Not great new for Bogaerts owners, who were hoping for a repeat of 100-plus runs again atop the powerful Red Sox lineup.

I guess the writing was on the wall after Bogaerts struggled over the last two months of 2016. Still it was surprising to not see the Sox at least give Xander a chance to bounce back first.

What to watch for in Week 2

Struggling teams who go home for Week 2

I’m curious to see how the teams that struggled so hard, playing all their games on the road turn things around. I preluded to this when I talked about the Blue Jays going home this week after struggling in Week 1 on the road.

A few other teams struggled playing all their first week games on the road are the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves. All of those teams combined with Toronto went a combined 7-25 last week.

Many owners of the players on these teams will be glad that they are headed home, where hopefully they turn things around.

Tweet of the Week

Each week I’m going to try and have a little fun in this section. I’m going to pick my favorite tweet of the last week. Sometimes baseball related, sometimes even fantasy baseball related, but not always.

This week I choose this tweet from @thematthinrichs

You can’t help but laugh at this. Almost as funny is the one left in the responses.

Beer of the Week

I figure since the name of the site does have Six-Pack in it, I would talk about beer.

Each week I will share the beer I am drinking while writing this article.

This week my beer is Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange Ale.

You are going to see my drinking a lot of IPAs, so of course, I start with one.

This beer is hoppy, but not overly hoppy with a 40 IBU rating. It is bitter and smooth at the same time, that is thanks to the mix of the hops and the citrus.

It is one of my favorite beers and I rate it a 4.25 out of 5 using Untappd.

About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @fantasysixpack, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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2 Comments

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  2. hondo

    April 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

    You’re going to be surprised at what Gausman and Bundy do @ Toronto this week.Hopefully not in a Liriano type way.LOL

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