Thursday, February 22, 2024

Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Preview: Top sleeper pitchers for both four- and 11-game week, featuring Mitch Keller

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To be honest, you probably shouldn’t be looking to stream starting pitchers in Week 1.

You drafted a whole pitching staff, right? I’m guessing there are some big names at the top and some other strong performers from last year rounding it out. You’re probably better off rolling with them than anything you could pluck off the waiver wire right now. It’s much lower risk, if nothing else — and I say that even in the case of disparate matchups.

But maybe you lost a Triston McKenzie, Luis Severino or Kyle Wright from an already thin pitching staff and don’t know where else to turn for this first week. I do have some recommendations for you. These streamer plays will become increasingly relevant as attrition whittles down the stable of healthy starters, so even if they’re not useful to you now because of your league setup or the depth you’ve accumulated, you may want to check back in future weeks.

For now, I’ve limited the selection to those rostered in less than 75 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Sleeper pitchers for short Week 1 (March 30-April 2)

Sleeper pitchers for long Week 1 (March 30-April 9)

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