Tuesday, Major League Baseball gets back to a full schedule of games with only the Athletics and Twins not in action as they take a break in the middle of their series in the still semi-frozen North. With 28 teams in action, though, there is no shortage of fantasy baseball action and plenty of opportunities to pile up points and pick up some solid numbers early in the week.
Many of Tuesday’s starting pitchers are planning to wrap around and pick up a second start on Sunday of this week so make sure to know your leagues’ scoring rules and utilize your roster moves effectively if you’re looking to pick up an extra start. If you’re streaming starters on a regular bases or using spot starters here and there when needed, check back each day for my Starting Pitcher Pickups which are usually posted mid-afternoon for the following day’s games. All of my selections are available in at least half of ESPN leagues and their ownership percentage is included in parentheses. For our full fantasy baseball coverage, click here, or you can click here for just our starting pitcher focus.
There are a number of nice options for Tuesday, so scroll through the following slideshow and check out my stats for the season so far on the final page. Here’s my top pick:
James Paxton-Seattle Mariners (41.8%)
The Mariners are one of the early teams showing signs of major improvement and one of the main reasons for their early success has been some solid starting pitching. Paxton turned in one of the best performances of the season and is showing he could be a huge piece of the M’s rotation this year.
He was absolutely dominant in his first start of the season holding the Angels to two hits and two walks in seven shutout innings while picking up nine strikeouts. He picked up the win to move to 1-0 and will face the same Angels in his second start of the season Tuesday this time at home at pitcher-friendly Safeco. Paxton is going fast off the wire in all formats, but if you can get him he makes a great early season pickup and could continue to pay dividends all season.