Week 1 just got here, but it's already time to talk about Week 2.
That is, unless your league opted for an 11-day scoring period to begin the season rather than the default four-day scoring period. If so, your numbering is going to be off all season long. And also, this information will be useless to you. But I look forward to engaging with you again in Week 3! Which, for you, will be Week ... 2.
- Week 2: Two-start pitchers | Sleeper hitters
As for the rest of you, here are my recommendations for the scoring period that spans April 3-9, whatever you want to call it. I've limited my selections to those rostered in less than 75 percent of CBS Sports leagues, so if your pitching is strong, you shouldn't feel like you have to use any of them.
All information is up to date as of Sunday evening.
Hunter Brown SP
HOU Houston • #58 • Age: 24
Hunter Brown comes into his rookie season with plenty of hype and had settled in by the end of spring training after some early control issues. Drawing the Tigers in a two-start week should make for a nice start to the season.
CHC Chi. Cubs • #19 • Age: 25
A spring training riser, Hayden Wesneski is an efficient strike-thrower who's built for quality starts. Even in Cincinnati, the Reds aren't a tough draw.
CIN Cincinnati • #51 • Age: 25
He faces a much tougher opponent in the Phillies next time around, but Graham Ashcraft made good on his breakout hopes in his season debut Sunday, throwing a seven-inning gem against the Pirates.
Kyle Bradish SP
BAL Baltimore • #39 • Age: 26
Kyle Bradish has a knack for hit prevention and also showed some swing-and-miss potential this spring, making him worth a roll of the dice even with two iffy matchups.
TOR Toronto • #16 • Age: 31
After turning heads with 31 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings this spring, Yusei Kikuchi gets the Royals in Kansas City his first time through, a favorable matchup in a favorable venue. The Angels matchup later in the week could put a damper on things, though..
Martin Perez SP
TEX Texas • #54 • Age: 32
Contributor of the most underappreciated 2.89 ERA in history last year, Martin Perez's first chance to show it wasn't a fluke comes against a Cubs lineup with serious volatility throughout.
Zach Eflin SP
TB Tampa Bay • #24 • Age: 29
After looking the part of a big free-agent signing against the Tigers over the weekend, Zach Eflin will be just as attractive a play against the Athletics.
CHW Chi. White Sox • #52 • Age: 32
After struggling in his return from Tommy John last year, Mike Clevinger looked like he may have recaptured his old form Sunday against the Astros, striking out eight in five innings. If so, things should only get better against the Pirates.
Matthew Boyd SP
DET Detroit • #48 • Age: 32
The way Matthew Boyd piled up strikeouts this spring was reminiscent of 2019, before the elbow problems that followed, but his vulnerability to the long ball in those days makes the first of his two matchups (Astros, Red Sox) a bit worrisome.
Tyler Mahle SP
MIN Minnesota • #51 • Age: 28
It's a stretch to think anyone would be all that motivated to start Tyler Mahle after the year he just had, but he is a bounce-back candidate and is facing the Marlins in the first of his two starts. If you're dead set on volume, you could do worse.