Derek Lowe - Atlanta Braves - At Nationals @ 1:05 PM Thursday 3/31/11 - 22.3% ESPN Ownership
It is a rough day for spot start pickups, but fantasy owners who drafted injured pitchers will need someone to start for them. It's opening day and there are just twelve teams playing and because it's opening day it's all staff aces. Of the twelve players who are starting, eight of them are owned in 100% of leagues. The four available pitchers are Derek Lowe, Tim Stauffer, Luke Hochevar and Livan Hernandez, and of the four Lowe is the obvious choice. Lowe plays for the best of the four teams and is playing against the lowly Nationals Thursday. He should be good for a win and a few strikeouts and give you a good day in ERA and WHIP.
Of the other options, the only one I would be willing to play is Stauffer. Stauffer should get you a similar stat line to Lowe, but he probably won't get the win going up against the Cardinals and Chris Carpenter. Hochevar and Hernandez shouldn't be starting for any reason, if you need a starter and Lowe and Stauffer are unavailable just wait until Friday when you have better options.