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Your turn, David Ortiz owners.

The most notable DH of all will be without a place to play when the Red Sox travel to Atlanta for two games this week.

But it is just two games, and you have to think Ortiz will have an opportunity to pinch hit in both. And considering the Red Sox are playing seven games in all, he'll probably end up getting close to his usual allotment of at-bats. Maybe it's not such a dilemma after all.

No need to second-guess your decision to start Mark Trumbo, either. The Orioles have four left-handers on tap, and Trumbo has hit four of his five home runs this season against lefties. Meanwhile, the Yankees face a bunch of left-handers for the second straight week, which isn't going to help Mark Teixeira pull out of his slump. He hit only .223 against lefties last year.

As things stand now, Michael Brantley, who has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, is expected to be activated for Monday's game with the Twins. He's high-end enough that you don't need to wait and let him prove his health before activating him in Fantasy.

With Charlie Blackmon on the DL, Gerardo Parra remained in the lineup the last time the Rockies faced a left-handed pitcher, so even though they're scheduled to face a couple in their four home games against the Pirates, he's a player you might want to consider activating for what look to be some halfway decent matchups.

Best hitter matchups for Week 4

1. Pirates @COL4, CIN3
2. Tigers OAK4, @MIN3
3. White Sox @TOR3, @BAL4
4. Dodgers MIA4, SD3
5. Athletics @DET4, HOU3

  • That's right: The Pirates are your lottery winners for this week, getting four games at Coors Field. And it just so happens that two of their fringier hitters, Josh Harrison and John Jaso, are on fire to begin the year. Harrison's triple eligibility makes him an easy call for this week, but Jaso might be harder to justify since he's only eligible at first base. He bats leadoff, though, for a team in line to score bunches of runs this week, and his batting eye never slumps. If there was ever a time to squeeze him into your utility spot, sacrificing some power in the process, this is it.
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia's power surge, which actually dates back to last September, is bound to end at some point, but with the Tigers facing one homer-prone pitcher after another this week, I'd be tempted to take one last ride, especially if I've been trying to make due with a Devin Mesoraco or J.T. Realmuto at catcher. Victor Martinez, who has hit safely in five straight games, is still promising enough to use in mixed leagues, having struck out only three times so far, and the red-hot Nick Castellanos deserves a look in anything deeper.
  • Saltalamacchia is cool and all, but there may not be a better choice at catcher right now than Yasmani Grandal, who has seven walks to zero strikeouts (not to mention four doubles) in seven games since returning from an early-season forearm injury. The switch-hitter was at his best against left-handers last year, too, so the three on tap for the Dodgers shouldn't scare you away. Chase Utley and Joc Pederson figure to lose some playing time, though. If you're hurting for a third baseman -- and few mixed-league owners are -- these matchups give Justin Turner a halfway decent chance to bounce back, but he's behind Harrison and Castellanos in priority.
  • You want a real sleeper? This week should serve as a pretty good test of what Chris Coghlan has to offer as a replacement for Danny Valencia (hamstring). Not only are the Athletics facing scrub pitchers like Mike Pelfrey, Mike Fiers, Scott Feldman and Doug Fister, but all seven on tap throw right-handed. Coghlan, a left-handed hitter, has earned a reputation as a righty masher. Pretty much every Athletics hitter qualifies as a sleeper this week, though. Josh Reddick should also benefit from the righties. Billy Burns is swinging a hot bat. Marcus Semien is kind of a go-to sleeper at a weak position. I might need to see another home run from Khris Davis over the weekend to trust him, though.

Worst hitter matchups for Week 4

1. Phillies @WAS3, CLE3
2. Giants SD3, @NYM3
3. Padres @SF3, @LAD3
4. Blue Jays CHW3, @TB3
5. Reds @NYM3, @PIT3

  • The Phillies have far and a way the worst matchups of any team this week. They're scheduled to face Joe Ross, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in their six games, so you may need to give some serious thought to sitting the one true mixed-leaguer in their lineup, stud-in-waiting Maikel Franco. It helps that he's just 3 for 29 (.103) in his last seven games. Sitting anyone of that caliber is dangerous -- and I'm sure I'll sing a different tune if he has a big weekend -- but if it comes down to him or someone like Mike Moustakas or even Josh Harrison, I think I'd risk it.
  • Brandon Belt has predictably cooled off after a hot start, and at a deep position like first base, he's far from an automatic start. Angel Pagan has gained traction as a sleeper in recent days, but he's likely in for a rude awakening against some of the best the Padres and Mets have to offer. Denard Span has been surprisingly productive in Head-to-Head points leagues despite a low batting average, but I'd be looking to avoid him. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford and maybe Joe Panik are the only Giants too valuable to sit.
  • The matchups are bad enough, but considering four of the six pitchers on tap are lefties -- including Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Drew Smyly -- you might want to cool your jets on Michael Saunders, who has caught fire as the Blue Jays' new leadoff hitter. He's iffy with a hamstring injury anyway. Troy Tulowitzki's hip is acting up again, but I couldn't imagine sitting him, cold start or not, as long as he returns over the weekend. Kevin Pillar has fared a little better since moving down the order, but I'm only starting him if steals are a glaring need.
  • The Reds have a surprisingly high number of viable mixed-league options for a rebuilding club, but the only lock for Fantasy lineups in a week like this one is Joey Votto, slow start and all. Eugenio Suarez has cooled off enough that you'll want to weigh your options at shortstop, and Devin Mesoraco has yet to get going. The way Jay Bruce is swinging, it'd have to be a three-outfielder league (and not a five-outfielder league) for me to consider sitting him.
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