Former Fantasy Guy Dave Alexander used to take care of this every Monday last season so I thought I'd carry the torch in '07.

Every Monday, I'll look ahead to the Orioles' upcoming games, identify who's hot and who's not, and check out what opposing players are tearing up fantasy leagues.


Obviously, since tonight is the opener, nobody is on a hot or cold streak yet, so let's take a look at three players from the Orioles, Twins and Yankees who might be on your fantasy radar in '07. But first, the weekly schedule and probable pitching matchups:

  • Monday, 7:05 - Orioles (Erik Bedard) at Twins (Johan Santana)

  • Tuesday, 8:10 - Orioles (Daniel Cabrera) at Twins (Boof Bonser)

  • Wednesday, 8:10 - Orioles (Jaret Wright) at Twins (Ramon Ortiz)

  • Friday, 7:05 - Orioles (Adam Loewen) at Yankees (Kei Igawa)

  • Saturday, 1:05 - Orioles (Steve Trachsel) at Yankees (Carl Pavano)

  • Sunday, 1:05 - Orioles at Yankees

    For the O's...

    Brian Roberts, 2B -- In many drafts, he was likely the second player selected at his position. Roberts led all American League second basemen with 36 steals in '06, and nine of his 10 home runs came after the All-Star break.

    Ramon Hernandez, C -- He set career highs with 23 homers, 91 RBIs and 29 doubles last season. Only Atlanta's Brian McCann, Cleveland's Victor Martinez and New York's Jorge Posada drove in more runs among major league catchers.

    Erik Bedard, SP -- He enjoyed a breakout season in '06, going 15-11 with a 3.76 ERA and 171 strikeouts. Bedard will look to take another step as the team's ace in '07.

    For the Twins...

    Joe Mauer, C -- 23 year old won the AL batting title last season with a .347 average. He signed a four-year, $33 million deal in the offseason.

    Johan Santana, SP -- 55 wins over the past three seasons. Santana has managed no fewer than 238 strikeouts in each of the past three seasons and remains the top fantasy pitcher in the league.

    Joe Nathan, RP -- Has averaged 41 saves over the past three seasons, making him one of the game's elite closers. He struck out 95 batters in '06 and posted a career-low 1.58 ERA.

    For the Yankees...

    Alex Rodriguez, 3B -- Has hit at least 35 homers with at least 100 RBIs and 100 runs in nine straight seasons. In real life, his postseason performance is all that matters. But in fantasy, he's always among the league's best.

    Robinson Cano, 2B -- Hit .342 with 15 homers and 78 RBIs in 122 games last season. Enters third full season at 24 years old.

    Derek Jeter, SS -- In '06, he hit .343 (best mark since '99), stole a career-high 34 bases and drove in 97 runs (his highest total since 1999).

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