The following seven hitters absolutely cannot fail for Week 3 of the fantasy season (April 15-21), based on matchups, existing track records of success and basic guru's intuition.
1. OF B.J. Upton, Braves
Atlanta's new leadoff hitter only draws five games against the Royals (two) and Pirates (three) this week; but as part of that, he'll avoid James Shields and A.J. Burnett, the respective aces of the two opponents.
It also helps that Upton broke out of a mini-slump on Sunday with three hits against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals, fueling the Braves' 9-0 rout and series sweep of Washington.
Lest we forget, Upton (28 homers, 31 steals) had a slow start to last season with the Rays ... and still finished a mere two bombs from a 30-30 campaign. Of the previous two seasons, Upton averaged 25 homers and 34 steals.
As an added bonus, Upton gets a crack at the only major league team to pass on him during the 2002 draft (the Pirates took pitcher Bryan Bullington at No. 1 overall). And...