Start/Sit Pitchers – Fantasy Baseball Matchups for Week 1 (2022)

Fellow RotoBallers, opening day is almost upon us and we couldn’t be more excited for the start of the 2022 MLB season! Welcome, everyone, to our starters/starting pitcher’s seat column for Week 1. After a long off-season, we’re excited to republish this article, finally! In case you missed it, this is the tenth year we’ve written this weekly column, helping fantasy baseball managers pick the best pitchers every week.

For those unfamiliar, RotoBaller offers a weekly grid of starting pitcher matchups and “start or sit” recommendations. I (Jon Anderson) picked it up for this year, and I’m excited to bring it to you throughout the season. I will say that my approach to this will be mostly conservative, you’ll see me leaning more towards “sitting” when things are close. You should always, of course, keep your league contexts in mind. Depending on how deep your league is, it will make more or less sense to start a marginal guy. My default mindset here is a league where around 350 players are registered, so keep that in mind throughout the year.

For each week of the fantasy baseball season, we’ll analyze every projected starting pitcher game for fantasy baseball and help you set optimal lineups. Below are the projections start pitcher matchups and start/sit for week 1 — April 7 through April 17 — which will be updated as rotations continue to be announced and changed. This column will make ongoing adjustments for any rotation postponements or reshuffles, reflecting official beat writer speculation for as many unconfirmed rotation slots as possible. Let’s build those winning lineups!

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Overview of start/sit data

This weekly article examines the pitcher’s opponents, their prospects against lefties and righties, some ballpark factors, and historical splits. With all of this information, we then provide our starting/seat recommendations for each starting pitcher game for the upcoming fantasy baseball week.

Each player will be rated with a Start/Sit recommendation, we are also including a “Score” column this year to display the level of confidence in that pick. Scores range from 0 to 100 in increments of five. The higher, the better! They are also color coded as you will see.


  • SG project – the number of starts that the starter is supposed to make in the scoring period of the week.
  • Score – A confidence metric, from 0 to 100 in increments of five. The higher, the better for the thrower.

This table is updated daily as likely starters constantly change with game postponements, injuries and other events.

Week 1 Starting/Siege Recommendations

There you have it, your newly updated start/seat recommendations for the first week of the season!

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