Fantasy Fare: Thoughts after one game

Scott Van Slyke, the early home run leader in fantasy baseball, is greeted by Adrian Gonzalez after...

Scott Van Slyke, the early home run leader in fantasy baseball, is greeted by Adrian Gonzalez after his two-run belt in Saturday's opener in Australia. (Reuters)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

Nice to finally have an actual game that counts in the standings to dissect. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 early, early Saturday morning in Australia to open the season and, as usual, there were a few interesting fantasy tidbits to glean.

First, while most saw Dee Gordon — 9-for-9 in SB attempts this spring — as the Dodgers’ starting 2B while Cuban import Alexander Guerrero irons out his defence in triple-A, retread Justin Turner earned the opening-day start and even batted second. That, however, was likely only because the D-Backs had lefty Wade Miley starting. Gordon and Turner, who hit .355 in the Cactus League, could platoon until Guerrero arrives.

— Just as amusing was that even with that four-man all-star OF, the Dodgers still had to go with their RH-hitting No. 5 Scott Van Slyke who, by the way, is now the early major-league leader in home runs after his two-run shot off Miley. Matt Kemp (ankle) and Carl Crawford (paternity leave) did not make the trip Do


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