The honeymoon is over and it’s time to get serious. This is when you can start to separate the good fantasy baseball managers from the guys that just opted to join because football wasn’t on. And we all know there are plenty of those guys around. In all honesty, I AM one of those guys. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at my leagues. One reason, taking advantage of the 2-Start pitchers.
I will give you the players name and who his opponents are. Make sure to pay attention to his opponents and that is why they could be categorized accordingly. I will drop the pitcher into one of five categories. The Front Row will be reserved for the elite and shouldn’t even be paid attention to. They will be owned in all leagues and you need not concern yourself. The Second Level will be for the guys that are almost elite and should be owned in 100% of leagues. The Third Level is where we can start to find some guys that might be available in shallow leagues and could be good bets for the week based on match ups. The Upper Deck is for guys that are starting twice but have some definite issues. Either it’s the match ups they face or their terrible play on the field recently. And lastly, the Parking Lot is reserved for guys that you should be avoiding at all costs.
Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers for Week 17: July 28th – August 3rd, 2014
Yu Darvish (Rangers) – Monday vs NYY, Sunday @CLE
Tyson Ross (Padres) – Tuesday vs STL, Sunday vs ATL – Ross has been magnificent lately allowing a combined 8 earned over his previous seven starts. And in five of those seven starts, he pitched at least 7 innings. Even though his team won’t support him with many runs, he’s been one of the best pitchers in the game for the past month.
Cole Hamels (Phillies) – Tuesday @NYM, Sunday @WSH
Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) – Tuesday @MIA, Sunday vs PHI
Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners) – Tuesday @CLE, Sunday @BAL
Madison Bumgarner (Giants) – Monday vs PIT, Sunday @NYM – Bumgarner hasn’t been good enough on paper recently to be considered for the Second Level but his opponents this week give him the advantage. Since the All-Star break, the Mets have scored just 15 runs over seven games while the Pirates field a much more formidable offense, they score much less on the road giving Madison the edge yet again. Deploy Bumgarner with confidence.
Jake Odorizzi (Rays) – Monday vs MIL, Sunday vs LAA
Ervin Santana (Braves) – Monday vs SD, Saturday @SD – You’ll read below that I totally contradict myself but Santana gets two games against the Padres, who are dead last in runs scored, this week. Nuff said.
Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays) – Tuesday @BOS, Sunday @HOU – Stroman has been great lately allowing no earned runs in three of his previous four starts. There was one hiccup where he allowed 5 in just 3.2 innings but that’s going to happen from time to time, especially for the younger guys. Stroman is a pitcher that should be owned in more than just 16.4% of leagues. Go get him now before it is too late.
Lance Lynn (Cardinals) – Tuesday @SD, Sunday vs MIL
Aaron Harang (Braves) – Tuesday @LAD, Sunday @SD
Henderson Alvarez (Marlins) – Tuesday vs WSH, Sunday vs CIN
Check out PAGE 2 for more Two-Start Pitchers including sleepers.