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Streaming Starters: April 27 – May 3, 2015: Jeff Locke, Deep Sleepers & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Streaming starting pitchers is always an intriguing notion, but this early in the season there’s no reason to force the issue.  You want to be cautious and not risk torpedoing your ratios for the sake of chasing a win and little else.  Keep that in mind, as that’s why there will be days that we don’t recommend any options.

That said, let’s take a look at the potential options for the coming week:

 

Monday – April 27
Dillon Gee – New York Mets – at Miami
The obvious player you want to avoid is Giancarlo Stanton for the Marlins.  While Gee has given up 2 HR to him over the course of his career, those are the only two hits he has in 11 AB.  As it is Gee has been surprisingly good this season, showing control and groundballs.  He’s not a big strikeout pitcher, but he did whiff seven Marlins over 5.2 IP in his first start against them in 2015 and had 10 K over 14.2 IP last season.  That’s more than enough given the other skills he’s shown. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: April 27 – May 3: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

During the upcoming week the calender will turn to May and that is when it is time to officially look at the standings. Of course you have been checking the standings at least once a day, and I am with you there, but now is the time when you really should start looking. After a month you have a clear body of work to analyze and move forward towards the top of the standings.

With that in mind let’s take a look at the pitchers who will be taking the mound twice this week and see where there could be an opportunity for fantasy owners:

Tier 1:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – at Atlanta; at NY Mets
  2. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – vs. San Francisco; vs. Arizona
  3. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – at Baltimore; at Minnesota
  4. David Price – Detroit Tigers – at Minnesota; at Kansas City
  5. Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Milwaukee; at Atlanta
  6. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Kansas City; vs. Toronto
  7. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at LA Dodgers; vs. LA Angels

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Streaming Starter A Day: April 20-26, 2015: Jon Niese Not Once, But Twice & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Streaming starting pitchers is always an intriguing notion, but this early in the season there’s no reason to force the issue.  You want to be cautious and not risk torpedoing your ratios for the sake of chasing a win and little else.  Keep that in mind, as that’s why there will be days that we don’t recommend any options.

That said, let’s take a look at the potential options for the coming week:

 

Monday, April 20
Kyle Gibson – Minnesota Twins – at Kansas City
Gibson has generally been inconsistent, but he is coming off an impressive outing against the same Royals team he draws on Monday (1 ER over 6.2 IP).  It could be seen as a detriment that he draws the same offense again, but he is also 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 4 career starts against them.  Just look at some of the career lines against him for the Royals’ top hitters: Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: April 20-26: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

The further along into the season we get, the greater the body of work we have to make our decisions on. With the more we see specific pitchers, and teams in general, the easier it is to let go of whatever biases and thoughts we held entering the season.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the options for starting pitchers taking the hill twice. What this group lacks in star power, it makes up for in sheer numbers.

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; at Cincinnati
  2. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – at Washington; at Milwaukee
  3. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Boston; vs. Toronto
  4. Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals – vs. St. Louis; at Miami
  5. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Chicago White Sox; at Detroit

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: April 13-19: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Last week we had more aces than we knew what to do with. This week, as teams start to get into their rotations, we have more of a mixed bag of options. However, that doesn’t mean we are without options of varying skill levels, quality, and ownership.

Let’s jump right into how the options rank for this week.

Tier 1:

  1. Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Milwaukee; vs. Cincinnati
  2. Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals – at Boston; vs. Philadelphia
  3. Matt Harvey – New York Mets – vs. Philadelphia; vs. Miami
  4. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Boston; vs. Philadelphia
  5. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; vs. San Diego

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: April 6-12: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Welcome back! After a long and cold winter, and a longer than normal draft season, we are ready to go for 2015. When it comes to writing this article, the first week of the season is often both the easiest and the hardest.

With the majority of teams slated for six games, that means the majority of pitchers we are looking at are their team’s aces. It is clear that some, i.e. Clayton Kershaw, are more deserving than others, i.e. Kyle Kendrick, but for the most part your roster decisions are pretty easy and straight forward. You are going to start your best, and healthiest players.

I can guarantee with a pretty good amount of certainty that this week will include the most pitchers you will see all season as first tier of options. The problem with that is that there are not many values or “sleepers” to be found on the free agent wire. For the most part, if there are any pitchers on this list who are unowned, there is a good reason for that and it is too early in the season to subject your ratios to any unnecessary risk.

Let’s take a look at how the pitcher’s rank for the week. Read more