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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: August 31 – September 6: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

By the time this week is over the calendar will read September. That means both pennant and fantasy races are in full swing. With that being said, each start is quite critical and we are here to help. Maximizing your innings and starting pitcher spots is vital, as each strikeout and win could prove to be important. The list of pitchers taking the mound twice is filled with multiple aces and top options, so let’s take a look at how they rank:

Tier One:

  1. Zack Greinke – LA Dodgers – vs. San Francisco; at San Diego
  2. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – at Minnesota; at Kansas City
  3. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at LA Dodgers; at Colorado
  4. David Price – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. Cleveland; vs. Baltimore
  5. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Baltimore; at NY Yankees
  6. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – at Houston; at Oakland
  7. Johnny Cueto – Kansas City Royals – vs. Detroit; vs. Chicago White Sox

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: August 24-30: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season, things become even more difficult when searching for pitchers taking the mound twice in any given week. As pitchers near innings limits they are either skipped all together or have their starts shifted by a day or two. Spot starters could be inserted into the rotation at any time and young pitchers begin to make their way into the rotation of teams who are out of playoff contention. With that being said, let’s take a look at how the options ranks for this week:

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at San Francisco; at LA Dodgers
  2. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at Philadelphia; vs. Boston
  3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Chicago Cubs; vs. LA Angels

Tier Two:

  1. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – vs. San Diego; vs. Miami
  2. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cleveland; at LA Dodgers
  3. James Shields – San Diego Padres – at Washington; at Philadelphia
  4. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – at Arizona; at San Francisco
  5. Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves – vs. Colorado; vs. NY Yankees
  6. Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners – vs. Oakland; at Chicago White Sox

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: August 17-23: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

We have now reached that critical time of year. In most leagues the trade deadline has passed, there are a few weeks of summer left to enjoy and preseason football has begun. There are a lot of distractions, but that doesn’t mean we should stop paying attention to fantasy baseball either. Let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week and determine which options are worth using:

Tier One:

  1. Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. San Francisco; at San Diego
  2. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Arizona; vs. San Francisco
  3. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – vs. Seattle; at Detroit
  4. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians – at Boston; at NY Yankees

Tier Two:

  1. Garrett Richards – LA Angels – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Toronto
  2. Francisco Liriano – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Arizona; vs. San Francisco
  3. Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals – at Colorado; vs. Milwaukee
  4. Scott Kazmir – Houston Astros – vs. Tampa Bay; vs. LA Dodgers
  5. Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs – vs. Detroit; vs. Atlanta
  6. Jake Odorizzi – Tampa Bay Rays – at Houston; at Oakland

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: August 10-16: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

There are some very good options taking the mound twice this week, some young phenoms and also some options that are just not very good. In a lot those situations there really aren’t many chances worth taking. While some owners may be beginning their football prep, there is still a lot of baseball left to be played and each starting spot and roster decision is quite critical. With that in mind let’s take a look at the Two-Start pitchers rank.

Tier One:

  1. Zack Greinke – LA Dodgers – vs. Washington; vs. Cincinnati
  2. Johnny Cueto – Kansas City Royals – vs. Detroit; vs. LA Angels
  3. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – vs. Houston; vs. Washington
  4. Matt Harvey – New York Mets – vs. Colorado; vs. Pittsburgh
  5. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – vs. LA Angels; vs. Chicago Cubs

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: August 3-9: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

And now we are down to the final two months of the season… The calendar has turned to August and the non-waiver trade deadline is behind us. As the dust settles and the trade deadline in most fantasy leagues approaches, it is time to take a hard look at your squad and try to determine if it’s time to take some risks (and which risks are actually worth taking). So let’s begin by taking a look at the pitchers who are taking the mound twice this week to see who’s worth considering:

Tier One:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Arizona; vs. Colorado
  2. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; vs. San Francisco
  3. David Price – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. Minnesota; at NY Yankees
  4. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at LA Angels; vs. Minnesota
  5. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; vs. San Francisco
  6. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Chicago White Sox; vs. NY Mets
  7. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – at Colorado; vs. Texas

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: July 27 – August 2: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is one of the toughest weeks for fantasy owners when it comes to two-start pitchers. Rumors are flying in every direction and we all know that there are going to be players dealt, sending rotations into flux. For now all we can do is plan based on what we know, as of today, and be willing to take the changes as they come. With that in mind, let’s take a look at all of the options for the upcoming week:

Tier 1 (The Elite):

  • David Price – Detroit Tigers – at TB, at Bal
  • Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – vs. Was, vs. SD
  • Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – at Tex, at CWS
  • Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s – at LAD, vs. Cle

Tier 2 (Must Start Options):

  • James Shields – San Diego Padres – at NYM, at Mia
  • Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Cin, vs. Col
  • Jeff Samardzija – Chicago White Sox – at Bos, vs. NYY
  • Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners – vs. Ari, at Min
  • Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – vs. SD, vs. Was
  • Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals – at Mia, at NYM
  • John Lackey – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Cin, vs. Col

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