Archive for Strategy

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 29 – June 4: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Tyler Anderson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and by now you have gained a feel for where your team sits in the hierarchy of your league.  Do you need to start taking a few more risks when setting your lineup?  Do you need to maximize your chances in terms of strikeouts and wins?  Finding a high upside two-start pitcher can certainly help, so let’s take a look at the options this week and determine who can be trusted and who should be ignored:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – at CWS, at Bal
  • Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Oak, at KC

You can argue that Carlos Carrasco has had some luck on his side this season (.241 BABIP), but he continues to show strikeouts (8.95 K/9) and control (2.31 BB/9) while drawing two of the worst offense in the AL (in fact, entering play on Friday they were the two lowest scoring teams)… Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 22-28: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

What a surprise, there are more questions than answers among the pitchers who are taking the mound twice this week. After all, it does make sense considering the state that starting pitching is in so far this season due to injuries and ineffectiveness. However, that doesn’t mean we are without strong pitching choices and some sleeper and streaming options with potential. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that Clayton Kershaw gets two starts this week. Let’s take a look at how all of the pitchers rank:

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. St. Louis; vs. Chicago Cubs

Tier Two:

  1. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – vs. Detroit; vs. Baltimore
  2. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at Chicago Cubs; vs. Atlanta
  3. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Chicago White Sox; at Milwaukee
  4. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Atlanta; vs. New York Mets
  5. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Cincinnati; vs. Kansas City

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 15-21: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Now that we have a solid six weeks of results, a true baseline of what we can expect is beginning to take form itself. This is true for both teams and players, as the honeymoon period (known as small sample size) is over. We should also keep in mind that this week, thanks to the schedule, we are lighter than other weeks as far as options go. With that in mind let’s take a look at how the starters who are taking the mound twice rank for this week:

Tier One:

  1. Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers – vs. Philadelphia; at Detroit
  2. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Pittsburgh; at Atlanta
  3. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Cleveland; vs. New York Yankees
  4. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Tampa Bay; at Houston

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The Trade Counsel: Trust the Process & Recognizing Players To Avoid (Arrieta & More)

By Simon Jones

One of the obvious by-products of writing a trade column is that I do spend an inordinate amount of time discussing fantasy baseball trades. It’s rare that an evening passes where my inbox doesn’t have an offer or a response or two, or that I’m not on some sort of IM chatting about baseball and trades. To be fair, this happened a lot before I started writing too, but it has probably reached a new high point this year.

I was involved in one such conversation a few days back. My friend was bemoaning an early season trade where he swapped Ryan Zimmerman for Greg Bird, and how horrible that trade was looking back. It got me to thinking about how we judge trades and what constitutes a good or bad deal. It’s very easy (and only natural), with the benefit of hindsight, to look back at the trades any of us have made and isolate whether we made a clever or stupid decision. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 8-14: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

This week it’s really Max Scherzer and then everyone else. While there are some other early round draft choices making two starts, Scherzer is heads and shoulders above them all. Of course we are also at that point in the season,where you have really have to begin forgetting about where you drafted a player when making a roster decision(both positively and negatively).  With that in mind let’s take a look at how those pitchers taking the mound twice this week rank:

Tier One:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – at Baltimore; vs. Philadelphia

Tier Two:

  1. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – at Arizona; at Los Angeles Angels
  2. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – at Cincinnati; vs. Houston
  3. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Toronto; vs. Minnesota
  4. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at Miami; vs. Chicago Cubs
  5. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – vs. San Francisco; at Milwaukee
  6. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at Colorado; at St. Louis

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 1-7: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn 

With the calendar turning to May this week your league standings are beginning to take shape. It’s time to truly evaluate where your team is and what you can do to gain the most points. If strikeouts or wins are what ails you, then taking a look at pitchers who are taking the mound twice could be a good place to start. Also, depending on the pitcher it may be a move that benefits for more than just this week.  With that in mind let’s take a look at how your options rank for this week:

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. San Francisco; at San Diego
  2. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – vs. Baltimore; at Minnesota
  3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Detroit; at Kansas City
  4. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. Philadelphia; vs. New York Yankees

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