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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: September 11-17: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Brault, Giolito & More)

by Ray Kuhn

There are options this week, but how many of the pitchers taking the mound twice do you feel confident in? The short answer should be not that many. Of course we still will rank each pitcher, and in certain situations take our chances, but there is risk. This is when you evaluate where you are at in standings and adjust accordingly, but if you are looking to maximize your starts let’s take a look at how they rank:

Tier One:

  1. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. Kansas City; vs. New York Yankees
  2. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at Tampa Bay; at Milwaukee

Tier Two:

  1. Ervin Santana – Minnesota Twins – at New York Yankees; at Detroit
  2. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. LA Angels

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: September 11-17: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (E. Rodriguez, Quintana & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is the toughest time of year for fantasy owners when it comes to setting their pitchers.  Teams are constantly juggling their rotations, inserting sixth starters or skipping youngsters (or maybe even shutting them down) in order to limit their workload and avoid risk of injury.  Things can change on a moment’s notice, so keep that in mind as you review these rankings and set your lineup for the week:
Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Det, vs. KC
  • Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Det, vs. KC
  • Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Col, at SF

We all know Colorado is a dangerous offense in general, but on the road they are fairly tame (291 runs scored entering play on Friday tying them for the fifth fewest in the league).  That’s going to keep Greinke as one of the best options for the coming week… Read more

Weekend Streaming Starters: Kyle Gibson, Sal Romano & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Every league is different, and sometimes you find a surprising name on your waiver wire for a variety of reasons.  With that in mind look closely to see what’s out there, but here are a few names owned in less than 50% of CBS Sports leagues who could be worthy streamers for the coming weekend:

 

Thursday, September 7
Kyle Gibson – Minnesota Twins
at Kansas City

The fact that he’s opposing Oneki Garcia immediately makes him an intriguing play, because you’d think he’d have a good shot at a victory.  Gibson has also been pitching exceptionally well of late, allowing 3 ER or fewer in seven straight starts and showing an ability to get strikeouts (20 K over his last 19.2 IP).  Then you have the matchup with Kansas City, who is a bottom ten offense at home (288 runs scored tie them for the seventh fewest in baseball), and it all comes together perfectly.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: September 4-10: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Berrios, Bundy & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this time of year you are likely taking one of two paths:

  1. Be conservative to protect your lead
  2. Be ultra-aggressive in an effort to make up ground however possible

Regardless of your path, you are likely looking closely at the two-start options and trying to determine if the risk outweighs the reward.  With that in mind let’s take a look at how things shake out:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at SD, vs. Pit

You can argue that Martinez isn’t truly elite, which is fair, but the matchups this week put him in the top class of options.  San Diego is never going to scare you and Pittsburgh tied for the sixth fewest runs scored in August… Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 28-September 3: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Godley, Weaver & More)

by Ray Kuhn

This week brings us right into the last month of the season, so the time is now. Head-to-head leagues are beginning their playoffs shortly and we are entering crunch time in standard rotisserie leagues. As you would expect, some of the options are less than exciting and come with more risk than reward, but there are also some aces who could be difference makers. Let’s take a look at how they rank:

Tier 1:

  1. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – at Toronto; at New York Yankees
  2. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at New York Yankees; at Detroit
  3. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Miami; at Milwaukee
  4. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – vs. Pittsburgh; vs. Atlanta

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 21-27: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Rodon, Giolito & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Any two day stretch where Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer all hit the DL is never a good thing. We know how difficult good pitching is to find and the worst thing you can try to do is force the issue. While there aren’t many truly elite options out there this week, there are some solid pitchers taking the mound twice. Let’s take a look at the options, how they rank, and who can help:

Tier One:

  1. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Boston; vs. Kansas City
  2. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at LA Angels; at Oakland
  3. Alex Wood – LA Dodgers – at Pittsburgh; vs. Milwaukee

Tier Two:

  1. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – at Tampa Bay; vs. Minnesota
  2. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. San Diego; vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Miami; vs. Chicago Cubs
  4. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. LA Dodgers; at Cincinnati

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