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Two-Start Pitchers 2014: April 21 – 27: Andrew Cashner, Danny Salazar & More


by Ray Kuhn

To say that you have options this week would be an understatement. Depending on the format of your team and league, this could mean multiple things.

For starters, you truly have bad luck if you don’t have a few options to choose from. In a season long league it will ultimately even out in the end, so don’t panic and go with a subpar option just to get two starts. I know that everyone preaches it is early in the season, and you must resist the urge to read too much into the standings, but at the same time May is approaching and you don’t want to lose too much ground.

While it may sound like a cop out, the solution ultimately is just to go with the best pitchers depending on their matchup(s) and expected performance. Do not try to over think things. Also don’t go dropping an early season disappointment for a mediocre, at best, streaming option.

With that being said, here is the plethora of options available to you: Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2014: Week 3: April 14 – 20: Jordan Zimmermann, Brandon Morrow & More

by Ray Kuhn

Having a short memory is important when filling out your fantasy team. Conversely, when sample sizes are this small long memories are useful as well. It is still too early to overreact, but being cautious is also recommended.

There are a lot of two start options this week, so you shouldn’t have to look far to find some. Let’s take a look at how the options shake out and try to determine who is worth using and who can be ignored:

Tier

Pitcher Opponent #1 Opponent #2

1

Stephen Strasburg at Miami vs. St. Louis
Cliff Lee vs. Atlanta at Colorado
Mashiro Tanaka vs. Chicago Cubs at Tampa Bay

2

Gerritt Cole at Cincinnati vs. Milawaukee
Jordan Zimmermann at Miami vs. St. Louis
Anibal Sanchez vs. Cleveland vs. LA angels Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2014: Week 2: April 7 – 13: Tony Cingrani, Tyson Ross & More

by Ray Kuhn

It may not be a pretty picture when you look at your standings, but it is important to remember that we are just now through one full week of baseball. In other words, do not overreact. Yes, there is always some tinkering to do on the back end of your roster, but do not do anything drastic. You must give your team at minimum another two weeks to let it establish its identity.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with looking for any advantage possible out of pitcher’s taking the mound twice this coming week. Let’s take a look at your options:

Tier

Pitcher

Opponent #1

Opponent #2

1

Max Scherzer

at LA Dodgers

at San Diego

Gio Gonzalez

vs. Miami

at Atlanta

Michael Wacha

vs. Cincinnati

vs. Chicago Cubs Read more

Commissioner Guidelines To Follow To Ensure A Successful League

by Rich Justmann

Whether you’re a first time commissioner or an old-hand one, there are several ways to ensure relative peace and tranquility in your league. The guidelines below have served commissioners well over the fantasy years:

1. A league is not a democracy. It is a benevolent dictatorship. Your job is to act in the best interests of the league. It is NOT your job to please every owner in the league, though that doesn’t mean you need to be a jerk. Rather you need to be an involved commissioner who is on top of things at all times.

2. The league should have significant input from the owners. They should provide input regarding roster size and make-up, scoring categories, innings and games limits, trade reviews, draft style and everything else. This actually makes things easier for you as a commissioner. Once all owners have had the opportunity to provide input, you determine the answers which are in the best of the league and move on.

3. The best time to seek input is early – February is best. Get your league back up and going early. Allow the owners time to get reacquainted and excited. Allow a full month of interaction before your draft.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2014: Week 1: March 30 – April 6: Tanner Scheppers, Alex Wood & More

by Ray Kuhn

The assumption is that as we embark on a new season this week will be one of the best, if not the best, if you are searching for Two-Start pitchers. However is that really the case?

On a pure talent level, then yes, of course it is. I mean it should be considering a team’s best pitcher, at least in most cases, is starting on Opening Day. Of course health issues have already done damage to that plan as both Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish, who happen to be the two best pitchers in the league, were both scratched due to injury.

As opposed to other weeks where there is often some value to be found on the waiver wire, it is a little bit more difficult in Week 1. While there are pitchers who are available to be picked up in most leagues, there are also likely reasons as to why they went undrafted.

Let’s take a look at the starter’s who will be taking the hill twice this week.

Tier

Pitcher

Opponent #1

Opponent #2

1

Justin Verlander

vs. Kansas City

vs. Baltimore

Stephen Strasburg

at NY Mets

vs. Atlanta

Chris Sale

vs. Minnesota

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To Wait Or Not To Wait On Pitching.. There Lieth The Rub

by Rich Justmann

Every fantasy expert says “Wait on pitching!”  “It’s deep this year.”  “Pitchers always get hurt.”  Well, I looked up ‘bunk’ in the dictionary.  Definition:  ‘The act or intention to act in such a way as to wait on pitching in a fantasy baseball draft.’

Now I’m not saying to take nothing but pitchers early.  However, after the first 10-11 starting pitchers, the drop off is steep.  So go get yourself one of the top guys.  Maybe even two.  I personally like to take 2 top starting pitchers in my first 6 picks.  This gives me maximum flexibility as the draft progresses.

But wait a minute there, Rich?  Don’t you know that pitchers get hurt?  Yep, I know.  But ya know what?  Position players get hurt too.

To prove my point, why don’t we just stroll over to the Yahoo! rankings for fun?  Let’s see…..  Of the top 10 batters, we have Carlos Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Bryce Harper.  Shall I throw in Ryan Braun?

But Rich, that’s just within the first 10.  OK, let’s have a look at the next 10.  Those guys are healthy, right?  Whoa, not so fast my young Padawan.  The next 10 includes Troy Tulowitzki, Jacoby Ellsbury, David Wright and Evan Longoria.  If I’m not mistaken, they seem a trifle injury-prone also.

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