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Two-Start Pitchers 2018: August 20-26: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Berrios, Gausman & More)

by Ray Kuhn

As we make our way through the month of August the emphasis on maximizing your starts, if you are hunting wins and strikeouts that is, only grows. You don’t want to leave potential innings on the table, but at the same time don’t forget your ratios as managing them remains equally as important. With that being said let’s take a look at how our two-start options rank for this week:

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Boston; at Kansas City
  2. Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros – at Seattle; at LA Angels

Tier Two:

  1. Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Kansas City; vs. Boston
  2. Rick Porcello – Boston Red Sox – vs. Cleveland; at Tampa Bay
  3. Chris Archer – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Atlanta; at Milwaukee
  4. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – at Detroit; vs. Cincinnati

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Streaming Starters: August 13-19: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Minor, R. Lopez & More

by Ken Balderston

Now comfortably into the second half of the year, offenses have built up an ample sample size to make streaming against them even more attractive.  While not an exact science there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week:

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Mike Minor – Rangers (vs. Angels, 42% owned) ‘A+’
Despite a 4.61 ERA in 2018 (and 4.45 FIP), there’s been a lot to like about Minor this year.  To start with he’s controlling the strike zone well, throwing 65% of his pitches for strikes, thus keeping his walk rate at 1.98/9.  This helps keep his WHIP low too, at 1.16.  He’s benefited from a friendly BABIP of .270, but that tends to happen when you get 44% of the balls put in play in the air, and over 12% of balls put in play as infield flies.  Like many Minor has been touched up a bit by home runs, 1.46 HR/9, but he has been much better at home overall with a 3.33 ERA compared to 6.48 on the road.  Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: August 13-19: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Clevinger, Happ & More)

by Ray Kuhn

As we make our way to the mid-point of August things are getting both easier and more difficult for fantasy owners. Trading deadlines have either passed or will be doing so shortly, and the impact pitchers can make on your team will be diminishing with each start they make. The good thing is that there are number of teams that don’t offer up much in the way of resistance offensively, so it is getting easier to find streaming options. However, the quality of pitchers taking the mound also bring some risk, though this week there is plenty of top tier talent to chose from. With that being said, let’s take a look at how are our options look:

Tier One:

  1. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at NY Yankees; at Philadelphia
  2. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – vs. San Francisco; at Seattle
  3. Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – vs. Colorado; at Oakland
  4. Luis Severino – New York Yankees – vs. NY Mets; vs. Toronto
  5. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – at Texas; at San Diego
  6. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at LA Dodgers; at Cincinnati

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Streaming Starters: August 6-12: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Barria & More

by Ken Balderston

Now comfortably into the second half of the year, offenses have built up ample sample size to make streaming even more attractive.  While not an exact science, there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week.

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

No ‘A’ Grades this week, need to see either more consistency from the guys listed, or in some cases some better matchups.

 

B Grade

Some nice upside but also some risk

Home Bailey – Reds (at Mets, 5% owned) ‘B’
It’s not at all surprising to see Bailey on the waiver wire of 95% of CBS leagues.  At one-point he was a reliable, but not spectacular, starter for fantasy owners but injury and age have taken their toll.  Lately he has been pounding the strike zone, with 17 K against 4 BB in 18.2 IP over his last 3 starts.  He’s also had a bit of bad luck, with a 5.87 ERA compared to a 4.93 xFIP.  Read more

Streaming Starters: July 30 – August 5: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Fried, Fiers & More)

by Ken Balderston

Now comfortably into the second half of the year, offenses have built up an ample sample size to make streaming even more attractive.  While not an exact science, there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s take a look and determine who could impress this week:

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

No ‘A’ Grades this week, need to see either more consistency from the guys listed, or in some cases some better matchups.

 

B Grade

Some nice upside but also some risk

Max Fried – Braves (at Mets, 24% owned) ‘B‘
Fried has been forgotten by some in prospect circles, after being drafted in the first round by the Padres in 2012 and suffering through a Tommy John surgery( it’s been a long road to the Majors to say the least).  Despite many owners in dynasty leagues suffering from a bit of ‘prospect fatigue’ Fried was still ranked in the top 100 prospects by notable sites such as Fangraphs & MLB.com.  There have been mixed results so far this season in the majors, showing a 10.89 K/9 and 53.2% groundball rate though 20.2 IP, netting a 3.92 ERA and even better 3.56 xFIP (prior to yesterday’s start).  Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: July 30 – August 5: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Ray, Paxton & More)

by Ray Kuhn

It feels like a common theme, but after a few studs at the top of the list we are seeing a dip in quality once again this week. However, the way things play out at the beginning of the week could lead to significant changes by week’s end. That is true for both MLB and fantasy teams, as the MLB Trading Deadline is this Tuesday. We have already seen a flurry of moves, but more are likely to come in the next few days. Most fantasy leagues will also have their trading deadlines within the next week or two, so it is a critical time. Let’s take a look at how are our options look:

Tier One:

  1. Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros – at Seattle; at LA Dodgers
  2. Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – at Boston; vs. Miami

Tier Two:

  1. David Price – Boston Red Sox – vs. Philadelphia; vs. NY Yankees
  2. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – vs. Baltimore; at Boston
  3. Robbie Ray – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Texas; vs. San Francisco
  4. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; vs. San Diego

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