The Pitching Planner: Two-Start Options & One-Week Sleepers

By Marshall Bauer

The Pitching Planner is a weekly column that will be run on Sundays here at Rotoprofessor. The column is a great tool, especially for those of you in head to head leagues with starts limits or those with weekly roster settings. The column will have two main features: Two Start Options and One Start Sleepers.

One Start Sleepers are guys who are available in the majority of leagues and have a good matchup, have been on a roll, etc.

Two Start Options will be ranked given an amount of stars: 4 and 5 stars options are guys that I feel are must starts no matter the league size or format, 3 stars are guys that I feel are must starts unless you are in extremely shallow leagues, 2 stars are guys who I would lean against starting unless you are in a deep league or have no other options, and finally, 1 star guys should not be started under almost any scenario.

Players are listed in alphabetical order based on last name, for easier searching.

Five Stars
Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – vs FLA(Tue), @ SEA(Sun)

Four Stars
Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – @ ARI(Tue), @ OAK(Sun)
Jaime Garcia – St. Louis Cardinals – @ WAS(Tue), vs KC(Sun)
Dan Haren – Los Angeles Angels – @ SEA(Mon), @ NYM(Sun)

Three Stars
Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles – @ TOR(Tue), @ WAS(Sun)
AJ Burnett – New York Yankees – vs CLE(Mon), @ CHC(Sat)
Josh Collmenter – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs SF(Tue), vs CHW(Sun)
Ryan Dempster – Chicago Cubs – vs MIL(Mon), vs NYY(Sat)
Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox – @ MIN(Tue), @ ARI(Sun)
Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers – @ CHC(Tue), @ BOS(Sun)
Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – vs NYM(Tue), vs TEX(Sun)
Jeff Karstens – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ HOU(Tue), @ CLE(Sun)
Hiroki Kuroda – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs CIN(Mon), vs HOU(Sun)
Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves – @ HOU(Mon), vs TEX(Sat)
Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs NYM(Mon), @ CLE(Sat)
Justin Masterson – Cleveland Indians – @ NYY(Tue), vs PIT(Sun)
Jonathan Niese – New York Mets – @ ATL(Tue), vs LAA(Sun)
Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins – vs ARI(Mon), @ TB(Sun)
Bud Norris – Houston Astros – vs PIT(Tue), @ LAD(Sun)
Alexi Ogando – Texas Rangers – @ NYY(Tue), @ ATL(Sun)
Carl Pavano – Minnesota Twins – vs CHW(Tue), vs SD(Sun)
Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – vs ATL(Mon), @ LAD(Sat)
CC Sabathia – New York Yankees – vs TEX(Tue), @ CHC(Sun)
James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – vs BOS(Tue), vs FLA(Sat)
Jason Vargas – Seattle Mariners – vs LAA(Mon), vs PHI(Sun)
Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – vs TB(Tue), @ COL(Sun)
Randy Wolf – Milwaukee Brewers – @ CHC(Mon), @ BOS(Sat)

Two Stars
Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds – @ LAD(Mon), vs TOR(Sun)
Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – @ NYY(Mon),  vs PIT(Sat)
Alex Cobb – Tampa Bay Rays – @ DET(Mon), vs FLA(Sat)
Phil Coke – Detroit Tigers – vs TB(Mon), @ COL(Sat)
Aaron Cook – Colorado Rockies – vs SD(Mon), vs DET(Sun)
Danny Duffy – Kansas City Royals – @ OAK(Tue), @ STL(Sun)
Zach Duke – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ FLA(Mon), vs CHW(Sat)
Dustin Moseley – San Diego Padres – @ COL(Mon), @ MIN(Sun)
Josh Outman – Oakland Athletics – vs KC(Tue), vs SF(Sun)
Mike Pelfrey – New York Mets – @ PIT(Mon), vs LAA(Sat)
Carlos Villanueva – Toronto Blue Jays – vs BAL(Tue), @ CIN(Sun)
Chris Volstad – Florida Marlins – @ PHI(Tue), @ TB(Sun)
Tim Wakefield – Boston Red Sox – @ TB(Tue), vs MIL(Sun)
Randy Wells – Chicago Cubs – vs MIL(Tue), vs NYY(Sun)

One Star
Yuniesky Maya – Washington Nationals – vs STL(Tue), vs BAL(Sun)

One Start Sleepers
Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox – @ MIN(Wed)
Jeff Francis – Kansas City Royals – @ OAK(Thu)
James McDonald – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ HOU(Thu)
Guillermo Moscoso – Oakland Athletics – vs SF(Sat)
Juan Nicasio – Colorado Rockies – vs SD(Tue)
Clayton Richard – San Diego Padres – @ MIN(Fri)
Joe Saunders – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs SF(Wed)


  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Two more 1-Start Sleepers:

    -Ricky Romero vs BAL
    -Rubby De La Rosa vs HOU

    Romero might not technically be a sleeper because he is a top 35 SP, but this is a “sleeper” game because Romero’s last two starts have been bad (0-2, 15.2 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 9 K). One of these games came against Baltimore and I think this is going to be a comeback/revenge game for Romero.

    Rubby is much more of a sleeper but he should see some success against Houston. They are middle of the league in Runs Scored, a bottom-10 team in OBP and Slugging, and have been struck out the 3rd most of all MLB teams. All of these stats kind of play into the making a great start for a waiver-wire SP: stream him with confidence

    • Marshall Bauer says:

      I really will only put a guy in the 1 start sleepers if he is owned in under 20% of ESPN leagues, and most of the guys I put in there are owned in much less than that, so you’d never see Romero on my list.

      As far as Rubby goes, he had a forearm cramp in his last start and left early, so his start may be in doubt, and on top of that his K:BB(10:8 in 10 innings since he’s been starting) ratio is plenty scary, even against Houston as is the fact that he hasn’t been able to go deep in games. I definitely did think about placing him in there though.

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