2-Start Pitchers: Week 14

It’s time to look at the potential two-start options for the upcoming fantasy week.  If I have someone rated as a three, four or five-star option, they are someone I would definitely use.  A two-star option is someone who is borderline, but I’d strongly lean against it unless I have no other options.  The one-star options are an absolutely not scenario.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at the players available to you this week:

5-Star Options:

  • Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox – vs. Oak, vs. KC

4-Star Options:

  • CC Sabathia – New York Yankees – @ Min, @ LAA
  • Javier Vazquez – Atlanta Braves – @ CHC, @ Col
  • Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Stl, vs. LAD
  • Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – @ SF, @ Ari
  • Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – vs. Fla, vs. SD
  • Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – @ Mil, @ CHC
  • Matt Garza – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Tor, vs. Oak

3-Star Options:

  • Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Cin, vs. Pit
  • Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – @ Phi, @ NYM
  • Kevin Millwood – Texas Rangers – @ LAA, @ Sea
  • Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – @ CHC, @ Col
  • Aaron Harang – Cincinnati Reds – @ Phi, @ NYM
  • Jason Marquis – Colorado Rockies – vs. Was, vs. Atl
  • Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – vs. NYY, vs. CWS
  • Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Tex, vs. NYY

2-Star Options:

  • Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ NYM, @ Mil
  • Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees – vs. Tor, @ LAA
  • Doug Davis – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. SD, vs. Fla
  • J.A. Happ – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Cin, vs. Pit
  • John Smoltz – Boston Red Sox – vs. Oak, vs. KC
  • Ricky Romero – Toronto Blue Jays – @ NYY, @ Bal
  • Gil Meche – Kansas City Royals – @ Det, @ Bos
  • Randy Wells – Chicago Cubs – vs. Atl, vs. Stl
  • Ryan Dempster – Chicago Cubs – vs. Atl, vs. Stl
  • Mike Pelfrey – New York Mets – vs. LAD, vs. Cin
  • Kevin Correia – San Diego Padres – @ Ari, @ SF
  • Jordan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – @ Col, @ Hou
  • Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – vs. Pit, vs. Was
  • Jarrod Washburn – Seattle Mariners – vs. Bal, vs. Tex
  • Brad Bergesen – Baltimore Orioles – @ Sea, vs. Tor

1-Star Options:

  • Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – vs. Fla, vs. SD
  • Jim Garland – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. SD, vs. Fla
  • Vicente Padilla – Texas Rangers – @ LAA, @ Sea
  • Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies – vs. Was, vs. Atl
  • Armando Galarraga – Detroit Tigers – vs. KC, vs. Cle
  • Sean West – Florida Marlins – @ SF, @ Ari
  • Jose Contreras – Chicago White Sox – vs. Cle, @ Min
  • Mike Hampton – Houston Astros – vs. Pit, vs. Was
  • Jason Vargas – Seattle Mariners – vs. Bal, vs. Tex
  • Walter Silva – San Diego Padres – @ Ari, @ SF
  • Gio Gonzalez – Oakland Athletics – @ Bos, @ TB
  • Virgil Vasquez – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Hou, @ Phi
  • Jeremy Sowers – Cleveland Indians – @ CWS, @ Det
  • Craig Stammen – Washington Nationals – @ Col, @ Hou
  • Bruce Chen – Kansas City Royals – @ Det, @ Bos
  • Brett Cecil – Toronto Blue Jays – @ TB, @ Bal


  • Vicente Padilla is currently scheduled to go Tuesday, but is currently suffering from soreness in his shoulder.  He’s not a good option to begin with, but throw in some injury concerns and he becomes almost unusable.


  • I wasn’t go to have a 5-star option this week, but I decided that Josh Beckett was the best option available and therefore deserving of the ranking.  I know he’s coming off a poor start, but there’s no denying how good he has been this season.  You also have to factor in the match-ups, against two weaker offenses in Oakland and Kansas City, and I feel like it’s justified.
  • I know Jered Weaver has been terrible in two of his last three outings, as well as having tough match-ups against a pair of high-powered offenses.  If you are in a shallow format with significant other options, then I could see leaving him on the bench, but outside of that, you almost have to use him.  You almost have to expect him to redeem himself against the Rangers, who got him for 7 earned runs his last time out.
  • Should Clayton Kershaw be a 2 or 3 star option?  Well, I can tell you that I am definitely going to be using him in my keeper league, though that’s not to say that I don’t have my concerns for him.  Walks have been a significant issue, with 52 over 87.2 innings.  While that has not translated into a poor ERA (3.49) or WHIP (1.31), you have to think it’s going to catch up to him sooner or later.  He does have a BABIP of .267, so a regression is likely coming.  The issue that the walks have caused is increased pitch counts, not allowing him to go deep into games and get victories, despite how well he’s pitching.  When a pitcher barely goes past 5 innings, there certainly is an issue.
  • I’m sure my ranking of Ricky Romero as a 2-star option is going to draw some questions.  I know how impressive he’s been, allowing 3 earned runs or less in each of his last six starts, going 7 innings or more in all but one of those starts (he went 6.1 innings).  I also must admit that the fact that he faced the Phillies twice in that stretch and was able to pitch well against them both times is very promising.  Still, I can’t get over the fact that just a year ago he posted a 4.98 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in Double-A.  You also have to factor in that his first start comes in the homer haven known as the new Yankee Stadium.  The fact that he’s a ground ball pitcher is going to help, but still, he’s never shown this type of potential in the past.  His career minor league ERA is 4.42 and WHIP is 1.47, does that sound like numbers of a pitcher who can keep up this type of streak?  I’m not going to say he’s unusable, but I certainly don’t consider him a must use option quite yet.

Which 2-start pitchers do you like for next week?  Which ones are you trying to avoid?

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  1. daniel says:

    IMO with the way Hamels has been pitching. I would say he is a 1 star or a sit this week. His home road splits are ridiculas. He has 2 home games.He can’t be trusted.

  2. Greg says:

    Where is Mark Buherle on this list??? Is he really not a two-starter this coming week? I have him as starting July 7/12.

  3. Greg says:

    Also, Matt Garza is no longer a 2-starter.

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