Rotoprofessor’s Two-Start Options Week 13

Jun 27, 2010


Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

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:

Five-Star Options:

  • Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies – @ SD, vs. SF

Four-Star Options:

  • Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – vs. LAD, @ Col
  • Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Ari, vs. Mil
  • Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Hou, @ Stl
  • Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ Stl, vs. LAD
  • Tim Hudson – Atlanta Braves – vs. Was, vs. Fla
  • Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – vs. Sea, vs. Tor
  • Cliff Lee – Seattle Mariners – @ NYY, @ Det
  • Francisco Liriano – Minnesota Twins – vs. Det, vs. TB
  • Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – @ Atl, vs. NYM
  • Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Ari, vs. Mil

Three-Star Options:

  • Chad Billingsley – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ SF, @ Ari
  • Mark Buerhle – Chicago White Sox – @ KC, @ Tex
  • Fausto Carmona – Cleveland Indians – vs. Tor, vs. Oak
  • Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Phi, @ CHC
  • R.A. Dickey – New York Mets – @ Fla, @ Was
  • Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs – vs. Pit, vs. Cin
  • Brett Myers – Houston Astros – @ Mil, @ SD
  • Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins – vs. NYM, @ Atl
  • Joel Pineiro – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Tex, vs. KC
  • Ricky Romero – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Cle, @ NYY
  • Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – vs. LAD, @ Col

Two-Star Options:

  • Dallas Braden – Oakland Athletics – @ Bal, @ Cle
  • Jeremy Bonderman – Detroit Tigers – @ Min, vs. Sea
  • Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies – @ SD, vs. SF
  • Mike Leake – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Phi, @ CHC
  • Wade LeBlanc – San Diego Padres – vs. Col, vs. Hou
  • Brandon Morrow – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Cle, @ NYY
  • Manny Parra – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Hou, @ Stl
  • Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – @ Mil, @ SD
  • James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – @ Bos, @ Min
  • Hisanori Takahashi – New York Mets – @ Fla, @ Was

One-Star Options:

  • Nick Blackburn – Minnesota Twins – vs. Det, vs. TB
  • Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Cin, @ Pit
  • Kevin Correia – San Diego Padres – vs. Col, vs. Hou
  • Jeff Karstens – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ CHC, vs. Phi
  • Kyle Kendrick – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Cin, @ Pit
  • Anthony Lerew – Kansas City Royals – vs. CWS, @ LAA
  • Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ CHC, vs. Phi
  • Brian Matusz – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Oak, @ Bos
  • Dustin Nippert – Texas Rangers – @ LAA, vs. CWS
  • Randy Wells – Chicago Cubs – vs. Pit, vs. Cin
  • Jake Westbrook – Cleveland Indians – vs. Tor, vs. Oak

Scheduling Notes:

  • While we aren’t sure who the second two-starter pitcher is for the Nationals yet, does it matter?  Outside of Strasburg, none of their starters are overly attractive options for fantasy owners.

Thoughts:

  • While Fausto Carmona is coming off a bad start, it was against the Phillies in Philadelphia.  That’s one of those times where you have to be willing to give a pitcher a pass.  He enters the week with a 3.64 ERA and 1.27 WHIP and gets to go against a Blue Jays lineup that is struggling and a weaker hitting A’s team.  Needless to say, he’s worth using.
  • Dallas Braden may have tossed a perfect game, but since then he has been far from perfect.  In fact, he’s 0-5 allowing 4 ER or more four times in eight starts.  Good matchups or not, I wouldn’t consider him a must use option.
  • I want to consider James Shields a must use option.  I mean, I really want to.  He has a track record of success, but thus far in 2010 he just hasn’t had it.  In his last outing against San Diego, he allowed 4 ER over 7 innings, just another disappointing outing.  If he had better matchups I’d probably slide him into the three-star range, but starting in Boston and in Minnesota, I just can’t do it.  The truth is, I’d probably still use him if I owned him (unless I had tremendous other options), but with the way he’s pitched he deserves to be a two-star option.
  • It was a tremendous start for Mike Leake, but back-to-back 5 ER starts against the Giants and Dodgers earlier this month had to open some eyes.  I know he bounced back strong in Oakland, but he’s drawing the Phillies and Cubs this week.  He’s far from a must use option.
  • Generally I am against starting a pitcher in his first game back from the DL, but there are exceptions.  One is when you are in a weekly league and the pitcher has two-starts.  The other is when you come back against a weaker hitting Giants team.  Add one-and-one together, and you get Chad Billingsley being a usable option this week.

What are your thoughts?  Who have I ranked too high?  Who do you think will outperform my rankings?

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