Rotoprofessor’s Two-Start Options Week 13
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:
- Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies – @ SD, vs. SF
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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?