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Here’s a breakdown of the two-start pitchers for the seventh week of the baseball season.
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Five Stars
Tim Lincecum: vs. ARI, @CHC
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Four Stars
Trevor Cahill: @TEX, vs. CWS
Chris Carpenter: @CHC, @CIN
Jhoulys Chacin: vs. NYM, vs. SD
Zack Greinke: vs. SD, vs. PIT
Tim Hudson: vs. WAS, vs. PHI
Jon Lester: vs. MIN, @NYY
Michael Pineda: @BAL, @CLE
C.J. Wilson: vs. OAK, vs. LAA
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Three Stars
Jake Arrieta: vs. SEA, @TB
Chad Billingsley: @PIT, vs. ARI
Kevin Correia: vs. LAD, @MIL
Jason Hammel: vs. NYM , vs. SD
Brandon Morrow: vs. DET, @MIN
Max Scherzer: @TOR, vs. KC
Josh Tomlin: vs. TB, vs. SEA
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Two Stars
Freddy Garcia: vs. KC, vs. BOS
Edwin Jackson: @LAA, @OAK
Ian Kennedy: @SF, @LAD
Mat Latos: @MIL, @COL
Ted Lilly: @PIT, vs. ARI
Francisco Liriano: @BOS, vs. TOR
Jason Marquis: @ATL, vs. FLA
Ervin Santana: vs. CWS, @TEX
Travis Wood: @HOU, vs. STL
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One Star
Joe Blanton: @FLA, @ATL
Chris Capuano: @COL, @HOU
Kyle Davies: @NYY, @DET
Ryan Dempster: vs. STL, vs. SF
Jeff Karstens: vs. LAD, @MIL
Aneury Rodriguez: vs. CIN, vs. NYM
Javier Vazquez: vs. PHI, @WAS
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Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofes

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:

  • Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Was, vs. LAA
  • Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Pit, vs. Bos

Four-Star Options:

  • Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – @ SD, @ Oak
  • Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers – @ Cin, @ Min
  • Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – @ Bal, vs. Col
  • Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – @ Oak, vs. SD
  • Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – vs. Bos, @ NYM
  • Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – vs. Ari, @ CWS
  • David Price – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Cle, @ Hou
  • CC Sabathia – New York Yankees – vs. Bos, @ NYM
  • Johan Santana – New York Mets – @ Atl, vs. NYY
  • Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – vs. CWS, @ LAD
  • Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels – @ Tex, @ Stl

Three-Star Options:

  • Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Mil, @ Cle
  • John Danks – Chicago White Sox – @ Det, vs. Fla
  • Hiroki Kuroda – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Hou, vs. Det
  • Mat Latos – San Diego Padres – vs. SF, @ Sea
  • Shaun Marcum – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. Min, @ Ari
  • Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Cle, @ Hou
  • Carl Pavano – Minnesota Twins – @ Tor, vs. Mil
  • Mike Pelfrey – New York Mets – @ Atl, vs. NYY
  • Jonathan Sanchez – San Francisco Giants – @ SD, @ Oak
  • C.J. Wilson – Texas Rangers – vs. LAA, vs. CHC

Two-Star Options:

  • Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox – @ NYY, @ Phi
  • Dave Bush – Milwaukee Brewers – @ Cin, @ Min
  • Fausto Carmona – Cleveland Indians – @ TB, vs. Cin
  • Jhoulys Chacin – Colorado Rockies – @ CHC, @ KC
  • John Ely – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Hou, vs. Det
  • Gio Gonzalez – Oakland Athletics – vs. Sea, vs. SF
  • Derek Holland – Texas Rangers – vs. LAA, vs. CHC
  • Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves – vs. NYM, @ Pit
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston Red Sox – @ NYY, @ Phi
  • Kevin Millwood – Baltimore Orioles – vs. KC, @ Was
  • Rick Porcello – Detroit Tigers – vs. CWS, @ LAD
  • Clayton Richard – San Diego Padres – vs. SF, @ Sea
  • Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – @ LAD, vs. TB
  • Ryan Rowland-Smith – Seattle Mariners – @ Oak, vs. SD
  • Ben Sheets – Oakland Athletics – vs. Sea, vs. SF
  • Kevin Slowey – Minnesota Twins – @ Tor, vs. Mil
  • Chris Volstad – Florida Marlins – vs. Ari, @ CWS
  • Randy Wells – Chicago Cubs – vs. Col, @ Tex

One-Star Options:

  • Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Mil, @ Cle
  • Brad Bergesen – Baltimore Orioles – vs. KC, @ Was
  • Aaron Cook – Colorado Rockies – @ CHC, @ KC
  • Kyle Davies – Kansas City Royals – @ Bal, vs. Col
  • Zach Duke – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Phi, vs. Atl
  • Dana Eveland – Oakland Athletics – vs. Min, @ Ari
  • Freddy Garcia – Chicago White Sox – @ Det, vs. Fla
  • David Huff – Cleveland Indians – @ TB, vs. Cin
  • Edwin Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ Fla, vs. Tor
  • Scott Kazmir – Los Angeles Angels – @ Tex, @ Stl
  • Kyle Kendrick – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Pit, vs. Bos
  • John Lannan – Washington Nationals – @ Stl, vs. Bal
  • Kyle Lohse – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Was, vs. LAA
  • Kris Medlen – Atlanta Braves – vs. NYM, @ Pit
  • Charlie Morton – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Phi, vs. Atl
  • Bud Norris – Houston Astros – @ LAD, vs. TB
  • Carlos Silva – Chicago Cubs – vs. Col, @ Tex
  • Craig Stammen – Washington Nationals – @ Stl, vs. Bal
  • Cesar Valdez – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ Fla, vs. Tor

Thoughts:

  • Should you be concerned about Justin Verlander, who has been moved up one day?  Absolutely not, he’s a bulldog on the mound and is a tremendous option in all formats, especially as a two-start option.
  • Mat Latos was a star prospect heading into the season who has seemingly put things together.  He’s allowed just three hits over his past 17 innings and gets two of the worst offenses in the league in the Giants (21st) and Mariners (29th).   At this point, you could argue that he’s a borderline four-star option.
  • Mike Pelfrey’s arm problems are concerning, so I would understand moving him to a two-star option, especially with the Yankees on the schedule.  Still, he’s been too good this season and I would be comfortable rolling the dice with him.
  • We all want to use Kevin Slowey, but he hasn’t gone more than 5.2 innings over his last four starts while allowing a total of 15 ER.  He’s been hurt by the long ball and gets the Blue Jays and Brewers, two of the top five home run hitting teams in the league.  That makes him an awfully risky option.
  • One good start does not make Derek Lowe an advisable option, though the matchups certainly don’t hurt.  He’s a two-star option, but one who could be used if you are need.
  • I know Derek Holland has made just one start in the major leagues this year, but he was great, just as he’s been all year at Triple-A.  He’s certainly not a must use option (especially with those matchups), but if you are in need of a pitcher he certainly has the upside to be usable.
  • Would anyone have expected Wandy Rodriguez to be anything less than a three-star option?  Well, he’s borderline this week, at best.  He’s been bad both at home and one the road and doesn’t have easy matchups with the Dodgers and Rays.  For now, I’m leaving him in the two-star category, just because of his recent struggles (9 ER over 9.2 IP) and matchups.

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


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:

5-Star Options:

  • Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ Fla, @ Oak

4-Star Options:

  • CC Sabathia – New York Yankees – vs. Bal, vs. Phi
  • Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – vs. Ari, vs. TB
  • Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – vs. LAA, vs. SF
  • Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Cin, @ NYY
  • James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Oak, @ Fla
  • Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs – @ Stl, @ SD
  • Cliff Lee – Cleveland Indians – @ KC, @ Cin

3-Star Options:

  • Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox – vs. Min, vs. Pit
  • Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – vs. Col, vs. Tor
  • Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees – vs. Min, vs. Phi
  • Randy Wolf – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. NYM, vs. LAA
  • Ervin Santana – Los Angeles Angels – @ Sea, @ LAD
  • Shairon Martis – Washington Nationals – vs. Pit, vs. Bal
  • Jarrod Washburn – Seattle Mariners – vs. LAA, vs. SF
  • Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – @ SD, @ Sea

2-Star Options:

  • Chris Young – San Diego Padres – vs. SF, vs. CHC
  • Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins – vs. Ari, vs. TB
  • Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – @ CWS, vs. Mil
  • Tim Wakefield – Boston Red Sox – vs. Tor, vs. NYM
  • Scott Richmond – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. CWS, @ Atl
  • Brian Bannister – Kansas City Royals – vs. Cle, @ Stl
  • Joel Pineiro – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. CHC, vs. KC
  • Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins – @ NYY, vs. Mil
  • Matt Palmer – Los Angeles Angels – @ Sea, @ LAD
  • Jordan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – vs. Pit, vs. Bal
  • Micah Owings – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Phi, vs. Cle
  • Ross Ohlendorf – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Was, @ CWS

1-Star Options:

  • Jason Marquis – Colorado Rockies – @ Atl, @ Det
  • Brian Tallet – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Bos, @ Atl
  • Braden Looper – Milwaukee Brewers – @ Hou, @ Min
  • Brandon McCarthy – Texas Rangers – @ Det, @ Hou
  • Dontrelle Willis – Detroit Tigers – vs. Tex, vs. Col
  • Mike Hampton – Houston Astros – vs. Mil, vs. Tex
  • Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Oak, @ Fla
  • Bryan Augenstein – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ Fla, @ Oak
  • Brad Bergensen – Baltimore Orioles – @ NYY, @ Was
  • Josh Outman – Oakland Athletics – @ TB, vs. Ari
  • Jeff Karstens – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Was, @ CWS
  • Tim Redding – New York Mets – @ LAD, @ Bos
  • Jo-Jo Reyes – Atlanta Braves – vs. Col, vs. Tor
  • Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies – @ Atl, @ Det
  • Clayton Richard – Chicago White Sox – @ Tor, vs. Pit

Scheduling Notes:

  • Who will be the second A’s pitcher to get two starts?  There are a few options, but none of them are very good.

Thoughts:

  • Chris Young, Ricky Nolasco and Scott Baker all fall into the same category.  Normally they would be at worst three-star options, but they have struggled so mightily this season that it’s impossible to do so.  Could they re-emerge as must use pitchers?  Of course, but in order to use them you have got to be prepared to stomach the potential bad.
  • With Ervin Santana back, he instantly slots in as a three-star option despite struggling in his season debut yesterday.  That first match-up in Seattle seems like a very good one for him.
  • I know Matt Palmer has pitched well, posting a 3.38 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, but that start against the Dodgers really worries me.  Remember, he was sporting an 11.74 ERA at Triple-A prior to being recalled.
  • Jordan Zimmerman has quality match-ups, but he’s given up 16 earned runs over his last 17.2 innings.  That makes him a very big risk.
  • Barry Zito as a three-star option?  I never thought I’d say that again, but with the way he’s been pitching and a start in San Diego I just couldn’t resist.

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


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