Everyone likes a good deal, and when it comes to fantasy baseball, there is perhaps no better deal out there than the two-start pitcher.
The only thing better than having an ace on your team is having a two-start ace, who can then pay major dividends. Even lesser pitchers suddenly can become extremely valuable if they have two favorable starts.
But buyer beware—not every two-start pitcher is created equal. The following is a list of this week’s two-start pitchers, broken into five tiers based on skill and matchups.
Two-start listing via CBS Sports.
Felix Hernandez, vs. CHW, vs. NYY
Jordan Zimmerman, vs. NYM, vs. MIN
Mike Minor, vs. PIT, @ LAD
Lance Lynn, vs. ARI, @ CIN
Anibal Sanchez, vs. TB, vs. CLE
Rest easy when starting these aces. Even if they may be facing one or even two tough lineups, such as Felix Hernandez and Anibal Sanchez, these guys can stand up to the challenge and should be incredibly valuable to your fantasy team this week. These are the no-brainers of the list when it comes to adding them to your team.
The Next-Best Things
Jake Peavy, @ SEA, vs. OAK
A.J. Burnett, @ ATL, @CHC
Justin Masterson, @ NYY, @ DET
Alex Cobb, vs. DET, @ BAL
Kris Medlen, vs. PIT, @ LAD
Kyle Kendrick, vs. MIA, @ MIL
Justin Grimm, @ BOS, @ TOR
Tyler Chatwood, @ CIN, vs. SD
Eric Stults, @ LAD, @ COL
These hurlers may not be “ace” material, but don’t let that scare you away. Whether they may have favorable matchups such as A.J. Burnett at Atlanta and at Chicago or just have plain old solid stuff like Jake Peavy, these pitchers may not offer the same sort of returns as the aces, but you still will want them on your team.
Trevor Cahill, @ STL, vs. SF
Tommy Milone, @ MIL, @ CHW
Ryan Dempster, vs. TEX, vs. LAA
Tim Lincecum, vs. TOR, @ ARI
Chris Tillman, @ HOU, @ TB
Bronson Arroyo, vs. COL, vs. STL
David Phelps, vs. CLE, @ SEA
Jonathan Pettibone, vs. MIA, @ MIL
Andy Pettitte, vs. CLE, @ SEA
Jeremy Hefner, @ WAS, vs. MIA
This is where you need to start doing your homework. Some of these pitchers are good if not great pitchers who may face one tough matchup this week, or they might be a mediocre hurler with an easy slate of matchups. Either way, don’t just start any of these pitchers just because they have two starts. For instance, Tim Lincecum hasn’t looked too sharp this year, but with matchups against Toronto and at Atlanta, he may be worth a look.
Deep Leagues Only
A.J. Griffin, @ MIL, @ CHW
Marco Estrada, vs. OAK, vs. PHI
Andrew Cashner, @ LAD, @ COL
Brandon McCarthy, @ STL, vs. SF
Kyle Lohse, vs. OAK, vs. PHI
John Danks, @ SEA, vs. OAK
Chris Capuano, vs. SD, vs. ATL
The combination of matchups and ability need to be just right for these pitchers. Some may be available via the waiver wire, but none of these hurlers are the type of reliable starter who you should feel confident starting twice this week without some serious further research.
Other Two-Start Pitchers
Juan Nicasio, @ CIN, vs. SD
Ted Lilly, vs. SD, vs. ATL
Joe Blanton, vs. HOU, @ BOS
Luis Mendoza, vs. MIN, vs. HOU
Lucas Harrell, vs. BAL, @ KC
Tom Koehler, @ PHI, @ NYM
Joe Saunders, vs. CHW, vs. NYY
Samuel Deduno, @ KC, @ WAS
Erik Bedard, @ LAA, @ KC
This group is mostly negligible. If you are in dire straits, they may be worth a look. Otherwise, feel free to ignore these pitchers.
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