Fantasy Baseball 2013: Full List of This Week's Two-Start Pitchers

Sam Stryker@sbstrykerContributor IIIJune 2, 2013

May 14, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA;  Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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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

The Aces

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. 

Matchup Plays

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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