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Fantasy Baseball: Two Start Pitchers 8/3/15 – 8/9/15

by Daniel Marcus | @danmarcus3 | Featured Writer
Aug 1, 2015

Jake Arrieta is the best pitcher relatively few people talk about

Jake Arrieta is the best pitcher relatively few people talk about

Daniel Marcus takes us through Week 18’s two-start pitchers. Be sure to review our Two-Start Pitcher Rankings chart.

Elite Options

Most of these names speak for themselves, as usual. Jake Arrieta is the least talked about fantasy stud pitcher, but he is in the same class as Kershaw, Scherzer and the other elites. Hernandez is a bit of a concern due to his start at Coors Field but he is one of the few pitchers you start with confidence no matter where he is. There has been a whole lot of speculation regarding Kazmir’s move away from the pitcher friendly O.co Coliseum, but he has looked great in his first two starts as an Astro. Lester has really turned it around in June and July. Miller hit a rough patch in June in his breakout campaign, but has regained form in July and doesn’t face the toughest lineups this week.

Strong Options

An innings limit may become a worry for McCullers down the stretch, but not yet. Tanaka has surrendered runs of late but has worked deep into games and is still getting strikeouts. Since late June, Tillman has been a stud, so go get him off your waiver wire. Liriano and Odorizzi have both delivered quality innings consistently throughout the season with very few exceptions. Ross has steadily improved this season, but his control issues curtail the innings he can pitch.

Low-End Options

Richards had been quite good until his past two starts when home runs have become an issue. Anderson is a guy who won’t kill you but has limited upside due to lack of strikeouts. Corbin has been extremely strong but a return from Tommy John is always a bumpy road. Santana has been decent since his return from suspension but he has tough matchups coming this week. Haren, Lewis, DickeyThe  and DeSclafani offer the same fantasy value as they can provide solid innings, but are prone to giving up bunches of runs and offer little in strikeout potential. The Mets throttled Cashner just when he seemed to be turning it around so I am approaching him very cautiously at this point. My opinion of Hughes is very similar to that of Cashner. Estrada has shown improvement this season but is still a risk and faces some good offenses this week. Quintana is a steady option but any matchup against the Royals presents risk.

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