Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: 6/10-6/16
After a week off, I’m back in the saddle and looking forward to helping you prepare for your Week 11 two-start pitchers.
First, I want to thank Andrew Gould for pinch-hitting last week for me. Go follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGould4.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to the pitchers who are throwing twice next week. My first takeaway is … woof. There aren’t a lot of guys I feel great about putting out there this week, and as you can see, the “Widely Owned Options” category is completely blank. The three who would be there are bumped down a tier due to matchup and ballpark.
There are, though, some deeper streamers who deserve a look, and others who should just get the boot forever. Spoiler alert: I’m looking at you, Kevin Gausman.
Like I do every week, I’ll break down the two-start pitchers into six categories:
- Don’t Think Twice – These are your aces that you start no matter what.
- Widely Owned Options – Players owned in the majority of leagues who should provide a positive return.
- In the Danger Zone – It’s a dice roll to start them given matchups or other factors.
- Streamers Owned in Under 50% of Leagues – These guys should live on the waiver wire, but you can start them this week.
- Streamers Owned in Under 25% of Leagues – Same as above, but applied to deeper leagues.
- Not Unless You’re Desperate – I don’t recommend these guys unless you’re swinging for the fences.
Let’s take a look at those pitchers scheduled to make two starts for the upcoming week, as projected on CBS as of 1 p.m. ET on June 6.
Don’t Think Twice
Chris Sale (6/10 vs. TEX, 6/15 @BAL)
Charlie Morton (6/10 vs. OAK, 6/15 vs. LAA)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (6/10 vs. LAA, 6/16 vs. CHC)
James Paxton (6/10 vs. NYM, 6/16 @CHW)
Widely Owned Options
In the Danger Zone
German Marquez (6/10 vs. CHC, 6/15 vs. SD)
Marquez has a tough challenge ahead of him this week to return positive value. In any category-based league, I’m benching him. If you’re in a points-based league, he gets the go-ahead if you’re going to be in a close matchup. He has a 4.93 ERA at Coors Field, and opponents are batting .314 against him this year at home.
Jose Quintana (6/11 @COL, 6/16 @LAD)
Like Marquez, Quintana gets bumped down. His value is hurt not just by pitching in Coors Field, but also because he faces the Dodgers. The Dodgers are tied for the second-most home runs against lefties this year with 29. It could be a rough week for Quintana investors.
Yu Darvish (6/10 @COL, 6/15 @LAD)
Darvish faces the same matchups fate as Quintana, but he’d be hard to trust anywhere in general. The results have been better as of late for Darvish in terms of run prevention, but he’s still walking too many guys. I’m fading him this week.
Mike Foltynewicz (6/11 vs. PIT, 6/16 vs. PHI)
After a dreadful — and I do mean dreadful — start to the season, Folty showed signs of finding his groove again toward the end of May. He had back-to-back good outings against the Brewers and Cardinals, netting him 43 points combined points in Yahoo leagues. But then, he went all Folty on us again with two straight clunkers against the Tigers and Pirates. Yeah, try to figure that out if you can. He’ll face the two Keystone State reps this upcoming week, and he’s likely to ride the pine for both on my teams.
Martin Perez (6/11 vs. SEA, 6/16 vs. KC)
I’m comfortable starting Perez this week, but we have to mention that he’s allowed eight earned runs over his last 7.1 innings pitched. The Twins are too good, and the gains that Perez has shown this year appear legit. If he struggles this week against two good matchups, then we can reconvene and worry.
Chris Archer (6/11 @ATL, 6/16 @MIA)
Full disclosure: I wrote this before Archer took the mound Thursday. (He allowed one run with six strikeouts over six innings against the Braves.) But the previous time out, he looked like the Archer that we’ve been wanting to see, besides giving up two homers. The strikeouts were there, and honestly, that’s all he’s contributed the past few seasons. Miami hasn’t been the cake matchup that we think it is over the past few weeks, so Archer could be in a tough spot. If I need strikeout help and can risk a hit to my ERA, I’ll start him.
Lance Lynn (6/11 @BOS, 6/16 @CIN)
Lynn has been a reliable fantasy pitcher as of late. I never thought I’d say that in 2019, but here we are. Even still, he has two tough road matchups this upcoming week against the Red Sox and Reds. He pitches in a bad ballpark as it is, so it won’t hurt him as much. It’s more about the loaded Red Sox lineup.
Streamers Owned in Under 50% of Leagues
Joe Musgrove (6/10 @ATL, 6/15 @MIA)
Spencer Turnbull (6/11 @KC, 6/16 vs. CLE)
John Means (6/11 vs. TOR, 6/16 vs. BOS)
Kevin Gausman (6/10 vs. PIT, 6/15 vs. PHI)
I’m not ready to throw in the towel on Musgrove just yet. He showed enough in his last outing for me to run him out there in a two-start week. Same with Turnbull and Means. Means is a guy I’m targeting in my points leagues as a streamer. As for Gausman, he’s dead to me as a fantasy option. Someone else can deal with the headache.
Streamers Owned in Under 25% of Leagues
Dakota Hudson (6/11 @MIA, 6/16 @NYM)
Jerad Eickhoff (6/10 vs. ARI, 6/16 @ATL)
Jon Duplantier (6/11 @PHI, 6/16 @WAS)
Jake Junis (6/11 vs. DET, 6/16 @MIN)
Anibal Sanchez (6/10 @CHW, 6/16 vs. ARI)
Mike Leake (6/11 @MIN, 6/15 @OAK)
Sandy Alcantara (6/10 vs. STL, 6/16 vs. PIT)
Hudson and Duplantier lead this list as far as guys I’m most interested in streaming. I like Hudson for his matchups, so he gets the slight nod. Duplantier, though, is a guy with big upside if the Diamondbacks allow him to work through his rookie hurdles.
Not Unless You’re Desperate
Trent Thornton (6/11 @BAL, 6/16 @HOU)
Ariel Jurado (6/10 @BOS, 6/15 @CIN)
Shaun Anderson (6/11 vs. SD, 6/16 vs. MIL)
Jason Vargas (6/10 @NYY, 6/16 vs. STL)
Taylor Clarke (6/10 @PHI, 6/15 @WAS)
Cal Quantrill (6/11 @SF, 6/16 @COL)
Dylan Covey (6/10 vs. WAS, 6/16 vs. NYY)