Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: 9/14-9/20
It’s time to be more selective with our two-start streamers, as we are nearing the playoffs. We can’t afford to roll out guys out who could come through for us. We need to feel pretty good about it.
Like I do every week, I’ll break the pitchers down the two-start pitchers into six categories:
- Don’t Think Twice – These are your aces that you start no matter what.
- Widely-Rostered Options – Players rostered 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 Rostered in Under 50% of Leagues – These guys should live on the waiver wire, but you can start them this week.
- Streamers Rostered 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 Friday morning.
Don’t Think Twice
Trevor Bauer (9/14 vs. PIT, 9/20 vs. CHW)
Jack Flaherty (9/15 @MIL, 9/20 @PIT)
Zack Greinke (9/15 vs. TEX, 9/20 vs. ARI)
Zack Wheeler (9/14 @MIA, 9/18 at TOR)
Carlos Carrasco (9/15 @CHC, 9/20 @DET)
José Berríos (9/14 @CHW, 9/19 @CHC)
Zach Davies (9/14 vs. LAD, @SEA)
Marco Gonzales (9/14 vs. OAK, 9/20 @SEA)
Corbin Burnes (9/14 vs. STL, 9/20 vs. KC)
Sandy Alcántara (9/15 vs. BOS, 9/20 vs. WAS)
Alcántara hasn’t been as good as his surface stats would indicate, as he’s walked far too many batters. He does, however, get the Red Sox and the Nationals next week. If you told us that Week 1, we’d be nervous. Now they are great matchups for Alcántara if you’re looking for a sleeper who’s available in 46 percent of leagues.
In the Danger Zone
Clayton Kershaw (9/14 @SD, 9/19 @COL)
Even someone as talented as Kershaw gets bumped to this tier when he has a game in Colorado. Add to it a game against the Padres, too, and it’s really tough to start him.
Randy Dobnak (9/15 @CHW, 9/20 @CHC)
The season started off really well for Dobnak, but he’s been absolutely rocked in two of his last three starts, giving up 11 earned runs in seven innings. A double-dose of Chicago isn’t exactly a recipe for turning things around next week when he can’t miss any bats.
Streamers Rostered in Under 50% of Leagues
Pablo López (9/14 vs. PHI, 9/19 vs. WAS)
It was not a pretty day to be López or Jordan Yamamoto, as Atlanta put up 29 runs against Miami on Wednesday. Welcome to rostering López, folks. He’s been mostly good this year, though, but the rough outing caused him to drop below the 50-percent threshold. Let’s run him back out for the two-start week.
Dane Dunning (9/14 vs. MIN, 9/19 @CIN)
With Dunning, you don’t love the matchups on paper. He’s been fairly consistent this year, as he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any outing while striking out more than a batter per inning.
Joe Musgrove (9/14 @CIN, 9/19 vs. STL)
“No question about it. I am ready to get hurt again.” – Michael Waterloo
– Michael Scott.
Deivi García (9/15 vs. TOR, 9/20 @BOS)
There are questions about his long-term role and how he’ll hold up in the rotation, but García has looked pretty impressive so far in his brief stint in the big leagues, allowing just six earned runs (four in one start) over 17.2 innings while striking out 18. He tamed the Blue Jays last time out, and he gets them again before traveling to Fenway against the terrible Red Sox.
Streamers Rostered in Under 25% of Leagues
Jake Arrieta (9/15 vs. NYM, 9/20 vs. TOR)
We need to have someone in this tier, I guess. Arrieta hasn’t been terrible his last two times out, allowing just five earned runs over 12.2 innings. It’s a near-desperation throw if you are an underdog this week.
Not Unless You’re Desperate
Matthew Boyd (9/15 vs. KC, 9/20 vs. CLE)
Mike Minor (9/14 @SEA, 9/20 vs. SF)
Carlos Martínez (9/14 @MIL, 9/19 @PIT)
Ryan Yarbrough (9/15 vs. WAS, 9/20 @BAL)
Tanner Roark (9/15 @NYY, 9/20 @PHI)
Michael Wacha (9/15@ PHI, 9/20 vs. ATL)
Julio Teherán (9/15 vs. ARI, 9/20 vs. TEX)
Aníbal Sánchez (9/15 @TB, 9/20 @MIA)
Taylor Clarke (9/15 @LAA, 9/20 @HOU)
J.T. Brubaker (9/14 @CIN, 9/20 vs. STL)
Jorge López (9/14 vs. ATL, 9/19 vs. TB)
Kyle Cody (9/15 @HOU, 9/20 @LAA)
Chris Mazza (9/15 @MIA, 9/20 vs. NYY)
Chi Chi González (9/15 vs. OAK, 9/20 vs. LAD)
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