Two-Start Pitcher Lookahead: Week 8 (2021)
Every week, the bidding for two-start pitchers is fast and furious. Fantasy managers craving those extra starts, particularly in points leagues, are willing to spend significant FAAB to add even the diciest hurler who will take the mound twice between Monday and Sunday.
If you have the room, adding a two-start pitcher a week before his two-start week can not only save you time, effort, and FAAB dollars, but it can give you a significant edge on your competition. So, in this article each week, I’ll provide a list of the widely available (rostered in fewer than 70% of leagues) two-start options for two weeks down the road, ranking them in terms of likely value during that week.
Rich Hill has allowed just two runs over his last four starts, and should be a priority pickup regardless of his two-start week. Wade Miley, John Gant, and Yusei Kikuchi have all pitched well enough, and have at least one less than imposing matchup, such that starting them for their two-start week should be fruitful.
Ross Stripling is another name who might be worth a look. Although his season-long numbers aren’t impressive, his nine-strikeout performance against the Braves in his most recent start suggest he may finally be healthy and ready to become a fantasy-relevant pitcher. The Indians and Rays are both in the bottom half of the league in wOBA and bottom-11 in strikeout percentage versus right-handed pitching. If you’re desperate for innings, Stripling is a viable option in Week 8.
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