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Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: Week 11

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Jun 11, 2021
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Unlike last week, we have a TON of pitchers to talk about as we head into Week 11 of the fantasy baseball season. 

Let’s not waste any time this week as we hop into it.

Each week, you can find a breakdown of the two-start pitchers for the upcoming week and who you should start, and why.

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.

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Don’t Think Twice

Widely-Rostered Options

Sean Manaea (6/14 vs. LAA, 6/20 @NYY)

I’ve made it known over the years that I’m not the biggest Manaea fan, and frankly, I’m still not, but he’s been on quite a run lately. While he won’t be getting the Mariners this week, he will be getting the Angels, who he has handled successfully twice this year so far. The Yankees matchup is still scary, and it looks like Giancarlo Stanton might be going on one of his red-hot streaks.

Taijuan Walker (6/15 vs. CHC, 6/20 @WAS)

Is Walker having one of the best seasons that no one is talking about? He’ll take a 2.07 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into his double-dip against the Cubs and Nats next week. You’re starting him until he gives you a reason not to.

Dylan Bundy (6/14 @OAK, 6/20 vs DET)

Bundy had a better start against the Royals last week, and you don’t hate the matchups for him this week against Oakland and Detroit. Let’s see more of that slider, Dylan.

Alek Manoah (6/14 @BOS, 6/19 @BAL)

So the slider is really, really good, and Manoah gets to make his two-start debut against the Red Sox and the Orioles on the road. Boston will be a big test for him, but he should be able to handle the Orioles if he can keep the ball in the yard. Seeing how he handles lefties over his next few starts will be big for his development.

Casey Mize (6/14 @KC, 6/19 @LAA)

It’s fun seeing both Mize and Tarik Skubal come into their own in their second year. Mize has his control under, well, control, and he has two plus-matchups this week. 

In the Danger Zone

Freddy Peralta (6/15 vs. CIN, 6/20 @COL)

If the Brewers can just score two or three runs per game in the postseason, they are going to be a tough out. Peralta’s last start was shortened because of the weather, and this week, he gets the tall task of pitching in Coors Field. 

Nathan Eovaldi (6/14 vs. TOR, 6/20 @KC)

The Blue Jays are a matchup I try to avoid where possible. At least it’s in Boston and not in Buffalo. Proceed with caution with Eovaldi.

Luis Castillo (6/15 @MIL, 6/20 @SD)

Another decent start for Castillo against the Brewers. Not great, by any means, but another step in the right direction. He still has top 20 potential going forward, but the Padres are such a tough matchup this week on the road. 

Marco Gonzales (6/14 vs. MIN, 6/20 vs. TB)

I’m only considering Gonzales in 15-teamers where I need the extra start as neither of these matchups make me comfy enough to use him in shallower leagues.

Dallas Keuchel (6/15 vs. TB, 6/20 @HOU)

Keuchel was striking out Blue Jays left and right in his last start, so that’s fun. The Rays strike out a lot, too, but I’m considering his Ks against Toronto as more of an outlier than a breakthrough in that department. He’s better for points leagues if you want that extra start. 

Tony Gonsolin (6/14 vs. PHI, 6/20 @ARI)

Gonsolin can be a top 30 pitcher the rest of the way, but after he was walking everyone in Pittsburgh earlier this week, he can probably be acquired as a top 50 or 60 pitcher. He should settle in soon, but it may not be this week against the Phillies.

Streamers Rostered in Under 50% of Leagues

Adam Wainwright (6/14 vs. MIA, 6/19 @ATL)

Outside of deeper leagues, I don’t like Wainwright this week. Normally I would against the Marlins, and while they are still a good streaming matchup, Starling Marte and Jazz Chisholm make them a little bit of a tougher task.

Jordan Montgomery (6/15 @TOR, 6/20 vs. OAK)

Montgomery has to go to Coors Field east in Buffalo to face the Jays. Yeah, that’s not going to end well. 

Patrick Corbin (6/14 vs. PIT, 6/19 vs. NYM)

His last start against the Rays was better, at least, but man, he’s hard to start. The Pirates offer a chance for a net-positive week, though, if you need the extra arm.

Shane McClanahan (6/15 @CHW, 6/20 @SEA)

I believe McClanahan is a bullpen arm long-term, but until the Rays make that known, you can roll him out for his strikeout upside. The Mariners matchup is beautiful. 

Streamers Rostered in Under 25% of Leagues

Jean-Carlos Mejía (6/14 vs. BAL, 6/19 @PIT)

I’m not going to pretend that I know a lot about Mejía, because I don’t, but what I do know is that if you’re in a 15-teamer where you need some starts, you could do worse than a guy who is pitching against the Orioles and the Pirates. 

Randy Dobnak (6/14 @SEA, 6/20 @TEX)

So Dobnak just gave up eight runs against the Yankees. Big deal, right? Well, like Mejía, he has two great matchups where using him wouldn’t be the craziest idea.

Zach Davies (6/14 @NYM, 6/19 vs. MIA)

Davies got pummeled against the Giants two starts ago, but in three of his past four starts, he’s been the floor pitcher that you were hoping to get. I’d start him this week.

Not Unless You’re Desperate

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