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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 6 (2022 Fantasy Baseball)

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 6 (2022 Fantasy Baseball)

Week 6 is almost here! We are starting to see numbers stabilize across the league, and offenses are scoring fewer runs than ever.

Yay, baseball.

But as pitchers get more and more stretched out, it’s time to hone in on who can help us from a two-start perspective.

We’re going to try to find those gems for you for the upcoming week with some two-start pitching tiers.

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

Like I do every week, I’ll break the two-start pitchers down 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 afternoon.

Don’t Think Twice

Widely-Rostered Options

Logan Gilbert (5/17 @TOR, 5/22 @BOS)
Gilbert is off to a great start to the season, but the underlying metrics aren’t exactly backing it all up. Even if they were, this two-start week in the AL Beast (Boston isn’t doing their part to hold up the moniker) would give me pause. He’s a top-35 pitcher going forward, but I’m slightly nervous about the week ahead for Gilbert.

Miles Mikolas (5/16 @NYM, 5/21 @PIT)
The older, boring, crafty veteran has been a plus in a so-so Cardinals rotation this year, and he’s proven to be a value for fantasy managers. The Mets matchup gives me slight pause, but the Pirates matchup is so juicy that it’s hard to see Mikolas not returning positive value this week.

Ian Anderson (5/16 @MIL, 5/22 @MIA)
Anderson has always been a little overrated to me. He’s fine, but the ceiling is limited. The Brewers are starting to come around on offense bit by bit, but I’m rolling with him in 12-teamers.

Jesus Luzardo (5/16 vs. WAS, 5/22 vs. ATL)
The potential has flashed for Luzardo this year, and we’ve seen the ace-type stuff that he has. But we’ve also seen him get knocked around a bit this year, as well. The Atlanta matchup makes me nervous, but I’m OK using him in 12-teamers.

Jameson Taillon (5/17 @BAL, 5/22 vs. CHW)
Taillon has been sneaky good this year, which includes three outings against the Blue Jays. He’s my streamer of the week this week against a bad Baltimore offense and an underperforming White Sox team.

In the Danger Zone

Tylor Megill (5/16 vs. STL, 5/21 @COL)
If you started Megill this week, I’m sorry for your loss. What a brutal outing. The bad thing is, in weekly leagues, you should hit the pause button on him for this week, too, as he has a date in Colorado with the Rockies.

Merrill Kelly (5/17 @LAD, 5/22 @CHC)
The biggest gain for Kelly was his increased velocity from Spring Training which carried over to the first few games of the season. But the numbers are going back down, and he’s looking like the Kelly we used to know. Shoutout Gotye. I’d like to fade him with the Dodgers on the schedule.

Tony Gonsolin (5/16 vs. ARI, 5/21 @PHI)
Gonsolin had a very Gonsolin-esque start his last time out. He pitched five shutout innings but walked four batters. Welcome to the Gonsolin experience. I’m going to start him this week, but Arizona is playing better ball and the Philadelphia matchup is less than ideal.

Alex Wood (5/16 @COL, 5/22 vs. SDP)
I’m a Wood fan, but he’s riding the pine this week with the matchups.

Jose Urquidy (5/16 @BOS, 5/21 vs. TEX)
Urquidy has looked better in his last few appearances (though one was rain-shortened) and it gives me hope that better days are ahead. I don’t love the Boston matchup on paper, but we discussed earlier how they haven’t exactly been clicking this season.

MacKenzie Gore (5/17 @PHI, 5/22 @SFG)
I still believe that Gore is long for Triple-A once Blake Snell returns, and as much as I like the stuff, I absolutely loathe these matchups for the rookie.

Steven Matz (5/17 @NYM, 5/22 @PIT)
Matz misses Pete Walker in Toronto in a big way. He’s been a big bust (shocker) so far this season. He’s fine for 15-teamers with the Pirates on the schedule, but I’m not in love with the outlook.

Streamers Rostered in Under 50% of Leagues

Brad Keller (5/16 vs. CHW, 5/21 vs. MIN)
Keller was smacked around his last time out against the Rangers, putting the biggest blemish on his numbers that we’ve seen so far. I’m not in love with the matchups — despite Chicago’s struggles — but I’m OK using Keller in a 15-team league this week with his groundball approach.

Madison Bumgarner (5/16 @LAD, 5/21 @CHC)
Bumgarner has been shockingly really good this year, despite that ump show against Miami. His last outing was the first that he went at least six innings this season, but the only concern I have his week is that he gets the Dodgers. I’d pick Bumgarner up, but only use him in a daily points format against the Cubs.

Tyler Anderson (5/17 vs. ARI, 5/22 @PHI)
Anderson had his first bad start of the season last time out against the Phillies. He’s been good besides that start, but he has to face those same Phillies again this week on the backend of his two-start week.

Streamers Rostered in Under 25% of Leagues

Chris Archer (5/16 @OAK, 5/22 @KCR)
Archer isn’t going to go deep, but he can still generate some strikeouts for you. He’s a matchup-based play, but be warned that he hasn’t gone more than 4.1 innings in any start this season.

Yusei Kikuchi (5/16 vs. SEA, 5/22 vs. CIN)
Kikuchi has actually been pretty good for fantasy thus far, despite the constant matchups against the Yankees and Astros. His slider isn’t the pitch that I thought it would be, but he’s using his secondary offerings successfully. He’s our two-start streamer of the week with these matchups at home.

Not Unless You’re Desperate

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