Week 11 Two-Start Pitchers: Miles Mikolas, Tyler Mahle, Spencer Strider (2022 Fantasy Baseball)
Week 11 is almost here! Like we do every week, we’re going to look at the two-start pitchers you should lock in or at least consider using for the upcoming slate of games.
Like I do every week, I’ll break the pitchers down the two-start pitchers into six categories:
- Don’t Think Twice – These are the aces 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 look at those pitchers scheduled to make two starts for the upcoming week, as projected on CBS as of Saturday morning.
Don’t Think Twice
Gerrit Cole (NYY) (6/20 @TBR, 6/25 vs. HOU)
Corbin Burnes (MIL) (6/20 vs. STL, 6/25 vs. TOR)
Shane McClanahan (TB) (6/20 vs. NYY, 6/26 vs. PIT)
Tony Gonsolin (LAD) (6/21 @CIN, 6/26 @ATL)
Max Fried (ATL) (6/20 vs. SFG, 6/25 vs. LAD)
Nestor Cortes (NYY) (6/21 @TBR, 6/26 vs. HOU)
Joe Musgrove (SD) (6/21 vs. ARI, 6/26 vs. PHI)
Sean Manaea (SD) (6/20 vs. ARI, 6/25 vs. PHI)
Jose Berrios (TOR) (6/20 @CHW, 6/26 @MIL)
Dylan Cease (CWS) (6/21 vs. TOR, 6/26 vs. BAL)
Lance Lynn (CWS) (6/20 vs. TOR, 6/25 vs. BAL)
Joe Ryan (MIN) (6/21 vs. CLE, 6/26 vs. COL)
Miles Mikolas (STL) (6/20 @MIL, 6/25 vs. CHC)
Mikolas had his two-start week moved back from last week to this week; honestly, it’s for the best. He gets to avoid Boston and already capitalized on the Pirates matchup that resulted in 8.2 no-hit innings. He’ll now get to take on two better matchups than Boston would be in Milwaukee and the Cubs. Fire him up.
Spencer Strider (ATL) (6/21 vs. SFG, 6/26 vs. LAD)
Swag. Confidence. Stuff. Electric. There are so many words to describe Strider, and it’s incredible how fast he’s adjusted to the starting rotation. The matchups are tough this week, but I’m leaning toward starting him in 12-team leagues.
Tyler Mahle (CIN) (6/21 vs. LAD, 6/26 @SFG)
Like Strider, Mahle has two tough matchups against the Giants and the Dodgers. Mahle has been better of late, and his peripherals have always indicated better days were ahead. But against the Dodgers, at home, I’m leaning toward sitting him in 12-teamers.
In the Danger Zone
Kyle Gibson (PHI) (6/21 @TEX, 6/26 @SDP)
Texas’ lineup has actually been sneaky good of late, but it feels like we’re holding on to the early-season narrative that they are struggling. I also just don’t trust Gibson on a start-by-start basis, so he’s a pretty easy fade here.
Aaron Ashby (MIL) (6/21 vs. STL, 6/26 vs. TOR)
Usually, pitchers are in this tier because we are concerned about their matchup. But for Ashby, it’s injury-related. Ashby doesn’t seem to think he’ll miss time with his forearm injury, but I’m skeptical. I want to play this safe here and avoid taking a zero if we don’t get a definitive word.
Jose Urquidy (HOU) (6/21 vs. NYM, 6/26 @NYY)
Urquidy has been … fine this year. But he’s struggled against good offenses, and I’m hesitant to put him into my lineup in a non-points league, as both New York offenses can score runs in bunches.
Jack Flaherty (STL) (6/21 @MIL, 6/26 vs. CHC)
It’s just great to see Flaherty back, honestly. Expect him to be brought back slowly as he works his pitch count up on his injured shoulder. You’re unlikely to get wins from him, but he’s worth using if you don’t have a start limit and have the extra spot.
Streamers Rostered in Under 50% of Leagues
Roansy Contreras (PIT) (6/21 vs. CHC, 6/26 @TBR)
Contreras struggled his last time out, but it was his first hiccup as a big leaguer. He’ll get the Cubs at home, which should feature Oneil Cruz in the lineup. I don’t like the Rays’ matchup, but I trust the first start enough, as well as his pure stuff, to start him this week. He’s under-rostered, honestly.
Streamers Rostered in Under 25% of Leagues
Marco Gonzales (SEA) (6/21 @OAK, 6/26 @LAA)
I’m not a Gonzales guy; he out-performs his peripherals and has limited upside. But he gets two plus-matchups this week, making him viable in 15-teamers.
Zach Davies (ARI) (6/20 @SDP, 6/26 vs. DET)
Davies is a floor pitcher, but he does have 14 strikeouts over his last 13 innings, and three straight quality starts. Those came against the Pirates, Reds, and Reds, and the Tigers are worse than any of those other teams. I don’t like the San Diego matchup, but the Tigers should elevate him into a positive return.
Not Unless You’re Desperate
Trevor Rogers (MIA) (6/20 @NYM, 6/25 vs. NYM)
Alex Faedo (DET) (6/20 @BOS, 6/26 @ARI)
Reid Detmers (LAA) (6/20 vs. KCR, 6/26 vs. SEA)
David Peterson (NYM) (6/20 vs. MIA, 6/26 @MIA)
Austin Gomber (COL) (6/21 @MIA, 6/26 @MIN)
J.T. Brubaker (PIT) (6/20 vs. CHC, 6/25 @TBR)
James Kaprielian (OAK) (6/21 vs. SEA, 6/26 @KCR)
Matt Swarmer (CHC) (6/21 @PIT, 6/26 @STL)
Konnor Pilkington (CLE) (6/21 @MIN, 6/26 vs. BOS)
Josh Winckowski (BOS) (6/20 vs. DET, 6/26 @CLE)
Kris Bubic (KC) (6/20 @LAA, 6/26 vs. OAK)
Daniel Castano (MIA) (6/21 vs. COL, 6/26 vs. NYM)
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