Now that the season is coming to its conclusion, it is time to start grinding the two-start pitchers to give you an advantage over your competition.
Each week, I will be giving you a breakdown of the two-start options for your fantasy leagues broken up into the following tiers:
- Must Start: The guys that you have to start because of their talent and/or matchups.
- Should Start: These are the guys that are rostered in most formats and probably should be in your lineup.
- Here We Go: Pitchers that you are probably starting in most formats but have some level of risk to them.
- Feeling Lucky: Pitchers available in less than 25% of leagues that are risky but viable in deeper formats.
- Desperate Measures: Pitchers you shouldn’t use unless you have no other choice.
These are projected two-start pitchers and are subject to change.
- Sandy Alcantara (MIA) vs TB, at WAS
- Zac Gallen (ARI) at LAD, vs BAL
- Kevin Gausman (TOR) vs WAS, at COL
- Blake Snell (SD) at STL, vs SF
Bryan Woo (SEA) vs OAK, at NYM
Woo missed some time with an injury, but in his first start back, he looked pretty good in spite of only throwing four innings. He has two extremely friendly matchups versus two of the worst offenses in baseball in great pitcher’s parks, so this is a fantastic pickup in leagues where he may be available.
Andrew Abbott (CIN) at SF, vs CHC
Abbott has been one of the bright spots for rookie pitchers this year, showing a great approach on the mound and finding ways to limit the damage that tends to come from a flyball tendency in a bad home park. He has a great matchup in a great park versus the San Francisco Giants and a less-than-ideal one at home, but I would be willing to risk the matchup versus the Cubs for the one versus the Giants in all formats.
Tarik Skubal (DET) vs NYY, at CHW
Since returning from the IL, Skubal has been either fantastic or ugly in his outings. However, his 2.63 xERA says the times he has been ugly have been a product of mostly bad luck. He has two very good matchups versus struggling offenses and should be a top priority in terms of streaming this week in leagues where he is still available.
Aaron Civale (TB) at MIA, at CLE
Civale is not a guy who makes you jump for joy with his minuscule walk rate, but he provides great ratios, and these are not matchups you are very concerned about in terms of getting a blow-up outing.
Here We Go
Alex Cobb (SF) vs CIN, at SD
Cobb has been struggling a bit of late, especially with the splitter, which is a pitch he relies upon for success. However, the pitch worked really well in his last outing, and he was successful because of it. He has two tough matchups in good parks, so if you believe that the last outing was a sign he can finish strong, then you should take the risk, but there is a lot of risk on him, considering how much he has struggled over his last ten outings or so.
Chris Sale (BOS) vs HOU, at KC
I love Sale, but he has been hard to predict all season long. He was awful in the early part of the season and then fantastic before getting hurt. When he came back from the IL, he was working with reduced velocity, which was very concerning, but he looked better last time out, and the velo was back up. He has a tough matchup with the Astros and an easy one versus the Royals, but he is hard to predict.
Johan Oviedo (PIT) at KC, at STL
Oviedo has been up and down all season, throwing gems and duds at weird times. However, he is coming off of one of his better starts versus the Cardinals and now gets them again and a bad Royals team both in good pitcher’s parks, so if you were ever thinking about using him, you won’t get a better opportunity.
Brandon Williamson (CIN) at SF, vs CHC
Willimson has been up and down this year which is expected from a rookie pitcher, but he has started to get things going over his last four starts. Like Abbott, he has a great matchup in San Francisco and a scarier one at home versus the Cubs, but I think in most formats, you can use him as long as you aren’t too worried about a hit to your ERA at the end of the week.
Taijuan Walker (PHI) vs LAA, at MIL
Walker has had an interesting season where he struggled to begin the year and then was quietly one of the best pitchers in baseball for over a month before he seemingly ran out of gas recently and struggled. After getting skipped in the rotation, he has seemed to get the lost velocity back and now faces an Angels team without Trout and potentially Ohtani and a Brewers offense that has been hit or miss. I think I would take the gamble on him in a lot of formats.
Bobby Miller (LAD) vs ARI, vs ATL
Miller probably should be in the higher tiers most weeks, as he has been really impressive, but I am worried about any starter outside of the elite tiers against the Braves, who have been amazing offensively. So while I would probably start Miller in most formats, I would be willing to sit him if I was protecting my ratios, especially in H2H leagues at the end of the week.
- Wade Miley (MIL) at CHC, vs PHI
- Charlie Morton (ATL) at COL, at LAD
- Jameson Taillon (CHC) vs MIL, at CIN
- Michael Kopech (CWS) at BAL, vs DET
- Bryce Elder (ATL) at COL, at LAD
- Luis Severino (NYY) at DET, at HOU
- Austin Gomber (COL) vs ATL, vs TOR
- Tylor Megill (NYM) vs TEX, vs SEA
- Adam Wainwright (STL) vs SD, vs PIT
- Jhony Brito (NYY) at DET, at HOU
- Zack Greinke (KC) vs PIT, vs BOS
- Adrian Martinez (OAK) at SEA, vs LAA
- Xzavion Curry (BOS) at MIN, vs TB
- Reese Olson (DET) vs NYY, at CHW
- Josiah Gray (WAS) at TOR, vs MIA