It’s time to look at the potential two-start options for the upcoming fantasy week. If I have someone rated as a three, four or five-star option, they’re someone I’d definitely use. A two-star option is someone who’s borderline, but I’d strongly lean against it unless I have no other options. The one-star options are an absolutely no scenario.
So, with that said, let’s take a look at the players available to you this week.
Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants – vs. Pit, vs. Phi
CC Sabathia – New York Yankees – @ TB, @ CWS
Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. LAD, vs. Hou
Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – vs. Tor, @ Tex
Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Ari, @ SF
A.J. Burnett – New York Yankees – @ TB, @ CWS
Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. LAD, vs. Hou
Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox – vs. Oak, @ Bal
Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros – @ CHC, @ Stl
Chad Billingsley – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ Stl, @ Atl
Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – @ Fla, @ LAD
James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. NYY, vs. KC
Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox – @ Min, vs. NYY
Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs – vs. Hou, @ Fla
Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies – @ NYM, @ Cin
Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – @ CHC, @ Stl
Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins – vs. Atl, vs. CHC
Rich Harden – Chicago Cubs – vs. Hou, @ Fla
Jarrod Washburn – Seattle Mariners – vs. Tor, @ Tex
John Danks – Chicago White Sox – @ Min, vs. NYY
Jason Marquis – Colorado Rockies – @ NYM, @ Cin
Randy Wolf – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ Stl, @ Atl
Armando Galarraga – Detroit Tigers – @ Tex, @ Cle
Ricky Romero – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Sea, @ Oak
Joe Saunders – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Cle, @ Min
Mike Pelfrey – New York Mets – vs. Col, vs. Ari
Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox – vs. Oak, @ Bal
Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ SF, vs. Was
Kevin Correia – San Diego Padres – @ Cin, vs. Mil
Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds – vs. SD, vs. Col
Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – vs. Pit, vs. Phi
Jon Garland – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Phi, @ NYM
Brian Bannister – Kansas City Royals – @ Bal, @ TB
Carl Pavano – Cleveland Indians – @ LAA, vs. Det
Jamie Moyer – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Ari, @ SF
Oliver Perez – New York Mets – vs. Col, vs. Ari
Trevor Cahill – Oakland Athletics – @ Bos, vs. Tor
Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins – vs. CWS, vs. LAA
Vicente Padilla – Texas Rangers – vs. Det, vs. Sea
Jeff Suppan – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Was, @ SD
Tommy Hunter – Texas Rangers – vs. Det, vs. Sea
Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds – vs. SD, vs. Col
Vin Mazzaro – Oakland Athletics – @ Bos, vs. Tor
Craig Stammen – Washington Nationals – @ Mil, @ Pit
Josh Geer – San Diego Padres – @ Cin, vs. Mil
Rich Hill – Baltimore Orioles – vs. KC, vs. Bos
Mike Burns – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Was, @ SD
Jason Berken – Baltimore Orioles – vs. KC, vs. Bos
Collin Balester – Washington Nationals – @ Mil, @ Pit
As of right now, Vicente Padilla’s still scheduled to go on Tuesday, but according to Jamey Newberg of the Newberg Report, Padilla’s been diagnosed with the swine flu. He wasn’t advisable to begin with, but this certainly makes it worse. Chances are he’s going to be bumped from at least the first start of the week.
The Royals have not yet officially announced who’ll take the ball on Monday. It could be Bruce Chen, but there’s also been talk of Gil Meche coming off the DL to make the start. That seems like a long shot, but either way I’d avoid either pitcher. Meche is usually a decent option, but in his first start off the DL he’s not advisable.
The Orioles haven’t officially named Rich Hill the starter on Tuesday, and there are rumblings he’s going to be pulled in favor of Chris Tillman. I have Hill listed here, who is not a usable option under any circumstance. In his first week, Tillman would be a tough play as well, especially considering his second start would come against the Red Sox. I’d keep on eye on him in keeper leagues, but don’t slide him into your lineup yet.
Jason Marquis had his last start pushed back thanks to a blister. Assuming he has no further problem, he’s easily a must use option in all formats. Those in daily leagues may want to monitor the news, however, just in case it forces him to be skipped again.
John Danks is in the same situation as Marquis, missing his previous start due to a blister. I’d check the news, just in case, but if he is starting he needs to be in your lineup.
That’s quite a group of four-star options this week, isn’t it?
I still have my reservations about Ubaldo Jimenez, just given his history. I’m always concerned that he’s going to resort to his old habits of walking the ballpark, which he still does from time to time (he’s walked four or more twice in his last four starts). Of course, overall he’s been pitching well of late (3.79 ERA over his last three starts) and one of his starts come in New York. That seems like the recipe for success, but I still wouldn’t rank him higher then a three-star option.
I know Carlos Zambrano’s come under some scrutiny in Chicago, but he has two favorable starts this week, has won his last three starts and has 20 Ks over his last 17 2/3 innings. It just all adds up to someone I’d certainly use in all formats.
Ricky Romero’s taken a step backwards over his last two starts, allowing eight earned runs over 9 2/3 innings. I talked about him about two weeks ago and had my reservations about how he’d perform moving forward. I know the matchups are on the favorable side on paper, though any matchup with Felix Hernandez is going to be tough to get a victory. He’s potentially usable, but depending on your other options, he’s not recommendable.
Clay Buchholz would seem like a solid option, but a rough outing his last time out has got to make you think twice, especially considering his struggles last season. Still, he’s been pitching great this season and has favorable matchups. Among the two-start options, he’s the first one I think I’d use.
Which two-start pitchers do you like for next week? Which ones are you trying to avoid?