Every Friday I look at every projected two-start pitcher for the week ahead and detail my thoughts about rolling with them on your roster. There are four tiers: Definitely, Probably, Questionable, Bench. Definitely Start features starters that are no doubters for the week ahead followed by Probably Start with pitchers that look like good plays but may create a hesitation or two. Players labeled as Questionable are for deeper leagues or have one-of-two outings that should be skipped. Pitchers under Bench should be avoided despite their two starts in the week ahead.
Stephen Strasburg (ATL, @NYM)
Clayton Kershaw (@CLE, @CIN)
Michael Pineda (@LAA, @OAK)
David Price (PHI, @HOU)
Yu Darvish (@HOU, SEA)
CC Sabathia (@LAA, @OAK) – Sabathia has been hot and survived a test against the Red Sox on Thursday night. Hard to resist throwing him out there twice now against the Angels and A’s.
Jacob Degrom (CHC, WSH) – It’s not great to see deGrom facing two good offenses given his latest struggles, though I think you still have to throw him out there. His ceiling is too high and I don’t expect him to wallow at his floor often.
Jason Vargas (@SFG, @LAA) – The Vargas train is still rolling and these teams do little to discourage slotting him into my lineup.
Jimmy Nelson (@STL, SDP) – Nelson is looking like a new person and gets the Padres. Sign me up!
Rick Porcello (PHI, @HOU) – Even with his tough start to 2017 and the Astros ahead, Porcello is still a better play than most options.
Lance Lynn (MIL, @BAL) – Lynn has been a fortuitous pitcher thus far making me cautious endorsing him for two starts against the Twins and Orioles. If you own him, I’d throw him out there, though.
Tyler Chatwood (@PIT, SFG) – Chatwood had no problems with the Cubs and even hosting the Giants in Coors shouldn’t deter you from two starts of Chatwood.
Buck Farmer (ARI, TBR) – There’s upside in Barmer that can come out against the Rays, though that start against the Diamondbacks does give me pause. He’s a high risk/reward pick for the week.
Joe Ross (ATL, @NYM) – I didn’t intend to put Ross in this tier and after last night’s 12 strikeout performance we need to consider him as a possible option. He struggled against the Mets and Padres prior, so don’t be blind to his floor.
John Lackey (@NYM, @PIT) – Better days are in the past for Lackey and it’s tough to have full faith in two solid outings here. Nevertheless, I think you still should go with him given the low strength of his opponents.
Jake Odorizzi (@TOR, @DET) – Odorizzi is off-and-on and it’s possible he struggles against two offenses that can pack a wallop.
JC Ramirez (NYY, KCR) – I’m not a fan of Ramirez against the Yankees, but he could pull off a good outing against the Royals.
Luis Perdomo (CIN, @MIL) – Perdomo is on the fringe of being rosterable and could get through a pair of good outings with his hefty groundball tendencies.
Kyle Freeland (@PIT, SFG) – Freeland isn’t nearly as good as his ERA will tell you, and I can see one of these starts not going his way.
Zack Wheeler (CHC, WSH) – I don’t love starting Wheeler as his walk habits can show up at any point and the Cubs and Nationals make me concerned. The upside is present, though, making him a gamble.
Mike Foltynewicz (@WSH, MIA) – We don’t know what we’re going to get from Folty on any given start, meaning he could return value in at least one of these outings…or disappoint in both.
Trevor Bauer (LAD, @MIN) – Just like with Foltynewicz, Bauer is a not a pitcher you can rely on for consistency, but the upside makes him a better option than others at the bottom of the barrel.
Derek Holland (BAL, @TOR) – The Dutch Invasion has arrived and I would hate to be touching Holland right now.
Adalberto Mejia (SEA, CLE) – Mejia is not someone I’d like to roll with, let alone against the hot Mariners and solid Indians.
Alec Asher (@CHW, STL) – Asher has his moments, but far from enough consistency to believe in him twice.
Alex Meyer (NYY, KCR) – The terrible walk rate allowed by Meyer makes him too much of a risk against any opponent.
Dillon Gee (@HOU, SEA) – Gee is a terrible choice for any afternoon.
Bronson Arroyo (@SDP, LAD) – Even with the Padres on his schedule, I don’t want anything to do with Arroyo.
Ben Lively (@BOS, ARI) – Lively is not the guy you want to give the ball to twice.
Chad Kuhl (COL, CHC) – Kuhl against the Cubs and Rockies does not spell success. It spells CubsrockiesBad.
Christian Bergman (@MIN, @TEX) – Bergman doesn’t have the upside to make me consider him despite some of the easier matchups in this tier.
Wade Miley (@CHW, STL) – Don’t let Miley’s 3.27 ERA fool you, he’s due for plenty of regression closer to the mid 4.00s.
Jerad Eickhoff (@BOS, ARI) – Eickhoff hasn’t been himself and there’s no reason you have to suffer while he figures it out.
Jharel Cotton (@MIA, NYY) – Cotton may be a better option later this year, but for now sit yourself out.
Jose Urena (OAK, @ATL) – Despite getting two great matchups, Urena isn’t a guy I want to roll with this week.
Kyle Gibson (SEA, CLE) – Gibson just isn’t good enough to roster for any occasion.
Mike Pelfrey (BAL, @TOR) – Ditto for Pelfrey.
Ty Blach (KCR, @COL) – There’s a chance Blach could be productive against the Royals, but I’m sure not enduring a start in Coors for that chance.
Yovani Gallardo (@MIN, @TEX) – Don’t do this YoGa pose. It hurts every part of your body.