Fantasy Baseball: Week 2 Two-Start Pitchers

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In Week 1 we witnessed a record number of postponed games due to bad weather conditions throughout the Midwest and East Coast. In total we had seven cancellations that led to a lot of starters getting pushed back a day. It might  be a blessing in disguise as staff aces David Price, Corey Kluber, and Sonny Gray will toe the rubber twice in Week 2. It wasn’t a banner week for my dirty dozen in Week 1 as Zack Greinke got rocked by Colorado for seven runs in only four innings of work. His second start wasn’t much better giving up four runs versus the Cubs taking his second loss of the week. King Felix was another ace that was clearly not his normal dominate self dealing with a noticeable drop in velocity that kept him hovering around the high-80s with his fastball. Corey Kluber struggled to find any rhythm in his first start versus the Boston Red Sox giving up four runs in 5.1 innings. Don’t hit the panic button owners and continue to roll your aces out there.

On the flip side a few aces lived up to their owners high expectations in Week 1 headlined by reining NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. Arrieta was borderline unhittable allowing only two hits in seven innings picking up the win versus the Angels. Clayton Kershaw reminded everyone why he’s regarded as the best pitcher in baseball pitching 15 innings over his two starts while only allowing two earned runs.  If you invested in Kershaw with your first round pick you were rewarded handsomely with the early returns. As we look forward to Week 2 don’t get discouraged if your aces’ let you down in Week 1. This week I have created a complete list of all the Two-Start pitchers. They’re in no particular order but I have included my personal weekly rank for each pitcher in the column on the far right. Good luck to everyone this week in your fantasy baseball leagues and let’s all hope that Mother Nature doesn’t impact our matchups.

TWO-START PITCHERS
PLAYER START #1 START #2 RANK
David Price BOS (04/11)
vs. BAL
Yovani Gallardo
(04/17)
vs. TOR
Aaron Sanchez
4
Sonny Gray OAK (04/11)
vs. LAA
Nick Tropeano
(04/17)
vs. KC
Kris Medlen
9
James Shields SD (04/11)
@ PHI
Aaron Nola
(04/16)
vs. ARI
Shelby Miller
10
Corey Kluber CLE (04/12)
@ TB
Matt Moore
(04/17)
vs. NYM
Noah Syndergaard
1
Michael Wacha STL (04/11)
vs. MIL
Taylor Jungmann
(04/17)
vs. CIN
Jon Moscot
13
Jon Lester CHC (04/11)
vs. CIN
Brandon Finnegan
(04/17)
vs. COL
Tyler Chatwood
5
Michael Pineda NYY (04/12)
@ TOR
Aaron Sanchez
(04/17)
vs. SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma
17
Collin McHugh HOU (04/11)
vs. KC
Chris Young
(04/16)
vs. DET
Shane Greene
22
Anibal Sanchez DET (04/12)
vs. PIT
Juan Nicasio
(04/17)
@ HOU
Mike Fiers
21
Jeff Samardzija SF (04/12)
@ COL
Tyler Chatwood
(04/17)
@ LAD
Kenta Maeda
19
Stephen Strasburg WAS (04/12)
vs. ATL
Jhoulys Chacin
(04/17)
@ PHI
Charlie Morton
2
Gio Gonzalez WAS (04/11)
vs. ATL
Bud Norris
(04/16)
@ PHI
Aaron Nola
23
Noah Syndergaard NYM (04/11)
vs. MIA
Wei-Yin Chen
(04/17)
@ CLE
Corey Kluber
3
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL (04/12)
@ BOS
Clay Buchholz
(04/17)
@ TEX
Derek Holland
27
Andrew Cashner SD (04/12)
@ PHI
Charlie Morton
(04/17)
vs. ARI
Patrick Corbin
24
Mike Fiers HOU (04/12)
vs. KC
Kris Medlen
(04/17)
vs. DET
Anibal Sanchez
28
Wei-Yin Chen MIA (04/11)
@ NYM
Noah Syndergaard
(04/17)
vs. ATL
Jhoulys Chacin
14
Shane Greene DET (04/11)
vs. PIT
Jonathon Niese
(04/16)
@ HOU
Collin McHugh
31
Colby Lewis TEX (04/11)
@ SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma
(04/16)
vs. BAL
Yovani Gallardo
36
Yovani Gallardo BAL (04/11)
@ BOS
David Price
(04/16)
@ TEX
Colby Lewis
37
Jonathon Niese PIT (04/11)
@ DET
Shane Greene
(04/16)
vs. MIL
Taylor Jungmann
33
Carlos Rodon CHW (04/11)
@ MIN
Kyle Gibson
(04/17)
@ TB
Matt Moore
8
Chris Young KC (04/11)
@ HOU
Collin McHugh
(04/16)
@ OAK
Chris Bassitt
32
Aaron Sanchez TOR (04/12)
vs. NYY
Michael Pineda
(04/17)
@ BOS
David Price
25
Kyle Gibson MIN (04/11)
vs. CHW
Carlos Rodon
(04/17)
vs. LAA
TBA
16
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA (04/11)
vs. TEX
Colby Lewis
(04/17)
@ NYY
Michael Pineda
20
Juan Nicasio PIT (04/12)
@ DET
Anibal Sanchez
(04/17)
vs. MIL
Tyler Cravy
7
Derek Holland TEX (04/12)
@ SEA
Wade Miley
(04/17)
vs. BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez
18
Bud Norris ATL (04/11)
@ WAS
Gio Gonzalez
(04/16)
@ MIA
Jarred Cosart
39
Tyler Chatwood COL (04/12)
vs. SF
Jeff Samardzija
(04/17)
@ CHC
Jon Lester
38
Brandon Finnegan CIN (04/11)
@ CHC
Jon Lester
(04/16)
@ STL
Adam Wainwright
29
Kenta Maeda LAD (04/12)
vs. ARI
Patrick Corbin
(04/17)
vs. SF
Jeff Samardzija
11
Aaron Nola PHI (04/11)
vs. SD
James Shields
(04/16)
vs. WAS
Gio Gonzalez
12
Kris Medlen KC (04/12)
@ HOU
Mike Fiers
(04/17)
@ OAK
Sonny Gray
30
Patrick Corbin ARI (04/12)
@ LAD
Kenta Maeda
(04/17)
@ SD
Andrew Cashner
6
Charlie Morton PHI (04/12)
vs. SD
Andrew Cashner
(04/17)
vs. WAS
Stephen Strasburg
35
Taylor Jungmann MIL (04/11)
@ STL
Michael Wacha
(04/16)
@ PIT
Jonathon Niese
26
Matt Moore TB (04/12)
vs. CLE
Corey Kluber
(04/17)
vs. CHW
Carlos Rodon
15
Can Corey Kluber live up to my #1 overall ranking for Week 2? (JASON MILLER/GETTY IMAGES)

Can Corey Kluber live up to my #1 overall ranking for Week 2? (JASON MILLER/GETTY IMAGES)

Corey Kluber leads my 2-Start pitcher rankings this week with a matchup at Tampa Bay and then an interleague matchup to end the week at home versus the New York Mets.  These are both very enticing matchups for Kluber that he should be able to exploit. In Klubers’ last five starts versus the Rays he is 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 43/8 K/BB ratio in 31.2 innings. Stephen Strasburg owners have to be licking their chops for his two juicy matchups this week versus the light-hitting Braves’ and Phillies’ lineups. You really couldn’t ask for a better draw for Strasburg so enjoy the ride. David Price will get to pitch his first official home game at Fenway Park taking on the Baltimore Orioles. He’s fresh off an impressive opening day 10-strikeout performance versus the Cleveland Indians and looks to keep the momentum going.  I’m going to plant my flag on Price as my pick for the AL Cy Young Award so that should tell you how high I am on him.

Noah Syndergaard is looking like a top-5 starter this year.  (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Noah Syndergaard is looking like a top-5 starter this year. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

In the National League I’m expecting big things from Noah Syndergaard this week as he draws the Marlins at home before traveling to Cleveland to face off with ace Corey Kluber. One of my favorite 2-start pitchers this week is Patrick Corbin. His owners might be frustrated by his subpar performance on opening day but let me remind you that the Rockies’ are one of the best hitting lineups in baseball. I love both of his matchups this week versus the Dodgers and Padres. The Dodgers are a decent matchup but drawing the Padres is the clincher that makes Corbin a very attractive 2-start pitcher. In Corbin’s last three starts versus the Padres he’s 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 20 K’s in 21 innings pitched. The stage is set for Corbin to pick up two wins this week so lock him in your starting lineups. Another one of my recommended starts this week is Aaron Nola who was impressive in his first start of the season at Great American Ballpark. Nola cruised through seven innings with only one mistake pitch to a red-hot Eugenio Suarez who took him deep. Nola was in line for the win before the Phillies’ bullpen imploded. Nola is looking the part of the Phillies’ next ace and will draw the Padres and Nationals this week. Both of his starts come at home at Citizens Bank Park where he is 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 35/9 K/BB ratio in six career starts.

If you’re playing in deeper leagues then some of the following pitchers might be owned but it’s possible they could still be floating around on the wire in some of your leagues. If any of the following pitchers are available I’d highly recommend picking them up this week since they all get two starts. They might prove to be more than just streaming options as I would strongly argue that Juan Nicasio and Matt Moore have graduated to that next level. If you want to hear more about streaming options and recommended 2-start options check out our latest 60 Feet 6 Inches Fantasy Baseball podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. Also be sure to check out all the great Fantasy Baseball content at FakePigskin.com. If you’re looking for some good streaming options check out Damin Debrowski’s weekly streaming article here. Good luck to everyone in Week 2 and may your week be full of exciting baseball!

Low owned 2-Start Options

Taylor Jungmann: @ STL, @ PIT (7% Yahoo, 3.9% ESPN)

Matt Moore: vs. CLE, vs. CHW (38% Yahoo, 22.7% ESPN)

Juan Nicasio: @ DET, vs. MIL (68% Yahoo, 42.5% ESPN)

Kyle Gibson: vs. CHW, vs. LAA (30% Yahoo, 6.1% ESPN)

Kris Medlan: @ HOU, @ OAK (10% Yahoo, 2.5% ESPN)

Derek Holland: @ SEA, vs. BAL (14% Yahoo, 13.1% ESPN)

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