Fantasy Baseball: Week 7 Two-Start Pitchers

Can Dallas Keuchel return to his former Cy Young form in Week 5? (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The Week 7 two-start pitching options fell like polar opposites. The top contains no brainer studs with solid match ups and the bottom contains gas cans that are likely to get lit. There are a few names in the middle that are interesting. The danger of a terrible start is low and the potential production gives owners something to be excited about.

The hardest pitcher to rank this week is Dallas Keuchel. Last years AL CY Young winner has struggled this season especially on the road. He is 16th this week which puts him in the weird middle ground. He is on the road against a White Sox lineup that has been impressive thus far. It could be an ugly Keuchel if he isn’t locating his pitches. Then he comes home where he has been better but faces a Ranger lineup that can put up crooked numbers. I wanted to rank him lower but between his skills and last seasons performance I can’t drop him much further.

TWO-START PITCHERS
Pitcher Start #1 Start #2 Kyle’s Rank
Clayton Kershaw LAD (05/17)
vs. LAA
Jered Weaver
(05/22)
@ SD
Colin Rea
1
Max Scherzer WAS (05/17)
@ NYM
Noah Syndergaard
(05/22)
@ MIA
Adam Conley
2
David Price BOS (05/17)
@ KC
Ian Kennedy
(05/22)
vs. CLE
Danny Salazar
3
Noah Syndergaard NYM (05/17)
vs. WAS
Max Scherzer
(05/22)
vs. MIL
Chase Anderson
4
Madison Bumgarner SF (05/17)
@ SD
Colin Rea
(05/22)
vs. CHC
Kyle Hendricks
5
Jordan Zimmermann DET (05/16)
vs. MIN
Jose Berrios
(05/22)
vs. TB
Drew Smyly
6
Kenta Maeda LAD (05/16)
vs. LAA
Matt Shoemaker
(05/21)
@ SD
Cesar Vargas
7
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL (05/17)
vs. SEA
Wade Miley
(05/22)
@ LAA
Jered Weaver
8
Danny Salazar CLE (05/17)
vs. CIN
Alfredo Simon
(05/22)
@ BOS
David Price
9
Rick Porcello BOS (05/16)
@ KC
Yordano Ventura
(05/21)
vs. CLE
Cody Anderson
10
Jaime Garcia STL (05/17)
vs. COL
Chad Bettis
(05/22)
vs. ARI
Robbie Ray
11
Jerad Eickhoff PHI (05/16)
vs. MIA
Adam Conley
(05/22)
vs. ATL
Aaron Blair
12
Marcus Stroman TOR (05/17)
vs. TB
Chris Archer
(05/22)
@ MIN
Phil Hughes
13
Carlos Rodon CHW (05/17)
vs. HOU
Dallas Keuchel
(05/22)
vs. KC
Yordano Ventura
14
Michael Pineda NYY (05/16)
@ ARI
Robbie Ray
(05/21)
@ OAK
Sean Manaea
15
Dallas Keuchel HOU (05/17)
@ CHW
Carlos Rodon
(05/22)
vs. TEX
Derek Holland
16
Sean Manaea OAK (05/16)
vs. TEX
Derek Holland
(05/21)
vs. NYY
Michael Pineda
17
Kyle Hendricks CHC (05/17)
@ MIL
Chase Anderson
(05/22)
@ SF
Madison Bumgarner
18
Jose Berrios MIN (05/16)
@ DET
Jordan Zimmermann
(05/21)
vs. TOR
J.A. Happ
19
Adam Conley MIA (05/16)
@ PHI
Jerad Eickhoff
(05/22)
vs. WAS
Max Scherzer
20
J.A. Happ TOR (05/16)
vs. TB
Drew Smyly
(05/21)
@ MIN
Jose Berrios
21
Robbie Ray ARI (05/16)
vs. NYY
Michael Pineda
(05/22)
@ STL
Jaime Garcia
22
Colin Rea SD (05/17)
vs. SF
Madison Bumgarner
(05/22)
vs. LAD
Clayton Kershaw
23
Juan Nicasio PIT (05/17)
vs. ATL
Aaron Blair
(05/22)
vs. COL
Chad Bettis
24
Nathan Eovaldi NYY (05/17)
@ ARI
Zack Greinke
(05/22)
@ OAK
Eric Surkamp
25
Drew Smyly TB (05/16)
@ TOR
J.A. Happ
(05/22)
@ DET
Jordan Zimmermann
26
Yordano Ventura KC (05/16)
vs. BOS
Rick Porcello
(05/22)
@ CHW
Carlos Rodon
27
Phil Hughes MIN (05/17)
@ DET
Mike Pelfrey
(05/22)
vs. TOR
Marcus Stroman
28
Chase Anderson MIL (05/17)
vs. CHC
Kyle Hendricks
(05/22)
@ NYM
Noah Syndergaard
29
Wade Miley SEA (05/17)
@ BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez
(05/22)
@ CIN
Alfredo Simon
30
Chad Bettis COL (05/17)
@ STL
Jaime Garcia
(05/22)
@ PIT
Juan Nicasio
31
Aaron Blair ATL (05/17)
@ PIT
Juan Nicasio
(05/22)
@ PHI
Jerad Eickhoff
32
Eric Surkamp OAK (05/17)
vs. TEX
Cole Hamels
(05/22)
vs. NYY
Nathan Eovaldi
33
Cody Anderson CLE (05/16)
vs. CIN
John Lamb
(05/21)
@ BOS
Rick Porcello
34
Jonathon Niese PIT (05/16)
vs. ATL
Williams Perez
(05/21)
vs. COL
Tyler Chatwood
35
Williams Perez ATL (05/16)
@ PIT
Jonathon Niese
(05/21)
@ PHI
Adam Morgan
36
Derek Holland TEX (05/16)
@ OAK
Sean Manaea
(05/22)
@ HOU
Dallas Keuchel
37
John Lamb CIN (05/16)
@ CLE
Cody Anderson
(05/21)
vs. SEA
Felix Hernandez
38
Matt Shoemaker LAA (05/16)
@ LAD
Kenta Maeda
(05/21)
vs. BAL
Kevin Gausman
39
Jered Weaver LAA (05/17)
@ LAD
Clayton Kershaw
(05/22)
vs. BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez
40
Alfredo Simon CIN (05/17)
@ CLE
Danny Salazar
(05/22)
vs. SEA
Wade Miley
41

 

Low owned Two-Start Options

Marlins Adam Conley

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Adam Conley | Miami Marlins | Owned in 29% on ESPN

Adam Conley had a poor performance in his last outing against the Brewers giving up four earned runs and only getting four strikeouts. He went into that outing after back to back shutouts. I expect a bounce back week from Conley in his two starts. He starts on the road against the Phillies where he should be able to put up solid numbers and a good strikeout number. He then comes home to face a tough Nationals lineup but gets the boost of a home ballpark that is pitch friendly.

Jerad Eickhoff | Philadelphia Phillies | Owned in 16.5% on ESPN

Jerad Eickhoff is very tempting this week with his two starts coming at home. There is concern with teams stacking lefties against Eickhoff which causes problems. He has shown the ability to put up impressive strike out totals despite facing two teams that are in the lower half in terms of strikeouts.

Sean Manaea | Oakland Athletics | Owned in 6.5 on ESPN

Sean Manaea hasn’t been great since joining the rotation in Oakland but the skills are there for him to be a season long contributor. He is a lefty with strikeout potential and the ability for quality starts. He gets two tasty match ups at home against two teams that struggle against left-handed pitching. Its been a rough start for Manaea but better outings are coming. As Ben Rolfe and I discussed on the podcast this may be the last chance to get him in many leagues.

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