Fantasy Baseball: Week 10 two start pitching options

Carrasco had a monster 2015 and will be looking to back that up with another superb season

Welcome to fantasy baseball Week 10 where there is a clear gap between the top group of two start pitching options and the rest of the hot garbage that will be ideal pitchers to target against. Any pitcher after 25 in my rankings I wouldn’t use in almost any format. The top options are highlighted by Carlos Carrasco who is back from the disabled list to get a two start week. His first outing wasn’t breathtaking by any means but it was a solid sign for things to come.

The biggest question marks this week in the upper tier are with Chris Archer and Dallas Keuchel. Both  pitchers came into the season as American League Cy Young candidates but have looked anything but thus far.  Archer is a guy I would use in weekly league despite the early struggles. He start on the road against a Diamondbacks team that can strikeout with the best of them, currently having the 8th most as a team. He comes home to face a a Astros team that has the most strikeouts in all of baseball. He gets the bump from his park as well. Keuchel on the other hand I would avoid in Weekly leagues. While he hasn’t been great in home games, things get even worse for him on the road. Keuchel’s ERA balloons to almost 6, his walks double, and has given up three times as many homers.

Two Start Pitcher Date Pitcher Opp. Date Pitcher Opp. Kyle’s Ranks
Jacob DeGrom (NYM) Tue 6/7 J. Nicasio @PIT Sun 6/12 Z. Davies @MIL 1
Jon Lester (CHC) Mon 6/6 A. Morgan @PHI Sun 6/12 W. Perez @ATL 2
Madison Bumgarner (SF) Wed 6/8 D. Price BOS Sun 6/12 M. Bolsinger LAD 3
Carlos Carrasco (CLE) Tue 6/7 W. Miley @SEA Sun 6/12 M. Shoemaker @LAA 4
Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) Mon 6/6 M. Shoemaker LAA Sat 6/11 J. Verlander DET 5
Steven Matz (NYM) Mon 6/6 J. Niese @PIT Sat 6/11 W. Peralta @MIL 6
Cole Hamels (TEX) Tue 6/7 D. Keuchel HOU Sun 6/12 W. Miley @SEA 7
Chris Archer (TB) Mon 6/6 R. Ray @ARI Sun 6/12 D. Keuchel HOU 8
Rick Porcello (BOS) Tues 6/7 A. Suarez @SF Sun 6/12 P. Dean @MIN 9
Michael Fulmer (DET) Mon 6/6 J. Happ TOR Sun 6/12 M. Pineda @NYY 10
Joe Ross (WSH) Tue 6/7 M. Latos @CWS Sun 6/12 A. Morgan PHI 11
Dallas Keuchel (HOU) Tue 6/7 C. Hamels @TEX Sun 6/12 C. Archer @TB 12
Aaron Sanchez (TOR) Tue 6/7 M. Boyd @DET Sun 6/12 U. Jimenez BAL 13
Michael Pineda (NYY) Tue 6/7 N. Tropeano LAA Sun 6/12 M. Fulmer DET 14
Mike Leake (STL) Tue 6/7 J. Lamb @CIN Sun 6/12 J. Nicasio @PIT 15
Matt Shoemaker (LAA) Mon 6/6 M. Tanaka @NYY Sun 6/12 C. Carrasco CLE 16
Mike Fiers (HOU) Mon 6/6 C. Lewis @TEX Sat 6/11 D. Smyly @TB 17
Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL) Tue 6/7 Y. Ventura KC Sun 6/12 A. Sanchez @TOR 18
J.A. Happ (TOR) Mon 6/6 M. Fulmer @DET Sat 6/11 M. Wright BAL 19
Jonathon Niese (PIT) Mon 6/6 S. Matz NYM Sat 6/11 C. Martinez STL 20
Tyler Chatwood (COL) Mon 6/6 M. Bolsinger @LAD Sat 6/11 L. Perdomo SD 21
Zach Davies (MIL) Tue 6/7 S. Manaea OAK Sun 6/12 J. DeGrom NYM 22
Trevor Bauer (CLE) Mon 6/6 J. Paxton @SEA Sat 6/11 H. Santiago @LAA 23
Danny Duffy (KC) Mon 6/6 V. Worley @BAL Sun 6/12 M. Latos @CWS 24
Michael Bolsinger (LAD) Mon 6/6 T. Chatwood COL Sun 6/12 M. Bumgarner @SF 25
Christian Friedrich (SD) Mon 6/6 W. Perez ATL Sun 6/12 E. Butler @COL 26
Robbie Ray (ARI) Mon 6/6 C. Archer TB Sun 6/12 A. Conley MIA 27
Colby Lewis (TEX) Mon 6/6 M. Fiers HOU Sat 6/11 J. Paxton @SEA 28
Adam Conley (MIA) Tue 6/7 P. Dean @MIN Sun 6/12 R. Ray @ARI 29
Juan Nicasio (PIT) Tue 6/7 J. DeGrom NYM Sun 6/12 M. Leake STL 30
Wade Miley (SEA) Tue 6/7 C. Carrasco CLE Sun 6/12 C. Hamels TEX 31
Mat Latos (CWS) Tue 6/7 J. Ross WSH Sun 6/12 D. Duffy KC 32
John Lamb (CIN) Tue 6/7 M. Leake STL Sun 6/12 S. Manaea OAK 33
Pat Dean (MIN) Tue 6/7 A. Conley MIA Sun 6/12 E. Rodriguez BOS 34
James Paxton (SEA) Mon 6/6 T. Bauer CLE Sat 6/11 C. Lewis TEX 35
Eddie Butler (COL) Tue 6/7 J. Urias @LAD Sun 6/12 C. Friedrich SD 36
Williams Perez (ATL) Mon 6/6 C. Friedrich @SD Sun 6/12 J. Lester CHC 37
Adam Morgan (PHI) Mon 6/6 J. Lester CHC Sun 6/12 J. Ross @WSH 38
Tigers Michael Fulmer

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Pitchers owned in < 50% of Yahoo leagues:

Michael Fulmer | Detroit Tigers | Owned in 49%

Michael Fulmer has been really impressive as of late winning four of his last five starts including three in a row. He has had 22 strikeouts over his last three outings and hasn’t allowed a run in his last two. Toronto comes to town which can be a little intimidating but they have been about average in terms of runs scored and strikeouts. The Yankees who have been in the bottom third in terms of runs scored in May are the second match up. They haven’t been a strikeout heavy team but Fulmer should produce enough to warrant a start.

Sean Manaea | Oakland Athletics | Owned in 6%

Sean Manaea has had his ups and downs this season for the A’s. He has an opportunity to have an impressive week against two teams that don’t hit a ton. The Brewers, the team he faces first, strikeouts 9th most against left handed pitchers across the majors. The second match up against the Reds should also be a nice match up. Cincinnati tends to struggle against lefties, scoring the 19th most runs against left handed pitching. For Manaea, facing a pitcher instead of another hitter shouldn’t hurt either.

Matt Shoemaker | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Owned in 37%

Matt Shoemaker has been really impressive over his past three starts allowing only four earned. He has 31 strikeouts over that over that timeframe tallying 12, 11, and 8 in those outings. Shoemaker gets the Yankees who are 25th in terms of OPS vs right handers. The Indians bats have been really hot including scoring the 4th most runs in the month of May. It may be a little scary to use him this week but its worth the risk if you ask me.

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