Fantasy Baseball: Week 12 Two-Start Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw sits atop of the Dirty Dozen this week. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Welcome to Week 12 where there is a clear distinction between usable two-start pitchers and guys that must be avoided. The top 8 is composed of a who’s who of aces including Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Jose Fernandez, Stephen Strasburg and more. The second tier is usable guys with some to a ton of risk. A few of whom are widely available options this week that are worth a look as well. Everyone after 24 are too risky to use because of skill or scary match-ups. Lets check out Week 12’s two-start options.

PLAYERSTART #1OPPOpp PitcherSTART #2OPPOpp PitcherRanks
Clayton Kershaw LAD(06/20)vs. WASStephen Strasburg(06/26)@ PITTBA1
Madison Bumgarner SF(06/20)@ PITJeff Locke(06/25)vs. PHIJeremy Hellickson2
Noah Syndergaard NYM(06/21)vs. KCIan Kennedy(06/26)@ ATLBud Norris3
Chris Sale CHW(06/21)@ BOSClay Buchholz(06/26)vs. TORMarcus Stroman4
Stephen Strasburg WAS(06/20)@ LADClayton Kershaw(06/26)@ MILMatt Garza5
Jose Fernandez MIA(06/21)vs. ATLBud Norris(06/26)vs. CHCJason Hammel6
Johnny Cueto SF(06/21)@ PITTBA(06/26)vs. PHIAaron Nola7
Aaron Nola PHI(06/21)@ MINTyler Duffey(06/26)@ SFJohnny Cueto8
James Paxton SEA(06/21)@ DETJustin Verlander(06/26)vs. STLJaime Garcia9
John Lackey CHC(06/20)vs. STLJaime Garcia(06/25)@ MIAJustin Nicolino10
Jason Hammel CHC(06/21)vs. STLAdam Wainwright(06/26)@ MIAJose Fernandez11
Sonny Gray OAK(06/21)vs. MILJimmy Nelson(06/26)@ LAAHector Santiago12
Steven Wright BOS(06/20)vs. CHWMiguel Gonzalez(06/25)@ TEXMartin Perez13
Drew Smyly TB(06/20)@ CLEJosh Tomlin(06/25)@ BALKevin Gausman14
Kevin Gausman BAL(06/20)@ TEXDerek Holland(06/25)vs. TBDrew Smyly15
Jeremy Hellickson PHI(06/20)vs. ARIShelby Miller(06/25)@ SFMadison Bumgarner16
Justin Verlander DET(06/21)vs. SEAJames Paxton(06/26)vs. CLEJosh Tomlin17
Jhoulys Chacin LAA(06/20)@ HOUDoug Fister(06/25)vs. OAKEric Surkamp18
Blake Snell TB(06/21)@ CLECorey Kluber(06/26)@ BALTyler Wilson19
Doug Fister HOU(06/20)vs. LAAJhoulys Chacin(06/26)@ KCChris Young20
Nathan Karns SEA(06/20)@ DETMike Pelfrey(06/25)vs. STLMike Leake21
Hector Santiago LAA(06/21)@ HOUCollin McHugh(06/26)vs. OAKSonny Gray22
Jeff Locke PIT(06/20)vs. SFMadison Bumgarner(06/25)vs. LADKenta Maeda23
Luis Perdomo SD(06/21)@ BALTyler Wilson(06/26)@ CINAnthony DeSclafani24
Josh Tomlin CLE(06/20)vs. TBDrew Smyly(06/26)@ DETJustin Verlander25
Anthony DeSclafani CIN(06/21)@ TEXColby Lewis(06/26)vs. SDLuis Perdomo26
Bud Norris ATL(06/21)@ MIAJose Fernandez(06/26)vs. NYMNoah Syndergaard27
Miguel Gonzalez CHW(06/20)@ BOSSteven Wright(06/25)vs. TORR.A. Dickey28
Chad Bettis COL(06/21)@ NYYIvan Nova(06/26)vs. ARIPatrick Corbin29
Patrick Corbin ARI(06/21)@ TORMarco Estrada(06/26)@ COLChad Bettis30
Mike Pelfrey DET(06/20)vs. SEANathan Karns(06/25)vs. CLECarlos Carrasco31
Jaime Garcia STL(06/20)@ CHCJohn Lackey(06/26)@ SEAJames Paxton32
Shelby Miller ARI(06/20)@ PHIJeremy Hellickson(06/25)@ COLJorge De La Rosa33
Tyler Duffey MIN(06/21)vs. PHIAaron Nola(06/26)@ NYYNathan Eovaldi34
Tyler Wilson BAL(06/21)vs. SDLuis Perdomo(06/26)vs. TBBlake Snell35
Jorge De La Rosa COL(06/20)@ MIAJustin Nicolino(06/25)vs. ARIShelby Miller36
Clay Buchholz BOS(06/21)vs. CHWChris Sale(06/26)@ TEXDerek Holland37
Derek Holland TEX(06/20)vs. BALKevin Gausman(06/26)vs. BOSClay Buchholz38
Justin Nicolino MIA(06/20)vs. COLJorge De La Rosa(06/25)vs. CHCJohn Lackey39

Low Owned two-start options

Angels Jhoulys Chacin

Mark J. Terrill – Associated Press

Jhoulys Chacin – 3% Owned on Yahoo

You can look at the last couple outing for Jhoulys Chacin and totally write him off but this week he intrigues me. His first start is against the Houston Astros who lead MLB in strikeouts. He has a double-digit strikeout performance in his recent history and could easily get close to it again. He then gets a home start against an Oakland A’s team that has been struggling at the plate. They are bottom five in runs and OPS in the month of June. There is risk using Chacin but he has too much potential to be ignored.

Jeff Locke – 3% Owned in Yahoo

Jeff Locke is another widely available pitcher and for good reason. He allowed 11 earned in his last two starts. However this week he has a golden opportunity to rebound. He faces two teams that struggle against left-handed pitching. The Giants are 19th in OPS versus lefties and have struck out the seventh most times. He then gets the Dodgers who are only behind the Phillies and Braves for worst OPS against lefties. The best part is both of these match-ups are home games. If you need two-start help this week, you could do much worse than Locke.

James Paxton – 40% Owned in Yahoo

James Paxton is my favorite two start option that is available in more the 50% of Yahoo leagues. Since joining the rotation he has been a much different pitcher. He has consistently displayed 100 mile an hour plus fastballs. He has 29 strikeouts and only 6 walks in his four outings. This week he is on the road in his first start against a Tigers team that can strikeout with the best of them including an impressive 10 times against another lefty, the aforementioned Chacin. Then he faces a Cardinal team at home that is in the bottom third of average and OPS against left-handed pitching.

For more two start streaming conversation and more check out Fake Pigskin’s 60 Feet 6 Inches podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

 

 

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