Week 1 two-start pitchers

Ranking week 1 two-start pitchers is always a little weird because of a couple of reason. Firstly most of the guys on a two start week are no brainers even when they are only one start guys so the first 25 or so options you are starting whatever. Secondly not all of the teams have absolutely finalised their plans for the first week. Therefore it can be a little bit of guess work as to whether teams are going with four man rotations to open the year or whether they are going to get that fifth starter eased in early. This week we are looking at 20ish no brainers and then the questionable guys start to come into the frame.

Going forward I plan to rank all the two start pitchers and try and give you an idea of where I draw the line about what two start guys to go for in which sized leagues.

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Tune in each week to hear the team discuss the previous week and take a look forward at what we can hope to expect in the coming week. We will be discussing waiver wire, start sit along with all the major topics surrounding the world of fantasy baseball.

PlayerDate 1vs. 1st startvs. 1st pitcherDate 2vs. 2nd startvs. 2nd pitcher
Clayton Kershaw LAD (04/03) vs. SD Jhoulys Chacin (04/08) @ COL Jon Gray 
Madison Bumgarner SF(04/02) @ ARI Zack Greinke(04/08) @ SD Jhoulys Chacin 
Corey Kluber CLE(04/03) @ TEX Yu Darvish (04/09) @ ARI TBA
Noah Syndergaard NYM (04/03) vs. ATL Julio Teheran (04/09) vs. MIA Edinson Volquez 
Johnny Cueto SF (04/04) @ ARI TBA(04/09) @ SD Clayton Richard 
Justin Verlander DET(04/03) @ CHW Jose Quintana (04/09) vs. BOS Drew Pomeranz 
Stephen Strasburg WAS (04/03) vs. MIA Edinson Volquez (04/09) @ PHI Jeremy Hellickson
Jon Lester CHC(04/02) @ STL Carlos Martinez (04/09) @ MIL TBA
Yu Darvish TEX (04/03) vs. CLE Corey Kluber(04/09) vs. OAK Sean Manaea 
Zack Greinke ARI(04/02) vs. SF Madison Bumgarner(04/08) vs. CLE TBA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY(04/02) @ TB Chris Archer (04/08) @ BAL TBA
Felix Hernandez SEA (04/03) @ HOU Dallas Keuchel (04/08) @ LAA Matt Shoemaker
Chris Archer TB (04/02) vs. NYY Masahiro Tanaka(04/08) vs. TOR Aaron Sanchez 
Gerrit Cole PIT (04/03) @ BOS Rick Porcello(04/09) vs. ATL Julio Teheran 
Kenta Maeda LAD (04/04) vs. SD Clayton Richard (04/09) @ COL TBA
Dallas Keuchel HOU (04/03) vs. SEA Felix Hernandez (04/08) vs. KC Danny Duffy 
Julio Teheran ATL (04/03) @ NYM Noah Syndergaard (04/09) @ PIT Gerrit Cole 
Carlos Martinez STL (04/02) vs. CHC Jon Lester(04/09) vs. CIN Scott Feldman
Jose Quintana CHW (04/03) vs. DET Justin Verlander(04/09) vs. MIN Ervin Santana
Lance McCullers HOU (04/04) vs. SEA Hisashi Iwakuma (04/09) vs. KC Nathan Karns
Rick Porcello BOS(04/03) vs. PIT Gerrit Cole (04/08) @ DET TBA
Danny Duffy KC (04/03) @ MIN Ervin Santana(04/08) @ HOU Dallas Keuchel 
Jake Odorizzi TB(04/04) vs. NYY CC Sabathia (04/09) vs. TOR Marco Estrada 
Sean Manaea OAK (04/04) vs. LAA TBA(04/09) @ TEX Yu Darvish 
Ervin Santana MIN(04/03) vs. KC Danny Duffy (04/09) @ CHW Jose Quintana 
Matt Shoemaker LAA(04/03) @ OAK Kendall Graveman (04/08) vs. SEA Felix Hernandez 
Jon Gray COL (04/03) @ MIL Junior Guerra(04/08) vs. LAD Clayton Kershaw 
Ervin Santana MIN(04/03)vs. KCDanny Duffy(04/08)@ CWSJose Quintana
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA (04/04) @ HOU Lance McCullers (04/09) @ LAA TBA
Marco Estrada TOR (04/03) @ BAL Kevin Gausman (04/09) @ TB Jake Odorizzi
CC Sabathia NYY (04/04) @ TB Jake Odorizzi(04/09) @ BAL TBA
Junior Guerra MIL(04/03) vs. COL Jon Gray (04/08) vs. CHC Kyle Hendricks 
Jeremy Hellickson PHI(04/03) @ CIN Scott Feldman(04/09) vs. WAS Max Scherzer 
Kendall Graveman OAK (04/03) vs. LAA Matt Shoemaker(04/08) @ TEX TBA
Scott Feldman CIN(04/03) vs. PHI Jeremy Hellickson(04/09) @ STL Carlos Martinez 
Edinson Volquez MIA (04/03) @ WAS Max Scherzer (04/09) @ NYM Noah Syndergaard 
Ricky Nolasco LAA(04/03)@ OAKKendall Graveman(04/08)vs. SEAFelix Hernandez
Jhoulys Chacin SD (04/03) @ LAD Clayton Kershaw (04/08) vs. SF Madison Bumgarner
Clayton Richard SD (04/04) @ LAD Kenta Maeda (04/09) vs. SF Johnny Cueto 

Some points of note:

  • Clayton Kershaw: As with any pitcher Kershaw is worse in Coors than in other ball parks but he’s still a stud and a guy I am fully trusting whatever. Madison Bumgarner is closer to taking that number one spot than he will be all season and if Maz Scherzer was the two-start option in Washington then he would actually be ahead of Kershaw this week.
  • Stephen Strasburg: I’ve already said I would have Scherzer at number one because this is a pair of cupcake match-ups for an ace. However, Strasburg enters the season with a little concern lingering and so I can’t boost him over that top five who all have at least one match-up I like.
  • Corey Kluber: Two tough match-ups in two tough parks mean we could see Kluber off to a rocky start this year. His ranking is kind of academic because your starting him anyway with no questions asked.
  • Jake Odorizzi: If he was on the road twice this week I might question Odorizzi but he is usually rock solid at home so I am starting him even against two decent line-ups.
  • Jon Gray: Usually you would find him a little higher up the rankings but his two starts this week come in the two worst ball parks in the majors for a pitcher (Miller park and Coors). As a Gray fan I am watching this week closely because if it’s a rough one then I am starting to look at trying to trade for him.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma: This is my last real no questions asked starter this week. Both starts could be rough on the road but both of these line-ups have the potential to strikeout a fair bit and I will gamble on the upside over a lot of one start guys.
  • Marco Estrada & CC Sabathia: I like that both of these guys get to play the worst AL East line-up in the most hitter friendly park (@TB). However, both have to face Baltimore at Camden and that is where these guys fall down to this point in my rankings because I think at least one of them gets lit up in Baltimore.
  • Junior Guerra: Two home games against two teams who could destroy him scare me a ton but seriously look at the options below him?! I don’t think I can start anyone below him this week in 10 or 12 team leagues and he is a major question mark himself.
  • The rest:
    • Jeremy Hellickson has the best match-ups but he still has to go into Cincy and then face what could be a very good Washington team.
    • Kendall Graveman could get obliterated in Texas.
    • Scott Feldman just scares me but these aren’t the worst match-ups ever.
    • Edinson Volquez is where I would draw the line even in 14-team leagues because these two teams could do a lot of damage to his numbers.
    • Ricky Nolasco was actually usable last year with the Angels but that comes off the back of being thoroughly awful with the Twins so I am struggling to trust him until I know which half of last season we are likely to see in 2017.
    • Jhoulys Chacin and Clayton Richard: I doubt they win a game between them facing three aces and another top 20 pitcher. The Dodgers and Giants likely won’t destroy them but the damage combined with four losses is too much for me to bear. If you’re in a league where owning these guys are your only option then A) your more dedicated than me and B) you are probably starting them anyway.

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