The monster that is the two-start pitcher is one of the ultimate tools for your fantasy baseball team.
When used effectively, a two-start pitcher can cover up many of your fantasy squad’s flaws—or propel an already strong team onward to victory.
But beware, for not all two-start pitchers are created equal. Some, when not used properly, may cause more harm than good.
The following is a list of this week’s two-start pitchers, broken into four categories of value.
All probable matchups via CBS Sports Fantasy News.
Cliff Lee, 5/6 at San Francisco, 5/11 at Arizona
Madison Bumgarner, 5/6 vs. Philadelphia, 5/11 vs. Atlanta
Jake Peavy, 5/6 Kansas City, 5/12 vs. Los Angeles Angels
Hiroki Kuroda, 5/7 at Colorado, 5/12 at Kansas City
James Shields, 5/6 Chicago White Sox, 5/11 New York Yankees
Anibal Sanchez, 5/7 at Washington, 5/12 vs. Cleveland
Clay Buchholz, 5/6 vs. Minnesota, 5/11 vs. Toronto
Matt Harvey, 5/7 vs. Chicago White Sox, 5/12 vs. Pittsburgh
These are your top-of-the-line starters who can provide major value. One caveat: Some of these pitchers, such as Lee and Bumgarner, are slated to square off against other aces in one of their two this week.
C.J. Wilson, 5/7 at Houston, 5/12 at Chicago White Sox
Kris Medlen, 5/7 at Cincinnati, 5/12 at San Francisco
Tim Lincecum, 5/7 vs. Philadelphia, 5/12 vs. Atlanta
Trevor Cahill, 5/6 at Los Angeles Dodgers, 5/11 vs. Philadelphia
Tommy Milone, 5/7 at Cleveland, 5/12 at Seattle
Paul Maholm, 5/6 at Cincinnati, 5/11 at San Francisco
Wei-Yin Chen, 5/7 at Kansas City, 5/12 at Minnesota
Ryan Dempster, 5/7 vs. Minnesota, 5/12 vs. Toronto
These guys may not be aces, but they're no chumps either. Comb through this list, and you may be able to find the type of No. 2 or No. 3 starter that can give you the value of an ace this week.
Ervin Santana, 5/7 at Baltimore, 5/12 vs. New York Yankees
Bronson Arroyo, 5/6 vs. Atlanta, 5/12 vs. Milwaukee
Kyle Kendrick, 5/7 at San Francisco, 5/12 at Arizona
Zach McAllister, 5/7 vs. Oakland, 5/12 at Detroit
Nick Tepesch, 5/6 at Chicago Cubs, 5/12 vs. Houston
Scott Feldman, 5/6 vs. Texas, 5/12 at Washington
Scott Diamond, 5/7 at Boston, 5/12 vs. Baltimore
Like the previous slide, these pitchers aren't necessarily fantasy aces, but this week could provide some serious bang for the buck. Pay attention to matchups—for instance, Tepesch faces the lowly Cubs and Astros this week.
Jeremy Hellickson, 5/6 vs. Toronto, 5/11 vs. San Diego
James McDonald, 5/7 vs. Seattle, 5/12 at New York Mets
Jorge de la Rosa, 5/7 vs. New York Yankees, 5/12 at Saint Louis
Andrew Cashner, 5/6 vs. Miami, 5/12 at Tampa Bay
J.A. Happ, 5/7 at Tampa Bay, 5/12 at Boston
Roberto Hernandez, 5/7 vs. Toronto, 5/12 vs. San Diego
Don't go out of your way to add any of these guys on to your team, because they have displayed relatively pedestrian stats so far this season. But in the right situation—for instance, Hernandez faces Toronto and San Diego this week—you might look into picking one of these arms up.
Jarrod Parker, 5/6 at Cleveland, 5/11 at Seattle
Brandon McCarthy, 5/7 at Los Angeles Dodgers, 5/12 vs. Philadelphia
Mark Buehrle, 5/6 at Tampa Bay, 5/11 at Boston
Vance Worley, 5/6 at Boston, 5/11 vs. Baltimore
Ubaldo Jimenez, 5/6 vs. Oakland, 5/11 at Detroit
Chris Capuano, 5/6 vs. Arizona, 5/12 vs. Miami
Erik Bedard, 5/7 vs. Los Angeles Angels, 5/12 vs. Texas
Aaron Harang, 5/7 at Pittsburgh, 5/12 vs. Oakland
Wade LeBlanc, 5/6 at San Diego, 5/12 at Los Angeles Dodgers
Woof. These pitchers are all off to rough starts, and you may want to think twice before adding any of them to your fantasy squad this week. This is one instance where you won't be getting maximum value from a two-start pitcher.