Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: Week Five

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Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: Week Five
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It’s time to look at the potential two-start options for the upcoming fantasy week.  If I have someone rated as a three, four or five-star option, they are someone I would definitely use. 

A two-star option is someone who is borderline, but I’d strongly lean against it unless I have no other options.  The one-star options are an absolutely not scenario.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at the players available to you this week:

 

Five-Star Options

  • Johan Santana - New York Mets - @ Atl, vs. Pit
  • Tim Lincecum - San Francisco Giants - @ CHC, @ LAD
  • Zack Greinke - Kansas City Royals - vs. CWS, @ LAA

 

Four-Star Options

  • Yovani Gallardo - Milwaukee Brewers - @ Pit, vs. CHC
  • Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners - vs. Tex, @ Min
  • Josh Johnson - Florida Marlins - vs. Cin, @ Col
  • Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals - vs. Phi, @ Cin
  • Erik Bedard - Seattle Mariners - vs. Tex, @ Min
  • Edinson Volquez - Cincinnati Reds - @ Fla, vs. Stl
  • Javier Vazquez - Atlanta Braves - vs. NYM, @ Phi

 

Three-Star Options

  • Scott Kazmir - Tampa Bay Rays - vs. Bal, @ Bos
  • A.J. Burnett - New York Yankees - vs. Bos, @ Bal
  • Jon Lester - Boston Red Sox - @ NYY, vs. TB
  • Josh Beckett - Boston Red Sox - @ NYY, vs. TB
  • Aaron Harang - Cincinnati Reds - @ Fla, vs. Stl
  • Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies - @ Stl, vs. Atl
  • Matt Garza - Tampa Bay Rays - vs. Bal, @ Bos
  • Joba Chamberlain - New York Yankees - vs. Bos, @ Bal
  • Chris Volstad - Florida Marlins - vs. Cin, @ Col
  • Kevin Millwood - Texas Rangers - @ Sea, @ CWS
  • Gavin Floyd - Chicago White Sox - @ KC, vs. Tex
  • Francisco Liriano - Minnesota Twins - @ Det, vs. Sea
  • Edwin Jackson - Detroit Tigers - vs. Min, @ Cle
  • Paul Maholm - Pittsburgh Pirates - vs. Mil, @ NYM

 

Two-Star Options

  • Nick Blackburn - Minnesota Twins - @ Det, vs. Sea
  • Ryan Dempster - Chicago Cubs - vs. SF, @ Mil
  • Brett Myers - Philadelphia Phillies - @ Stl, vs. Atl
  • Max Scherzer - Arizona Diamondbacks - @ LAD, vs. Was
  • Bartolo Colon - Chicago White Sox - @ KC, vs. Tex
  • Fausto Carmona - Cleveland Indians - @ Tor, vs. Det
  • Jonathan Sanchez - San Francisco Giants - @ CHC, @ LAD
  • Koji Uehara - Baltimore Orioles - @ TB, vs. NYY
  • Sean Marshall - Chicago Cubs - vs. SF, @ Mil
  • Doug Davis - Arizona Diamondbacks - @ LAD, vs. Was
  • Ian Snell - Pittsburgh Pirates - vs. Mil, @ NYM
  • Aaron Cook - Colorado Rockies - @ SD, vs. Fla
  • Rick Porcello - Detroit Tigers - vs. Min, @ Cle
  • Mitchell Boggs - St. Louis Cardinals - vs. Phi, @ Cin

 

One-Star Options

  • Anthony Reyes - Cleveland Indians - @ Tor, vs. Det
  • Kyle Davies - Kansas City Royals - vs. CWS, @ LAA
  • Dallas Braden - Oakland Athletics - vs. LAA, vs. Tor
  • Eric Stults - Los Angeles Dodgers - vs. Ari, vs. SF
  • Brian Tallet - Toronto Blue Jays - vs. Cle, @ Oak
  • Vicente Padilla - Texas Rangers - @ Sea, @ CWS
  • Brett Anderson - Oakland Athletics - vs. LAA, vs. Tor
  • Scott Olsen - Washington Nationals - vs. Hou, @ Ari
  • James McDonald - Los Angeles Dodgers - vs. Ari, vs. SF
  • Felipe Paulino - Houston Astros - @ Was, vs. SD
  • Jeff Suppan - Milwaukee Brewers - @ Pit, vs. CHC
  • Livan Hernandez - New York Mets - @ Atl, vs. Pit
  • Jorge De La Rosa - Colorado Rockies - @ SD, vs. Fla
  • Josh Geer - San Diego Padres - vs. Col, @ Hou
  • Daniel Cabrera - Washington Nationals - vs. Hou, @ Ari
  • Kevin Correia - San Diego Padres - vs. Col, @ Hou
  • Russ Ortiz - Houston Astros - @ Was, vs. SD
  • Shane Loux - Los Angeles Angels - @ Oak, vs. KC
  • Adam Eaton - Baltimore Orioles - @ TB, vs. NYY
  • Anthony Ortega - Los Angeles Angels - @ Oak, vs. KC
  • Brian Burres - Toronto Blue Jays - vs. Cle, @ Oak

 

Scheduling Notes

  • There are some questions as to who may make two starts for the Braves.  I’ve seen Kenshin Kawakami and Jo-Jo Reyes both listed.  Either way, I wouldn’t recommend using either of them.

 

Notes

  • Cole Hamels is a Four-Star Option is due to injury concerns, coupled with his early season struggles (excluding his last start).  Normally he’d be a no-brainer Four-Star Option.
  • Javier Vazquez has extremely tough match-ups, but with 42 strikeouts in 32 innings, he has to be considered one of the better options available.
  • A lot of the Three-Star Options would normally be ranked higher, but with early season struggles, coupled with tough match-ups in the upcoming week, I just couldn’t do it.  This is very prevalent among AL East pitchers with Josh Beckett (6.00 ERA), Jon Lester (5.40 ERA), A.J. Burnett (5.47 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (5.40 ERA) all falling into this category.
  • Joba Chamberlain has good numbers, but the 1.52 WHIP is a cause for concern.  He also has not been the strikeout pitcher everyone hoped for (that’s not to say he hasn’t been good).
  • Ryan Dempster & Brett Myers fall into the same class of pitcher, and those are ones that I am not a fan of.  They have both struggled early on, though that’s not surprising.  They are extremely risky plays, as you just never really know what you are going to get.
  • It’s tough to say which two-star pitcher I’d pick to use if I had to. Max Scherzer and Doug Davis are attractive with the Nationals on the schedule, but the match-up with the Dodgers scares me.

Which two-start pitchers do you like for next week?  Which ones are you trying to avoid?

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