Welcome to the final week of August.
For some, the month's departure signifies the end of shorts season and the return of school and football. For others, it means nothing since time is just an abstract concept that only derives whatever value one places into it.
But us, we have a fantasy baseball season to finish off.
Last week, my Bruce Chen doomsday premonition came to fruition, but Ian Kennedy continued his successful quest to drive me crazy. Instead of visiting Miami and fellow weak offenses this September, Brandon Beachy met Dr. James Andrews for what turned out not to be a friendly lunch.
Most of these pitchers are tip-toeing on the edge of fantasy relevance, commonly relegated to spot-starter status in standard leagues. Bigger names will pop up toward the end, but a couple of them don't deserve your trust right now.
Playing the right matchups can help fight your team to the top, and sniffing out the potential dangers can save you from an untimely nosedive. Here are seven intriguing pitchers worth addressing this week.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of FanGraphs.com.