Fantasy Baseball 2013: Full List of This Week's 2-Start Pitchers

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJune 9, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05:  Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Looking for the advantage in your fantasy league this week? Well look no further.

Landing the best two-start pitchers is a great way to give yourself the advantage in head-to-head matches, and we're giving you the rundown on each starter who meets that criteria this week.

From aces to avoidables, here's a complete list of this week's two-start pitchers.

The Aces

Clayton Kershaw: 6/10 vs. ARI, 6/16 @PIT

Hisashi Iwakuma: 6/10 vs. HOU, 6/16 @OAK

CC Sabathia: 6/11 @OAK, 6/16 @LAA

Cole Hamels: 6/11 @MIN, 6//16 @COL

Alex Cobb: 6/10 vs. BOS, 6/15 vs. KC

Derek Holland: 6/11 vs. CLE, 6/16 vs. TOR

Most of these guys should be straightforward. Despite going 0-2 over his last three starts, Kershaw is still posting high strikeout numbers with an ERA under 2.00.

Meanwhile, Iwakuma hasn't given up an earned run over his last two starts, while Sabathia continues to eat innings and win games.

Cole Hamels might be a surprising add to some, but you'd be foolish to give up on him this early. The 29-year-old is posting strong peripherals; he just needs some good luck and run support.

Mid-Level Options

Doug Fister: 6/10 @KC, 6/16 @MIN

Homer Bailey: 6/10 @CHC, 6/15 vs. MIL

Julio Teheran: 6/10 @SD, 6/16 vs. SF

R.A. Dickey: 6/10 @CHW, 6/15 @TEX

Matt Garza: 6/11 vs. CIN, 6/16 @NYM

Bartolo Colon: 6/11 vs. NYY, 6/16 vs. SEA

Alexi Ogando: 6/10 vs. CLE, 6/15 vs. TOR

John Lackey: 6/10 @TB, 6/16 @BAL

Scott Feldman: 6/10 vs. CIN, 6/16 @NYM

Ricky Nolasco: 6/10 vs. MIL, 6/16 vs. STL

It was really hard for me to not lump Teheran in with the aces, but he needs a few more starts to be considered that good. He's been on fire as of late, garnering 11 Ks in his last start.

Nolasco might seem a surprise this high up, but he too is enjoying a strong hot streak. He's given up just seven runs across his last four starts.

R.A. Dickey could be the big bust of this group. His last start was a solid one, but it was preceded by two six-run outings. He draws some tough road matchups this week.

Finally, shout-outs to Garza and Lackey. Both have battled back from injury-plagued years and seem like solid fantasy options for 2013.

Young Guns

Michael Wacha: 6/11 @NYM, 6/16 @MIA

Tony Cingrani: 6/11 @CHC, 6/16 vs. MIL

Wily Peralta: 6/11 @MIA, 6/16 @CIN

Wacha is generating a lot of buzz, but his last start (4.2 innings, six earned runs) was pretty awful—despite a strong debut in the start before. He faces favorable matchups this week, though both are on the road.

Cingrani is likely to return to the starting rotation this week. He was solid in his previous starts and is always a good source for Ks.

Peralta has had some nice starts here and there, but he's far too inconsistent to trust.

Cautionary Tales

Tim Lincecum: 6/11 @PIT, 6/16 @ATL

Yovani Gallardo: 6/10 @MIA, 6/15 @CIN

Dan Haren: 6/11 @COL, 6/16 @CLE

Jeremy Guthrie: 6/10 vs. DET, 6/15 @TB

Wade Miley: 6/10 @LAD, 6/16 @SD

Jonathon Niese: 6/11 vs. STL, 6/16 vs. CHC

This group could easily be labeled "the once weres."

Lincecum continues to be a source of Ks, but he just can't keep the runs off the board. His last start was a good one, but he'll have to go toe-to-toe with some solid youngsters this week.

Whatever magic Guthrie had in the beginning of the season, it seems to be fading. He's strung together a couple of nice starts, but they were preceded by some real bad ones.

Gallardo and Haren have flashes of their former selves, but both have been plagued by ugly peripherals this season.

Low-Level Options

Jason Marquis: 6/10 vs. ATL, 6/16 vs. ARI

Miguel Gonzalez: 6/11 vs. LAA, 6/16 vs. BOS

Corey Kluber: 6/10 @TEX, 6/16 vs. WAS

Dylan Axelrod: 6/10 vs. TOR, 6/16 @HOU

Wade Davis: 6/11 vs. DET, 6/16 @TB

Dallas Keuchel: 6/10 @SEA, 6/16 vs. CHW

P.J. Walters: 6/11 vs. PHI, 6/16 vs. DET

Marquis and Gonzalez have bother pitched okay to good this season, but neither seems to post a lot of strikeouts or innings. If you're not worried about peripherals, give these guys a look.

Axelrod has been on a real hot streak as of late, giving up three or fewer runs across his last five starts. His Toronto matchup could be iffy—though it is at home—but he should be lights out in Houston.

Walters is still an unknown at this point, but he's 2-1 with 18.0 innings pitched across his first three starts of the season.

The Avoidables

Freddy Garcia: 6/10 vs. LAA, 6/15 vs. BOS

Roberto Hernandez: 6/11 vs. BOS, 6/16 vs. KC

It's better to just pretend these guys don't exist.


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