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Weekly leaguers, Two-Startapalooza is back with a fresh lineup for week two.  It’s a weekly feature, so obviously it’s back.  I’ll try to come up with more clever ledes in future weeks, but I’m a little busy right now prepping my photog equipment for Tehol’s Playgirl shoot.  Speaking of Tehol, he’s gonna be posting on points leagues this season, and I know many of you two-start hoarders are points league participants, so be sure to read his stuff.  Anyway, here’s a look at the two-start landscape for week two.

As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  And for a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link.  The Steam-o-Nator goes live April 8th.

MUST START

Gio Gonzalez (CWS, ATL); Madison Bumgarner (COL, @CHC); Mat Latos (@STL, @PIT)

  • As promised, this must-start tier has thinned considerably after week one.  Feel free to start these three without hesitation.

FIRST TIER

Hiroki Kuroda (@CLE, BAL); C.J. Wilson (OAK, HOU); Jake Peavy (@WAS, @CLE); Anibal Sanchez (TOR, @OAK); Alexi Ogando (TB, @SEA); Clay Buchholz (BAL, TB); Jarrod Parker (@LAA, DET); Andy Pettitte (@CLE, BAL); Trevor Cahill (PIT, LAD); Wandy Rodriguez (@ARZ, CIN); Jaime Garcia (CIN, MLW); Josh Beckett (@SD, @ARZ); Matt Harvey (@PHI, @MIN); Edwin Jackson (MLW, SF); Brandon Morrow (@DET, @KC)

  • Not many surprises here.  For the most part, this first tier is owned in more than 75% of leagues.  If you’re in a shallower format, though, you might be able to find guys like Pettitte, Jackson, or Garcia on the wire.

SECOND TIER

Paul Maholm (@MIA, @WAS); Travis Wood (MLW, SF); Marco Estrada (@CHC, @STL); Clayton Richard (LAD, COL); Roy Halladay (NYM, @MIA); Ervin Santana (MIN, TOR); Jeremy Hellickson (@TEX, @BOS); Joe Saunders (HOU, TEX);  Erik Bedard (@SEA, @LAA);  Brandon Maurer (HOU, TEX); Tim Lincecum (COL, @CHC); Wei-Yin Chen (@BOS, @NYY)

  • This second tier is a little more available, so if you’re in need, take note.  I like the upside of both Bedard and Maurer for this week, and they’re on waivers in virtually any format.  I’m also knocking Halladay down into this tier until he gets his shizz together.  In other words, I’m relegating Halladay to this tier forever.

THIRD TIER

Ubaldo Jimenez (NYY, CWS); Jorge De La Rosa (@SF, @SD); Kevin Slowey (ATL, PHI)

  • Reaching into tier three is awfully risky, and I’d explore all other options before using any of these three.  Ubaldo is actually coming off a decent outing, but I wouldn’t trust him just yet outside of the deepest of H2H formats.  Same goes for De La Rosa as he works his way back to full-strength following TJ surgery.  After an impressive spring and a not-so-bad first outing, Slowey is trending upward, but he’ll need to show more before we can feel comfortable using him in mixed weekly formats.  In AL/NL-Only leagues, though, these guys are in play.

DON’T START

Nick Tepesch (TB, @SEA); Carlos Carrasco (NYY, CWS)

  • Tepesch and Carrasco are making their first starts of the season, and neither brings much upside to the fantasy game.  It’s tough to say for certain that these two are total duds, but I wouldn’t use them in any format until we see what they have to offer.

64 Responses

  1. Fister Furbush says:
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    Hey, would you drop animal Sanchez for Andy P. in points league? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Nah, hold the animal

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Fister Furbush: i wouldn’t drop him at any point this season…

  2. This guy says:
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    Drop Rasmus to stream from the second tier? Would you rather a bench bat or a streaming slot?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @This guy: that should depend a lot on roster size/# of teams in league. Also on the rest of your roster. If a player similar to Rasmus, maybe even himself at a later time, is obtainable, that is a much different situation than if you’re in a 30 roster 16 team league. I just picked up Cozart from waivers (burned waiver spot) due to having exactly one SS, Rutledge, and there being literally 0 other SS eligibles who both /don’t suck/have definite starting job. If Rutledge were to be hurt for any time i’d have had to use Brendan Ryan/Dozier as my starting SS.
      If your team is solid in most/all areas and balanced it’s sometimes better to just wait for injuries/hot players to determine when to start streaming. I’m assuming you’re in a H2H league.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Goodfold2 offers sound advice, so assuming you’re streaming for counting stats, yeah drop Colby for a tier 2 guy.

  3. RB says:
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    Is Parker really a tier one at LAA and vs DET?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      The @LAA matchup always appears more daunting than it actually is — it’s really a pitchers’ park there… Tier 1 are guys you can feel comfortable using regardless of opponents & I think Parker has worked his way into that convo…

  4. Henry says:
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    I liked the old format better than this tiered write up. More useful honing in on fringe unowned pitchers with good matchups. Sorry.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Noted. We wanted to provide a more all-encompassing lay of the land.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Scott Evans: you could keep the format just add in extra commentary on Razzball select streams… But then thats what the Stream-o-Nator is for right…

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          that is the idea of the stream-o-nator, but i’ll try to work in more commentary on the under-owned 2-starters with good matchups.

  5. Buge Hoobs says:
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    which two do you sit for the week: bailey, milone, Shelby, or janssen?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Probably Shelby & Janssen, but let’s put off final verdict til after Miller pitches today.

  6. Scooterboy says:
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    Was checking out the waiver wire to possibly upgrade my 5th outfield position. Currently have Stanton, Choo, Gordon, Pence , and Pagan. Thought about dropping Pagan for one of these available.

    Nolan Reimold
    Brett Gardner
    Emilio Bonifacio
    Cameron Maybin

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Clearly there’s value on the wire, but I’d hold Pagan for a bit longer before dumping for a FA. Don’t think any of those OFs would offer much more than him…

  7. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey buddy whats up!! JB introduced me to Draft Kings and my first game I did horrible cause I didn’t take my timw with the draft. Anyway they’re 7 day games on, I’m not doing night, and I was wondering If you can give me tips or ideas of a lineup if u see today’s games I would appreciate it cause I really just need an idea of how to pick these linups… I don’t know the strategy yet. I’m only putting a dollar in so it’s really nothing but I wanna learn strategy before i put any real money in, Ya know.. Thanks!!!

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      It’s the kind where it’s a 50,000 dollar cap

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m not into these daily leagues yet… I did some college hoops contests this year & it was thought to get a feel. Definitely prefer the slow grind of season-long fantasy, or even week-long h2h. But parkfactors.com is an awesome daily resource that’ll help tremendously in daily decision making… Check it out.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Thanks dude… Oh I’m also in a 10 team h2h points league.. this is just like a side job kinda thing

  8. Scooterboy says:
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    Thought some of you might get a kick out of a trade that went down in my league yesterday.

    Team A gets- Justin Upton and Michael Bourn
    Tem B gets- Curtis Granderson, Josh Reddick, and Houston Street.

    Team A just pissed his whole season right down the tubes. I don’t understand that one at all.

    • Blue says:
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      @Scooterboy:
      ?

      I’d take Upton and Bourn on that side of the deal in a heartbeat.

      • Scooterboy says:
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        @Blue: Sorry, meant to say the guy who traded Upton and Bourn pissed his season right down the tubes. Probly didn’t make myself very clear on that one. Sorry

    • yeshcheese says:
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      :@Scooterboy: wow, and I thought bourn/Ajax for choo/texeira was lopsided

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yikes. I recommend targeting the moron who made that move for future pickings.

  9. Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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    Start Phil Hughes @ DET today?

    H2H league, trailing by 1.04 in ERA, .42 in WHIP. I have two more wins and just 3 more K’s than my opponent.

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Unless you have a bunch of good options for tomorrow, I’d start him. But if you’re sitting pretty with 2 or 3 frontline starters for Sunday, leave Hughes on bench

    • Hawk says:
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      @Billy B-Cup Butler:

      I wouldn’t touch Hughes until he shows himself healthy. He’s homer prone as it is. I’d hold off.

  10. Jim says:
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    In a ridiculously huge 20-team league with deep benches and a 1500-innings cap, would you start Mike Leake today against the Nationals?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No, I’d keep on bench for this one.

  11. not fer nuthin, but Correia is a 2 start pitcher as well.

    Who would you rather start in a 5×5 roto league.

    McCarthy Pit
    Wood Mil/SF (FA – need to drop Kazmir)

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I missed Correia somehow, but he definitely goes twice. I’d go with Wood for 2.

  12. Scooterboy says:
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    It’s kind of odd that only 4 games into the season and we don’t have any undefeated teams.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hadn’t noticed ’til now, but that is quite bizarre. No winless teams either.

  13. Scott says:
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    In a 10 team shallow league. The three you mention in tier 1 are all on waivers, but so I wandy. Seeing as you assumed he’s owned, I’d guess he’s a better 2 start than pettite, Garcia, or Jackson.

    I guessing you could rank those 4 this week that would be awesome.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wandy, Pettite, Garcia, Jackson. Could stream a couple of these guys if you have the flexibility…

  14. Dominic says:
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    What do you think, long term… Para, Domonic Brown, Reddick, Heisey, or Guiterrez?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Dominic: pretty sure these guys are gonna say brown.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @goodfold2: why not reddick he’s still 26… Unless brown puts up a monster year I don’t quite see it yet…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      For rest of season, I think Heisey is the safest bet to produce. If we’re talking keeper-type long term, then Brown brings the best upside.

  15. Riff Raff says:
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    Owners are really, rerally excited about this Fernandez kid huh? At the rate guys are picking this guy up you would think they have at least AAA fantasy leagues! I would understand if it were atleast mid June, but could imagine how many good MAJOR leaguers are either being dropped or not added for the guy let alone the guys who were not drafted. Do fantasy owners not watch or follow baseball? are they forgetting its the Major leagues? or has it simply become a game of numbers? History alone has shown how you just dont walk into the Majors and claim a job let alone, let alone be significant especially at the pitcher position. Physically and mentally its even tougher especially over the course of an entire Major league season. Heck we dont even know how the guy will react pitching infront of a packed major league house compare to those of a single A which tend to rival those of a good HS team( yes i know the marlins pack 10 deep at the stadium but im speaking in general). Last but not least he plays for the damn Marlins! Not only do they play in the power house that is the NL East but the same team that has Kevin efing Slowey as their #2 and Placido Polanco cleaning up shaking my damn head lol! He’s a cool story, huge guy (no homo) but lets be real guys and act like we all watch and know something about baseball. Dont get excited over Fernandez but over the guys who are going to be availiable because of him. Fernandez will prob be a guy who will pitch 145 innings in which he’ll prob be good for the sam amount of inning a holds man whould pitch for. Kudos for the fantasy writer who are writing about him because…that is your job. To the owners who lets waiver wire gems get past you because of this guy I hope at the end of the season you are saying like the great Rick James…”Cocaine is a hell of a drug’.

    Gents….any thoughts?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Riff Raff: if you drop you last bench bat for him, then why wouldn’t you add him… well worth the risk, and i’m not even starting him his first start vs. the Mets… if he’s not ready then just drop him…

      but if you’re dropping a Hammel/Milone type SP for him that’s definitely a waste of a move…

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Beardcrabs: i only read the first couple of sentences, don’t have enough time to read that essay…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      That’s a safe approach to take, but it’s also kinda boring. If Fernandez is a bust this year — and he very well could be — the proven, MLB options you reference are still gonna be available on the wire when you’re ready to cut the rookie loose. Upside is the kicker here, and a top-tier pitching prospect like Jose Fernandez, or Gerrit Cole, or Dylan Bundy bring LOADS of upside. There’s not much to lose from investing in these type of guys. I’d recommend anyone to add Fernandez if given the opportunity.

  16. frank grimes says:
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    12 H2H weekly points
    McCarthy Gee Ryu Griffen Cobb…Need to start 2 next week?

    Or drop one for a 2nd tier two starter Wood, Santana or Clayton?
    Any chance Gee/McCarthy get a 2nd start with their teams having off days Thursday?

    • frank grimes says:
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      @frank grimes: oops I need to start 3 not 2.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I wouldn’t count on Gee or McCarthy getting bumped up for a second start. Start Ryu & pick up Wood for 2.

      • frank grimes says:
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        @Scott Evans:Thanks! Who would you recommend to drop?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Hard to say without knowing your bench players… if it’s between Gee & B-Mac, I say lose McCarthy

  17. LA Sound Guy says:
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    12 team h2h weekly points league – Pick one…

    Jordan Zimmerman (CWS)

    Travis Wood (MLW, SF)

    Wei Yin Chen (@BOS, @NYY)

    Innings and Ks are +2. BB/H/ER are -1. W are +5. L are -5

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I say Wood.

  18. Clint says:
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    Should I add Maholm somehow to stabilize my staff? Marmol was killing my ERA/WHIP until I added Herrera & now it appears to just be Gallardo/Veras/Teheren doing it. Here’s what my guys look like:

    SP1: Gallardo
    SP2: CJ Wilson
    RP1: Romo
    RP2: Perkins
    P: K. Herrera
    P: J. Henderson
    P: J. Veras
    Bench: Morrow
    Bench: Shelby Miller
    Bench: Teheren
    Bench: Lester
    Bench: Jose Fernandez

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not a bad thought, but I think you could use your last slot to stream based on matchups. That should do more good for your ratios than Maholm can.

  19. Wake Up says:
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    I’m going with Ubaldo and Guthrie…we’ll see…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Oof… rough one for Ubaldo.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Scott Evans: 0/1…….don’t worry…I had Boggs too…

  20. W1ldFire says:
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    Wondering what your thoughts are on my rotation. I’m in 12 team standard 5×5 H2H Each Category (13 Batters, 9 Pitchers, 3 Bench, 1 D/L) only stipulation is you can’t have more than 12 starts in a week ..
    SPs- Gallardo, Scherzer, Samardzija, B Morrow, M Harvey, J Peavy, H Bailey, S Miller
    RPs- Grilli, Parnell, Boggs, Benoit

    My Bullpen worries me..any advice on a reliever to target or one of my SP that might be a good sell high candidate? I know it’s early just wanted to see if you have any advice.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Go grab Trevor Rosenthal… he’ll help your ratios while he’s not closing & he’ll probably end up the closer role in STL anyway. All high-ceiling guys in your staff, but a lot of walks in there too… consider streaming low-WHIP guys vs. crap teams like Houston going forward & you’ll do ok…

      • W1ldfire says:
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        @Scott Evans: Sounds good appreciate the advice..should I go ahead and drop Boggs for him?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I wouldn’t drop Boggs til he’s removed from the closer role. You have a fringy bench bat you can cut loose for Rosenthal?

  21. Matt says:
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    Either that or you’re predicting WELL in advance.

  22. Matt says:
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    Is the Streamer launch running a bit behind?

    Either that, or you’re predicting WELL in advance.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Received word from Rudy late last night that the Stream-o-Nator is up & running.

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