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I did some complaining last week about how the plethora of six-man rotations this time of year dilutes the two-start pool and makes two-start forecasting quite difficult.  And while all of that is surely true, it’s also true that at this point of the season is probably the easiest time all year to get your greedy little hands on some quality two-start streamers.  If you’re still reading this post midway into September, you’re in the minority.  Week 25 is the finals in most H2H formats, the semis just about everywhere else.  And if you play in one of the weird no-playoffs H2H leagues, odds are there aren’t more than two teams in serious contention at this juncture.  Point is, there just aren’t that many people exploiting the two-start scene anymore.  From this point forward, you should be able to snag some usable streamers without much trouble.  Of course, if you’ve made it this far, I’d like to think your staff is strong enough to succeed without the help of fringy waiver adds.

As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  For a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link.

MUST START

Zack Greinke (@ARI, @SD); Cliff Lee (MIA, NYM); Patrick Corbin (LAD, @COL); Mike Minor (@WAS, @CHC); James Shields (CLE, TEX); C.J. Wilson (@OAK, SEA); Anibal Sanchez (SEA, CWS)

  • Start these dudes.

FIRST TIER

A.J. Burnett (SD, CIN); Hyun-Jin Ryu (@ARI, @SD); Alex Cobb (TEX, BAL); Sonny Gray (LAA, MIN); Andy Pettitte (@TOR, @OAK); Corey Kluber (@KC, HOU)

  • I’m using a bit more caution than usual this week, what with the whole semifinals/finals going on, so tier one is a little slim.  Still, we’ve got a few names here who can be streamed comfortably.  Sonny Gray (38% owned in Y! leagues) continues to impress as a big league starter, posting a 2.63 ERA through his first 7 starts while whiffing more than a batter per-inning.  After logging almost 50 IP in the bigs, it’s safe to say that Gray is no fluke, as reflected by his FIP, which sits at a sexy 2.34.  Corey Kluber (22%) seems like a forgotten man after spending some time on the DL.  He should be owned and he should be started in mixed leagues.  Andy Pettitte (43%), too, is a guy who should be in your lineup for week 25.  The old man has found a groove late in the season, allowing no more than 3 runs in a start through seven outings since August 5th.

SECOND TIER

Tanner Roark (ATL, MIA); Yusmeiro Petit (@NYM, @NYY); Jorge De La Rosa (STL, ARI); Joe Kelly (@COL, @MIL); A.J. Griffin (LAA, MIN); Rick Porcello (SEA, CWS);  Scott Kazmir (@KC, HOU)

  • With only two big league starts to his name, it’s tough to put a lot of faith in Tanner Roark (18%), but they were two impressive starts, and he draws an easy-ish slate in the week ahead (Atlanta hasn’t been mashing quite so well over the past month), so I think he’s worth the risk.  If you’ve been following me all year, you know I’ve been a sucker for the upside of both Rick Porcello (16%), and Scott Kazmir (17%) since early this summer, and I’m not gonna jump off that train during their final two-start weeks of the season.  Others I’m okay with streaming in the week ahead:  Yusmeiro Petit (26%), Joe Kelly (34%), and Jorge De La Rosa (50%).

THIRD TIER

Dan Haren (ATL, MIA); Lance Lynn (@COL, @MIL); Jeff Locke (SD, CIN); Wily Peralta (CHC, STL); Edwin Jackson (@MIL, ATL); Trevor Cahill (LAD, @COL); Mike Leake (@HOU, @PIT); Matt Garza (@TB, @KC); R.A. Dickey (NYY, @BOS); Nick Tepesch (@TB, @KC); Scott Feldman (@BOS, @TB)

  • I think you’re better off streaming one-starters than you are dipping into this group.  You need to limit your disaster potential when it’s this late in the season and you’re close enough to sniff the cash.  You’ll sleep more soundly if you avoid these guys.

DON’T START

Juan Nicasio (STL, ARI); Joe Saunders (@DET, @LAA); Liam Hendriks (@CWS, SEA); Jeremy Hellickson (TEX, BAL)

  • No way.

62 Responses

  1. endershadow says:
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    Not feeling cashner?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @endershadow: There was some talk of them pulling Erlin from the rotation, so I wasn’t quite sure how their rotation was gonna shake out next week, but looks like they’re still rolling 6-deep & with a 7-game slate, Cashner gets two. He’d be a use w/ caution type, considering the LAD start. Still a tier two guy. You can use him.

  2. gareth says:
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    Andrew Casher @ Pittsburgh, home to the Dodgers.

    Which tier would you place him? would you go with either cashner, kazmir or porcello?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @gareth: He’s right in that territory, and he’s probably the safest option among those three… Kaz bringing the biggest upside these days, however.

  3. Troy says:
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    Stream o nator has haren as a very dependable start against braves and I’m sure will be the same against Miami. You wouldn’t roll with him at all?

    • Troy says:
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      @Troy: one more note with this being the round before the championship round what do I do with cingrani? Drop him for a hot hitter or a streamer? Hate to drop him and have him start sometime next week…

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @Troy: It’s a tough call without definitive news, but I don’t think it’s worth sacrificing your flexibility this deep in the playoffs. Seems unlikely he’ll rejoin the rotation, so if you need to make a move, you can cut him.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Troy: I think the risk outweighs the reward w/ Haren. I don’t disagree w/ our stream o nator, but in the semis, it’s tough to use a guy like Haren with confidence considering his propensity to blow the f*** up.

      • Troy says:
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        @Scott Evans: very true good shit as always Scott thank you very much

  4. J-Dizzle says:
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    Surprised Leake is not in a higher tier, hit a bad stretch in August, but hes been as good as any CIN pitcher this year.

    Can you please rank these starters who all have favorable matchups- thanks!
    Griffin
    Porcello
    Kazmir

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @J-Dizzle: Leake’s about as close to tier two as you can get, but that poor stretch is still too fresh in my mind…

      Griffin/Kazmir/Porcello

  5. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Should I play Ryu over Tillman’s one start @ TB? H2h thx.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @2 Giant rings: In H2H points, yes. In categories, no.

  6. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    you really believe corbin’s still anywhere near that good? 3 out of last 4 starts were terrible. the other was against SF. I’d rather have Gray than him and at this point it’s not close, esp with corbin’s matchups. In a roto (11 team, down from 14 a few weeks ago) i dropped corbin and only kept latos/stras/gray and a lot of RP along with a stream spot as corbin’s schedule, and pitching, was simply terrible. Innings cap coming up (otherwise i’d have just benched him in h2h) and only need around 7.2 innings per day.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: The must start tier is about body of work… he’s done enough over the course of the season to be trusted in a 2-start week without much hesitation, so he stays put in that group… same reason I slotted Erv Santana w/ the must starts last week. He’s slipping from grace, sure, but he’s pitched reasonably well his last two times out, and I’m not ready to quit on him. That said, your reasoning in your Roto league very sound.

  7. gareth says:
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    I’ve had some bad luck with injuries to my offense and need to plug in some guys.

    Who do you like out of the following:
    Former hobo Evan Gattis, fat adams, a-roid, kole “im not mike trout” calhoun or chris “dave kingman and russell branyans lovechild” carter.

    I specifically need average and rbi’s in a 10 team roto format.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @gareth: I’d go w/ Adams & A-Rod.

  8. PaulR says:
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    Petit
    Ryu
    Parker
    Moore

    Really need W and K’s and k/9
    for first place

    Which two should I bench?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @PaulR: If you’re chasing those counting stats, then you gotta roll w/ the 2-start guys. I rank them like this: Ryu, Petit, Moore, Parker.

  9. Chonoso says:
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    What about Samardzija? I think he’s slated for two starts next week. He sucks 75% of the time, but that other 25% he rakes.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chonoso: Cubs are using a 6-man rotation right now, so Samardz should throw Tuesday/Monday, not Tuesday/Sunday.

  10. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Surprised to see Griffin in tier 2 since he’s been hot lately and he’s at home vs Angles and Twins. Personally, I like him more than Corbin, Cobb, & Pettitte this week. Cust sayin’ …

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @PB&J with a baseball bat: Fair points. Griffin likes to give up homers, though, and therein lies the blowup risk. I like him this week, but you always gotta hold your breath when he’s out there…

  11. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Please rank Gray, Kluber, Cashner. Have 5 moves left for the next 2 weeks, and my opponent next week is carrying 9 SP. Need to pick up at least one, maybe 2 2-starters.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I like them in that order — Gray, Kluber, Cashner… Definitely use a move on Gray.

  12. Not Cubbies® says:
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    Wise and powerful Scott, which 7 of these 2 starters should I start?
    Sonny Gray
    RA Dickey
    Greinke
    Lynn
    Porcello
    Kazmir
    Kluber
    Cashner
    Peralta
    Edwin Jackson

    Thanks and good luck in all of YOUR playoffs games!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Not Cubbies®: Gray, Greinke, Kluber, Kazmir, Cashner, Porcello… and then use a 1-starter for your last spot.

  13. Frank White says:
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    Sup brotha!!! I’m up 160 this week so I’m not saying I won cause anything can happen but I’m still preparing for next week which is the finals. I only have 2 pitchers pitching twice next week and that’s not good. I can grab another guy like Pettitte but I don’t have any room for him. would you drop one of your RP’s for him?? I have Uehara and Mujica which hasn’t been doing much. What would you do?? Also I have Alex Wood I can drop but that’s only if he’s not pitching. Is he?
    Iwakuma
    Latos
    Gio
    Shelby M
    Martin Perez
    Sonny Gray
    Archer
    Wood Cain
    Jimenez
    Yusmeiro Petit
    and no streamer till wed when I drop whoever is pitching that day cause he’ll never play for me again

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Frank White: I’d drop Wood for a tier 1 or tier 2 guy from this list… Pettitte is a good option. Can’t sacrifice flexibility this late in the season while you wait/hope for Alex Wood to get back on track.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah, so do you think I should grab pettitte over Locke right??

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Frank White: I would, yes.

  14. D. Jackson says:
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    Good stuff, as usual. Thanks.

    I need to fill 2 slots, and need to chase points, but can only make one transaction.

    I own:
    Sabathia (vs SF)
    Parker (vs Minn)
    Peralta (v ChC v StL)
    Lohse (vChC)

    Wire avails:
    Petit
    Pettitte
    Kazmir
    Pork

    Tough calls. I’m thinking of just rolling with Wily and Parker, but Petit is en fuego and the other three have good matchups. God help me, but I think Porcello’s week is the easiest. Would you give up a move on any of those four?

    Also, would you sit RP-eligibles T. Ross (@Pitt) or Wacha (@Col) in favor of Mo Rivera? I think he’s hitting a wall, but Ross just got pooped on and Wacha has a potential rough match.

    Thanks. DJax

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @D. Jackson: I’d cut CC & add Pettitte. Start Mo over Ross/Wacha…

  15. fausto says:
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    Semi finals had bye first round yahoo H2H 5×5. Tried to get sp lined up with my 5bye week moves. Team I’m playing has punted sv’s and sb for playoffs (so I’m basically starting up 2-0) and he went all in on sp, hr, rbi. My 2 starts this week I have are Sanchez, Wilson, Gray, Roark, Ross… are you trusting Ross after going 2/3 inning? And I have El Salvador Perez at C. Is Ramos worth picking up for hr insurance, or save the moves for sp?. My undroppable one start P are price, sale, liriano, CL romo, jannsen, perkins,… thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @fausto: Sounds like you have a solid lineup, and you’re gonna have to make a run at the counting stats if your opponent is loading up on SP, so I’m good w/ starting Sanchez, Wilson, Gray & Roark… would also start price & sale… & jannsen to get you the 1 save you need. If you want to be more cautious on w/ saves, start 2 closers & bench Roark.

      • fausto says:
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        @Scott Evans: forgot to mention I have scherzer too. Would you jump ship on tyson ross(2 start) for archer?. I have the tiebreaker for season against him so I basically only need to win 3 out of 8 cats since he’s punted 2 to give me a 5-5 week and the win. I came in 2nd in league and the 1st place team is scrambling he lost (cargo, ellsbury, and encarnacion). So if I don’t take this I’m retiring from fbb.

        • fausto says:
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          @fausto: nvmd looks like ross got pushed back. So
          Ross @ PIT
          Archer vs TEX
          Thornburg vs CUBS
          How would you rank those?

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            @fausto: Archer, Thronburg, Ross

            • fausto says:
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              @Scott Evans: gracias…. Daiquiri for you my friend

  16. Chris says:
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    Need a spot starter for tomorrow. H2H pts league and in a tight battle. Not much to choose from but which is more likely to give positive points:

    E. Volquez vs. S.F. (Vogelsong) or Tyler Cloyd @ Wash. (Zimmerman)

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chris: Volquez is the better play

  17. Troy says:
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    I asked u a question earlier but I have another, do u trust halladay or Morton as a streaming option next week. Or even both son likes halladay quite a bit but it also liked him for his last start 2….

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Troy: I wouldn’t trust Halladay unless you’re chasing counting stats. Morton is the better play.

  18. Bott9th says:
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    About to begin the final two week round to determine 1st and 2nd place in my H2H league. Only 2 start pitchers I have on the roster for week 1 are A Griffin and Y Petit. Picked up Petit out of FA after he threw his 1 hitter.

    I have room for A Griffin because D Holland has been unreliable for the last few weeks. I’m trying to decide if I should start Y Petit in the place of one of J Verlander, M Bumgarner, C Hamels or H Bailey.. I’m allowed 5 active starters. These guys are typically good enough to net me 15 points per week each (in a single start week), on average. How much can I / should I trust Petit? Maybe I should go with the single start guys instead, since they’re all quality and proven SP? This decision could be the difference between winning it all, or coming in second.

    • Bott9th says:
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      @Bott9th: thanks in advance!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Bott9th: I’d go w/ your 1-start options over Petit

  19. RK says:
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    Tanner Roark or Andrew Cashner?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @RK: Cashner

  20. Jack says:
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    Cueto’s going to start Monday @HOU(Bedard). He’s not going to get a second start this week, but do you think he’ll get enough pitches to qualify for a Win @ Houston?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jack: My guess is no.

  21. Longbeachyo says:
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    What about Marco Estrada? Yahoo has him pitching on Tuesday vs Cubs, and then Sunday vs Stl… What tier would you put him in?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Longbeachyo: Tier 3.

  22. Aaron says:
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    Quite confused about tomorrow and not sure who to ask, but I love this site and y’all have helped keep me in the running this far. Should I start RYU tomorrow in Arizona? My concern is that he’s worn out. He hasn’t pitched well recently and I think he might just be done. Not completely done, but just unable to dominate as he was earlier in the year What do y’all think?

    Thanks guys:

    Aaron

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Aaron: I’d start him, sure.

  23. RudyCorrales says:
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    I get to pick one of these guys up for the 2 start week

    Yusminero petit
    AJ Griffin
    Mike leake.

    It’s championship week!!!! Who should I grab?!

  24. Brooke says:
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    Hey Scott, Cueto is starting Monday…..does that mean he’s going twice next week? My CBS League doesn’t show 2 starts. Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Brooke: He most likely goes twice, but I’ve seen no official word on Cingrani’s status, so I can’t say for certain that he won’t re-join the rotation & bump Cueto back ’til next Monday.

  25. Sully says:
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    What’s the deal with Roark, is he going twice this week? Also, are the A’s adjusting their rotation because Parker (or was it Malone) missed his start due to the flu? I’ve got Roark (RP spot), Gray, and Griffin plugged in as 2 starters for the championship week and don’t want to be caught with my pants down after lineups lock! Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

  26. Paul says:
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    Thanks for this info. I’m kind of stuck right now. I own Haren and Nova, and I’m strongly considering dropping one of them to pick up Petit. Second round of playoffs in a H2H league with K/9, a little hesitant to drop one of them but the streamonator on Petit is giving me a lil chub.

  27. xtremehulk says:
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    not a double, but would you rather start Straily vs MIN, Cash vs. LAD, or Kazmir vs Hou?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner at home? Him then

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