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Let me begin by saying that each of my H2H teams has been officially eliminated, and being so, I’ve decided to submit the most spiteful two-start post of all time.  Ok, fine, I didn’t go that far.  But I sure as shizz wanted to.  Anyway.  It’s the last week of the season, and anyone still reading this post is surely making a championship push, so good for you, and good luck this week.  I want to thank everyone for reading along this season.  I hope these weekly posts did more good than harm throughout the year.  I’ll be digging into MiLB previews before long, and those posts will continue throughout the offseason.  But this wraps up our two-start coverage until next spring.  Now, go win some championships.

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

MUST START

Matt Cain (LAD, SD); Adam Wainwright (WAS, CHC); Mike Minor (MIL, PHI); Yu Darvish (HOU, LAA); Matt Moore (@NYY, @TOR); Justin Verlander (@MIN, @MIA)

  •  Start ‘em if you got ‘em.

FIRST TIER

Hyun-Jin Ryu (@SF, COL); Johnny Cueto (NYM, PIT); Chris Tillman (TOR, BOS); Derek Holland (HOU, LAA); Chris Archer (BAL, @TOR); A.J. Griffin (@LAA, @SEA)

  • Given the savvy nature of Razzball readers, I’m assuming that both Chris Archer (58% owned in Y! leagues) and A.J. Griffin (65%) are already rostered in your leagues.  But perhaps you only stumbled upon the site accidentally while searching something vulgar, which led you to a Tehol post, which then led you to our homepage, and now you’re reading this.  If that’s the case, then maybe you can snag Archer or Griffin off waivers.  The others from tier one are surely owned already.

SECOND TIER

Tanner Roark (@STL, @ARI); Marco Estrada (@ATL, @NYM); Brandon McCarthy (@SD, WAS); Charlie Morton (@CHC, @CIN); Wade Miley (@SD, WAS); Garrett Richards (OAK, @TEX); Yordano Ventura (@SEA, @CWS); Bruce Chen (@SEA, @CWS); Jose Quintana (TOR, KC)

  • Yordano Ventura (0%) has some of the filthiest stuff imaginable.  He looked impressive in his debut, aside from some location sloppiness, but if you’re looking for upside this week, Ventura is as good as it gets here in tier two.  For a little more background on the 22-year-old, check out my Yordano Ventura fantasyTanner Roark (24%) is producing like a first tier talent, but without elite-level stuff, I have to think his success will expire before long.  Still, feel free to ride him for as long as he stays hot.  Others I’m good with streaming this week:  Garret Richards (5%), Charlie Morton (15%), Bruce Chen (17%), and Brandon McCarthy (22%), Marco Estrada (41%), and Wade Miley (51%).

THIRD TIER

Roy Halladay (@MIA, @ATL); Alex Wood (MIL, PHI); Eric Stults (ARI, @SF); Nathan Eovaldi (PHI, DET); Phil Hughes (TB, @HOU); J.A. Happ (@CWS, TB); Wei-Yin Chen (@TB, BOS); Jason Vargas (OAK, @TEX); Todd Redmond (@BAL, TB); Mike Pelfrey (DET, CLE)

  • This is the bottom rung this week — I have no one in the don’t start tier, and I’ll get to that in a second.  As always, I advise against using any of these arms during a crucial week — and week 26 is as crucial as it gets.  But if you’re desperate for counting stats, there’s help to be had right here.  Eric Stults and Alex Wood are my first choices from this tier if you’re really scrounging for help.

DON’T START

  • I’m labeling no don’t starts this week because in a championship situation, you shouldn’t be limiting your possibilities.  Now, don’t that that the wrong way — I’m not saying you should use a guy like Mike Pelfrey, but if you’re just a few W’s and a handful a K’s away from taking home the cash, there’s ample reason to at least consider the possibility of plugging a guy like him in there.

From Around The Web

  1. Curt says:
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    Thanks for the posts during the year, it’s been very helpful.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Curt: Thanks for reading!

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    In my championship weekend!

    Only two days left and Im up 7-0 but very close in almost every category so I need to keep my foot on the pedal. Need you help with two line up choices.

    Ramos @ Koehler (Koehler has nuetral splits, Ramos 0-2 against Koehler this season; Ramos hitting well past week)

    or

    Gattis @ Wood (Gattis hits lefties slightly better but has never faced Wood; Wood has pretty nuetral splits, Gattis has struggled a bit this week)

    Swisher v Clemens (Swisher hitting lhp better than rhp, 0-3 against Clemens this season, Clemens has pretty nuetral splits)

    or

    Adams @ Gallardo (Adams hits rhp slightly better, never faced Gallardo, ERA at home about 1 run higher)

    Thanks Scott!

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    Do you feel comfortable starting Burch Smith at home against the Dodgers assuming they rest most of the regulars again?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Risky play, but we’ve seen the upside… Still, I might avoid given your close match-up.

  4. Nelson santovenia says:
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    I love Chens matchups, but I would hate myself forever if I pick him up trying to get 1 extra W and he gets rocked, and I lose my entire season because I trusted The Bruce Chen. Where can I find opposing teams stats versus handedness?

  5. D. Jackson says:
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    Thanks Scott. These have been hugely helpful.

    Who do you sit between Estrada, Quintana and Richards?

    More importantly! My league allows an offseason DL stash and I have it whittled down to three (old) men and a baby. Can you offer an opinion on this? Available are Huddy, Carpenter and Santana, as well as Cubs prospect Vizcaino. I’m only interested in the last if they’re planning to develop him as a starter. If he’s a late-innings guy then no thanks. Who do you stash and how come?

    Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @D. Jackson: I sit Estrada. For your stash, I’m thinking Vizcaino. I do suspect he’ll ultimately be a late innings guy, but that’s not a sure-thing. Just like his upside better than the others…

  6. GR says:
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    what do you think about Parker today against the Twins? Thanks for the advice guys!!

    • Nate says:
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      @GR: Start Parker. The reason he was so bad last time out was that he was feverishly ill. Good rebound matchup.

      • GR says:
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        @Nate: He’s in! Thanks for the advice!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @GR: Start

  7. Mike says:
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    I thought Roark has a start vs Miami this week?? Am I right or wrong about that?!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Mike: He starts Monday vs. STL

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Mike: the opposite of MIA marlins.

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    Swap Mujica for Grilli if you need saves?

    Ones been bad lately, the other’s competitor’s been bad lately (Melancon).

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’d stick w/ Mujica for ROS

  9. Chris says:
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    Hello,

    Would you start tomorrow:
    Ogando vs Royals
    Kelly vs Milwakee
    Peralta vs St. Louis
    Petit vs Yankees

    Thanks!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chris: Kelly & Petit… Kelly is first choice.

  10. kyle says:
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    Pettite vs. SF tomrw or Porcello vs. CWS today?

    • Chris says:
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      @kyle: Porcello has dominated the CHW, and SF is batting now with Pence and Sandoval. I’ll go with Porcello. Check the numbers.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @kyle: Porcello

  11. Boomer19 says:
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    Does Salazar get two starts against min and cws? Where would he rank on the list? Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Boomer19: Tuesday is his last start, unfortunately. He’d be tier 1 if he got another turn.

  12. Frank says:
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    The following pitchers are available. Leaning towards Kazmir and his 2 favorable matchups. Who would you pick up?

    Kazmir – HOU, @ MIN
    Cueto – @ NYM, PIT
    Cashner – LAD (vs Greinke, who i own), @ SF
    G Richards – OAK, @ TEX

    • Scott Evans

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      @Frank: I think Cueto is the safest play.

  13. Gareth says:
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    I need to pick the best 9 options out of the following pitchers:

    Archer, Chris (P) TB BAL, @TOR

    Bailey, Homer (P) CIN PIT

    Cashner, Andrew (P) SD @SF

    Estrada, Marco (P) MIL @ATL, @NYM

    Gonzalez, Gio (P) WAS @STL

    Gray, Sonny (P) OAK @SEA

    Hamels, Cole (P) PHI @MIA

    Jimenez, Ubaldo (P) CLE CHW

    Porcello, Rick (P) DET @MIA

    Hernandez, Felix (P) SEA OAK

    Miley, Wade (P) ARI @SD, WAS

    Chen, Bruce (P) KC @ SEA, @ CHW

    The stats I am trying to improve in the last week are WINS, ERA and WHIP. Who Sits?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Gareth: Not Estrada, Cashner, or Bailey

  14. Fenst says:
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    I am within 3 pitching wins of gaining a possible 4 pts in my roto league. I can also snag a point or two in Ks so looking to go with some 2 start pitchers to mix in and move my closers to the bench. Here is what I am looking at.

    Greinke, A. Sanchez, Bumgarner, Miley (x2), W. Chen (x2), Leake

    I am looking at picking up Quintana (x2), and McCarthy (x2) and slotting Jansen in with my last pitching spot because I don’t want to drop anyone else off of my roster for keeper reasons.

    Ventura and Richards are also both available. I guess I should be picking 3 of the 5 between McCarthy, W. Chen, Quintna, Richards, & Ventura. Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Fenst: Ventura, Richards, Quintana

  15. bossmanjunior says:
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    Scott,

    In my previous question, I needed a catcher to pick between Ramos and Gattis also. Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

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      @bossmanjunior: Sorry, bossman. Ramos would be my play…

  16. Jack says:
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    Thanks for your help all year. The 2 start stuff has been invaluable. But now I am down to 2 days. Depending on today’s results I may need to pick up someone off WW to help me in me for my last day in the championship tomorrow. Assume the hitters and pitcher below are all in the starting lineup.

    Pick 1 hitter to pick up if I need RBI’s:

    Lawrie RHB @BOS Doubront LHP
    Y. Gomes RHB vHOU Bedard LHP
    Carp LHB vTOR Dickey RHP
    Drew LHB vTOR Dickey RHP
    Reddick LHB vMIN DeVries RHP
    Joyce LHB vBAL Feldman RHP

    Pick 1 pitcher if I need K’s w/o killing rates:

    Haren vMIA
    Doubront vTOR
    Pettitte vSF
    Arroyo vPIT
    Torres @PHI
    Jackson vATL

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jack: I like Carp v Dickey & Pettitte v SF

  17. Oz says:
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    What’s the ETA on Buxton? I got 1 week left and a 200 pt lead and I want to pick up and Stash Buxton. I figure I’d rather hold onto a good Of prospect (maybe springer) instead of carrying over Josh Hammy or Granderson. Thanks.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Oz: Buxton is probably late 2014, early 2015.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Oz: I’d be shocked if we see him before June 2015.

  18. Just Lou says:
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    Thanks for the 2x starting posts this year Scott!! Great reads…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Just Lou: Thanks, Lou!

  19. gareth says:
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    Is there a reason why it takes so long for you to reply to questions on your post? The other razzball guys respond pretty quickly.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @gareth: people have stuff to do dude, all in good time.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @gareth: lol guy, I reply when I’m able. I work. I golf. I drink. I bang your sister. Razzball is a hobby. I don’t generally respond on the go unless it’s to say something urgent… Don’t comment on my posts if that upsets you.

      • gareth says:
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        @Scott Evans: I wasn’t being meam. It was just an honest question.

  20. gareth says:
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    I was going to ask jaywrong my question about pitching. But for some reason there is no link for comments on his article.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @gareth: Looks like Jay lucked out, then.

      • gareth says:
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        @Scott Evans: you didn’t even answer my question. And you were rude after I made a perfectly innocent remark about the time it takes for you to answer.

        Im not suprised that Grey gets a steady 3 – 400 hits on his articles and you are lucky to ever scratch 50.

        Douche.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @gareth: I didn’t answer your question because I don’t like your cat. Get better cat avatar & maybe I’ll reconsider.

      • gareth says:
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        @Scott Evans: I won’t “bother” you again.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @gareth: dude, thumb likely answered your question the same as scott would have; thus the no response. You shouldn’t be surprised about his answer when he works for free. I am not trying to be an ass here.

  21. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Shallow limited moves league (20/yr, I have 3 left), I can use a move on either Tillman or Archer. Who’s more likely to get both starts and not take losses in them?

    • Scott Evans

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      @Steve Stevenson: I like Archer’s match-ups better… haven’t heard anything on either being shut down…

  22. Alex says:
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    Do I go with either Quintana or Morton over AJ Burnett?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Alex: earlier he had it ventura/richards/quintana. no mention of morton but i’d think any of those 3 are better, def for K’s.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Alex: Depends on what if you’re chasing counting stats or ratios — I’d probably keep Burnett in your lineup if possible.

  23. future11 says:
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    Curse you Scott I just posted this but you didnt answer it right away and now I am just enraged! (insert extreme sarcasm)

    Awesome work you guys do, thanks for even taking the time to answer any comments. How you feeling about Jason Heyward for this last week? Is it going to be a game on, game off type deal or will he play most days once Monday hits? No use in holding a PTP (part time player) when I could use MI help more.

    Damnit you still havent answered me!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @future11: HA! I didn’t realize that people’s fantasy baseball questions were so damn time sensitive. This isn’t like air traffic control work we’re doing here…

      Anyway, my guess is Heyward gets a couple more days off before year’s end. He’ll play most days leading up to the playoffs, but the Braves will give him rest when they can.

  24. Gareth Is A Creepy Virgin says:
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    Gareth is a creep.

    • Scott Evans

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      !!!

  25. Dave says:
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    You like cahill over any of these this week?

    iwakuma
    burnett
    quintana
    morton

    gracias

    • Scott Evans

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      @Dave: I don’t.

  26. Brennan says:
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    Who do I go with: Quintana, Estrada, Morton, or Roark??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Brennan: I rank em Quintana, Morton, Estrada, Roark — not much deviation from top to bottom in that group, though.

  27. Jack says:
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    Sorry for the obvious, but just want to clarify that Fister is not a 2 start pitcher? So safe to drop him after his start on Tuesday?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jack: No two-sart for Fister.

  28. Boomer19 says:
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    I don’t see a second start for Cueto anymore. Just FYI. I guess I’ll run McCarthy out there and hope for the best. Good luck in the final week gang.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Boomer19: Thanks Boomer. Good luck!

  29. Blue says:
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    Thank you so much for this, guys–it has made a huge difference for me in the last three weeks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Blue: Thanks for reading, Blue!

  30. Moe says:
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    With word the Sabathia out for the year – do you expect Kuroda to pitch twice this week? If so, can you rank:

    Kuroda, McCarthy, Stults & Ventura?

    • Scott Evans

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      @Moe: He could, but I’ve seen nothing firm on that. I’d rank Kuroda, Ventura, McCarthy, Stults

  31. Matt says:
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    I need help picking 4, I’m behind in K’s & W’s going into Week 2 of the finals:
    Kershaw vsCOL
    Homer B vsPIT
    Ubaldo vsCHW, @MIN (last game of year-clinched?)
    AJ Griffin @LAA, maybe @SEA (last game of year-clinched?)
    M Estrada @ATL, @NYM
    Latos vsPIT
    J Quintana vsTOR, vsKC
    W Miley vsWAS, @SD

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      @Matt: Kershaw, Ubaldo, Griffin, Estrada — pound the two-starters considering you’re chasing counting stats.

  32. TheNewGuy says:
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    Been asking around so wanna hear your take on this too man.

    I got Kipnis in a keeper above. Well at the time I traded E5 for him and both are great keepers.

    Now I’ve got a very sour taste in my mouth from what Kipnis has given me the 2nd half, so I don’t want to act impulsively, but I can’t ignore his great 1st half. Im tempted to offer the trade reverse in the offseason to get EE back, wanna see if you think it’s worth doing.

    Who would you rather have: EE signed through 2014 at $8, or Kipnis able to be signed this offseason for 1 year ($9), 2 yrs ($12) or 3 yrs ($14)? Flexibility with Kipnis, better price and player for 1 year with E5, tough one isn’t it!

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