Greetings from beautiful New Jersey. If you say otherwise, as someone born and raised in New Jersey I am legally obligated to fight you with my shirt off. I’m sorry, but I don’t make the rules. Even though I am just here visiting, these laws are still binding. Strange, I know. But true. Very true. Ask Grey if you don’t believe me.

Given how the first 20 weeks have gone, putting two Dodgers pitchers at the top of this list just seems like a tease. We know what is going to happen by Monday, so why do we torture ourselves? If we have learned anything this season, it’s that Dave Roberts hates every single one of us and does not want us to be happy. Luckily, both are owned in 100% of RCLs, so we can safely ignore them without feeling too guilty. 

As for value choices this week, Streamonator likes three starting pitchers who are owned in less than 75% of Razzball Commenter Leagues for a positive value. The value choices for this week are:

Now, what really sticks out here is Tyler Skaggs receiving such a high dollar value. Ricky Nolasco and Steven Matz are, let’s face it, whatever. Stream if you will, stream if you won’t. Those two are going to help you sometimes and hurt you others. The Nator likes them (kind of) this week, but they aren’t pitchers you’re going to take home to your fantasy baseball momma.

Skaggs usually isn’t, either, but the Nator loves it some Tyler in W21. Now, the big thing here that could throw his whole article out the window is that Skaggs is on the paternity list. As it stands now, he is still scheduled to start, but babies change everything in our lives, ya know? For the sake of 1,000 words, let’s assume he is going to pitch twice this week and actually help some brothers out. But, on a real level, pay attention to the Twitter machine and those lineup updates. No promises are to be made in W21.

In eight starts this season, Skaggs has been, as they say, not too bad. More importantly, he has pitched better lately. He has allowed three or fewer runs in six straight starts and has lowered his ERA more than a run and a half over that time.

His two starts this week are not great. He has Texas and Houston, but he does at least get both of them at home. Streamonator has him as a Top 5 starter this week, but I obviously dropped him a bit lower. Who are you going to trust, Rudy or me? Rudy has a proven track record for utilizing these tools for impactful results, while I am the guy who told you all about J.T. Realmuto in March last year. WHO. ARE. YOU. GOING. TO. TRUST?

Anywhere, here’s the entire list:

Pitchers are listed in order by rank. Colors represent 8 toughest or 8 easiest opponents according to team wOBA for last 14 days.


Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Yu Darvish LAD @PIT, MIL 3.83/4.00 9.87/2.85
Alex Wood LAD @PIT, MIL 2.30/2.70 9.36/2.30
Carlos Carrasco CLE BOS, KC 3.76/3.51 10.09/2.44
Lance Lynn STL SD, TB 3.05/4.78 7.47/3.55
Marcus Stroman TOR @TB, MIN 2.99/3.69 7.40/2.82


Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Jameson Taillon PIT LAD, @CIN 4.64/3.44 9.09/2.97
Charlie Morton HOU WSH, @LAA 3.69/3.68 9.98/3.52
Gerrit Cole PIT LAD, @CIN 4.04/4.30 8.26/2.23
Jacob Faria TB TOR, @STL 3.32/3.80 8.81/3.32
Taijuan Walker ARI @NYM, SF 3.83/4.21 8.06/3.21
Rick Porcello BOS @CLE, BAL 4.59/4.31 8.22/1.82
John Lackey CHC @CIN, @PHI 4.67/5.50 7.90/2.95
Jimmy Nelson MIL @SF, @LAD 3.74/3.07 10.03/2.25
Tyler Skaggs LAA TEX, HOU 3.63/3.81 8.66/3.22


Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Carlos Rodon CHW MIN, DET 4.00/4.75 9.83/4.00
Jose Urena MIA @PHI, SD 3.61/4.91 6.06/3.10
Ricky Nolasco LAA TEX, HOU 5.16/5.36 7.35/2.71
Danny Duffy KC COL, @CLE 3.82/3.43 7.85/2.38
Cole Hamels TEX @LAA, @OAK 3.48/4.52 5.67/2.84
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS @CLE, BAL 3.97/3.85 9.87/3.39
Jon Gray COL @KC, @ATL 4.74/3.63 8.62/2.87
Mike Clevinger CLE BOS, KC 3.75/4.22 10.18/4.71
Zach Davies MIL @SF, @LAD 4.26/4.49 5.83/2.82


Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Matthew Boyd DET NYY, @CHW 5.68/4.63 7.00/3.65
Mike Foltynewicz ATL SEA, COL 4.75/4.52 8.57/3.47
Reynaldo Lopez CHW MIN, DET 6.10/6.62 10.45/6.10
Nick Pivetta PHI MIA, CHC 6.25/5.04 9.51/3.84
Jaime Garcia NYY @DET, SEA 4.52/4.25 6.98/3.59
Steven Matz NYM ARI, @WSH 6.08/5.03 6.48/2.57
Marco Gonzales SEA @ATL, @NYY 8.44/7.39 4.50/1.13
Tanner Roark WSH @HOU, NYM 4.70/4.43 7.50/3.52


Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Chris Stratton SF MIL, @ARI 4.91/3.57 7.71/4.56
Robert Gsellman NYM ARI, @WSH 5.98/5.18 6.53/3.21
Tyson Ross TEX @LAA, @OAK 7.02/6.14 6.59/6.59
Paul Blackburn OAK @BAL, TEX 3.46/4.46 3.62/2.63
Stephen Gonsalves MIN @CHW, @TOR 2.08/2.49 10.38/1.38
Kyle Gibson MIN @CHW, @TOR 6.05/5.40 6.21/4.14
Homer Bailey CIN CHC, PIT 8.44/5.71 6.92/5.06
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL OAK, @BOS 6.47/5.48 8.40/3.94
Clayton Richard SD @STL, @MIA 4.84/4.25 6.47/2.62

All pitchers are projected for two starts as of Friday night. 

If you would prefer to see the above tables as a color-coded graphic, we’ve got that too!

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5 years ago

Playoffs – losing Faria means I actually have pitcher decisions to make this week. Can you please rank my top 5 options for SP: Alex Wood (2 starts) / A-A-Ron Nola (assuming 2 starts) / Jose Quintana / Trevor Bauer / Taijuan Walker (2 starts) / Robbie Ray / Jose Berrios. That’s my current order.

Alternatively, my league allows a 4th RP in lieu of a 5th SP. My option for that would be Cam Bedrosian (league gives pts for Holds, FYI). My other RP are Knebel/Giles/Claudio. Is Cam a better choice than Walker or Ray this week?


5 years ago

I am looking to move up on Saves+Holds…our fifth category in 5×5 roto.

I have 3 SPs and 3 RPs (Knebel, Diaz and Ziegler) but might add 3 more RPs. Who do you like from my list of FAs?

Taylor Rogers, Seung-Hwan Oh, Jacob Barnes, Brandon Maurer, Matt Bowman, Brad Brach, Jose Ramirez, Pedro Baez, Bud Norris, Juan Nicasio, Matt Barnes, Ottavino, Belisile, Petit, Strickland, Peralta, Rzepczynski, Hildenberger, Leone, Lyons, S.Dyson, Neris, and some other bums.

Should I look for SPs or do you like any of these guys?

The Baconator
The Baconator
5 years ago

Paredes worth taking a flier on anywhere (taking Yu’s place)?

5 years ago

Clevinger is not making 2 starts, he just pitched 3 innings in his ‘off’ day.
Also, no Patrick Corbin?

Viv Savage
Viv Savage
5 years ago

Does Nelson keep his two starts with Chase Anderson being activated tomorrow?

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
5 years ago


a. Do you really think Porcello @CLE is advisable? My feeling is he will be clocked by the lefty-leaning bats especially in CLE.

b. Wasn’t Reynaldo injured after his last start? I thought he was removed for an injury (other than to his ego.).


Tony D
Tony D
5 years ago

Where’s Nola?!

Mike Pieters
Mike Pieters
5 years ago

Where’s Aaron Nola?

5 years ago

Not guaranteed a second start, but thoughts in Giolito? Thanks for the help all season, Mike!

The Old Professor
The Old Professor
5 years ago

Robbie ray now lining up for 2 starts

Another Dan
Another Dan
5 years ago

Excellent stuff, thanks.

Skaggs was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather. According to a couple of reports I read he is still set to start on Monday. The bereavement list placement means you have to miss 3 games (Monday is his first available start) but can miss up to 7.

Best wishes,


Tim T.
Tim T.
5 years ago

Curious on your reasoning for Urena as the Marlins two-start arm vs. Straily. Seems to be some conflicting info on different sites but majority have Straily pitching game 1 (which would follow current rotation order) setting him up for the Sunday start vs. SD.

Also expected to see Nola – would he not have a Sunday start against the Cubs?