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Welcome to the home stretch, boys, gals, and in-betweens. Like we discussed last week, the two-start starters list has been dwindling due to expanded rosters, young arms having their innings limited, and many teams opting for six-man rotations as a result. This week, with many teams also having an off day, there are fewer than 30 options for two-start starters. (By the way, fogimon, will you be watching Corey Kluber’s second start tomorrow? #KissyEmoji)

There are still some options for two-start streamers, however. Checking in with Streamonator, here are the two-start starters for this week with a positive dollar value who are owned in less than 75% of RCLs:

Despite the light list, we still have five starters with positive dollar values. Of the names on this list, I like Marquez and Straily the most. Snell I would gamble on if I needed to, but I would stay away from Cotton and my cousin Tyler Mahle (not really my cousin).

Marquez shines through this week because of his matchups: at San Francisco and at San Diego. Two teams who have struggled mightily at the plate, and he gets them in their pitcher-friendly ballparks. He is not without risk, but you could not ask for two better matchups.

I’m not sure how Straily is still only owned in 53% of RCLs, but sign me up for that, too. His matchups aren’t as good (vs. Mets and at Diamondbacks) because of that trip to Arizona, but I am still willing to roll with him over the others on the list.

Snell is meh, but he doesn’t scare me as much as Cotton or Mahle. Despite their positive value, if I am in need of starts in H2h playoffs, I am not going near either of those two. Their potential for disaster outweighs any value they provide, at least in my eyes. Stay away and save yourself.

And now, to the charts!

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

THE BEST

Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Clayton Kershaw LAD @PHI, SF 2.12/2.95 10.78/1.61
Gio Gonzalez WSH @ATL, @NYM 2.68/3.88 8.33/3.41
Jon Lester CHC @TB, @MIL 4.30/4.05 9.20/2.99

THE REPLICAS

Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
German Marquez COL @SF, @SD 4.41/4.20 8.50/2.73
Marcus Stroman TOR KC, NYY 3.08/3.81 7.57/2.69
Patrick Corbin ARI @SD, MIA 4.06/3.94 8.62/2.67
Sonny Gray NYY MIN, @TOR 3.17/3.56 8.72/2.86
Dan Straily MIA NYM, @ARI 4.24/4.50 8.05/2.63
Mike Clevinger CLE @LAA, @SEA 3.21/3.98 10.21/4.50
Jose Berrios MIN @NYY, @DET 3.84/3.92 8.47/2.78

THE STANDARDS

Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Chase Anderson MIL @PIT, CHC 2.88/3.73 8.26/2.88
Blake Snell TB CHC, @BAL 4.25/4.36 7.87/4.09
Mike Leake SEA TEX, CLE 4.01/3.98 6.25/1.93
Lucas Giolito CHW @HOU, KC 2.56/5.30 7.39/3.13
Brent Suter MIL @PIT, CHC 3.66/3.94 7.33/2.85
Ervin Santana MIN @NYY, @DET 3.35/4.53 7.34/2.79
Kevin Gausman BAL BOS, TB 4.83/4.65 8.48/3.65

THE KNOCKOFFS

Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Matt Harvey NYM @MIA, WSH 6.14/6.08 6.69/4.46
Tyler Mahle CIN STL, BOS 2.70/4.01 6.30/4.95
Ian Kennedy KC @TOR, @CHW 5.45/5.67 7.46/3.76
Tyler Skaggs LAA CLE, @HOU 4.37/4.17 8.36/3.09
Doug Fister BOS @BAL, @CIN 4.40/4.07 8.00/3.71
Luis Perdomo SD ARI, COL 4.61/4.50 6.64/3.44

THE 

Player Opponents ERA/FIP K9/BB9
Jharel Cotton OAK @DET, TEX 5.81/5.85 7.19/3.77
Buck Farmer DET OAK, MIN 6.62/4.94 9.68/3.31
Luiz Gohara ATL WSH, PHI 6.30/3.26 10.80/3.60
Chad Bell DET OAK, MIN 6.42/5.37 7.90/4.28
Nick Pivetta PHI LAD, @ATL 6.75/4.99 9.39/3.80
Martin Perez TEX @SEA, @OAK 4.82/4.62 5.73/3.00

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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  1. Stumanji! says:
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    Thanks as always, Mike. These 2 starter posts have been so helpful all season.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Stumanji!:

      Thanks, Stu. Really appreciate that, and glad you have found them helpful.

  2. Scrapski says:
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    Agreed, nice to have this resource
    Thanks for the prime info Mike

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Scrapski:

      Glad you have found them helpful. Thanks for taking the time to read them and comment.

  3. Scrapski says:
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    Ps
    Be cool to have a list of starters that might be resting the last week of reg season.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Scrapski:

      Not a bad idea. I’ll see what kind of info is available.

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Good stuff Mike…Funny how Harvey’s FIP is better than his ERA. He should be in the shit pile IMHO..

  5. Stlcards says:
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    Isn’t Nola starting twice

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Stlcards:

      Phillies have been using extra arms in their rotation since rosters expanded. Monday-Sunday looks like Pivetta, Nola, Thompson, Leiter Jr., Lively, Alvarez, Pivetta. Nola is Tuesday/Monday right now.

      • Andrew Edenbaum says:
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        @mikeMaher: Sure hope they let Nola double the last week, even though they’re playing 6 games. He deserves it after the year he has had.

  6. Not your average Joe says:
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    I want to add G.Marquez since I only have 5 starters. Is it crazy to drop Smoak for him since I already have a deep enough bench? He’s had a couple of good games in the past three but other wise pretty cold. I could also drop Greene to open up another streaming spot. He’s had 1 save in September, though admittedly in August they seem to come in clusters.

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Freeman; 2B – Dozier; 3B – Machado; SS – Correa; OF – Merrifield, Hoskins, Pollock; Util – Olson; Bench – Pham, Kiermaier, Smoak
    SP – Severino, Corbin, Weaver, Wood, Cueto
    RP – Greene, Doolittle, Vizcaino, Holland, Nicasio

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Not your average Joe:

      Not crazy at all. Pull the trigger if it makes sense for your team at this time of the year.

  7. thorbs says:
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    Mahle shut down for the year.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @thorbs:

      womp womp

  8. I don't want to say because others in my league read this site. says:
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    Is Yu Darvish going twice this week?

      • I don't want to say because others in my league read this site. says:
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        @mikeMaher:
        Ahh that makes sense. Thanks for the site and all the advice throughout the year!

        I had a bye week and am limping into week two of my play offs next week.

        GL to everyone and their teams!

        Except the guy I am playing!
        He can have a bad week and I will buy him a beer for his tears!

  9. Stumanji! says:
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    Doesn’t look like Snell is going 2x anymore. He’s probable for Wednesday now.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Stumanji!:

      Blegch

  10. The Red Onion says:
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    McHugh announced as the Tuesday starter for Houston. Assuming he’ll start twice (not sure if Houston has a 6-man rotation), where would you rank him?
    Thanks very much!

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @The Red Onion:

      With the uncertainty in that rotation and them wanting to rest people, I wouldn’t mess with him as a two-start starter. He was apparently available out of the bullpen this weekend, and they are already talking about rolling with both him and McCullers or others on Tuesday.

  11. No One says:
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    Gausman moved back to Tuesday. Did he lose his second start?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @No One:

      Looks like it, yeah.

  12. Brian says:
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    Hi Mike! Great work with the two start pitcher posts, it’s been super helpful. I’m in the Championship this week. H2H points league. Would you take a look at my lineup and let me know if I should make any changes to which pitchers I’m starting? Wins are worth 15 points, losses -6, strikeouts 1,5, quality starts 3, walks -.5, innings pitched 2.5. Thank you
    C-r.chirinos
    1b-goldy
    2b- j.schoop
    3b-n.arenado
    Ss-e. Andrus
    Of-g. Springer
    Of-j.martinez
    Of-m.olson
    Of-r.hoskins
    Utl-r.hoskins
    Bench-m. Haniger
    P-j.quintana
    P-j.verlander
    P-a.nola
    P-r.ray
    P-k.maeda
    P-m.clevinger
    P-c.anderson
    Bench-Mike leake, d.lamet, l.gohara,Danny Duffy.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Brian:

      Thanks. Glad you have found them helpful. You have Hoskins listed twice, but other than that this looks pretty good to me.

  13. Bill says:
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    Jameson Taillon now looks to be a two starter (Monday vs MIL and Sunday vs. STL). What are your thoughts? Obviously there is a good amount of risk with the way he’s been pitching in the second half, but the reward could be there if the skipped start did him some good.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Bill:

      Yeah, the risk there might be too much for me.

  14. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey man,

    In the Finals this week

    Looking to add Marquez and dropping one of these:

    Woodruff – vs cubs
    Nova – vs cards (or injured?)
    Kuhl – vs cards
    Or hold for an injury…my only bench bat is Happ unless Sano makes an appearance this week

    Only have one move left for the week….regular 5 pitching cats plus k/9

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Nightpandas:

      Nightpandas of FantasyDraft lore!

      Congrats on the finals. Personally, I would drop Nova since he is a little banged up anyway.

  15. Schoolboy P says:
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    Thank you. Last weeks post in particular was crucial.
    Got my Marquez add!

    Im seeing Archer as a 2 starter this week. Or are the Rays on a 6 man rotation?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Schoolboy P:

      Thanks! Glad they are proving helpful. It is looking like he is a two-start starter for now, but that could very well change depending on how the next few days go. He was going to get bumped last week until Pruitt was needed in relief, and with his recent forearm issues they want opt to give him another day of rest if they can.

  16. Erik says:
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    Is Dylan Bundy only slated for 1? Looks like he should be today/Sunday.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Erik:

      Yeah, he and Guasman got swapped.

  17. Blevins says:
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    Flaherty is projected to start twice

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Blevins:

      Looks like it now that the Cards are saying Wainwright will go to the bullpen. Could change as the week goes on though.

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