We’re halfway through the H2H regular season, and for many of us, it’s time to make some moves in the standings. It’s not always so easy to negotiate trades, especially for those in public leagues, making additions from waivers an absolute necessity in most cases. A good method to get ahead in weekly formats is to keep up with the two-start landscape and stream the shizz out of the good options. If you’ve been lazy in this regard so far, it’s not too late. So quit looking for the new Kanye album that leaked yesterday (it’s not that great), and begin hoarding two-starters instead. I’m here every Saturday to help keep your hopes alive.
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Adam Wainwright (CHC, TEX); Shelby Miller (CHC, TEX); Matt Cain (SD, MIA); Matt Harvey (@ATL, @PHI); Mat Latos (PIT, @ARI); Yu Darvish (OAK, @STL);James Shields (@CLE, CWS); Justin Verlander (BAL, BOS); Max Scherzer (BAL, BOS); Clay Buchholz (TB, @DET)
- Do it.
Patrick Corbin (MIA, CIN); Jeff Samardzija (@STL, HOU); Andrew Cashner (@SF, LAD); Dillon Gee (@ATL, @PHI); Paul Maholm (NYM, @MIL); Francisco Liriano (@CIN, @LAA); Hyun-Jin Ryu (@NYY, @SD); Mike Leake (PIT, @ARI); Jose Quintana (@HOU, @KC)
- At 10% owned in Y! leagues, and coming off three consecutive awesome outings, Dillon Gee is an easy choice for two-start streamer of the week. Keep in mind, though, that he’s been dealing with a tendonitis issue — there’s not firm word one whether the Mets will choose to space out his workload, but even if they do and he only goes once, he’s still a good play. Jose Quintana (11%) gets two mouthwatering starts in week 12, both away from US Cellular, which is nice. I’m using him in weekly formats wherever he’s available. I’m going out on a limb with slotting Andrew Cashner (32%) in this first tier, but he’s coming off his best start of the year, and with his arm, the Ks will start piling up before long. Mike Leake (52%) has been disappearing from waivers steadily as he continues to prove himself as a reliable option. Grab him if he’s out there. In shallow leagues you might be able to snag Liriano or Maholm (both 72%), but the rest of this group is likely rostered. As always, first tier guys are quality options and should be started.
Barry Zito (SD, MIA); Alfredo Figaro (@HOU, ATL); Kevin Slowey (@ARI, @SF); Jacob Turner (@ARI, @SF); Jorge De La Rosa (@TOR, @WAS); Tim Hudson (NYM, @MIL); Travis Wood (@STL, HOU); Jarrod Parker (@TEX, @SEA); Dan Straily (@TEX, @SEA); Jason Vargas (SEA, PIT); Jordan Lyles (MIL, @CHC); Dylan Axelrod (@MIN, @KC); Ubaldo Jimenez (KC, MIN); Bud Norris (CWS, @CHC)
- There are plenty of streamable options here in tier two, but I’m most intrigued by guys like Jordan Lyles (3%), Alfredo Figaro (1%), and Bud Norris (13%). All three are very fringy options on a week-to-week basis, but each faces a favorable week 12 schedule, and with bat-missing stuff in their arsenals, the upside is certainly there. Dylan Axelrod (3%), Ubaldo Jimenez (19%), and Barry Zito (23%) have nice match-ups in the week ahead, too, but beware of the blowup with those three. Both Marlins starters are decent plays this week, especially Kevin Slowey (10%), who’s been far better away from Miami this season. The others here are reasonable streamers, but you don’t want to dig much deeper than this group outside of AL/NL-Only.
- Tier three, otherwise known as “desperation station” is thinner this week than usual, but there’s a glimmer of hope from a few names here. Given his pedigree, Chris Archer is the most attractive of the bunch, but his match-ups are a nightmare. Phil Hughes at home is dangerous — he seems to love coughing up the long balls this year — but he’s always capable of surprising us with a 10-K masterpiece, too.
- Just don’t.