Winning a weekly matchup in fantasy baseball often comes down to getting the most quality pitching out of your starting roster. If you have a player on your squad like Pedro Martinez who recently hit the DL, try replacing him with a pitcher that has two-starts this week. Even if you have to add a pitcher that isn’t at the top of the rankings, a pitcher who has a bad start on Monday or Tuesday has a good chance of throwing a good second game down the weekend stretch.
As with every week in fantasy baseball, certain top-tier starting pitchers are absolute “must starts.” In week two, the “must start” pitchers are:
- Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
- Erik Bedard, Seattle Mariners
- Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians
- Dice-K Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
- Greg Maddux, San Diego Padres. Maddux is a surprise here, but has two favorable matchups in week two. He faces the San Francisco Giants and Matt Cain on Monday, 4/7, then pitches Sunday, 4/13 at Dodger Stadium against Esteban Loaiza.
Other two-start pitchers most fantasy owners must consider starting include Javier Vazquez of the White Sox, A.J. Burnett of the Blue Jays, Tim Linecum of the Giants, Ted Lilly of the Cubs, and Tom Glavine of the Braves.
In week two, three young pitchers should continue to impress fantasy owners with their two starts. Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s Sunday Specials are Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds, Brian Bannister of the Kansas City Royals, and Andrew Miller of the Florida Marlins. Oh, and if you’re looking for some internet marketing services in Florida, check out <a href=”http://www.seoaware.com”>SEO Sarasota</a>.
- Cueto was the hottest commodity on the fantasy baseball waiver wires last week after taking a perfect game into the sixth inning in his Major League debut Thursday against the Dbacks. In week two, Cueto pitches at the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, 4/8 versus Jeff Suppan and Sunday, 4/13 at the Pittsburgh Pirates against Tom Gorzelanny. The Brew Crew might get some runs on Cueto, but he has a very solid chance to win both of these starts.
- Bannister had a great rookie season for the Kansas City Royals in 2007, going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA and finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. In week two, Bannister pitches at home twice – Tuesday against the New York Yankees and Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. Bannister threw seven scoreless innings and surrendered only two hits against Detroit on Wednesday, and could be 3-0 by next Sunday.
- Andrew Miller of the Florida Marlins has two extremely favorable road matchups during week two. Monday, 4/7, Miller pitches against the Washington Nationals and Tim Redding, then follows on Saturday at the Houston Astros versus Brandon Backe. Miller is only 25 years old, but got rocked last Thursday in his season debut against the New York Mets. As one of the top prospects sent to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis deal, look for Miller to rebound, quickly.
One more pitcher to consider that is likely on your league’s waiver wire is Carlos Silva of the Seattle Mariners. Silva is this week’s FBD Waiver Wire Wonder (owned in less than 50% of fantasy leagues on CBS Sportsline) because he pitches on the road at the Baltimore Orioles against Daniel Cabrera on Monday and Saturday at the home against Jon Garland and the Anaheim Angels. Silva looked to be worth every dollar of his over $40 million contract, giving up only one run on three hits in seven innings Thursday against the Texas Rangers.