Quality starting pitching is essential to winning in fantasy baseball. If you have a pitcher that hasn’t been carrying their weight, consider adding a starting pitcher who will make two starts in week 11.
If the pitcher you consider isn’t at the top of the rankings, there’s often a chance he’ll throw at least one good game out of the two he is probable to start. Worst case, a pitcher with two starts will generally keep a lower ERA and bring in more strikeouts, which could save owners in weekly head-to-head matchups.
Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, who is 8-1 with a 1.99 ERA, 92 strikeouts, and a 1.22 WHIP in 90.7 innings, tops our list of two-start fantasy baseball pitchers in Week 12. He takes the mound Monday at home against the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander, then Saturday on the road against the Kansas City Royals and Kyle Davis. Other “must starts” in Week 12 include:
- Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks (11-2, 2.73, 79, 1.00)
- Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay Rays (6-2, 1.74, 54, 0.97) FBD May Pitcher of the Month
- Javier Vazquez, Chicago White Sox (6-5, 3.90, 90, 1.32) FBD Week 2 Pitcher of the Week
- Jered Weaver, Anaheim Angels (3-8, 4.81, 82, 1.43) FBD Week 7 Pitcher of the Week
- Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (6-4, 3.27, 86, 1.02)
The Sunday Special – Two two-start pitchers that should impress you with their performances in Week 12:
- Justin Duchscherer, Oakland Athletics. One of the best pieces of advice Fantasy Baseball Dugout has given our readers this season is to pick Oakland pitchers. Duch has been in the rotation all season for the A’s after spending most of his career in the bullpen.After a 3-1 start to the year, his record stands at 6-4. The losses don’t seem to be his fault, however. In only one start this season has Duch given up more than two earned runs. Through 10 starts and 61.3 innings, Duch has a 2.20 ERA, 42 strikeouts, and a 1.01 WHIP. Give Duchscherer a shot as he takes the mound Tuesday on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Brandon Webb, then Sunday at home against the Florida Marlins and Andrew Miller.
- Randy Wolf, San Diego Padres. Wolf is a former NL All-Star, and we never like to bet against former All-Stars when the matchups are right. On the year, Wolf is 5-4 in 14 starts on the year for the underachieving Padres. In 84.7 innings of work, Wolf has 75 strikeouts, a 3.83 ERA, and 1.23 WHIP. Since giving up seven earned runs on May 12 on the road against the Chicago Cubs, Wolf hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any start and won three of his last five starts. Wolf takes the mound Tuesday against the New York Yankees and Darrell Rasner, then Sunday at home against the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander.
Waiver Wire Wonder – A two-start pitcher owned in less than 40% of leagues to consider in Week 12:
- Garrett Olson, Baltimore Orioles. The 24-year old Orioles lefty is 5-2. In opposition to Justin Duchscherer, Olson benefits from solid Orioles run support. His only losses this season have come when he’s given up six earned runs. In 49.7 innings of work, Olson has struck out 32 with a 4.53 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. Run support from the Orioles will be key in Olson’s two week 12 starts – Tuesday at home against the Houston Astros and Brandon Backe, then Sunday on the road in Milwaukee against Manny Parra.