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 13.
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.
Ben Sheets of the Milwaukee Brewers, who is 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA, 77 strikeouts, and a 1.09 WHIP in 95.3 innings, tops our list of two-start fantasy baseball pitchers in Week 13. He takes the mound Monday at the road against the Atlanta Braves and Jo Jo Reyes, then Sunday on the road against the Minnesota Twins and Kevin Slowey. Other “must starts” in Week 13 include:
- Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres (5 wins, 4 losses, 2.88 ERA, 68 strikeouts, 1.15 WHIP) Week One FBD Pitcher of the Week
- Johan Santana, New York Mets (7-5, 3.04, 91, 1.21)
- Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks (7-4, 3.26, 84, 1.00)
- Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox (7-4, 3.87, 89, 1.13)
- Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (6-5, 2.87, 91, 1.29)
- John Lackey, Anaheim Angels (4-1, 1.37, 39, 0.92)
The Sunday Special – Two two-start pitchers that should impress you with their performances in Week 13:
- Kenny Rogers, Detroit Tigers (5-4, 4.36, 36, 1.50). Rogers has only lost one game since the end of April, and won four. In the month of June, Rogers has been fantastic for the resurgent Tigers, posting a 1.21 ERA in his last four starts and lasting into at least the 7th inning each time out. Look for the length of his appearances in Week 13 to drop because he will be making two starts, but don’t expect his performance to dwindle. Rogers will not overwhelm with strikeouts, but his WHIP is right around 1.00 for the month. He takes the mound Tuesday at home against the St. Louis Cardinals and Braden Looper, then Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies and Jeff Francis.
- Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox (4-6, 4.28, 55, 1.36). Buehrle’s season has also improved as the dog days of summer approached. He’s lost one start since May 17, and over that time period his ERA has dipped from 5.27 to 4.28. During his last three starts, he pitched 8 full innings each game and allowed no more than 2 earned runs. He takes the mound Tuesday at Dodger Stadium against the Dodgers and Derek Lowe, then Sunday in Chicago against the Cubs, pitcher TBD thanks to Carlos Zambrano landing on the DL.
Waiver Wire Wonder – A two-start pitcher owned in less than 40% of leagues to consider in Week 13:
- Jamie Moyer, Philadelphia Phillies (7-4, 4.09, 47, 1.40). Moyer has built an entire career around using pitch location and guile to get hitters out. Similar to Buehrle and Rogers, Moyer has been awesome and no one seems to notice because he doesn’t make the Sportscenter highlight reel. In four June starts, his WHIP is 1.07. Since May 16, Moyer is 5-1 with only two outings in which he has given up more than 3 earned runs. His ERA has dropped from 5.02 on May 10 to 4.09 after his June 17 start against Boston.