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 21.
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.
C.C. Sabathia of the Milwaukee Brewers, a two-time winner of FBD Pitcher of the Week who is 13-8 with a 3.04 ERA, 183 strikeouts, and a 1.14 WHIP in 186.3 innings, tops our list of two-start fantasy baseball pitchers in Week 20. He takes the mound Monday versus Houston and Randy Wolf, then Sunday versus the Pittsburgh Pirates and Paul Maholm. Other “must starts” in Week 21 include:
- Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres, (9-8, 2.61, 133, 1.14) Week 1 Pitcher of the Week
- Ervin Santana, Anaheim Angels, (13-5, 3.49, 157, 1.14)
- A.J. Burnett, Toronto Blue Jays, (15-9, 4.67, 165, 1.44)
The Sunday Special – A two-start pitcher who will impress you with their starts in Week 21:
- Andy Sonnanstine, Tampa Bay Rays (12-6, 4.35, 92, 1.31). We first told you about Sonnanstine 12 weeks ago. Then we told you that most people hadn’t even heard of him, and you should add him. He takes the mound Monday versus Anaheim and Jon Garland, then Sunday on the road against the White Sox and Mark Buehrle. Since giving up five runs on the road against Kansas City on July 27, Sonnanstine hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in his last three starts. He’s also struck out 16 in 19.3 innings of work. He’s still available in around 30% of leagues… so give him a look this week.
Waiver Wire Wonder – A two-start pitcher owned in around 40% of leagues to consider in Week 20:
- Anthony Reyes, Cleveland Indians (3-2, 1 save, 3.67, 14, 1.30). Reyes got called up this month and actually hasn’t been awful – quite an improvement over his near 5.00 ERA he had in June when he was sent down while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He takes the mound Tuesday versus Kansas City and Luke Hochevar, then Sunday on the road against Texas and Scott Feldman. The Indians might not be good this season, but the Royals and Scott Feldman aren’t great, either. Reyes has only given up three earned runs in 12.3 innings of work with the Indians, so if you’re looking for a sleeper pick, give him a shot.