Quality starting pitching is essential to winning in fantasy baseball, especially in playoff time. The time has come to consider adding a starting pitcher who will make two starts in Week 24. Pitchers who make two starts generally keep a lower ERA and bring in more strikeouts over the course of a weekly head-to-head matchup.
Due to the prospect of picking up twice as many stats for the cost of one add/drop to your roster, two start pitchers take on even greater importance at this time of year.
Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox, who is 16-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 131 strikeouts, and a 1.33 WHIP in 146.7 innings, tops our list of two-start fantasy baseball pitchers in Week 24. He takes the mound Tuesday versus the Tampa Bay Rays and Scott Kazmir, then Sunday versus the Blue Jays and Jesse Litsch. Other “must starts” in Week 24 include:
- Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (15-3/2.60/216/1.19)
- A.J. Burnett, Toronto Blue Jays (16-10/4.47/201/1.40)
- Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds (16-5/3.12/174/1.32)
- Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs (15-6/2.99/167/1.21)
The Sunday Special – A two-start pitcher who will impress you with his starts in Week 24:
- Dave Bush, Milwaukee Brewers (9-10/4.33/96/1.15). Aside from the first inning in his most recent start against the Mets, Bush has been on fire the last month. He takes the mound versus the Reds and Edinson Volquez on Monday, then against the Phillies and Cole Hamels on Saturday. Bush gave up 6 runs his last time out, but before that he hadn’t given up more than 3 runs since July 31. He’s also lasted into the 7th inning in each start from July 26 – August 29. Chances are good he’ll be available in your league, and if Bush continues to ride the Brew Crew’s hot streak, look for him to make a big difference in your matchup this week.
Waiver Wire Wonder – A two-start pitcher owned in around 40% of leagues to consider in Week 24:
- Carl Pavano, New York Yankees (2-0/4.20/7/1.33). That’s right… we said Pavano. The guys actually pitching, so you have to at least consider him, right? He takes the mound versus the Angels and Jon Garland Monday, then Sunday against Tampa Bay and Edwin Jackson. There isn’t much to go on with Pavano because he has only logged 15 total innings in three starts, but he has yet to give up more than 3 earned runs in an outing and makes an interesting sleeper choice in what will be most people’s semi-final round of head-to-head matchups. Hopefully the fact that he’s making two starts this week won’t lead to him having another injury.