Garrett Richards @ LAD (6/11) & v AZ (6/17) – Richards survived his first start against Seattle, which included 8 Ks. These NL matchups are relatively cushy and with two starts he looks good in 12-team or deeper formats.
Bartolo Colon @ COL (6/12) & v SD (6/17) – I’m baffled by Colon’s resurgence over the past two seasons but sometimes it’s best not to over think things. He has two NL matchups this week and we love pitchers against the Padres. Start in 12-team or deeper formats.
Wei-Yin Chen v PIT (6/12) & @ ATL (6/16) – From the desk of the Wei-Yin Chen Fan Club: Chen has been more than solid pitching in the AL East this season and will have a great week with two starts against the NL’s Braves and AAA Pirates. Worthy in all formats.
Bud Norris @ SF (6/12) & @ TEX (6/16) – Norris bounced back from a 9-run shelling against the Rox to K 12 Cards. Bank on the 9+ K/9 rate and don’t be overly intimidated by the Rangers. Start everywhere.
Brian Matusz v PIT (6/13) – Matusz has been consistently inconsistent but the Pirates make this decision easy. Must start in 15-team or deeper formats and definitely a maybe in 12-team leagues.
Casey Crosby @ CHC (6/13) – Crosby has been brutal in two starts so far but there’s something here for deep keeper leagues. He mixes four pitches, generates groundballs and can get strikeouts. That’s a powerful combination and it may take a while for him to master his profile. In the mean time pick on the Cubs and Start Crosby in NL-only leagues this week.
Hector Noesi v SD (6/13) – I really thought Noesi would show more to this point. His true abilities are clouded further by an unlucky strand rate but incredibly lucky BABIP. If you start Noesi anytime soon chalk it up to an experiment. The Padres have some credibility with Quentin back but for the most part still can’t hit. Start in AL-only leagues.
J.A. Happ @ SF (6/13) – The 9+ K/9 is real and an inflated BABIP suggest more consistency is around the corner. He’s worth investing in right now and has a nice matchup this week. He’s an excellent start in 15-team leagues and worth stashing in 12-team formats.
Jake Arrieta v PIT (6/14) – Arrieta has been brutal lately. He’s still getting the Ks making him useful against teams worth picking on. I say go against the Pirates this week in 15-team and deeper formats.
Scott Diamond v PHL (6/14) – Diamond has been great, checkout his 5.35 K/BB rate! Throw in a beat-up Phillies team and he’s a great start this week. Start in all formats.
Daisuke Matsuzaka @ CHC (6/15) – I’d normally roll anybody out against the Cubs. The problem with Dice-K is that he largely creates his own problems with the base on balls. Even a crappy team like the Cubs can score some runs if you hand them enough opportunities. Probably worth starting in AL-only leagues but that’s it.
Jordan Lyles @ TEX (6/16) – I love Lyles long term and he might even be useful this season. It’s possible however, that he gets beat up bad enough during interleague to find his way back to the PCL. He could be really good one day but pass for now.