Week 14 Double Starters (07/02 â€“ 07/08)
After a one-week hiatus, weâ€™re back to take a look at next weekâ€™s double start options in an effort to influence your decision making and steer you towards fantasy immortality.
The season has just reached its halfway point as we approach the All-Star break, and there is still plenty of time to climb out of the cellar and into a money position. In order to do so, the time to make bold moves is now.
In all rotisserie scoring leagues, the difference between winning your league and finishing out of the money can come down to the most miniscule of stats at the end of the season. You should be doing everything in your power to scratch and claw your way to the accumulation of as many total stats as you can get your hands on over the marathon of the baseball season.
Adding well-timed double starters is one of the most highly effective strategies for doing this. If played correctly, you add valuable wins and strikeouts to your team without sacrificing damage to your ratios. Make sure to check out the player notes at the bottom, where youâ€™ll glean valuable insight and nuggets of information which highlight the best and worst plays of the period.
Each and every Thursday throughout the season, the following weekâ€™s double start options will be listed below. They are listed in the order of my own personal preference and how they would be used in my own lineups.
The top tier of guys should be in your lineup regardless of who they are pitching against. You drafted them to be the core of your rotation, and they need to pitch for you. Occasionally, starters with terrific matchups in both starts will find their way into this group.
In deeper mixed leagues, the second tier of guys should most likely find a place in your rotation as well. In shallower leagues, perhaps you could play the matchups with this group.
The bottom tier of pitchers listed should be on your bench or started with extreme caution. Donâ€™t say that you or your ratios werenâ€™t given proper warning.
Disclaimer: Many things can change between Thursday and Monday, including rainouts, injuries, juggling of rotations, etc. This information has been provided to the best of my knowledge and ability as of Thursday afternoon.
Start your Aces
Jarrod Parker: vs. Red Sox (Matsuzaka), vs. Mariners (Millwood)
Chris Sale: vs. Rangers (Oswalt), vs. Blue Jays (Cecil)
Cliff Lee: @ Mets (Niese), vs. Braves (Jurrjens)
Ryan Vogelsong: @ Nationals (Zimmermann), @ Pirates (Burnett)
Jared Weaver: @ Indians (Jimenez), vs. Orioles (Hammel)
Johnny Cueto: @ Dodgers (Capuano), @ Padres (Marquis)
Zack Greinke: vs. Marlins (Sanchez), @ Astros (Keuchel)
James Shields: vs. Yankees (Nova), @ Indians (McAllister)
Doug Fister: vs. Twins (Blackburn), vs. Royals (Chen)
Jordan Zimmermann: vs. Giants (Vogelsong), vs. Rockies (Friedrich)
James McDonald: vs. Astros (Harrell), vs. Giants (Zito)
Ricky Romero: vs. Royals (Teaford), @ White Sox (Sale)
Matt Moore: vs. Yankees (Garcia), @ Indians (Jimenez)
A.J. Burnett: vs. Astros (Keuchel), vs. Giants (Vogelsong)
Tommy Hanson: vs. Cubs (Wells), @ Phillies (Worley)
Chris Capuano: vs. Reds (Cueto), @ Diamondbacks (Bauer)
Max Scherzer: vs. Twins (Duensing), vs. Royals (Teaford)
Anibal Sanchez: @ Brewers (Greinke), @ Cardinals (Kelly)
Trevor Bauer: vs. Padres (Marquis), vs. Dodgers (Capuano)
Play the Matchups
Jon Niese: vs. Phillies (Lee), vs. Cubs (Samardzija)
Homer Bailey: @ Dodgers (Billingsley), @ Padres (Richard)
Marco Estrada: vs. Marlins (Zambrano), @ Astros (Harrell)
Trevor Cahill: vs. Padres (Richard), vs. Dodgers (Billingsley)
Dan Haren: @ Indians (McAllister), vs. Orioles (Chen)
Carlos Zambrano: @ Brewers (Estrada), @ Cardinals (Lohse)
Brett Cecil: vs. Royals (Montgomery?), @ White Sox (Sale)
Roy Oswalt: @ White Sox (Sale), vs. Twins (Duensing)
Kyle Lohse: vs. Rockies (White), vs. Marlins (Zambrano)
Joe Kelly: vs. Rockies (Francis), vs. Marlins (Sanchez)
Jason Hammel: @ Mariners (Millwood), @ Angels (Weaver)
Ivan Nova: @ Rays (Shields), @ Red Sox (Matsuzaka)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: @ Athletics (Parker), vs. Yankees (Nova)
Wei-Yin Chen: @ Mariners (Hernandez), @ Angels (Haren)
Chad Billingsley: vs. Reds (Bailey), @ Diamondbacks (Cahill)
Lucas Harrell: @ Pirates (McDonald), vs. Brewers (Estrada)
Clayton Richard: @ Diamondbacks (Cahill), vs. Reds (Bailey)
Dallas Keuchel: @ Pirates (Burnett), vs. Brewers (Greinke)
Zach McAllister: vs. Angels (Haren), vs. Rays (Shields)
On the Pine
Jeff Samardzija: @ Braves (Jurrjens), @ Mets (Niese)
Ubaldo Jimenez: vs. Angels (Weaver), vs. Rays (Moore)
Kevin Millwood: vs. Orioles (Hammel), @ Athletics (Parker)
Jair Jurrjens: vs. Cubs (Samardzija), @ Phillies (Lee)
Jason Marquis: @ Diamondbacks (Bauer), vs. Reds (Cueto)
Brian Duensing: @ Tigers (Scherzer), @ Rangers (Oswalt)
Randy Wells: @ Braves (Hanson), @ Mets (Gee)
Nick Blackburn: @ Tigers (Fister), @ Rangers (Darvish)
Everett Teaford: @ Blue Jays (Romero), @ Tigers (Scherzer)
Freddy Garcia: @ Rays (Moore), @ Red Sox (Cook)
Jeff Francis: @ Cardinals (Kelly), @ Nationals (Gonzalez)
Christian Friedrich: @ Cardinals (Wainwright), @ Nationals (Zimmermann)
Alex White: @ Cardinals (Lohse), @ Nationals (Strasburg)
Jason Hammel was due for a correction, and it happened in a big way, surrendering eight runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings against the Angels on Wednesday. Still, heâ€™s 8-3 with a 3.29 ERA and gets the Mariners at home to start the week, and deserves to remain in lineups.
Daisuke Matsuzaka hasnâ€™t quite returned to the level of dominance he once enjoyed, but his control is improved and once his velocity returns he should be a quality asset in deeper mixed leagues. Heâ€™s surely worth a look this week, as he can be expected to pick up a victory and 10+ Kâ€™s in the period.
Depending on how the Red Sox structure their rotation, there is a possibility that Jon Lester could also double this week. If that happens, he should obviously be started in all formats. However, they may elect to have Aaron Cook pitch one of the games in Saturdayâ€™s doubleheader instead.
Itâ€™s shocking that Freddy Garcia continues to receive chances to pitch in Major League rotations. Itâ€™s criminal if you trust him in your fantasy league.
While Matt Moore hasnâ€™t come close to living up to the massive hype surrounding him in the preseason, he has pitched much better over the past six weeks. With two solid matchups on tap, he needs to be started in all formats.
Everett Teaford is simply not a very good starting pitcher, and heâ€™s facing two tough offenses on the road. Pass.
Brett Cecil has pitched well since being recalled from Triple-A, and is one of the strongest double starters this week who may be available in your league. Heâ€™s worth a look if youâ€™re chasing wins and strikeouts.
Chris Sale has been one of the most terrific pitchers in the American League, and there is no reason that should stop this week. He needs to be an every week play in all formats at this point.
Aside from one poor start in Arlington, Doug Fister has delivered the consistent low ratios that were expected from him on draft day. With a pair of home starts this week against the Twins and Royals, look for Fister to pick up at least one win, 10+ Kâ€™s and continue to provide ratio relief. Heâ€™s one of the strongest plays on the board this week.
I just canâ€™t bring myself to trust Ubaldo Jimenez. Thereâ€™s too great of an opportunity for disaster when pitching against two good teams, even at home. He may deliver plus strikeouts, but Iâ€™d rather look at other options if available.
Zach McAllister has pitched fairly well in his starts with the Indians and could be worth a look this week, though he is facing two good opposing pitchers so his outlook for wins is low.
How good has Jarrod Parker been? Heâ€™s 4-3 with a 2.57 ERA/1.20 WHIP and has only allowed more than two earned runs twice all season (both on the road). With two mediocre offenses coming into Oakland, heâ€™s an extremely strong play this week.
Despite a very strong performance in his first outing back, there shouldnâ€™t be any rush to insert Jair Jurrjens into your lineups. Let him demonstrate a few times that heâ€™s actually â€œbackâ€ before putting your ratios in jeopardy unnecessarily.
Jon Niese has pitched better of late and takes on two struggling offenses at home. He should be locked into lineups in all leagues this week.
With as well as heâ€™s pitched, itâ€™s inexcusable for Cliff Lee to head into the All-Star break winless. It wouldnâ€™t be shocking in the slightest if he won both of his games with 15+ Kâ€™s this week.
Jordan Zimmermann has been outstanding all season, and is coming off of an outing where he shut down the Rockies @ Coors. Thereâ€™s no reason to ever take him out of your lineup.
It appears that the Shark has jumped out of the tank. As long as you have better options, Jeff Samardzija should remain on benches until he figures out a way to right the ship.
Homer Bailey may be available in some shallower formats, and represents a tremendous play this week facing two struggling offenses in large pitcherâ€™s parks.
Lucas Harrell is coming off his first career shutout, and on paper his matchups arenâ€™t terrible. In deeper leagues, heâ€™s worth a look for wins.
Similarly, teammate Dallas Keuchel is in the same boat, taking on the Pirates and Brewers this week. There is ratio risk here, but could have some upside in strikeouts and pick up a victory.
If any owners in your league got impatient while Marco Estrada was injured, now would be a terrific time to pick him up.
Joe Kelly has fared relatively well since joining the Cardinals rotation, and is certainly worth a look in deeper formats and NL-only leagues this week.
James McDonald is coming off one of his worst outings of the season, and looks poised to bounce back in a big way this week. Thereâ€™s no reason he shouldnâ€™t be active.
Assuming Trevor Bauer is here to stay, he immediately becomes an every-week play, especially with his juicy double this week.
There is no reason to ever play anyone in the Rockies rotation right now. Ever.
If you havenâ€™t already, itâ€™s now time to start taking Ryan Vogelsong seriously. What heâ€™s doing is incredibly impressive, and he needs to remain in lineups week in and week out.
If you have any rotation related questions that you would like answered, just leave them in the comments below or message me on Twitter @DaveShovein and Iâ€™d be more than happy to lend my opinion!