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Sep 15

Two-Start Pitchers for Week 24: Fantasy Baseball Playoffs

Here we are, Week 24 of the fantasy baseball season and the second last week of fantasy baseball playoffs. If you are here checking out what Locker Room Fantasy Sports has to offer for this weeks (Sep. 16-22nd) two-start pitchers than you are lucky enough to have made it this far into the season and you are close to capturing a fantasy championship.

 

Cream of the crop:

Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers (14-3. 2.74 ) vs. @ARI (Patrick Corbin) @SD (Tyson Ross)

Anibal Sanchez – Detroit Tigers (14-7, 2.50) vs. SEA (Brandon Maurer) & CWS (Chris Sale)

Cliff Lee – Philadelphia Phillies (13-6, 2.97) vs. MIA (TBD) & NYM (Dillon Gee)

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

C.J. Wilson has won eight straight decisions and his next win will give him a career best 17 in a season. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

C.J. Wilson – Los Angeles Angels (16-6, 3.44) vs. @OAK (Sonny Gray) & SEA (Brandon Maurer)

C.J. Wilson has a 12-2 record over his last 18 games with both of his losses coming against the high powered Boston Red Sox (July 5th & June 8th). Heading into Sunday, the Angels had won 16 of their last 22 games. Wilson has the Athletics in one of his two starts this week and in his last three starts against Oakland Wilson has three wins while striking out a total of 19 batters. He’ll get the Mariners later in the week and in his last start against Seattle, Wilson went seven scoreless innings allowing only two hits in the win.

James Shields – Kansas City Royals (11-9, 3.38) vs. CLE (Scott Kazmir) & TEX (Nick Tepesch)

Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks (14,6 2.92) vs. LAD (Zack Greinke) & @COL (Juan Nicasio)

 

 

 

The next best thing:

Sonny Gray – Oakland Athletics (3-3, 2.63) vs. LAA (C.J. Wilson) & MIN (Pedro Hernandez)

Matt Garza – Texas Rangers (9-5, 3.79) vs. @TB (Alex Cobb) & @KC (Jeremy Guthrie)

Alex Cobb – Tampa Bay Rays (8-3, 3.08) vs. TEX (Matt Garza) & BAL (Miguel Gonzalez)

 Despite allowing a Major League leading 31 home runs this season A.J. Griffin supports a 14-9 record with a solid 3.81 ERA. (Getty Images) A.J. Griffin

Despite allowing a Major League leading 31 home runs this season A.J. Griffin supports a 14-9 record with a solid 3.81 ERA. (Getty Images)

A.J. Griffin – Oakland Athletics (14-9, 3.81) vs. LAA (Garrett Richards) & MIN (Liam Hendriks)

A.J. Griffin has won his last four starts allowing less than two runs in two of those wins. He has 24 strikeouts over his last three games so he comes in to his two-start week red hot. His last outing came against the Minnesota Twins – who he’ll get this week – where he went seven strong allowing only one run on two hits while fanning eight batters. Oakland also comes in red hot having won four straight and eight of 10 before Sunday’s game Texas. Griffin has been the best fantasy starting pitcher over the past two weeks in standard Yahoo! leagues.

Jorge De La Rosa – Colorado Rockies (16-6, 3.49) vs. STL (Lance Lynn) & ARI (Trevor Cahill)

A.J. Burnett – Pittsburgh Pirates (8-10, 3.45) vs. SD (Andrew Cashner) & CIN (Bronson Arroyo)

Hyun-jin Ryu – Los Angeles Dodgers (13-6, 3.07) vs. @ARI (Trevor Cahill) & @SD (Andrew Cashner)

 


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Hope for the best:

R.A. Dickey – Toronto Blue Jays (12-12, 4.36) vs. NYY (Andy Pettitte) & @BOS (Ryan Dempster)

Although Lance Lynn has 33 strikeouts over his last 33.1 innings he has a brutal 6.21 ERA with a 1.86 WHIP over that span. Lynn starts twice this week, but one of those outings is against Colorado at Coors Field. (Getty Images)

Although Lance Lynn has 33 strikeouts over his last 33.1 innings he has a brutal 6.21 ERA with a 1.86 WHIP over that span. Lynn starts twice this week, but one of those outings is against Colorado at Coors Field. (Getty Images)

Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals (13-10, 4.23) vs. @COL (Jorge De La Rosa) & @MIL (Yovani Gallardo)

Lance Lynn won six of his first seven decisions to start the season and didn’t suffer his second loss until his 16th start which came in Houston against the Astros (He was 10-2 at that point). Since that start on June 26th, Lynn has a record of 3-8 and hasn’t won since August 4th, a span of eight starts. What was looking like a possible Cy Young season has turned around in a hurry and you can only hope for the best when starting Lynn on your fantasy team, especially during fantasy baseball playoffs. He is coming off a strong performance against the Brewers where he struck out 10 over six innings and although he didn’t get the win he was fantastic, and I like his chances again against the Brewers this week.

Scott Feldman – Baltimore Orioles (12-10, 3.54) vs. @BOS (Ryan Dempster) & @TB (Jeremy Hellickson)

Scott Kazmir – Cleveland Indians (8-8, 4.24) vs. @KC (James Shields) & HOU (Paul Clemens)

Dan Haren – Washington Nationals (9-13, 5.02) vs. ATL (Mike Minor) & MIA (Tom Koehler)

Tanner Roark started off as a relief pitcher, but his excellent work of late is good enough for the Nationals to have him start twice this coming week. (Getty Images)

Tanner Roark started off as a relief pitcher, but his excellent work of late is good enough for the Nationals to have him start twice this coming week. (Getty Images)

Tanner Roark – Washington Nationals (6-0, 1.30) vs. ATL (Alex Wood) & MIA (TBA)

Tanner Roark is 6-0 to start his big-league career with an outstanding 1.30 ERA. He has started only twice, the rest of his appearances have come out of the bullpen, but he has 26 strikeouts over 34.2 innings since making his debut on August 7th. His two wins while starting came against the Mets and Marlins. He faces Miami in his second start, but he will be in tough against the Braves in his other start. He is owned in only 18 percent of Yahoo! leagues, a number that was less than 10 percent last week.

Mike Leake – Cincinnati Reds (13-6, 3.35) vs. @HOU (Erik Bedard) & @PIT (Jeff Locke)

Joe Kelly – St. Louis Cardinals (8-4, 2.87) vs. @COL (Juan Nicasio) & @MIL (Wily Peralta)

Yusmeiro Petit – San Francisco Giants (3-0, 2.53) vs. @NYM (Zack Wheeler) & @NYY (Andy Pettitte)

Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians (9-5, 3.55) vs. @KC (Danny Duffy) & HOU (Erik Bedard)

Jeff Locke – Pittsburgh Pirates (10-5, 3.14) vs. SD (Tyson Ross) & CIN (Mike Leake)

 

 

Risky business:

Andy Pettitte – New York Yankes (10-9, 4.04) vs. @TOR (R.A. Dickey) & SF (Yusmeiro Petit)

Tyson Ross – San Diego Padres ( ) vs. @PIT (Jeff Locke) & LAD (Zack Greinke)

Trevor Cahill – Arizona Diamondbacks (6-10, 4.22) vs. LAD (Hyun-jin Ryu) & @COL (Jorge De La Rosa)

Ryan Dempster – Boston Red Sox (8-9, 4.70) vs. BAL (Scott Feldman) & TOR (R.A. Dickey)

Jeremy Hellickson – Tampa Bay Rays (11-8, 5.04) vs. TEX (Nick Tepesch) & BAL (Scott Feldman)

Edwin Jackson – Chicago Cubs (8-15, 4.76) vs. @MIL (Wily Peralta) & ATL (Julio Teheran)

Juan Nicasio – Colorado Rockies (8-7, 4.58) vs. STL (Joe Kelly) & ARI (Patrick Corbin)

Wily Peralta – Milwaukee Brewers (9-15, 4.49) vs. CHC (Edwin Jackson) & STL (Joe Kelly)

Nick Tepesch – Texas Rangers (4-6, 4.84) vs. @TB (Jeremy Hellickson) & @KC (James Shields)

 

 

Full Fade:

Liam Hendriks – Minnesota Twins (1-2, 5.25) vs. @CWS (Erik Johnson) & @OAK (A.J. Griffin)

Erik Bedard – Houston Astros (4-10, 4.47) vs. CIN (Mike Leake) & @CLE (Corey Kluber)

Brandon Maurer – Seattle Mariners (4-8, 7,18) vs. @DET (Anibal Sanchez) & @LAA (C.J. Wilson)

Joe Saunders – Seattle Mariners (11-14, 5.18) vs. @DET (Rick Porcello) & @LAA (Jerome Williams)

 

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