Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 7/27

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Zach here,

As is the Friday custom, here’s a portion of my latest two-start pitcher article. For the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Does your fantasy starting rotation need a boost? Or maybe you’re just looking to gain some ground in strikeouts? Then consider these pitchers, who are scheduled to make two starts in Week 17.

12-team mixed leagues

Chris Heston (vs. MIL, @TEX)

By now, the likelihood of Heston being available in your league, regardless of the size, is minimal, but check just in case. Although regression from his current 3.18 ERA and 1.15 WHIP seems inevitable, Heston owners should feel comfortable starting him next week, despite a pair of challenging matchups. The Brewers’ offense has been surging of late, leading the NL in runs, homers and batting average in the month of July. The good news, however, is that Heston gets to face them at AT&T Park, where he boasts a 2.57 ERA through ten starts this season. While the road outing against the Rangers will take place in a hitter-friendly park, the Rangers offense has surprisingly performed at a far less than elite level in 2015, ranking 8th in the AL in total runs scored and 11th in runs scored at home.

Deeper mixed leagues

Wade Miley (vs. CHW, vs. TB)

After proving to be a useful mixed league starting option from 2012-2013, Miley was mediocre at best last year. This season hasn’t been any different, as he holds a 4.33 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through 20 starts. However, a 3.96 FIP suggests that some degree of poor luck could be involved when it comes to his disappointing ERA, and the 28-year-old southpaw has notched six quality starts in his last eight outings. Being that his performance level has been so unpredictable from one start to the next, Miley is a risky play. But owners in deeper leagues should think about taking a flier on him as he heads into a week with a pair of favorable matchups. Both the White Sox and Rays rank in the bottom three of the AL in runs and batting average.

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