Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/24

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Charlie Morton

Hey everyone,

Time for another installment of my two-start pitcher series. As usual, here’s a portion of the latest article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Looking to improve your fantasy starting rotation? Need to gain ground in wins and strikeouts? Then consider these pitchers, who are each scheduled to make two starts in Week 21.

12-team mixed leagues

Charlie Morton (@MIA, vs. COL)

Coming off a shaky showing at home against the Dodgers, Morton bounced back nicely his last time out, limiting the Mets to two earned runs on four hits across 6 1/3 innings to go along with a season-high nine strikeouts. His matchups next week are quite favorable, as the Marlins rank 12th in the NL in runs and 11th in OPS while the Rockies’ offense has struggled away from Coors Field, ranking 13th in the Senior Circuit in both runs and OPS. If available, Morton is a quality addition to any 12-team mixed league roster.

Deeper mixed leagues

Derek Holland (vs. TOR, vs. BAL)

Making his first start since early-April and just his second of the season, Holland pitched well on Wednesday, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Mariners while striking out six. Considering the extended layoff, there’s a possibility that Holland is on the waiver wire even in deeper mixed leagues. That will not be the case for much longer, so owners in need of starting pitching help should look to add him, regardless of league format. That said, he’s a risky play for next week, the matchup against the Blue Jays being particularly challenging. In mixed leagues of 12 or fewer teams, I’d play it safe and leave him benched. But if he gets through next week in good shape, I would fully trust him going forward. In his last DL-free season back in 2013, the Rangers southpaw registered a 3.42 ERA to go along with 189 strikeouts, so he’s already proven himself to be a reliable mid-rotation fantasy starter.

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I’ve been watching and listening to Cory Schwartz and mike siano for more than 10 years and I know pretty much their drafting ideas about waiting on pitching locking up 2 high end closers if possible etc. Do you do the same thing or do you think it’s important to draft an ace and how many starting pitchers do you usually have on your roster throughout the year? I’m in a league this year where I made a ton of trades for offensive power house players and my pitching suffered but I’m still winning by 17 points. Kluber and Carrasco are my best Pitchers and both have been up and down all year. I’m just trying to get perspective I guess on you guys (the pros) about how you go about draft prep.


I generally follow the strategy of devaluing starting pitching but in a less extreme way than the traditional 411 approach. I rarely draft any starting pitcher from the top tier group (figure top 10) but I do like to take at least one SP from the 12-15 (approximately) group who I think has the potential to perform at the level of a top 10 or higher SP. This year, that guy for me was Cole Hamels, and the results have been OK but not great. I also think it depends heavily on league format, as the Pitch or Ditch approach is best implemented in daily transaction mixed leagues of 12 teams or fewer. When talking about deeper mixed leagues or non-mixed leagues, especially of the weekly lineup variety, drafting a true ace might make more sense. Assuming a bench of at least five, I tend to carry seven or sometimes eight SP’s at any given time.


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