Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/7

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Aaron Nola

Hey everyone,

It’s Friday, also known as Two-Start Pitcher day. Here’s a sampling of my 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 23.

12-team mixed leagues

Aaron Nola (vs. ATL, vs. CHC)

Despite a pedestrian 4.02 ERA, Nola has performed rather well through his first nine big league starts, proving that he is major league ready. Although not an elite strikeout pitcher, one of Nola’s biggest strengths lies in his control, and he has successfully managed to carry over that strength to the big league level, posting a 44-to-14 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. The matchup against the Cubs (4th in the NL in both runs and OPS since the All-Star break) is far from favorable, but the risk is softened by the first matchup, a home date versus a Braves club that ranks last in the Majors in runs, homers and OPS.

Deeper mixed leagues

Jon Niese (@WAS, @ATL)

Niese has struggled mightily of late (9.92 ERA, 1.96 WHIP over his last three starts), which is why I would be hesitant to start him next week in 12-team mixed leagues. He is worth consideration in deeper formats, however, as it was not too long ago that he strung together 12 quality starts over a 13-start stretch. As far as these matchups are concerned, in three combined starts versus the Nationals and Braves this season, Niese sports a 1.45 ERA.

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