With leagues limiting moves, so fantasy owners do not stream their way to victory, picking up two start pitchers is crucial in fantasy baseball. Here are some options that are most likely available in your league, that can give you two starts next week. Do not be afraid to add them this weekend if you have an extra move or two available and feel like you can win your pitching categories without making another move, freeing up your moves next week for streaming options!
Daniel Norris (23% owned Yahoo)
After beating CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees in his season debut (2nd career start), Norris gets the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves next week. He will have tough matchups, going against Jake Odorizzi and Shelby Miller, but neither the Rays or Braves offense are that good.
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They have taken the first 2 against the Mets, scoring 5 runs in both games off Jon Niese and Dillon Gee and improved to 5-0!
The Rays scored just 9 runs in a 3 game series with the Baltimore Orioles, scoring just 2 runs in the first and last game of the series.
They split the first two with the Marlins, scoring 9 runs in the opener, but losing 10-9. They followed that up with a 2-0 win, behind Chris Archer, an Evan Longoria RBI single and a Tim Beckham HR!
Norris did well against the Yankees. He made two mistakes in the 6th inning, giving up home runs to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Plenty of pitchers have done that! Norris struck out 5 Yankees while walking two and hitting a batter, before being removed from the game with 2 outs in the 6th inning. Norris owned a career Minor League K/9 of 10.7 over 257 IP (306 K) and can expect run support in each of his starts.
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Pitt won their first game of 2015 against the Brewers 6-2 thanks to home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte. They followed that performance up by getting shutout by Jimmy Nelson, giving the Brew Crew their first win in 2015.
The White Sox lineup is terrifying on paper, but the Kansas City Royals held them to just 7 runs in a 3 game sweep, twice allowing just 1 run.
The Sox continue to struggle scoring runs, getting shutout by Twins pitcher Tommy Milone. The next day they finally earned a W, scoring 6 runs behind Adam LaRoche and Geovany Soto home runs and a pinch hit go-ahead RBI single from J.B. Shuck in the bottom of the 8th, winning 5-4.
Aaron Harang (7%)
He might be 36 year old, but Harang shut down the Boston Red Sox over 6.1 IP, striking out 8 and allowing just 2 hits, walking one. He is coming off a season in which he owned a 3.57 ERA over 204 innings and clearly has fixed whatever issues he had in 2013. Over his last 704 innings pitched since 2011, Harang has an ERA below 4.00.
Harang matches up with Jacob deGrom and Jordan Zimmermann in Week 2, not great matchups, but the Nationals and Mets combined to score just 16 runs in their 3 game series. Granted that series featured deGrom vs Zimmermann and Matt Harvey vs Stephen Strasburg.
The Mets lost the first two at Turner Field in Atlanta, 5-3 and no team in the MLB has less total bases.
The Nats have also lost the first two games at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia, 4-1 and 3-2. They have struggled mightily to score runs, tallying just 9 runs scored in 5 games!
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