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!
Travis Wood (7% Yahoo, 5.5% ESPN)
- A Saturday Night rain delay pushed back Jake Arrierta's start, and Jason Hammel may not get two starts next week. He will match-up with Jeff Locke now of the Pirates and unless they skip Travis Wood next time through the rotation, which ESPN currently has them doing, Hammel won't pitch again until Monday May 4th against the St. Louis Caridnals, in Week 5 of fantasy baseball. Travis Wood is now a two start pitcher you could consider adding!
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Nelson has a tough rematch with Johnny Cueto and then will face Wood at the end of the week.
Nelson has been lights out early on and picked up a ND in a 2-1 loss to the Reds on April 22nd. Both he and Cueto allowed a run in the 1st inning before pitching 7 shutout innings. Nelson held the Reds to just 3 singles.
The Cubs have started the score some runs, thanks to Kris Bryant and Addison Russell joining the team, but there are limited options next week when it comes to two start pitchers.
Rob Parker broke down Jimmy Nelson for us last season, as part of a series titled "Bringing Your AAA Game"
Jarred Cosart (5%, 1.6%)
Cosart gets the Mets and Phillies last week, a repeat of his last two starts. Against the Mets, Cosart was pitching a shutout until Wilmer Flores hit a three run home run in the 5th inning.
He followed that start with 6 innings of 1 run ball, allowing a solo home run to Cody Asche, earning the W. Control has always been an issue, but he owns a 1.04 WHIP after three starts in 2015.
Deep League / AL-Only
JA Happ (4%, 2.7%)
The Rangers are hitting just .215 as a team, 3rd worst in the MLB. Happ faced them back on April 17th and even though he was handed the L, he pitched 7 innings and allowed just 2 runs. Yovani Gallardo shutout the Mariners over 6 innings.
The Astros can't figure out how to score runs and Happ just beat them on April 22nd, pitching into the 8th inning. Happ has looked good for the Mariners in 3 starts, allowing just 2 earned runs in each.