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The Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, August 21, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

Fantasy Baseball 2017: Two Start Pitchers Week 6

Welcome to Two Start Pitchers Week 6, where we breakdown the two start pitchers from May 8th-May 14th. The upcoming week does not showcase a lot of high end, ace level starting pitchers, but there is a large grab bag of good to very good starters with solid two start matchups. As usual, the two start rankings are based mostly off the matchups, so prepare yourselves for some surprises. Everyone likes surprises, right? To the rankings we go!


Never a Doubt

  1. Max Scherzer, WSH (@BAL, vs. PHI)
  2. Carlos Carrasco, CLE (@TOR, vs. MIN)
  3. Jacob deGrom, NYM (vs. SF, @MIL)

Ranking Max Scherzer as the number one overall this week does not qualify as surprising. Neither does his 2.66 ERA, 11.29 K/9 or his 0.91 WHIP. Just another year and another great start for this perennial ace. The last obstacle for Scherzer will be to rally his troops in Washington together for postseason play, who always seem to disappoint, and to improve upon his career 3.74 postseason ERA. Besides that, there are no blemishes on this gem. Are we finally seeing the real Carlos Carrasco? If so, I am excited. From a talent perspective, Carrasco may be one of the most skilled starting pitchers in the game, boasting a career 3.50 FIP and 3.27 xFIP and averaging almost a strikeout per inning (8.58 K/9). The Indians have not provided Carrasco the requisite run support (they average scoring 3 runs per game) to help out his record (3-2), but with two games against subpar offenses where the Indians will assuredly be heavy favorites, I expect Carrasco to capitalize on this week’s festivities and bolster his case as a leading Cy Young contender in the American League.

Borderline Aces

  1. Jake Arrieta, CHC (@COL, @STL)
  2. Masahiro Tanaka, NYY (@CIN, vs. HOU)

Only a pair of starters make the Borderline Ace designation this week. First we have Jake Arrieta. Much like his team the Chicago Cubs, Arrieta is off to a rather underwhelming start to his 2017 season, owning a 4.63 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in six starts. His elevated home run per fly ball rate (currently 17.6%, compared to his career mark of 10.6%) is the culprit for his rather poor ERA to begin the year, and I fully expect that number to regress as the season progresses. Be advised, he does have a start in the Coors launching pad this week, where he boasts a career 16.20 ERA in one career start. Since his Opening Day start, Masahiro Tanaka looks like the front-end starter the Yankees expected to lead their rotation coming into this year, going 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA. In his first start this week, Tanaka travels to Cincinnati to face a struggling, middle of the road Reds squad. In his second start, Tanaka welcomes the offensive-minded Houston Astros to Yankee Stadium where he boasts a perfect 3-0 record and 3.66 ERA.

Very Good

  1. Robbie Ray, ARI (vs. DET, vs. PIT)
  2. Gio Gonzalez, WSH (@BAL, vs. PHI)
  3. Drew Pomeranz, BOS (@MIL, vs. TB)
  4. Ian Kennedy, KC (@TB, vs. BAL)
  5. Jeff Samardzija, SF (@NYM, vs. CIN)
  6. Julio Urias, LAD (vs. PIT, @COL)
  7. Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA (@PHI, @TOR)
  8. Jameson Taillon, PIT (@LAD, @ARI)
  9. Marcus Stroman, TOR (vs. CLE, vs. SEA)
  10. Ivan Nova, PIT (@LAD, @ARI)

You can rub your eyes all you want but Robbie Ray’s name will not disappear from the #6 spot as the leader of the Very Good designation. Personally, I loved Robbie Ray coming into this year, mostly because he pitched for a team that could a lot of runs for him, he struck out 11.25 batters per 9 innings pitched in 2016 and his 2016 FIP (3.76) and xFIP (3.45) showcased the potential brilliance from this young stud. This year, those peripheral stats lower than last year’s (3.26 and 3.03, respectively) and his ERA has finally normalized: last year, Ray had a 4.90 ERA with somewhat similar FIP and xFIP ratings, while this year he has a 3.47 ERA, numbers much more in line with his peripheral statistics. Now his walks are a MAJOR concern (4.46 BB/9 is borderline crazy town), but Ray has put-away stuff and can slither his way out of jams as evidenced by his lofty 76.7% left-on-base percentage. Couple these beautiful stats with two home matchups against mediocre offenses and you have yourself a sleeper waiting in the wings. One of my favorite outlier performers on the year, Jeff Samardzija, gets two starts this week against scuffling offenses. How can someone with a 5.03 ERA and 0-4 record be rated so high you ask? Well, normalizing for home runs, his xFIP is only 2.97. Also, he boasts an impressive 10.53 K/9. Once he gets his home runs under control (his season average is almost double his career average) we can expect to see results akin to a SP3 instead of the SP23 he is now. Hisashi Iwakuma is not turning any heads this year with his 4.65 K/9 and pedestrian 4.35 ERA. So what gives? Well, two starts against very poor offenses in games in which the Mariners will be favorites definitely helps. But they are on the road! Well, funny you should bring that up, Iwakuma has a 2.35 ERA and .182 batting average against on the road. I believe in the Mariners this 2017 season and there is no better time than the present to turn the ship around and succeed.

Some Upside Here

  1. A.J. Griffin, TEX (@SD, vs. OAK)
  2. Sonny Gray, OAK (vs. LAA, @TEX)
  3. Hector Santiago, MIN (@CWS, @CLE)
  4. Matt Moore, SF (@NYM, vs. CIN)
  5. Adam Wainwright, STL (@MIA, vs. CHC)
  6. Zack Wheeler, NYM (vs. SF, @MIL)
  7. Nick Martinez, TEX (@SD, vs. OAK)
  8. Chase Anderson, MIL (vs. BOS, vs. NYM)
  9. Charlie Morton, HOU (vs. ATL, @NYY)
  10. Blake Snell, TB (vs. KC, @BOS)
  11. Kevin Gausman, BAL (vs. WSH, @KC)
  12. Matt Andriese, TB (vs. KC, @BOS)
  13. Adam Conley, MIA (vs. STL, vs. ATL)
  14. Ricky Nolasco, LAA (@OAK, vs. DET)
  15. Nathan Karns, KC (@TB, vs. BAL)
  16. Kyle Freeland, COL (vs. CHC, vs. LAD)
  17. Antonio Senzatela, COL (vs. CHC, vs. LAD)

With Cole Hamels sidelined roughly 8 weeks with a strained oblique, the Texas Rangers will turn to A.J. Griffin (who himself just came off the disabled list with an ankle injury). Now A.J. Griffin is no Cole Hamels, but really who is? For seven consecutive years Hamels pitched at least 200 innings, striking out at least 200 in 5 of those 7 years (and in those two years, he had 194 and 198 strikeouts, so he has been the definition of a 200+/200+ starting pitcher for 7 straight years). This consistency lead drafters (including myself) to use a top 7 round pick on him. While Griffin may have big shoes to fill, he is off to a solid start this year (3.78 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 9.39 K/9) and gets two cupcakes matchups to ease him into his new role. Sonny Gray’s first start went roughly as expected for someone coming off an injury: a couple walks, a couple strikeouts and a general lack of command and control as he gave up three home runs. Gray typically does an excellent job at keeping the ball in the park, so that should not be a concern going forward. We all know the 2016 year he had, but let me remind you of his three years prior to last year (2.88 ERA from 2013-2015), specifically his 2015 season in which he finished third in the Cy Young voting. The upside is obvious here, so I am banking on his natural ability to come forth with each successive start. If healthy, look for this rocketship to take off in the next month. I am lumping the two Colorado Rockies pitchers together for this discussion. Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland are surprising everyone to start the 2017 season, boasting a 2.84 ERA and 2.93 ERA, respectively. Sure, these young bucks could have bright futures ahead of themselves, but there is something that I cannot put my finger on that makes me not trust them. Both their peripherals hover around the 4.00 mark, but it is not even that. In the end, for me, if you pitch in Coors you are just bound to fail as there really are not that many examples of consistent, long term success in that ballpark (see Tyler Anderson from last year to this year). So two home starts against plus offense in that cupcake ballpark should spell trouble for each of these young whippersnappers.

Cross Your Fingers and Pray

  1. Matthew Boyd, DET (@ARI, @LAA)
  2. Luis Perdomo, SD (vs. TEX, @CWS)
  3. Mike Pelfrey, CWS (vs. MIN, vs. SD)
  4. Jered Weaver, SD (vs. TEX, @CWS)

The hairs on these players heads separate them from the bottom grouping. San Diego starting pitchers are very familiar with the bottom designation, but Jered Weaver and Luis Perdomo find themselves a cut above due to one plus matchup against the lackluster Chicago White Sox for each. Mike Pelfrey would find himself much higher on this list as he faces two offenses ranked in the bottom third of the league in runs scored, but he really is not any good and plays for the aforementioned feeble White Sox.

Please No

  1. Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL (vs. WSH, @KC)
  2. Daniel Wright, LAA (@OAK, vs. DET)
  3. Rookie Davis, CIN (vs. NYY, @SF)

I used to like Ubaldo Jimenez in the right spot. And by like I mean how I like riding public transportation. There is some upside to taking public transportation (you do not have to drive and it is very convenient), but for the most part you are doing it because you HAVE to do it, because really who loves being surrounded by a bunch of strangers in a tight space with no oxygen while claustrophobia sets in. Jimenez no longer has potential to make a surprise good start any more, having walked 18 batters and giving up 6 home runs in just 26 innings on the year. Where there once may have been decent strikeout upside (and always gigantic walk potential), there just seems to be just walk potential and disaster now. Stay away and don’t think twice.


Come back to Roto Street Journal every Friday to see the two start ranks and how to best build your rotation for success. Good luck navigating the week, and happy streaming!

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