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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 7

Welcome to Two Start Pitchers Week 7, where we will breakdown the two start pitchers from May 15th-May 21st. This week, not only is there a lack of high-quality, front-end starting pitching but also there is a dearth of mid-level talent for streaming. Carefully scour the hazardous wasteland of this week’s options and be more choosey and patient when it comes to spot starting this week, especially if you are looking to save a claim by adding someone with two starts. To Desolation Row we go!

Never a Doubt

  1. Stephen Strasburg, WSH (@PIT, @ATL)
  2. Yu Darvish, TEX (vs. PHI, @DET)
  3. Carlos Carrasco, CLE (vs. TB, @HOU)

While the strikeouts have not been there for Stephen Strasburg so far, he looks healthy and is off to a great start to begin his 2017 campaign. Pitching for the highest scoring offense in the game (an MLB best 6.15 runs per game), the Nationals only average 3.86 runs per start for Strasburg. However, Strasburg still enjoys a 3-1 record on the year and this weeks two starts come on the road, where he has a 2.29 ERA, against two offenses ranked in the bottom half of the league in runs scored. As expected, Yu Darvish  has come out of the gates firing, recording the 10th highest pitching WAR to date and showcasing a sweet 2.96 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 9.06K/9. We can expect those strikeout numbers to pile up at a faster rate given his lofty career K/9 of 11.15. With two starts this week against offenses ranked in the top half in the league in total team strikeouts, Darvish should be firing on all cylinders and racking up wins and strikeouts at his usual pace.

Borderline Aces

  1. Chris Archer, TB (@CLE, vs. NYY)
  2. John Lackey, CHC (vs. CIN, vs. MIL)

Another prime candidate for a bounce back year in 2017,  Chris Archer looks more like the pitcher that finished 5th in the AL Cy Young voting in 2015 than the Cy Yuk of 2016 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. There could still be some room for improvement too, as his ground ball rate is currently 7% lower than his career norm. If he can induce a few more worm burners and keep his control in check (and not lose his focus as he occasionally seems to do), Archer will find himself in the thick of another Cy Young race. Who is this John Lackey and what have you done with the real one?!? At the young age of 38 Lackey is enjoying his highest K/9 of his career (9.86). Unfortunately, his HR/9 and HR/FB rate are also the highest of his career, so not all is bright and sunny for the Lackmeister. If those numbers can regress to his career averages and he can find a way to roughly maintain his elevated strikeout rate, there is no reason to think he cannot come close to matching his 3.35 ERA and 1.06 WHIP of 2016.

Very Good

  1. Eddie Rodriguez, BOS (@STL, @OAK)
  2. Marco Estrada, TOR (vs. ATL, @BAL)
  3. Brandon McCarthy, LAD (@SF, vs. MIA)
  4. Yovani Gallardo, SEA (vs. OAK, vs. CWS)

Brandon McCarthy should be joining the Dodger rotation on Monday. This is perfect timing for the Dodgers as they just placed previously projected two starter Kenta Maeda on the disabled list with hamstring tightness. Hopefully the Dodgers get a smooth transition from one very quality arm to the next as McCarthy owned a perfect 3-0 record with a  3.10 ERA before finding himself (once again) on the sidelines with an injury. While not know for his endurance and ability to pitch deep in games, McCarthy gave up 2 runs or less in 4 of his 5 starts and pitches for one of the better teams in baseball, especially when it comes to lead protection and the 1-2 bullpen punch of Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen. This prediction may be as bold as I am willing to go this year. Yovani Gallardo, in most normal weeks, would not sniff the top 10 of these rankings or the Very Good designation. However, I am a slave to stats and numbers and my only job is to report the facts. The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox rank 25th and 27th in runs scored on the year, respectively. Although he does not have put away stuff, Gallardo boasts a respectable 3.79 FIP and his two starts this week come in the cavernous confines of Safeco Park where the Seattle Mariners will assuredly be favorites in both game. Yes, this is a dicey two start. And yes, it could blow up in your face. But given his decent start this year and the ineptitude of his opponents, you could be looking at one of the sneakier two start steals this season.

Some Upside Here

  1. Kyle Freeland, COL (@MIN, @CIN)
  2. Zack Wheeler, NYM (@ARI, vs. LAA)
  3. Zack Godley, ARI (vs. NYM, @SD)
  4. Kendall Graveman, OAK (@SEA, vs. BOS)
  5. Wade Miley, BAL (@DET, vs. TOR)
  6. Derek Holland, CWS (@LAA, @SEA)
  7. Joe Musrgove, HOU (@MIA, vs. CLE)
  8. Francisco Liriano, TOR (vs. ATL, @BAL)
  9. Chase De Jong, SEA (vs. OAK, vs. CWS)
  10. Matt Cain, SF (vs. LAD, @STL)
  11. Chase Anderson, MIL (@SD, @CHC)
  12. Dan Straily, MIA (vs. HOU, @LAD)
  13. Sean Manaea, OAK (@SEA, vs. BOS)
  14. Adam Wainwright, STL (vs. BOS, vs. SF)
  15. Jimmy Nelson, MIL (@SD, @CHC)
  16. Miguel Gonzalez, CWS (@LAA, @SEA)
  17. Chad Kulh, PIT (vs. WSH, vs. PHI)
  18. Jerad Eickhoff, PHI (@TEX, @PIT)
  19. Jesse Chavez, LAA (vs. CWS, @NYM)

Ground ball machine Zack Godley gets a decent slate this week, one coming at home against the home-run centered Mets squad and the other on the road against the feeble San Diego Padres. Given Arizona’s proclivity to score runs, Godley should be well protected in each of his starts and should be competing for a win in both appearances. While not the sexiest name of all time, his ground ball percentage and current 9 K/9 rate offers a potentially low WHIP and two above average starts. I really want Sean Manaea to get back on track and compete at a level in line with his second half results of last year. Let’s not forget this 25 year old phenom posted a 2.67 post All Star break ERA and a .220 batting average against. Hopefully you held on to him as I did during his DL stint because, while this may not be his week, he should be rounding into form soon, and that could mean a high-end SP5 with SP3 upside to give you some additional rotation depth. I am about to jump back off the Adam Wainwright train. Yes, he has a 3.82 FIP and 3.81 xFIP, both more than respectable given he drafted outside the top 225 players. And, as I mentioned on numerous occasions, he was a prime candidate to have a great 2017 campaign given his 2016 peripherals. But this is the EXACT same song and dance all over again. His BABIP may be extraordinarily high (.422) but his walk and home run rates are increasing, which are bad signs for an aging pitcher attempting to right his ship. I cannot completely write him off yet given he was one of the most consistent and dominant starting pitchers since he joined the Cardinals rotation in 2007, but I can no longer give him the benefit of the doubt.

Cross Your Fingers and Pray

  1. Jaime Garcia, ATL (@TOR, vs. WSH)
  2. Phil Hughes, MIN (vs. COL, vs. KC)
  3. Jason Hammel, KC (vs. NYY, @MIN)
  4. Matt Boyd, DET (vs. BAL, vs. TEX)
  5. Luis Perdomo, SD (vs. MIL, vs. ARI)
  6. Tom Koehler, MIA (vs. HOU, @LAD)

Throughout these two start rankings, I have really laid into San Diego Padres pitchers making an appearance on these lists. Well, although Luis Perdomo still does not rank all that highly (mostly due to facing two of the top producing offenses in the Major Leagues), I will give credit where credit is due. Perdomo actually sports a more than respectable 2.99 FIP and 3.30 xFIP and has actually suffered from some bad luck (.346 BABIP). Now you can discount the latter by saying his career BABIP (.342) is much higher than the average .300 BABIP, but Perdomo’s uptick in strikeout and groundball rates and downturn in line drive percentage show a young arm potentially finding his groove. I always thought Phil Hughes would eventually find the pitcher he was already supposed to be with the New York Yankees. But, at the age of 30, I think we can officially put that argument to rest. He owns a career (mediocre) 4.41 ERA and struck out more than 165 batter only once in his 11 year career. While he showed flashes early in his Yankees career and his first year with the Twins, he never, ever lived up to the hype.

Please No

  1. Jhoulys Chacin, SD (vs. MIL, vs. ARI)
  2. Bartolo Colon, ATL (@TOR, vs. WSH)
  3. Bronson Arroyo, CIN (@CHC, vs. COL)

What a wonderful story to begin the year. 40 year old Bronson Arroyo began a resurgent career comeback and made the Cincinnati Reds squad out of Spring Training after not pitching in the Major leagues since 2014. As a Red Sox die hard, I do have a soft spot for the man that was on the mound when the biggest coward in the history of baseball Alex Rodriguez infamously slapped the ball out of Arroyo’s hand while covering first base. However, he sports a 6.35 ERA this year and has allowed 7 home runs in just 30.1IP. Maybe he should relax and stick to singing until retirement.

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!

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy baseball discussion, please email me at redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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