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Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, June 27, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  

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!

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