Week 3 Double Starters (April 16th – 22nd)
Each and every Thursday throughout the season, the following week’s double start options will be listed below. They are listed in the order that I would prefer them in my own lineups.
The top tier of guys should be in your lineup regardless of who they are pitching against. You drafted them to be the core of your rotation, they need to pitch for you. Occasionally, starters with terrific matchups in both starts will find their way into this group.
The second tier of guys should most likely find a place in your rotation as well. In shallower leagues, perhaps you could play the matchups with this group.
The bottom tier of pitchers listed should be on your bench or started with extreme caution. Don’t say I didn’t warn you or your ratios.
Disclaimer: Generally, early on in the season there will be games rained out or cancelled on account of weather. Be warned that if you pick up one of these pitchers anticipating two starts, there is always the chance that he only ends up pitching once.
Start your Aces
Jared Weaver (vs. Athletics, vs. Orioles)
Roy Halladay (@ Giants, @ Padres)
Dan Haren (vs. Athletics, vs. Orioles)
Justin Verlander (@ Royals, vs. Rangers)
C.C. Sabathia (vs. Twins, @ Red Sox)
Stephen Strasburg (vs. Astros, vs. Marlins)
James Shields (@ Red Sox, vs. Twins)
Josh Johnson (vs. Cubs, @ Nationals)
Tim Lincecum (vs. Phillies, @ Mets)
Ian Kennedy (vs. Pirates, vs. Braves)
John Danks (vs. Orioles, @ Mariners)
Brandon McCarthy (@ Angels, vs. Indians)
Tommy Hanson (vs. Mets, @ Diamondbacks)
Gio Gonzalez (vs. Astros, vs. Marlins)
Yovani Gallardo (vs. Dodgers, vs. Rockies)
Jonny Cueto (@ Cardinals, @ Cubs)
Chad Billingsley (@ Brewers, @ Astros)
Wandy Rodriguez (@ Nationals, vs. Dodgers)
Cory Luebke (@ Rockies, vs. Phillies)
Play the Matchups
Ryan Dempster (@ Marlins, vs. Reds)
Kyle Lohse (vs. Reds, @ Pirates)
Jeanmar Gomez (@ Mariners, @ Athletics)
Phil Humber (vs. Orioles, @ Mariners)
Jeremy Guthrie (vs. Padres, @ Brewers)
Joe Saunders (vs. Pirates, vs. Braves)
Erik Bedard (@ Diamondbacks, vs. Cardinals)
Jeff Niemann (@ Blue Jays, vs. Twins)
Joe Blanton (@ Giants, @ Padres)
Colby Lewis (@ Red Sox, @ Tigers)
Dillon Gee (@ Braves, vs. Giants)
Randall Delgado (vs. Mets, @ Diamondbacks)
Jake Arrieta (@ White Sox, @ Angels)
On the Pine
Francisco Liriano (@ Yankees, @ Rays)
Daniel Bard (vs. Rays, vs. Yankees)
Danny Duffy (vs. Tigers, vs. Blue Jays)
Kyle Drabek (vs. Rays, @ Royals)
Freddy Garcia (vs. Twins, @ Red Sox)
Kyle Weiland (@ Nationals, vs. Dodgers)
Jeff Karstens (@ Diamondbacks, vs. Cardinals)
Carl Pavano (@ Yankees, @ Rays)
Drew Smyly (@ Royals, vs. Rangers)
Wei-Yin Chen (@ White Sox, @ Angels)
Kevin Millwood (vs. Indians, vs. White Sox)
The top three hurlers listed on the pine should still be started in deep leagues where better options may not be available. They’ll still rack up plenty of strikeouts, but could do some damage to your ratios in one or both of those outings.
While Haren, Josh Johnson and Lincecum have struggled,they were drafted to lead your staff. They have to remain in your lineup, especially with double starts.
Looking for a sneaky play? Jeanmar Gomez (as long as the rotation stays lined up the same after their rainout) looks especially interesting as he goes against two weak offenses, both in pitcher’s ballparks.
If you’re the gambling type, Joe Blanton may have value this week as well. He should pick up a win in at least one of those matchups without damaging your ratios too badly.