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Aces on Deck

Friday, April 08, 2011

Since the schedule for our first Week Ahead column fell just a few days into the baseball season, we hit the middle and back of rotations for two-start pitchers, leaving us without much in the way of elite options last week. That changes this week, as aces like David Price, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter work their way into the mix. Those hurlers are listed below, along with the rest of the two-start crop and your usual assortment of streamer suggestions, match-up info and injury updates.

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
David Price: @BOS (Lester), MIN (Duensing)
Jeremy Hellickson: @BOS (Matsuzaka), MIN (Duensing)
Felix Hernandez: TOR (Romero), @KC (Francis)
Dan Haren: CLE (Talbot), @CWS (Buehrle)
Justin Verlander: TEX (Ogando), @OAK (Braden)
Mark Buehrle: OAK (Braden), LAA (Haren)

Decent Plays
Alexi Ogando: @DET (Verlander), @NYY
Michael Pineda: TOR (Litsch), @KC (Mazzaro)
Trevor Cahill: @CWS (Jackson), DET (Penny)
Dallas Braden: @CWS (Buehrle), DET (Verlander)
Brian Duensing: KC (Francis), @TB (Price)
Jeff Francis: @MIN (Duensing), SEA (Hernandez)
Brad Penny: TEX (WIlson), @OAK (Cahill)

At Your Own Risk
Brad Bergesen: @NYY, @CLE (Talbot)
Jesse Litsch: @SEA (Pineda), @BOS (Matsuzaka)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: TB (Hellickson), TOR (Litsch)
Mitch Talbot: @LAA (Haren), BAL (Bergesen)

National League

Strong Plays
Chris Carpenter: @ARI (Galarraga), @LAD
Madison Bumgarner: LAD (Billingsley), @ARI (Enright)
Roy Halladay: @WAS (Hernandez), FLA (Volstad)
Shaun Marcum: @PIT (Correia), @WAS (Hernandez)
Chad Billingsley: @SF (Bumgarner), STL (McClellan)

Decent Plays
Livan Hernandez: PHI (Halladay), MIL (Marcum)
Kyle McClellan: @ARI (Enright), @LAD (Billingsley)
Tim Stauffer: CIN (Volquez), @HOU (Figueroa)
Mat Latos: CIN (LeCure), @HOU (Myers)
Mike Pelfrey: COL (Hammel), @ATL (Jurjens)
Jonathon Niese: COL (Rogers), @ATL (Lowe)
Brett Myers: CHC, SD (Latos)
Jason Hammel: @NYM (Pelfrey), CHC (Dempster)
Chris Volstad: @ATL (Minor), @PHI (Halladay)
Ryan Dempster: @HOU (Figueroa), @COL (Hammel)

At Your Own Risk
Kevin Correia: MIL (Marcum, @CIN (Volquez)
Edinson Volquez: @SD (Stauffer), PIT (Correia)
Nelson Figueroa: CHC (Dempster), SD (Stauffer)
Barry Enright: STL (McClellan), SF (Bumgarner)

Streamer City

The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:

American League

Thursday, 4/14: Phil Coke @ OAK
It remains to be seen how the lefty will fare in Detroit's rotation, but he'll draw this favorable match-up in his second turn.

Thursday, 4/14: Doug Fister @ KC
Fister is nothing flashy, but he was solid last year and should fare well against the Royals presuming they cool off.

Friday, 4/15: Jake Arrieta @ CLE
Arrieta was outstanding in his first start at home. We'll see if he can keep rolling against Cleveland's meager lineup.

National League

Wednesday, 4/13: Carlos Zambrano @ HOU
Big Z is obviously a wild card at this point, but he shouldn't labor too much against the struggling Astros.

Tuesday, 4/12: Mike Minor vs. FLA
Minor was demolished in his first start, but the talented young lefty figures to bounce back quickly.

Friday, 4/15: Brandon Beachy vs. NYM
The rookie merits a look at home against the Mets.

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Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter at nnelson9.
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