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Friday, April 15, 2011

The upcoming week features our largest crop of two-start pitchers yet, so fantasy players will have a vast array of options to choose from. Most profile as mid-tier options, but there are some strong names highlighting the list, especially in the National League. There, we find Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Josh Johnson -- fresh off his no-hit bid this past week.

Regarding the two-start pitcher projections, I'd like to point out to readers that while I put great effort into ensuring that these listings are as accurate as possible, it should go without saying that there will inherently be some mistakes when trying to project the rotations for all major-league teams 10 days out (especially in the early weeks of the season, with rotations still being settled, fifth starters occasionally being skipped, etc.). If you spot an error, shoot me an email and I'll do my best to get the column updated as quickly as possible. Just try to be polite -- we're all on the same side here.

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
C.J. Wilson: LAA (Santana), KC (Chen)
Brett Anderson: BOS (Lackey), @SEA (Fister)
John Danks: @TB (Shields), @DET (Scherzer)
Edwin Jackson: @TB (Price), @DET (Penny)
Fausto Carmona: @KC (Davies), @MIN (Liriano)
David Price: CWS (Jackson), @TOR (Litsch)

Decent Plays
Ricky Romero: @BOS (Matsuzaka), TB (Shields)
James Shields: CWS (Danks), @TOR (Romero)
Jason Vargas: DET (Scherzer), OAK (Cahill)
Doug Fister: DET (Coke), OAK (Anderson)
Carl Pavano: @BAL (Arrieta), CLE (Carrasco)
Francisco Liriano: @BAL (Tillman), CLE (Carmona)
Ervin Santana: @TEX (Wilson), BOS (Matsuzaka)
Max Scherzer: @SEA (Vargas), CWS (Danks)
Carlos Carrasco: @KC (Chen), @MIN (Pavano)
Chris Tillman: MIN (Liriano), NYY (Nova)
Jake Arrieta: MIN (Pavano), NYY (Garcia)

At Your Own Risk
John Lackey: @OAK (Anderson), @LAA (Palmer)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: TOR (Romero, @LAA (Santana)
Matt Palmer: @TEX (Wilson), BOS (Lackey)

National League

Strong Plays
Tim Lincecum: @COL (Jimenez), ATL (Beachy)
Roy Halladay: MIL (Marcum), @SD (Stauffer)
Cliff Lee: MIL (Narveson), @SD (Moseley)
Shaun Marcum: @PHI (Halladay), HOU (Rodriguez)
Ubaldo Jimenez: SF (Lincecum), @FLA (Johnson)
Josh Johnson: PIT (Maholm), COL (Jimenez)
Travis Wood: ARI (Galarraga), @STL (Westbrook)
Tim Hudson: @LAD (Lilly), @SF (Bumgarner)

Decent Plays
John Lannan: @STL (Westbrook), @PIT (Maholm)
Tim Stauffer: @CHC (Russell), PHI (Halladay)
Kevin Correia: @CIN (LeCure), WAS (Hernandez)
Paul Maholm: @FLA (Johnson), WAS (Lannan)
Hiroki Kuroda: ATL (Beachy), @CHC (Russell)
Ted Lilly: ATL (Hudson), @CHC (Dempster)
Wandy Rodriguez: NYM (Niese), @MIL (Marcum)
Sam LeCure: PIT (Correia), @STL (Carpenter)
Brandon Beachy: @LAD (Kuroda), @SF (Lincecum)
Jon Niese: @HOU (Rodriguez), ARI (Galarraga)

At Your Own Risk
Jake Westbrook: WAS (Lannan), CIN (Wood)
Dustin Moseley: @CHC (Zambrano), PHI (Lee)
James Russell: SD (Stauffer), LAD (Kuroda)
Armando Galarraga: @CIN (Wood), @NYM

Streamer City

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

American League

Wednesday, 4/20: Nick Blackburn @ BAL
The Minnesota righty has gotten his season off to a strong start. We'll see if he can keep it going against the upstart Orioles.

Wednesday, 4/20: Justin Masterson vs. KC
Masterson has jumped out to a hot start this season and will look to keep it going at home against the Royals.

National League

Wednesday, 4/20: R.A. Dickey vs. HOU
The knuckleballer figures to bounce back from a rough outing against the Rockies with a favorable home match-up against the miserable Astros.

Thursday, 4/21: Jair Jurrjens @ LAD
Jurrjens is ready to return from an oblique injury. Keep an eye on how he performs in his first start on Saturday, and if the results are good jump on him for his next turn.

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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 @NickNelsonMN.
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