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Next Week's Full Deck

Friday, May 13, 2011


Next week is the kind that fantasy players love and actual players probably hate. Across the major leagues, not one single team has a day off scheduled. That means multiple two-start pitchers for every team, so you'll have plenty of options to sort through below. There are plenty of aces in this full deck, with David Price, Felix Hernandez, Brett Anderson, Justin Masterson, Josh Johnson, Cliff Lee and Matt Garza among the more sterling options.

Notice also that interleague play officially gets underway next weekend, and plan accordingly.

Going Twice...



American League

Strong Plays
David Price: NYY (Burnett), @FLA (Johnson)
James Shields: NYY (Nova), @FLA (Nolasco)
Felix Hernandez: MIN (Liriano), @SD (Richard)
Brett Anderson: LAA (Pineiro), @SF (Sanchez)
Gio Gonzalez: LAA (Chatwood), @SF (Cain)
A.J. Burnett: @TB (Price), NYM (Pelfrey)
Scott Baker: @SEA (Vargas), @ARI (Hudson)
Joel Pineiro: @OAK (Anderson), ATL (Hanson)
Justin Masterson: @KC (O'Sullivan), CIN (Volquez)

Decent Plays
Kyle Drabek: @DET (Porcello), HOU (Myers)
Jesse Litsch: @DET (Coke), HOU (Rodriguez)
Matt Harrison: @CWS (Danks), @PHI (Worley)
Colby Lewis: @CWS (Jackson), @PHI (Lee)
Jason Vargas: MIN (Baker), @SD (Stauffer)
Ivan Nova: @TB (Shields), NYM (Niese)
Tyler Chatwood: @OAK (Gonzalez), ATL (Lowe)
Rick Porcello: TOR (Drabek), @PIT (Maholm)
Phil Coke: TOR (Litsch), @PIT (Morton)
Edwin Jackson: TEX (Lewis), LAD (Garland)
Carlos Carrasco: @KC (Mazzaro), CIN (Bailey)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: BAL (Tillman), CHC (Garza)
Zach Britton: @BOS (Lackey), WAS (Zimmermann)

At Your Own Risk
Francisco Liriano: @SEA (Hernandez), @ARI (Galarraga)
Vin Mazzaro: CLE (Carrasco), STL (Westbrook)
Sean O'Sullivan: CLE (Masterson), STL (Garcia)
John Lackey: BAL (Britton), CHC (Coleman)
Chris Tillman: @BOS (Matsuzaka), WAS (Lannan)

National League

Strong Plays
Jaime Garcia: PHI (Oswalt), @KC (O'Sullivan)
Jonathan Sanchez: @COL (Jimenez), OAK (Anderson)
Matt Cain: @COL, OAK (Gonzalez)
Roy Oswalt: @STL (Garcia), TEX (Harrison)
Cliff Lee: @STL (Westbrook), TEX (Lewis)
Hiroki Kuroda: MIL (Marcum), @CWS (Buehrle)
Josh Johnson: @NYM (Pelfrey), TB (Price)
Ricky Nolasco: @NYM (Niese),TB (Shields)
Matt Garza: @CIN (Bailey), @BOS (Matsuzaka)
Tommy Hanson: HOU (Myers), @LAA (Pineiro)
Derek Lowe: HOU (Rodriguez), @LAA (Chatwood)
Daniel Hudson: SD (Stauffer), MIN (Baker)
Shaun Marcum: @LAD (Kuroda), COL (Jimenez)

Decent Plays
Jordan Zimmermann: PIT (Morton), @BAL (Britton)
Clayton Richard: @ARI (Galarraga), SEA (Hernandez)
Tim Stauffer: @ARI (Hudson), SEA (Vargas)
Charlie Morton: @WAS (Zimmermann), DET (Coke)
Paul Maholm: @WAS (Lannan), DET (Porcello)
Randy Wolf: @LAD (Garland), COL
Jon Garland: MIL (Wolf), @CWS (Jackson)
Wandy Rodriguez: @ATL (Lowe), @TOR (Litsch)
Homey Bailey: CHC (Garza), @CLE (Carrasco)
Ubaldo Jimenez: SF (Sanchez), @MIL (Marcum)
Armando Galarraga: SD (Richard), MIN (Liriano)

At Your Own Risk
John Lannan: PIT (Maholm), @BAL (Tillman)
Jake Westbrook: PHI (Lee), @KC (Mazzaro)
Jon Niese: FLA (Nolasco), @NYY (Nova)
Mike Pelfrey: FLA (Johnson), @NYY (Burnett)
Brett Myers: @ATL (Hanson), @TOR (Drabek)
Edinson Volquez: CHC (Coleman), @CLE (Masterson)
Casey Coleman: @CIN (Volquez), @BOS (Lackey)

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, 5/18: Brandon McCarthy vs. MIN
McCarthy has turned in a quality start five times in seven trips to the mound. The Twins... well, they're bad.

Wednesday, 5/18: Bartolo Colon @ BAL
Colon has been very effective for the Yankees this year, and matches up well against the O's.

Thursday, 5/19: Alex White @ CWS
White has pitched well in his first two big-league starts, and the White Sox offense continues to sputter along.

National League

Wednesday, 5/18: Tom Gorzelanny @ NYM
In his past three starts, the left-hander has allowed three runs over 21 1/3 innings.

Thursday, 5/19: Johnny Cueto vs. PIT
Cueto was outstanding in his season debut this past week. Look for him to keep it up against the Bucs.


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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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