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The Stars Come Out

Friday, April 13, 2012

Last week's roster of two-start pitchers was a bit light on stud starters, both on the AL and NL sides. That's hardly the case this week, as the list below is littered with names like Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay and Stephen Strasburg.

It should be a good week for fantasy owners with aces fronting their staffs, and there are number of other attractive options in addition to those guys. Read on for the full break-down, plus streamers and match-ups.

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

Ricky Romero: TB (Niemann), @KC (Duffy)
James Shields: @BOS (Bard), MIN (Pavano)
CC Sabathia: MIN (Liriano), @BOS (Bard)
Jered Weaver: OAK (McCarthy), BAL (Arrieta)
Dan Haren: OAK (Ross), BAL (Hunter)
Justin Verlander: @KC (Duffy), TEX (Feliz)
Brandon McCarthy: @LAA (Weaver), CLE (Jimenez)
John Danks: BAL (Hunter), @SEA (Millwood)

Decent Plays

Colby Lewis: @BOS (Lester), @DET (Smyly)
Jeff Niemann: @TOR (Romero), MIN (Liriano)
Kevin Millwood: CLE (Tomlin), CWS (Danks)
Freddy Garcia: MIN (Pavano), @BOS (Doubtront)
Philip Humber: BAL (Arrieta), @SEA (Beavan)
Josh Tomlin: @SEA (Millwood), @OAK (Ross)
Daniel Bard: TB (Shields), NYY (Sabathia)
Jake Arrieta: @CWS (Humber), @LAA (Weaver)
Tommy Hunter: @CWS (Danks), @LAA (Haren)

At Your Own Risk

Tyson Ross: @LAA (Haren), CLE (Tomlin)
Carl Pavano: @NYY (Garcia), @TB (Shields)
Francisco Liriano: @NYY (Sabathia), @TB (Niemann)
Drew Smyly: @KC (Chen), TEX (Lewis)

National League

Strong Plays

Stephen Strasburg: HOU (Weiland), MIA (Sanchez)
Tim Lincecum: PHI (Halladay) @NYM (Gee)
Roy Halladay: @SF (Lincecum), @SD (Luebke)
Chad Billingsley: @MIL (Gallardo), @HOU (Rodriguez)
Yovani Gallardo: LAD (Billingsley), COL (Guthrie)
Wandy Rodriguez: @WAS (Gonzalez), LAD (Billingsley)
Tommy Hanson: NYM (Gee), @ARI (Saunders)
Gio Gonzalez: HOU (Rodriguez), MIA (Johnson)
Ryan Dempster: @MIA (Johnson), CIN (Cueto)

Decent Plays

Josh Johnson: CHC (Dempster), @WAS (Gonzalez)
Joe Saunders: PIT (Bedard), ATL (Hanson)
Ian Kennedy: PIT (Karstens), ATL (Delgado)
Kyle Lohse: CIN (Cueto), @PIT (Bedard)
Cory Luebke: @COL (Guthrie), PHI (Halladay)
Erik Bedard: @ARI (Saunders), STL (Lohse)
Joe Blanton: @SF (Bumgarner), @SD (Bass)
Dillon Gee: @ATL (Hanson), SF (Lincecum)
Jeremy Guthrie: SD (Luebke), @MIL (Gallardo)
Johnny Cueto: @STL (Lohse), @CHC (Dempster)
Randall Delgado: NYM (Santana), @ARI (Kennedy)

At Your Own Risk

Anthony Bass: @COL (Moyer), PHI (Blanton)
Kyle Weiland: @WAS (Strasburg), LAD (Kershaw)

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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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