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Friday, July 13, 2012

With a thrilling (not) All-Star Game now in the rear-view mirror, it's time to embark on the home stretch. A little less than half the season remains, so now is the time for fantasy owners to lock in and begin positioning their teams for the playoffs.

After last week's absence of two-start pitchers, we've got a sizable crop this week, although with rotations resetting on Friday we'll see a lot of middle and back of the rotation types (thus the concentration of "Decent Play" options). The downside is that owners of top-end guys mostly won't get to see them throw twice; the upside is that tons of the two-start pitchers listed below are widely available, so if you see any you like, you might consider taking a waiver.

Note, also, that the Rangers play only five games while the Nationals are scheduled to play eight.

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

CC Sabathia: TOR (Cecil), @OAK (Colon)
Scott Diamond: BAL (Gonzalez), @KC
Phil Hughes: TOR (Alvarez), @OAK (Parker)

Decent Plays

Matt Moore: CLE (Tomlin), SEA
Alex Cobb: CLE (McAllister), SEA (Vargas)
Bartolo Colon: TEX (Oswalt), NYY (Sabathia)
Luis Mendoza: SEA (Iwakuma), MIN (Diamond)
Drew Smyly: LAA, CWS (Humber)
Rick Porcello: LAA (Santana), CWS (Floyd)
Zach McAllister: @TB (Cobb), BAL (Gonzalez)
Josh Tomlin: @TB (Moore), BAL (Britton)
Gavin Floyd @BOS (Cook), @DET (Porcello)

At Your Own Risk

Aaron Cook: CHW (Floyd), TOR (Alvarez)
Jason Vargas: @KC, @TB (Cobb)
Henderson Alvarez: @NYY (Hughes), @BOS (Cook)
Samuel Deduno: BAL (Eveland), @KC
Zach Britton: @MIN (Deduno), @CLE (Tomlin)
Miguel Gonzalez: @MIN (Diamond), @CLE (McAllister)

National League

Strong Plays

Edwin Jackson: @MIA (Zambrano), ATL (Sheets)
Chris Capuano: PHI (Blanton), @NYM (Niese)
Wade Miley: @CIN (Arroyo), HOU (Happ)

Decent Plays

Ross Detwiler: NYM (Niese), ATL (Jurrjens)
Lance Lynn: @MIL (Lynn), CHC (Wood)
Joe Blanton: @LAD (Capuano), SF (Vogelsong)
Jon Niese: @WAS (Detwiler), LAD (Capuano)
Carlos Zambrano: WAS (Jackson), @PIT (Burnett)
Anibal Sanchez: @CHC (Wood), @PIT (Karstens)
J.A. Happ: @SD (Wells), @ARI (Miley)
Jeff Francis: PIT (Karstens), @SD (Wells)
Homer Bailey: ARI (Bauer), MIL (Wolf)
Bronson Arroyo: ARI (Miley), MIL (Gallardo)
Travis Wood: MIA (Sanchez), @STL (Lynn)
Jair Jurrjens: SF (Zito), @WAS (Detwiler)
Trevor Bauer: @CIN (Bailey), HOU (Lyles)
Jordan Lyles: @SD (Ohlendorf), @ARI (Bauer)

At Your Own Risk

Kip Wells: HOU (Happ), COL (Francis)
Jeff Karstens: @COL (Francis), MIA (Zambrano)
Barry Zito: @ATL (Jurrjens), @PHI (Blanton)

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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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