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Fantasy Prophet: Week 8


by Brian Dorsey

Week 7 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Jared Weaver (OAK, @MIN): Weaver owners are licking their chops this week.
  2. Dan Haren (OAK, @MIN): It was a toss up between Weaver and Haren for the number one AL pitcher this week, but just because Haren is number two on this list doesn’t mean he won’t be lights-out. Look for a good game against his former club.
  3. Justin Verlander (TB, BOS): Absolutely dominating this May: 28 K and 0.77 WHIP.
  4. Josh Beckett (@CLE, @DET): Only one earned run in his last four starts. That middle pick is turning a huge profit.
  5. Clay Buchholz (@CLE, @DET): Four earned runs in his last four. Buchholz is following suit. Both Beckett and he are leading this staff.
  6. Alexi Ogando (CHW, KC): On pace for 14 wins. We’d just like to see more strikeouts (only projected 128).
  7. Justin Masterson (BOS, @TB): He got lit up like a Christmas tree last time he faced the Rays, but he has a career ERA and WHIP under one against the Red Sox.
  8. Zach Britton (KC, @OAK): Brian Matusz who?
  9. Bartolo Colon (TOR, @SEA): The Dominican Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man is terrorizing his demons, not the other way around.
  10. Ricky Romero (@NYY, CHW): No slam dunk, especially not in NYC, but only one ER in past two.

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Fantasy Prophet: Week 7


by Brian Dorsey

Week 6 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Felix Hernandez (MIN, @SD): Minnesota’s offense has been anemic, and though the Swinging Friars are putting up some crooked numbers, they generally struggle against ace pitchers.
  2. James Shields (NYY, @FLA): Pitching like the ace he should’ve been three years ago. He’s a huge reason the Rays are in first place.
  3. David Price (NYY, @FLA): He’s got great career numbers against the Yankees and in 12.1 career innings against the Marlins, he’s got 13 punch-outs.
  4. Max Scherzer (TOR, @PIT): God rained on his parade last week, but if you’re an owner, be stoked that he’s a two start pitcher this week instead. All he has to do is avoid Jose Bautista’s “Bat of Reckoning” and he’ll be a player of the week.
  5. Gio Gonzalez (LAA, @SF): God rained on Gio’s nightmare last week and washed it all away. Let’s see if he can forget the carnage and put it behind him.
  6. Brett Anderson (LAA, @SF): Struggled as of late, but that’s what two starts against the Rangers will do. Just a heads up: the Angels and Giants aren’t the Rangers.
  7. Michael Pineda (MIN, @SD): Wait, he was supposed to start two times last week, too? Seems to be a theme. The rook is throwing balls of fire.
  8. Zach Britton (@BOS, WAS): Not an ideal match up in Boston, but he gets a nice go at the Nats over the weekend.
  9. Josh Tomlin (@KC, CIN): The dude just keeps winning. Nobody pinch him!
  10. Joel Pineiro (@OAK, ATL): Pretty boring option, but he’ll get the job done.

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Fantasy Prophet: Week 6


by Brian Dorsey

Week 5 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Jon Lester (@TOR, @NYY): Was scratched from Sunday’s start, so he becomes the AL’s premier two-start pitcher this week.
  2. Max Scherzer (@TOR, KC): Big Max. Already has five wins. We just wish his WHIP wasn’t so godawful.
  3. Josh Beckett (MIN, @NYY): Gets the Twinkies at home (0.47 ERA in Fenway), but then gets the Bronx Bombers (5.59 ERA in New Yankee Stadium).
  4. Trevor Cahill (@TEX, CHW): Not all of us at Rotoballs were big believers in this kid. But his strikeout numbers are changing our minds.
  5. Michael Pineda (@BAL, @CLE): Could very well get 20 Ks this week. It’s going to take more than the Orioles and Indians to derail this train.
  6. Brandon Morrow (DET, @MIN): Getting his legs under him, and each start is followed by a better one.
  7. C.J. Wilson (OAK, LAA): You like his strikeouts, not to mention the match ups.
  8. Josh Tomlin (TB, SEA): You don’t like this guy’s strikeout, but he’s winning and his ratios are out of this world.
  9. Ervin Santana (CHW, @TEX): He’s been up and down, so you might want to sit him in Texas.
  10. Jake Arrieta (SEA, @TB): Has yet to face either team this year, but when facing similarly weak offenses, he’s gotten the job done.

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Fantasy Prophet: Week 5


by Brian Dorsey

Week 4 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Jared Weaver (at BOS, CLE): We swear, he’s a two start pitcher this week!
  2. Jon Lester (LAA, MIN): Always a slow starter, proving once again why he’s an ace.
  3. Dan Haren (at BOS, CLE): He’s ridiculous. Remember how low he was ranked pre-season? Who wouldn’t take this guy as their number one now?
  4. Justin Verlander (NYY, at TOR): Tough match up in NY, but you start this guy no matter what.
  5. C.C. Sabathia (at DET, at TEX): Decent start, but you’d like to see the big fella get some more wins.
  6. Alex Ogando (at SEA, NYY): This reliever turned starter is proving the the Rangers did the right thing with Feliz.
  7. Clay Buchholz (LAA, MIN): I refuse to believe he’s as bad as he’s pitching right now. His ERA over the last two weeks is looking better (3.75).
  8. Jeremy Guthrie (at CHW, TB): His 2.53 ERA is still available in most Yahoo! public leagues.
  9. Josh Tomlin (at OAK, at LAA): Might be a little bit of magic swirling around Tomlin these days, but that’s ok.
  10. Bartolo Colon (at DET, at TEX): He’s big, and he’s fat, and I promise, he’s going to start two this week.

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Fantasy Prophet: Week 4


by Brian Dorsey

Week 3 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Jared Weaver (OAK, at TB): Put it all together last year. Continued success this year. Look for a big week.
  2. Justin Masterson (KC, DET): Favorable home match ups for a team and pitcher who are surging.
  3. Clay Buchholz (at BAL, SEA): Needs to keep the ball in the park. Seattle is looking tempting.
  4. Matt Harrison (TOR, at OAK): Outside of Jose Bautista, Harrison should have a good week.
  5. A.J. Burnett (CHW, TOR): Striking fools out again. Early season successes continue.
  6. Gio Gonzalez (at LAA, TEX): Proving last year wasn’t a fluke.
  7. Colby Lewis (TOR, at OAK): Been getting rocked lately, but the A’s should be stifled.
  8. Gavin Floyd (at NYY, BAL): Nothing seems to be working in ChiTown. Floyd should pitch well, but don’t expect any wins.
  9. Zach Britton (BOS, at CHW): Baltimore’s youth movement is headed by this guy.
  10. Bartolo Colon (CHW, TOR): He’s big. He’s fat. And he’s pitching well again. AL’s version of Aaron Harang.

NL Top-10

  1. Cliff Lee (at ARI, NYM): Remember what the Doc did last week? It’s Lee’s turn.
  2. Matt Cain (at PIT, at WAS): Got hit hard last week, but don’t anticipate on that happening against WK 4 opponents.
  3. Derek Lowe (at SD, STL): Looks like Lowe from 8 years ago, and I could strikeout 14 Padres.
  4. Jaime Garcia (at HOU, at ATL): In total control. Proving to be a must start, no matter the opponent.
  5. Ricky Nolasco (LAD, at CIN): Horrible in his career vs. the Dodgers (6.00 ERA), but throwing the ball extremely well.
  6. Matt Garza (COL, at ARI): Has never pitched well against the Rockies, but great source of Ks.
  7. Chris Narveson (CIN, at HOU): Not sure I’m ready to jump head first into Narveson’s pond, but I’ll test the waters.
  8. Jordan Zimmerman (NYM, SF): Youngster is up and down, but he’s also facing anemic offenses.
  9. Jon Garland (at FLA, SD): One bad start, one good start this year. You could pencil him in for 10 Ks against the Friars.
  10. Dustin Moseley (ATL, at LAD): Look, he’s not going to get a win this week, but the kid is dealing.

Weather Report

OK. Any game could get rained out this week. Except for…

Games that Won’t Rain-Out: Cardinals at Astros (3, Tue-Thu); Brewers at Astros (3, Fri-Sun); Reds at Brewers (3, Mon-Wed); Phillies at Diamondbacks (3, Mon-Wed); Cubs at Diamondbacks (4, Thu-Sun); Angels at Rays (3, Fri-Sun).

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Fantasy Prophet: Week 3


by Brian Dorsey

Week 2 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. David Price (CHW, TOR)
  2. Max Scherzer (SEA, CHW)
  3. Edwin Jackson (TB, DET)
  4. Brett Anderson (BOS, SEA)
  5. Ricky Romero (BOS, TB)
  6. John Danks (TB, DET)
  7. Francisco Liriano (BAL, CLE)
  8. Colby Lewis (LAA, KC)
  9. Carl Pavano (BAL, CLE)
  10. James Shields (CHW, TOR)

Notes: Jackson has played for both Tampa Bay and Detroit. His career ERA vs. Tampa and Detroit? 1.44 (TB) and 3.33 (DET)

NL Top-10

  1. Roy Halladay (MIL, SD)
  2. Cliff Lee (MIL, SD)
  3. Josh Johnson (PIT, COL)
  4. Tim Lincecum (COL, ATL)
  5. Shuan Marcum (PHI, HOU)
  6. Carlos Zambrano (SD, LAD)
  7. Tim Hudson (LAD, SF)
  8. Travis Wood (PIT, STL)
  9. Hiroki Kuroda (ATL, CHC)
  10. Wandy Rodriguez (NYM, MIL)

Notes: A lot of top tier pitchers going twice this week, so be thankful if you’re not playing a manager who has one or more of the top five from this category. Rodriguez is interesting here because both of his starts are on the road, and he’s been terrible on the road thus far and has never been a great road pitcher. But I have a feeling CitiField, with it’s enormous dimensions and it’s strikeout happy hitters, will be a nice place for him to pitch.

Weather Report

Potential Rain-Outs: Pirates at Reds (50 percent, Monday); Padres at Cubs (80, Tuesday); Diamondbacks at Reds (50, Tuesday); Indians at Royals (40, Tuesday); Astros at Mets (50, Tuesday); Nationals at Cardinals (80, Tuesday); Diamondbacks at Reds (50, Wednesday); Indians at Twins (40, Friday); Reds at Cardinals (40, Friday); White Sox at Tigers (50, Saturday); Yankees at Orioles (50, Saturday); Nationals at Pirates (60, Saturday).

You’ll notice the Reds might not play a single game this week due to weather. If you have a lot of Reds on your team, you might want to find some replacement players.

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Fantasy Prophet: Week 2


With Week 1 in the books, it’s time to look ahead and see what the week ahead will look like. Fantasy Prophet will be a weekly addition to Rotoballs.com and it will consist of Two Start Pitchers, Weather, and some news and notes to keep your eye on.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Felix Hernandez (TOR, KC)
  2. Justin Verlander (TEX, OAK)
  3. Jared Weaver (CLE, CHW)
  4. Dan Haren (CLE, CHW)
  5. David Price (BOS, MIN)
  6. Jeremy Guthrie (NYY, CLE)
  7. Michael Pineda (TOR, KC)
  8. Jeremy Hellickson (BOS, MIN)
  9. Trevor Cahill (CHW, DET)
  10. Daisuke Matsuzaka (TB, TOR)

Notes: Of the ten on this list, Guthrie is the least loved. But considering his hot start (not many Ks, though), he should be on a lot of teams’ radars.

NL Top-10

  1. Clayton Kershaw (SF, STL)
  2. Shaun Marcum (PIT, WAS)
  3. Tommy Hanson (FLA, NYM)
  4. Chris Carpenter (ARI, LAD)
  5. Brett Myers (CHC, SD)
  6. Chad Billingsley (SF, STL)
  7. Ryan Dempster (HOU, COL)
  8. Edinson Volquez (SD, PIT)
  9. Mat Latos (CIN, HOU)
  10. Tim Stauffer (CIN, HOU)

Notes: Latos is coming off shoulder soreness, and he gets the tough task of facing the Big Red Machine, albeit in the friendly confines of Petco Park. I wouldn’t start him until the Padres travel to Houston.

Weather Report

Potential Rain-Outs: Athletics at White Sox (60 percent, Monday); Rangers at Tigers (50, Monday); Rays at Red Sox (70, Tuesday); Brewers at Pirates (60, Tuesday); Royals at Twins (50, Wednesday); Mariners at Royals (40, Thursday); Angels at White Sox (50, Friday); Orioles at Indians (50, Friday); Pirates at Reds (40, Friday); Mets at Braves (40, Friday); Rangers at Yankees (50, Saturday); Orioles at Indians (50, Saturday); Brewers at Nationals (40, Saturday); Angels at White Sox (40, Saturday); Marlins at Phillies (40, Saturday).

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