MLB New Start Pitchers - Week 2 (April 8-April 14)


When you are in a league with daily roster moves, setting your lineup is easy. Pick the guy who's playing and plug him in. However, in leagues with weekly roster locks, it's not always that easy. Do you play a decent pitcher who only pitches once, or do you go with a lesser option who pitches twice that week? Sometimes, it makes my big 'ol brain hurt...

In this weekly article, we rate the two start pitchers to try and help you with that decision. You need to try and balance the extra strikeouts and win potential of the two start pitchers, to the possible dent they could put in your ERA and WHIP categories.

If you want some specific roster advice, reach out to me on Twitter @fantasygeek37.

Elite

Chris Sale, BOS: @Oak, @Ari
Mike Clevinger, CLE: vs CHW, vs TOR

Strong Plays

Strahm

I'm higher than most on Matt Strahm, but he should be a very good option in Week 2.

David Price, BOS: @Oak, @Ari
Chris Archer, PIT: vs STL, vs Cin
Brad Peacock, HOU: @Tex, vs Oak
Kyle Hendricks, CHC: @Atl, @Mil
Julio Urias, LAD: vs SF, @Col
Matt Strahm, SD: vs Ari, @STL
Marcus Stroman, TOR: vs Bal, @Cle

Streamers

Caleb Smith, MIA: vs NYM, @Atl
Steven Matz, NYM: @Mia, vs Was
Sean Newcomb, ATL: vs CHC, vs Mia
Anthony DeSclafani, CIN: vs Mil, @Pit

At Your Own Risk

Fiers

Mike Fiers looked much better in his second game than he did in the Opener, but with matchups against Boston and Houston, don't chase last week's success.

Drew Pomeranz, SF: @LAD, vs TB
Mike Fiers, OAK: vs Bos, @Hou
Zach Davies, MIL: @Cin, vs CHC
Ivan Nova, CWS: @Cle, vs Sea
Merrill Kelly, ARI: @SD, vs Bos
Chris Stratton, LAA: @Sea, vs Tex
Drew Smyly, TEX: vs Hou, @LAA
Shelby Miller, TEX: vs Hou, @LAA
Clayton Richard, TOR: vs Bal, @Cle
Tyler Mahle, CIN: vs Mil, @Pit
Tyson Ross, DET: @NYY, vs KC
David Hess, BAL: @Tor, vs NYY


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