5 two-start pitchers to pick up in Week 11
In need of pitching help for your fantasy team? Consider these hurlers, who are slated to start twice in Week 11.
12-team mixed leagues
Taijuan Walker (@SF, vs. HOU)
At this point, Walker should be owned in all 12-team mixed leagues and started in the majority of them. After a shaky beginning to the season, the former top prospect seems to have figured things out at the big league level, going 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and a 21-to-3 K/BB ratio across his past three starts. These matchups aren't exactly favorable, as the Giants and Astros rank in the top half of the Majors in runs. That said, Walker is the type of pitcher who can dominate any lineup. His high-end strikeout ability further enhances his appeal as a two-start option.
Jesse Hahn (@SD, vs. LAA)
Although Hahn may seem risky following his rough outing against the Rangers on Wednesday, the 25-year-old righty had pieced together five consecutive quality starts prior to that performance. Don't expect Hahn to strike out many going forward, but his outlook for the rest of the season is good thanks to his ability to limit walks (2.0 BB/9 rate) and long balls (0.4 HR/9). The Angels have been, at best, a mid-tier offense this year, and while the Padres rank second in the NL in runs, Hahn will be making this start at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.Video: [email protected]: Hahn allows one run over seven frames
Deeper mixed leagues
Wei-Yin Chen (vs. PHI, @TOR)
Chen can be avoided in 12-team mixed leagues because of his tough second matchup, on the road against a Blue Jays club that leads baseball in runs. But in deeper mixed formats, the Orioles lefty is a worthwhile play thanks to the ultra-favorable matchup at home against a Phillies team that has scored the fewest runs in the Majors. Despite having posted a 3.21 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a career-high 7.6 K/9 rate through 12 starts, Chen is still on the waiver wire in many deep mixed leagues. That should not be the case for much longer.
Charlie Morton (vs. CWS, @WAS)
Morton returned from a season-opening DL stint late last month, and he's been dominant for the most part, pitching at least seven innings with no more than two runs allowed in three of his four outings. Like Hahn, Morton will not contribute much in the strikeout department, but he has carried a quality track record in recent years (3.52 ERA, 1.28 WHIP from 2013-14). Looking ahead to his opponents: The White Sox rank 28th in the Majors in runs this season and the Nationals, though dangerous, have struggled offensively of late (last in the NL in runs during June).Video: [email protected]: Morton shuts out Brewers over 7 1/3 frames
Erasmo Ramirez (vs. WAS, @CLE)
The overall numbers hide the fact that Ramirez is on quite a roll. In six starts since moving back into the Rays' rotation, he is 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. As mentioned above, the Nationals' offense has gone cold this month. In fact, only four teams have scored fewer runs than the Nats in June. One of those teams happens to be the Indians, Ramirez's other Week 11 opponent.