Is your fantasy starting rotation struggling? Or maybe you just need some extra strikeouts? Then consider adding these pitchers, who are all scheduled to make two starts in Week 11.12-team mixed leaguesJimmy Nelson (@SF, @LAD): After pitching to a stellar 2.66 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in May, Nelson's first June
Is your fantasy starting rotation struggling? Or maybe you just need some extra strikeouts? Then consider adding these pitchers, who are all scheduled to make two starts in Week 11.
12-team mixed leagues
Jimmy Nelson (@SF, @LAD): After pitching to a stellar 2.66 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in May, Nelson's first June outing was a rough one, as he allowed six runs across four innings vs. the light-hitting Phillies. But even after last week's disappointing performance, the Brewers 27-year-old still sports a solid 3.43 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 12 starts this season. The Giants and Dodgers rank 10th and 12th, respectively, in the NL in OPS, and Nelson tossed 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a start against the Giants back in April. The Brewers righty should be started in all leagues next week.
Wei-Yin Chen (@SD, vs. COL): The normally consistent Chen has been anything but consistent in his first season with the Marlins. The 30-year-old southpaw's most recent outing (5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER in Minnesota) marked the third time in his last four tries that he has failed to notch a quality start. But Chen's steady track record, which includes a career 3.80 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, suggests better results are likely ahead. And those better results could come as soon as next week. The Padres rank 28th in the Majors in OPS, and while the Rockies rank third in this category overall, the Colorado lineup has been far less potent on the road, placing 16th in OPS away from Coors Field.
Jerad Eickhoff (@TOR, vs. ARI): Boasting a 2.76 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over his last five starts, Eickhoff will be tested next week, as the Phillies righty will face a pair of formidable offenses. That said, the D-backs offense has struggled so far in June, ranking 24th in the Majors in runs scored and 23rd in OPS this month. As for the Blue Jays: After leading the Majors in runs scored last season, Toronto has been merely a mid-pack offense this year, ranking 17th in runs and 18th in OPS.
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Chase Anderson (@SF, @LAD): Since allowing six earned runs over five innings in a May 5 outing against the Reds, this Brewers arm has pieced together six straight starts of three earned runs or fewer. As for his upcoming opponents: Both the Dodgers and Giants have started this month slowly, ranking 12th and 15th, respectively, in the NL in OPS. Anderson is a must-start in all deep mixed leagues for next week and even deserves consideration in some 12-team formats.
Brandon Finnegan (@ATL, @HOU): Finnegan's talent is unquestioned, but the consistency just hasn't been there in his first season as a full-time big league starter. However, the Reds lefty is fresh off an impressive performance vs. a high-powered Nationals lineup (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), and the Braves rank last in the Majors in runs scored, batting average and OPS. The Astros offense, despite being expected to produce at a high level this season, rank only 15th in both runs and OPS.
Martin Perez (@OAK, @STL): Being that the Cardinals lead the NL in both runs and OPS, Perez should be considered only in very deep mixed leagues or AL-only formats. But his first matchup -- in Oakland vs. an A's team that ranks last in the AL in OPS at home -- makes the Rangers southpaw an intriguing option nonetheless. Also note that Perez has allowed three runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts.
Zach Steinhorn is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.