Now that we're into June, here’s to hoping your fantasy baseball roster is graced with one or more of top tier starting pitchers to aid you in your fantasy baseball lineup decisions. Of course, keep an eye on the weather in the host MLB cities this coming scoring period, as this can have an effect on a pitcher’s dual start eligibility, as well as shifting the streaming matchups potentially. Once more into another scoring period for the 2022 fantasy baseball season, and it's time to set your fantasy baseball rosters for the coming scoring period. Not much help in the middle tier this when you work on setting your fantasy baseball rotations, but if you drafted well, or employed your fantasy league’s waiver wire/free agent marketplace efficiently, you may have one or more starting pitchers from the upper tier to use for dual starts this coming scoring period. Loads of bottom group arms, as ever, that you are suggested to avoid. Remember to keep a close eye on the MLB injury report, so as to be able to bob and weave accordingly. 

Please realize that these articles feature most recent rotation information available when the article is written, but that circumstances do change due to weather conditions, injuries and general craziness with managers. If a pitcher listed here as having two starts ends up with one (or perhaps none) in the upcoming week, apologies but this article is meant to provide analysis, it is up to the manager to set the lineups or rotations. Without further ado, here are this week’s two start pitchers.


Start 'em If You Own 'em


Starting Pitcher

1st Start/Opponent/Date

2nd Start/Opponent/Date

Sandy Alcantara@ PHI @ NYM 
 MIAAaron NolaChris Bassitt
 Mon, 6/13, 7:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:40 PM 
Shane Bieber@ COL @ LAD 
 CLEAntonio SenzatelaClayton Kershaw
 Tue, 6/14, 8:40 PM Sun, 6/19, 4:10 PM 
Aaron Nolavs. MIA @ WAS 
 PHISandy AlcantaraJosiah Gray
 Mon, 6/13, 7:05 PM Sat, 6/18, 4:35 PM 
Alek Manoahvs. BAL vs. NYY 
 TORKyle BradishJameson Taillon
 Mon, 6/13, 7:07 PM Sat, 6/18, 3:07 PM 
Nestor Cortesvs. TB @ TOR 
 NYYCorey KluberYusei Kikuchi
 Tue, 6/14, 7:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:37 PM 
Nathan Eovaldivs. OAK vs. STL 
 BOSJared KoenigMiles Mikolas
 Tue, 6/14, 7:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:35 PM 
Logan Gilbertvs. MIN vs. LAA 
 SEADylan BundyMichael Lorenzen
 Tue, 6/14, 10:10 PM Sat, 6/18, 4:10 PM 
Corey Kluber@ NYY @ BAL 
 TBNestor CortesJordan Lyles
 Tue, 6/14, 7:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:35 PM 
Merrill Kellyvs. CIN vs. MIN 
 ARIMike MinorChris Archer
 Mon, 6/13, 9:40 PM Sun, 6/19, 4:10 PM 
Alex Woodvs. KC @ PIT 
 SFBrady SingerJ.T. Brubaker
 Mon, 6/13, 9:45 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:35 PM 

One short of a full dozen options this week, and it is good to see some elevation among the last few pitchers in this tier. Kelly and Wood deserve the elevation to the upper group due to their recent success on the hill and their matchups in this week’s schedule. Wind ‘em up, let ‘em go, and reap the benefits.


Maybe Yes, Maybe No


Starting Pitcher

1st Start/Opponent/Date

2nd Start/Opponent/Date

Alex Faedovs. CHW vs. TEX 
 DETJohnny CuetoTaylor Hearn
 Mon, 6/13, 7:10 PM Sat, 6/18, 4:10 PM 
Chris Flexenvs. MIN vs. LAA 
 SEAChris ArcherMichael Lorenzen
 Mon, 6/13, 10:10 PM Sat, 6/18, 4:10 PM 
Marco Gonzalesvs. MIN vs. LAA 
 SEADevin SmeltzerNoah Syndergaard
 Wed, 6/15, 4:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 4:10 PM 
Zach Eflinvs. MIA @ WAS 
 PHITrevor RogersStephen Strasburg
 Tue, 6/14, 7:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 12:05 PM 
Miles Mikolasvs. PIT @ BOS 
 STLJ.T. BrubakerNathan Eovaldi
 Tue, 6/14, 1:15 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:35 PM 
Cristian Javier@ TEX vs. CHW 
 HOUTaylor HearnMichael Kopech
 Mon, 6/13, 8:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 7:08 PM 
Noah Syndergaard@ LAD @ SEA 
 LAATony GonsolinMarco Gonzales
 Tue, 6/14, 10:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 4:10 PM 
Brady Singer@ SF @ OAK 
 KCAlex WoodJared Koenig
 Mon, 6/13, 9:45 PM Sun, 6/19, 4:07 PM 
Chris Archer@ SEA @ ARI 
 MINChris FlexenMerrill Kelly
 Mon, 6/13, 10:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 4:10 PM 

Faedo, he of the useful 2.92 ERA and acceptable 1.24 WHIP, tossed another 5.0 effective IP in his last trip to the hill, holding the host Pirates to one earned tally on three hits and a walk, while striking out seven hitters. He gets to face a division rival who is struggling, the White Sox and then the not so dominant Rangers, both at home in Comerica Park this week.


Flexen is the first of a pair of Mariner hurlers who made the top of the middle tier this week. Both of the Seattle SPs are pitching at home for both their Week 10 times on the bump. Flexen is a below average K option with just a 6.1 K/9 rate over his 62.0 IP to date, but has been effectively pushing down his inflated ERA over his last three starts, two of those being of the quality sort (QS). 


Gonzales has thrown five QS in his last eight starts, running back to the beginning of May, though his record of 2-4 during those 48.0 IP. He strikes out fewer batters during his stints on the mound than his teammate profiled immediately above, and with a fastball clocked in the high 80 MPH range, he needs to reharness his control which departed in the most recent no-decision against the visiting Red Sox (six free passes over just 4.1 IP). 


Eflin had his shortest outing since a 4.0 IP effort in mid-April, and was pulled against the host Brewers due to a high pitch count after 4.1 IP (96 pitches). Prior to that, he was able to accumulate four QS our of his eight starts. He has a pair of nice matchups in store, with the Marlins coming to town and then heading to our Nation’s capital for a contest against another division rival in the form of the Nationals. His peripherals do not hint strongly at negative regression from his useful 3.76 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 3.62 K/BB through 55.0 IP.


Mikolas may have seen his ratios surge upward for a bit, but he still boasts a useful sub-3.00 ERA on the season (2.93) with a better than adequate 1.06 WHIP to go along with that stat. His most recent performance was a hard luck loss to the Rays where he allowed merely two earned runs on three hits (one a homer) while striking out nine hitters and not allowing a walk. 


Javier’s scheduled weekend start got pushed back as the Astro’s reset their rotation, and thus, he now is a two-start option for Week 10. He now has a pair of good if not great matchups on tap, facing the White Sox at home after traveling inside Texas to take on the Rangers in Arlington to open the scoring period. He is missing a boatload of bats, as witnessed by his superb 11.3 K/9 rate though 44.2 IP this season. 


Syndergaard has been on and off over his last four outings, alternating good efforts with those that make his owners regret trotting him out in their lineups. He has a pair of road games, and perhaps discretion suggests sitting him for the first contest in LA against the NL West leading Dodgers, but he has potential when the team heads to Seattle at the end of Week 10.


Singer makes the middle tier due to his K potential alone. He has collected 17 Ks over his last three outings, comprising 15.2 IP, while not allowing a single walk to an opposing hitter during the course of those three games. He has been touched for six round trippers over those games, too, but in the asset column, he gets to pitch in a couple of parks not known for allowing dingers when he heads to San Francisco and then across the bay, to Oakland this coming week.


Archer grabbed his first win of the season, after going the requisite five innings for the second consecutive contest (the first being a no-decision in Detroit). His journey back from injury has seen his control and dominance diminished this season, but as he works back to a starter’s workload, he may be able to regain his prior form. He could trend the other direction, though, so keep a wary eye on the veteran righthander. He has been more effective on the road in 2022 and both his Week 10 appearances are in away parks.


Not On My Roster


Starting Pitcher

1st Start/Opponent/Date

2nd Start/Opponent/Date

Josiah Grayvs. ATL vs. PHI 
 WASIan AndersonAaron Nola
 Mon, 6/13, 7:05 PM Sat, 6/18, 4:35 PM 
Chris Bassittvs. MIL vs. MIA 
 NYMAdrian HouserSandy Alcantara
 Tue, 6/14, 7:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:40 PM 
Dane Dunningvs. HOU @ DET 
 TEXJosé UrquidyRony García
 Tue, 6/14, 8:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:40 PM 
Yusei Kikuchivs. BAL vs. NYY 
 TORJordan LylesNestor Cortes
 Tue, 6/14, 7:07 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:37 PM 
Ian Anderson@ WAS @ CHC 
 ATLJosiah GrayTBD
 Mon, 6/13, 7:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 2:20 PM
Mike Minor@ ARI vs. MIL 
 CINMerrill KellyAdrian Houser
 Mon, 6/13, 9:40 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:40 PM 
Mitch Keller@ STL vs. SF 
 PITTBDCarlos Rodón
 Mon, 6/13, 7:45 PMSat, 6/18, 4:05 PM 
Taylor Hearnvs. HOU @ DET 
 TEXCristian JavierAlex Faedo
 Mon, 6/13, 8:05 PM Sat, 6/18, 4:10 PM 
J.T. Brubaker@ STL vs. SF 
 PITMiles MikolasAlex Wood
 Tue, 6/14, 1:15 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:35 PM 
Kyle Bradish@ TOR vs. TB 
 BALAlek ManoahJeffrey Springs
 Mon, 6/13, 7:07 PM Sat, 6/18, 4:05 PM 
Antonio Senzatelavs. CLE vs. SD 
 COLShane BieberNick Martinez
 Tue, 6/14, 8:40 PM Sun, 6/19, 3:10 PM 
Jared Koenig@ BOS vs. KC 
 OAKNathan EovaldiBrady Singer
 Tue, 6/14, 7:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 4:07 PM 
Rony Garcíavs. CHW vs. TEX 
 DETDylan CeaseDane Dunning
 Tue, 6/14, 7:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:40 PM 
Jordan Lyles@ TOR vs. TB 
 BALYusei KikuchiCorey Kluber
 Tue, 6/14, 7:07 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:35 PM 
Stephen Strasburgvs. ATL vs. PHI 
 WASMax FriedZach Eflin
 Tue, 6/14, 7:05 PM Sun, 6/19, 12:05 PM 
Adrian Houser@ NYM @ CIN 
 MILChris BassittMike Minor
 Tue, 6/14, 7:10 PM Sun, 6/19, 1:40 PM

There are some arms here that potentially are useful for one of their two scheduled trips to toe the rubber in Week 10, notably Bassitt against a visiting Marlins squad, Kikuchi at home facing the Orioles and perhaps both sides in the Gray/Anderson matchup in Atlanta early in the week. The balance of these starts are best left on the bench or wire, if you value your ratio stats.

Potential Streaming Options for Week 

There is no promise that each game day will provide a streaming option. First of all, the pitcher must be available in at least 50% of leagues to be a viable candidate to snag off the wire. Then, the pitchers discussed above are not included as they have a different sort of value, even though some might be available as free agents in your league. Plus, some days the matchups and/or venues just do not figure as positive enough factors to favor plugging the arm into your rotation, even for one start. That all being said, here are this week’s best streaming candidates:

Tuesday, June 14, 2022


Roansy Contreras PIT @ StL Miles Mikolas

In three starts, Contreras has not been credited with a decision, despite holding opponents to just two earned runs over those 15.2 IP. He has put up a fine 16:5 K/BB ratio over those starts, and currently boasts a superb 1.93 ERA and 1.03 WHIP on the season over his six appearances. Beware fully buying in on the youngster, as his peripheral metrics suggest that some negative regression is in his future.


Zach Davies ARI vs CIN Tyler Mahle

The Diamondback righty is coming off a pair of QS and gets to take on the woeful Reds at home in this appearance. He is only an average K producer with a 7.3 K/9 rate over his 62.0 IP on the season, and Cincy is a middle of the pack offense in terms of whiffing. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


Devin Smeltzer MIN @ SEA Marco Gonzales

The 26-year-old southpaw is another SP with superb ratio stats to recommend him: 1.93 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over a limited 28.0 IP. Until his last outing, he had been adept at keeping the ball in the yard, which helped offset his sub-par K rate (4.2 K/9). 


Zach Thompson PIT @ StL Adam Wainwright

The Pirate righthander has only had one bad outing over his last six times toeing the rubber, and has a fine 2.12 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over those 29.2 IP. The strikeout rate is just average at seven whiffs per nine innings pitched, however, and his road presence has not been overly dominating this season. Faint praise but still worthy of consideration as a streamer if you need an option midweek.

Thursday, June 16, 2022


Chad Kuhl COL vs CLE Triston McKenzie

Kuhl has been consistent overall whether pitching at Coors Field or on the road, although he has been much better at missing bats away from his home park, and the Guardians are currently the least strikeout prone offense in the majors. So, expect paltry K numbers here, but his chances of delivering a victory are much higher at home.


Matt Swarmer CHC vs SD Joe Musgrove

Small sample size warning but the Cub rookie righty has twirled two QS in his two starts for the Cubbies. His ERA sits at an attractive 1.50 and is accompanied by a similarly appealing 0.83 WHIP. The 3.67 K/BB ratio is also enthralling for fantasy purposes, but beware the road warrior Padres coming to Wrigley for this matchup.

Saturday, June 18, 2022


Cole Irvin OAK vs KC Brad Keller

We have a couple of struggling teams facing one another, but at least Irvin gets to climb the hill at home for this contest, where he has been fantastic over his 28.0 IP in Oakland in 2022. He will make an effort to maintain his 1.61 ERA at home as he pursues his third season victory. 


Graham Ashcraft CIN vs MIL Jason Alexander

The rookie SP for the Reds has burst onto the pitching scene dramatically, posting a superb 1.14 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over his first three starts (23.2 IP). He has accumulated an attractive 13:5 K/BB ratio over that time, too. He has been comfortable atop the mound in Cincy thus far, and that is where he will be when he faces the Brewers in this contest.

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