Time to get back into the swing of setting your fantasy baseball lineups on a daily or weekly basis. The MLB All-Star Game (ASG) is over and done with, and now rotations are being adjusted, which makes the process of locating useful two-start SP options a bit more challenging. MLB lineups are in flux, but the below tables are as up to date as possible as of publication date. It's time for teams to buckle down and make their big acquisitions ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline to make a push for the postseason.

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/Date/Opponent

2nd Start/Date/Opponent

Carlos Rodón SF Jul 26 @ ARIJul 31 vs CHC
  TBDKeegan Thompson   
Pablo López MIA Jul 26 @ CINJul 31 vs NYM
 Hunter Greene   Carlos Carrasco   
Cristian Javier HOU Jul 25 @ OAKJul 30 vs SEA
 Zach Logue   Chris Flexen   
Luis García HOU Jul 26 @ OAKJul 31 vs SEA
 Frankie Montas   George Kirby   
Tony Gonsolin LAD Jul 25 vs WASJul 30 @ COL
 Josiah GrayKyle Freeland  
Jordan Montgomery NYY Jul 26 @ NYMJul 31 vs KC
  TBD Angel Zerpa
Max Fried ATLJul 25 @ PHIJul 31 vs ARI
 Ranger SuárezTyler Gilbert
Jake Odorizzi HOUJul 25 @ OAKJul 31 vs SEA
 Adam OllerGeorge Kirby   
Jakob Junis SFJul 25 @ ARIJul 30 vs CHC
 Tyler GilbertDrew Smyly 
Corey Kluber TBJul 25 @ BALJul 30 vs CLE
 Spenser WatkinsZach Plesac
Shane McClanahan TBJul 26 @ BALJul 31 vs CLE
 Kyle BradishKonnor Pilkington
José Berríos TORJul 26 vs StLJul 31 vs DET
 Andre PallanteTarik Skubal
Aaron Nola PHIJul 26 vs ATLJul 31 @ PIT
 Spencer StriderJT Brubaker

There exists a whole slew of top options to tinker with this week, and if your SP is located in the top tier, run with him, put him into your lineup and reap the benefits. As the unofficial second half of the MLB season begins, now is the time to take advantage of your aces when they are scheduled toe the rubber a couple of turns in the scoring period.


Maybe Yes, Maybe No


Starting Pitcher

1st Start/Date/Opponent

2nd Start/Date/Opponent

Spenser Watkins BALJul 25 vs TBJul 30 @ CIN
 Corey KluberTyler Mahle
Tarik Skubal DET Jul 26 vs SDJul 31 @ TOR
  TBD José Berríos
Nick Lodolo CIN Jul 25 vs MIAJul 31 vs BAL
 Trevor Rogers   Kyle Bradish
J.T. Brubaker PIT Jul 25 @ CHCJul 31 vs PHI
 Keegan Thompson   Aaron Nola
Chris Flexen SEA Jul 25 vs TEXJul 30 @ HOU
  Glenn OttoCristian Javier 
Mitch White LAD Jul 26 vs WASJul 31 @ COL
 Paolo EspinoAustin Gomber
Sean Manaea SDJul 25 @ DETJul 31 vs MIN
 TBDJoe Ryan
Keegan Thompson CHC Jul 25 vs PITJul 31 @ SF
 J.T. Brubaker   Carlos Rodón   
George Kirby SEA Jul 26 vs TEXJul 31 @ HOU
  Dane DunningJake Odorizzi
Noah Syndergaard LAAJul 25 @ KCJul 31 vs TEX
 Kris BubikDane Dunning

Spenser Watkins, the second year right-hander, has been a solid if unspectacular part of the Baltimore rotation this season. He is a sub-par K producer (5.3 K/9 through his 52.2 IP this season) but does boast a sub-4.00 ERA. He has been better away from Camden Yards this year, so the game in Cincy stands out as the better time to use him in Week 16 if you are skittish about using an Oriole SP despite the improvement to their pitching in 2022.


Tarik Skubal is a fine strikeout producer who also offers a sub-4.00 ERA for his fantasy owners. He is a better pitcher at home, unlike Watkins above, and thus his first start against the visiting Padres projects as his more favorable trip to the hill this coming week. 


Nick Lodolo offers superb counting stat production with a 13.0 K/9. The rookie southpaw has some development in store but looks to be a fixture in the Reds’ rotation for the balance of this season. There will be highs and lows as he adjusts to the major leagues, but the strikeouts are a major drawing point.


The third-year righty JT Brubaker has been solidly unspectacular but effective for fantasy purposes. This despite his lack of command and control while plying his trade atop the mound. He strikes out better than a batter per inning, and his first start of the week is on the road against a division rival team in the Cubs, which profiles as his better start of his two-time taking the ball to start the game.  


Chris Flexen has gone 4-0 over his last five outings, and has been extraordinarily effective in the month of July, yielding just two earned tallies over his three starts in the seventh month of the calendar. He has both a home and a road game in the coming week, and his road/home splits indicate that he is comfortable on most mounds, but the end of the week contest against the powerful Astro lineup is the less desirable time to use the veteran righty.


Mitch White’s time in the Dodger rotation may be coming to an end, potentially this week with the impending return of Andrew Heaney. Presuming he take to the bump for these two starts, the better option is the first at home against the Nationals, as a road game in Denver smacks of potential danger.


Sean Manaea has been mercurial in his time on the hill of late, which is exacerbated by his inability to find the strike zone consistently (3.4 BB/9). He does offer a K per inning strikeout production when pitching for the Padres. His two matchups this week are favorable.


Pitching for the Cubs is not the best situation for a SP, but Keegan Thompson has been providing his owners with good ratio stat production: 3.43 ERA through his 81.1 IP in relief and as a starter this season, with a useful 1.25 WHIP to accompany that number. He also offers above average K potential with an 8.3 K/9 ratio on the season. The opening game this week against the visiting Pirates is his better matchup. 


George Kirby slides back into the back end of the Seattle rotation, and he has acquitted himself well in that situation, posting a useful 3.78 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over his prior 64.1 IP this season. With excellent control (1.3 BB/9) and the ability to miss bats (8.7 K/9), coupled with his low percentage ownership, makes him a worthy addition to your fantasy rotation.


Noah Syndergaard wraps up the middle tier, and is coming off a four-walk effort to head into ASG break. Those free passes were a season high for the veteran righthander, and presumably with the break, he will get back on track with his control. He has a pair of attractive matchups on hand this week.


Not On My Roster


Starting Pitcher

1st Start/Date/Opponent

2nd Start/Date/Opponent

Hunter Greene CINJul 25 vs MIAJul 31 vs BAL
 Trevor RogersKyle Bradish
Zach Plesac CLEJul 25 @ BOSJul 30 @ TB
 Josh WinckowskiCorey Kluber
Zach Logue OAK Jul 25 vs HOUJul 31 @ CHW
 Cristian Javier Dylan Cease   
Aaron Ashby MIL Jul 25 vs COLJul 31 @ BOS
 Kyle FreelandJosh Winckowski
Ranger Suárez PHIJul 25 vs ATLJul 30 @ PIT
 Max FriedMitch Keller
Paolo Espino WASJul 25 @ LADJul 31 vs StL
 Tony GonsolinAndre Pallante
Andre Pallante StLJul 26 @ TORJul 31 @ WAS
 José BerríosJosiah Gray
Tyler Gilbert ARI Jul 25 vs SFJul 31 @ ATL
 Jakob Junis Max Fried
Kyle Freeland COL Jul 25 @ MILJul 30 vs LAD
 Aaron Ashby   Tony Gonsolin   
Josh Winckowski BOSJul 25  vs CLEJul 31 vs MIL
 Zach PlesacAaron Ashby
Kris Bubik KCJul 25 vs LAAJul 30 @ NYY
 Noah SyndergaardNestor Cortes
Angel Zerpa KCJul 26 vs LAAJul 31 @ NYY
 José SuarezJordan Montgomery
Dane Dunning TEXJul 26 @ SEAJul 31 @ LAA
 George KirbyNoah Syndergaard
Glenn Otto TEXJul 25 @ SEAJul 30 @ LAA 
 Chris FlexenReid Detmers
Adam Oller OAK Jul 25 vs HOUJul 31 @ CHW
 Jake OdorizziDylan Cease   
Josiah Gray WASJul 25 @ LADJul 31 vs StL
Trevor Rogers MIA Jul 25 @ CINJul 30 vs NYM
 Nick Lodolo   Chris Bassitt   

As the rotations get shuffled following the break that the ASG provides, we will discover that some teams are going to rely on some less than splendid options to climb the bump and take the ball. This bottom group of arms slated to have dual starts in Week 16 are those you primarily want to avoid employing in your fantasy rotations. These hurlers are more likely to hurt your ratio stats, even if they provide some small counting stat production. Seek pitching value elsewhere.

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:

Wednesday, July 27, 2022


Braxton Garrett MIA @ CIN TBD

Garrett has fared well in his last two starts, both against the Pirates. He gets a good matchup here, taking on the last place Reds. He should have a good opponent to continue to collect Ks against, as the Cincy bats are known to swing and miss plenty.

Thursday, July 28, 2022


Justin Steele CHC @ SF Alex Wood

The Cub southpaw has been effective over his last four starts, picking up a pair of quality starts (QS) among that quartet of contests, and allowing just six earned runs over those 22.1 IP for a stellar 2.38 ERA. It would be preferrable to be facing the Giants at home, but such is not to be, and makes him a less attractive streaming option pitching on the West Coast.

Friday, July 29, 2022


Reid Detmers LAA vs TEX Martín Pérez

Unlike Steele above, the second-year pitcher gets to face the Rangers at home, where he has enjoyed much more success than on the road this season. He is working on a consecutive QS game streak, although his peripherals do hint that he may be due for a negative regression in the future, so stream with caution here.

Saturday, July 30, 2022


Mitch Keller PIT vs PHI TBD

The 26-year-old righty is also working to build on a two game QS streak when he takes on the visiting Phillies at the end of the scoring period. He struggles with his command of the strike zone, resulting in an inflated WHIP. He has been working on lowering his ERA again after it blew up above 5.00 again at the end of June and first start in July. He has an average K rate which should not be expected to grow against the Phillies, who are a middle of the pack team in terms of swinging and missing.

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