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Fantasy Baseball: Pitchers With 2 Starts July 15- July 21

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This week’s fantasy baseball pitchers with two starts is sorted by teams and still ranks the pitcher between one and five stars.

The pitchers with two starts are sorted by the team they play for and still ranked between one and five stars.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Alex Young: July 16 @ TEX, July 21 vs MIL TWO STARS

Young has almost been perfect since his call up in late June. He has never shown this level of play before and relies heavily on his off-speed pitches such as his slider and curveball. Realistically Young won’t keep this up and this week could be when things go bad.

Atlanta Braves

Max Fried: July 15 @ MIL, July 20 vs WAS THREE STARS

Bryce Wilson: July 16 @ MIL, July 21 vs WAS ONE STAR

Fried is coming off a poor start in which he allowed two home runs and a total of five earned runs against the Miami Marlins. With his overall performance on the season expect Fried to bounce back but rough patches are expected out of the 25-year-old.

Wilson should not be trusted in any format this week.

Boston Red Sox

Rick Porcello: July 15 vs TOR, July 20 @ BAL FOUR STARS

Porcello has had a roller coaster of a season thus far with many ups and downs. He is currently down but has a great opportunity this week against two teams that have struggled to hit the ball recently.

Chicago Cubs

Kyle Hendricks: July 15 vs CIN, July 21 vs SD THREE STARS

The All-Star break was a welcome sight for Hendricks after he came away with three straight losses heading into the break. Normally Hendricks would rate as a four star but loses ground due to those shaky performances.

Chicago White Sox

Lucas Gioltio: July 15 @ KC, July 20 @ TB FOUR STARS

Dylan Cease: July 16 @ KC, July 21 @ TB THREE STARS

Both Giolito and Cease can be effective fantasy pitchers this week and it will mainly rely on them hitting their target and getting first-pitch strikes. Giolito in particular struggles walking batters and placing men on base.

Cincinnati Reds

Luis Castillo: July 15 @ CHC, July 20 vs STL FIVE STARS

Anthony DeSclafani: July 16 @ CHC, July 21 vs STL THREE STARS

Castillo has been dominant all season long and that should continue this week.

DeSclafani has a low own percentage but that should change after this week.

Cleveland Indians

Adam Plutko: July 15 vs DET, July 20 vs KC THREE STARS

Zach Plesac: July 16 vs DET, July 21 vs KC THREE STARS

Detroit has turned into a tough opponent recently and could prove troublesome. Kansas City on the other is currently the worst hitting team in the MLB.

Colorado Rockies

German Marquez: July 15 vs SF, July 21 @ NYY THREE STARS

Marquez has a tough game at home then another tough game at Yankee Stadium, don’t expect much from him.

Detroit Tigers

Daniel Norris: July 15 @ CLE, July 21 vs TOR TWO STARS

While Norris is an okay at best start it isn’t recommended to play him unless in desperate need.

Houston Astros

Brad Peacock: July 15 @ LAA, July 20 vs TEX THREE STARS

Framber Valdez: July 16 @ LAA, July 21 vs TEX ONE STARS

Brad Peacock is an underrated streaming option going into the week and he should be added id available.

Kansas City Royals

Jake Junis: July 15 vs CHW, July 20 @ CLE THREE STARS

Glenn Sparkman: July 16 vs CHW, July 21 @ CLE TWO STARS

Both the Kansas City pitchers will be hard to play this week but both should earn double-digit points in each game.

Los Angeles Angels

Andrew Heaney: July 16 vs HOU, July 20 @ SEA THREE STARS

Griffin Canning: July 15 vs HOU, July 20 @ SEA THREE STARS

The two Angels pitchers have tough matchups ahead and while they should be started in fantasy terms it is hard to trust them with earning over 20 points.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw: July 15 @ Phi, July 20 vs MIA FIVE STARS

Walker Buehler: July 16 @ PHI, July 21 vs MIA FIVE STARS

Both Dodger pitchers should be started in every format.

Miami Marlins

Jordan Yamamoto: July 16 vs SD, July 21 @ LAD FOUR STARS

Yamamoto has impressed in every game has pitched in this season. Don’t think he’ll be this good all year but play him while he’s hot.

Milwaukee Brewers

Brandon Woodruff: July 16 vs ATL, July 21 @ ARI FOUR STARS

Adrian Houser: July 15 vs ATL, July 20 @ ARI ONE STAR

Houser should not be trusted this week.

Minnesota Twins

Michael Pineda: July 16 vs NYM, July 21 vs OAK FOUR STARS

Pineda has been putting up numbers all year and should continue to be started.

New York Yankees

James Paxton: July 15 vs TB, July 20 vs COL FOUR STARS

CC Sabathia: July 16 vs TB, July 21 vs COL THREE STARS

Paxton is on the same ship as Zack Wheeler and should be started if owned.

Sabathia, on the other hand, has quietly put up a decent first half building on his fantasy value.

New York Mets

Zack Wheeler: July 16 @ MIN, July 21 @ SF FOUR STARS

Wheeler should be started in all leagues.

Oakland Athletics

Daniel Mengden: July 16 vs SEA, July 21 @ MIN THREE STARS

The Seattle Mariners have only scored 28 runs in the month of July, second lowest in the MLB. Mengden pitched against both these teams in his last starts and while he didn’t pitch great he did receive a win in both games. If available Mengden is a solid streaming choice this week.

Philadelphia Phillies

Zach Eflin: July 15 vs LAD, July 20 @ PIT TWO STARS

Vince Velasquez: July 16 vs LAD, July 21 @ PIT TWO STARS

Eflin has struggled with allowing home runs recently and won’t catch a break against the Dodgers or Pirates this week.

Velasquez hasn’t shown much life in 2019 and could be a one-star pitcher, however, it is reasonable to think he’s going to achieve more fantasy points than Eflin but don’t expect either to make or break the fantasy week.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Joe Musgrove: July 15 @ STL, July 21 vs PHI THREE STARS

Musgrove has never been a strikeout pitcher which limits his fantasy value. He should be still be started in hopes he has a stellar game here or there.

San Diego Padres

Chris Paddack: July 16 @ MIA, July 21 @ CHC THREE STARS

Since being sent down to the minors then called back up Paddack has been on fire. He’s only allowed five hits in his last 12 innings while striking out 14 over that span. When the rookie is pitching like that he can be considered a must-start pitcher, however, he still has the potential to blow up at any time.

San Francisco Giants

Jeff Samardzija: July 16 @ COL, July 21 vs NYM ONE STAR

Drew Pomeranz: July 15 @ COL, July 20 vs NYM ONE STAR

Any starting pitcher that has to play in Colorado should not be trusted in fantasy. If these players are owned they should not be started in their first game.

St. Louis Cardinals

Miles Mikolas: July 15 vs PIT, July 20 @ CIN THREE STARS

Jack Flaherty: July 16 vs PIT, July 21 @ CIN TWO STARS 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the most runs scored since July first and should prove trouble to the Cardinals pitchers this week. The Cardinals have had a hard time scoring this season meaning Mikolas and Flaherty could be in line for the loss.

Tampa Bay Rays

Blake Snell: July 15 @ NYY, July 20 vs CHW FOUR STARS

For as good as Snell is he has sure had his struggles in the Major Leagues. Even with him underperforming fantasy managers should still start Snell.

Texas Rangers

Lance Lynn: July 16 vs ARI, July 21 @ HOU FIVE STARS

One of the biggest surprises of the year is Lance Lynn. He currently has a 3.69 ERA paired with a 1.21 WHIP. He has five wins in a row and everything seems to be clicking for Lynn right now and he should be trusted to earn plenty of points in a two-start week.

Toronto Blue Jays

Trent Thornton: July 15 @ BOS, July 20 @ DET TWO STARS

 Thornton ranks in the bottom of the pack due to tough matchups against the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, both of whom rank in the top seven



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