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Two-Start Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball: Week 15 (7/11-7/17)

We are quickly approaching the All-Star break which means more and more fantasy players will turn their attention to fantasy football. This is great news for the dedicated and savvy fantasy baseball player. You can improve your team easier due to less competition on the waiver wire and in FAAB. Here are the two-start pitchers for Week 15 (7/11-7/17).

As always, make sure to double-check the probable starting pitchers grid here at Fangraphs before you set your lineup. Pitching rotations are constantly changing. Let’s take a look at the two-start pitchers for Week 15!

Must-Start: These pitchers should be started regardless of match-up. They are a must-start in all leagues until further notice.

Should-Start: These pitchers should start in most leagues. This is based on the pedigree of the pitcher and/or favorable matchups.

Questionable: Only start these pitchers if you are in a deep roto or points league, desperate for counting stats, or feeling lucky.

Sit: Do not start these pitchers.

Week 15 Two-Start Pitchers

Must Start

PitcherERAStart 1Start 2
Aaron Nola3.15@ STL@ MIA
Logan Webb2.98ARIMIL
Max Fried2.52NYM@ WAS
Luis Severino3.11CINBOS
Spencer Strider2.60NYM@ WAS
Max Scherzer2.26@ ATL@ CHC
Shane Bieber3.44CHWDET
Dylan Cease2.45@ CLE@ MIN

Spencer Strider, the 23-year-old out of Clemson, is dominating Major League Baseball. Strider is 4-2 with a 2.60 ERA, 2.64 xERA, and 2.37 SIERA. I am most impressed with his 102 strikeouts in just 65.2 innings. His 39.1 K% is in the top 1% of the league and batters have only a .196 xBA against him. Next week he takes on the New York Mets (114 wRC+) and the Washington Nationals (96 wRC+).

Should Start

PitcherERAStart 1Start 2
Miles Mikolas2.72PHICIN
Lance Lynn5.33@ CLE@ MIN

After a tough May, Miles Mikolas appears to be back on track. On the season, Mikolas has a 2.72 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP in 106 innings. He does a great job limiting walks and hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in his last six starts. He also has 11 quality starts on the year which ties him with Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, Yu Darvish, and Shane Bieber. His biggest downfall in fantasy is his lackluster 19.7 K%. Next week he has two home starts. One against the Philadelphia Phillies (101 wRC+) and the other versus the Cincinnati Reds (82 wRC+).


PitcherERAStart 1Start 2
Jose Berrios5.44PHIKC
Josiah Gray4.14SEAATL
Trevor Rogers5.57PITPHI
Cal Quantrill3.86CHWDET
Jeffrey Springs2.53BOSBAL
Chris Flexen4.00@ WSN@ TEX
David Peterson3.48@ ATL@ CHC
Alex Cobb4.74ARIMIL
Corey Kluber3.62BOSBAL
Sean Manaea4.18@ COLARI
Chris Sale0.00@ TB@ NYY
Merrill Kelly3.42@ SF@ SD

Alex Cobb is the ultimate “questionable” pitcher. On the surface, Cobb looks like he should be riding the pine in most fantasy leagues. He has a 4.74 ERA and he hasn’t pitched more than six innings in any of his 12 starts this year. However, nearly all of his underlying and expected stats look great. He has a 2.70 xERA, 2.79 xFIP, and 3.04 SIERA. He’s done a great job limiting hard contact and you could even make the argument that he’s been unlucky. He has a 56.9 LOB% (career 71.8 LOB%) and a .348 BABIP. Next week he has two home matchups. He tackles the Arizona Diamondbacks (91 wRC+) and the Milwaukee Brewers (107 wRC+).

Cal Quantrill has two great home matchups this week as he faces the Chicago White Sox (90 wRC+) and the Detroit Tigers (72 wRC+). Over 88.2 innings, Quantrill has a 3.86 ERA but his expected stats suggest regression is coming. He has a 4.79 xERA, 4.75 xFIP, and 4.87 SIERA. Quantrill doesn’t provide many strikeouts as he has only a 14.7 K%. Although the matchups are great, I just can’t trust him in a 10 or 12-team league.

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PitcherERAStart 1Start 2
Brad Keller4.37DET@ TOR
Brayan Bello9.00@ TB@ NYY
Jordan Lyles4.50@ CHC@ TB
Michael Pineda3.62@ KC@ CLE
Matthew Liberatore4.74LADCIN
Beau Brieske4.16@ KC@ CLE
Daniel Castano3.60PITPHI
Josh Winder3.12MILCHW
Glenn Otto5.26OAKSEA
Adrian Martinez6.00@ TEX@ HOU
Graham Ashcraft4.35@ NYY@ STL
Mitch Keller5.21@ MIA@ COL
Adrian Sampson2.91BALNYM
Spencer Howard10.97OAKSEA
Jason Alexander4.75@ TEX@ HOU
Austin Gomber6.46SDPIT
Jose Urena2.51SDPIT
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  1. KJH says

    What about Gerrit Cole?

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