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Two-Start Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball Week 22 (8/29-9/4)

The fantasy baseball season is slowly winding down and playoffs are just around the corner. You can still make up ground in your fantasy leagues by strategically picking up the best two-start pitchers. This week there aren’t as many two-start pitchers as usual so you may have to pay up for them in FAAB. As always, make sure you consistently check the Fangraphs Starting Pitchers Grid before you make any moves or transactions. Pitching rotations change daily. Let’s take a look at the two-start pitchers for Week 22 (8/29-9/4)!

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.

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

Must Sit: Do not start these pitchers.

Week 22 Two-Start Pitchers

Must Start

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Carlos Rodon SF2.71SD101PHI116
Corbin Burnes MIL2.95PIT82@ ARI94
Max Fried ATL2.82COL103MIA66
Shane McClanahan TB2.55@ MIA66NYY129
Tony Gonsolin LAD3.11@ MIA95SDP101

Shane McClanahan is one of the best pitchers in baseball and he will be drafted as a top-five pitcher in all fantasy leagues next year. McClanahan has a 2.55 xERA with 182 strikeouts across 147.1 innings. His 32.5 K% is in the top sixth percentile and batters have only a .199 xBA against him. Simply put, he is a stud and he is match-up proof. Next week, he takes on the Miami Marlins and then he travels home to take on the New York Yankees.

Should Start

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Ranger Suarez PHI3.58@ ARI89@ SF113
George Kirby SEA3.30@ DET70@ CLE104
Matt Manning DET3.38SEA103KC89
Zac Gallen ARI3.43PHI100MIL109

Since returning from the IL, the Detroit Tigers’ Matt Manning has a 2.70 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 30 innings. Manning is coming off a season-high eight strikeout performance against the San Francisco Giants where he didn’t walk a single batter. He has two home starts next week against the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals. He should be started in all leagues.

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Risky Business

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Pablo Lopez MIA3.90LAD126ATL106
Lucas Giolito CHW4.13KC89MIN112
Frankie Montas NYY3.96@ LAA94@ TB102
Jose Berrios TOR5.26CHC98@ PIT82
Cal Quantrill CLE4.39BAL101SEA103
Taijuan Walker NYM4.24LAD126WSN92
Mike Clevinger SD4.07@ SF96@ LAD126
Cole Irvin OAK4.36@ WAS90@ BAL98

Starting Pablo Lopez next week is risky business to be sure. This is the first time in Lopez’s career that he has pitched more than 112 innings and it’s really starting to show. Over his last 24 innings, he has a 6.75 ERA with a 1.75 WHIP. Although his last outing was a six-inning shutout, it was against the abysmal Oakland Athletics. Next week he runs the gauntlet as he faces the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. If you must start him, you will be in my prayers.

Must Sit

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Dane Dunning TEX4.18HOU111@ BOS97
Dylan Bundy MIN3.98BOS111@ CHW95
Kutter Crawford BOS4.60@ MIN112TEX96
Spenser Watkins BAL4.83@ CLE104OAK82
Brayan Bello BOS3.26@ MIN112TEX96
Javier Assad CHC6.35@ TOR117@ STL113
Madison Bumgarner SF5.30PHI116MIL87
Jose Urena COL5.55@ ATL196@ CIN83
Adrian Houser MIL4.92PIT82@ ARI94

Out of all the “must sit” pitchers this week, Adrian Houser has the two best matchups. With that said, Houser has a 4.92 xERA, and hitters have a .276 xBA against him which is in the eighth percentile in baseball. Another issue is that Houser hasn’t pitched more than 2.1 innings in his last two starts. Next week he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates at home and then travels to the desert to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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