2013 Fantasy Baseball: Always Start Two-Start Pitchers

By Adam McGill
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One of the oldest tricks in the book of fantasy baseball is starting a pitcher that pitches twice within a given week. You get the advantage of having a pitcher score twice as many points, and it is fairly easily to predict considering the five-pitcher rotation that most teams utilize.

For instance, most number one pitchers this past week received two starts. It made a huge impact on the beginning of the fantasy season, as starters like Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija and Jon Lester all gave their owners two dominating performances in Week 1.

It also makes a sizable difference in the long run, and is just another reason why fantasy owners should always have a ready supply of aces. The more pitchers on your roster, the more likely a couple of them will be throwing twice during a given fantasy week.

Also when choosing between a group of starting pitchers from the free agent pool, it would be better to grab the one that is pitching twice the next week. If you are going to grab a free agent arm anyway, it makes sense to get a guy that will throw at least 12 innings in the upcoming scoring period. This is a way to get the most out of your free agent pitchers.

It is the same thing on offense. If you must choose between two mid-level outfielders to start in the coming weeks, simply look for the one that has the extra game that week. The more games a player plays in, or more importantly the more at-bats he gets, the more likely he will be to get on base.

These may seem like simply tricks, but surprisingly people still mess it up in weekly leagues. Always look ahead to see which players have matchup advantages in the next week, because in fantasy baseball it never hurts to be too prepared.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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