With so many productive starting pitchers in fantasy land this season, there almost always seems to be viable two-start options to consider each and every week of the season. This week, there aren’t a handful of absolute no-brainer studs, but there are certainly a handful of guys worth starting in your fantasy leagues this week. Week seven is almost upon us, so let’s highlight some of the pitchers that I’d take a shot on.
Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox (@MIN, @LAA): He may not be the 2007 Cy Young caliber pitcher from season’s past, but Peavy has quietly been awesome here in 2013. Sporting an ERA of 3.03 with 45 strikeouts and four wins, Peavy is currently a top 30 fantasy pitcher in Yahoo! points leagues. He isn’t allowing many batters to get on base, posting a WHIP of 1.06 (9th in AL). His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a very strong 45/8, and his K/9 ranks 8th highest in all of baseball at 10.47. This week, he faces the Angels, a team that has struck out 292 times, the ninth most in baseball. Of course, that team has boatloads of offensive firepower, but until they put it together, they are a strong matchup for opposing pitchers, especially of Peavy’s skill. Peavy is inside the top 10 of my starting pitcher rankings this week and is a must start option.
Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds (@MIA, @PHI): It’s been a pretty mediocre start to the 2013 season for Bailey, winning just one game with a 3.83 ERA through seven starts. However, if there was any week to be confident in starting Bailey for your fantasy rosters, it would certainly be this one. Bailey gets the lowly Marlins, who have scored the fewest runs (105) than any team in baseball this season. Bailey, a guy who is known for striking out batters and inducing his fair share of groundballs (52.6%, 14th best in baseball), should be able to get two wins against struggling offenses such as Miami and Philadelphia. Keep in mind, both of these games are on the road, so the opposition won’t have the advantage of hitting in Great American Ballpark, one of the more home run friendly environments in baseball. Bailey is a pretty safe option for Week 7.
Dan Haren, Washington Nationals (@LAD, @SD): After worrying his fantasy owners to start the season, Haren is beginning to come on as of late, posting three straight wins and only walking two batters in those contests combined. Haren’s ERA is still too high, currently sitting at 5.17, and he certainly isn’t the same strikeout guy anymore, only sitting down 27 batters this season. However, he isn’t walking batters (6 on the year) and appears to be gaining some momentum and confidence after three consecutive victories. This week, he has two road outings against struggling offenses. Both the Dodgers and Padres have scored less than 150 runs on the season and are batting a combined .250. Now is the time to roll with Haren while he’s hot.
Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs (COL, NYM): Wood has produced a handful of quality starts this season. None have been out-of-this-world terrific, but they have been strong, allowing him to post an ERA of 2.33 (10th in NL) and a 0.93 WHIP (6th in NL). He only has 34 strikeouts, but is making up for it by not letting the opposition get on base frequently. This week, he is fortunate enough to play at home twice, first against a Rockies offense that has managed one hit over their last two games combined. Also, Wood sports a 2.77 ERA in 13 career games against Colorado. Then, the Mets come to town, a team that ranks 19th in runs scored and is batting a dismal .234 as a team.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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