Week 20 Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher Rankings (8/12-8/18)

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Week 20 Starting Pitcher Rankings

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Week 20 Starting Pitcher Rankings:

1. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

2. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

4. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

5. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

6. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds

7. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

8. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

9. Matt Harvey, New York Mets

10. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

11. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals

12. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

13. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees

14. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

15. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

16. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

17. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

18. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

19. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

20. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

21. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

22. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

23. Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds

24. Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Dodgers

25. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers

26. Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates

27. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

28. Derek Holland, Texas Rangers

29. Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

30. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners

31. A.J Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates

32. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

33. Matt Garza, Texas Rangers

34. John Lackey, Boston Red Sox

35. Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox

36. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

37. Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians

38. Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals

39. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates

40. Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox

41. Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds

42. Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics

43. Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

44. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

45. Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves

46. C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels

47. C.C Sabathia, New York Yankees

48. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

49. A.J. Griffin, Oakland Athletics

50. Ervin Santana, Kansas City Royals

The fantasy baseball playoffs are quickly approaching, so to help you set your lineup this week here are further breakdowns of the top-20 starting pitchers for Week 20.

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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20. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

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Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies – Lee was rumored to be involved in dozens of offers around the trade deadline this season, but after everything the veteran remained in Philly. He is still having a resurgent season with a 3.13 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.

Week 20 Start:

8/16 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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19. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

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Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals – Zimmermann has been beat up in recent outings, but he is still tied for the NL lead with 13 wins to go along with an untouchable 1.09 WHIP. Zorro may not be the top-tier starter he was in May, but consider him a top-20 hurler still.

Week 20 Start:

8/14 vs. San Francisco Giants

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18. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

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Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants – Cain has improved dramatically since the All-Star break. He has a 2-1 record with a 2.00 ERA over his last four starts after the turn. He faces off against a Miami team that is currently 30th in runs scored (363) and fantasy owners can expect a big game from the right-hander.

Week 20 Start:

8/17 @ Miami Marlins

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17. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins – Fernandez has been one of the less talked about rookies this season. Yet the right-hander has a 2.58 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 9.70 K/9. He may only take the hill once this week, but the fact that he has four double-digit strikeout performances this season makes him a high-end starter week after week.

Week 20 Start:

8/13 @ Kansas City Royals

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16. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

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Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers – Verlander has been somewhat erratic this season, but he has looked much better over his last two starts. He is 2-0 with just two earned runs through his last 15 innings of work. Expect to see vintage Verlander this week.

Week 20 Start:

8/16 vs. Kansas City Royals

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15. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals – In his three full starts against Atlanta this season; Strasburg has a 1.89 ERA and has struck out 24 batters in 19 innings of work. Strasburg will once again be on top of his game at Turner Field this weekend.

Week 20 Start:

8/17 @ Atlanta Braves

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14. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners – King Felix has a 1.250 ERA over his last 36 innings of work. He has already faced Texas three times and struck out 21 batters in 19.2 innings. Things could get ugly for Texas without Nelson Cruz in the lineup.

Week 20 Start:

8/16 @ Texas Rangers

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13. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees

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Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees – Kuroda has been lights out over his last six outings. In the last 40 innings, he has a 1.125 ERA and a 3-1 record. He will get two starts this week so expect him to easily get through 14 innings this scoring period.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 vs. Los Angeles Angels

8/17 @ Boston Red Sox

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12. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

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David Price, Tampa Bay Rays – Price has been untouchable since returning from the DL. He has thrown four complete games and has a 1.734 ERA in his seven starts since coming off the shelf.

Week 20 Start:

8/14 vs. Seattle Mariners

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11. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals

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Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals – With all the suspensions from the Biogenesis case, many fantasy owners were relieved to see that Gio was not tagged with a suspension. Now that the righty has been cleared of all charges, he can finally get back to work. The extra start this week will give him more fantasy value, so make sure to capitalize on the other trip to the hill.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 vs. San Francisco Giants

8/18 @ Atlanta Braves

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10. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves – Teheran is the future of Atlanta’s rotation and that has never been more apparent following the loss of Tim Hudson with a broken ankle. The 22-year-old has a 2.96 ERA in 137 innings of work and has proven that he is one of the bright arms in fantasy.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

8/18 vs. Washington Nationals

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9. Matt Harvey, New York Mets

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Matt Harvey, New York Mets – Harvey continues to dominate the competition in the National League. He is leading the league with 178 strikeouts, 0.86 WHIP, and is second with a 2.09 ERA. The Dodgers may be red-hot, but they will have to get past the workhorse that is Matt Harvey first.

Week 20 Start:

8/13 @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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8. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – Kershaw is having another true fantasy ace season in LA. The 25-year-old is leading the MLB with a 1.91 ERA and his 0.88 WHIP is among the best in the game. Look for the southpaw to slaughter the Phillies this week.

Week 20 Start:

8/17 @ Philadelphia Phillies

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7. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

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Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies – Hamels has slowly come around this season despite his miserable 4-13 record. Over his last seven starts (49 innings), Hamels has a 2.204 ERA. He will get the extra trip to the mound this week, but keep in mind that they are against two of the hottest teams in baseball.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 @ Atlanta Braves

8/18 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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6. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds

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Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds – Latos is one of the young horses in the league. He has an 11-3 record with a glimmering 3.21 ERA. He will have a strong week tearing up the Cubbies and the Brew Crew.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 @ Chicago Cubs

8/17 @ Milwaukee Brewers

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5. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

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Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants – Bumgarner is 11-7 with a 2.75 ERA and an insane 0.98 WHIP. He will get two starts this week, and considering one of them is against the Marlins, Bumgarner will be a top-10 hurler in Week 20.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 @ Washington Nationals

8/18 @ Miami Marlins

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4. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

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Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox – Sale has some of the nastiest stuff of any left-hander in the league. He is not afraid to pitch any hitter inside and the southpaw is striking out 9.70 batters per nine innings of work. Sale will tear up the right-handed hitters next week and it is not too far fetched to see him rack up 18 K’s.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 vs. Detroit Tigers

8/17 @ Minnesota Twins

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3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals – Wainwirght is the biggest beneficiary of having the rotation reshuffled. He had his start on Sunday pushed back to Monday, giving him an extra trip to the hill in the upcoming scoring period. Wainwright has four complete games on the year, and considering how he is pitching right now (2.66 ERA, 1.05 WHIP), the righty will be an elite starting option this week.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

8/18 @ Chicago Cubs

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2. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

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Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers – Scherzer has steadied the ship after a four-run debacle just before the All-Star break. Since the turn, Scherzer is 4-0 with a 1.277 ERA. He has pithed like a Cy Young candidate all season long and the extra start this week makes him one of the best Week 20 starters in fantasy.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 @ Chicago White Sox

8/18 vs. Kansas City Royals

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1. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

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Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers – Darvish is having a Cy Young caliber season. He is leading the entire MLB with 192 strikeouts and has a similarly impressive 1.04 WHIP. Darvish will have a huge week with the extra start and could easily finish with over 25 K’s.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 @ Houston Astros

8/18 vs. Seattle Mariners

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Week 20 Starting Pitcher Rankings

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Week 20 Starting Pitcher Rankings:

1. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

2. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

4. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

5. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

6. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds

7. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

8. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

9. Matt Harvey, New York Mets

10. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

11. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals

12. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

13. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees

14. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

15. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

16. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

17. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

18. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

19. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

20. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

21. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

22. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

23. Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds

24. Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Dodgers

25. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers

26. Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates

27. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

28. Derek Holland, Texas Rangers

29. Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

30. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners

31. A.J Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates

32. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

33. Matt Garza, Texas Rangers

34. John Lackey, Boston Red Sox

35. Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox

36. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

37. Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians

38. Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals

39. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates

40. Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox

41. Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds

42. Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics

43. Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

44. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

45. Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves

46. C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels

47. C.C Sabathia, New York Yankees

48. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

49. A.J. Griffin, Oakland Athletics

50. Ervin Santana, Kansas City Royals

The fantasy baseball playoffs are quickly approaching, so to help you set your lineup this week here are further breakdowns of the top-20 starting pitchers for Week 20.

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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20. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

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Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies – Lee was rumored to be involved in dozens of offers around the trade deadline this season, but after everything the veteran remained in Philly. He is still having a resurgent season with a 3.13 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.

Week 20 Start:

8/16 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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19. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

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Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals – Zimmermann has been beat up in recent outings, but he is still tied for the NL lead with 13 wins to go along with an untouchable 1.09 WHIP. Zorro may not be the top-tier starter he was in May, but consider him a top-20 hurler still.

Week 20 Start:

8/14 vs. San Francisco Giants

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18. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

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Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants – Cain has improved dramatically since the All-Star break. He has a 2-1 record with a 2.00 ERA over his last four starts after the turn. He faces off against a Miami team that is currently 30th in runs scored (363) and fantasy owners can expect a big game from the right-hander.

Week 20 Start:

8/17 @ Miami Marlins

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17. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins – Fernandez has been one of the less talked about rookies this season. Yet the right-hander has a 2.58 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 9.70 K/9. He may only take the hill once this week, but the fact that he has four double-digit strikeout performances this season makes him a high-end starter week after week.

Week 20 Start:

8/13 @ Kansas City Royals

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16. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

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Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers – Verlander has been somewhat erratic this season, but he has looked much better over his last two starts. He is 2-0 with just two earned runs through his last 15 innings of work. Expect to see vintage Verlander this week.

Week 20 Start:

8/16 vs. Kansas City Royals

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15. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals – In his three full starts against Atlanta this season; Strasburg has a 1.89 ERA and has struck out 24 batters in 19 innings of work. Strasburg will once again be on top of his game at Turner Field this weekend.

Week 20 Start:

8/17 @ Atlanta Braves

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14. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners – King Felix has a 1.250 ERA over his last 36 innings of work. He has already faced Texas three times and struck out 21 batters in 19.2 innings. Things could get ugly for Texas without Nelson Cruz in the lineup.

Week 20 Start:

8/16 @ Texas Rangers

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13. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees

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Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees – Kuroda has been lights out over his last six outings. In the last 40 innings, he has a 1.125 ERA and a 3-1 record. He will get two starts this week so expect him to easily get through 14 innings this scoring period.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 vs. Los Angeles Angels

8/17 @ Boston Red Sox

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12. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

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David Price, Tampa Bay Rays – Price has been untouchable since returning from the DL. He has thrown four complete games and has a 1.734 ERA in his seven starts since coming off the shelf.

Week 20 Start:

8/14 vs. Seattle Mariners

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11. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals

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Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals – With all the suspensions from the Biogenesis case, many fantasy owners were relieved to see that Gio was not tagged with a suspension. Now that the righty has been cleared of all charges, he can finally get back to work. The extra start this week will give him more fantasy value, so make sure to capitalize on the other trip to the hill.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 vs. San Francisco Giants

8/18 @ Atlanta Braves

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10. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves – Teheran is the future of Atlanta’s rotation and that has never been more apparent following the loss of Tim Hudson with a broken ankle. The 22-year-old has a 2.96 ERA in 137 innings of work and has proven that he is one of the bright arms in fantasy.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

8/18 vs. Washington Nationals

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9. Matt Harvey, New York Mets

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Matt Harvey, New York Mets – Harvey continues to dominate the competition in the National League. He is leading the league with 178 strikeouts, 0.86 WHIP, and is second with a 2.09 ERA. The Dodgers may be red-hot, but they will have to get past the workhorse that is Matt Harvey first.

Week 20 Start:

8/13 @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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8. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – Kershaw is having another true fantasy ace season in LA. The 25-year-old is leading the MLB with a 1.91 ERA and his 0.88 WHIP is among the best in the game. Look for the southpaw to slaughter the Phillies this week.

Week 20 Start:

8/17 @ Philadelphia Phillies

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7. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

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Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies – Hamels has slowly come around this season despite his miserable 4-13 record. Over his last seven starts (49 innings), Hamels has a 2.204 ERA. He will get the extra trip to the mound this week, but keep in mind that they are against two of the hottest teams in baseball.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 @ Atlanta Braves

8/18 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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6. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds

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Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds – Latos is one of the young horses in the league. He has an 11-3 record with a glimmering 3.21 ERA. He will have a strong week tearing up the Cubbies and the Brew Crew.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 @ Chicago Cubs

8/17 @ Milwaukee Brewers

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5. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

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Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants – Bumgarner is 11-7 with a 2.75 ERA and an insane 0.98 WHIP. He will get two starts this week, and considering one of them is against the Marlins, Bumgarner will be a top-10 hurler in Week 20.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 @ Washington Nationals

8/18 @ Miami Marlins

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4. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

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Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox – Sale has some of the nastiest stuff of any left-hander in the league. He is not afraid to pitch any hitter inside and the southpaw is striking out 9.70 batters per nine innings of work. Sale will tear up the right-handed hitters next week and it is not too far fetched to see him rack up 18 K’s.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 vs. Detroit Tigers

8/17 @ Minnesota Twins

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3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals – Wainwirght is the biggest beneficiary of having the rotation reshuffled. He had his start on Sunday pushed back to Monday, giving him an extra trip to the hill in the upcoming scoring period. Wainwright has four complete games on the year, and considering how he is pitching right now (2.66 ERA, 1.05 WHIP), the righty will be an elite starting option this week.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

8/18 @ Chicago Cubs

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2. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

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Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers – Scherzer has steadied the ship after a four-run debacle just before the All-Star break. Since the turn, Scherzer is 4-0 with a 1.277 ERA. He has pithed like a Cy Young candidate all season long and the extra start this week makes him one of the best Week 20 starters in fantasy.

Week 20 Starts:

8/13 @ Chicago White Sox

8/18 vs. Kansas City Royals

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1. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

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Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers – Darvish is having a Cy Young caliber season. He is leading the entire MLB with 192 strikeouts and has a similarly impressive 1.04 WHIP. Darvish will have a huge week with the extra start and could easily finish with over 25 K’s.

Week 20 Starts:

8/12 @ Houston Astros

8/18 vs. Seattle Mariners


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