Fantasy Baseball: Five Spot Starters For the Weekend

May 10 Weekend Spot Starters

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A fantasy baseball owner who uses spot starts effectively is a fantasy baseball owner who wins. In head-to-head leagues you often know exactly what you need out of your pitchers heading into the weekend and the picture becomes even clearer as you head into Sunday, and often times what you need can be found in your league's free-agent pool. Here are five guys who are widely available that can help you succeed this weekend.

5/10 Jose Quintana vs. Arizona

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5/10 Jose Quintana vs. Arizona

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Jose Quintana drives me crazy, and it's to no fault of his own. I simply don't understand why this guy's ownership percentage is always so low. Quintana has a 3.56 ERA this year to go with a 1.21 WHIP and six of his seven starts have been quality starts. Quintana owns a career 3.61 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, he's a good pitcher. Certainly don't be afraid to use him this weekend.

5/11 Henderson Alvarez @ San Diego

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5/11 Henderson Alvarez @ San Diego

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Any pitcher who gets to start against the Padres in San Diego warrants a closer look. The Padres are last in baseball in runs scored (by a lot too, they have 92 and the Braves have the second-lowest total at 105, third lowest is 120 by the Astros) despite having played the second-most games. The Padres are also last in batting average and OPS.

5/11 Roenis Elias versus Kansas City

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5/11 Roenis Elias versus Kansas City

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Elias has looked good -- especially considering he made the jump straight from AA -- to start the season and the Royals offense has been one of the worst in baseball. He enters Sunday's start with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP and he has a 2.70 ERA and 16 Ks over his last two starts. If you need a win on Sunday, it may be worth taking a shot on him as he faces a Royals offense that is 22nd in runs scored and 25th in OPS.

5/11 Robbie Ray versus Minnesota

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5/11 Robbie Ray versus Minnesota

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Let me paint this picture for you: going into Sunday you need as many Ks as you can get and you also need a win. Ray has an 8.9 K/9 over his minor-league career and he's facing a team filled with hitters who have likely never seen him before. He's also at home facing Samuel Deduno of the Twins, a guy the potent Tigers offense should have no problem dealing with. You could do worse than Ray in a desperate situation.

5/11 Jeremy Guthrie @ Seattle

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5/11 Jeremy Guthrie @ Seattle

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I'll be honest, Guthrie hasn't been great this year and he's always liable to blow. In a head-to-head format though, if you need to pick up a win on Sunday, he's a guy you should consider. Guthrie pitches deep enough into games (he's only had one start this season where he didn't throw at least six innings), he's facing a rookie pitcher and he's facing an offense that's 27th in boost batting average and on-base percentage.


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