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2014 Fantasy Baseball Playoffs: 5 Must-Start Pitchers In Round 1

5 Pitchers To Start In Round 1

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The fantasy baseball playoffs are right around the corner and every start counts at this point in the year. To help set your lineup in the first round of the fantasy baseball playoffs, here are five pitchers that you must-start.

5. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals

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5. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals

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Although his 8-11 record may not exude confidence, Duffy has been dealing for months. Over his last eight starts (49.1 IP), Duffy has a glimmering 2.02 ERA. He has also struck out 27 batters over that stretch. He will be a safe bet to throw 10 innings this week and pick up at least one win.

Round 1 Starts:
8/26 vs. MIN
8/31 vs. CLE

4. Jason Hammel, Oakland Athletics

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4. Jason Hammel, Oakland Athletics

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Hammel hasn't exactly been on top of his game since being traded to Oakland, as he has a lackluster 1-5 record with his new team. Luckily, though, he gets an extra start this scoring period, with one of those starts coming against a struggling Houston squad. Hammel won't be worth starting next week, but he will be worth the nod with the extra trip to the bump.

Round 1 Starts:
8/25 @ HOU
8/30 @LAA

3. Dillon Gee, New York Mets

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3. Dillon Gee, New York Mets

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Gee has allowed four earned runs in back-to-back starts and has lost both contests. Before hitting the shelf, though, Gee was on top of his game. If he can regain anything close to that form, he will shine with the extra start this week.

Round 1 Starts:
8/26 vs. ATL
8/31 vs. PHI

2. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees

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2. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees

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Pineda hasn’t received much attention this month, but the fireballer has finally returned from the DL. He has only allowed three earned runs in his 11 innings since coming off the shelf to go along with one walk and seven K’s. Make sure to get this fireballer active this week.

Starts:
8/25 @ KC
8/30 @TOR

1. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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1. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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In a rotation featuring Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmermann, Roark has quietly been the most consistent hurler in Washington. The right-hander has a sizzling 2.80 ERA and 1.09 WHIP to go along with a 12-7 record. Roark will be a must-start in the first round of the playoffs with the extra trip to the hill.

Starts:
8/25 @ PHI
8/31 @ SEA