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2017 Fantasy Baseball: Looking Ahead - Week 3 2-Start Pitchers

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Adam Ronis examines the starting pitchers slate to hit the mound twice in Week 3 of the MLB season.

Some weeks the two-start pitchers provide smiles and other weeks, you want to vomit. This week it's sickness. Many of the pitchers with two turns are fourth and fifth starters. Few elite arms are going twice. Still, there are some to stream.



Michael Fulmer (DET) @TB, @MIN

Fulmer is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with an 11:3 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.

Danny Salazar (CLE) @MIN, @CWS

Salazar is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, but has a 20:6 K:BB ratio in 11.2 innings. He has a 16.4 percent swinging strike rate and isn't allowing a lot of hard contact. He needs to cut down on the walks to get deeper into games. A .381 BABIP has hurt and this could be the week he dominates.

Marcus Stroman (TOR) vs. BOS, @LAA

Stroman is off to a good start with a 1-1 record, 1.76 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. While he hasn't walked many with three in 15.1 innings, we need to see more than nine strikeouts.

John Lackey (CHC) vs. MIL, @CIN

Lackey is pitching for the reigning champs in two winnable matchups this coming week. Over 12 innings thus far, Lackey is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 17 strikeouts, including 10 in his last outing against a tough Dodgers lineup. Fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate with Lackey this week.


Amir Garrett (CIN) vs. BAL, vs. CHC 

The rookie has impressed in his first two starts on the road in Pittsburgh and St. Louis. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and a 9:2 K:BB ratio. The matchups aren't easy this week, but the league hasn't seen him much giving him a slight advantage.

Mike Leake (STL) vs. PIT, @MIL

Leake struggled last season with a 4.69 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He had a 3.70 ERA or less in the three previous seasons. Leake had shingles last season and the underlying numbers weren't as bad as the surface numbers. He's not going to get a lot of strikeouts, but he limits the walks and induces grounders. He has a 0.60 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and a 13:1 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.

Brandon McCarthy (LAD) vs. ARI, @ARI

McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and an 8:4 K:BB ratio in 12 innings. He has faced the Padres and the Cubs on the road. Facing the same opponent in the same week isn't ideal and pitching in Arizona isn't ideal, but if you are streaming a two-start pitcher McCarthy is an option.

Joe Musgrove (HOU) vs. LAA, @TB

Musgrove could be available in some leagues and he has two good matchups. Musgrove has faced Seattle in both his starts. He doesn't get a lot of strikeouts, but he induces groundballs and limits the hard contact.

Ivan Nova (PIT) @STL, vs. NYY

Nova has a 2.25 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in two starts. He has yet to issue a walk in 12 innings, but has just five strikeouts in starts against the Reds and Braves. Nova also has a revenge game at the end of the week against his former ball club, the New York Yankees.

Robbie Ray (ARI) vs. LAD, @LAD

I am still not sold on Ray. Sure, the strikeouts will be there with 14 in 12.1 innings, but eight walks and a 51.7 percent hard hit rate are still a problem. He has a 2.19 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in two starts, but a .214 BABIP and 88 percent strand rate. The reason why he's in this column is the Dodgers continue to hit left-handed pitching.


Derek Holland (CHI) @NYY, vs. CLE

Holland is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with a 9:5 K:BB ratio in 12 innings. Holland is a fly ball pitcher, allowing a lot of hard contact and has a .147 BABIP. Not ready to trust him.

Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL) @CIN, vs. BOS

You never know what you will get from Jimenez. It's better to avoid a potential disaster.

Blake Snell (TB) @BOS, vs. HOU

Snell has a lot of ability, but the walks are still a big problem. He was pitching well against the Yankees in his last start before running into trouble in the fifth inning. He has eight walks in 11.1 innings and it's preventing him from having success. Against two good offenses, he's risky.

Josh Tomlin (CLE) @MIN, @CWS

Tomlin has been hammered in two starts. He's prone to home runs with a 1.57 HR/9 career mark.

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