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08-28

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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Wilson Karaman

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Wilson Karaman

08-14

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Wilson Karaman

08-07

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
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Wilson Karaman

07-31

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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07-17

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Wilson Karaman

07-03

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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Wilson Karaman

06-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Wilson Karaman

06-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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Wilson Karaman

06-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
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Wilson Karaman

06-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Wilson Karaman

05-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Wilson Karaman

05-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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Wilson Karaman

05-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
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Wilson Karaman

05-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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Wilson Karaman

05-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
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04-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four
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Wilson Karaman

04-17

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-10

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
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Wilson Karaman

09-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Wilson Karaman

09-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
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Wilson Karaman

08-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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Wilson Karaman

08-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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Wilson Karaman

08-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Wilson Karaman

08-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
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07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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07-18

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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07-03

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 15
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Wilson Karaman

06-27

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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Wilson Karaman

06-20

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Wilson Karaman

06-13

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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Wilson Karaman

06-06

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
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05-30

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Wilson Karaman

05-23

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Wilson Karaman

05-16

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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Wilson Karaman

05-09

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
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05-02

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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04-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
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Wilson Karaman

04-11

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
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Wilson Karaman

04-04

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
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Wilson Karaman

09-20

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26
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Paul Sporer

09-13

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Paul Sporer

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
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Paul Sporer

08-30

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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Paul Sporer

08-23

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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Paul Sporer

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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August 28, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Well, the bad news if you’re an AL-only manager is that you’ve only got 13 two-start options on the board. The good news is that five of them are auto-start aces, with only two in the mix that I wouldn’t consider in any format. NL-only players have significantly more depth on their bench, but they’ll have to spend more time wading through some of the lower-end options. The sit list is long, and there are some tough choices to be made in the consider pile.

Cleveland is currently penciling in the return of Carlos Carrasco from the disabled list next weekend, so if all goes according to the apparent plan, they will not have a two-start option. Houston will also be working off a six-man, while the Rockies will play eight games in seven days but have just one two-start option confirmed. Any additional options would be staring down multiple Coors starts and are very unlikely to crack the boundaries for consideration.

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August 21, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

As we head into the home stretch, this scoring period will offer a nice opportunity to make up some innings with quality options. The National League will feature 22 two-start options, including at least a dozen that range from “definitely start” to “suuuure, close enough for jazz.” The AL should have 21, on account of the unfortunate development that the Red Sox will apparently roll with a six-man rotation next week with Rick Porcello slated to return, so all of my jokes about would-be two-starter Joe Kelly will have to wait for another day. We’re in wait-and-see mode for the Tigers’ Monday slot after Daniel Norris suffered an oblique injury in his last start, but otherwise all options as they stand at press time should be present and accounted for below.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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August 14, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

It’s certainly a tale of two leagues this week, and I’m honestly not sure which one I prefer. The NL is shallow, with both the Mets and Dodgers drawing short schedules, and the Phillies and Marlins dragging their feet on naming starters. That leaves just 15 confirmed options, with only four definite starts. On the flipside of the coin, the AL’s cup runneth over with a full 24 options. Unfortunately it’s a pretty terrible landscape dominated by good starters with terrible schedules and up-and-down rookie pitchers who offer an awful lot of volatility.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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August 7, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

It’s a quiet week this coming week in two-start land, as thanks to a handful of five-game schedules and six games across the rest of the board, there are only 33 options for this scoring period, which very well might be our lowest total yet for a week this season. The AL is particularly dicey, with just three auto-start guys and zero straight “start” candidates. The NL offers better options and a more well-rounded menu, but the pickin’s remain fairly slim even there. Four teams, Atlanta, Miami, Boston, an Houston will only play five times and are not currently anticipating a break from their standard five-man rotations, while the Twins remain the only team as of press time who haven’t announced a plan for the week.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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July 31, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

For the first time in what feels like a very, very long time the upper hand is on the American League’s foot this week. Despite 22 options to the junior circuit’s 19, the picture is far murkier for NL-only managers this week, as a full 16 of those options are at-best guys to consider. By contract more than half of the AL pool is either a straight “start” recommendation or very close to it. This schedule still remains very much subject to change depending on what trades may or may not happen over the rest of the day. It’s worth noting that none of the most prominently discussed potential trade pieces are lined up next week, though any of these two-start options could end up as collateral damage if a rotation gets shuffled to accommodate a deal.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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July 24, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

There are a whole lot of options this week and very few surefire ones, which always makes for a muddled and messy period to plan for. Just four of our 45 options are of auto-start quality, though the NL has a relatively deep bench of nice options to run from the tier just below the elites. The AL continues what feels like a season-long trend of featuring mediocre options around its soft middle. A full 13 AL starters lump into the “consider” barrel for reasons ranging from poor matchups to poor talent, and the Red Sox’ mystery Monday night starter may just add to the confusion. We remain short the Rockies’ second option as well, and with two non-Coors starts, there’s the faintest of reasons for intrigue about who will get the call.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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July 17, 2015 1:06 pm

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

After our annual respite for the shortened All-Star-break period, we’re back, baby! This is always one of the more frustrating weeks of the schedule from a planning perspective, as many teams take their sweet time announcing a second-half rotation beyond the first couple of starts. So this list is as complete as I could make it, even after pushing our normal deadline a bit, but as of press time we’re still waiting on schedule confirmations from a litany of teams including Philadelphia and Washington from the NL, and Boston, Detroit, Houston, the Orange County Angels, and Toronto from the AL. I’ll happily address questions about additional guys from those teams in the comments as more information becomes available this weekend.

As far as the nuts-and-bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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July 3, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Down the stretch (to the All-Star break) they come! It’s fittingly another tale of two leagues for the first half’s final scoring period, as the NL is flush with options while the AL sees a huge logjam of mediocre starters piled up in the “consider” bin. Forty options in all are spread across the table for you this week, with three squads (ARI, BOS, and TEX) playing just five games and running no two-start options, while the Mets continue to work off a six-man rotation.

It’s important to note that this week’s schedule is one of the most fluid of the season and very much subject to change, as teams will invariably shift things around to give guys additional rest heading into the break. Keep your eyes and ears open before setting your lineup for the week!

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June 26, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Forty-one total options will toe the rubber this week, with the edge—at least in terms of volume—going to the AL. Within the 22 junior-circuit options, however, six are non-starters with a full 12 more piled into a clown car for consideration. We’re still waiting on the Royals to announce their second potential two-start option for meetings with Houston and Minnesota, but odds are that dude’ll make for a baker’s dozen in the “consider” bag. The NL outlook is slightly rosier, though the quality of options deteriorates rapidly in the middle of that “consider” stack.

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June 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Ahhhh, that’s more like it. A week after the two-start apocalypse, we’re back down to the low end of the normal range for options this week. The NL will feature a nice roster of strong plays at the top, while AL-only managers will be knee-deep in quality options for consideration. Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six deep for the time being.

Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six-deep for the time being. We’re also waiting on word from the Indians about who will replace Shaun Marcum in the rotation after the veteran was summarily DFA’d yesterday following an ugly pasting at the hands of the Cubs. There’s some early indication it may be prospect Cody Anderson getting the call, and he’d be an interesting name. He’s made significant strides in honing his pesky command and missing more bats at Double-A and Triple-A this summer, and he works off a promising low-90s sinker. He won’t be a season-saver, but if he is the guy, his debut will be worth keeping an eye on in AL-only formats.

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June 12, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11

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Wilson Karaman

It's quantity over quality in the two-start-pitcher world this week.

Well, it finally happened. Every single team’s two most annoying starters all have a two-start week at the exact same time. For the first time since I’ve been writing this column, there are a full 60 out of 60 potential two-start options this week, which I can now confirm is just a staggering volume to sift through. But within all of those options, there are so very, very few rock-solid ones, and that’s what makes this week particularly tough. I’ve only got 13 start recommendations on the board, so there’s a whole lot of uncertainty to muddle through. I’d love to have been able to provide more case-by-case analysis, but this column was already pushing 2,600 words by the time I was halfway through, so if you’ve got a specific guy you want to talk about from the 4,672 “consider” options, please follow up in the comments. We’re still waiting on the Reds to announce their second two-start guy, but the other 59 options are all included below.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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June 5, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

It’s an incredibly shallow week for two-start options in this scoring period, particularly in the American League. There are only 13 (not a typo) starters scheduled to toe the rubber more than once this week, as no team plays more than six games (and the Yankees play only five) while the Red Sox are moving to a six-man rotation. The Mets will join Boston with a six-man look in the NL, and while there’s a greater quantity of options in the senior circuit, the quality leaves something to be desired. The NL-only landscape is riddled with mediocre starters and unpleasant choices, leaving a league-wide hole for pitching volume in Week 10. We’re still waiting on a second Milwaukee starter as of press time, but I’m happy to talk about him in the comments section once he’s listed.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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