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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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Wilson Karaman

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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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05-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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05-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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05-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
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05-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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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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08-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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08-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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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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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-18

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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Wilson Karaman

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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06-20

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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06-13

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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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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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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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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04-11

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
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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

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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09-06

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
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08-30

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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08-16

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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08-09

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
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07-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 15
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06-28

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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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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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

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Wilson Karaman

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

Oh, to be young and the owner of a National League ace this week. Chances are, if you’ve got one, he’s going twice in Week Nine. Between the true aces and the near ones, NL-only leaguers will have a full nine glorious, “safe” options at their disposal, while junior circuit riders will once again be left weighing options from a lengthy “consider” column.

Uncertainty persists as of press time in Oakland, where Scott Kazmir’s MRI yesterday will likely reveal a delayed next turn at the least and put the Oakland rotation slot @DET and @BOS into someone else’s hands. That’s not a great lineup, and with neither Gray nor Hahn—the two other guys in Oakland’s rotation I’d consider running here—anywhere near on turn, it’s unlikely this slot will yield much interest even in AL-only formats. It’s also unclear who will take the injury-ravaged Marlins’ two-start slot. I’m not sure that one much matters either, however, as we’re down to about the eighth or ninth guy on the Miami depth chart at this point, and a trip to Coors Field looms for whoever ends up stepping into the fire.

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May 22, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight

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Wilson Karaman

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

After a week of scarcity, this week our two-start cup runneth over. No clubs will play short schedules, which means a bump back up into the mid-40s for two-start options. American Leaguers will have significant advantages in both quality and quantity, while managers in NL-only leagues will be stuck pecking through a bunch of uncertain options after a shakier-than-you’d-like top five of startable hurlers. Personal pick of the week: Atlanta’s Williams Perez, whose nasty secondaries and bad-ass histrionics last week highlighted one of the more entertaining big-league starting debuts I can remember watching.

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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May 15, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven

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Wilson Karaman

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

Week Seven’s a week of slim pickin’s for the two-start vultures among us. A full six teams will play only five games during the scoring period, and at least as of press time none of them seem inclined to skip any members of their respective rotations. The 39 two-start options on tap represent the fewest of any week thus far, and the two belonging to Colorado are shrouded in mystery. They haven’t named a starter for one of the slots as yet, and Jordan Lyles, the man scheduled to occupy the other, took a comebacker off his pitching hand two nights ago. Neither an if-healthy Lyles nor the mystery man project as usable options given the Rockies’ homestand, which means of the 39 guys, nearly a third—12 in total—are radioactive. Only five guys in the AL and six in the NL make for true no-doubters, meaning a whole bunch of uncertainty and one-start streaming across the land.

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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May 8, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six

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Wilson Karaman

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

Maybe it’s just how the schedule has shaken out in the early going, but it sure feels like the American League has been a real wasteland of instability on the mound thus far. Once again junior circuit -only managers will be faced with a host of difficult decisions, high (low?)lighted by several starters who’ve pitched significantly above their peripherals to date. Only the Angels will take the field just five times this week, everyone else will have at least one two-start option. Keep an eye on the Dodgers and Rockies, however, as the weather in Denver this weekend portends the Apocalypse, and its entirely possible if not probable that one of both of Kershaw and Greinke end up seeing their two-start status bump to next week. The Nationals also still list Stephen Strasburg as being in line to take his next scheduled turn, and early word from his chiropractic session indeed indicates that he just might.

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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May 1, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five

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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 second week in a row, the American League crop features a whole bunch of question marks and difficult decisions for –only managers. I rate a full 17 of the 21 AL two-start options as no better than an option to consider this week, though as I note below a handful of the top “consider” guys are there for schedule-related reasons.

The Mets are the only team who will play just five games and intends to keep their full rotation on schedule, so they’ll be without a two-start option next week. Arizona has not yet named a replacement for Archie Bradley in their rotation, but whoever it is will inherit a @COL, SDG schedule and subsequently won’t present much of a viable streaming option. The Cardinals have also not formally announced a fill-in for Adam Wainwright’s slot, though Mozeliak has indicated it’s likely to be either Tim Cooney, who pitched yesterday, or Tyler Lyons. Neither will make for a particularly intriguing two-start option, though draws against the Cubs and Pirates aren’t disqualifying from consideration in their own right.

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April 24, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four

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Wilson Karaman

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

Week Four is a glorious week for two-start pitching, as 13 of the top 21 drafted arms will take the bump twice. Beyond just the top end, every single team is currently scheduled to send at least one of its starters out for multiple turns, so there’s likely to be a deep bench of options available for your consideration on the waiver wire as well. Overall, the NL will feature a more balanced menu, with 16 of its 20 two-starters on the docket at least warranting some consideration. Things are a bit dicier in the junior circuit. On the one hand, there are more options (24). On the other, there are way more question marks and landmines. A particularly lengthy list of “considers” will force a whole bunch of not fun decisions for –only leaguers.

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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April 17, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three

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Mike Gianella

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

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner! Normally, this is Wilson Karaman’s territory, but for this week only I’ll be running through next week’s two-start pitchers. You might say that I’m… spot starting for him.

(crickets chirping).

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