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Welcome to Mounds of Decisions, a new daily series where I’ll be dishing out starting pitching advice for owners in leagues that allow daily transactions. Not sure whether to start or bench a certain pitcher? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The format is simple. Each probable starting pitcher will be placed into one of four groups:

-Start in 12-team mixed leagues
-Start in deeper mixed leagues (13-15 teams)
-Start in very deep mixed leagues (16+ teams) and mono leagues
-Do not start in any league

Note that these articles will be posted a day in advance so that you can check your league’s waiver wire to see if any of the recommended plays are available.

Start in 12-team mixed leagues

Max Scherzer (vs. COL)

Corey Kluber (vs. TOR)

Jose Quintana (vs. ATL)

Charlie Morton (vs. TEX) – Who said last year was an aberration?

Chris Archer (vs. PHI)

Jake Arrieta (@TB) – He was a little shaky in his season debut but should do a lot better this time around versus a Rays team that ranks in the bottom third of the majors in runs scored, batting average and OPS.

Chase Anderson (@NYM) – Coming off strong outing versus a potent Cubs lineup.

Matt Harvey (vs. MIL) – If you’d rather drop him to the deeper mixed league category, I’m fine with that too.

Jameson Taillon (@MIA) – The long-awaited breakout season is underway.

Garrett Richards (@KC) – Stick with him despite sky-high walk rate.

Jake Junis (vs. LAA) – After tossing 14 scoreless innings to open the season while holding the opposition to a .089 batting average, Junis should be owned in all leagues by now. Strangely enough, he’s still available in more than one-quarter of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues. This is a challenging matchup as the Angels lead the majors in runs scored, but I’ll go for it.

Taijuan Walker (@LAD) – The strikeout rate could use some improvement but I’m a big fan of him this year.

Rich Hill (vs. ARI) – An automatic start when healthy. The problem is that he’s often not healthy.

Start in deeper mixed leagues

Mike Minor (@HOU) – Dangerous matchup but he has the stuff to dominate any lineup when he’s on his game.

Jon Gray (@WAS) – Inconsistent start to the season for this popular breakout pick. The matchup difficulty relegates him to deep-league status for this one.

Miles Mikolas (@CIN) – I haven’t been overly impressed in general, but the 10/0 K/BB ratio is encouraging.

Lance Lynn (vs. CHW) – He got a late start this spring, so think of April as sort of an extended spring training.

Alex Cobb (@BOS) – Not exactly an ideal matchup for his season debut. Could become a reliable 12-team mixed league SP before long though.

Reynaldo Lopez (@MIN) – Could take a giant step forward this season.

Hector Velazquez (vs. BAL)

Derek Holland (@SD) – Ride this hot streak while it lasts.

Start in very deep mixed leagues and mono leagues

Sean Newcomb (@CHC) – Tough matchup but the strikeout upside is tempting.

Do not start in any league

Marco Gonzales (vs. OAK)

Clayton Richard (vs. SF)

Francisco Liriano (vs. NYY)

Kendall Graveman (@SEA)

Cody Reed (vs. STL)

Jaime Garcia (@CLE)

Trevor Richards (vs. PIT)

TBD Starters: Yankees

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