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)
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.
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.
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
Do not start in any league
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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