Max Q (USAT)
A tasty two-start pitcher is something to behold in the week-to-week roto format. Every fantasy baseball weekend, we'll do a look ahead and rank all the double-dipping options. Sugar cone sold separately.
1. Yu Darvish (at MIN, at WAS): Holding steady while all around him crumbles.
2. Zack Greinke (CIN, PIT): Simply doesn't have disaster starts these days.
3. Johnny Cueto (at LAD, at ARI): Everyone gets hit once in a while.
4. Max Scherzer (at OAK, at SEA): A's do best swinging at home, but you're starting Mad Max.
5. Michael Wacha (NYY, SF): Home/road splits are just about even.
6. Kyle Lohse (BAL, CHC): Most underrated pitcher in baseball (real and fake).
7. Sonny Gray (DET, LAA): Favorable strand rate, less strikeouts this year.
8. Hyun-Jin Ryu (CIN, PIT): Didn't look rusty (6 IP, 1 BB, 9 K) in first turn back.
9. Yordano Ventura (HOU, at TOR): All the major indicators point in right direction.
10. Jeff Samardzija (at SF, at MIL): Defense has his back; hitting/bullpen, different story.
11. Cole Hamels (COL, NYM): Slight velocity dip but his scan looks fine.
12. Ervin Santana (BOS, at MIA): One more hiccup and we revisit Circle of Trust status.
13. Lance Lynn (NYY, SF): Dial up the homeboy – 20-8, 3.14/1.16 at Busch Stadium.
14. Jon Lester (at ATL, TB): Oddly, it's the NL turn you worry about.
15. Jered Weaver (at SEA, at OAK): He's getting it done despite 85.6 mph fastball.
16. Mark Buehrle (TB, KC): Both teams struggle against southpaws, so keep it spinning.
17. Jose Quintana (CLE, SD): More grounders, keeping ball in the park. Still unowned in two-thirds of Yahoo.
18. Tim Hudson (CHC, at STL): Strikes and grounders, same as it ever was.
19. Nathan Eovaldi (at WAS, ATL): Significant improvement with both K/9 and BB/9.
20. Brandon McCarthy (SD, CIN): Reds ordinary against righties, a mess against lefties.
21. Drew Hutchison (TB, KC): Has the Andy Behrens endorsement.
22. Jon Niese (PIT, at PHI): Trimmed walk rate makes K/9 more digestible.
23. Phil Hughes (TEX, at NYY): Surging now, but has skeletons from New York days.
24. Tyson Ross (at ARI, at CWS): Locked in at home (1.54/1.00), struggling on road (4.56/1.65).
25. Roenis Elias (LAA, DET): Silly curveball, still fumbling through command.
26. Tanner Roark (MIA, TEX): Much better at home, though the WHIPs don't match up.
27. Drew Smyly (at OAK, at SEA): Still trustable, but last year's profile was more relaxing.
28. Alfredo Simon (at LAD, at ARI): Dodgers crush righties, sag against lefties.
29. Collin McHugh (at KC, BAL): Recent rally; maybe initial run wasn't a full mirage.
30. Aaron Harang (BOS, at MIA): Could be pumpkin time; Marlins sneaky-dangerous at home.
31. Chris Tillman (at MIL, at HOU): Somehow he has four wins while The Shark has zero.
32. Nick Tepesch (at MIN, at WAS)
33. Wade Miley (SD, CIN): Career at Chase Field: 4.12/1.33.
34. Edinson Volquez (at NYM, at LAD): Cooled off, but any pitcher at New York is intriguing.
35. Jacob deGrom (PIT, at PHI)
36. Tommy Milone (DET, LAA): He excels at home, but two tricky draws.
37. Tyler Skaggs (at SEA, at OAK): Hardly getting any strikeouts, but tidy walk rate offers a case.
38. Josh Tomlin (at CWS, COL)
39. Wei-Yin Chen (at MIL, at HOU)
40. Chris Young (LAA, DET): Can't be trusted with that K/BB clip.
41. Erik Bedard (at TOR, at BOS): Smooth start, but this division eventually bites you.
42. Jhoulys Chacin (at PHI, at CLE)
43. Jeremy Guthrie (HOU, at TOR)
44. David Phelps (at STL, MIN): Too many walks, doesn't work deep into games.
45. Brandon Cumpton (at NYM, at LAD)
46. Kyle Kendrick (COL, NYM)
47. Kevin Correia (TEX, at NYY)
48. Clay Buchholz (at ATL, TB): Can't imagine where I'd trust him now.
49. Jarred Cosart (at KC, BAL): Nothing special and supporting cast drags him down.
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