The user’s guide to two-start pitchers, Week 6

If you're not willing to use Daniel Bard in a two-start week when he's facing a pair of not-too-intimidating lineups (KC, Cle), then when are you ever gonna use him? Never. You should just give him to me if you're not planning to roll him out in Week 6, because I've got some pitching issues in a few leagues.

Bard has already bounced between rotation and bullpen this season, his fantasy ratios could use some work (4.38 ERA, 1.54 WHIP), and that seven-walk game shook everyone's confidence (although, in fairness, Bobby Valentine needs to share some blame for that thing). No one's telling you that he's without flaws.

But Bard still has the live fastball (93.5 mph) and an excellent swinging-strike percentage (10.8), plus his run support shouldn't be an issue. He's only owned in 36 percent of Yahoo! leagues — there was a mass-dropping when he left Boston's 'pen — so most of you have an opportunity to add him for the upcoming tour of the AL Central. This should be a relatively pain-free week — think double-digit Ks and at least one win. Make the add if you're in need, then scroll down for the full Week 6 menu of double-dip starters, ranked and sorted for your convenience...


Approved for use, all leagues

Justin Verlander — at SEA (Millwood), at OAK (Parker)
Jered Weaver — at MIN (Liriano), at TEX (Feliz)
Ricky Romero — at OAK (Parker), at MIN (Hendriks)
James Shields — at NYY (Nova), at BAL (Arrieta)

Four out of five fantasy experts recommend

Neftali Feliz — at BAL (Arrieta), LAA (Weaver)
Ivan Nova — TB (Shields), SEA (Beavan)
Jarrod Parker — TOR (Romero), DET (Verlander)
Daniel Bard — at KC (Duffy), CLE (Masterson)
Matt Harrison — at BAL (Matusz), LAA (Williams)
Doug Fister — at SEA (Beavan), at OAK (Milone)
Philip Humber — at CLE (Tomlin), KC (Sanchez)
Justin Masterson — CWS (Danks), at BOS (Bard)
Felix Doubront — at KC (Sanchez), CLE (Tomlin)

It's nothing personal. Just match-up problems

Brian Matusz — TEX (Harrison), TB (Moore)
Jake Arrieta — TEX (Feliz), TB (Shields)
Jonathan Sanchez — BOS (Doubront), at CWS (Humber)

It's kind of personal, plus we have match-up problems

Josh Tomlin — CWS (Humber), at BOS (Doubront)
Blake Beavan — DET (Verlander), at NYY (Nova)

No, no, no...a thousand times, no. No. No

Francisco Liriano — LAA (Weaver), TOR (Hutchison)
Liam Hendriks — LAA (Haren), TOR (Romero)


No doubt, every week, every start

Roy Halladay — NYM (Niese), SD (Volquez)

Full Roto Arcade endorsement

Wandy Rodriguez — MIA (Zambrano), at PIT (Burnett)
Lance Lynn — at ARI (Saunders), ATL (Hanson)
Carlos Zambrano — at HOU (Rodriguez), NYM (Niese)
Tommy Hanson — at CHC (Samardzija), at STL (Lynn)
Yovani Gallardo — CIN (Arroyo), CHC (Samardzija)
Ted Lilly — SF (Zito), COL (Pomeranz)

Situational Roto Arcade endorsement

Edwin Jackson — at PIT (Burnett), at CIN (Arroyo)
Joe Saunders — STL (Lynn), SF (Zito)
Jeff Samardzija — ATL (Hanson), at MIL (Gallardo)
Edinson Volquez — COL (Pomeranz), at PHI (Halladay)
Jonathon Niese — at PHI (Halladay), at MIA (Zambrano)
Drew Pomeranz — at SD (Volquez), at LAD (Lilly)

Well, it's your roster. We can't force you to ignore these guys

Barry Zito — at LAD (Lilly), at ARI (Saunders)
Bronson Arroyo — at MIL (Gallardo), WAS (Jackson)
AJ Burnett — WAS (Jackson), HOU (Rodriguez)

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