Week 11 — I’ve seen better.
That seems to be the theme as I scan through the bleakness that is the pitching planner in Week 11.
We’re getting into the heat of the summer heat of the 2016 fantasy baseball season and Week 11 is coming up a little more sun burn than glowing tan.
Outside the must-start aces of the world, there’s a stretch of so-so starters that have possible upside.
So let’s take a dip in the ocean waves and hope Jaws isn’t lurking beneath!
Week 11 Pitching Planner
Five to start
Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves (vs. CIN/@ NYM)
Talk about doing an about-face in one’s career.
The 25-year-old was pretty much left for dead being labeled as an OK pitcher on a horrific offense made him an afterthought in fantasy baseball drafts in 2016.
Teheran gets a very tasty matchup versus the Reds at the pitcher-friendly Turner Field. The at New York matchup is a little more difficult, but Teheran and his newly founded keen command can make that outing very interesting.
Sure the offense won’t be there for Teheran but if things continue to trend in the right direction, send him out without caution.
Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays (vs. SEA/vs. SF)
Jake Odorizzi is playing very good baseball.
Pitching against the power lineups of the AL East, Odorizzi continues to hold his own.
He faces off against the scuffling Seattle Mariners offense where Odorizzi could potentially see a spike in his already increasing strikeout rate. A matchup against the patient Giants hitter could make things interesting, but if things break right for Odorizzi, he could add two more wins to his 3-3 record.
Similar to Teheran, the offense won’t always be there for him but he’s becoming a very solid all-around pitcher.
Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit Tigers (@ CHW/ @ KC)
Jordan Zimmermann is crashing back to earth a little bit.
But, that doesn’t mean you should panic and start dropping him or anything to that extent.
Zimmermann has a start against the so-so White Sox offense and a start against a Royals offense that just can’t it going. Zimmermann has a very solid offense behind him that will propel him even if he has a sub four era the rest of the year. Pitchers have their ups and downs and he’s experiencing the low, but just trust in the pedigree and play him in Week 11.
Martin Perez, Texas Rangers (@ OAK/@ STL)
Martin Perez has been a very solid under the radar option in 2016.
Perez looks to pitch against two offenses that are very patient but tend to struggle against left-handed pitching.
Similar to Zimmerman, Perez is fortunate to pitch for an offense that is very lethal. Another plus to Week 11 for Perez is he will benefit from pitching in two hitter-friendly parks. In Yahoo! leagues, Perez is only owned in 12% of leagues, meaning he’s more than likely available in your league — go get him for Week 11 and beyond!
Wei-Yin Chen, Miami Marlins (@ SD/vs. COL)
Chen’s 2016 season has been mediocre at best.
Fortunately enough for you, Week 11 holds two very tasty matchups for Chen.
A visit to San Diego and their invisible offense couldn’t be better to get Chen back on track. Then a home game against Colorado is very nice only for the fact that it’s not at Coors Field. Although he’s been more bad than good in 2016, Chen has shown flashes of greatness from time to time and these two matchups could make two more great starts for him.
Five to sit
James Shields, Chicago White Sox (vs. DET/ @ CLE)
James Shields couldn’t have went to a worse Ballpark to pitch in.
The fly ball pitcher will look to pitch his home games in one of the most pitcher friendly ballparks in the majors — hence the shellacking he took in his first ChiSox start when he faced the Nats last week.
The Detroit Tigers face off against Shields at U.S. Cellular field: Scary. And then he visits Cleveland and their newfound offense mojo. Making things clear: If you have Shields, and you want to contend in your league, drop him immediately.
Juan Nicasio, Pittsburgh Pirates (@ NYM/ @ CHC)
The Spring fling that was Juan Nicasio is starting to see his wheels fall off.
A visit to the ever-so-dangerous Mets lineup and a visit to Wrigley Field and the monstrous Cubbies O makes for a “thanks but not thanks” play for Nicasio.
The Buccos have two top pitching prospects in Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, so Nicasio better start pitching good baseball before he sees himself in the bullpen.
Edinson Volquez, Kansas City Royals (vs. CLE/ vs. DET)
Edinson Volquez and his amazing start to the season is starting to look more like an outlier than a breakout.
Volquez is what he is: A decent arm that is way too inconsistent.
He has a home match against a Cleveland offense that is surging at the moment and Detroit at home. Volquez is a better pitcher at home, but the offensive firepower he’ll be facing has the ability to change all of that in Week 11.
Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals (vs. CLE/ vs. DET)
See Edinson Volquez.
Not to pick on the reigning World Series Champs, but their pitching staff is atrocious in 2016. Ventura is too wild of a pitcher and his control isn’t getting any better. Fortunately enough for him he’s young enough to make adjustments, but for 2016 and Week 11, no thanks.
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers (@ OAK/ @ STL)
Yu Darvish. Starting pitcher. Shoulder injury — these three things do not add up.
The Oakland and St. Louis matchups aren’t the problem in Week 11, it’s the fact that Darvish can’t stay healthy and there is a good chance him jumping right into gameplay after leaving last week’s matchup is a horrible idea for the injury prone hurler.
Darvish is a very good pitcher, but, and that is a huge “but,” health has become a huge concern and until he can prove that this shoulder injury, which is a very bad injury to have for a pitcher, is not gonna sideline him, I wouldn’t dare to pitch him.
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