Week 12 Fantasy Pitching Planner

We go around baseball's rotations every Sunday of the season in our weekly Pitching Planner. We highlight every matchup, recommended two-start options, sleepers and busts and much more.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. Dan Haren vs TEX Padilla
  2. Max Scherzer vs TEX Harrison, vs LAA Palmer
  3. Doug Davis vs LAA Lackey
  4. Jon Garland vs TEX Feldman
  5. Billy Buckner vs LAA Weaver
This week's two-start pitchers
Must-start options Own% Start%
Carlos Zambrano 97 89
Javier Vazquez 97 89
Zack Greinke 97 87
Ryan Dempster 96 81
Edwin Jackson 94 78
Advisable options Own% Start%
John Danks 92 76
Max Scherzer 92 73
Tommy Hanson 84 53
David Price 92 65
Brad Penny 68 45
Aaron Cook 59 44
Trevor Cahill 45 32
Questionable options Own% Start%
Francisco Liriano 88 56
Hiroki Kuroda 74 49
Matt Palmer 46 33
Chien-Ming Wang 69 30
Koji Uehara 39 25
Livan Hernandez 36 20
John Lannan 31 19
Todd Wellemeyer 29 18
Andrew Miller 28 17
Joel Pineiro 28 11
Ian Snell 21 11
Jeff Suppan 17 11
Matt Harrison 19 11
Jamie Moyer 17 8
Micah Owings 13 7
David Huff 5 2
Tim Redding 3 2
High-risk options Own% Start%
Jonathan O. Sanchez 31 15
Russ Ortiz 2 2
Garrett Olson 3 2
Chad Gaudin 4 2

Two-starter(s): Scherzer. He is an advisable in all leagues amid his hot streak.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: None. We hate the D-Backs matchups this week.
One-week bust: Everyone not named Haren or Scherzer. Garland and Davis are veterans useful in deeper leagues when going well, but not this week.

Atlanta Braves

  1. Derek Lowe vs NYY Pettitte
  2. Jair Jurrjens vs BOS Beckett
  3. Javier Vazquez vs CHC Dempster, vs BOS Wakefield
  4. Kenshin Kawakami vs NYY Chamberlain
  5. Tommy Hanson vs NYY Wang, vs BOS Penny

Two-starter(s): Vazquez and Hanson. They are at least advisable, despite tough matchups.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Hanson. We don't like the Braves' matchups this week, but Hanson is coming into his own and might even be able to beat the beasts of the AL East.
One-week bust: Jurrjens and Kawakami. We don't like their matchups. Kawakami is especially risky.

Baltimore Orioles

  1. Jeremy Guthrie vs WAS Martis
  2. Koji Uehara at FLA Miller, vs WAS Lannan
  3. Rich J. Hill at FLA West
  4. Bradley Bergesen vs WAS Detwiler
  5. Jason Berken at FLA Nolasco

Two-starter(s): Uehara. He is a useful option as a sleeper in deeper leagues. His matchups at least are not real threatening.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Bergesen. He has been pitching like an ace and faces a matchup as favorable as it gets.
One-week bust: Berken. His last outing was decent by his standards, but he is not intriguing enough to trust in any formats in that matchup.

Boston Red Sox

  1. Josh Beckett at ATL Jurrjens
  2. Jon Lester at WAS Stammen
  3. John Smoltz at WAS Zimmermann
  4. Tim Wakefield at ATL Vazquez
  5. Brad Penny at WAS Lannan, at ATL Hanson

Two-starter(s): Penny. He is going well and gets winnable matchups. Consider him advisable in all leagues.
Who is getting skipped: None. Daisuke Matsuzaka (shoulder) was going to be skipped, but the Red Sox instead chose to slot him on the DL.
One-week sleeper: Smoltz and Penny. Their matchups are good enough to trust them in any formats.
One-week bust: Wakefield. He is still useful, but he might be the only Red Sox starter we wouldn't suggest in all leagues this week.

Chicago Cubs

  1. Carlos Zambrano at DET Jackson, at CHW Danks
  2. Ryan Dempster at ATL Vazquez, at CHW Buehrle
  3. Rich Harden at DET Porcello
  4. Ted Lilly at DET Galarraga
  5. Randy Wells at CHW Richard

Two-starter(s): Dempster and Zambrano. They are must-start options in all leagues at this point.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: None. The top four starters are advisable and ...
One-week bust: Wells. All of the Cubs starters are useful, but less so with the journeyman No. 5 Wells.

Chicago White Sox

  1. Mark Buehrle vs CHC Dempster
  2. John Danks vs LAD Kuroda, vs CHC Zambrano
  3. Gavin Floyd vs LAD Wolf
  4. Clayton Richard vs LAD Billingsley
  5. Jose Contreras vs CHC Wells

Two-starter(s): Danks. He is at least advisable in all leagues, despite the tough matchups. He has gotten his slump out of his system and should be more like his April self.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Contreras. He has been awesome since his return from Triple-A and this matchup is the most favorable of the week among White Sox starters.
One-week bust: Richard. He is facing an elite contender with their ace on the mound and has been pitching for his rotation spot. He gets one last chance to stave off top prospect Aaron Poreda. If Richard struggles this week, look out for Poreda stretching out to replace his fellow rookie in the rotation. You likely want to take the early flier on Poreda in AL-only leagues right now.

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Aaron Harang at CLE Sowers
  2. Johnny Cueto at TOR Cecil
  3. Bronson Arroyo at TOR Richmond
  4. Micah Owings at TOR Tallet, at CLE Huff
  5. TBD, likely Homer Bailey at CLE Ohka

Two-starter(s): Owings. He has made three solid starts in a row and has decent matchups. Use him in deeper leagues.
Who is getting skipped: No. 5 starter TBD. Matt Maloney was sent back to the minors and Edinson Volquez (elbow) likely won't be ready to return from the DL the next time the No. 5 starter's spot comes up June 27. Bailey can start June 22 in Triple-A and make a spot start June 27. Bailey is scorching in Triple-A, developing a splitter and allowing just one earned run in his past 31 innings. Consider Bailey a sleeper for deeper NL-only formats this week. He won't be announced as the starter until after a start Monday, though.
One-week sleeper: Owings. He is hot and useful if you want to take a chance on someone owned in just 13 percent of CBSSports.com's leagues.
One-week bust: None. All of the Reds starters look like decent options this week.

Cleveland Indians

  1. Cliff Lee at PIT Ohlendorf
  2. Carl Pavano at PIT Duke
  3. Jeremy Sowers vs CIN Harang
  4. David Huff at PIT Snell, vs CIN Owings
  5. Tomo Ohka vs CIN Bailey?

Two-starter(s): Huff. He is useful in AL-only leagues in those matchups. Although he has a 7.09 ERA, he has been much better of late, going 2-1 with a 5.24 ERA and a .273 batting-average against in June. Huff is much better than he has pitched and might be able to help you this week.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Huff. We might have said Sowers, but Huff is slightly more intriguing due to double starts and more upside.
One-week bust: Pavano and Ohka. We wouldn't trust them in any leagues in those matchups.

Top 10 Pitchers Added
Player % Change
1. Jason Frasor, RP, Blue Jays 25
2. Aaron Cook, SP, Rockies 20
3. Scott Richmond, SP, Blue Jays 19
4. Matt Palmer, SP, Angels 17
5. Trevor Cahill, SP, Athletics 15
6. Brad Bergesen, SP, Orioles 15
7. Ricky Romero, SP, Blue Jays 11
8. John Lannan, SP, Nationals 11
9. Nick Blackburn, SP, Twins 10
10. J.P. Howell, RP, Rays 10

Colorado Rockies

  1. Aaron Cook at LAA Palmer, at OAK Cahill
  2. Ubaldo Jimenez at LAA Santana
  3. Jason Marquis at LAA Saunders
  4. Jason Hammel at OAK Anderson
  5. Jorge De La Rosa at OAK Braden

Two-starter(s): Cook. He has won his past three starts. At just 58 percent ownership, he is ridiculously underowned and is an outstanding pick-up if you want a two-starter with two-win potential.
Who is getting skipped: None. They do have a Thursday off day, but we don't see a real reason to skip Hammel or De La Rosa during the weekend series to slot one of them the following set at the first-place Dodgers.
One-week sleeper: Cook. As stated above, Cook is as promising of a two-start sleeper as you can get off the waiver wire right now.
One-week bust: De La Rosa and Hammel. Their recent outings make them too risky to trust in mixed leagues, especially since one of them has a chance at being skipped. They will be pitching for their rotation spot with Franklin Morales showing improvement in Triple-A.

Detroit Tigers

  1. Justin Verlander at HOU Backe?
  2. Edwin Jackson vs CHC Zambrano, at HOU Ortiz
  3. Rick Porcello vs CHC Harden
  4. Armando Galarraga vs CHC Lilly
  5. Alfredo Figaro at HOU Rodriguez

Two-starter(s): Jackson. He is must-start in all leagues at this point.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: None. The top three are advisable in any format, while the last two ...
One-week bust: Galarraga and Figaro. We cannot advise using these guys. Figaro was decent in his debut, but that was merely a five-inning outing. He needs to show us more before you can trust him.

Florida Marlins

  1. Josh Johnson at TB Shields
  2. Ricky Nolasco vs BAL Berken
  3. Chris Volstad at TB Niemann
  4. Andrew Miller vs BAL Uehara, at TB Price
  5. Sean West vs BAL Hill

Two-starter(s): Miller. He is coming off his worst start of the year, but he really hasn't had an implosion outing. Consider him questionable in smaller leagues, but advisable in deeper ones.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Miller. At 28 percent ownership, he is a nice flier if you need a talented young arm with upside long term. His matchups are winnable, too.
One-week bust: Volstad. He has been beaten up in his past two starts and faces one of the most productive offensive teams in baseball.

Houston Astros

  1. Roy Oswalt vs KC Hochevar
  2. Wandy Rodriguez vs DET Figaro
  3. Russ Ortiz vs KC Greinke, vs DET Jackson
  4. Brian Moehler vs KC Bannister
  5. Brandon Backe vs DET Verlander

Two-starter(s): Ortiz. He is a high-risk option, especially with those tough matchups.
Who is getting skipped: Backe. He could be used the next time the No. 5 starter's spot is needed June 27, though.
One-week sleeper: None. The top two are advisable or must-start options, while the other three ...
One-week bust: Ortiz, Moehler and Backe. We see little reason to subject yourself to the potentially damning outings of this veteran trio.

Kansas City Royals

  1. Zack Greinke at HOU Ortiz, at PIT Snell
  2. Gil Meche at PIT Morton
  3. Brian Bannister at HOU Moehler
  4. Luke Hochevar at HOU Oswalt
  5. Sidney Ponson or Bruce Chen at PIT Maholm

Two-starter(s): Greinke. Despite his less inspiring outings of late, he remains a must-start ace in all leagues.
Who is getting skipped: No. 5 starter TBD. The Royals next need a No. 5 starter (after the demotion of Kyle Davies) June 27 at Pittsburgh.
One-week sleeper: Bannister. Three consecutive solid starts and a very favorable matchup coming up. Start him in mixed leagues.
One-week bust: Hochevar. After showing some promise, he imploded last time out and now has to face an ace this week.

Los Angeles Angels

  1. John Lackey at ARI Davis
  2. Jered Weaver at ARI Buckner
  3. Ervin Santana vs COL Jimenez
  4. Joe Saunders vs COL Marquis
  5. Matt Palmer vs COL Cook, at ARI Scherzer
Emack's Start 'em/Sit 'em
Start 'em
1 Roy Halladay TOR
2 Aaron Cook COL
3 Brad Penny BOS
4 Trevor Cahill OAK
5 Brad Bergesen BAL
Sit 'em
1 Chris Volstad FLA
2 Ervin Santana LAA
3 Joe Saunders LAA
4 Carl Pavano CLE
5 Clayton Richard CHW

Two-starter(s): Palmer. He is a sleeper for deeper leagues, but we really don't like his matchups and have to consider him a questionable option better left for AL-only formats.
Who is getting skipped: None. They have a Thursday off day, but we don't see them skipping Palmer on Sunday to keep Santana and Saunders on regular rest.
One-week sleeper: Palmer. He is a bit harder to trust in those matchups at this point.
One-week bust: Santana and Saunders. They haven't been pitching consistently lately and face the streaking Rockies and a pair of pitchers going well.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Chad Billingsley at CHW Richard
  2. Randy Wolf at CHW Floyd
  3. Clayton Kershaw vs SEA Vargas
  4. Hiroki Kuroda at CHW Danks, vs SEA Olson
  5. Jeff Weaver, Eric Milton or James McDonald vs SEA Hernandez

Two-starter(s): Kuroda. His poor recent outings make him a questionable option best left for NL-only formats right now.
Who is getting skipped: TBD No. 5 starter. That spot isn't needed until June 27, when Weaver could get another start or Milton could return from a one-start rehab assignment. Also, red-hot Triple-A starter McDonald, who was recalled from Triple-A to pitch in relief this weekend, could be an option to spot start, perhaps.
One-week sleeper: Kuroda. You are taking a bit of a risk in mixed formats, but at least the struggling starter will be backed by a first-place team and has a favorable second matchup.
One-week bust: Weaver, Milton or McDonald. We cannot be sure which one will get the nod at this point and the matchup is unfavorable anyway.

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Yovani Gallardo vs SF Cain
  2. Jeff Suppan vs MIN Liriano, vs SF Sanchez
  3. Braden Looper vs MIN Blackburn
  4. Dave Bush (questionable, shoulder) might be held out until June 27 vs SF Zito
  5. TBD, perhaps Mike Burns or Manny Parra vs MIN Baker

Two-starter(s): Suppan. He has had four consecutive solid starts. Consider him in deeper leagues.
Who is getting skipped: Bush and No. 5 starter perhaps. Bush is banged up and likely will not start Thursday vs. the Twins. That start could go to Parra back up from the minor leagues or Burns. Parra was tentatively slated to make a second Triple-A start Tuesday at this point.
One-week sleeper: Suppan. He is worth trusting in those matchups.
One-week bust: Bush. He is banged up, struggling and might not make a start this week.

Minnesota Twins

  1. Kevin Slowey (questionable, side) at STL Wellemeyer
  2. Scott Baker at MIL TBD Burns or Parra
  3. Nick Blackburn at MIL Looper
  4. Francisco Liriano at MIL Suppan, at STL Pineiro
  5. Glen Perkins at STL Wainwright

Two-starter(s): Liriano. He is a questionable option amid his first-half struggles. We cannot advise trusting him outside of AL-only leagues against two solid contenders with potent offenses.
Who is getting skipped: Slowey. A muscle strain in his side will push him back until the next time the Twins need a No. 5 starter June 27.
One-week sleeper: Blackburn. He is one of the more underowned young pitchers in Fantasy at 69 percent and has posted six consecutive quality starts. He has arguably been the ace of the Twins' staff.
One-week bust: Slowey. He is moving back and facing the potent Cardinals if he does pitch. That is reason enough for us to advise you avoid him at this point.

New York Mets

  1. Johan Santana vs STL Carpenter
  2. Mike Pelfrey vs NYY Sabathia
  3. Livan Hernandez vs STL Pineiro, vs NYY Wang
  4. Tim Redding vs STL Wellemeyer, vs NYY Burnett
  5. Fernando Nieve vs STL Thompson

Two-starter(s): Redding and Hernandez. They are questionable options who haven't pitched that poorly, but they face two top contenders with great offenses. We cannot advise using them outside of NL-only formats.
Who is getting skipped: None. Returns of John Maine and/or Oliver Perez next weekend could affect the two-start pitchers, but it is already certain the surprising Nieve will get a start Wednesday vs. the Cardinals.
One-week sleeper: Nieve. He has been effective and draws the only favorable opposiing pitcher/matchup the Mets get this week.
One-week bust: Redding and Hernandez. Taking a chance on either one of these two-starters is a recipe for disappointment, if not disaster, this week.

New York Yankees

  1. CC Sabathia at NYM Pelfrey
  2. A.J. Burnett at NYM Redding
  3. Andy Pettitte at ATL Lowe
  4. Joba Chamberlain at ATL Kawakami
  5. Chien-Ming Wang at ATL Hanson, at NYM Hernandez

Two-starter(s): Wang. He is at best a questionable option until he proves effective and worthy of keeping his rotation spot.
Who is getting skipped: Burnett. He is serving a reduced five-game suspension through Friday and will be eligible to return when the Yankees next need a No. 5 starter June 27 at the Mets. A day off Monday will allow the Yankees to maintain their five-man rotation this week, although Wang will be evaluated on a start-to-start basis.
One-week sleeper: None. We consider their top four advisable options and the No. 5 ...
One-week bust: Wang. His velocity might be back, but the consistency is not. Consider him a risky option best avoided still.

Oakland Athletics

  1. Dallas Braden vs COL De La Rosa
  2. Josh Outman (elbow, questionable) vs SF Johnson
  3. Vin Mazzaro vs SF Lincecum
  4. Trevor Cahill vs SF Sanchez, vs COL Cook
  5. Brett Anderson vs COL Hammel

Two-starter(s): Cahill. He is a nice sleeper for deeper leagues amid his six-start hot streak.
Who is getting skipped: None. Outman might miss his start, though. Dana Eveland or Gio Gonzalez, both hot in Triple-A, are candidates to replace Outman if he cannot go.
One-week sleeper: Cahill. His matchups are not overwhelming and his surprising consistency in June makes him someone you could trust.
One-week bust: Outman. He might not start and could be a candidate for the DL after being unable to make it through two innings.

Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Cole Hamels at TOR Mills
  2. Joe Blanton at TB Garza
  3. Jamie Moyer at TB Price, at TOR Halladay
  4. J.A. Happ at TOR Romero
  5. Antonio Bastardo at TB Sonnanstine

Two-starter(s): Moyer. He is a questionable option best left for deeper NL-only leagues at this point.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Happ. He was better last time out and gets a winnable matchup behind the struggling Phillies, who could heat up very soon. They don't tend to stay down for long.
One-week bust: Bastardo. A shaky rookie against a potent Rays lineup is not a matchup you want to exploit.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Zach Duke vs CLE Pavano
  2. Paul Maholm vs KC TBD
  3. Ian Snell vs CLE Huff, vs KC Greinke
  4. Ross Ohlendorf vs CLE Lee
  5. Charlie Morton vs KC Meche

Two-starter(s): Snell. With three consecutive quality starts, he is a sleeper for deeper leagues. We don't like his second matchup, though.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Snell. He has been better of late and could be a risk worth taking if you need a replacement starter.
One-week bust: Ohlendorf. He was beat up last time out and will face the Indians' ace.

San Diego Padres

  1. Kevin Correia at TEX Holland
  2. Chad Gaudin at SEA Olson, at TEX Harrison
  3. Josh Geer at SEA Morrow
  4. Walter Silva at TEX Millwood
  5. Wade LeBlanc at SEA Washburn

Two-starter(s): Gaudin. He is a risky option best avoided, especially with that second outing at the dangerous Rangers in Texas.
Who is getting skipped: Perhaps LeBlanc. The Padres list Thursday's series finale starter at Seattle as TBD, which means it could be new "staff ace" Correia on regular rest instead of LeBlanc. The Padres need a No. 5 starter by June 27, so it should be expected LeBlanc gets a start at Texas if he doesn't start Thursday.
One-week sleeper: Correia. We would be a lot more interested in touting him as useful if we knew he would be kept on regular rest to start at Seattle instead of Texas.
One-week bust: LeBlanc. He struggled in his first start and might have to face the Rangers instead of the Mariners -- if he even remains in the rotation. Frankly, you have to be desperate to trust any Padres starting pitcher at this point.

San Francisco Giants

  1. Tim Lincecum at OAK Mazzaro
  2. Matt Cain at MIL Gallardo
  3. Randy Johnson at OAK Outman?
  4. Barry Zito at MIL Bush?
  5. Jonathan Sanchez at OAK Cahill, at MIL Suppan

Two-starter(s): Sanchez. He is a risky option that likely should be avoided in any league after his awful past outing.
Who is getting skipped: None. There is a slight possibility the Giants move Sanchez off his weekend start to slot Lincecum on regular rest, but it is not quite that time of the year for the Giants to be doing that with their young ace, though.
One-week sleeper: Zito. He took a no-hitter into the seventh Sunday and is the type of junkballer that can expose aggressive slugging teams like the Rangers (Sunday) and the Brewers (next).
One-week bust: Sanchez. His double starts might lure you, but his 10 hits and six runs in less than four innings last time out makes him too risky to use outside of deeper NL-only formats.

Seattle Mariners

  1. Felix Hernandez at LAD Weaver
  2. Jarrod Washburn vs SD LeBlanc?
  3. Brandon Morrow vs SD Geer
  4. Garrett Olson vs SD Gaudin, at LAD Kuroda
  5. Jason M. Vargas at LAD Kershaw

Two-starter(s): Olson. He is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA and a .198 BAA as a starter, but we are still skeptical. Consider him risky.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Morrow. In two brief starts, he has a 3.86 ERA and could prove to be a full-time starter going forward. You have to like his chances getting through five and winning his next matchup.
One-week bust: Vargas. He overcame his worst start of the season by pitching arguably his best. You shouldn't like his matchup this week.

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Chris Carpenter at NYM Santana
  2. Adam Wainwright vs MIN Perkins
  3. Todd Wellemeyer at NYM Redding, vs MIN Slowey?
  4. Joel Pineiro at NYM Hernandez, vs MIN Liriano
  5. Brad Thompson at NYM Nieve

Two-starter(s): Wellemeyer and Pineiro. They are questionable options in those matchups. Only take the risk in deeper leagues amid their recent struggles.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Pineiro. Despite losing his past five starts, he really hasn't pitched that poorly. His matchups are a bit tough, but his opposing pitchers really aren't that much of a deterrent
One-week bust: Thompson. He has won back-to-back starts, but we have a feeling it will be dangerous to trust him still.

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. James Shields vs FLA Johnson
  2. Matt Garza vs PHI Blanton
  3. David Price vs PHI Moyer, vs FLA Miller
  4. Andy Sonnanstine vs PHI Bastardo
  5. Jeff Niemann vs FLA Volstad

Two-starter(s): Price. At 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA, he is intriguing enough to consider advisable in all leagues. His command has been poor, but he is too promising to sit.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: None. The top three are advisable in all leagues, while ...
One-week bust: Sonnanstine and Niemann. They have struggled enough to make us recommend you avoid them in those matchups right now. They will be pitching for their rotation spot this week with Scott Kazmir (quad) working his way back on a rehab assignment. It is conceivable Kazmir is ready to return next Sunday, which could move Price off his second start.

Texas Rangers

  1. Kevin Millwood vs SD Silva
  2. Vicente Padilla at ARI Haren
  3. Scott Feldman at ARI Garland
  4. Matt Harrison at ARI Scherzer, vs SD Gaudin
  5. Derek Holland vs SD Correia

Two-starter(s): Harrison. He is not quite up to his previous status as a sleeper in mixed leagues right now. That could come soon, but we cannot advise you trusting it to.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Feldman. At 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA, he has been surprisingly effective for owners in deeper leagues. That is a solid matchup, too.
One-week bust: Holland. The talented young starter is coming off the best start of his career and has a favorable matchup, but we obviously don't believe you should trust him just yet.

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Ricky Romero vs PHI Happ
  2. Scott Richmond vs CIN Arroyo
  3. Brian Tallet vs CIN Owings
  4. Brett Cecil vs CIN Cueto
  5. Brad Mills vs PHI Hamels

Two-starter(s): None. Roy Halladay (groin) will throw off a mound Tuesday and is eligible to return Sunday, June 28. That means the Blue Jays will go with a six-man rotation for the time being, with all of the above getting one start before Halladay slots back in on Tallet's next regular turn.
Who is getting skipped: Mills. The No. 5 starter won't be used until Saturday, June 27.
One-week sleeper: Halladay. He is a risky option amid the uncertainty surrounding his return, but the Blue Jays were being cautious slotting him on the DL and you have to figure he will be able to make his return start Sunday vs. the Phillies and Moyer. Halladay is a must-start if we were certain he could start. He might be worth the risk regardless, especially in leagues that score big negative for bad starts. A zero from Halladay is better than a potential minus-10 by some bum off the waiver wire.
One-week bust: Cecil and Mills. The rookies are risky in any matchups, much less those.

Washington Nationals

  1. John Lannan vs BOS Penny, at BAL Uehara
  2. Shairon Martis at BAL Guthrie
  3. Jordan Zimmermann vs BOS Smoltz
  4. Ross Detwiler at BAL Bergesen
  5. Craig Stammen vs BOS Lester

Two-starter(s): Lannan. He has been pitching well of late, but he remains a questionable option because of the tough first matchup vs. the Red Sox.
Who is getting skipped: None. A back-end starter could be a candidate for a demotion after this week with Scott Olsen (shoulder) making perhaps one last rehab start Wednesday.
One-week sleeper: Detwiler. The top prospect has been quality of late and gets a decent matchup as he pitches for his rotation spot. We can only advise using him in NL-only formats, though.
One-week bust: Zimmermann and Stammen. They are one-start pitchers against the potent Red Sox. You have to avoid them to avert a potential disaster.

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