Since Fantasy Week 15 (July 17-19) is just a three-day affair for leagues using default settings in CBSSports.com leagues, this week's pitching comments will be on the succinct side. What you need to know can be summed up as follows: in leagues that stick to the default, owners can't be too picky about which pitchers they will start. In fact, you'll be lucky to fill out a five-man rotation with starters who will actually pitch over the weekend. That said, if you can avoid using Yovani Gallardo (at HOU) or Ubaldo Jimenez (at DET), you'll be better off benching them due to their tough matchups. In all likelihood, however, you will not be able to find a better option.
In leagues that are combining Weeks 15 and 16 into a 10-day scoring period, it will be the one-start pitchers who will be the exceptions. This is the one time when matchups and venues aren't quite as important, and you will generally be best-served by going with the best talent.
Top pitching target (Week 15 only): Tommy Milone, Twins (at OAK, 45 percent owned)
Milone has been superb in general since returning to the Twins' rotation on June 4, going 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA over seven starts. The lefty has been doing what he does when he is at his best: avoiding walks and inducing popups. That's a combination that works especially well at O.co Coliseum, and that's where Milone will be when he faces the Athletics and the slumping Jesse Chavez on Sunday. As a former Athletic, Milone has an extensive track record at the roomy ballpark. In 216 career innings there, Milone has a 2.96 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
Available in more than half the leagues on CBSSports.com, Milone is widely available in standard mixed leagues, and he should be a useful add in a week where good pitching will be at a premium.
Honorable mention: Jimmy Nelson, Brewers (at PIT, 47 percent owned)
Frankie says relax: Week 15 will mark the arrival of yet another pitching prospect to the majors, as the White Sox will reportedly call up Frankie Montas from Double-A Birmingham for Friday's doubleheader against the Royals. As he showed in Sunday's Futures Game, Montas can crack the 100 mph barrier with some regularity, and he has been outstanding over his last eight starts with a 1.42 ERA. He has had some help from a .219 BABIP over that period, and there are a couple of even bigger reasons not to run out and pick him up. Montas will be up for just one day as the White Sox's 26th man for the doubleheader, and it is not yet clear if he is being brought in to start or relieve. Perhaps, though, this is a sign that Montas could make a Fantasy impact later on this season.
Reality check: A few observations from the previous week ... I had recommended that owners sit Jesse Hahn in standard mixed leagues for Week 14, because he has been untested in hitter's parks this season. Hahn is still untested, as he missed starts at the Yankees and Indians due to a forearm strain, and now he is on the 15-day disabled list. Venues could still be a key factor in how well Hahn performs, so that is something to keep in mind for when he comes off the DL ... Brett Anderson was my top waiver target for Week 14, but he totaled a mildly disappointing 16 Fantasy points for the scoring period. A lack of run support was Anderson's biggest problem, but his ground ball rate also came back down to earth ... Matt Moore was a certified bust with just nine Fantasy points. It's one thing for him to get just one strikeout against the whiff-averse Royals, but to get just three Ks and seven swinging strikes against the Astros over five innings raises a red flag.