Week 17 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 PHI Hamels
  2. Jon Garland vs PHI Moyer, at NYM Pelfrey
  3. Doug Davis at NYM Hernandez
  4. Max Scherzer at NYM Perez
  5. Yusmeiro Petit vs PHI Happ

Two-starter(s): Garland and Haren. Haren is a must-start, while Garland is a nice sleeper for deeper leagues, especially with that favorable second matchup.
Who is getting skipped: None. They have a Thursday off day, but we don't see Davis, Scherzer or Garland getting skipped.
One-week sleeper: Garland. He has posted five consecutive quality starts. Just in time to get traded, perhaps. He is pitching well and getting a favorable second start, but the potential for a mid-week trade could scare you off.
One-week bust: Petit. He probably doesn't belong in the rotation and he might not be if the D-Backs add young starters to the mix at the trade deadline.

Atlanta Braves

  1. Derek Lowe vs LAD Wolf
  2. Javier Vazquez at FLA VandenHurk
  3. Tommy Hanson vs LAD Schmidt
  4. Jair Jurrjens at FLA Nolasco, vs LAD Billingsley
  5. Kenshin Kawakami at FLA Johnson

Two-starter(s): Jurrjens. He is a must-start in all leagues, regardless of the matchups.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Kawakami. He is underowned on CBSSports.com at just 33 percent. He is pitching better than that.
One-week bust: None. All five of the Braves starters a decent starts this week and most weeks.

Baltimore Orioles

  1. Jeremy Guthrie vs BOS Smoltz
  2. David Hernandez vs BOS Beckett
  3. Brad Bergesen vs KC Hochevar
  4. Jason Berken vs KC Bannister, vs BOS Buchholz
  5. Rich Hill vs KC Chen
  6. Chris Tillman vs KC Greinke

Two-starter(s): Berken/TBD. They are high-risk options even in the deepest of AL-only leagues. Berken and Hill are going to start Monday and Tuesday, while Tillman is expected to come up Wednesday to make his debut as the Orioles temporarily go with a six-man rotation. We figure Tillman will remain in the rotation with a solid effort, while the worst of Berken or Hill will be sent to the bullpen or the minors. Our guess is Berken stays because of his youth, but not because of his results.
Who is getting skipped: None. But one of Berken or Hill won't get a second start, while the other will.
One-week sleeper: Tillman. His first matchup likely won't make him a winner, but you have to take the flier on him in any league right now.
One-week bust: Hernandez, Guthrie, Berken and Hill. The former two are at least safe in the rotation right now, but we don't like their matchup.

Boston Red Sox

  1. Josh Beckett vs OAK Cahill, at BAL Hernandez
  2. Jon Lester vs OAK Gonzalez
  3. John Smoltz at BAL Guthrie
  4. Clay Buchholz vs OAK Mazzaro, at BAL Berken
  5. Brad Penny vs OAK Anderson

Two-starter(s): Beckett and Buchholz. They are must-starts in all leagues, although we could see reason to consider Buchholz more advisable than a must-start.
Who is getting skipped: None. Penny is on the trading block, though, and could be dealt before or after his Wednesday start.
One-week sleeper: Buchholz. He was unimpressive in his second start, but we like his matchups too much to not advise using the rookie.
One-week bust: Smoltz. He hasn't been good yet, so consider him more of a risk than the Red Sox other starters. We still like his matchup, though.

Chicago Cubs

  1. Carlos Zambrano vs HOU Rodriguez, at FLA Miller
  2. Ryan Dempster vs HOU Oswalt, at FLA Nolasco
  3. Rich Harden at FLA Volstad
  4. Randy Wells vs HOU Hampton
  5. Kevin Hart vs HOU Ortiz

Two-starter(s): Zambrano and Dempster. Big Z is a must-start, while Dempster is risky coming off the DL. You cannot be sure of his health or stamina. We would only advise using him in deeper leagues.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Hart. The Ted Lilly injury gives Hart a stay in the rotation and he has earned it. He is much more capable of being a winner than you might have thought, especially since the Cubs are due for a strong second half.
One-week bust: Dempster. Ordinarily we would say start all of the Cubs starters, but Dempster is a question mark coming off the DL and getting those matchups.

Two-start pitchers for Week 17
Must-start options Own% Start%
Tim Lincecum 98 96
Felix Hernandez 97 95
Josh Beckett 98 95
A.J. Burnett 97 94
Carlos Zambrano 97 92
Chris Carpenter 96 92
CC Sabathia 98 92
Adam Wainwright 97 91
Cole Hamels 97 89
Roy Oswalt 97 88
Chad Billingsley 97 87
Ubaldo Jimenez 93 86
Wandy Rodriguez 94 86
James Shields 96 85
Jered Weaver 97 84
Jair Jurrjens 95 84
Mark Buehrle 94 82
Ricky Nolasco 94 82
Clay Buchholz 78 57
Advisable options Own% Start%
John Danks 94 75
Ricky Romero 84 73
Jarrod Washburn 85 73
Randy Wolf 87 72
Jason Marquis 85 69
Ryan Dempster 93 43
Armando Galarraga 54 42
Jon Garland 43 30
Brian Bannister 37 25
Jamie Moyer 26 19
Questionable options Own% Start%
Joe Saunders 85 65
Bronson Arroyo 66 49
Mike Pelfrey 65 41
Paul Maholm 53 36
Barry Zito 46 32
Tommy Hunter 28 24
Kevin Correia 33 19
Trevor Cahill 29 15
Jeff Suppan 16 12
Vin Mazzaro 13 4
High-risk options Own% Start%
Carl Pavano 35 20
Oliver Perez 27 15
Vicente Padilla 20 10
Homer Bailey 19 9
Tim Dillard 10 8
Glen Perkins 18 6
Craig Stammen 8 6
Josh Geer 2 1
Jason Berken 1 0
Collin Balester 1 0

Chicago White Sox

  1. Mark Buehrle at MIN Baker, vs NYY Sabathia
  2. John Danks at MIN Perkins, vs NYY Burnett
  3. Gavin Floyd vs NYY Mitre
  4. Jose Contreras vs NYY Pettitte
  5. Bartolo Colon at MIN Liriano

Two-starter(s): Danks and Buehrle. Buehrle has to be active after his perfect game, while Danks is returning from an injury and is more of a question mark. We would still take a shot on him in most formats.
Who is getting skipped: Clayton Richard . The White Sox needed a six-man rotation last week, but Colon sticks in the rotation, while Richard will be a lefty in the bullpen.
One-week sleeper: Colon. He came back with a quality start against the Tigers and is a sleeper for deeper leagues as long as he stays healthy. Historically, that isn't long, but you can get a ride out of him this week.
One-week bust: Richard and Contreras. One is back in the bullpen while the other has lost back-to-back starts and is facing the Yankees.

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Aaron Harang vs SD Latos
  2. Bronson Arroyo vs SD Correia, vs COL Marquis
  3. Johnny Cueto vs SD Stauffer
  4. Micah Owings vs COL Cook
  5. Homer Bailey vs SD Geer, vs COL Jimenez

Two-starter(s): Bailey and Arroyo. Bailey is high risk, while Arroyo is viable in most formats. He was coming off back-to-back strong starts before faltering last time out.
Who is getting skipped: None. A return of Edinson Volquez will bump Bailey back to the minors, but it doesn't figure to come before the end of the week.
One-week sleeper: Arroyo and Owings. They are risks worth taking in deeper formats this week.
One-week bust: Bailey. It is getting painful waiting for that talent to come through. You can't count on him.

Cleveland Indians

  1. Cliff Lee vs DET Porcello
  2. Carl Pavano at LAA Saunders, vs DET Galarraga
  3. David Huff at LAA Weaver
  4. Aaron Laffey at LAA Lackey
  5. Jeremy Sowers vs DET Jackson

Two-starter(s): Pavano. He is a risky option, especially against a pair of first-place clubs.
Who is getting skipped: None. But the Indians could go with a four-man rotation for a couple of turns after Thursday's off day. It could happen if Lee is dealt before Aug. 1. In that event, Huff would move up for a second start. Also, Roberto Hernandez return looms in Triple-A.
One-week sleeper: None. We don't trust any of the non-Lee Indians starters right now.
One-week bust: Everyone but Lee. Sowers had a surprisingly effective return from the minors, but he draws a tough matchup, too.

Colorado Rockies

  1. Aaron Cook at CIN Owings
  2. Ubaldo Jimenez at NYM Perez, at CIN Bailey
  3. Jason Marquis at NYM Pelfrey, at CIN Arroyo
  4. Jason Hammel at NYM Santana
  5. Jorge De La Rosa at NYM Niese

Two-starter(s): Jimenez and Marquis. They are at least advisable in all leagues, perhaps even must-starts this week.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: De La Rosa. He has been on fire and the Mets are a favorable matchup for him.
One-week bust: Hammel. We would still trust him in deeper leagues, but he is the one Rockies pitcher that draws a bad matchup this week.

Detroit Tigers

  1. Justin Verlander at TEX Feldman
  2. Edwin Jackson at CLE Sowers
  3. Rick Porcello at CLE Lee
  4. Armando Galarraga at TEX Hunter, at CLE Pavano
  5. Luke French at TEX Padilla

Two-starter(s): Galarraga. He is a sleeper for deeper leagues, albeit against a pair of teams that can score runs.
Who is getting skipped: None. But we could see Porcello getting moved back again. He has been bad for a while now and the Tigers need to save innings on his young arm. French would pick up a second start and is a sleeper in deeper formats right now, too.
One-week sleeper: Galarraga and French. They are starting at Texas, but they are pitching well enough to take the shot on them.
One-week bust: Porcello. He could be skipped and shouldn't be expected to get through five with a lead right now. He has hit the rookie wall.

Florida Marlins

  1. Josh Johnson vs ATL Kawakami
  2. Ricky Nolasco vs ATL Jurrjens, vs CHC Dempster
  3. Chris Volstad vs CHC Harden
  4. Rick VandenHurk vs ATL Vazquez
  5. Andrew Miller vs CHC Zambrano

Two-starter(s): Nolasco. He draws tough matchups, but he has kicked his early season funk and looks like a must-start in all leagues again.
Who is getting skipped: None. The Marlins were going with a four-man rotation, but Miller is expected to return from the minors to start Aug. 1 vs. the Cubs.
One-week sleeper: VandenHurk. He has been really good since returning, but we figure you only want to trust him in NL-only formats this week.
One-week bust: Miller. You cannot be sure what you're getting in his return, especially against the resurgent Cubs and Zambrano.

Houston Astros

  1. Roy Oswalt at CHC Dempster, at STL Wainwright
  2. Wandy Rodriguez at CHC Zambrano, at STL Carpenter
  3. Mike Hampton at CHC Wells
  4. Russ Ortiz at CHC Hart
  5. Brian Moehler at STL Wellemeyer

Two-starter(s): Rodriguez and Oswalt. We would consider them must-starts mostly, but their matchups slot them as advisable.
Who is getting skipped: None. But Ortiz likely should have been in the bullpen for prospect Bud Norris by now.
One-week sleeper: Moehler. We might not want you to look right now, but where has this guy come from since early June? He is 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA in July. He had a quality start victory over the Cardinals earlier this year.
One-week bust: Hampton. His past three starts haven't been great, but he draws a tolerable matchup in a tough and crucial week for the surging Astros.

Top 10 Pitchers Added
Player % Change
1. Clay Buchholz , SP, Red Sox 24
2. Tommy Hunter , SP, Rangers 24
3. Jorge De La Rosa , SP, Rockies 18
4. Brett Cecil , SP, Blue Jays 15
5. Jeff Niemann , SP, Rays 14
6. Joel Pineiro , SP, Cardinals 12
7. Tim Dillard , SP, Brewers 12
8. C.J. Wilson , RP, Rangers 10
9. Luke Hochevar , SP, Royals 9
10. Jarrod Washburn , SP, Mariners 8

Kansas City Royals

  1. Zack Greinke at BAL Tillman
  2. Brian Bannister at BAL Berken, at TB Shields
  3. Luke Hochevar at BAL Bergesen
  4. Sidney Ponson at TB Price
  5. Bruce Chen at BAL Hill , then perhaps Gil Meche at TB Niemann

Two-starter(s): Bannister. The Royals play seven games this week, but Meche's return from the DL has been moved back to the weekend series at least. He will bump Chen from the rotation, when/if ready. That takes away a two-start week from Chen, who was risky anyway. Bannister is a useful sleeper this week.
Who is getting skipped: Chen. He will start Monday, but Meche's return likely sends him to the bullpen over next weekend.
One-week sleeper: Bannister and Hochevar. Bannister has a 3.20 ERA in his four July starts, while Hochevar has won four consecutive starts and struck out 13 last time doing so.
One-week bust: Ponson, Chen and Meche. The Royals have a decision to make on whether it's Chen or Ponson going to the bullpen for Meche's return. Meche's return has already been pushed back once, so we cannot advise any of these guys.

Los Angeles Angels

  1. John Lackey vs CLE Laffey
  2. Jered Weaver vs CLE Huff, at MIN Perkins
  3. Ervin Santana at MIN Blackburn
  4. Joe Saunders vs CLE Pavano, at MIN Swarzak
  5. vacant or Matt Palmer , who we think will be skipped

Two-starter(s): Saunders and likely Weaver. The Angels likely will go with a four-man rotation for a couple of turns, since they have off days Thursday and the following Monday. That gives Weaver a second start, but he is a must-start even with one start. Saunders has been struggling mightily and is best avoided if you have alternatives.
Who is getting skipped: Likely Palmer. We don't have an official announcement, but the Angels can go with the four-man rotation and keep Palmer available in long relief.
One-week sleeper: Santana. He has been a bit risky this season, but we think he has turned the corner on his injury woes and general struggles. Trust him more than your normal 6.79 ERA man.
One-week bust: Saunders. We don't know where it has gone for him, but we do know it just isn't there right now. Proceed at your own risk.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Chad Billingsley at STL Wainwright, at ATL Jurrjens
  2. Clayton Kershaw at STL Pineiro
  3. Randy Wolf at STL Carpenter, at ATL Lowe
  4. Hiroki Kuroda at STL Lohse
  5. Jason Schmidt at ATL Hanson

Two-starter(s): Wolf and Billingsley. They are at least advisable in all leagues still, despite some struggles.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Kuroda. We said he was underowned last week and he struck out nine. It certainly helps the Dodgers stand to make him a consistent winner in the second half.
One-week bust: Schmidt. You should only be trusting his sub-90s stuff if you like five-inning pitchers who can be beaten up fairly regularly.

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Yovani Gallardo vs WAS Martin
  2. Manny Parra vs WAS Mock
  3. Jeff Suppan vs WAS Stammen, at SD Geer
  4. Braden Looper at SD Gaudin
  5. TBD, likely Tim Dillard vs WAS Balester, at SD Correia

Two-starter(s): Suppan and perhaps Dillard. They are questionable options, but their favorable matchups make them risks worth taking in deeper leagues. The Brewers should beat on these teams this week.
Who is getting skipped: Mike Burns . The Brewers are leaning toward Dillard as their new No. 5 starter, which leaves Burns in long relief. They still hope to make a trade for a front-line starter before the deadline, though, which would alter the pitching plans.
One-week sleeper: Suppan. Yes, he has been bad lately, but the veteran should be able to handle those matchups.
One-week bust: Burns. We don't see a whole lot of negative from the Brewers this week, except if you were holding out hope Burns would stay in the rotation. It is pretty safe to consider him out right now.

Minnesota Twins

  1. Scott Baker vs CHW Buehrle
  2. Nick Blackburn vs LAA Santana
  3. Francisco Liriano vs CHW Colon
  4. Glen Perkins vs CHW Danks, vs LAA Weaver
  5. Anthony Swarzak vs LAA Saunders

Two-starter(s): Perkins. He is a high-risk option after a disasterous start last time out. He is also dealing with a sore shoulder.
Who is getting skipped: Perhaps Perkins. Perkins is needed Monday and is expected to make the start, but off days Thursday and the following Monday could allow the Twins to go to a four-man rotation a couple of turns.
One-week sleeper: Swarzak. Somehow he pitched better than the more front-end guys last time out. His opponent has been struggling, too.
One-week bust: Perkins. There is no good reason to trust him after his eight-run debacle.

New York Mets

  1. Johan Santana vs COL Hammel
  2. Mike Pelfrey vs COL Marquis, vs ARI Garland
  3. Oliver Perez vs COL Jimenez, vs ARI Scherzer
  4. Jonathon Niese vs COL De La Rosa
  5. Livan Hernandez vs ARI Davis

Two-starter(s): Pelfrey and Perez. You have to be a real risk-taker to be confident in these guys right now.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Niese. He made a solid return and might have turned the corner on his young career. Give him a shot this week as his flyball pitching suits roomy Citi Field.
One-week bust: Pelfrey and Perez. It would be easier to run them out there and pray for them to straighten out if the Mets scored runs. They have to be sitting in mixed leagues.

New York Yankees

  1. CC Sabathia at TB Kazmir, at CHW Buehrle
  2. A.J. Burnett at TB Shields, at CHW Danks
  3. Andy Pettitte at CHW Contreras
  4. Joba Chamberlain at TB Garza
  5. Sergio Mitre at CHW Floyd

Two-starter(s): Burnett and Sabathia. They are must-starts in all leagues.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Pettitte. He hasn't won since the start of the month, but that shouldn't last any longer.
One-week bust: Mitre. He won't have to be great for the Yankees to make him a winner. They could consider a trade deadline acquisition in his place, though. Own him but be wary of him.

Oakland Athletics

  1. Dallas Braden vs TOR Tallet
  2. Brett Anderson at BOS Penny
  3. Trevor Cahill at BOS Beckett, vs TOR Cecil
  4. Vin Mazzaro at BOS Buchholz, vs TOR Romero
  5. Gio Gonzalez at BOS Lester

Two-starter(s): Cahill and Mazzaro. They are questionable options due to their youth, inconsistency and tough first matchup.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Anderson. He has had some moments lately and was great earlier this month at Fenway Park.
One-week bust: Cahill, Mazzaro and Gonzalez. We obviously are thinking the Red Sox will get healthy off the A's back-end rookie starters.

Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Cole Hamels at ARI Haren, at SF Zito
  2. Joe Blanton at SF Sadowski
  3. J.A. Happ at ARI Petit
  4. Jamie Moyer at ARI Garland, at SF Lincecum
  5. Rodrigo Lopez at SF Sanchez

Two-starter(s): Moyer and Hamels. They are at least advisable in all leagues this week.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Moyer. The veteran had his winning streak snapped, but the Phillies should be able to make him a winner against those two offenses.
One-week bust: None. All of the Phillies starters are viable options this week. The lone exception could be a trade acquisition that bumps Lopez to the bullpen.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Zach Duke at SF Cain
  2. Paul Maholm at SF Lincecum, vs WAS Balester
  3. Charlie Morton at SF Zito
  4. Ross Ohlendorf vs WAS Lannan
  5. Virgil Vasquez vs WAS Stammen

Two-starter(s): Maholm. His recent struggles make him a questionable option, especially with that tough first matchup.
Who is getting skipped: None. A Thursday off day would allow them to skip Vasquez, but we see no reason to do it right now.
One-week sleeper: Morton. He has been pitching well enough to trust in mixed leagues now.
One-week bust: Maholm. His matchups are the toughest among all of the rest of the Pirates starters, who we actually like this week.

San Diego Padres

  1. Kevin Correia at CIN Arroyo, vs MIL TBD
  2. Chad Gaudin vs MIL Looper
  3. Josh Geer vs CIN Bailey, vs MIL Suppan
  4. Mat Latos at CIN Harang
  5. Tim Stauffer at CIN Cueto

Two-starter(s): Geer and Correia. They are questionable options best left for NL-only leagues.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Geer. He has a 1-6 record, but you might want take a risk on him beating the struggling arms he is opposing.
One-week bust: Latos and Stauffer. The young arms are intriguing fliers right now, but they are tough to trust in their matchups this week.

San Francisco Giants

  1. Tim Lincecum vs PIT Maholm, vs PHI Moyer
  2. Matt Cain vs PIT Duke
  3. Barry Zito vs PIT Morton, vs PHI Hamels
  4. Jonathan Sanchez vs PHI Lopez
  5. Ryan Sadowski vs PHI Blanton

Two-starter(s): Lincecum and Zito. A must-start and a questionable one, although it helps some that Zito is a lefty against the left-leaning Phillies.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Zito. You can never be sure when to trust him, but he is a touch safer at home and has been good after the All-Star break.
One-week bust: Sanchez and Sadowski. Back-end starters against the Phillies typically are not a good idea.

Seattle Mariners

  1. Felix Hernandez vs TOR Romero, at TEX Hunter
  2. Jarrod Washburn vs TOR Rzepczynski, at TEX Padilla
  3. Ryan Rowland-Smith vs TOR Halladay
  4. Jason Vargas at TEX Millwood
  5. TBD ( Garrett Olson or Brandon Morrow ) at TEX Holland

Two-starter(s): Hernandez and Washburn. King Felix is a must-start, while Washburn is an advisable one.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Washburn. He could be dealt before the trade deadline, but that was said late last July, too.
One-week bust: Rowland-Smith, Vargas and No. 5 TBD. The Mariners rotation is in flux. We cannot be sure who will start, much less will they help any.

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Chris Carpenter vs LAD Wolf, vs HOU Rodriguez
  2. Adam Wainwright vs LAD Billingsley, vs HOU Oswalt
  3. Joel Pineiro vs LAD Kershaw
  4. Kyle Lohse vs LAD Kuroda
  5. Todd Wellemeyer vs HOU Moehler

Two-starter(s): Carpenter and Wainwright. No-brainer must-starts, even with those matchups.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Pineiro. Guru Dave Duncan has turned this guy into a must-start ace, if you haven't noticed in small mixed leagues.
One-week bust: Lohse and Wellemeyer. They haven't been good of late, so don't use them outside of NL-only leagues this week.

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. James Shields vs NYY Burnett, vs KC Bannister
  2. Scott Kazmir vs NYY Sabathia
  3. Matt Garza vs NYY Chamberlain
  4. David Price vs KC Ponson
  5. Jeff Niemann vs KC Meche

Two-starter(s): Shields. He is at least advisable in all leagues.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Niemann. The rookie is hot and a solid option in all leagues now.
One-week bust: Price. He is up-and-down and tough to gauge. We still have to advise you start him in that matchup, though.

Texas Rangers

  1. Kevin Millwood vs SEA Vargas
  2. Vicente Padilla vs DET French, vs SEA Washburn
  3. Scott Feldman vs DET Verlander
  4. Derek Holland vs SEA Bedard
  5. Tommy Hunter vs DET Galarraga, vs SEA Hernandez

Two-starter(s): Hunter and Padilla. They are questionable options best avoided out of AL-only leagues this week, especially in their hitter's park.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Feldman. He had been surprisingly effective and able to beat some aces. Verlander is next, perhaps.
One-week bust: Padilla. It will be hard to expect much from him coming off the swine flu.

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Roy Halladay at SEA Rowland-Smith
  2. Ricky Romero at SEA Hernandez, at OAK Mazzaro
  3. Brian Tallet at OAK Braden
  4. Marc Rzepczynski at SEA Washburn
  5. Brett Cecil at OAK Cahill

Two-starter(s): Romero. He is a solid option for any league this week.
Who is getting skipped: None. The Blue Jays do have off days coming up Thursday and the following Monday, but a potential Halladay trade will keep them from being able to plan a four-man rotation.
One-week sleeper: Cecil. The rookie is 3-1 and facing another rookie that is below .500. A Matt Holliday -less A's team can't scare you.
One-week bust: Tallet. He has been skipped before and could be skipped again.

Washington Nationals

  1. John Lannan at PIT Ohlendorf
  2. Craig Stammen at MIL Suppan, at PIT Vasquez
  3. Collin Balester at MIL Dillard, at PIT Maholm
  4. Garrett Mock at MIL Parra
  5. J.D. Martin at MIL Gallardo

Two-starter(s): Stammen and Balester. They are high-risk options even in the deepest of NL-only leagues.
Who is getting skipped: None.
One-week sleeper: Lannan. He is the staff ace and draws the most favorable matchup of all the Nationals starters.
One-week bust: Everyone except Lannan. The Brewers are going to rough up the Nationals young arms.

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