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Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Tips: Two Start Pitchers

Jonathan Sanchez two start pitcherThere are over 60 probable two-start pitchers in fantasy baseball week 5. Many of those pitchers are must starts, including household names like Tim Lincecum and Josh Beckett. However, who you choose on your waiver wire to be a part of your rotation this week can make all the difference in winning your weekly matchup… and losing to your buddy.

Based on pitchers that we have featured in previous weeks and their current ownership percentages, it seems that there are many fantasy baseball players taking our advice. Chris Volstad of the Florida Marlins, who we featured in week 2 as a pitcher worth taking a flier on, has seen his ownership percentage climb from less than 50% in week 2 to 72% heading into week 5. Those of you who own Volstad are reaping the benefits, as the Florida pitcher currently carries a 2-0 record with a 2.67 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 27 strikeouts in 30.3 innings of work. Volstad is once again a two-start pitcher in week 5.

We’ve listed every two start pitcher for the upcoming week with their probable starts and ownership percentage in our exclusive two start pitchers bullpen. See below for three pitchers available in more than 50% of fantasy baseball leagues worth taking a flier on this week.

  • Jonathan Sanchez, San Francisco Giants: Sanchez has only made three starts on the young season (17.3 innings total). He’s made the most of each outing, however, going 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts. Last year, Sanchez struck out 157 batters in 158 innings, so the strikeout total isn’t an anomaly. He takes the mound Monday at the Chicago Cubs and Saturday on the road against the Dodgers. Last year, he was better Pre-All Star Break than he was the second half of the year, striking out 115 batters in 111 innings and going 8-5 with a 3.97 ERA. Get Sanchez while he’s hot and try to sell high on him towards the end of June, when his value should peak.
  • Edwin Jackson, Detroit Tigers: Jackson seems to have revived his career over the last two seasons, going 14-11 last year with Tampa. He’s only 1-1, but he has 3 quality starts in 5 appearances to go along with a 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 32 innings of work. Jackson takes the mound Monday against Minnesota and Saturday at Cleveland. Last year with the Rays, Jackson was a combined 2-0 against the Twins and Indians, striking out 9 batters in 13.3 innings of work.
  • Dallas Braden, Oakland Athletics: Braden has yet to give up more than 3 runs all season, but he has been the bearer of a hapless Oakland offense so far this season. He takes the mound Tuesday at home against the Angels and Sunday at home against the Blue Jays – both teams he has already lost to in 2009 by scores of 3-0 and 1-0, respectively. He is 3-2 on the year with a 2.10 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 30 innings. Braden has 19 strikeouts in 32 career innings against these teams with a career ERA right around 3.00. It would seem if he can get even 4 runs of support, he could undefeated this week.
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