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Pitching Planner for Week 24 | Never Give Up

Tim McCullough Managing Editor September 11, 2017 1:09AM EDT

Welcome to the Pitching Planner for Week 24! It’s hard to believe that we’re down to the final three weeks of the season. Among the leagues that utilize playoffs leading up to a Championship series have likely begun those playoffs now. Meanwhile, roto leagues continue to chug along towards the end with just under 20 games left to play. Regardless of which of those two options your league uses, it is officially crunch time. If your roto team is hanging on by a thread in any category, it’s time to examine your lineup very closely to ensure you are maximizing your team’s potential every single day of every single scoring category.

For example, in one of my roto leagues (a league that has been playing together for nearly 20 years no less), I find myself sitting in second place with 66.5 points; 33.5 points in pitching and 33 in hitting. However, I am 20 iron-clad points behind the first place team. I say “iron-clad” because there is absolutely no way I am going to catch that team – not even with substantial help from other teams. While that’s unfortunate, you might be surprised to learn that just a little over six weeks ago, I was sitting in seventh place in this very same league. My pitching has been competitive all season long, and that’s what kept me in the hunt, even when I was sitting in seventh place. It was my hitting that was lagging despite a lineup that sounds almost too good to be true for a 10-team league.

Jonathan Schoop gets a pie in the face after a walkoff hit wins the game for the Orioles. Schoop is having a career-best season across the board offensively. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

I have Cody Bellinger, Rhys Hoskins, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Freddie Freeman and Jonathan Schoop in this league. During the first month or so, it was Freeman who kept the pace. Then Bellinger took over and now it’s Hoskins, Ramirez and Encarnacion who are carrying the team. Yet, the guy I am most proud of drafting/picking up along the way is Jonathan Schoop. Very quietly, Schoop has put together the best season of his career. He’s batting .305 with 31 home runs, 86 runs scored and a whopping 103 RBIs. He’s even stolen a base as a cherry on top. I drafted Schoop back in March when I was hoping for 20-25 HRs and a .275 BA.

But I digress. The point I really wanted to make here is that you should never give up on your Fantasy teams. I could have easily thrown in the towel on this team six weeks ago. But adding Bellinger here, and Hoskins there, and tweaking my starting pitching to keep the strikeouts coming, and a little bit of luck with Ramirez, Schoop and a few other really good draft choices and BOOM! I have a solid shot to finish in second place; a money finish in this league. Over the 20 or so years we’ve been playing together, I’ve won the whole shebang several times, and that’s a whole bunch of fun. However, it’s the second and third place finishes after fighting hard all season that are far more satisfying to me. So, don’t give up…ever, because you just never know when your team will turn itself around and kick butt for a few weeks and surprise you with a hard fought finish in the Top 3. If you have even just a remote chance of recapturing a second or third place finish, you owe it to yourself and your leaguemates to put in the effort to finish as high as you possibly can. Never give up. Never.

The table below will be published each week showing the expected pitching rotation matchups, whether the game is at home or on the road, and it will include the pitcher’s win/loss record as of the date the planner is written. Finally, you will note that each matchup is assigned a ranking numbered #1-5. This number refers to my recommendation as far as starting that pitcher in Fantasy play and the rankings break down as follows:

1 – Must-Start – These pitchers are aces and are virtually matchup proof.

2 – Favorable Start – These pitchers may or may not be aces but the matchup is favorable.

3 – Streaming Option – These pitchers are in a favorable matchup, so they can be started if needed.

4 – Risky Start – The matchup is prohibitively risky. Owners are advised to avoid this pitcher.

5 – Bench – Do not start this pitcher in this matchup.

PITCHER RANKINGS FOR WEEK 24

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ARZZack Greinke (R) SP2
vs. COL
Kyle Freeland (L)
Taijuan Walker (R) SP3
vs. COL
Kyle Freeland (L)
Patrick Corbin (L) SP3
vs. COL
German Marquez (R)
Zack Godley (R) SP3
vs. COL
Chad Bettis (R)
Robbie Ray (L) SP2
at. SF
Matt Moore (L)
Zack Greinke (R) SP1
at. SF
Jeff Samardzija (R)
Taijuan Walker (R) SP3
at. SF
Madison Bumgarner (L)
ATLLuiz Gohara (L) SP5
at. WAS
Gio Gonzalez (L)
Julio Teheran (R) SP4
at. WAS
Tanner Roark (R)
Sean Newcomb (L) SP4
at. WAS
Max Scherzer (R)
Michael Foltynewicz (R) SP3
vs. NYM
Rafael Montero (R)
Max Fried (L) SP5
vs. NYM
Jacob deGrom (R)
R.A. Dickey (R) SP5
vs. NYM
Matt Harvey (R)
CHCJose Quintana (L) SP2
vs. NYM
Matt Harvey (R)
Jon Lester (L) SP1
vs. NYM
Seth Lugo (R)
John Lackey (R) SP2
vs. NYM
Chris Flexen (R)
Jake Arrieta (R) SP2
vs. STL
Michael Wacha (R)
Kyle Hendricks (R) SP2
vs. STL
Adam Wainwright (R)
Jose Quintana (L) SP2
vs. STL
Lance Lynn (R)
CINRobert Stephenson (R) SP3
at. STL
Lance Lynn (R)
Tyler Mahle (R) SP5
at. STL
Luke Weaver (R)
Amir Garrett (L) SP5
at. STL
Carlos Martinez (R)
Homer Bailey (R) SP4
vs. PIT
Chad Kuhl (R)
Sal Romano (R) SP3
vs. PIT
Ivan Nova (R)
Robert Stephenson (R) SP3
vs. PIT
Gerrit Cole (R)
COL
Kyle Freeland (L) SP5
at. ARZ
Zack Greinke (R)
TBD
at. ARZ
Taijuan Walker (R)
German Marquez (R) SP5
at. ARZ
Patrick Corbin (L)
Chad Bettis (R) SP5
at. ARZ
Zack Godley (R)
Tyler Chatwood (R) SP3
vs. SD
Clayton Richard (L)
Kyle Freeland (L) SP3
vs. SD
Jordan Lyles (R)
TBD
vs. SD
Jhoulys Chacin (R)
LADKenta Maeda (R) SP2
at. SF
Chris Stratton (R)
Clayton Kershaw (L) SP1
at. SF
Ty Blach (L)
Yu Darvish (R) SP2
at. SF
Johnny Cueto (R)
Alex Wood (L) SP4
at. WAS
Edwin Jackson (R)
Rich Hill (L)SP4
at. WAS
Stephen Strasburg (R)
Kenta Maeda (R) SP4
at. WAS
Gio Gonzalez (L)
MIADillon Peters (R) SP3
at. PHI
Nick Pivetta (R)
Dan Straily (R) SP3
at. PHI
Aaron Nola (R)
Jose Urena (R) SP3
at. PHI
Jake Thompson (R)
Adam Conley (L) SP4
vs. MLW
Chase Anderson (R)
Odrisamer Despaigne (R) SP4
vs. MLW
Zach Davies (R)
Dillon Peters (R) SP3
vs. MLW
Brandon Woodruff ()
MLWBrandon Woodruff (R) SP3
vs. PIT
Steven Brault ()
Brent Suter (L) SP3
vs. PIT
Gerrit Cole (R)
Matt Garza (R) SP4
vs. PIT
Trevor Williams (R)
Chase Anderson (R) SP3
at. MIA
Adam Conley (L)
Zach Davies (R) SP3
at. MIA
Odrisamer Despaigne (R)
Brandon Woodruff (R) SP3
at. MIA
Dillon Peters ()
NYMMatt Harvey (R) SP5
at. CHC
Jose Quintana (L)
Seth Lugo (R) SP4
at. CHC
Jon Lester (L)
Chris Flexen (R) SP4
at. CHC
John Lackey (R)
Rafael Montero (R) SP3
at. ATL
Michael Foltynewicz (R)
Jacob deGrom (R) SP2
at. ATL
Max Fried (L)
Matt Harvey (R) SP5
at. ATL
R.A. Dickey (R)
PHINick Pivetta (R) SP4
vs. MIA
Dillon Peters (R)
Aaron Nola (R) SP2
vs. MIA
Dan Straily (R)
Jake Thompson (R) SP4
vs. MIA
Jose Urena (R)
Mark Leiter-Jr. (R) SP3
vs. OAK
Daniel Mengden (R)
Ben Lively (R) SP4
vs. OAK
Kendall Graveman (R)
Nick Pivetta (R) SP3
vs. OAK
Sean Manaea (L)
PITSteven Brault (R) SP3
at. MLW
Brandon Woodruff ()
Gerrit Cole (R) SP2
at. MLW
Brent Suter (R)
Trevor Williams (R) SP3
at. MLW
Matt Garza (R)
Chad Kuhl (R) SP4
at. CIN
Homer Bailey (R)
Ivan Nova (R) SP4
at CIN
Sal Romano (R)
Gerrit Cole (R) SP2
at. CIN
Robert Stephenson (R)
SDTravis Wood (L) SP4
at. MIN
Kyle Gibson (R)
Dinelson Lamet (R) SP4
at. MIN
Ervin Santana (R)
Clayton Richard (L) SP5
at. COL
Tyler Chatwood (R)
Jordan Lyles (R) SP5
at. COL
Kyle Freeland (L)
Jhoulys Chacin (R) SP5
at. COL
Kyle Freeland (L)
SFChris Stratton (R) SP5
vs. LAD
Kenta Maeda (R)
Ty Blach (L) SP5
vs. LAD
Clayton Kershaw (L)
Johnny Cueto (R) SP5
vs. LAD
Yu Darvish (R)
Matt Moore (L) SP5
vs. ARZ
Robbie Ray (L)
Jeff Samardzija (R) SP5
vs. ARZ
Zack Greinke (R)
Madison Bumgarner (L) SP2
vs. ARZ
Taijuan Walker (R)
STLLance Lynn (R) SP2
vs. CIN
Robert Stephenson (R)
Jack Flaherty (R) SP4
vs. CIN
Tyler Mahle (R)
Luke Weaver (R) SP4
vs. CIN
Amir Garrett ()
Carlos Martinez (R) SP2
at. CHC
Jake Arrieta (R)
Michael Wacha (R) SP 2
at. CHC
Kyle Hendricks (R)
Lance Lynn (R)
at. CHC
Jose Quintana (L)
WASGio Gonzalez (L) SP2
vs. ATL
Luiz Gohara (r)
Tanner Roark (R) SP2
vs. ATL
Julio Teheran (R)
Max Scherzer (R) SP1
vs. ATL
Sean Newcomb (L)
Edwin Jackson (R) SP4
vs. LAD
Alex Wood (L)
Stephen Strasburg (R) SP2 vs. LAD
Rich Hill (L)
Gio Gonzalez (L) SP4
vs. LAD
Kenta Maeda (R)
BALUbaldo Jimenez (R) SP5
at. TOR
Marco Estrada (R)
Kevin Gausman (R) SP3
at. TOR
Joe Biagini (R)
Dylan Bundy (R) SP2
at. TOR
Marcus Stroman (R)
Wade Miley (L) SP4
at. NYY
Masahiro Tanaka (R)
Jeremy Hellickson (R) SP5
at. NYY
Luis Severino (R)
Ubaldo Jimenez (R) SP5
at. NYY
CC Sabathia (L)
Kevin Gausman (R) SP3
at. NYY
Sonny Gray (R)
BOSEduardo Rodriguez (L) SP3
vs. OAK
Sean Manaea (L)
Doug Fister (R) SP2
vs. OAK
Jharel Cotton (R)
Drew Pomeranz (L) SP2
vs. OAK
Daniel Gossett ()
Chris Sale (L) SP1
at. TB
Jacob Faria (R)
Rick Porcello (R) SP2
at. TB
Matt Andriese (R)
Eduardo Rodriguez (L) SP3
at. TB
Alex Cobb (R)
CWSReynaldo Lopez (R) SP4
at. KC
Jason Hammel (R)
TBD
at. KC
Sam Gaviglio ()
Lucas Giolito (R) SP3
at. KC
Ian Kennedy (R)
James Shields (R) SP4
at. DET
Chad Bell (R)
Carson Fulmer (R) SP5
at. DET
Anibal Sanchez (R)
Reynaldo Lopez (R) SP5
at. DET
Matt Boyd (L)
TBD
at. DET
Myles Jaye (R)
CLECarlos Carrasco (R) SP2
vs. DET
Myles Jaye (R)
Corey Kluber (R) SP1
vs. DET
Myles Jaye (R)
Mike Clevinger (R) SP2
vs. DET
Buck Farmer (R)
Josh Tomlin (R) SP4
vs. KC
Jake Junis (R)
Trevor Bauer (R) SP2
vs. KC
Jason Vargas (L)
Carlos Carrasco (R) SP2
vs. KC
Jason Hammel (R)
Corey Kluber (R) SP1
vs. KC
Sam Gaviglio (R)
DETMatt Boyd (R) SP4
at. CLE
Carlos Carrasco (R)
Myles Jaye (R) SP5
at. CLE
Corey Kluber (R)
Buck Farmer (R) SP4
at. CLE
Mike Clevinger (R)
Chad Bell (R) SP4
vs. CWS
James Shields (R)
Anibal Sanchez (R) SP2
vs. CWS
Carson Fulmer ()
Matt Boyd (L) SP3
vs. CWS
Reynaldo Lopez (R)
Myles Jaye (SP5)
vs. CWS
TBD
HOUJustin Verlander (R) SP2
at. LAA
Garrett Richards (R)
Lance McCullers (R) SP2
at. LAA
Tyler Skaggs (L)
Collin McHugh (R) SP2
at. LAA
Ricky Nolasco (R)
Dallas Keuchel (L) SP2
vs. SEA
Erasmo Ramirez (R)
Charlie Morton (R) SP2
vs. SEA
Ariel Miranda ()
Justin Verlander (R) SP2
vs. SEA
Andrew Moore ()
KCJason Hammel (R) SP4
vs. CWS
Reynaldo Lopez ()
Sam Gaviglio (R) SP4
vs. CWS
TBD
Ian Kennedy (R) SP4
vs. CWS
Lucas Giolito (R)
Jake Junis (R) SP4
at. CLE
Josh Tomlin (R)
Jason Vargas (L) SP4
at. CLE
Trevor Bauer (R)
Jason Hammel (R) SP4
at. CLE
Carlos Carrasco (R)
Sam Gaviglio (R) SP5
at. CLE
Corey Kluber (R)
LAAGarrett Richards (R) SP4
vs. HOU
Justin Verlander (R)
Tyler Skaggs (L) SP4
vs. HOU
Lance McCullers (R)
Ricky Nolasco (R) SP5
vs. HOU
Collin McHugh (R)
Andrew Heaney (L) SP3
vs. TEX
A.J. Griffin (R)
Parker Bridwell (R) SP4
vs. TEX
Cole Hamels (L)
Garrett Richards (R) SP3
vs. TEX
Miguel Gonzalez (R)
MINKyle Gibson (R) SP3
vs. SD
Travis Wood (L)
Ervin Santana (R) SP2
vs. SD
Dinelson Lamet (R)
Jose Berrios (R) SP2
vs. TOR
Brett Anderson (L)
Bartolo Colon (R) SP5
vs. TOR
J.A. Happ (L)
Adalberto Mejia (L) SP4
vs. TOR
Marco Estrada (R)
Kyle Gibson (R) SP5
vs. TOR
Joe Biagini (R)
NYYCC Sabathia (L) SP4
at. TB
Jake Odorizzi (R)
Sonny Gray (R) SP2
at. TB
Blake Snell (R)
Jaime Garcia (L) SP2
at. TB
Chris Archer (R)
Masahiro Tanaka (R) SP2
vs. BAL
Wade Miley (L)
Luis Severino (R) SP2
vs. BAL
Jeremy Hellickson (R)
CC Sabathia (L) SP4
vs. BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez (R)
Sonny Gray (R) SP2
vs. BAL
Kevin Gausman (R)
OAKSean Manaea (L) SP4
at. BOS
Eduardo Rodriguez (L)
Jharel Cotton (R) SP4
at. BOS
Doug Fister (R)
Daniel Gossett (R) SP4
at. BOS
Drew Pomeranz (L)
Daniel Mengden (R) SP4
at. PHI
Mark Leiter-Jr. (R)
Kendall Graveman (R) SP4
at. PHI
Ben Lively (R)
Sean Manaea (L) SP4
at. PHI
Nick Pivetta (R)
SEAAriel Miranda (L) SP4
at. TEX
Cole Hamels (L)
Andrew Moore (R) SP5
at. TEX
Miguel Gonzalez (R)
Mike Leake (R) SP5
at. TEX
Martin Perez (L)
Andrew Albers (L) SP5
at. TEX
Andrew Cashner (R)
Erasmo Ramirez (R) SP5
at. HOU
Dallas Keuchel (L)
Ariel Miranda (L) SP5
at. HOU
Charlie Morton (R)
Andrew Moore (R) SP5
at. HOU
Justin Verlander (R)
TBJake Odorizzi (R) SP4
vs. NYY
CC Sabathia (L)
Blake Snell (L) SP4
vs. NYY
Sonny Gray (R)
Chris Archer (R) SP2
vs. NYY
Jaime Garcia (L)
Jacob Faria (R) SP4
vs. BOS
Chris Sale (L)
Matt Andriese (R) SP4
vs. BOS
Rick Porcello (R)
Alex Cobb (R) SP4
vs. BOS
Eduardo Rodriguez (L)
TEXCole Hamels (L) SP2
vs. SEA
Ariel Miranda (L)
Miguel Gonzalez (R) SP4
vs. SEA
Andrew Moore ()
Martin Perez (L) SP4
vs. SEA
Mike Leake (R)
Andrew Cashner (R) SP4
vs. SEA
Andrew Albers (L)
A.J. Griffin (R) SP4
at. LAA
Andrew Heaney (L)
Cole Hamels (L) SP2
at. LAA
Parker Bridwell ()
Miguel Gonzalez (R) SP4
at. LAA
Garrett Richards (R)
TORMarco Estrada (R) SP3
vs. BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez (R)
Joe Biagini (R) SP5
vs. BAL
Kevin Gausman (R)
Marcus Stroman (R) SP2
vs. BAL
Dylan Bundy (R)
Brett Anderson (L) SP5
at. MIN
Jose Berrios (R)
J.A. Happ (L) SP3
at. MIN
Bartolo Colon (R)
Marco Estrada (R) SP2
at. MIN
Adalberto Mejia (L)
Joe Biagini (R) SP5
at. MIN
Kyle Gibson (R)

TWO-START PITCHERS FOR WEEK 24

NameTeamGame 1 DateGame 1 OpponentGame 2 DateGame 2 Opponent
Marco EstradaTORMonday, 9/11 7:07 PMBAL vs. Ubaldo JimenezSaturday, 9/16 7:10 PM@MIN vs. Adalberto Mejia
Ubaldo JimenezBALMonday, 9/11 7:07 PM@TOR vs. Marco EstradaSaturday, 9/16 4:05 PM@NYY vs. CC Sabathia
Carlos CarrascoCLEMonday, 9/11 7:10 PMDET vs. Myles JayeSaturday, 9/16 4:10 PMKC vs. Jason Hammel
CC SabathiaNYYMonday, 9/11 7:10 PM@TB vs. Jake OdorizziSaturday, 9/16 4:05 PMBAL vs. Ubaldo Jimenez
Brandon WoodruffMLWMonday, 9/11 7:40 PMPIT vs. Steven Brault Sunday, 9/17 1:10 PM@MIA vs. Dillon Peters
Cole HamelsTEXMonday, 9/11 8:05 PMSEA vs. Ariel Miranda Saturday, 9/16 9:07 PM@LAA vs. Parker Bridwell
Ariel MirandaSEAMonday, 9/11 8:05 PM@TEX vs. Cole Hamels Saturday, 9/16 1:05 PM@HOU vs. Charlie Morton
Jason HammelKCMonday, 9/11 8:15 PMCWS vs. Reynaldo LopezSaturday, 9/16 4:10 PM@CLE vs. Carlos Carrasco
Reynaldo LopezCWSMonday, 9/11 8:15 PM@KC vs. Jason Hammel Saturday, 9/16 6:10 PM@DET vs. Matt Boyd
Zack GreinkeARZMonday, 9/11 9:40 PMCOL vs. Kyle Freeland Saturday, 9/16 9:05 PM@SF vs. Jeff Samardzija
Kenta MaedaLADMonday, 9/11 10:15 PM@SF vs. Chris Stratton Sunday, 9/17 8:08 PM@WAS vs. Gio Gonzalez
Sam GaviglioKCTuesday, 9/12 1:15 PMCWSSunday, 9/17 1:10 PM@CLE vs. Corey Kluber
Nick PivettaPHITuesday, 9/12 7:05 PMMIA vs. Dillon PetersSunday, 9/17 1:35 PMOAK vs. Sean Manaea
Dillon PetersMIATuesday, 9/12 7:05 PM@PHI vs. Nick PivettaSunday, 9/17 1:10 PMMLW vs. Brandon Woodruff
Gio GonzalezWASTuesday, 9/12 7:05 PMATL vs. Luiz Gohara Sunday, 9/17 8:08 PMLAD vs. Kenta Maeda
Joe BiaginiTORTuesday, 9/12 7:07 PMBAL vs. Kevin Gausman Sunday, 9/17 2:10 PM@MIN vs. Kyle Gibson
Kevin GausmanBALTuesday, 9/12 7:07 PM@TOR vs. Joe BiaginiSunday, 9/17 1:05 PM@NYY vs. Sonny Gray
Corey KluberCLETuesday, 9/12 7:10 PMDET vs. Myles JayeSunday, 9/17 1:10 PMKC vs. Sam Gaviglio
Sonny GrayNYYTuesday, 9/12 7:10 PM@TB vs. Blake Snell Sunday, 9/17 1:05 PMBAL vs. Kevin Gausman
Eduardo RodriguezBOSTuesday, 9/12 7:10 PMOAK vs. Sean Manaea Sunday, 9/17 1:10 PM@TB vs. Alex Cobb
Sean ManaeaOAKTuesday, 9/12 7:10 PM@BOS vs. Eduardo Rodriguez Sunday, 9/17 1:35 PM@PHI vs. Nick Pivetta
Gerrit ColePITTuesday, 9/12 7:40 PM@MLW vs. Brent SuterSunday, 9/17 1:10 PM@CIN vs. Robert Stephenson
Jose QuintanaCHCTuesday, 9/12 8:05 PMNYM vs. Matt HarveySunday, 9/17 2:20 PMSTL vs. Lance Lynn
Matt HarveyNYMTuesday, 9/12 8:05 PM@CHC vs. Jose QuintanaSunday, 9/17 1:35 PM@ATL vs. R.A. Dickey
Miguel GonzalezTEXTuesday, 9/12 8:05 PMSEA vs. Andrew MooreSunday, 9/17 3:37 PM@LAA vs. Garrett Richards
Andrew MooreSEATuesday, 9/12 8:05 PM@TEX vs. Miguel GonzalezSunday, 9/17 2:10 PM@HOU vs. Justin Verlander
Kyle GibsonMINTuesday, 9/12 8:10 PMSD vs. Travis WoodSunday, 9/17 2:10 PMTOR vs. Joe Biagini
Lance LynnSTLTuesday, 9/12 8:15 PMCIN vs. Robert StephensonSunday, 9/17 2:20 PM@CHC vs. Jose Quintana
Robert StephensonCINTuesday, 9/12 8:15 PM@STL vs. Lance LynnSunday, 9/17 1:10 PMPIT vs. Gerrit Cole
Taijuan WalkerARZTuesday, 9/12 9:40 PMCOL vs. Kyle FreelandSunday, 9/17 4:05 PM@SF vs. Madison Bumgarner
Garrett RichardsLAATuesday, 9/12 10:07 PMHOU vs. Justin VerlanderSunday, 9/17 3:37 PMTEX vs. Miguel Gonzalez
Justin VerlanderHOUTuesday, 9/12 10:07 PM@LAA vs. Garrett RichardsSunday, 9/17 2:10 PMSEA vs. Andrew Moore

 

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