Gearing up for week 3, which pitchers should you start and which should you sit? Here is our list of 2 start pitchers for fantasy baseball 2012 – week 3. There are a couple of surprises on this list, any questions about your lineup? Hit up our forums to ask the community for the best start and sit advice around.
Ian Kennedy – Arizona Diamondbacks (4/17/12) vs. PIT – Jeff Karstens (4/22/12) vs. ATL Randall Delgado
Kennedy draws 2 home starts against the Pirates and Braves, he is a must start in all formats for week 3, and a good bet to win both games this week.
Dan Haren – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4/17/12) vs. OAK (4/22/12) vs. BAL Wei-Yin Chen
Haren has 2 home starts against 2 lousy offenses in the A’s and Baltimore, should be a great week for Haren in Anaheim.
Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers (4/16/12) @ KC Danny Duffy (4/21/12) vs TEX Neftali Feliz
Verlander has tough matchups against 2 solid offenses in the Royals and Rangers. He remains a must-start no matter who he faces.
Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4/16/12) vs. OAK Brandon McCarthy (4/21/12) vs. BAL Jake Arrieta
Just like his teammate Haren, Weaver is a must-start option against two weak offenses
Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies (4/16/12) @ SF Tim Lincecum (4/21/12) @ SD Roy Halladay
Halladay is a must-start option no matter who he faces. 2 road games in pitchers ballparks should only help Halladay, he just needs a little bit of run support and this will be a two win week for the ace.
Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals (4/16/12) vs. HOU Kyle Weiland (4/21/12) vs. MIA Anibal Sanchez
Two very winnable games for Strasburg this week at home vs the Astros and Marlins.
C.C. Sabathia – New York Yankees (4/17/12) vs. MIN Francisco Liriano (4/22/12) @BOS Daniel Bard
The Twins game looks awfully juicy to CC, while the Boston game probably won’t go as smoothly, but he is still a must start in all formats.
Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants (4/16/12) vs. PHI Roy Halladay (4/22/12) @ NYM Dillon Gee
Lincecum slips to the second tier with his ERA at 12+, however he should still be active in most formats as the Phillies are without most their star hitters, and the Mets have a soft lineup in 2012.
Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers (4/17/12) vs. LAD Chad Billingsley (4/22/12) vs. COL Jeremy Guthrie
Gallardo will more than likely come out of this week 1-1 as he has two average matchups against hot and cold teams.
James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays (4/16/12) @BOS Daniel Bard (4/21/12) vs. MIN Carl Pavano
Many owners consider Shields a must start tier 1 pitcher, but his career averages are more suited to the second tier and that is where he is slotted for week 3.
Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves (4/16/12) vs. NYM Dillon Gee (4/21/12) @ ARI Joe Saunders
Hanson is quickly establishing himself as an elite option in the game, and he is a second tier starter in week 3.
Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals (4/17/12) vs. HOU Wandy Rodriguez (4/22/12) vs. MIA
Gonzalez gets 2 home starts in week 3 against struggling teams in the Astros and Marlins, he is a surprise tier 2 starter for week 3.
Chad Billingsley – Los Angeles Dodgers (4/17/12) @ MIL Yovani Gallardo (4/22/12) @ HOU Wandy Rodriguez
Bilingsley has looked like one of the best pitchers in baseball through his first 2 starts, and has achieved near must-start status for week 3 of fantasy baseball 2012. He receives a big bump up into the second tier, and if he keeps dominating, he could become a tier 1 starter shortly.
Ryan Dempster – Chicago Cubs (4/17/12) @ MIA Josh Johnson (4/22/12) vs. CIN Johnny Cueto
Dempster has looked extremely good in the early going in 2012, recording more than a strikeout per inning. Even with the shoddy Cubs offense backing him up, he is a tier 2 starter in week 3.
Kyle Lohse – St. Louis Cardinals (4/17/12) vs. CIN Johnny Cueto (4/22/12) @ PIT Erik Bedard
I find it hard to believe I’m bumping Lohse into the second tier, but he is one of the more consistent options in baseball now as he eats up innings and keeps the ball in the park. Look at him as a second tier pitcher in week 3.
Josh Johnson – Miami Marlins (4/17/12) vs. CHC Ryan Dempster (4/22/12) @ WAS Gio Gonzalez
Johnson has struggled early on this year, and it will probably take him a few more starts to figure things out, if you have better options for week three you might want to hold Johnson out for a week and wait for him to get his stuff back.
Ricky Romero – Toronto Blue Jays (4/17/12) vs. TB Jeff Niemann (4/22/12) @ KC Danny Duffy
Romero will record strikeouts, but against two decent offenses in the Rays and Royals he is a recommended third tier play for week 3.
Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds (4/17/12) @ STL Kyle Lohse (4/22/12) @ CHC Ryan Dempster
Two road starts for Cueto in week 3 don’t look very favorable. If you have tier 1 or tier 2 starters, you can bench Cueto for these matchups.
Colby Lewis – Texas Rangers (4/17/12) @ BOS Jon Lester (4/22/12) @ DET Drew Smyly
Lewis would usually be a tier 2 starter at worse, but 2 road starts against two of the better offenses in baseball make him a low tier 3 option for the third week of fantasy baseball 2012.
Justin Masterson – Cleveland Indians (4/17/12) @ SEA Kevin Millwood (4/22/12) @ OAK TBA
Two winnable games for Masterson in week two, but with that Indians offense behind him you never know what to expect.
Brandon McCarthy – Oakland Athletics (4/16/12) @ LAA Jered Weaver (4/21/12) vs. CLE Ubaldo Jimenez
The ace of the the A’s staff has to face the aces of both the Angels and Indians in week 3 dropping him to a third tier pitcher.
Erik Bedard – Pittsburgh Pirates (4/16/12) @ ARI Joe Saunders (4/22/12) vs. STL Kyle Lohse
Bedard is still looking to recapture his form he had when pitching for the Orioles, so far he is off to a decent start in 2012, but until the Pirates get some major league ballplayers on their roster, Erik probably won’t be able to move any higher than tier 3.
Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays (4/17/12) @ TOR Ricky Romero (4/22/12) vs. MIN Francisco Liriano
Niemann doesn’t strike out enough batters to move him up to the second tier, but two very winnable games make him a third tier play for week 3.
Joe Saunders – Arizona Diamondbacks (4/16/12) vs. PIT Erik Bedard (4/21/12) vs. ATL Tommy Hanson
Saunders gets a bump up to the third tier as he draws two home starts against the Pirates and Braves. The Diamondbacks have been giving their pitchers plenty of offense at home, and Saunders could pick up two wins in the upcoming week.
Francisco Liriano – Minnesota Twins (4/17/12) @ NYY CC Sabathia (4/22/12) @ TB Jeff Niemann
Fantasy owners keep waiting for Liriano to return to his rookie year form… and they will still be waiting after week 3.
Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros (4/17/12) @ WAS Gio Gonzalez (4/22/12) vs. LAD Chad Billingsley
Best pitcher on a horrible team makes it hard to recommend Rodriguez as an option for week 3, only run him out there if you have no better options.
John Danks – Chicago White Sox (4/17/12) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (4/22/12) @ SEA Kevin Millwood
Danks got himself a nice shiny new contract extension in 2012, unfortunately it doesn’t appear to be translating into wins or strikeouts. He is a low tier 4 option for the third week.
Daniel Bard – Boston Red Sox (4/16/12) vs. TB James Shields (4/22/12) vs. NYY CC Sabathia
Bard has failed to meet my expectations in the early going as he is struggling with walks, facing the Sox and Yanks in week 3 won’t help matters. Avoid him unless you absolutely have no better options.
Jake Arrieta – Baltimore Orioles (4/16/12) @ CHW Philip Humber (4/21/12) @ LAA Jered Weaver
The “ace” of the Orioles staff will probably never climb higher than the 4th tier in my book.
Danny Duffy – Kansas City Royals (4/16/12) vs. DET Justin Verlander (4/22/12) vs. TOR Ricky Romero
Duffy actually looked pretty good in his first start, facing Verlander and Romero in week 3 will more than likely set him back and he isn’t a recommend play for week 3.
Philip Humber – Chicago White Sox (4/16/12) vs. BAL Jake Arrieta (4/21/12) @ SEA Blake Beavan
Facing two of the worst teams in the American League bumps Humber up out of the basement for week 3, but not high enough to make him a recommended play.
Carl Pavano – Minnesota Twins (4/16/12) @ NYY Freddy Garcia (4/21/12) @ TB James Shields
Although Pavano was surprisingly effective in 2011, facing the Yanks and Rays in week 3 drops him to a third tier option.
Drew Smyly – Detroit Tigers (4/17/12) @ KC Bruce Chen (4/22/12) vs. TEX Colby Lewis
We haven’t seen enough of Smyly at the major league level to make him a recommended option yet. With a few more starts under his belt he could climb the ranks, but for now it is a wait and see approach.
Jeremy Guthrie – Colorado Rockies (4/16/12) vs. SD Cory Luebke (4/22/12) @ MIL Yovani Gallardo
For everyone who keeps trying to convince me he looked good in his first start, that was against the Astros. When he faced the Giants the second time around he got lit up in the 4th inning. He really shouldn’t be active in mixed formats right now.
Wei-Yin Chen – Baltimore Orioles (4/17/12) @ CHW John Danks (4/22/12) @ LAA Dan Haren
Chen will serve up batting practice to the White Sox and Angels this week. Hope you have some hitters from those teams active to face Chen. Projected ERA this year? 6.00 +
Randall Delgado – Atlanta Braves (4/17/12) vs. NYM Johan Santana (4/22/12) @ ARI Ian Kennedy
Delgado still isn’t high on many fantasy radars, and can be safely left to waivers until he gets some more innings under his belt.
Dillon Gee – New York Mets (4/16/12) @ ATL Tommy Hanson (4/22/12) vs. SF Tim Lincecum
Gee got a nice little nose job over the offseason, but it didn’t increase his velocity any. Facing Hanson and Lincecum isn’t improving the prognosis any, steer clear of Gee for now.
Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies (4/17/12) @ SF Madison Bumgarner (4/22/12) @ SD TBA
I’m still trying to figure out how Blanton has a job as a starting pitcher at the major league level. He is the only guy on the Phillies staff not worth owning.
Kevin Millwood – Seattle Mariners (4/17/12) vs. CLE Justin Masterson (4/22/12) vs. CHW John Danks
Millwood continues to bounce around the majors, but he really shouldn’t be on your fantasy team.
Kyle Weiland – Houston Astros (4/16/12) @ WAS Stephen Strasburg (4/21/12) vs. LAD Clayton Kershaw
Weiland gets to face 2 of the best pitchers in the game in Strasburg and Kershaw, oh and he pitches for the Astros. He is probably the worst bet on the board this week, fantasy owners should steer clear.