For most people still alive in their head-to-head fantasy baseball playoffs, the upcoming week is for all the marbles. And nailing which two-start pitchers you pick up off the waiver wire can be the difference between winning the championship and finishing as your league's runner-up.
It's tough sledding as far as two-start options as the MLB regular season winds down, but there are a few pitchers out there, available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, who can pay dividends.
So whether you are in your championship, consolation or even semifinal round, here are three two-start pitchers to consider picking up off the fantasy baseball waiver wire.
3. Zach Davies, Milwaukee Brewers
For those in deeper leagues, Zach Davies is available in 67 percent of Yahoo! leagues and draws a favorable two-start assignment against the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates, both at home. San Diego is 23rd in baseball in runs, while the Pirates sit at 18th, before Sunday's games. Davies also plays for a Brewers team that is still desperately trying to make the playoffs, despite losing Christian Yelich for the season. He's worth waiver add for those seeking a pitcher at home with favorable matchups this coming week.
2. Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox have the slightest of chances to defend their World Series title this postseason, but they could still finish the year on a high note. Nathan Eovaldi draws a nice two-start week – home against the San Francisco Giants and on the road for the Tampa Bay Rays. San Francisco has been dead-last in runs this month, and while the Rays are no pushovers offensively, Eovaldi will get to play them in a pitcher-friendly Tropicana Field. Eovaldi, owned in 37 percent of Yahoo! leagues, could provide a nice boost for fantasy owners tying for a trophy this week.
1. John Means, Baltimore Orioles
John Means, who is owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues, draws a dream two-start week at the Detroit Tigers and then home for the Seattle Mariners. Detroit averages 3.72 runs per game, tied for the lowest scoring team in the Majors, while also leading the league in strikeouts, coming into Sunday's contest. Seattle is third among MLB teams in total strikeouts. Means has a 3.47 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season, and could provide sparkling ratios along with solid strikeout numbers this coming week, even if the wins aren't quite as guaranteed. He should be a premier streamer in the majority of leagues for championship week.
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