SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 11: Trevor Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 11, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

3 Ace Pitchers to Start in Fantasy Baseball Tonight

It's playoff time in most fantasy baseball leagues, and all it takes is one bad outing from someone on your pitching staff to be the deciding factor. Here are three must-start pitchers that should be in your lineup for tonight's slate: 

3. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

Considering his ERA has gone up in every start he's had since the beginning of August, it's safe to say that Verlander's going through a bit of a rough patch as of late. Despite his struggles, the righty has racked up 58 strikeouts in the 39.1 innings he's pitched over that stretch. He could struggle to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard tonight, but his ability to rack up K's makes him a solid start.

2. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

Kluber is usually a must-start whenever he's slated to take the mound, but his matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight is definitely too juicy to pass up. Cleveland's ace has limited Rays hitters to a .193/.303/.333 slash line in his career and was downright brilliant in his last start against the Rays this season, recording a sterling seven innings of two-hit ball with eight punch outs on the night. Needless to say, you can start Kluber with confidence. 

1. Trevor Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates

Trevor Williams has been on a ridiculous hot streak his past seven outings with a microscopic 0.82 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over that stretch. The St. Louis Cardinals lineup he'll be facing can be dangerous on any given night, but the club is slashing just .216/.297/.381 this month after an explosive August. With the Cardinals currently looking for answers at the plate, starting Williams tonight is a no-brainer.

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