Fantasy Baseball Week 13: Advice on two-start SPs, seven-game teams, more

July is here, and MLB fans can look forward to an exciting week of warm-weather baseball. With a ton of teams scheduled to play seven and eight games — and then a ton of pitchers scheduled for two starts — there’s an opportunity for fantasy baseball owners to capitalize while their league mates settle on hot dogs, beers and fireworks focus .

Every Friday we prepare you for the upcoming fantasy week by listing our favorite two-start SPs, sleepers and streams. We’ll also give you a full list of teams scheduled for seven or eight games, as well as teams scheduled for only five games (every team will play at least six this week). Finally, we’re highlighting some of our sleepers to stream or target in trades. It’s an embarrassment of fantasy riches! Good luck in week 13 and have a happy and safe 4th of July!

As always, these lists are subject to change, especially when inclement weather rears its ugly head.

Fantasy Baseball Week 13: Two Start SPs (Must Starts)

Justin Verlander, Astros

v.KC

@ OAK

Max Scherzer, Mets @CIN v. MIA

Alek Manoah, Blue Jays

@ OAK

@ SEA
Julio Urias, Dodgers v. COL against CHC
Carlos Rodon, Giants @ARI @SD
Sandy Alcantara, Marlin against LAA @NYM
Kyle Wright, Braves v. STL v. WHAT
Nick Pivetta, Red Sox v. TB v. NYY
Luis Garcia, Astros v.KC @ OAK

Justin Verlander can’t be human. At 39, he’s ranked No. 8 overall in Yahoo’s mixed leagues – finishing third overall last week. He’s been flirting with a 2.00 ERA and a .80 WHIP this season, and in his last two starts he’s been 2-0 with a .60 ERA and a .53 WHIP over 15 innings. Have mercy on Cy Young’s vote, good sir! … Max Scherzer joins his veteran Cy Young champion at the top thanks to solid play lately and a cake plan…you can’t go wrong Alex Manoah on his West Coast trip to Oakland and Seattle, either… Kyle Wright returned to his early season form against Philly Wednesday, with seven innings of a one-run ball. He’s got a 9-4 record and a 3.03 ERA on the season, but he’s going to celebrate July 4th on the hill against the cards…I believe in it Nick Pivetta — he’s looked solid in his past starts against St. Louis, Cleveland and Toronto. I wouldn’t shy away from him in weekly leagues just because he has the Yankees later in the week… Luis Garcia joins the autostart group for the first time – he looked great against the Yankees on Thursday and has quietly won three starts in a row.

Fantasy Baseball Week 13: SPs With Two Starts (Sleepers and Streamers)

Cal Quantrill, Warden @DET @KC
Taijuan Walker, Mets @CIN v. MIA
Zack Greinke, Royals @HO v. CLE
Jameson Taillon, Yankees @ PIT @BOS
Alex Wood, Giants @ARI @SD
Ian Anderson, Braves v. STL v. WHAT
Eric Lauer, brewer against CHC v. pit
Ranger Suarez, Phillies v. WHAT @ STL

Cal Quantrill went eight strong against the Twins on Wednesday, only allowing three runs. He’s not a strikeout guy, but he has two cute matchups and it gives you the option to rename your squad to “Quantrill Physics”… Taijuan Walker has had a rollercoaster ride in his career, but he certainly looked special in his 7.1 innings against the Astros on Wednesday. As with Quantrill, his K numbers are up and down (along with his WHIP) but he’s got a good shot and 2-0 against Cincy and Miami… Zack Greinke Revenge game in Houston? Maybe just start him at home against Cleveland if you’re conservative… Jameson Taillon is in exactly the same position as last week, how about that? He’s a strong game against Pittsburgh and a dodgy game at Fenway… Alex Wood is a very consistent pitcher, if he can’t mow down the diamondbacks cut him loose… watch out Ian Anderson and his recent struggles – weekly league managers might be better off benching him for now… Eric Lauer he can be counted on to stream against both the Cubs and the Pirates, but Ranger Suarez probably only deserved a start against Washington. St. Louis is too hot.

Fantasy Baseball Week 13: Two Start SPs (Once Done or Forgotten)

Yusei Kikuchi, Blue Jays @ OAK @ SEA
Cole Irvin, athletics v. GATE v. HOW
Johnny Cueto, White Sox v. MIN v. DET
Kyle Hendricks, Cubs @mil @LAD
Tarik Skubal, Tigers v. CLE @CHW
Michael Kopech, White Sox v. MIN v. DET
Dylan Bundy, twins @CHW @TEX
Hunter Greene, Red against NYM v. TB
Michael Wacha, Red Sox v. TB v. NYY
Kyle Freeland, Rockies @LAD @ARI
Dane Dunning, Rangers @Bal v. MIN
Madison Bumgarner, D back against SF v. COL
Nick Lodolo, Red against NYM v. TB
Mitch White, Dodgers v. COL against CHC
Dakota Hudson, Cardinals @ATL v. PHI
German Marquez, Rockies @LAD @ARI
Chris Flexen, seafarers @SD v. GATE
Andre Pallante, Cardinals @ATL v. PHI
Michael Pineda, Tiger v. CLE @CHW
Mitch Keller, Pirates v. NYY @mil
Dean Kremer, Orioles v. TEX against LAA
Justin Steele, Cubs @mil @LAD
Braxton Garrett, Marlins @WAR @NYM
Patrick Corbin, Nationals v. MIA @ATL
Austin Voth, Orioles v. TEX against LAA
Jon Heasley, Royals @HO v. CLE
Paolo Espino, Nationals @PHI @ATL

What a completely mind-blowing list of pitchers. Good Lord! I start with Yusei Kikuchi because the bones of his pitching ability are good, he’s on a good schedule for the week and he’s had a great offense… Cole Irvin encounters? Not very good. But he’s been looking pretty good lately, with a decent breath rate and 1.13 WHIP over the past two weeks… Johnny Cueto and Michael Kopech might be worth streams against Detroit… Hunter Greene and Michael Wacha consider me against power-busting crimes… Dane reminder offers a slight stimulus in weekly leagues when you’re desperate and need high-reward games to push you up the pitching leaderboard… Mitch White isn’t terrible – he plays for the Dodgers and has home matchups against the Rockies and Cubs…reduce your stress this holiday weekend and stay away from the other boys.

Fantasy Baseball Week 13: 7 and 8 game teams

team Mon Tue wed do Mrs sat Sun
Guardian @DET(x2) @DET @DET OUT @KC @KC @KC
dodgers COL COL COL CHC CHC CHC CHC
Red Wines (8) NYM NYM NYM pit (x2) TB TB TB
diamond markers SF SF SF COL COL COL COL
brave STL STL STL STL WSH WSH WSH
oriole TEX TEX TEX LAA LAA LAA LAA
Red Sox TB TB TB NYY NYY NYY NYY
Boys @MIL @MIL @MIL @BOY @BOY @BOY @BOY
White socks MINIMUM MINIMUM MINIMUM DET DET DET DET
rockies @BOY @BOY @BOY @ARI @ARI @ARI @ARI
Tigers (8) CL (x2) CLE CLE @CWS @CWS @CWS @CWS
Astros KC KC KC KC @OAK @OAK @OAK
kings @HOU @HOU @HOU @HOU CLE CLE CLE
marlin @WSH LAA LAA @NYM @NYM @NYM @NYM
meads @CIN @CIN @CIN MIA MIA MIA MIA
pirates OUT NYY NYY @CIN (x2) @MIL @MIL @MIL
Giants @ARI @ARI @ARI @SD @SD @SD @SD
cardinals @ATL @ATL @ATL @ATL PHI PHI PHI
blue jay @OAK @OAK @OAK @SEA @SEA @SEA @SEA
nationals MIA @PHI @PHI @ATL @ATL @ATL @ATL

All other teams (10) play six games.

Fantasy Baseball Week 13: Meet Sleepers/Streamers

By Nick Musical

Juan Yepez, 1B/OF/DH, Cardinals

With colleague Harrison Bader (plantar fasciitis) landing on the IL, Yepez is now being pushed into day play duties. Even without Bader moving to the IL, Yepez’s red-hot villain must remain in the Cardinals’ lineup. The 24-year-old rookie outfielder has cut .327/.320/.714 in his last 15 games and ranks in the 95th percentile of maximum exit velocity for the season. With Yepez only listed in 39 percent of Yahoo’s leagues and 13 percent of ESPN leagues, there’s a good chance he’ll be included in your roster for the playoffs mid-to-late season.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Athletics

Although Oakland had the worst record in baseball (25-53), Laureano was one of the few bright spots for track and field. Laureano has been a mainstay at the top of the athletics lineup since returning from an 80-game suspension. Laureano has a solid pursuit rate (78th percentile) and ranks above the league average (52nd percentile) in run rate due to his consistent grind against bats. Laureano has hit seven hits, two homers and five RBIs in his last seven games and continues to adjust to the daily lineup.

Evan Longoria, 3B, Giants

Longoria has been on fire in their last five games, accumulating a total of 31 fantasy points across ESPN’s standard scoring leagues. He’s heating up at the right time, and San Francisco will need his racquet if they want to secure a postseason berth for the second straight year. Longoria and the Giants have a seven-game week ahead of them, and a trip to the desert to face a Diamondbacks pitching staff ranked 23rd in ERA (4.31 ERA) is good news for them third basemen. Shop cheap at Longo before it’s too late.

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