The entire Fake Teams writing staff went on vacation and left me behind "Home Alone" style, so I'm stepping in for the all important weekend edition. I'll be going by the following set of rules set forth by Ray and Jason:
"This report identifies starting pitchers who are owned in less than 50% of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues, and who either has a decent track record versus their opponent, has pitched well of late, or has a decent matchup."
First, let's take a look at how the selections from Thirsty Thursday fared:
Josh Johnson vs. Angels: 2.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, L
Garret Richards vs. Blue Jays: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W
Total: 2-1, 15.1 IP, 17 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 9 K, 4.70 ERA, 1.63 WHIP
It was all good except for one Josh Johnson stinker. We can probably swear off Johnson for the 2013 season now. Any and all swears are welcomed.
Ivan Nova at Padres -- I'm willing to bite the bullet on a higher WHIP as long as Nova can give me some strikeouts. He currently has 66 K's in 66 innings, and only seven teams strike out more than San Diego.
Good luck this weekend!
Alex Kantecki is a fantasy baseball writer for Fake Teams. He also writes the "Closer Chronicle" for Vigilante Baseball every Thursday, ranking and tiering all 30 MLB closers. You can follow Alex on Twitter at @rotodealer.