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Two Start Pitchers: Week of June 6 - 12

Week 10 boasts a lighter than normal load of two-start pitchers. We break down all your options with a Tigers' rookie headlining the field.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

When streaming starting pitching in fantasy baseball, especially in leagues with moves limits, knowing who the two-start pitchers are is valuable information to have. Each week we will give you the rundown on who is in line for a big week and give you one option which is poised to make for a great streaming option for the week.

Heading into the dog days of summer, major league pitching rotations are seeing more and more turnover as arms go down with injuries, frontline starters get dealt, and the big name prospects get prepared to make their debuts. Along with this shakeup, Week 10 also brings a lighter than average workload, meaning this is the week to focus and quality over quantity. Available in nearly 60 percent of both Yahoo! and ESPN leagues, our spotlight pitcher this week has been in a class all by himself, lately, and requires your immediate attention.

Michael Fulmer (TOR, @NYY)

If you haven't noticed, and by looking at his ownership percentages there is a lot of you, the Tigers' rookie is on a roll. In fact, just saying he is on a roll doesn't do the 23-year-old justice. Check out the stat line from his last three starts:

22.1 IP, 3 W, 9 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 22 K, 0.40 ERA, 0.59 WHIP

Numbers like those have made Fulmer the top pitcher in all of fantasy over the past two weeks. Ever since giving up a solo shot to Evan Longoria in the sixth inning of his May 21 start against the Rays, the 23-year-old flamethrower has tossed 16.2 consecutive innings of scoreless baseball. Taking his game to an even higher level, in his last start against the Angels, Fulmer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

The matchups this week for the Tigers may look scary, but that is in name only. While the Yankees and Blue Jays ended 2015 first and second in the majors in runs scored, 2016 has the Blue Jays 12th in batting average in the AL with the Yankees 26th in the MLB with 3.75 runs scored per game. When considering his favorable matchups and the thin crop of two-start pitchers this week, Fulmer should be priority one in your waiver wire adds in Week 10.


Madison Bumgarner (BOS, LAD)

Jon Lester (@PHI, @ATL)

In a week light on aces, Lester is the number one option this week as he faces off with the two worst hitting teams in all of the majors in the Phillies and Braves. It doesn't hurt that he is also sporting a top eight ERA and WHIP in the NL, 2.29 and 1.02 respectively.

Lineup Locks

Jacob deGrom (@PIT, @MIL)

Zack Greinke (TB, MIA)

Cole Hamels (HOU, @SEA)

Steven Matz (@PIT, @MIL)

Joe Ross (@CWS, PHI)

Masahiro Tanaka (LAA, DET)

Reports suggest the D-Backs will skip Edwin Escobar's turn in the rotation, giving Greinke two starts this week. If it holds true, the veteran righty will be a top-five pitcher with starts against the 24th and 25th ranked offenses in the league...Take away a disastrous seven-run 2016 debut and Matz would be leading the majors with a 1.51 ERA. The reigning NL Rookie of the Month has made only nine starts, but still leads the Mets with seven wins and looks to add more this week...Ross, not Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg, leads the Nats with a 2.37 ERA. While it doesn't hurt that he has faced the light-hitting Marlins and Phillies in six of his 10 starts, he has also shut down the NL's best offense, the Cardinals, to the tune of two runs in 13 IP.

Solid Starts

Chris Archer (@ARI, HOU)

Trevor Bauer (@SEA, @LAA)

Carlos Carrasco (@SEA, LAA)

J.A. Happ (@DET, BAL)

Mike Leake (@CIN, @PIT)

Rick Porcello (@SF, @MIN)

Aaron Sanchez (@DET, BAL)

Matt Shoemaker (@NYY, CLE)

In Carrasco's return from a hamstring injury on June 2, the Indians' starter went five innings allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Even after a nearly 40-day layoff, the righty looked sharp despite being on a limited pitch count. Don't expect him to go last deep in games yet, but he should do enough this week to make him a safe option...Despite his lack of strikeouts, only 42 Ks in 68.1 IP this year, Leake has been a top 20 pitcher over the past month. He has allowed two or fewer runs per game in his last five starts while limiting opponents to a .216 BA...At age 23, Sanchez has become old reliable. In nine of 11 starts, he has gone at least 6.2 innings and allowed three or fewer runs. The key to his success has been keeping the ball in the park; he has allowed four home runs in 2016 and only one in his last 48 IP.

Not a Sure Thing

Mike Bolsinger (COL, @SF)

Tyler Chatwood (@LAD, SD)

Adam Conley (@MIN, @ARI)

Mike Fiers (@TEX, @TB)

Dallas Keuchel (@TEX, @TB)

Juan Nicasio (NYM, STL)

Michael Pineda (LAA, DET)

Back-to-back quality starts against the Angels and D-Backs have Keuchel owners trusting the Astros' starter a little more this week. However, with a 5.50 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the year, we need a few more starts strung together before getting back on board with the lefty...As of now, Nicasio is scheduled for two starts, but that could all change if the Pirates decide to call up one of their uber-prospects, Jameson Taillon or Tyler Glasnow, this week. Owning a disappointing 4.75 ERA after a hot spring has Nicasio as the likely starter to get the boot...Pineda is coming off his finest start of the year, a one run, zero walk, eight strikeout performance against the Tigers. Still holding a 10.2 K/9 rate this year, if the 6'7" righty can limit the homers, 11 allowed so far, there is still a chance to save his season.

Shot in the Dark

Zach Davies (OAK, NYM)

Danny Duffy (@BAL, @CWS)

Colby Lewis (HOU, @SEA)

Sean Manaea (@MIL, @CIN)

Jon Niese (NYM, STL)

Still in the process of stretching out after starting in the pen, Duffy has shown the potential to become a trustworthy rotation arm this season. In 18.2 IP as a starter, the lefty has 19 Ks compared to only two walks. With a career 3.80 ERA as a starter, the 27-year-old could be in line for a good week...Lewis has tossed a quality start in nine of his 11 starts this year and ranks in the top 10 of the AL with a 1.11 WHIP. Still unowned in 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues, look no further for a one of the best streaming options this week...After a rough start to his career, a 7.62 ERA and .298 opposing BA in Manaea's first five starts, the A's rookie has settled down to toss two consecutive quality starts. In his last turn, the big lefty allowed only one run while striking out eight in six innings making him an enticing pickup as he makes his first trip to the NL.

No Thank You

Eddie Butler (@LAD, SD)

Pat Dean (MIA, BOS)

Christian Friedrich (ATL, @COL)

John Lamb (STL, OAK)

Mat Latos (WAS, KC)

Wade Miley (CLE, TEX)

Adam Morgan (CHC, @WAS)

Williams Perez (@SD, CHC)

Robbie Ray (TB, MIA)

Vance Worley (KC, @TOR)