The All Star Game has come and gone, so now it's really time to grind and win those fantasy championships. We skipped last week's edition of The Week Ahead because of the break-shortened schedule, but now we're back to help you out every step of the way for the remainder of the campaign.
The coming week features plenty of attractive two-start and streaming options. Read on, and we'll serve up plenty of info and suggestions.
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* Typically it is not advisable to roll with Rockies two-start pitchers that are going twice at home. However, in the case of Tyler Anderson and Tyler Chatwood this week, it should be a strong consideration. Each has held his own at Coors Field this year, and they're looking ahead to soft assignments against the Rays and Braves.
* Talented rookie Blake Snell, who notched a career-high seven strikeouts in his latest outing, opens the week with a tough match-up in Colorado but then heads to Oakland to take on the light-hitting Athletics. He's a decent gamble in a week light on strong options.
* Mike Leake was flat-out dominant in his last start before the break, fanning 10 over seven innings of one-run ball in Milwaukee. He has home starts against the Padres and Dodgers on the docket, and is available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.
* He was fantastic for most of the first half, but Aaron Nola really struggled for five starts before having his last one skipped. Given the slump and the long layoff, we'd be slightly hesitant about using him. His teammate Vincent Velasquez, however, is definitely a quality play.
* Junior Guerra is 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA over his last three starts and has been very good in general, but remains unowned in one out of every three leagues. He draws a pair of tough opponents this week (Cubs and Pirates) but is still worth a look.
* Over his last seven starts, Nick Tropeano has a 2.93 ERA and 40-to-15 K/BB Ratio in 40 innings. He'll get the reeling Rangers at home and the strikeout-prone Astros on the road. Available in 90 percent of leagues, he's an extremely appealing plug-and-play.
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Rick Porcello: SF, MIN
Corey Kluber: @KC, @BAL
Nick Tropeano: TEX, @HOU
Jose Quintana: @SEA, DET
Dallas Keuchel: @OAK, LAA
Blake Snell: @COL, @OAK
Kevin Gausman: @NYY, CLE
A.J. Griffin: @LAA, @KC
Kendall Graveman: HOU, TB
Sean Manaea: HOU, TB
At Your Own Risk
Ricky Nolasco: @DET, @BOS
Tommy Milone: @DET, @BOS
Edinson Volquez: CLE, TEX
Drew Smyly: @COL, @OAK
Anibal Sanchez: MIN, @CWS
Matt Boyd: MIN, @CWS
Ivan Nova: BAL, SF
Carlos Martinez: SD, LAD
Mike Leake: SD, LAD
Vincent Velasquez: MIA, @PIT
Junior Guerra: @PIT, CHC
Jake Arrieta: NYM, @MIL
Jose Fernandez: @PHI, NYM
Tyler Anderson: TB, ATL
Tyler Chatwood: TB, ATL
Aaron Nola: MIA, @PIT
Brandon Finnegan: ATL, ARI
Steven Matz: @CHC, @MIA
Gio Gonzalez: LAD, SD
Jon Niese: MIL, PHI
At Your Own Risk
Christian Friedrich: @STL, @WAS
Colin Rea: @STL, @WAS
Scott Kazmir: @WAS, @STL
Matt Wisler: @CIN, @COL
Jose Urena: @PHI, NYM
The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:
Wednesday, July 20th: Ervin Santana @ DET
When we last recommended him as a streamer here two weeks ago, Santana delivered a shutout against the A's. As hot as he's been, he's tough to pass up.
Wednesday, July 20th: Doug Fister @ OAK
On the season, Fister is 8-6 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Meanwhile, Oakland's team OPS is 50 points lower at home than on the road.
Friday, July 22nd: Matt Shoemaker @ HOU
Shoemaker has averaged a strikeout per inning in his 17 starts. The Astros lead the American League in strikeouts.
Tuesday, July 19th: Cody Reed vs. ATL
The rookie has been roughed up in each of his first five big-league starts, but he has notched 29 strikeouts in 24 innings. Look for him to pull it together against the light-hitting Braves.
Thursday, July 21st: Tom Koehler @ PHI
Koehler scuffled heading into the break but is a solid play in the right match-ups. This tilt against a dreadful Phillies offense certainly qualifies.
Friday, July 22nd: Zach Eflin @ PIT
Eflin has been brilliant ever since a rocky debut in Toronto, posting a 2.20 ERA over five starts.
6: BOS, CLE, HOU, KC, LAA, SEA, TEX
7: BAL, CWS, DET, MIN, NYY, OAK, TB
5: ARI, SF
6: CIN, LAD, MIL, NYM, PIT, WAS
7: ATL, CHC, COL, MIA, PHI, SD, STL
You can get a full listing of injured players at Rotoworld's Injury Page but here's the latest on a few prominent players who have been out of action:
Zack Greinke: Out until late July (oblique)
Tyler Flowers: Out until late August (hand)
Craig Kimbrel: Out until mid-August (knee)
Carlos Rodon: Returning this week? (wrist)
Wade Davis: Returning this week (elbow)
C.J. Cron: Out until September (hand)
Justin Bour: Returning this week (ankle)
Trevor Plouffe: Out until early August (rib)
Matt Harvey: Out for the season (shoulder)
Taijuan Walker: Out until late July (foot)
Matt Carpenter: Out until mid-August (oblique)
Ryan Zimmerman: Out indefinitely (rib)