Hey, we’re back for another season of #2xSP! As you may already know, we’ll try gear this article up for Thursday afternoons during the season. It’s a two-way street, so if you see something you’d like to have changed or something that should be altered, let me know and I’m willing to listen!
Here’s how we finished last season:
61 quality starts
That’s not too bad considering we do below 50 percent ownership, no? If you want us to go lower, we can consider that as well. Pardon the brevity this weekend — we have a baby shower tomorrow and I’m in crazy prep mode!
Here are this week’s recs (usually with team wRC+ for this season in parentheses, but not this week since the season just started):
RHP Jerad Eickhoff – 45.2% ESPN – v. NYM, @WAS
He just sneaks in under the wire in terms of ownership, and is coming off falling on the short side of a duel with our second guy this week. Eickhoff does pretty much everything well but not excellently, though the penchant for allowing home runs is a little concerning. Still, solid strikeout rate, no walks and at least so far this year it looks like he might try keep the ball on the ground a bit. Give him a spin!
RHP Brandon Finnegan – 13.5% ESPN – @PIT, v. MIL
Finnegan is quickly becoming my go-to pickup in season-long leagues, and I think I may have got people on that train when I did my Reddit AMA yesterday. It was a Finnegan love fest. Finnegan fanned a batter per inning with a sub-3.00 ERA in the second half of last year, and is going to be sneaky good on a team that will be not-so-sneaky bad this year. If he can find the grounders he did in 2015, he’s going to be an absolute stud.
RHP Dylan Bundy – 30.6% ESPN – @BOS, @TOR
As long as he can stay healthy, Bundy is gonna mow hitters down with his cutter this year. Bundy absolutely clowned the Blue Jays to start the season, and they’ll be out for revenge the second time around — this time at Rogers Centre. Still, I’m extremely excited to see what Bundy does with the cutter, which he threw 30.3 percent of the time against the Jays. He’s going to be a hot addition for season-long stuff as well.