Sadly, we’ve come to the end of the Fantasy Baseball season. The final week of games brings with it some unique pitching challenges for those of you in leagues with weekly lineup changes. Several teams are managing the workload of their young pitchers, while teams in contention for the postseason are looking to set their pitchers up for the playoffs and beyond. A few teams have to do both! That means you will need to pay close attention to announcements about innings limits or shortened outings for a fair number of pitchers. Teams may also shuffle their rotations around to accommodate injuries. And don’t leave hitters out of this equation either. Teams that have clinched their playoff berth will rest their regulars, especially next weekend. If you’re looking to make a final push in some of the offensive counting stats, make sure everyone in your lineup is actually going to play.
As always, we present the list of probable pitchers. However, this week we dispense with the rankings and instead offer some straight up advice. If you’re in contention and stand to lose ground without having at least a few starters in your lineup, be careful about whom you start. Stick with your aces, but also be cognizant that some of the younger aces (I’m lookin’ at you, Chris Archer) are struggling with fatigue. Play only your best matchups. On the flip side, if you need to start as many pitchers as possible, then have at it. Start as many as you can. By now you know which pitchers are disasters and should be avoided; stay away from rookies, and don’t start anyone against the Blue Jays anywhere, the Rockies at home, the Dodgers at home, the Yankees at home, and so on.[table “1435” not found /]
These are the two-start pitcher rankings for the final week.[table “1436” not found /]
Who’s Hot – our weekly look at the hottest hitters over the last two weeks.[table “1437” not found /]