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Week 16 Pitching Forecaster

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Yep, it's that week -- the quickest one of the Fantasy season. Each major league team has just three games on its schedule after a four-day All-Star break, creating a grand total of 90 starters who will toe the slab during Fantasy Week 16 (July 15-21).

Since most standard mixed leagues will employ somewhere between 60 and 80 starting pitchers on active rosters in a given week, that means that nearly every pitcher who makes a major league start this week is worth considering for your rotation. However, just because a pitcher makes the generous cut of this week's top 70 rankings doesn't mean you should rush out to pick him up, even if you currently have a pitcher on your active roster who isn't scheduled to start this week. If you still have, say, Scott Feldman or Phil Hughes left over from their just-completed two-start weeks, feel free to drop them for the likes of an Eric Stults or Mark Buehrle, both of whom latched on to one of the final spots in this week's rankings. Long-term, though, you'll be better off keeping a no-start Jarrod Parker or Andrew Cashner over some of this week's lesser one-start options.

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Many Fantasy owners may have to do without one or more of their most productive starters this week, as Max Scherzer, Matt Moore, Chris Sale, Patrick Corbin, Shelby Miller, Jose Fernandez, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Matt Garza and Travis Wood are among those pitchers whose next turn in the rotation won't come until next week. At least Jake Peavy's owners have something to celebrate; the White Sox's veteran is expected to return from the disabled list to face the Braves on Saturday.

Friday update: The Rockies were the final team to set their rotation for this weekend. They will have Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Nicasio and Tyler Chatwood face the Cubs. De La Rosa and Chatwood are low-end advisable starts, while Nicasio should only be used in deeper formats for this short week.

My Top 70 Starting Pitchers for Week 16
Rank Player Start 1 Start 2
1 Felix Hernandez @HOU (Lyles) N/A
2 Adam Wainwright SD (Stults) N/A
3 Justin Verlander @KC (Guthrie) N/A
4 Cole Hamels @NYM (Wheeler) N/A
5 Anibal Sanchez @KC (Santana) N/A
6 David Price @TOR (Rogers) N/A
7 Clayton Kershaw @WAS (Zimmermann) N/A
8 Zack Greinke @WAS (Gonzalez) N/A
9 Cliff Lee @NYM (Harvey) N/A
10 Hisashi Iwakuma @HOU (Bedard) N/A
11 Madison Bumgarner ARI (Delgado) N/A
12 Stephen Strasburg LAD (Nolasco) N/A
13 Matt Harvey PHI (Lee) N/A
14 James Shields DET (Fister) N/A
15 Mat Latos PIT (Burnett) N/A
16 Francisco Liriano @CIN (Leake) N/A
17 Derek Holland BAL (Chen) N/A
18 Jered Weaver OAK (Griffin) N/A
19 John Lackey NYY (Kuroda) N/A
20 Homer Bailey PIT (Locke) N/A
21 Justin Masterson @MIN (Diamond) N/A
22 A.J. Burnett @CIN (Latos) N/A
23 Gio Gonzalez LAD (Greinke) N/A
24 Dan Straily @LAA (Wilson) N/A
25 Jordan Zimmermann LAD (Kershaw) N/A
26 Lance Lynn SD (Volquez) N/A
27 Doug Fister @KC (Shields) N/A
28 Jeff Samardzija @COL (De La Rosa) N/A
29 Jake Peavy ATL (Maholm) N/A
30 A.J. Griffin @LAA (Weaver) N/A
31 Hiroki Kuroda @BOS (Lackey) N/A
32 C.J. Wilson OAK (Straily) N/A
33 R.A. Dickey TB (Archer) N/A
34 CC Sabathia @BOS (Lester) N/A
35 Matt Cain ARI (Miley) N/A
36 Mike Leake PIT (Liriano) N/A
37 Ervin Santana DET (Sanchez) N/A
38 Mike Minor @CHW (Quintana) N/A
39 Bartolo Colon @LAA (Williams) N/A
40 Felix Doubront NYY (Pettitte) N/A
41 Jacob Turner @MIL (Lohse) N/A
42 Kyle Kendrick @NYM (Hefner) N/A
43 Martin Perez BAL (Tillman) N/A
44 Jon Lester NYY (Sabathia) N/A
45 Kyle Lohse MIA (Turner) N/A
46 Jeremy Hefner PHI (Kendrick) N/A
47 John Danks ATL (Hudson) N/A
48 Wade Miley @SF (Cain) N/A
49 Corey Kluber @MIN (Correia) N/A
50 Scott Kazmir @MIN (Pelfrey) N/A
51 Jeff Locke @CIN (Bailey) N/A
52 Ricky Nolasco @WAS (Strasburg) N/A
53 Wei-Yin Chen @TEX (Holland) N/A
54 Jeremy Hellickson @TOR (Buehrle) N/A
55 Yovani Gallardo MIA (Eovaldi) N/A
56 Chris Archer @TOR (Dickey) N/A
57 Ian Kennedy @SF (Gaudin) N/A
58 Tim Hudson @CHW (Danks) N/A
59 Paul Maholm @CHW (Peavy) N/A
60 Andy Pettitte @BOS (Doubront) N/A
61 Bud Norris SEA (Saunders) N/A
62 Zack Wheeler PHI (Hamels) N/A
63 Tyler Chatwood CHC (Jackson) N/A
64 Miguel Gonzalez @TEX (Wolf) N/A
65 Jorge De La Rosa CHC (Samardzija) N/A
66 Eric Stults @STL (Wainwright) N/A
67 Jose Quintana ATL (Minor) N/A
68 Mark Buehrle TB (Hellickson) N/A
69 Chad Gaudin ARI (Kennedy) N/A
70 Wily Peralta MIA (Alvarez) N/A

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Player News
A.J. Ellis gets start for Dodgers, in place of Yasmani Grandal
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:30 pm ET) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Grandal has started a team-high 56 games behind the plate, including six of the last seven. 

In Grandal's place, A.J. Ellis gets the start at catcher for the 25th time this year. Ellis and Grandal have split the last four starts. 


Mariners give Austin Jackson day off Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) The Mariners held outfielder Austin Jackson out of Sunday's lineup at Oakland, reports MLB Lineups.

Jackson was replaced in center field by James Jones, who will bat first. Over his last 13 games, Jackson is hitting .200 with two doubles and three RBI.

The Mariners are the underdogs (+110) at Oakland on Sunday.


Cardinals recall Tim Cooney to start Tuesday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:20 pm ET) The Cardinals promoted pitcher Tim Cooney from the minor leagues Sunday, the team announced.

Cooney will start Tuesday's doubleheader game against the Cubs in Chicago. Cooney received two no-decisions in two previous starts this season and he produced a 5.40 ERA.


Mike Bolsinger will make Sunday start for Dodgers
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger will be able to make his scheduled start on Sunday. Bolsinger is in the lineup for Sunday's game.

Bolsinger was forced to leave his last start with flu-like symptoms. 


Dodgers place Carlos Frias on DL; recall Daniel Coulombe
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:16 pm ET) The Dodgers placed pitcher Carlos Frias on the disabled list Sunday, reports TrueBlueLA.com.

Frias has been bothered by a lingering back issue. The move was made retroactive to July 1.

With Frias on the DL, the Dodgers recalled pitcher Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A. Coulombe produced a 8.53 ERA in 6 1/3 innings earlier this season.


Cardinals send Jaime Garcia to DL with groin strain
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:07 pm ET) The Cardinals placed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the disabled list Sunday, reports Fox Sports Midwest. Garcia recently suffered a mild groin strain and he was questionable for his next start.

With Garcia sidelined, the team will turn to Tim Cooney and Tyler Lyons to start Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs in Chicago, reports the Belleville News-Democrat.


Orioles' Hunter Harvey ready to start throwing program
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:05 pm ET) Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will start a throwing program on Sunday, per MLB.com.

Harvey was recovering from a fractured fibula when he suffered a strained flexor muscle in May. He was shut down for six weeks after getting a PRP injection on May 18. 


Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury returns to rehab assignment on Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the field on Saturday, continuing a minor league rehab stint at Class A Tampa. 

Ellsbury is on the disabled list with a sprained knee. He started a rehab assignment with Tampa on Tuesday but was shut down with soreness after two games. 

After sitting out Thursday and Friday, Ellsbury returned to the Tampa lineup on Saturday. He led off and played center. Ellsbury went 0 for 3. He's scheduled to play for Tampa again on Sunday.


Yankees' Andrew Miller to start rehab assignment on Monday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:55 pm ET) Yankees reliever Andrew Miller will pitch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, in what he hopes will be a one-game minor league rehab stint. 

Miller has been on the disabled list since early June with a flexor strain in his left forearm. He'll pitch for Scranton on Monday, and if everything goes well, he could return to the Yankees as soon as Tuesday, per ESPN


Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick not in Sunday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:43 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick was held out of Sunday's lineup against the Mariners, the team announced.

He was replaced in right field by Sam Fuld, who will bat ninth. Reddick is hitting .261 with one home run and eight RBI in his last 13 games.

The A's are favored (-105) over the Mariners on Sunday.


 
 
 
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