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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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Shoulder fatigue knocks Eddie Butler out of Rockies' rotation race
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:08 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler was informed he is out of the race for the fifth starting spot, according to the Denver Post. Butler left Monday's game due to shoulder fatigue, and was shut down two days to recover. He owns a 2.63 ERA with eight strikeouts and three walks in 13 innings pitched this spring.

"It's frustrating," Butler said. "Hopefully I won't be starting all over again, but that's up to them."


Mariners' McClendon: Bloomquist 'a go' after passing all tests
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:05 pm ET) Mariners utility player Willie Bloomquist has said he is fully recovered coming off microfracture knee surgery in August. On Tuesday, manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters he has seen enough from Bloomquist to agree with his assessment.

“He’s fine,” McClendon said. “He’s passed all the tests. In my mind, he’s a go.”


Mariners' McClendon very pleased with progress of Mike Zunino
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has caught more games and innings than any other catcher in the Cactus League through Monday, according to MLB.com. Manager Lloyd McClendon said that is a testament to the progress Zunino is making after an up-and-down year in 2014.

“He came in in great shape and there’s some things we wanted to see him do this spring and he’s starting to do them,” McClendon said Tuesday. “Taking charge of the staff, running that staff, getting them to do the things he needs them to do to be successful during the course of a game. Sometimes you have to pull the whip out. He’s done all those things. I think it’s taken him the whole six weeks to get all of that out of the staff. That’s why he’s played as much as he’s played.”

Zunino, who hit .199 with 22 home runs last season, is batting .354 (17 for 48) with five doubles, seven home runs, 10 runs and 13 RBI in 18 spring games.

“I don’t think he was ready to do it last year. He was trying to get his feet wet his first full year in the big leagues as well,” McClendon said. “I think he’s learned this staff. He knows he can be successful in this league and the maturation process has brought him to this point in his career.

“He’s been on the fast track from the start and he hasn’t disappointed. It’s mind blowing, if you really think about it, to think how far he’s come so fast.”


Braves' Bethancourt to miss 1-2 days after wisdom teeth removal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:59 pm ET) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt will be sidelined for one-to-two days after he had two wisdom teeth pulled Tuesday morning, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is hitting .306/.297/.556 with one home run and seven RBI over 36 spring at-bats.

Elliot Johnson traded from Rangers to Dodgers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:40 pm ET) The Rangers traded infielder Elliot Johnson to the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Johnson slashed .194/.350/.290 with two RBI over 31 at-bats this spring.

White Sox ace Chris Sale to pitch in minor-league game Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:37 pm ET) White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (foot) is slated to throw 90 pitches or six innings in a minor-league game Wednesday, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rangers' Andrus (back) set to resume baseball activities Wed.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was scratched from the lineup Monday due to lower back stiffness, said Tuesday he will resume baseball activities Wednesday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"There's nothing to worry about," he said.

Andrus is having a pretty good performance at the plate this spring, batting .389 (14 for 36) with one home run, two triples, two doubles, six RBI and four runs in 13 spring games.


Bobby Parnell, Vic Black to play in minor-league game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:13 pm ET) Mets pitchers Bobby Parnell (elbow, hamstring) and Vic Black (shoulder) will see action in a minor-league game on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. Both players are candidates to start the season on the disabled list.

Mariners' McClendon not worried about Seth Smith's ankle injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday outfielder Seth Smith could have played Monday after being scratched due to ankle soreness, per the Tacoma News Tribune. He wasn't going to play Tuesday regardless and McClendon has no concern moving forward.

Rockies traded catcher Audry Perez to Orioles
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:09 pm ET) The Rockies traded catcher Audry Perez to the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations, according to MASN Sports. Perez, who is projected to start the season at Triple-A, went 1 for 11 this spring. 

 
 
 
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