2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Pitching Planner: Hidden Gems Inside

by Christopher T. Luft
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Pitching Planner

Welcome back! I am happy to present you this week's edition of our 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Pitching Planner.

We are in the midst of the 2019 MLB draft which has seen its series of excitement, including the first catcher drafted number one overall since Joe Mauer in 2001. The New York Mets took an interesting approach with their eye on talent at the high school level but seeking to sign a hidden gem arm Matthew Allan, taken 89th overall. I'm excited to see how this year's draftees develop.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are at the top of the MLB at the moment, with a double-digit lead in their division. They are 8-2 in their last 10 and have a 25-7 record at home this year.

The Royals have the longest current losing streak in the MLB at six games. It will be a race for last place in the league between them, the Marlins, and the Orioles. These are definite target teams for streaming players against...Keep that in mind.

Lucas Giolito for the Chicago White Sox has to be the hottest arm in the game of late. He won six games in-a-row and tallied nine strikeouts in just over seven innings of work in his last start. His ERA is 2.54 and has a 78/20 K/BB ratio. He is the Golden Rosin Bag winner for Week 11!

Now, let's get to it...

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers Week 11

PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Chris Sale, BOSvs TEX@ BAL
German Marquez, COLvs CHCvs SD
James Paxton, NYYvs NYM@ CHW
Jon Gray, COLvs CHCvs SD
Martin Perez, MINvs SEAvs KC
Chris Archer, PIT@ ATL@ MIA
Joe Musgrove, PIT@ ATL@ MIA
Jimmy Nelson, MIL@ HOU@ SF
Jerad Eickhoff, PHIvs ARI@ ATL
Jake Junis, KCvs DET@ MIN
Mike Leake, SEA@ MIN@ OAK
Jon Duplantier, ARI@ PHL@ WAS
Shaun Anderson, SFvs SDvs MIL
Taylor Clarke, ARI@ PHL@ WAS
Cal Quantrill, SD@ SF@ COL
Dylan Covey, CHWvs WASvs NYY
Charlie Morton, TBvs OAKvs LAA
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD@ LAAvs CHC
Jose Quintana, CHC@ COL @ LAD
Mike Foltynewicz, ATLvs PITvs PHL
Lance Lynn, TEX@ BOS@ CIN
Spencer Turnbull, DET@ KC vs CLE
Yu Darvish, CHC@ COL@ LAD
Dakota Hudson, STL@ MIA@ NYM
John Means, BALvs TORvs BOS
Kevin Gausman, ATLvs PITvs PHL
Sandy Alcantara, MIAvs STLvs PIT
Ariel Jurado, TEX@ BOS@ CIN
Trent Thornton, TOR@ BAL@ HOU
Daniel Mengden, OAK@ TBvs SEA
Jason Vargas, NYM@ NYYvs STL

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Of these names, I like the matchups for James Paxton. He will take on the Mets at home and the White Sox on the road. I predict at least one win here, and the Yankees are always good for run support (especially as they return more and more players from injury).

I also like the two home starts for Charlie Morton in Week 11. He has won three in-a-row and has looked very impressive lately.

Pitchers to Target Week 11

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Nick Pivetta, Philadelphia Phillies

He is set to take on Atlanta on the road in Week 11. Pivetta just threw six scoreless innings against the Dodgers with zero walks, while allowing just three hits. He is a nice buy-low target. I grabbed him in one league, and you should too.

*Update: He just threw a complete game, one run game on Saturday. Arrow is pointing straight up on him.

Anibal Sanchez, Washington Nationals

Sanchez faces the White Sox on the road in Week 11, and is currently owned in ~15% of Yahoo! leagues. He has done well since returning from injury and the Nationals have been hitting lately. Hamstring injuries can linger, but I like his matchup for this one.

John Means, Baltimore Orioles

This is a flyer, for sure. Said to be one of the lone bright spots of the Orioles pitching staff, he is set to take on Toronto and Boston at home in Week 11. Toronto has been very poor on offense lately, tallying 41 hits and a collective .238 average over the past week. Means poses a 45/15 K/BB ratio and I predict a quality start in this one for Week 11. I'd bench him for Boston's start, however.

Tyler Beede, San Francisco Giants

This is a deep league flyer. Beede is set to take on the Padres at home.

This is more of a matchup call, where he gets the friendly confines of AT&T Stadium and he takes on a team who has been very poor at the plate of late. The Padres rank at the bottom of the league in hits, average, and on-base percentage over the past 10 days. While it won't be a flashy start, it should be a vulture win for your stat line.

Pitchers to Avoid Week 11

Jon Gray, German Marquez, Colorado Rockies

Both will be in the midst of a seven-day home-stand. I don't like either pitcher at Coors, so tread with caution.

Martin Perez, Minnesota Twins

Coming off back-to-back poor outings, it's hard to trust Perez at the moment. Yes, he is having a breakout season, but even against the Mariners at home I'm weary. I'd try to find better options.

Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs

Slated to go up against the Rockies and Dodgers on the road. Yikes. He has been all over the place with his starts and can't seem to stay consistent. I'd avoid both matchups.

Marco Gonzalez, Seattle Mariners

Coming off of five straight losses is tough to swallow. Gonzalez will take on the Twins on the road and I'm dropping him before he even makes that start.

A Little Relief

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Here, I try to highlight players with dual SP/RP eligibility that have been doing good work in relief.

Sean Newcomb for the Atlanta Braves gets the call this week. Newcomb has racked up three saves + holds over the past couple of weeks in five innings of work, to go along with six strikeouts. I'd add if possible in hopes of stat counting!


Until next time. @LuftCT

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