Time has come to deal first half's top fantasy starting pitchers
It might be said too much, but we will say it again and perhaps show you where to do it: Sell starting pitching for hitting in rotisserie leagues whenever possible.
Pitching can be found in the weirdest places. All we need to do is point to R.A. Dickey, and then tell you to sell, sell, sell.
Hitters tend to be considered more streaky by the masses in fantasy, but pitchers can run just as hot and cold, and many times, their streaks are conveniently broken up on longer stretches. After all, they start just one or two games a week.
With the All-Star break approaching, it's time to break down the first-half fantasy All-Star pitching staffs and advise where to buy (rarely), sell (mostly) or hold (because the offers just won't be intriguing enough).
Thursday marked the arrival of two potential future aces. If you are not a fan of soft-tossing, control-and-command guys, you should at least be intrigued by the debut of power righty Andrew Cashner's first start for the Padres and the promise of the Diamondbacks' Trevor Bauer.
Maybe we should hold off evaluating that Cubs-Padres deal that sent Anthony Rizzo to the North Siders. Cashner took a no-hitter into the seventh and struck out nine, walking just one. He draws a two-start week that should make him a potential start in all fantasy leagues immediately.
Pick him up. He can be a huge gem, particularly if you missed out on Bauer.
Bauer's debut wasn't great, but it should be noted he was held to a pitch count because he was working on just three day's rest. Bauer draws Cashner and the Padres in his next start Tuesday. That should be no contest.
Stay confident in Bauer, working his first major league start on regular rest.
Speaking of all of the two-start pitchers in a full week before the All-Star break ...