Two-Start Pitchers: Week Five (8/17-8/23)

Two-Start Pitchers Week Five: David Peterson

Each Sunday, I’ll be taking a look at the two-start pitchers you should get into your fantasy baseball lineups, and a few to stay away from. The hurlers will be split into four categories: must start, should start, could start, and don’t start. These are just a guideline, but it’s what I will be following as I set my lineups for the upcoming week. Also, I’ll give you my Streamer of the Week.

If you have any more streaming questions, send me a tweet @EuanOrYouOut. Let’s dive into the pitching action!


David Peterson, NYM (@MIA, NYY)

(38% CBS, 21% ESPN, 18% Yahoo)

There are so many games during Week Five of the fantasy baseball season, but not a lot of two-start gems to work with. New York Mets starter David Peterson has the potential to produce a solid start versus the Miami Marlins, and then it will be a cover your eyes and hope for the best situation against the New York Yankees to finish the week.

The lefty-handed pitcher is four starts into his 2020 season and coming away with acceptable results. Peterson is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. The 24-year-old hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his starts. He doesn’t give fantasy managers a tremendous upside in the strikeout department, but he limits his walks and takes advantage of his matchups.

His Opponents

Peterson will start Week 5 on the road against the Miami Marlins. Despite their hot start, it’s still too early to believe that this Miami team is anything special. The team scores the seventh-most runs in the league (5.23), but it seems to be propped up by a lack of games and a 14-run outburst versus the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Peterson has already caught this fish this season and came away with a win after throwing five innings and giving up two earned runs. He should collect another win against them and has sneaky strikeout potential versus a Marlins team ranked in the bottom third of baseball with 8.85 strikeouts per game.

Now for the Yankees. Ideally, you play in a daily lineup league and you can make the decision later in the week if you need Peterson to gain you some extra points or a win in those points and H2H categories leagues. However, if you play in a weekly lineup league, this will be a “put Peterson in your lineup and then check the boxscore four hours later”, kind of deal. It could end up being a disastrous start, but there are signs of hope.

The Yankees are dropping like flies. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge both hit the Injured List recently, and DJ LeMahieu caught the injury bug over the weekend. The lineup is still incredibly dangerous, but Peterson is traditionally a groundball pitcher, although not as much this season. If the southpaw can get back to his groundball-inducing ways in his start against his Subway Series rival, he can walk out of Week Five with a couple of wins and some manageable ratios for your fantasy team.


Carlos Carrasco, CLE (@PIT, DET)

Zac Gallen, ARI (OAK, SF)

Kenta Maeda, MIN (KC, @KC)

Dylan Bundy, LAA (SF, @OAK)

Blake Snell, TB (@NYY, TOR)

Zack Greinke, HOU (COL, @SD)

Hyun Jin Ryu, TOR (@BAL, @TB)

Kyle Hendricks, CHC (STL, CHW)


Ross Stripling, LAD (SEA, COL)

Julio Urias, LAD (SEA, COL)

Chris Paddack, SD (@TEX, HOU)

Masahiro Tanaka, NYY (TB, @NYM)

Nate Pearson, TOR (@BAL, @TB)

Chris Bassitt, OAK (@ARI, LAA)


Dylan Cease, CHW (DET, @CHC)

Jordan Montgomery, NYY (BOS, @NYM)

Austin Voth, WAS (@ATL, MIA)

David Peterson, NYM (@MIA, NYY)

Mike Minor, TEX (SD, @SEA)

Matthew Boyd, DET (@CHW, @CLE)

Brandon Bielak, HOU (COL, @SD)

Griffin Canning, LAA (SF, @OAK)

Gio Gonzalez, CHW (DET, @CHC)


Kyle Freeland, COL (@HOU, @LAD)

Zach Eflin, PHI (@BOS, @ATL)

Trevor Williams, PIT (CLE, MIL)

Jordan Lyles, TEX (SD, @SEA)

Luke Weaver, ARI (OAK, @SF)

Antonio Senzatela, COL (@HOU, @LAD)

Jake Arrieta, PHI (@BOS, @ATL)

Anibal Sanchez, WAS (@ATL, MIA)

Zach Davies, SD (@TEX, HOU)

Kris Bubic, KC (@MIN, MIN)

Mike Fiers, OAK (@ARI, LAA)

Jordan Yamamoto, MIA (NYM, @WAS)

Wade Miley, CIN (@KC, @STL)

Tyler Anderson, SF (@LAA, ARI)

Tyler Alexander DET (@CHW, @CLE)

Wade LeBlanc, BAL (TOR, BOS)

Eric Lauer, MIL (@MIN, @PIT)

Trevor Cahill (@LAA, ARI)

Zack Godley, BOS (@NYY, @BAL)

Justin Dunn, SEA (@LAD, TEX)

Robert Gsellman, NYM (@MIA, NYY)

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