Need a starting rotation upgrade? Or are you simply looking for a boost in strikeouts? Then consider adding these pitchers, who are in line for two starts in Week 16.
12-team mixed leagues
Brett Anderson, Dodgers (@ATL, @NYM)
Anderson might not be available in your 12-team mixed league, but if he is on the waiver wire, you need to grab him immediately. If you already own him, next week is an ideal time to start him. Since the beginning of May, the 27-year-old southpaw has been extremely consistent, allowing more than three runs just once across 14 starts. Anderson sports a 2.92 ERA in eight road starts this season, and the Braves and Mets both rank in the bottom third of the Majors in runs scored.
Kyle Gibson, Twins (@LAA, vs. NYY)
This is a tougher call. Gibson has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball this month, going 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and 20 strikeouts over 21 innings. That said, the matchups here aren't exactly favorable. The Yankees are the second-highest-scoring team in the Majors this season, and the Angels -- despite ranking in the middle of the pack in total runs -- are tied for second in the month of July. I tend to place more weight in recent performance than quality of opponent, and Gibson's recent performance has been too impressive to discount.
Ian Kennedy, Padres (vs. SF, vs. MIA)
Fantasy owners who drafted Kennedy this year were not expecting the same Kennedy who posted a Cy Young-caliber stat line back in 2011. They were, however, expecting a quality mid-rotation starter who could provide 180-plus strikeouts. Unless the Padres righty puts together an exceptional second half, he will leave his owners plenty disappointed. The good news is that he will make two starts at pitcher-friendly Petco Park next week, with one of those outings coming against a Marlins club that ranks 26th in the Majors in runs. And though the Giants have been an above-average offense this season, Kennedy posted a 1.17 ERA in three starts against them in 2015.
Deeper mixed leagues
Rubby De La Rosa, D-backs (vs. MIA, vs. MIL)
De La Rosa has not been sharp of late, which is why I'd consider him in deeper leagues only. But prior to his last two outings, he had allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts. Though De La Rosa's inconsistency makes him a risky play, the 26-year-old righty does have the benefit of facing a subpar Marlins lineup followed by a Brewers offense that has been average at best so far this season.
Kendall Graveman, A's (vs. TOR, @SF)
Although Graveman wasn't particularly effective his last time out, he was coming off a stretch of seven straight quality starts that helped him emerge onto mixed-league radar. His matchups next week are not easy; the Blue Jays lead the Majors in runs scored by a wide margin and the Giants have also scored their fair share of runs this season, ranking a respectable 11th. Graveman is a true borderline call for next week, and league size should be the biggest factor in the decision. Regardless, he deserves to be owned in all deeper mixed leagues and even some 12-team formats.
Matt Moore, Rays (@PHI, vs. BAL)
In three starts since completing his long journey back from Tommy John surgery, Moore has yet to shake off the rust, pitching to a 7.07 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP while striking out just eight batters in 14 innings. For now, he is better suited for American League-only leagues -- but owners in very deep mixed leagues should at least consider him due to the matchup against the Phillies, who rank next to last in the Majors in runs and homers.
Zach Steinhorn is a fantasy writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.