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Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Preview: Top sleeper pitchers for both four- and 11-game week, led by Braxton Garrett

Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Preview: Top sleeper pitchers for both four- and 11-game week, led by Braxton Garrett

Figuring out how rotations line up coming out of the break is half the battle.


The first weekend after the All-Star break is one that different leagues handle in different ways. The default CBS setting is to treat it as its own four-day scoring period, with a new full-length one beginning Monday, but it’s not uncommon to combine those four days with the following week for a supersized 11-day scoring period.

I have recommendations for each of those scenarios here.

A word of warning, though: I’m mostly guessing as to who pitches when. The All-Star break gives teams a chance to realign their rotations as they see fit. They’re not confined by an existing turn order, and it’s difficult enough to predict matchups a week ahead of time when they are. Particularly for the default four-day scoring period, you’ll want to know when pitchers are scheduled to take their first turn, so keep an eye out for any official announcements right up until the lineup deadline. For now, you’ll have to make do with my guesswork.

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All pitchers depicted here are rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Sleeper pitchers for short Week 16 (July 21-24)

Sleeper pitchers for long Week 16 (July 21-31)

Matchups: at KC, vs. TEX

Back from the minors with a repaired slider, Detmers has looked strong in his past two starts and gets two favorable matchups, including the Royals, in the supersized Week 16.

Matchups: at PIT, at CIN

Garrett gets another crack at a Pirates lineup that he dominated last time out, and his second start against the Reds is a decent one, too. We’ll see if his stuff continues to play up.

Matchups: at KC, at BAL

Rasmussen has had trouble going deep into games since returning from a hamstring injury three turns ago, but his matchups against the 27th-ranked Royals offense and 20th-ranked Orioles offense may be too good to pass up.

Matchups: vs. STL, vs. DET

The first matchup for Stripling (Cardinals) is a bit worrisome, but then he gets the Tigers, which is the most favorable matchup of all. He has a 2.13 ERA in eight starts since rejoining the rotation, though the lack of strikeouts makes it a bit suspicious.

Matchups: vs. MIA, vs. PHI

Brubaker dominated the Marlins just before the All-Star break and gets to face them again. His second matchup against the Phillies could be a problem, but he actually has a respectable swinging-strike rate for the year.

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