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Welcome back, RotoBallers. For those of you still playing - we're here to try and help with your  lineup decisions, and of course bring him those championship trophies! I'm filling in for the regular @Roto_Dubs this week, as he has "real life" stuff to attend to. For those who aren't familiar, this is our fifth year now writing this weekly column, helping fantasy baseball managers pick the best pitchers weekly.

Below are the projected starting pitching matchups for Week 26 (9/24 through 9/30) as they currently stand, and our recommendations on whether to start or sit each pitcher. We'll be updating these throughout the week as rotations are inevitably tweaked. If you've got any questions about which pitchers can capitalize on a juicy matchup and which ones might be worth putting on the pine against a fierce offense, this is the weekly piece for you.

For every week of the fantasy baseball season, we look to analyze all of the projected starting pitcher matchups and put together our optimal lineups. It's late enough in the season where we need to dig a little deeper -- those looking to make up ground in the standings may need to take some more risks to try and make up ground on their opponents. Those leading the pack need to make sure they don't roll out too many duds, so benching to right dud can be a ratio saver. And as we approach September, more pitchers will be emerging on the waiver wire, so stay stuned! Now let's get those optimal lineups set for the upcoming week!

Editor's Note: Stay on top of our MLB off-season news and fantasy analysis all year round. Read our daily fantasy columns about MLB prospects, dynasty outlooks, player outlooks and much more. It's always fantasy baseball season here. Let's Go!

 

SP Matchups & Start/Sit Recommendations

This weekly piece considers the pitcher’s opponents, their career stats against the opponent, some ballpark factors and historical splits. With all of this information, we then provide our start/sit recommendations for each starting pitcher matchup for the approaching week of fantasy baseball. As we near towards the end of the season, and many teams stream heavily, my start recommendations become more aggressive. Ya gotta be in it to win it.

Last updated: Saturday, September 29 at 6:00 pm ET

PROBABLE PITCHERS - MONDAY (9/24/18)
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
BAL@BOS Dylan Bundy SP | BAL SIT Nathan Eovaldi SP | BOS START
CLE@CHW Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Dylan Covey SP | CHW SIT
HOU@TOR Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU START Marco Estrada SP | TOR SIT
LAD@ARI Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD START Robbie Ray SP | ARI START
MIA@WAS Sandy Alcantara RP | MIA SIT Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS START
MIL@STL Dan Jennings SP | MIL SIT Jack Flaherty SP | STL START
NYY@TB Jonathan Holder SP | NYY SIT Diego Castillo RP | TB SIT
OAK@SEA Daniel Mengden SP | OAK START James Paxton SP | SEA START
PHI@COL Zach Eflin SP | PHI SIT Jon Gray SP | COL START
PIT@CHC Jameson Taillon SP | PIT START Cole Hamels SP | CHC START
SD@SF Bryan Mitchell RP | SD SIT Derek Holland SP | SF START
TEX@LAA Adrian Sampson SP | TEX SIT Felix Pena RP | LAA SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS - TUESDAY (9/25/18)
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ATL@NYM Touki Toussaint SP | ATL START Noah Syndergaard SP | NYM START
BAL@BOS TBD TBD David Price SP | BOS START
CLE@CHW Trevor Bauer SP | CLE START James Shields SP | CHW SIT
DET@MIN Spencer Turnbull SP | DET SIT Gabriel Moya SP | MIN SIT
HOU@TOR Josh James SP | HOU START Sam Gaviglio SP | TOR SIT
KC@CIN Eric Skoglund SP | KC SIT Matt Harvey SP | CIN SIT
LAD@ARI Walker Buehler RP | LAD START Matt Koch RP | ARI SIT
MIA@WAS Jeff Brigham RP | MIA SIT Max Scherzer SP | WAS START
MIL@STL Gio Gonzalez SP | MIL START Austin Gomber SP | STL START
NYY@TB Luis Severino SP | NYY START Jake Faria SP | TB SIT
OAK@SEA Brett Anderson SP | OAK SIT Mike Leake SP | SEA START
PHI@COL Vince Velasquez SP | PHI SIT Chad Bettis SP | COL SIT
PIT@CHC Chris Archer SP | PIT START Mike Montgomery RP | CHC START
SD@SF Robbie Erlin SP | SD SIT Chris Stratton SP | SF START
TEX@LAA Yovani Gallardo SP | TEX SIT Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS - WEDNESDAY (9/26/18)
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ATL@NYM Sean Newcomb SP | ATL START Jacob deGrom SP | NYM START
BAL@BOS Ryan Meisinger RP | BAL SIT David Price SP | BOS START
BAL@BOS Jimmy Yacabonis RP | BAL SIT Chris Sale SP | BOS START
CLE@CHW Shane Bieber SP | CLE START Jace Fry RP | CHW SIT
DET@MIN Matthew Boyd SP | DET START Jake Odorizzi SP | MIN START
HOU@TOR Chris Devenski RP | HOU START Sean Reid-Foley SP | TOR SIT
KC@CIN Heath Fillmyer SP | KC SIT Cody Reed RP | CIN START
LAD@ARI Ross Stripling RP | LAD START Zack Greinke SP | ARI START
MIA@WAS Wei-Yin Chen SP | MIA START Kyle McGowin SP | WAS SIT
MIL@STL Jhoulys Chacin SP | MIL START John Gant RP | STL START
NYY@TB Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY START Ryne Stanek RP | TB SIT
OAK@SEA Edwn Jackson SP | OAK START Felix Hernandez SP | SEA SIT
PHI@COL Nick Pivetta SP | PHI START German Marquez SP | COL START
PIT@CHC Ivan Nova SP | PIT START Jose Quintana SP | CHC START
SD@SF Luis Perdomo SP | SD SIT Casey Kelley SP | SF SIT
TEX@LAA Yohander Mendez RP | TEX SIT Andrew Heaney SP | LAA START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - THURSDAY (9/27/18)
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ATL@NYM Julio Teheran SP | ATL START Jason Vargas SP | NYM START
CLE@KC Josh Tomlin SP | CLE SIT Glenn Sparkman RP | KC SIT
DET@MIN Francisco Liriano RP | DET START Gabriel Moya RP | MIN SIT
HOU@BAL Gerrit Cole SP | HOU START David Hess P | BAL SIT
NYY@TB CC Sabathia SP | NYY START Jaime Schultz SP | TB SIT
PHI@COL Jake Arrieta SP | PHI START Antonio Senzatela SP | COL SIT
PIT@CHC Trevor Williams SP | PIT START Jon Lester SP | CHC START
TEX@SEA Ariel Jurado SP | TEX SIT Marco Gonzales SP | SEA START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - FRIDAY (9/28/18)
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ARI@SD Patrick Corbin SP | ARI START Eric Lauer SP | SD START
ATL@PHI Mike Foltynewicz SP | ATL START Jerad Eickhoff SP | PHI SIT
CHW@MIN Reynaldo Lopez SP | CHW START Jose Berrios SP | MIN START
CHW@MIN Lucas Giolito SP | CHW START Chase De Jong SP | MIN SIT
CLE@KC Mike Clevinger SP | CLE START Ian Kennedy SP | KC START
DET@MIL Jordan Zimmermann SP | DET SIT Zach Davies SP | MIL START
HOU@BAL Gerrit Cole SP | HOU START David Hess SP | BAL SIT
LAD@SF Hyun-Jin Ryu SP | LAD START Madison Bumgarner SP | SF START
MIA@NYM Jose Urena SP | MIA START Corey Oswalt P | NYM SIT
NYY@BOS J.A. Happ SP | NYY START Brian Johnson SP | BOS SIT
OAK@LAA Mike Fiers SP | OAK START Jaime Barria SP | LAA SIT
PIT@CIN Nick Kingham SP | PIT START Anthony DeSclafani SP | CIN START
STL@CHC Adam Wainwright SP | STL START Kyle Hendricks SP | CHC START
TEX@SEA Martin Perez SP | TEX SIT Wade LeBlanc RP | SEA START
TOR@TB Thomas Pannone P | TOR START Tyler Glasnow SP | TB START
WAS@COL Joe Ross SP | WAS SIT Kyle Freeland SP | COL START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - SATURDAY (9/29/18)
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ARI@SD Zack Godley SP | ARI START Jacob Nix SP | SD SIT
ATL@PHI Anibal Sanchez SP | ATL START Aaron Nola SP | PHI START
CHW@MIN Carlos Rodon SP | CHW START Kyle Gibson SP | MIN START
CLE@KC Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Jake Junis SP | KC SIT
DET@MIL Daniel Norris SP | DET SIT Wade Miley SP | MIL START
HOU@BAL Justin Verlander SP | HOU START Dylan Bundy SP | BAL SIT
HOU@BAL Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU START Yefry Ramirez SP | BAL SIT
LAD@SF Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD START Dereck Rodriguez SP | SF START
MIA@NYM Trevor Richards SP | MIA SIT Steven Matz SP | NYM START
NYY@BOS Domingo German SP | NYY SIT Nathan Eovaldi SP | BOS START
OAK@LAA Liam Hendriks SP | OAK SIT Tyler Skaggs SP | LAA SIT
PIT@CIN Jameson Taillon SP | PIT START Michael Lorenzen SP | CIN SIT
STL@CHC Miles Mikolas SP | STL START Cole Hamels SP | CHC START
TEX@SEA Adrian Sampson RP | TEX SIT James Paxton SP | SEA START
TOR@TB Ryan Borucki RP | TOR START Blake Snell SP | TB START
WAS@COL Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS START Jon Gray SP | COL START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - SUNDAY (9/30/18)
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ARI@SD Robbie Ray SP | ARI START Joey Lucchesi RP | SD START
ATL@PHI Kevin Gausman SP | ATL START Roger Suarez SP | PHI SIT
CHW@MIN Dylan Covey SP | CHW SIT Zack Littell SP | MIN SIT
CLE@KC Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE START Eric Skoglund SP | KC SIT
DET@MIL Spencer Turnbull SP | DET SIT TBD TBD
HOU@BAL TBD TBD TBD TBD
LAD@SF Walker Buehler SP | LAD START Andrew Suarez SP | SF START
MIA@NYM Sandy Alcantara RP | MIA START Noah Syndergaard SP | NYM START
NYY@BOS TBD TBD Rick Porcello SP | BOS START
OAK@LAA TBD TBD Matt Shoemaker RP | LAA SIT
PIT@CIN TBD TBD Sal Romano RP | CIN SIT
STL@CHC Jack Flaherty SP | STL START Mike Montgomery RP | CHC START
TEX@SEA Yovani Gallardo SP | TEX SIT Roenis Elias SP | SEA START
TOR@TB Marco Estrada SP | TOR SIT TBD TBD
WAS@COL TBD TBD TBD TBD

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