Seeking long-term sleeper, bust pitchers 

July, 13, 2012

I went into the 2012 season thinking Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields was about as safe as could be for fantasy owners and left-hander Matt Moore was a breakout star capable of taking home top rookie pitcher honors. Instead, these guys enter the second half of the season as major disappointments each on the outside of the top 50 for starting pitchers on the Player Rater. Their cumulative WHIP is 1.43. Those thinking it's a good time to buy low won't take solace in the fact the team's pending schedule for the next month might only make things more difficult.

Trusted ESPN colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft went to painstaking measures to map out each team's pitching rotation for the next four weeks (changes per team could be forthcoming, so keep checking), and the results are substantial: Some pitchers you might not be thinking about and might not even be owned in your league seem blessed with favorable schedules and should not be ignored. Others that you might be counting on heavily are quite the opposite. Perhaps you're a Shields or Moore owner and haven't really thought about it at all. Perhaps you really should.