Five pitchers to get, five to avoid 

August, 12, 2011
We've talked quite a bit about offenses this week from a fantasy baseball aspect, but as we head to yet another weekend -- use your sunscreen, folks! -- it's time to focus on spot starters who can help you win your weekly head-to-head matchups, and others that probably won't. So without further ado, and using 50 percent owned in ESPN standard leagues as a benchmark ...

... Weekend starters to add

[+] EnlargeBlake Beavan
AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenBlake Beavan currently sports a nice 2.83 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
Blake Beavan, Seattle Mariners: I realize he's facing the mighty Boston Red Sox, but Beavan faced them three starts ago at Fenway Park and handled himself just fine, allowing three runs and pitching into the seventh inning. He's not walking anyone, and against the brutal John Lackey, he has a shot to win. Beavan is a 6-foot-7 right-hander acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, and while his lack of strikeouts weakens his long-term case, he's the first rookie to begin his career with six or more quality starts since Jered Weaver in 2006. Use him while he's pitching well.

Brandon McCarthy, Oakland Athletics: He has won only five times in 16 starts, but aren't ERA and WHIP categories in your league, too? McCarthy boasts a 2.39 ERA at his spacious home ballpark, but he also fired off eight shutout innings at Tampa Bay in his last outing. Even against the Texas Rangers, I'm using him.