This is when things start to get a little crazy.
September has arrived. Rosters have expanded. Managers have excess pitchers to choose from and will sometimes go with a spot starter on a whim.
So more than ever, this list of two-start pitchers is only hypothetical — a best guess based on what little we’re privy to — which is annoying since now is when a lineup decision can make or break your season. It’s all the more reason to go with your studs when in doubt, which is usually the advisable approach in Fantasy Baseball anyway.
Of course, that’s not an issue for Nos. 1-7 on this list. One start or two, you want them in your lineup, and the same is probably true for Nos. 8 and 9 in leagues of any size at all. Stephen Strasburg is an interesting case at No. 10 since I’m only speculating he’ll return Tuesday, but the Nationals have an opening then and he wasn’t supposed to need more than a minimal DL stay.
He’s one of several pitchers who could be limited to one start (or fewer) for reasons other than September weirdness. Brandon Finnegan (innings), Rich Hill (blister), and James Paxton (fingernail) require an abundance of caution as well, though each pitcher’s ranking already takes it into account.
The sleepers here are Luke Weaver, Matt Wisler and Chad Kuhl, who are all less than 50 percent owned, have stepped up their production recently and have reasonably good matchups. The pitcher whose matchups really set him apart, though, is Bartolo Colon, who’s 79 percent owned in CBSSports.com leagues.
Note: *signifies RP eligibility in CBSSports.com leagues.
|Two-start pitchers for Week 23|
|Rank||Pitcher||Start 1||Start 2|
|1||Corey Kluber, CLE||vs. HOU||at MIN|
|2||Chris Sale, CHW||vs. DET||vs. KC|
|3||Justin Verlander, DET||at CHW||vs. BAL|
|4||Cole Hamels, TEX||at SEA||at LAA|
|5||Kyle Hendricks, CHC||at MIL||at HOU|
|6||Masahiro Tanaka, NYY||vs. TOR||vs. TB|
|7||Zack Greinke, ARI||at LAD||vs. SF|
|8||Felix Hernandez, SEA||vs. TEX||at OAK|
|9||Drew Pomeranz, BOS*||at SD||at TOR|
|10||Stephen Strasburg, WAS||vs. ATL||vs. PHI|
|11||Adam Wainwright, STL||at PIT||vs. MIL|
|12||Gio Gonzalez, WAS||vs. ATL||vs. PHI|
|13||Brandon Finnegan, CIN*||vs. NYM||at PIT|
|14||Rich Hill, LAD||vs. ARI||at MIA|
|15||Luke Weaver, STL||at PIT||vs. MIL|
|16||Bartolo Colon, NYM||at CIN||at ATL|
|17||Matt Wisler, ATL||at WAS||vs. NYM|
|18||Matt Moore, SF||at COL||at ARI|
|19||James Paxton, SEA||vs. TEX||at OAK|
|20||Chad Kuhl, PIT||vs. STL||vs. CIN|
|21||Jerad Eickhoff, PHI||at MIA||at WAS|
|22||Zach Davies, MIL||vs. CHC||at STL|
|23||Collin McHugh, HOU||at CLE||vs. CHC|
|24||Tyler Anderson, COL||vs. SF||at SD|
|25||Mike Fiers, HOU||at CLE||vs. CHC|
|26||Martin Perez, TEX||at SEA||at LAA|
|27||Ross Dewiler, OAK*||vs. LAA||vs. SEA|
|28||Luis Cessa, NYY||vs. TOR||vs. TB|
|29||Ryan Vogelsong, PIT*||vs. STL||vs. CIN|
|30||Edinson Volquez, KC||at MIN||at CHW|
|31||Jered Weaver, LAA||at OAK||vs. TEX|
|32||Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL||at TB||at DET|
|33||Matt Andriese, TB*||vs. BAL||at NYY|
|34||Adam Morgan, PHI||at MIA||at WAS|
|35||Jeff Hoffman||vs. SF||at SD|
|36||Edwin Jackson, SD||vs. BOS||vs. COL|
|37||Jake Esch, MIA||vs. PHI||vs. LAD|
|38||Pat Dean, MIN||vs. KC||vs. CLE|
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 23