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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
RankPitcherStart 1Start 2
1Corey Kluber, CLEvs. HOUat MIN
2Chris Sale, CHWvs. DETvs. KC
3Justin Verlander, DETat CHWvs. BAL
4Cole Hamels, TEXat SEAat LAA
5Kyle Hendricks, CHCat MILat HOU
6Masahiro Tanaka, NYYvs. TORvs. TB
7Zack Greinke, ARIat LADvs. SF
8Felix Hernandez, SEAvs. TEXat OAK
9Drew Pomeranz, BOS*at SDat TOR
10Stephen Strasburg, WASvs. ATLvs. PHI
11Adam Wainwright, STLat PITvs. MIL
12Gio Gonzalez, WASvs. ATLvs. PHI
13Brandon Finnegan, CIN*vs. NYMat PIT
14Rich Hill, LADvs. ARIat MIA
15Luke Weaver, STLat PITvs. MIL
16Bartolo Colon, NYMat CINat ATL
17Matt Wisler, ATLat WASvs. NYM
18Matt Moore, SFat COLat ARI
19James Paxton, SEAvs. TEXat OAK
20Chad Kuhl, PITvs. STLvs. CIN
21Jerad Eickhoff, PHIat MIAat WAS
22Zach Davies, MILvs. CHCat STL
23Collin McHugh, HOUat CLEvs. CHC
24Tyler Anderson, COLvs. SFat SD
25Mike Fiers, HOUat CLEvs. CHC
26Martin Perez, TEXat SEAat LAA
27Ross Dewiler, OAK*vs. LAAvs. SEA
28Luis Cessa, NYYvs. TORvs. TB
29Ryan Vogelsong, PIT*vs. STLvs. CIN
30Edinson Volquez, KCat MINat CHW
31Jered Weaver, LAAat OAKvs. TEX
32Ubaldo Jimenez, BALat TBat DET
33Matt Andriese, TB*vs. BALat NYY
34Adam Morgan, PHIat MIAat WAS
35Jeff Hoffmanvs. SFat SD
36Edwin Jackson, SDvs. BOSvs. COL
37Jake Esch, MIAvs. PHIvs. LAD
38Pat Dean, MINvs. KCvs. CLE


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 23