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In ranking the two-start pitchers this week, I have a new variable to consider: likelihood of making the second start.

It’s that time of year, you see. With rosters expanded, six-man rotations are more the norm than the standard five, and even those aren’t orderly and predictable. It’s more like, “Oh, you need a rest? Let’s give Dumpy McAwful a turn. Nah, we don’t need to commit to him every time through. We’ll just see how everyone feels.”

“Heh heh heh.”

I don’t know why I made generic September manager guy evil there at the end, but the whole thing feels pretty sinister given the weight of every pitching decision this time of year. It’s all the more reason not to sell out for a fringy two-start option when a high-end one-start type is often just a promising.

As a general rule, the pitchers whose second starts are projected for Sunday take a back seat to the ones whose second starts are projected for Saturday. More wiggle room there. Of course, Danny Duffy is so high-end that you’d be starting him regardless of the number of starts he’s making, and the same goes for Marcus Stroman, Jose Quintana and Drew Pomeranz. But you shouldn’t bank on getting a second start from Ivan Nova (who still ranks pretty high, as you can see), Trevor Bauer, Jose De Leon, Robbie Ray or CC Sabathia.

I could keep going, but dig any deeper and number of starts isn’t your first concern. Kind of a bottom-heavy group this week, which may be the norm with so many six-man rotations.

The clear sleeper for this week is Matt Boyd, who’s available in half of CBSSports.com leagues and is scheduled to pitch Monday and Saturday, with pretty good matchups to boot.

Note: *signifies RP eligibility in CBSSports.com leagues.

Two-start pitchers for Week 24
RankPitcherStart 1Start 2
1Carlos Carrasco, CLEat CHWvs. DET
2Kyle Hendricks, CHCat STLvs. MIL
3David Price, BOSvs. BALvs. NYY
4Danny Duffy, KC*vs. OAKvs. CHW
5Aaron Sanchez, TOR*vs. TBat LAA
6Marcus Stroman, TORvs. TBat LAA
7Jose Quintana, CHWvs. CLEat KC
8Anthony DeSclafani, CINvs. MILvs. PIT
9Drew Pomeranz, BOS*vs. BALvs. NYY
10Jeff Samardzija, SFvs. SDvs. STL
11Ervin Santana, MINat DETat NYM
12Ivan Nova, PITat PHIat CIN
13Matt Boyd, DETvs. MINat CLE
14Trevor Bauer, CLEat CHWvs. DET
15Jeremy Hellickson, PHIvs. PITvs. MIA
16Jose De Leon, LADat NYYat ARI
17Robbie Ray, ARIvs. COLvs. LAD
18Dan Straily, CINvs. MILvs. PIT
19Jake Odorizzi, TBat TORat BAL
20Gerrit Cole, PITat PHIat CIN
21CC Sabathia, NYYvs. LADat BOS
22Ross Detwiler, OAK*at KCat TEX
23Wily Peralta, MILat CINat CHC
24Mike Leake, STLvs. CHCat SF
25Anibal Sanchez, DETvs. MINat CLE
26Ricky Nolasco, LAAvs. SEAvs. TOR
27Dillon Gee, KC*vs. OAKvs. CHW
28Jose Urena, MIA*at ATLat PHI
29Reynaldo Lopez, WASvs. NYMat ATL
30Jaime Garcia, STLvs. CHCat SF
31Doug Fister, HOU*vs. TEXat SEA
32Wade Miley, BALat BOSvs. TB
33Shelby Miller, ARIvs. COLvs. LAD
34Ariel Miranda, SEA*at LAAvs. HOU
35Alex Meyer, LAA*vs. SEAvs. TOR
36Kyle Gibson, MINat DETat NYM
37Albert Suarez, SF*vs. SDvs. STL
38Alec Asher, PHIvs. PITvs. MIA
39Bryan Mitchell, NYY*vs. LADat BOS
40Williams Perez, ATLvs. MIAvs. WAS
41Anthony Ranaudo, CHWvs. CLEat KC


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 24