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Gross.

This particular crop of two-start pitchers is our clearest indication yet that two-start pitchers aren’t the way to go in September. So if you’ve made it this far through excessive streaming, congratulations, you’re about to get your cosmic comeuppance.

Not only is it a short list with so many six-man rotations across the league and so few teams playing seven games this week, but it’s a bottom-heavy list as well. Goofy Robert Gsellman, with his nothing pedigree, pitch-to-contact approach and 1.41 WHIP through five appearances, is in the top half, for crying out loud.

Given his matchups and the lack of alternatives, he passes as a sleeper this week, as do the three names ahead of him. You wondered why I was so eager to buy into Taijuan Walker again after only one dominant start? Now you know.

Be careful not to overreach here. Everyone after Joe Musgrove is dangerous and everyone after, say, Josh Tomlin is downright toxic. One-start pitchers can do big things, too, you know. With only 15 tolerable options here — and that’s assuming Jose Fernandez doesn’t get shut down early — simply having two two-start pitchers puts you ahead of the curve.

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

Two-start pitchers for Week 25
RankPitcherStart 1Start 2
1Johnny Cueto, SFat LADat SD
2Madison Bumgarner, SFat LADat SD
3Noah Syndergaard, NYMvs. ATLvs. PHI
4Rick Porcello, BOSat BALat TB
5Clayton Kershaw, LADvs. SFvs. COL
6Julio Teheran, ATLat NYMat MIA
7Rich Hill, LADvs. SFvs. COL
8Jose Fernandez, MIAvs. WASvs. ATL
9Carlos Martinez, STLat COLat CHC
10Carlos Rodon, CHWat KCat CLE
11Taijuan Walker, SEAvs. TORat MIN
12Joe Musgrove, HOUat OAKvs. LAA
13Tyler Anderson, COLvs. STLat LAD
14Robert Gsellman, NYMvs. ATLvs. PHI
15Josh Tomlin, CLEvs. KCvs. CHW
16Eduardo Rodriguez, BOSat BALat TB
17Matt Wisler, ATLat NYMat MIA
18A.J. Cole, WAS*at MIAat PIT
19Michael Pineda, NYYat TBat TOR
20Yordano Ventura, KCvs. CHWat DET
21Jake Thompson, PHIvs. CHWat NYM
22Brad Peacock, HOUat OAKvs. LAA
23Steven Brault, PIT*at MILvs. WAS
24Braden Shipley, ARIat SDat BAL
25Edinson Volquez, KCat CLEat DET
26Tyler Duffey, MINvs. DETvs. SEA
27Daniel Wright, LAAat TEXat HOU
28Jake Esch, MIAvs. WASvs. ATL
29Paul Clemens, SD*vs. ARIvs. SF


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 25