Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 12 highlight Brad Peacock, Francisco Liriano as sleepers

The introduction of year-round interleague play a couple years ago also introduced us to the five-game week, at least with more regularity than we had seen previously. Rare is the week when all 30 teams play either six or seven games, and so when it happens, it's like we're drowning in two-start options.

There may be even more than shown here. Someone will start Tuesday for the Angels in place of Matt Shoemaker (forearm), but if Shoemaker returns before the end of the week, that someone isn't making a second start. The same goes for the Astros' Francis Martes and the Marlins' Vance Worley if Lance McCullers (back) and Justin Nicolino (finger) return mid-week. The Braves are currently employing a six-man rotation, but if that were to change, Julio Teheran would be in line for a second start.

But you know what? We don't need them. Not only is the total number of two-start pitchers higher than usual but the potential sleepers (those owned in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues, that is) are more plentiful as well. They begin with Zack Wheeler at No. 13 and extend through Robert Gsellman at 21.

Which isn't to say I'd start all eight of them. My own aversion to risk would probably force me to stop with No. 17, Francisco Liriano, with Brad Peacock and his 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings as a starter being the only true priority.

But particularly in points leagues, where you don't have to be as careful about ERA and WHIP, rolling the dice on any of Nos. 18-21 (or even 22-25) isn't so crazy if you have the roster space.

Two-start pitchers for Week 12
Rank Pitchers Start 1 Start 2
1 Clayton Kershaw, LAD vs. NYM vs. COL
2 Corey Kluber, CLE at BAL vs. MIN
3 Jon Lester, CHC vs. SD at MIA
4 Johnny Cueto, SF at ATL vs. NYM
5 Zack Greinke, ARI at COL vs. PHI
6 Michael Pineda, NYY vs. LAA vs. TEX
7 Marco Estrada, TOR at TEX at KC
8 Ervin Santana, MIN vs. CHW at CLE
9 Dylan Bundy, BAL* vs. CLE at TB
10 Gerrit Cole, PIT at MIL at STL
11 Sonny Gray, OAK vs. HOU at CHW
12 Mike Leake, STL at PHI vs. PIT
13 Zack Wheeler, NYM at LAD at SF
14 Brad Peacock, HOU* at OAK at SEA
15 Brandon McCarthy, LAD vs. NYM vs. COL
16 Jake Odorizzi, TB vs. CIN vs. BAL
17 Francisco Liriano, TOR at TEX at KC
18 Ariel Miranda, SEA vs. DET vs. HOU
19 Derek Holland, CHW at MIN vs. OAK
20 Jordan Zimmermann, DET at SEA at SD
21 Robert Gsellman, NYM at LAD at SF
22 Matt Moore, SF at ATL vs. NYM
23 Tanner Roark, WAS at MIA vs. CIN
24 Edinson Volquez, MIA vs. WAS vs. CHC
25 Matt Garza, MIL vs. PIT at ATL
26 Mike Montgomery, CHC* vs. SD at MIA
27 German Marquez, COL vs. ARI at LAD
28 Scott Feldman, CIN* at TB at WAS
29 Josh Tomlin, CLE at BAL vs. MIN
30 R.A. Dickey, ATL vs. SF vs. MIL
31 Jeremy Hellickson, PHI vs. STL at ARI
32 Jason Hammel, KC vs. BOS vs. TOR
33 Clayton Richard, SD* at CHC vs. DET
34 Zach Davies, MIL vs. PIT at ATL
35 Hector Velaquez, BOS at KC vs. LAA
36 Chad Kuhl, PIT at MIL at STL
37 Sam Gaviglio, SEA* vs. DET vs. HOU
38 Austin Bibens-Dirkx, TEX vs. TOR at NYY
39 Nick Martinez, TEX vs. TOR at NYY
40 Anibal Sanchez, DET at SEA at SD
41 Daniel Gossett, OAK vs. HOU at CHW
42 Chris Tillman, BAL vs. CLE at TB

*RP-eligible

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