Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 12 identify Joe Musgrove, CC Sabathia as sleepers

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I could whine again about the limited number of two-start pitchers in Week 12 (June 11-17), particularly those who are both useful and still available on the waiver wire, but as many times as I've done it already, it'd probably fall on deaf ears.

Maybe the problem isn't the selection itself, but our expectations. More off days were built into the schedule this season, which means more five-game weeks for teams, which means fewer opportunities for two-start pitchers. And with pitchers generally not pitching as deep into games, little of what's available is usable in the first place.

So let's just make the most of what we have, and what we have is a couple of pretty good options in Joe Musgrove and CC Sabathia. The former has pitched well since coming off the DL. The latter has a terrific supporting cast. Each has a favorable matchup among their two.

Neither is automatic in Fantasy. In fact, I'd put the cutoff for must-start status at Andrew Heaney at No. 12 on this list. But certainly in points leagues, you could stretch it as far as Sabathia, or maybe even Ryan Yarbrough at 20.

Speaking of Yarbrough, he's not technically in line to start twice or even once this week. But that's only because the Rays open with a short reliever on the days Yarbrough is schedule to pitch. Same goes for Austin Pruitt. Both figure to handle a starter's workload, but neither will be able to qualify for a quality start. Keep that in mind in standard points leagues and other formats that reward quality starts.

Two-start pitchers for Week 12
Pitcher Rank Start 1 Start 2
1Carlos Carrasco, CLEat CHWvs. MIN
2Aaron Nola, PHIvs. COLat MIL
3Patrick Corbin, ARIvs. PITvs. NYM
4Madison Bumgarner, SFat MIAat LAD
5Lance McCullers, HOUat OAKat KC
6Jose Quintana, CHCat MILat STL
7Mike Foltynewicz, ATLvs. NYMvs. SD
8Dylan Bundy, BALvs. BOSvs. MIA
9Jack Flaherty, STLvs. SDvs. CHC
10Eduardo Rodriguez, BOSat BALat SEA
11Tanner Roark, WASat NYYat TOR
12Andrew Heaney, LAAat SEAat OAK
13Joe Musgrove, PIT*at ARIvs. CIN
14Jon Gray, COLat PHIat TEX
15CC Sabathia, NYYvs. WASvs. TB
16Jake Odorizzi, MINat DETat CLE
17Jordan Lyles, SD*at STLat ATL
18Daniel Mengden, OAKvs. HOUvs. LAA
19Junior Guerra, MILvs. CHCvs. PHI
20Ryan Yarbrough, TB*vs. TORat NYY
21Steven Wright, BOSat BALat SEA
22Mike Leake, SEAvs. LAAvs. BOS
23Sam Gaviglio, TORat TBvs. WAS
24Clay Buchholz, ARIvs. PITvs. NYM
25Jason Vargas, NYMat ATLat ARI
26James Shields, CHWvs. CLEvs. DET
27Austin Pruitt, TB*vs. TORat NYY
28Wei-Yin Chen, MIAvs. SFat BAL
29Blaine Hardy, DET*vs. MINat CHW
30Wade LeBlanc, SEA*vs. LAAvs. BOS
31Adam Plutko, CLEat CHWvs. MIN
32Chris Stratton, SFat MIAat LAD
33Trent Richards, MIAvs. SFat BAL
34Lucas Giolito, CHWvs. CLEvs. DET

*RP-eligible

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