Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 18

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The upcoming trade deadline is already starting to wreak havoc on our pool of two-start pitchers for Fantasy Week 18 (Aug. 1-7), and there could be more tumult to come. With their acquisition of Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea, the Marlins had to juggle their rotation, taking a projected second start away from Adam Conley and giving it to Tom Koehler. This is not necessarily bad news for Conley owners (or good news for Koehler owners), because that second start is against the Rockies at Coors Field. Then again, the first start at the Cubs isn't exactly a bargain either.

This is likely to be the first of many trades to impact major league rotations, so even more than usual, it will pay to choose your two-start additions carefully. There is no particular reason to doubt that Archie Bradley will make both of his scheduled starts, so he is one of the better waiver wire targets. His start next weekend against the Brewers in particular makes him a relatively safe bet, given that they strike out frequently and will likely no longer feature Jonathan Lucroy in their lineup at that point.

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Archie Bradley ARI • SP • 25
2016 STATS
IP82
ERA4.17
K79
BB41

Dylan Bundy has been impressive during his short stay in the Orioles' rotation, and his recent success could make him harder to claim. However, Bundy is not without risk, given his strong flyball tendencies. He starts off the week with a home outing against the Rangers, who boast the majors' third-highest home run-to-flyball ratio on the road, according to FanGraphs.

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Dylan Bundy BAL • RP • 37
2016 STATS
IP52
ERA3.46
K49
HR8

From a fan's perspective, one matchup we hope doesn't change is the showdown between Stephen Strasburg and Madison Bumgarner on Aug. 7. Then again, from a Fantasy owner's perspective, it's frustrating to know only one at most can get a win. Despite the scheduled matchup, I've ranked them as the top two starters with a pair of scheduled outings this week.

Note: * denotes RP eligibility in CBSSports.com Head-to-Head leagues.

TWO-START PITCHERS FOR WEEK 18
RANK PITCHER START 1 START 2
1 Stephen Strasburg, WAS at ARI vs. SF
2 Madison Bumgarner, SF at PHI at WAS
3 David Price, BOS at SEA at LAD
4 Jacob deGrom, NYM vs. NYY at DET
5 Carlos Carrasco, CLE vs. MIN at NYY
6 Danny Salazar, CLE vs. MIN at NYY
7 Yu Darvish, TEX at BAL at HOU
8 Chris Archer, TB vs. KC vs. MIN
9 Gerrit Cole, PIT at ATL vs. CIN
10 Lance McCullers, HOU vs. TOR vs. TEX
11 Marcus Stroman, TOR at HOU at KC
12 Danny Duffy, KC* at TB vs. TOR
13 Matt Shoemaker, LAA vs. OAK at SEA
14 Jason Hammel, CHC vs. MIA at OAK
15 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at NYM vs. CLE
16 Jaime Garcia, STL at CIN vs. ATL
17 Sonny Gray, OAK at LAA vs. CHC
18 Archie Bradley, ARI vs. WAS vs. MIL
19 James Paxton, SEA vs. BOS vs. LAA
20 Dylan Bundy, BAL* vs. TEX at CHW
21 Matt Moore, TB vs. KC vs. MIN
22 CC Sabathia, NYY at NYM vs. CLE
23 Jon Gray, COL vs. LAD vs. MIA
24 Jimmy Nelson, MIL at SD at ARI
25 Kyle Gibson, MIN at CLE at TB
26 Brandon McCarthy, LAD at COL vs. BOS
27 Doug Fister, HOU* vs. TOR vs. TEX
28 Yordano Ventura, KC at TB vs. TOR
29 R.A. Dickey, TOR at HOU at KC
30 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS at SEA at LAD
31 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL vs. PIT at STL
32 Zach Eflin, PHI* vs. SF at SD
33 Tom Koehler, MIA at CHC at COL
34 Anibal Sanchez, DET vs. CHW vs. NYM
35 Tyler Duffey, MIN at CLE at TB
36 Logan Verrett, NYM* vs. NYY at DET
37 Cody Reed, CIN vs. STL at PIT
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