Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 19

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In a week that looks to be a little light on top-tier two-start pitchers, Zack Greinke's first week back from the disabled list is expected to be a two-start week. Even though he hasn't pitched for the Diamondbacks since he strained his oblique during his June 28 outing against the Phillies, and despite a scheduled weekend start at the Red Sox, Greinke emerges as one of the best two-start options for Fantasy Week 19 (Aug. 8-14).

Not only are there few aces in line for two starts, but several of this week's more highly-owned two-start pitchers are far from automatic choices for your rotation due to tough matchups. In particular, Jake Odorizzi (at TOR, at NYY), Collin McHugh (at MIN, at TOR) and Michael Wacha (vs. CIN, at CHC) should give owners pause, given the presence of at least one difficult opponent. So should Steven Matz, and not only because he is coming off a six-run shellacking at the hands of the Yankees. He will make a start against the Padres, who have recently been one of the best power-hitting teams in the majors, as well as a squad that has hit lefties well this season.

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Steven Matz NYM • SP • 32
LAST 10 STARTS
IP58 2/3
ERA4.91
K51
HR8

Having been added to the Yankees' rotation, Luis Severino is gaining in popularity, but he is still available in 63 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. While it's a good idea to pick him up, it's less of a good idea to actually start him this week, since he will re-enter the rotation with a start at the Red Sox.

With scheduled starts against the Braves and Reds, Zach Davies is a priority to find on waivers, though with a 74 percent ownership rate, it's not a given that he will be there. Tyler Anderson (32 percent owned) is far more available, and he is showing he can handle tough matchups as well as the obstacles presented by Coors Field. With starts versus the Rangers and at the Phillies, Anderson is worth a try if Davies is already owned.

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

TWO-START PITCHERS FOR WEEK 19
RANK PITCHER START 1 START 2
1 Jose Fernandez, MIA vs. SF vs. CHW
2 Chris Sale, CHW at KC at MIA
3 Johnny Cueto, SF at MIA vs. BAL
4 Zack Greinke, ARI at NYM at BOS
5 Rick Porcello, BOS vs. NYY vs. ARI
6 Cole Hamels, TEX at COL vs. DET
7 Jason Hammel, CHC vs. LAA vs. STL
8 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA vs. DET at OAK
9 Michael Fulmer, DET at SEA at TEX
10 Junior Guerra, MIL* vs. ATL vs. CIN
11 Zach Davies, MIL vs. ATL vs. CIN
12 Kevin Gausman, BAL at OAK vs. SF
13 Tyler Anderson, COL vs. TEX at PHI
14 Steven Matz, NYM vs. ARI vs. SD
15 Luis Severino, NYY at BOS vs. TB
16 Collin McHugh, HOU at MIN at TOR
17 Michael Wacha, STL vs. CIN at CHC
18 Hector Santiago, MIN vs. HOU vs. KC
19 Wade Miley, BAL at OAK at SF
20 Jake Odorizzi, TB at TOR at NYY
21 Tyler Chatwood, COL vs. TEX at PHI
22 Edinson Volquez, KC vs. CHW at MIN
23 Trevor Bauer, CLE at WAS vs. LAA
24 Mike Leake, STL vs. CIN at CHC
25 Zach Eflin, PHI* at LAD vs. COL
26 Mike Fiers, HOU at MIN at TOR
27 A.J. Griffin, TEX at COL vs. DET
28 Tyler Duffey, MIN vs. HOU vs. KC
29 Kendall Graveman, OAK vs. BAL vs. SEA
30 Jeff Locke, PIT vs. SD at LAD
31 Luis Perdomo, SD at PIT at NYM
32 Jesse Hahn, OAK vs. BAL vs. SEA
33 Cody Reed, CIN at STL at MIL
34 Jered Weaver, LAA at CHC at CLE
35 Tyrell Jenkins, ATL at MIL at WAS
36 Rob Whalen, ATL at MIL at WAS
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