Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 23 suggest Jake Junis, Mark Leiter worth using as six-man rotations limit the selection

September is here, which in the baseball world means expanded rosters, early auditions for 2018 and continual changes to starting rotations.

This list? It's more suggestion than fact. Considering how many teams have already opted to go the six-man route -- nearly half he league, by my count -- you have to believe others will follow suit. And if they change course after lineups lock, there's not much you can do about it.

So for the final month, you'll want to be extra careful slotting a two-start pitcher in your lineup because nobody can say with any real certainty exactly who'll be making two starts. It'll be fewer pitchers overall, though, so you may not need to pursue them as aggressively anyway.

Ask yourself this: If the pitcher in question ends up making only one start, can I live with the ramifications? If you can't, don't put yourself in that position. Go for quality rather than quantity.

This week, I see two pitchers owned in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues who are in line for two starts but who won't ruin me if they end up making only one: Jake Junis and Mark Leiter. Each has his best matchup early in the week, too, which works out nicely.

At Nos. 12 and 13, they form the line of demarcation between those I'd absolutely start in any format and those I'd leave strictly for points leagues, where I'm not as concerned about protecting ERA and WHIP. The definitive cutoff for that second group would probably be Kendall Graveman at No. 21, which isn't to say everyone before him is a must.

Two-start pitchers for Week 23
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Stephen Strasburg, WAS at MIA vs. PHI
2 Jake Arrieta, CHC at PIT vs. MIL
3 Carlos Martinez, STL at SD vs. PIT
4 Robbie Ray, ARI at LAD vs. SD
5 Dallas Keuchel, HOU at SEA at OAK
6 Jose Berrios, MIN at TB at KC
7 Chase Anderson, MIL at CIN at CHC
8 Rich Hill, LAD vs. ARI vs. COL
9 Rick Porcello, BOS vs. TOR vs. TB
10 Alex Cobb, TB vs. MIN at BOS
11 J.A. Happ, TOR at BOS vs. DET
12 Jake Junis, KC at DET vs. MIN
13 Mark Leiter, PHI* at NYM at WAS
14 Trevor Bauer, CLE at CHW vs. BAL
15 R.A. Dickey, ATL vs. TEX vs. MIA
16 Parker Bridwell, LAA at OAK at SEA
17 Bartolo Colon, MIN at TB at KC
18 Andrew Cashner, TEX at ATL vs. NYY
19 Jason Vargas, KC at DET vs. MIN
20 Michael Wacha, STL at SD vs. PIT
21 Kendall Graveman, OAK vs. LAA vs. HOU
22 Robert Stephenson, CIN* vs. MIL at NYM
23 Erasmo Ramirez, SEA* vs. HOU vs. LAA
24 James Shields, CHW vs. CLE vs. SF
25 Rafael Montero, NYM* vs. PHI vs. CIN
26 Adam Conley, MIA vs. WAS at ATL
27 Ben Lively, PHI at NYM at WAS
28 Chad Kuhl, PIT vs. CHC at STL
29 Chris Smith, OAK* vs. LAA vs. HOU
30 Luis Perdomo, SD* vs. STL at ARI
31 Chad Bettis, COL vs. SF at LAD
32 Homer Bailey, CIN vs. MIL at NYM
33 Odrisamer Despaigne, MIA* vs. WAS at ATL

*RP-eligible

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