Slim pickings, once again.

We're used to it this time of year, right?

About a third of the league has resorted to six-man rotations now, and with most teams playing only six games this week ... well, you can imagine where that leaves us in terms of two-start options.

Not only is this week's number small but it's also lacking in high-end hurlers. The ones we'd unanimously trust in a one-start week might end at No. 4, but because we're talking two-start weeks, I'd consider any of the top 11 to be musts.

If you want to dig a little deeper, German Marquez's matchups make him a fine gamble this week, and Lucas Giolito has shown upside off and on. Even Mike Leake is good for a quality start more often than not and has fared better since joining the Mariners. I don't know that you'd want to reach as far down the list as him if you're looking to protect ERA and WHIP, but if you're chasing wins and strikeouts or play in a points league, he gets a thumbs up from me.

Two-start pitchers for Week 25
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Clayton Kershaw, LAD at PHI vs. SF
2 Gio Gonzalez, WAS at ATL at NYM
3 Jon Lester, CHC at TB at MIL
4 Marcus Stroman, TOR vs. KC vs. NYY
5 Patrick Corbin, ARI* at SD vs. MIA
6 Ervin Santana, MIN at NYY at DET
7 Mike Clevinger, CLE at LAA at SEA
8 Chris Archer, TB vs. CHC at BAL
9 Jose Berrios, MIN at NYY at DET
10 Dylan Bundy, BAL* vs. BOS vs. TB
11 Chase Anderson, MIL at PIT vs. CHC
12 German Marquez, COL at SF at SD
13 Lucas Giolito, CHW at HOU vs. KC
14 Dan Straily, MIA vs. NYM at ARI
15 Mike Leake, SEA vs. TEX vs. CLE
16 Tyler Skaggs, LAA vs. CLE at HOU
17 Doug Fister, BOS at BAL at CIN
18 Luiz Gohara, ATL vs. WAS vs. PHI
19 Martin Perez, TEX at SEA at OAK
20 Jack Flaherty, STL at CIN at PIT
21 Luis Perdomo, SD* vs. ARI vs. COL
22 Brent Suter, MIL* at PIT vs. CHC
23 Matt Harvey, NYM at MIA vs. WAS
24 Buck Farmer, DET* vs. OAK vs. MIN
25 Jharel Cotton, OAK at DET vs. TEX
26 Nick Pivetta, PHI vs. LAD at ATL
27 Jackson Stephens, CIN vs. STL vs. BOS
28 Chad Bell, DET* vs. OAK vs. MIN