Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 25 peg Jake Junis, Lucas Giolito as sleepers

Ready for another week of dashed expectations?

That's September baseball for you. We got our first taste in Week 24 (Sept. 3-9), and it wasn't good. If everyone who you expect to make two starts at the beginning of the week actually does, consider yourself lucky.

It's why you need to be especially careful when streaming two-start pitchers this time of the year. The probables are always subject to change, but with rosters expanded and innings swelling, those changes are to be expected now. If you're actually playing for something — and anyone who bothers to click on this article is — you have to weigh what you're giving up by sitting a superior one-start option, because that comparison will likely be apples to apples (as in an equivalent number of starts) by week's end. Also, when choosing between two-start options, you'll want to keep in mind that the first matchup is the one that matters most.

Even with the added qualifiers, there are still a number of worthy sleepers available on the waiver wire this week. Jake Junis, who (case in point) was expected to be a two-start pitcher in Week 24, is now expected to be in Week 25 (Sept. 10-16). Hopefully it'll come through this time. Lucas Giolito stumbled in his last outing but has offered better ratios for over month now. His matchups are just too tasty to pass up. And then there's Brad Keller, who doesn't have the upside of those first two but is plenty safe as one of the top ground ball generators in the league.

One oddity that's worth noting: Chris Sale is technically in line for two starts, but that's after missing much of the second half with a shoulder issue. He's expected to go only two innings in his first start back and three innings in his second, so what you'll be getting from him is a maximum of five innings with zero chance for a win. The ratios should be great, though. Nathan Eovaldi figures to get the majority of the innings in those games even though he won't technically be starting.

The must-starts extend through Trevor Williams, and points league owners will want to consider every pitcher up through Sean Newcomb at 20.

Two-start pitchers for Week 25
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Corey Kluber, CLE at TB vs. DET
2 Jacob deGrom, NYM vs. MIA at BOS
3 Justin Verlander, HOU at DET vs. ARI
4 Zack Greinke, ARI at COL at HOU
5 German Marquez, COL vs. ARI at SF
6 Miles Mikolas, STL vs. PIT vs. LAD
7 Dereck Rodriguez, SF vs. ATL vs. COL
8 Jake Junis, KC vs. CHW vs. MIN
9 Alex Wood, LAD at CIN at STL
10 Jake Arrieta, PHI vs. WAS vs. MIA
11 Trevor Williams, PIT at STL at MIL
12 Zack Godley, ARI at COL at HOU
13 Lucas Giolito, CHW at KC at BAL
14 Kyle Gibson, MIN vs. NYY at KC
15 Jon Lester, CHC vs. MIL vs. CIN
16 Tanner Roark, WAS at PHI at ATL
17 Brad Keller, KC* vs. CHW vs. MIN
18 Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD at CIN at STL
19 Chris Sale, BOS vs. TOR vs. NYM
20 Sean Newcomb, ATL at SF vs. WAS
21 Mike Minor, TEX* at LAA at SD
22 Alex Cobb, BAL vs. OAK vs. CHW
23 Jose Urena, MIA at NYM at PHI
24 Wade Miley, MIL at CHC vs. PIT
25 Daniel Mengden, OAK at BAL at TB
26 Jaime Barria, LAA vs. TEX vs. SEA
27 Ryan Borucki, TOR* at BOS at NYY
28 Jason Vargas, NYM vs. MIA at BOS
29 Antonio Senzatela, COL* vs. ARI at SF
30 Cody Reed, CIN* vs. LAD at CHC
31 Kohl Stewart, MIN vs. NYY at KC
32 Adam Wainwright, STL vs. PIT vs. LAD
33 Francisco Liriano, DET* vs. HOU at CLE
34 Erick Fedde, WAS at PHI at ATL
35 Jeff Brigham, MIA* at NYM at PHI

*RP-eligible

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