Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 26 identify Blake Snell as a sleeper amid few certainties

Don't ... trust ... anyone.

That's the best advice I can offer for this final week of the season, at least as far as pitching matchups go. Sure, many appear to be in line for two starts, but as playoff seeding becomes clearer, priorities will change. Anything a team might hope to accomplish before the end of the regular season -- whether it's resting a particular pitcher, realigning its rotation for the postseason or giving that up-and-comer a spot start -- it now has a limited number of days to achieve.

What it means for us is that the teams obviously destined for the playoffs won't want their aces starting on the final day of the season, which doesn't necessarily mean Chris Sale, Dallas Keuchel, Jake Arrieta, Luis Severino and even Jon Lester won't make the second start each is projected to make. But if they do, it'll be more like a side session, maybe lasting all of two innings.

I've eliminated them from these rankings just to be safe. I'd rather undersell them than create false expectations. Truth is they're all the kind of pitchers you'd use in a one-start week anyway.

Unfortunately, removing them makes for a thin list. Among the pitchers owned in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues, Blake Snell is the only one I can get excited about, and even his matchups aren't the greatest. Collin McHugh, Zach Davies and Jake Junis are all justifiable, and if you're really desperate for innings, you could stretch it as far as Daniel Mengden, at least in a points league, where you're not as concerned with preserving ERA and WHIP. Ideally, though, I'm limiting myself to the top 12 from this list.

Which is fine. It's championship week, after all. Time to stop counting starts and instead let those big arms do the heavy lifting.

Two-start pitchers for Week 26
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Zack Godley, ARI* vs. SF at KC
2 Gio Gonzalez, WAS at PHI vs. PIT
3 Luke Weaver, STL vs. CHC vs. MIL
4 Tanner Roark, WAS at PHI vs. PIT
5 Carlos Martinez, STL vs. CHC vs. MIL
6 Drew Pomeranz, BOS vs. TOR vs. HOU
7 Cole Hamels, TEX vs. HOU vs. OAK
8 Johnny Cueto, SF at ARI vs. SD
9 Blake Snell, TB at NYY vs. BAL
10 Collin McHugh, HOU at TEX at BOS
11 Zach Davies, MIL vs. CIN at STL
12 Jake Junis, KC at NYY vs. ARI
13 CC Sabathia, NYY vs. KC vs. TOR
14 Josh Tomlin, CLE vs. MIN vs. CHW
15 R.A. Dickey, ATL at NYM at MIA
16 Jason Vargas, KC vs. DET vs. ARI
17 Daniel Mengden, OAK vs. SEA at TEX
18 Andrew Cashner, TEX vs. HOU vs. OAK
19 Parker Bridwell, LAA* at CHW vs. SEA
20 Seth Lugo, NYM vs. ATL at PHI
21 Anibal Sanchez, DET* at KC at MIN
22 Ricky Nolasco, LAA at CHW vs. SEA
23 Felix Hernandez, SEA at OAK at LAA
24 James Shields, CHW vs. LAA at CLE
25 Jose Urena, MIA* at COL vs. ATL
26 Lucas Sims, ATL at NYM at MIA
27 Bartolo Colon, MIN at CLE vs. DET
28 Tyler Chatwood, COL vs. MIA vs. LAD
29 Odrisamer Despaigne, MIA* at COL vs. ATL
30 Brett Anderson, TOR at BOS at NYY
31 Daniel Gossett, OAK vs. SEA at TEX
32 Deck McGuire, CIN at MIL at CHC

*RP-eligible

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