Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 5 deeper than usual but short on sleepers

If these rankings look unfamiliar to you, it's because they're 47 deep, our largest pool yet in a season five weeks old.

If these rankings look familiar to you, it's because 12 of these pitchers were on them last week.

How is that possible? Rainouts, mostly. It's a rainy time of year, which is something to keep in mind whenever you target a pitcher simply because he's in line for two starts. If he makes only one -- and there's a reasonable chance he will -- can you still live with the decision?

Personally, I'd be willing to start any of the first 28 pitchers listed here -- in either points or Rotisserie leagues -- and it's only the matchups that scare me away from Vince Velasquez at No. 29. He'd be easier to justify in a points league, where volume is rewarded over efficiency, and Trevor Bauer at 31 might not be a bad play in that format either (not to mention the guy in between).

Alex Cobb stands out as a legitimate sleeper pick, though, and while teammate Jake Odorizzi isn't as widely available, his ranking should quell your concerns about using him in his first start back from a strained hamstring.

Note to you Clayton Kershaw owners: The Dodgers are sticking with their six-man rotation for the time being, so don't count on getting a second start from him in a six-game week. (Not like it makes a difference in whether or not you start him, though.)

Two-start pitchers for Week 5
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Chris Sale, BOS vs. BAL at MIN
2 Corey Kluber, CLE at DET at KC
3 Justin Verlander, DET vs. CLE at OAK
4 James Paxton, SEA vs. LAA vs. TEX
5 Jon Lester, CHC vs. PHI vs. NYY
6Johnny Cueto, SF at LAD at CIN
7 Carlos Martinez, STL vs. MIL at ATL
8 Danny Duffy, KC* vs. CHW vs. CLE
9 Cole Hamels, TEX at HOU at SEA
10 Gerrit Cole, PIT at CIN vs. MIL
11 Julio Teheran, ATL vs. NYM vs. STL
12 Lance McCullers, HOU vs. TEX at LAA
13 Jose Quintana, CHW at KC at BAL
14 Marco Estrada, TOR at NYY at TB
15 Rick Porcello, BOS vs. BAL at MIN
16 Luis Severino, NYY* vs. TOR at CHC
17 Ervin Santana, MIN vs. OAK vs. BOS
18 Dylan Bundy, BAL* at BOS vs. CHW
19 Tanner Roark, WAS vs. ARI at PHI
20 Amir Garrett, CIN vs. PIT vs. SF
21 Matt Harvey, NYM at ATL vs. MIA
22 Jason Vargas, KC vs. CHW vs. CLE
23 Michael Wacha, STL vs. MIL at ATL
24 Matt Shoemaker, LAA at SEA vs. HOU
25 Robert Gsellman, NYM at ATL vs. MIA
26 Alex Cobb, TB at MIA vs. TOR
27 Jake Odorizzi, TB at MIA vs. TOR
28 Wei-Yin Chen, MIA vs. TB at NYM
29 Vince Velasquez, PHI at CHC vs. WAS
30 Taijuan Walker, ARI at WAS at COL
31 Trevor Bauer, CLE at DET at KC
32 Sonny Gray, OAK at MIN vs. DET
33 Jeremy Hellickson, PHI at CHC vs. WAS
34 Wily Peralta, MIL at STL at PIT
35 Zach Davies, MIL at STL at PIT
36 R.A. Dickey, ATL vs. NYM vs. STL
37 Tyler Chatwood, COL at SD vs. ARI
38 Brett Anderson, CHC vs. PHI vs. NYY
39 Daniel Norris, DET vs. CLE at OAK
40 Scott Feldman, CIN* vs. PIT vs. SF
41 Edinson Volquez, MIA vs. TB at NYM
42 Tyler Glasnow, PIT at CIN vs. MIL
43 Trevor Cahill, SD* vs. COL vs. LAD
44 Alec Asher, BAL at BOS vs. CHW
45 Mike Fiers, HOU vs. TEX at LAA
46 Andrew Cashner, TEX at HOU at SEA
47 Dylan Covey, CHW at KC at BAL


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