Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 5 deeper than usual but short on sleepers
No shortage of two-start options in Fantasy Week 5 (May 1-7), according to Scott White, but can you trust them to make two starts? And are any worth picking up?
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|
|6||Johnny 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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