No fun at all.
After last week's bounty, we're back down to 40 or so two-start pitchers this week, and most of them are either too high-end to debate or too low-end to consider.
There is a clear delineation between those worthy of starting in standard mixed leagues and those not, however. I'm good through Matt Andriese, basically, though if I was desperate for another start, I could maybe talk myself into giving Trevor Bauer a whirl. Pretty much just in a points league, though.
And there's some risk with any of those outside the top 11 in a categories league, where you're looking to preserve ERA and WHIP. Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore are two of the highest-variance pitchers you'll find, after all, but just from a lack of alternatives, I think their owners will feel compelled to start them this week.
Among the options who may actually be available in your league (so less than 80 percent owned), I count three worthy starters: Andriese, Charlie Morton, and above all, Trevor Cahill, whose swinging strike rate makes him more trustworthy than he appears. So they're your sleepers for this week.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers have decided to go with Alex Wood Monday, which means Julio Urias will be a two-start pitcher this week and Brandon McCarthy will not. That second matchup at Coors Field makes the 20-year-old lefty kind of scary, though.
|Two-start pitchers for Week 6|
|Rank||Pitchers||Start 1||Start 2|
|1||Max Scherzer, WAS||at BAL||vs. PHI|
|2||Jacob deGrom, NYM||vs. SF||at MIL|
|3||Justin Verlander, DET||at ARI||at LAA|
|4||Masahiro Tanaka, NYY||at CIN||vs. HOU|
|5||Jake Arrieta, CHC||at COL||at STL|
|6||Robbie Ray, ARI||vs. DET||vs. PIT|
|7||Carlos Martinez, STL||at MIA||vs. CHC|
|8||Ivan Nova, PIT||at LAD||at ARI|
|9||Drew Pomeranz, BOS||at MIL||vs. TB|
|10||Trevor Cahill, SD*||vs. TEX||at CHW|
|11||Marcus Stroman, TOR||vs. CLE||vs. SEA|
|12||Jeff Samardzija, SF||at NYM||vs. CIN|
|13||Charlie Morton, HOU||vs. ATL||at NYY|
|14||Matt Moore, SF||at NYM||vs. CIN|
|15||Kendall Graveman, OAK||vs. LAA||at TEX|
|16||Gio Gonzalez, WAS||at BAL||vs. PHI|
|17||Jerad Eickhoff, PHI||vs. SEA||at WAS|
|18||Matt Andriese, TB*||vs. KC||at BOS|
|19||Trevor Bauer, CLE||at TOR||vs. MIN|
|20||Ariel Miranda, SEA||at PHI||at TOR|
|21||Julio Urias, LAD||vs. PIT||at COL|
|22||Nate Karns, KC||at TB||vs. BAL|
|23||Wily Peralta, MIL||vs. BOS||vs. NYM|
|24||Antonio Senzatela, COL||vs. CHC||vs. LAD|
|25||Alex Wood, LAD||vs. PIT||at COL|
|26||Hector Santiago, MIN||at CHW||at CLE|
|27||A.J. Griffin, TEX||at SD||vs. OAK|
|28||Blake Snell, TB||vs. KC||at BOS|
|29||Kyle Freeland, COL||vs. CHC||vs. LAD|
|30||Adam Conley, MIA||vs. STL||vs. ATL|
|31||Kevin Gausman, BAL||vs. WAS||at KC|
|32||Nick Martinez, TEX||at SD||vs. OAK|
|33||Ricky Nolasco, LAA||at OAK||vs. DET|
|34||Tim Adleman, CIN||vs. NYY||at SF|
|35||Trevor Williams, PIT*||at LAD||at ARI|
|36||Jered Weaver, SD||vs. TEX||at CHW|
|37||Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL||vs. WAS||at KC|
|38||Rookie Davis, CIN||vs. NYY||at SF|
|39||Alex Meyer, LAA||at OAK||vs. DET|
|40||Mike Pelfrey, CHW||vs. MIN||vs. SD|
|41||Casey Lawrence, TOR*||vs. CLE||vs. SEA|