Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 8 highlight Matt Shoemaker, present a Matt Harvey dilemma
Matt Shoemaker looks like an exciting choice again, but can we really trust in Matt Harvey? Scott White ranks every two-start pitcher for Fantasy Week 8 (May 22-28).
Identifying sleepers among this group has proven to be a challenge week after week.
Why? With strikeouts and home runs both on the rise, the gap between the haves and have-nots at starting pitcher is widening. The number of starting pitchers who are good (or at least theoretically good) is close to finite and the candidates fairly easy to identify. So unless you play in a shallower league, the pitchers you'd be willing to trust in a two-start week (even acknowledging the standard is lower than in a one-start week) are mostly owned already.
I can confidently recommend the top 17 on this list -- a higher number than most weeks -- but how many of them can you honestly expect to find on waivers? Only one, Jerad Eickhoff, is owned in between 70 and 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues, which isn't exactly low to begin with, but the rest are all owned in 84 percent or more.
Another highly owned pitcher, Matt Harvey, presents a real dilemma for his owners this week. The gap between his ownership and starting percentage makes sense since we're basically just stashing him for his upside, but when he's facing two of the bottom five offenses in baseball, it's tempting. I rank him just outside that group of 17 but would probably start him in points leagues. The next three -- Alex Cobb through Mike Foltynewicz -- are also justifiable plays in that format, where you're looking for volume and not so much to protect ratios, and if you really want to roll the dice, any of Nos. 22 through 29 could surprise with a big week as well.
|Two-start pitchers for Week 8|
|Rank||Pitcher||Start 1||Start 2|
|1||Clayton Kershaw, LAD||vs. STL||vs. CHC|
|2||Zack Greinke, ARI||vs. CHW||at MIL|
|3||Gerrit Cole, PIT||at ATL||vs. NYM|
|4||Lance McCullers, HOU||vs. DET||vs. BAL|
|5||Johnny Cueto, SF||at CHC||vs. ATL|
|6||Michael Fulmer, DET||at HOU||at CHW|
|7||Carlos Carrasco, CLE||at CIN||vs. KC|
|8||Danny Duffy, KC*||at NYY||at CLE|
|9||Rick Porcello, BOS||vs. TEX||vs. SEA|
|10||Kyle Hendricks, CHC||vs. SF||at LAD|
|11||Michael Pineda, NYY||vs. KC||vs. OAK|
|12||Matt Shoemaker, LAA||at TB||at MIA|
|13||John Lackey, CHC||vs. SF||at LAD|
|14||Jake Odorizzi, TB||vs. LAA||at MIN|
|15||Jason Vargas, KC||at NYY||at CLE|
|16||Jerad Eickhoff, PHI||vs. COL||vs. CIN|
|17||Lance Lynn, STL||at LAD||at COL|
|18||Matt Harvey, NYM||vs. SD||at PIT|
|19||Alex Cobb, TB||vs. LAA||at MIN|
|20||Patrick Corbin, ARI||vs. CHW||at MIL|
|21||Mike Foltynewicz, ATL||vs. PIT||at SF|
|22||JC Ramirez, LAA*||at TB||at MIA|
|23||Joe Biagini, TOR*||at MIL||vs. TEX|
|24||Jordan Montgomery, NYY||vs. KC||vs. OAK|
|25||Amir Garrett, CIN||vs. CLE||at PHI|
|26||Miguel Gonzalez, CHW||at ARI||vs. DET|
|27||Josh Tomlin, CLE||at CIN||vs. KC|
|28||Jimmy Nelson, MIL||vs. TOR||vs. ARI|
|29||German Marquez, COL||at PHI||vs. STL|
|30||Jose Urena, MIA*||at OAK||vs. LAA|
|31||Tyler Glasnow, PIT||at ATL||vs. NYM|
|32||Scott Feldman, CIN*||vs. CLE||at PHI|
|33||R.A. Dickey, ATL||vs. PIT||at SF|
|34||Daniel Norris, DET||at HOU||at CHW|
|35||Jordan Zimmermann, DET||at HOU||at CHW|
|36||Jacob Turner, WAS*||vs. SEA||vs. SD|
|37||Jhoulys Chacin, SD||at NYM||at WAS|
|38||Ty Blach, SF||at CHC||vs. ATL|
|39||Andrew Cashner, TEX||at BOS||at TOR|
|40||Zach Eflin, PHI||vs. COL||vs. CIN|
|41||Christian Bergman, SEA*||at WAS||at BOS|
|42||Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL||vs. MIN||at HOU|
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