Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 8 highlight Matt Shoemaker, present a Matt Harvey dilemma

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

*RP-eligible

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