Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitchers rankings for Week 2 highlight Domingo German, Caleb Smith as sleepers
Week 2 (April 1-7) is the first to feature a full slate of two-start pitchers. Scott White ranks them all, singling out some of his favorites.
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A shortened Week 1 meant no two-start pitchers — not unless your league counted the Mariners-Athletics series in Japan — and so we were robbed of the weekly practice of rounding up our favorites on the waiver wire.
Time to reintroduce ourselves to the habit.
Week 2 (April 1-7) is here, and the likelihood of skipped starts makes for a full slate of two-start possibilities, many of whom are widely available in CBS Sports leagues. That's not to say two starts are always better than one, particularly in categories leagues where a two-start pitcher can negatively impact ERA and WHIP, but pitchers you'd have half a mind to use in a one-start week become full-minded plays with two.
The top 10nine here are obvious, high-ownership, no-questions-asked starters across all formats with two starts, which makes Domingo German, with two favorable matchups and big strikeout potential, the highest-rated sleeper. I'd feel comfortable playing any of the top 14 in a standard 5x5 categories league and would expand the list of usable options through No. 17, Zach Eflin, in points leagues.
Max Scherzer, WAS
Mike Clevinger, CLE
Chris Sale, BOS
David Price, BOS
Chris Archer, PIT
Marcus Stroman, TOR
Kyle Hendricks, CHC
Brad Peacock, HOU*
Matt Strahm, SD*
Brad Keller, KC*
Domingo German, NYY
Kyle Gibson, MIN
Steven Matz, NYM
Caleb Smith, MIA
Julio Urias, LAD*
Sean Newcomb, ATL
Zach Eflin, PHI
Ryan Yarbrough, TB*^
Sean Reid-Foley, TOR
Tyson Ross, DET
Merrill Kelly, ARI
Mike Fiers, OAK
Drew Pomeranz, SF*
Anthony DeSclafani, CIN
Tyler Mahle, CIN
Drew Smyly, TEX
Shelby Miller, TEX
Zach Davies, MIL
Ivan Nova, CHW
Chris Stratton, LAA
Aaron Brooks, OAK*
Chad Bettis, COL
David Hess, BAL
*RP-eligible | ^may follow an "opener"
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