The waiver wire is lacking in advisable two-start pitchers for Week 23 (Aug. 30-Sept. 5), but fortunately, a longtime ace has lost enough believers that he's now a potential pickup coming off what looked like a return to form Thursday.
He kicks off this list of 10 sleepers for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
NYM N.Y. Mets • #59 • Age: 35
The slow-to-recover ace took a big step toward regaining our trust with seven breezy innings against the Giants last time out. The Marlins should be a cakewalk by comparison.
PHI Philadelphia • #55 • Age: 27
The one-time closer has proven that his extreme ground-ball tendencies will translate to the rotation. They should certainly work against the Marlins.
NYY N.Y. Yankees • #65 • Age: 28
His deception and dynamic delivery has made him a consistent success even with some uninspiring underlying numbers. Plus, the Orioles just aren't competitive right now.
COL Colorado • #26 • Age: 29
He hasn't looked right since returning from a forearm injury a month ago, which is why he doesn't rank higher here. But that first matchup is so enticing he's probably worth a roll of the dice, if only in points leagues.
COL Colorado • #21 • Age: 29
Some good home run luck has played a role in his recent success, but it's been going on for long enough that you have to take him seriously in a road start against the worst lineup in baseball.
Corey Kluber SP
BOS Boston • #28 • Age: 36
Fresh off a three-month absence for a shoulder strain, Corey Kluber won't be ready to go deep and could have some rust. Still, a two-start week is awfully tempting, especially with the second matchup being so favorable.
NYM N.Y. Mets • #57 • Age: 27
He hasn't exactly dominated in his three starts back from a lengthy IL stint, but two of them have been promising enough for you to roll with him against a bottom-five offense.
Tylor Megill SP
NYM N.Y. Mets • #38 • Age: 27
Though he was throttled last time, he's been pretty steady overall and is facing a dismantled lineup that's just playing out the string at this point.
Cole Irvin SP
BAL Baltimore • #19 • Age: 29
It's a risky play after he left his last start with some hip irritation, but we're running out of worthwhile picks at this point. He might make sense in a points league where you're looking for volume from a pitcher who generally limits damage.
MIA Miami • #27 • Age: 24
He wasn't missing any bats in his debut, so I'm not convinced he's ready to be an asset yet or even that he'll stick around for both of these starts. But since the first matchup is the better one, maybe you're willing to chance it.