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The number of high-end pitchers making two starts in Week 3 (April 12-18) allows for fewer two-start sleepers, which means more of my recommendations here are in line for only one start. It's worth the reminder, then, that most of you shouldn't need to resort to streaming so early in the season. Chances are the pitching staff you intended is still mostly intact and still your best bet, particularly in a week when the high-end guys are all throwing more.

But if you are in a pinch, there's some impact to be found on the waiver wire still. It's not even so much matchup-driven as just ... these guys have been overlooked so far. Particularly for the first six of these 10, you might just decide to hold on for the long haul.

Here are my favorite streamer pitchers rostered in less than 75 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

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10 Sleeper pitchers for Week 3 (April 12-18)
CHW Chi. White Sox • #55 • Age: 28
Matchups
vs. CLE, at BOS
ROSTERED
72%
As good as Carlos Rodon has looked so far, he's basically a must for a two-start week, even with the Red Sox swinging the bats so well right now.
BOS Boston • #17 • Age: 31
Matchups
at MIN, vs. CHW
ROSTERED
71%
The continued improvement of his secondary arsenal has him looking like a better swing-and-miss pitcher this year, enough that I'll roll with him despite the two tough matchups.
ATL Atlanta • #18 • Age: 31
Matchups
at CHC
ROSTERED
57%
His first start with the Braves saw him do something he didn't do with the Giants last year: go six innings. If they're using him like a conventional starter, expect a lot of strikeouts.
DET Detroit • #12 • Age: 24
Matchups
at HOU, at OAK
ROSTERED
55%
This one enters more dangerous territory because it's two questionable matchups for a pitcher still with much to prove, but I like the general direction Casey Mize is headed. They're sleepers, not must-starts.
LAA L.A. Angels • #47 • Age: 25
Matchups
at KC
ROSTERED
52%
Not only has he recaptured the slider that made him so interesting as a rookie in 2019 but he's apparently now throwing it closer to 50 percent of the time. The matchup is solid.
TEX Texas • Age: 26
Matchups
at TB, vs. BAL
ROSTERED
30%
The Rangers have talked about using him more as the first starter in a piggyback situation than a conventional starter, but as good as he looked over five innings last time, you'll take the chance with two good matchups.
SF San Francisco • #62 • Age: 24
Matchups
at MIA
ROSTERED
42%
A so-so first couple of starts has taken some of the wind out of Logan Webb's sails, but the matchup is strong enough that it might be worth giving him one more look if you're in a bind.
TEX Texas • #44 • Age: 33
Matchups
at TB, vs. BAL
ROSTERED
16%
He followed up a terrible start on opening day with a terrific one Wednesday. He shows enough bat-missing ability that he'll always be tempting with the right matchups.
TOR Toronto • #22 • Age: 29
Matchups
at KC
ROSTERED
66%
He flashed improved velocity and looked very much in control while striking out nine in his first start for the Blue Jays. His second start over the weekend was decent, too.
SEA Seattle • #33 • Age: 25
Matchups
at BAL, vs. HOU
ROSTERED
42%
You're pinning most of your hopes to the first matchup, of course, but he was pretty reliable for the Mariners last season, delivering a quality start in six of his 10 outings.