Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Preview: Two-start pitcher ranking peg Sonny Gray, Luke Weaver as sleepers
Week 5 doesn't offer many high-end two-start pitchers, which is excellent news for those seeking out two-start sleepers.
If you need an indication of just how lacking in high-end hurlers the Week 5 (April 22-28) assortment of two-start pitchers is, know this: Chris Sale is second in my rankings.
Sure, he got his velocity back in his last start, which counts for a great deal. But it still didn't yield great results. He still has some work to do with his secondary pitches and command.
Of course, fewer two-start studs means more two-start fringies, which makes for a robust waiver wire for all the two-start streamers out there. And that's absolutely the case this time around.
Sticking to those owned in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues, my favorite is Sonny Gray, who seems to have rediscovered his form in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Mike Minor has been consistently pitching deep into games while elevating his swinging strike rate to the level it was when he worked out of the bullpen two years ago.
Using a 60 percent cutoff, Luke Weaver has at least one favorable matchup at PIttsburgh after back-to-back strong outings. Wade Miley isn't much of a bat-misser but offers plenty of wins potential with the Astros and an excellent matchups vs. Cleveland.
Even scraping the bottom of the barrel, looking at those owned in less than 40 percent of leagues, Pablo Lopez, Spencer Turnbull and Lance Lynn have some appeal. You can see where they rank relative to each other in the table below. I'd be comfortable using any of the top 21 in any format. Nos. 22-27 I'd restrict to points leagues, ignoring everything beyond.
Carlos Carrasco, CLE
Chris Sale, BOS
Matthew Boyd, DET
Joe Musgrove, PIT
Jack Flaherty, STL
Domingo German, NYY
Kevin Gausman, ATL
Sonny Gray, CIN
Jose Quintana, CHC
Kenta Maeda, LAD*
Brad Peacock, HOU*
J.A. Happ, NYY
Jake Arrieta, PHI
Brad Keller, KC*
Luke Weaver, ARI
Mike Minor, TEX
Zach Eflin, PHI
Kyle Freeland, COL
Pablo Lopez, MIA
Yonny Chirinos, TB*^
Wade Miley, HOU
Trevor Williams, PIT
Spencer Turnbull, DET
Lance Lynn, TEX
Steven Matz, NYM
Erik Swanson, SEA
Zack Godley, ARI
Jake Odorizzi, MIN
Zach Davies, MIL
Jeremy Hellickson, WAS
David Hess, BAL
Matt Harvey, LAA
Chris Stratton, LAA
*RP-eligible | ^expected to follow opener
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