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Ranking two-start pitchers for the upcoming week means predicting two-start pitchers for the upcoming week, and in that regard, I tend to err on the side of caution. After all, I wouldn’t want you activating a pitcher solely for the two starts if I’m not supremely confident he’s in line to make two starts.

There’s a little more clarity at the end of the first weekend of the second half than there was at the beginning. We know now Zach Eflin will be returning from the DL to make two starts while Ervin Santana and Marco Estrada are probably coming back later in the week. There’s still enough uncertainty, though, that these rankings are less than complete.

But if you want sleepers, these rankings aren’t lacking in those. My favorites are Joe Musgrove and Zack Wheeler, who each have one exceptionally good matchup. I was also surprised to see just how available Kevin Gausman is. The top 12 here are must-start regardless of format, and I’d be willing to go as deep as 24, Andrew Suarez, in standard points leagues.

Two-start pitchers for Week 18
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Corey Kluber, CLE vs. PIT at DET
2 Luis Severino, NYY at TB vs. KC
3 Jacob deGrom, NYM vs. SD at PIT
4 Patrick Corbin, ARI at CHC at SD
5 Blake Snell, TB vs. NYY at BAL
6 Jose Berrios, MIN at TOR at BOS
7 Ross Stripling, LAD* at PHI at ATL
8 Rick Porcello, BOS at BAL vs. MIN
9 Kenta Maeda, LAD at PHI at ATL
10 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at TB vs. KC
11 Sean Newcomb, ATL at MIA vs. LAD
12 Zach Eflin, PHI vs. LAD at CIN
13 Joe Musgrove, PIT* at CLE vs. NYM
14 Tyler Anderson, COL vs. HOU vs. OAK
15 Zack Wheeler, NYM vs. SD at PIT
16 Kyle Hendricks, CHC vs. ARI at STL
17 Carlos Rodon, CHW at LAA vs. TOR
18 Gio Gonzalez, WAS at MIL at MIA
19 Kevin Gausman, BAL vs. BOS vs. TB
20 Cole Hamels, TEX vs. OAK at HOU
21 Julio Teheran, ATL at MIA vs. LAD
22 Junior Guerra, MIL vs. WAS at SF
23 Jhoulys Chacin, MIL vs. WAS at SF
24 Andrew Suarez, SF at SEA vs. MIL
25 Eric Lauer, SD at NYM vs. ARI
26 Luis Castillo, CIN vs. STL vs. PHI
27 Drew Pomeranz, BOS at BAL vs. MIN
28 Felix Pena, LAA* vs. CHW vs. SEA
29 Jaime Barria, LAA vs. CHW vs. SEA
30 Jose Urena, MIA vs. ATL vs. WAS
31 Mike Minor, TEX* vs. OAK at HOU
32 Jeremy Hellickson, WAS at MIL at MIA
33 Clay Buchholz, ARI at CHC at SD
34 Trevor Williams, PIT at CLE vs. NYM
35 Francisco Liriano, DET* at KC vs. CLE
36 Lucas Giolito, CHW at LAA vs. TOR
37 Yefry Ramirez, BAL* vs. BOS vs. TB
38 Homer Bailey, CIN vs. STL vs. PHI
39 Brett Anderson, OAK at TEX at COL
40 Burch Smith, KC* vs. DET at NYY
41 Heath Fillmyer, KC vs. DET at NYY

*RP-eligible

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