Identifying sleepers among this group has proven to be a challenge week after week.

Why? With strikeouts and home runs both on the rise, the gap between the haves and have-nots at starting pitcher is widening. The number of starting pitchers who are good (or at least theoretically good) is close to finite and the candidates fairly easy to identify. So unless you play in a shallower league, the pitchers you’d be willing to trust in a two-start week (even acknowledging the standard is lower than in a one-start week) are mostly owned already.

I can confidently recommend the top 18 on this list — a higher number than most weeks — but how many of them can you honestly expect to find on waivers? Only two, Matt Shoemaker and Jerad Eickhoff, are owned in between 70 and 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues, which isn’t exactly low to begin with, but the rest are all owned in 90 percent or more.

Another highly owned pitcher, Matt Harvey, presents a real dilemma for his owners this week. The gap between his ownership and starting percentage makes sense since we’re basically just stashing him for his upside, but when he’s facing two of the bottom five offenses in baseball, it’s tempting. I rank him just outside that group of 18 but would probably start him in points leagues. The next three — Alex Cobb through Mike Foltynewicz — are also justifiable plays in that format, where you’re looking for volume and not so much to protect ratios, and if you really want to roll the dice, any of Nos. 23 through 28 could surprise with a big week as well.

As of now, no one in the Dodgers starting rotation is projected to make two starts, but that could change if they decide to trim it from six pitchers to five.

Two-start pitchers for Week 8
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Dallas Keuchel, HOU vs. DET vs. BAL
2 Zack Greinke, ARI vs. CHW at MIL
3 Gerrit Cole, PIT at ATL vs. NYM
4 Jon Lester, CHC vs. SF at LAD
5 Lance McCullers, HOU vs. DET vs. BAL
6 Johnny Cueto, SF at CHC vs. ATL
7 Michael Fulmer, DET at HOU at CHW
8 Carlos Carrasco, CLE at CIN vs. KC
9 Danny Duffy, KC* at NYY at CLE
10 Rick Porcello, BOS vs. TEX vs. SEA
11 Kyle Hendricks, CHC vs. SF at LAD
12 Michael Pineda, NYY vs. KC vs. OAK
13 Matt Shoemaker, LAA at TB at MIA
14 Jake Odorizzi, TB vs. LAA at MIN
15 Jason Vargas, KC at NYY at CLE
16 Julio Teheran, ATL vs. PIT at SF
17 Jerad Eickhoff, PHI vs. COL vs. CIN
18 Lance Lynn, STL at LAD at COL
19 Matt Harvey, NYM vs. SD at PIT
20 Alex Cobb, TB vs. LAA at MIN
21 Patrick Corbin, ARI vs. CHW at MIL
22 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL vs. PIT at SF
23 JC Ramirez, LAA* at TB at MIA
24 Jordan Montgomery, NYY vs. KC vs. OAK
25 Amir Garrett, CIN vs. CLE at PHI
26 Miguel Gonzalez, CHW at ARI vs. DET
27 Matt Garza, MIL vs. TOR vs. ARI
28 Josh Tomlin, CLE at CIN vs. KC
29 Tyler Chatwood, COL at PHI vs. STL
30 Tyler Glasnow, PIT at ATL vs. NYM
31 Scott Feldman, CIN* vs. CLE at PHI
32 Daniel Norris, DET at HOU at CHW
33 Jordan Zimmermann, DET at HOU at CHW
34 Jacob Turner, WAS* vs. SEA vs. SD
35 Jhoulys Chacin, SD at NYM at WAS
36 Ty Blach, SF at CHC vs. ATL
37 Andrew Cashner, TEX at BOS at TOR
38 Zach Eflin, PHI vs. COL vs. CIN
39 Christian Bergman, SEA* at WAS at BOS
40 Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL vs. MIN at HOU


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