Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 9 call returning Chase Anderson a sleeper

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The two-start sleeper cup ranneth over last week, so it stands to reason this week's is bone dry.

It doesn't help that only six teams are playing seven games, making Week 9 (May 21-27) one of the slimmest for two-start pitchers — sleeper or otherwise — all season. 

How slim? There are only 13 who I can recommend in good conscience, and only one of them, Nick Pivetta, meets the 80 percent ownership threshold for sleeperhood. And even he just barely makes the cut.

I'm not totally opposed to running Trevor Cahill out there. He has made missing bats an emphasis this year, tweaking his arsenal in a way that makes sense. But he struck out only one in his first start back from the DL last time out.

Chase Anderson is set to return from his own DL stint for an illness Monday, lining him up for two starts, but he's about as far as I'd be willing to push it in a standard mixed league. Some might view Bartolo Colon as a no-brainer -- and the base stats would seem to back it up -- but he's allowing some noisy contact that figures to blow up his .204 BABIP sooner than later.

Two-start pitchers for Week 9
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Gerrit Cole, HOU vs. SF at CLE
2 Chris Sale, BOS at TB vs. ATL
3 Zack Greinke, ARI at MIL at OAK
4 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at TEX vs. LAA
5 Jose Berrios, MIN vs. DET at SEA
6 Miles Mikolas, STL vs. KC at PIT
7 J.A. Happ, TOR vs. LAA at PHI
8 Kevin Gausman, BAL at CHW at TB
9 Cole Hamels, TEX vs. NYY vs. KC
10 Walker Buehler, LAD* vs. COL vs. SD
11 Nick Pivetta, PHI vs. ATL vs. TOR
12 Jameson Taillon, PIT at CIN vs. STL
13 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL at PHI at BOS
14 Trevor Cahill, OAK vs. SEA vs. ARI
15 Chase Anderson, MIL vs. ARI vs. NYM
16 Bartolo Colon, TEX vs. NYY vs. KC
17 German Marquez, COL at LAD vs. CIN
18 Jhoulys Chacin, MIL vs. ARI vs. NYM
19 Jake Faria, TB vs. BOS vs. BAL
20 Zack Wheeler, NYM vs. MIA at MIL
21 Mike Leake, SEA at OAK vs. MIN
22 Ian Kennedy, KC at STL at TEX
23 Andrew Cashner, BAL at CHW at TB
24 Matt Harvey, CIN vs. PIT at COL
25 Jason Vargas, NYM vs. MIA at MIL
26 James Shields, CHW vs. BAL at DET
27 Jason Hammel, KC at STL at TEX
28 Hector Santiago, CHW vs. BAL at DET
29 Robbie Erlin, SD* at WAS at LAD
30 Elieser Hernandez, MIA* at NYM vs. WAS
31 Blaine Hardy, DET* at MIN vs. CHW

*RP-eligible

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