Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 9 call returning Chase Anderson a sleeper
Would you start Chase Anderson fresh off the DL? In a week lacking in two-start sleepers, you may have to, says our Scott White.
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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|
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