Week Nine Two-Start Pitchers and Rankings

The two-start pitching list in week nine is a little thin at the top, but there are some interesting gambles that may be available on your free agent list. Also, for the first time this season, you’ll find a complete ranking toward the bottom of this post.
 
The No-Doubters
John Lester (@TB, KC)
John Danks (@CLE, @TB)
James Shields (BOS, CHW)
Jaime Garcia (@SD, @CHC)
 

The Shoulds

A.J. Burnett (@MIN, CLE)
 
Clay Buchholz (@TB, KC) – Would be a “no-doubter” but tough matchup against Tampa Bay.
 
Mike Leake (PIT, HOU) – Two home games and two good matchups. Ride the rookie while he’s hot.
 
Ian Kennedy (@COL, @SF) – Fly ball tendencies scary in Colorado, but 3.06 K/BB rate worth running out there anytime.
 
The Gambles
Jake Peavy (@CLE, @TB) – Two great starts at the beginning of this month have been soured by back-to-back poor outings. K/BB rate getting much better. If you are desperate, you can give Peavy another chance in week nine.
 
Dallas Braden (@BAL, @DET) – Could miss his start against the Orioles as he recovers from an illness. Either way, he’s always going to be a risky pitcher due to a very low strikeout rate.
 
Wade Davis (BOS, CHW) – Sparkling ERA is masking red flags (4.71 BB/9, 1.06 GB/FB, 86.3 percent contact rate against).
 
Aaron Harang (PIT, HOU) – A good week to roll the dice on Harang. Home runs have been a big problem, but other peripherals are rock solid (4.09 K/BB).
 
Anibal Sanchez (ATL, PHI) – Command has been seen a huge improvement so far this season, but freakishly low HR/FB rate may be in jeopardy against the Phillies. Run with him in deeper leagues.
 
Jhoulys Chacin (ARI, LAD) – Control has not been great, but his stuff is generating a ton of swings and misses. Good matchup against the D-Backs, but questionable one against the Dodgers.
 
Brett Cecil (@LAA, BAL) – Solid 3 K/BB. ERA skewed by one bad outing (8 ER). Good matchups this week.
 
The Not-So-Much(s)
Scott Baker (NYY, TEX) – Really tough matchups this week, and home runs have been an issue once again this season.
 
Livan Hernandez (@SF, @SD) – As much as I want to put him in the “stay away” tier, I’ll have to wait until he completely explodes, which could be at any moment.
 
Jon Garland (STL, WAS) – See this article for details.
 
Justin Masterson (CHW, @NYY) – Control problems and struggles against lefties have to be worked out before big-time strikeout rate is usable in standard mixed leagues.
 
Tom Gorzelany (LA, STL) – Questionable for Tuesday’s start with finger injury. Matchups aren’t great either.
 
Jeremy Guthrie (OAK, @TOR) – ERA aided a bit by a .259 BABIP. Guthrie has been very hittable this season and is a big risk to start against Toronto.
 
The Stay Aways
Randy Wolf (HOU, MIN) – Mediocre strikeouts and not showing any signs of his 2009 command.
 
Joe Saunders (TOR, SEA) – 1.09 K/BB rate and 87 percent contact rate against. Very risky, especially against the bopping Toronto offense.
 
Jamie Moyer (@NYM, @FLA) – I hope he pitches until he’s 50, but I’ll never start him on any of my fantasy teams.
 
Paul Maholm (@CIN, @ATL)
Gil Meche (TEX, @BOS)
Kenshin Kawakami (@FLA, PIT)
Ramon Ortiz (@CHC, @COL)
Brian Burres (@CIN, @ATL)
R.A. Dickey (PHI, @MIL)
 
Week Nine Two-Start Rankings
1. John Lester
2. James Shields
3. Jaime Garcia
4. John Danks
5. Mike Leake
6. Clay Buchholz
7. Ian Kennedy
8. A.J. Burnett
9. Wade Davis
10. Aaron Harang
11. Brett Cecil
12. Dallas Braden
13. Jhoulys Chacin
14. Anibal Sanchez
15. Jake Peavy
16. Scott Baker
17. Tom Gorzelany
18. Justin Masterson
19. Jon Garland
20. Livan Hernandez
21. Jeremy Guthrie
22. Randy Wolf
23. Joe Saunders
24. Jamie Moyer
25. Paul Maholm
26. Kenshin Kawakami
27. Gil Meche
28. Ramon Ortiz
29. Brian Burres
30. R.A. Dickey
As always, there may be changes made. Feel free to mention anyone I may have missed.