After Tuesday’s Top 150 Dynasty Hitters we continue our dynasty rankings with our 2017 Top 100 Dynasty Starting Pitchers! I find dynasty pitching to be a much more difficult aspect of dynasty baseball than batting. The parity between an elite pitcher and an average pitcher isn’t nearly as wide as an elite batter compared to an average batter. A middle-of-the-road pitcher can still net you somewhat decent strike outs, wins, QSs, and even ERA if you choose matchups wisely, whereas your average batter won’t put up nearly the counting stats (HRs, RBIs, Runs etc…) that an elite batter in the cleanup spot will. This is why people usually draft bats first in drafts; there’s enough pitching talent later on to still have a good pitching rotation. The prospect game is also different for pitchers. Top pitching prospects fizzle out much more often that their batting counterparts. It takes years of getting knocked around for pitchers to hone their skills. That’s why you see a lot of Cy Young winners in their late 20s/early 30s. But enough of my dynasty tips! The following is a list of my top 100 pitchers for dynasty leagues (not to be confused with Nick’s Top 100 Starting Pitchers for 2017).
Tier 1: The Elite
These are the guys who consistently give you great stats year after year. Athletic, smart, and with a diverse arsenal, you can basically start them for every matchup worry free. Low ERAs and WHIP, and high Ks and innings pitched are the primary characteristic of these pitchers.
2. Noah Syndergaard (24, New York Mets)
9. Jake Arrieta (31, Chicago Cubs)
10. Yu Darvish (30, Texas Rangers)
14. Jacob DeGrom (28, New York Mets)
16. Jon Lester (33, Chicago Cubs)
18. Cole Hamels (33, Texas Rangers)
19. Kyle Hendricks (27, Chicago Cubs)
Tier 2: Youngsters and Producers
This group basically consists of veterans with slightly higher ERAs and lower K-rates than the above tier, and younger pitchers who have shown poise and flashes of brilliance over at least a season. A handful of these names will be moving into Tier 1 next year. Finding out who that will be is the challenge for dynasty owners.
24. Kevin Gausman (26, Baltimore Orioles)
35. Jonathan Gray (25, Colorado Rockies)
36. Steven Matz (25, New York Mets)
39. Matt Harvey (27, New York Mets)
44. Vincent Velasquez (24, Philadelphia Phillies)
57. John Lackey (38, Chicago Cubs)
Tier 3: The Older or Unproven
The title of this tier makes the next list of players sound like old horses counting the days until the glue factory. The truth is that there is a TON of value in some of these older pitchers. A novice dynasty owner will overly focus on super young arms, paying an insane premium on players years away from there prime. You can get a great discount on these next pitchers by getting a desperate owner to think they are at the twilight of their career and, therefor, useless. But they are far from useless, and can be the difference in a championship run. There are also some prospects on this list, and although they have great potential, I would be cautious with them.
63. Tyson Ross (29, texas Rangers)
67. Raisel Iglesias (27, Cincinnati Reds)
78. Josh Hader (22, Milwaukee Brewers)
87. Junior Guerra (32, Milwaukee Brewers)
94. David Phelps (30, Miami Marlins)
99. Mike Montgomery (27, Chicago Cubs)
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