The List 4/9: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1 - Clayton Kershaw 1 1 1
2 - Max Scherzer 2 2 2
3 - Chris Sale 3 3 3
4 - Corey Kluber 4 4 4
5 - Luis Severino 5 5 6
6 - Noah Syndergaard 6 5 6
7 - Stephen Strasburg 7 7 8
8 - Jacob deGrom 8 8 9
9 - Zack Greinke 9 9 10
10 - Carlos Carrasco 10 10 11
11 - Justin Verlander 11 11 12
12 - Yu Darvish 12 12 13
13 - Aaron Nola 13 13 14
14 - Carlos Martinez 14 14 15
15 - David Price 15 15 16
16 - Robbie Ray 16 16 19
17 - James Paxton 17 17 18
18 +7 Gerrit Cole 25 18 31
19 - Chris Archer 19 17 19
20 - Zack Godley 20 20 21
21 - Dallas Keuchel 21 21 22
22 -4 Luis Castillo 18 18 22
23 -1 Jose Quintana 22 22 24
24 -1 Jake Arrieta 23 23 24
25 +2 Shohei Ohtani 27 25 29
26 -2 Michael Fulmer 24 24 26
27 -1 Masahiro Tanaka 26 25 27
28 +1 Trevor Bauer 29 28 35
29 +3 Garrett Richards 32 29 36
30 +1 Jose Berrios 31 26 31
31 +10 Jameson Taillon 41 31 41
32 +1 Lance McCullers 33 32 37
33 -3 Sonny Gray 30 30 33
34 +2 Luke Weaver 36 32 36
35 +3 Mike Clevinger 38 35 47
36 -1 Rich Hill 35 35 39
37 +13 Patrick Corbin 50 37 55
38 +13 Sean Manaea 51 38 53
39 - Johnny Cueto 39 39 44
40 - Jon Lester 40 34 40
41 +1 Kyle Hendricks 42 41 43
42 -8 Alex Wood 34 34 42
43 +3 Dylan Bundy 46 43 50
44 +5 Charlie Morton 49 44 52
45 -8 Jordan Montgomery 37 37 48
46 -2 Madison Bumgarner 44 7 46
47 +10 Jeff Samardzija 57 30 58
48 -20 Chase Anderson 28 26 48
49 -6 Marcus Stroman 43 41 49
50 +6 Aaron Sanchez 56 50 61
51 -6 Jon Gray 45 45 51
52 +3 Blake Snell 55 52 56
53 -6 Danny Duffy 47 42 53
54 -2 Kenta Maeda 52 50 54
55 -1 Gio Gonzalez 54 54 55
56 +11 Reynaldo Lopez 67 56 68
57 +6 Mike Minor 63 57 92
58 +8 Jake Junis 66 58 95
59 - Miles Mikolas 59 59 63
60 +11 Marco Estrada 71 60 85
61 -3 Michael Wacha 58 58 64
62 - J. A. Happ 62 62 71
63 +13 Eduardo Rodriguez 76 63 76
64 +17 Andrew Triggs 81 64 99
65 -12 Jacob Faria 53 46 65
66 -18 Lucas Giolito 48 47 66
67 -7 Jack Flaherty 60 60 67
68 -3 Taijuan Walker 65 64 68
69 +UR Nick Pivetta UR 69 69
70 -1 Kevin Gausman 69 56 70
71 +19 Cole Hamels 90 71 91
72 +26 Rick Porcello 98 72 UR
73 +UR Tyson Ross UR 73 73
74 +1 Drew Pomeranz 75 60 75
75 -3 Kyle Gibson 72 72 86
76 -15 Jake Odorizzi 61 61 84
77 -7 Lance Lynn 70 62 77
78 -4 Felix Hernandez 74 74 90
79 -15 Danny Salazar 64 51 79
80 -3 Jimmy Nelson 77 73 80
81 +8 Mike Foltynewicz 89 81 92
82 +3 Sean Newcomb 85 82 96
83 -3 Mike Leake 80 80 87
84 -2 Marco Gonzales 82 82 84
85 +UR Tyler Mahle UR 85 85
86 -2 Alex Cobb 84 77 86
87 -9 Carlos Rodon 78 74 87
88 -9 Alex Reyes 79 75 88
89 +7 Ian Kennedy 96 89 96
90 -4 Zach Davies 86 86 90
91 -23 Joe Musgrove 68 66 91
92 +UR Yonny Chirinos UR 92 92
93 -1 Tyler Skaggs 92 92 93
94 -6 Tanner Roark 88 88 94
95 +UR Homer Bailey UR 95 95
96 -23 Chris Stratton 73 67 96
97 -6 Trevor Williams 91 91 97
98 -5 Chad Kuhl 93 93 98
99 -12 Julio Teheran 87 78 99
100 - Dinelson Lamet 100 59 100

Welcome to The List – The weekly top 100 rankings of starting pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use this list to help make choices on the waiver wire and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. These rankings are made with 5×5 H2H standard 12-team leagues in mind.

Let’s talk about how the SP landscape has changed since last week:

  • Still very little movement in the Top 25, with the main moves coming from Gerrit Cole entering the Top 20 given his hot start and Luis Castillo falling slightly as his fastball command hasn’t been there thus far.
  • Jameson Taillon, Sean Manaeaand Patrick Corbin all had major jumps this week. Taillon’s fastball command has improved and is fresh off a CGSHO, Manaea has been dominant as well with just one walk to his name, and Corbin has fanned 20 in just 13 innings thus far.
  • With Alex Wood showing diminished velocity, he takes a step back. Joining him is Chase Anderson with the same flaw, and Jordan Montgomery who hasn’t featured the same deception that made me a huge fan in the preseason.
  • One of the bigger drops is from Jake Faria who has been as unpolished as anyone out of the gate. I still believe he has the skillset to climb back the ranks, but at this point you’re better off looking elsewhere.
  • I’m loving how both Marco Estrada and Reynaldo Lopez are looking, with Estrada’s fastball/changeup command as good as he’s ever had it and Lopez’s slider addition the perfect compliment to his fastball/changeup.
  • Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Triggsand Nick Pivetta are other intriguing upside plays. Rodriguez missed plenty of bats in his return from the DL, Triggs providing a decent floor with his groundball/whiff approach, and Pivetta’s breaking balls leading to a stellar nine-strikeout performance against the Marlins
  • Cole Hamels is boasting a 15% swing-and-miss rate through his first three starts, forcing me to raise him near #70. Rick Porcello has also given me no choice as he’s excelled out of the gate. Tyson Ross might not have figured it all out quite yet, but he’s trending in the right direction and could hint Top 50 shortly.
  • Lucas Giolito could make a jump in the near future, but at the moment he’s not looking close to the player we expected out of spring training. It could be the cold, it could be a mini-slump, so keep an eye on him in the upcoming weeks.
  • Also falling down are Jake Odorizzi and Chris StrattonOdorizzi’s curveball made me excited in his first outing, but lacked the consistency I was hoping he’d showcase in his second start of the year. Stratton’s approach is moving away from his stellar curveball, turning into more of a streaming option than a sturdy arm.
  • Three others join The List this week. Yonny Chirinos could be stretched out into a proper starter for the Rays and could turn into a decent arm at the back of a 12-teamer. Homer Bailey is a streaming option despite his low floor, and Tyler Mahle‘s fastball command earns him a look on any given day.
Nick Pollack

Founder of PitcherList.com. Rotographs and Washington Post contributor and has worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.

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Comments


Sean

Just want to make sure I’m reading this list correctly. You would take Alex Wood over Charlie Morton for ROS?

Nick Pollack

They are pretty even – just two spots different!

They are both massively injury prone, with the tie-breaker going to Wood showcasing a higher ceiling than Morton. I have no real objection if someone favors Morton over Wood.

Sean

Thanks Nick. I can see that perspective for sure! Just wanted to make sure I had your methodology fully understood. Keep up the great work.

Brandon

I know you have these based on ROS, but if you were to just look at ceiling and upside, how would you rank the following arms?

Minor, Faria, Triggs, Ross, E-Rod, Pivetta

Nick Pollack

Faria, E-Rod, Minor, Ross, Pivetta, Triggs. Pretty close save for Triggs being at the end and Pivetta a little behind the rest.

Brandon

Thanks! I’ve also been reading that people are still pretty high on Glasnow even though he’s working out of the pen right now. What’s your opinion on him this year if he ever cracks the rotation? (do you think he will?)

Nick Pollack

I am on a 100% “I’ll Believe It When I See It” for Glasnow. We’ve been down this road of “he’s fixed it!” plenty of times already.

Reynaldo the fox

Highlight of the week, good to see my boys Minor and Reynaldo heading upwards.
Last season this colomn lead me to take Severino from waivers, who is this seasons likeliest candidate to be the new Severino?

Nick Pollack

Great The Magicians pun there.

If I knew that answer, I’d be a rich man!

The intriguing upside guys right now are Jake Junis, Reynaldo Lopez, and Mike Minor.

bbboston

Nick,

With Sabbathia, is the reason he doesn’t make the list more about innings than performance. The guy has had a sub-4 era the last two years and obviously has learned to pitch around his loss of velocity.

On another note, I don’t remember hearing that Giolito had a drop in velocity during ST, yet now he’s throwing low 90’s in the cold weather. It feels like the loss of velocity and efficacy are related to the cold.

Nick Pollack

CC is on the DL.

I hope you’re right about the cold weather and he will definitely jump back up if he shows us good velocity again. We just haven’t seen it and it’s the point where we need to look elsewhere for upside.

lmb

so based on your rankings i should drop a. sanchez and scoop up manaea? or should i hold pat

lmb

also, i dropped faria on sunday in an AL only keeper league with no bench. got chirinos instead. was i too reactionary?? i just have no faith in him after his last outing and how poor ST was for him ….

mrsashimi

Tyler Chatwood not in your top 100? Seems like he should have more upside on the Cubs than some of the guys near the end of the list at the very list. Also, thanks for all your commentary late last year – you helped me finally take down my keeper pool!

Ty

I really like Cole this year and think he will be top 10 on your list soon. Just was offered Springer for him though in Roto. I’m tempted.

Erik

Would you trade Castillo for Encarnacion? have price as an Ace and am plugging pitching as the season goes along.

Eric

Can Maeda be counted on as a starter iyo, seems they’re already using him some in the bullpen which concerns me.

BravesUK

Brilliant list, thanks!! Surprised not to see Matz in top 100 given his upside? Or am I very out of date?

I could replace him with Triggs or T Ross in my 15 teamer but with NL East opponents being easier for Matz…?

Nick Pollack

I don’t buy into the success from Matz at all so far, making me barely leave him off this List.

I’d target Triggs if you want a little more stability in the short term, Ross if you want more upside long term.

Vinny

Nick! I had to run this by you since it’s two of your guys. I’ve been trying to buy low on Castillo and finally got a counter asking for Paxton. I know they are too favs of the list but who would you pick between the two?

Joe

I bet towards the bottom for Lucchesi, no love from my league yet. My question is JorMont, Ive picked up Pivetta and Minor and will eventually need to dump one of these SP’s. I watched Pivetta tonight and he looks like he can have long term success. Obviously Minor is a risk of injury, but on the bottom of my roster things need to fly. To me JorMont drops again after next start, I loved him last year on my team, am I panicking to fast? To me he just doesnt have the stuff or location this year. If Nick or anyone else would care to comment please do.

Geno

in 8 team NL only. We have only 1 bench spot and only 25 moves for the whole season. I have Joe Musgrove, Brent Suter, and Jose Urena as 3 of my 10 pitchers. Pitchers available Blach, Stratton, Freeland, Peters, Straily. Wheeler and Holland. Any thoughts?

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