The List 7/21: Weekly Rankings Of The Top 100 Starting Pitchers

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Every Monday, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from pitchers for the rest of 2015, and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.

Let’s see what has changed in the SP market since last week:

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Clayton Kershaw
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
Noah Syndergaard
Corey Kluber
Justin Verlander
Jacob deGrom
Jon Lester
Yu Darvish
Stephen Strasburg
Jake Arrieta
Johnny Cueto
Chris Archer
Carlos Carrasco
Michael Fulmer
Jameson Taillon
James Paxton
Masahiro Tanaka
Zack Greinke
Danny Duffy
Carlos Martinez
Aaron Nola
Sean Manaea
Dallas Keuchel
Lance McCullers
Jose Quintana
Julio Teheran
Matt Harvey
Danny Salazar
Felix Hernandez
Gerrit Cole
David Price
Rick Porcello
Dylan Bundy
Aaron Sanchez
Marcus Stroman
Kyle Hendricks
Cole Hamels
John Lackey
Jharel Cotton
Madison Bumgarner
Jerad Eickhoff
Tanner Roark
Robert Gsellman
Julio Urias
Ervin Santana
Ivan Nova
Lance Lynn
Matt Shoemaker
Gio Gonzalez
Joe Ross
Drew Pomeranz
Michael Pineda
Marco Estrada
Steven Matz
Zack Wheeler
Luis Severino
Kevin Gausman
Francisco Liriano
Vince Velasquez
Daniel Norris
Ian Kennedy
Robbie Ray
Michael Wacha
Jake Odorizzi
Kenta Maeda
Rich Hill
Kendall Graveman
Sonny Gray
Taijuan Walker
J.A. Happ
Eduardo Rodriguez
Jon Gray
Drew Smyly
Jason Vargas
Matt Moore
Jeff Samardzija
Jeremy Hellickson
Mike Leake
Amir Garrett
Joe Musgrove
Mike Foltynewicz
Brandon McCarthy
Carlos Rodon
Andrew Triggs
Chase Anderson
Adam Wainwright
CC Sabathia
Shelby Miller
Tyler Skaggs
Chris Tillman
Charlie Morton
Blake Snell
Alex Cobb
Tyson Ross
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Adam Conley
Antonio Senzatela
Trevor Bauer
Dan Straily
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Notes

– Not too many changes this week as there have only been four days of games played since the last update due to the All-Star break. We elected to update on Tuesday this week to add more substance to this update.

– More shuffling this week in the Top 20. The biggest moves are Felix Hernandez and Madison Bumgarner taking to their lowest respective spots all year, while David Price shoots up back to the Top 10. Felix’s lack of dominance was the major factor, with Bumgarner’s peripherals not supporting a very good but not elite season.

Dallas Keuchel heads into the Top 15, though it’s due more to the guys in front of him slowing down while Keuchel keeps his absurd season afloat. I don’t expect him to continue dominating, but Keuchel’s FIP/xFIP, Soft contact rate, GB rate and improved strikeout numbers are all very impressive. He simply doesn’t have the elite strikeout numbers or history to demand a Top 10 ranking given the density of ace pitchers this season.

– I’ve seen enough as of late from Jon Lester to slide him right near the Top 20. Noah Syndergaard has continued to excel on the hill, preventing him from relinquishing his well-earned #20 rank.

– In LA, Garrett Richards looked like a new man in his last outing, going the distance and keeping his walks in check. We’ve seen him have brief moments of clarity before relapsing, but the promise of a better tomorrow earned him a solid bump.

– Richards’ buddy Andrew Heaney is continuing to take full advantage of his role in the starting rotation. Considering his success, the Angels should be looking elsewhere to find a spot for Jered Weaver when he returns in the next week or two.

Robbie Ray has been a decent ERA/WHIP guy while struggling to putaway batters, but he made a good case for a sneaky add in your leagues after striking out eight batters over the weekend.

– We have three newbies this week, all three of which are getting opportunities in Tuesday’s games. First is Aaron Nola at #70, who looks ready to take full advantage of the NL Easy. While Joe Ross has the most dominant stuff of the three, his security inside the Nationals rotation remains in question with Stephen Strasburg’s return looming. Brian Johnson will get his first crack at MLB hitters for the Red Sox, and while his stuff isn’t top-of-the-rotation material, he could be serviceable at the bottom of your staff as teams figure him out.

– Making room for the trio are big name pitchers who are simply not cutting it. Justin Verlander already has three starts of 6 ER or more under his belt since returning in June, Doug Fister has displayed few numbers to be excited about, and Bartolo Colon has simply been too hittable. All three could return shortly, but need to make solid strides first.

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