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

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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Rank

Pitcher

1

Clayton Kershaw

2

Max Scherzer

3

Chris Sale

4

Corey Kluber

5

Noah Syndergaard

6

Luis Severino

7

Madison Bumgarner

8

Stephen Strasburg

9

Jacob deGrom

10

Zack Greinke

11

Carlos Carrasco

12

Justin Verlander

13

Yu Darvish

14

Aaron Nola

15

Carlos Martinez

16

David Price

17

Chris Archer

18

James Paxton

19

Robbie Ray

20

Luis Castillo

21

Zack Godley

22

Dallas Keuchel

23

Jake Arrieta

24

Jose Quintana

25

Michael Fulmer

26

Jose Berrios

27

Masahiro Tanaka

28

Chase Anderson

29

Shohei Ohtani

30

Jeff Samardzija

31

Gerrit Cole

32

Sonny Gray

33

Luke Weaver

34

Jon Lester

35

Trevor Bauer

36

Garrett Richards

37

Lance McCullers

38

Alex Wood

39

Rich Hill

40

Jameson Taillon

41

Marcus Stroman

42

Danny Duffy

43

Kyle Hendricks

44

Johnny Cueto

45

Jon Gray

46

Jacob Faria

47

Mike Clevinger

48

Jordan Montgomery

49

Dylan Bundy

50

Kenta Maeda

51

Danny Salazar

52

Charlie Morton

53

Sean Manaea

54

Gio Gonzalez

55

Patrick Corbin

56

Blake Snell

57

Kevin Gausman

58

Lucas Giolito

59

Dinelson Lamet

60

Drew Pomeranz

61

Aaron Sanchez

62

Lance Lynn

63

Miles Mikolas

64

Michael Wacha

65

J.A. Happ

66

Anthony DeSclafani

67

Taijuan Walker

68

Reynaldo Lopez

69

Joe Musgrove

70

Brent Honeywell

71

Luiz Gohara

72

Joe Biagini

73

Eduardo Rodriguez

74

Jimmy Nelson

75

Carlos Rodon

76

Alex Reyes

77

Robert Stephenson

78

Josh Hader

79

Chris Stratton

80

Walker Buehler

81

German Marquez

82

Alex Cobb

83

Julio Teheran

84

Jake Odorizzi

85

Marco Estrada

86

Kyle Gibson

87

Mike Leake

88

Jerad Eickhoff

89

Zach Davies

90

Dan Straily

91

Tanner Roark

92

Mike Minor

93

Brad Peacock

94

Collin McHugh

95

Jake Junis

96

Sean Newcomb

97

Matt Shoemaker

98

Michael Kopech

99

Andrew Triggs

100

Parker Bridwell

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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.

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.