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
Corey Kluber
Stephen Strasburg
Yu Darvish
Zack Greinke
Luis Severino
Chris Archer
Carlos Martinez
Lance McCullers
Dallas Keuchel
Carlos Carrasco
Jacob deGrom
Michael Fulmer
James Paxton
Alex Wood
Jose Berrios
David Price
Sean Manaea
Jeff Samardzija
Jon Lester
Jake Arrieta
Madison Bumgarner
Robbie Ray
Steven Matz
Jameson Taillon
Marcus Stroman
Jimmy Nelson
J.A. Happ
Chase Anderson
Michael Pineda
Jason Vargas
Marco Estrada
Johnny Cueto
Sonny Gray
Dylan Bundy
Aaron Sanchez
Jordan Montgomery
Jeff Hoffman
Noah Syndergaard
Justin Verlander
Drew Pomeranz
Felix Hernandez
Ivan Nova
Aaron Nola
Jacob Faria
Ervin Santana
Jose Quintana
Masahiro Tanaka
Jon Gray
Zack Godley
Brandon McCarthy
Gerrit Cole
Joe Biagini
Kenta Maeda
Gio Gonzalez
Brad Peacock
Mike Clevinger
Tyson Ross
Lance Lynn
Michael Wacha
Jake Odorizzi
Dan Straily
Taijuan Walker
Cole Hamels
Carlos Rodon
Homer Bailey
Matt Strahm
Rick Porcello
John Lackey
Danny Salazar
Zack Wheeler
Dinelson Lamet
Joe Ross
Sean Newcomb
Rich Hill
Trevor Bauer
Matt Shoemaker
Mike Leake
Tanner Roark
Junior Guerra
Julio Teheran
Mike Montgomery
Danny Duffy
Kyle Hendricks
Luis Perdomo
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Jordan Zimmermann
Mike Foltynewicz
German Marquez
Edinson Volquez
Adam Wainwright
JC Ramirez
Tyler Chatwood
Jaime Garcia
Ian Kennedy
Charlie Morton
Joe Musgrove
Robert Gsellman
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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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