The List 7/3: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday
Every Monday during the season, 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 2017 and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.
Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed:
- Even with his solid outing on Sunday, I’ve reconsidered my stance on Jake Arrieta as his sporadic command is reducing my confidence that he can return to be a solid #2 for your squad. There is no question, he should be owned and will perform well, but there are other guys that are showing more consistency and have room to grow that deserve to be ahead of Arrieta.
- The second half schedule of Jeff Hoffman and Jon Gray are much better than anticipated, with 75% of their outings looking favorable, even with Coors as their home field. Considering the question marks surrounding the players behind them, they get a jump to the mid 40s.
- We’ve gotten to the point that we simply can’t overlook other options if owning Johnny Cueto. He should be owned in all 12-teamers, but he’s no longer a desirable asset as we wait for him to kick it into gear.
- So I guess Kenta Maeda is back in the Dodgers rotation? It’s a difficult call between Rich Hill and Maeda as Hill was as dominant as we’ve ever seen him over the weekend while Maeda has had more constant production during his starts. Dave Roberts, why do you do this to me.
- Around #60 becomes the “why not?” portion of The List where it’s all about possible streamers and high upside plays. Charlie Morton is returning this week, making him a good stash play, along with Luis Castillo, who could see great things in the second half. The rankings at this point fluctuate often as it’s about finding the hot lottery ticket to chase instead of getting consistent production.
- Many more DL moves have shifted the ranks, including Danny Duffy returning on Tuesday. Trevor Cahill finally returns and while DLH clearly applies, he’s not a bad stash play.
- Others making their way into the Top 100 this week are Luke Weaver, Nick Pivetta, Jerad Eickhoff, and Kevin Gausman. Weaver was called up by the Cardinals and most likely will be in relief but could find a way to start in time. Pivetta has proven himself as a streaming option while his teammate Eickhoff returns this week. Gausman has improved in his last three starts and while I’m not buying a full on recovery, it is to be noted.
- Leaving The List this week are Drew Smyly, Matt Strahm, Chase Anderson, Joe Biagini, and Jordan Zimmermann. The former trio all were hit with serious injuries that make them not worth a roster spot – 4-6 weeks for Anderson is too long to consider a stash half way. Biagini’s time in the rotation is set to end with Aaron Sanchez’s return and JZ just isn’t worth your time.