My fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings are a defintive snapshot of what I’m thinking about the pitching landscape at that moment in time. While that snapshot remains published forever in the form of a top 100, it doesn’t mean that list fails to continue to evolve in my mind, even minutes later. I can’t even make a pick in a fantasy draft without thinking, “Crap, was that the totally wrong move?” So trying to put something definitive out there is a bit of a challenge.
It’s really important, in my opinion, to normalize (or re-normalize) changing our minds. After I released my Top 100 in February, I took to Twitter and got so much incredibly helpful feedback. There were points that I agreed with and points that I disagreed with. The largest takeaway was likely that my first iteration of this list was a bit too conservative in ways. For pitchers like Corbin Burnes and Zach Plesac, I overly weighted floor and didn’t take enough ceiling into account. Which I suppose makes sense considering how highly I elevated “floor” guys like Kyle Hendricks, Marco Gonzales, Dallas Keuchel, etc.
This new Top 100 takes into account innings limit, injuries and more-solidified rotations but, really, this new Top 100 is thanks in large part to those Twitter threads and other helpful articles I’ve read and conversations I’ve had.
As usual, I’m happy to explain my thinking and answer any and all questions both in the comments below or on Twitter (@alexfast8).
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