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Welcome to The List – The weekly top 100 rankings of starting pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use this list to help make choices on the waiver wire and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. These rankings are made with 5×5 H2H standard 12-team leagues in mind.
Let’s talk about how the SP landscape has changed since last week:
- The biggest event was Luis Castillo falling 31 spots – a massive move fueled by a huge downward trend in his declining velocity. Some are arguing it’s weather based, others mechanical, I’m inclined to believe there is something else we don’t know about affecting Castillo. Is he a straight up drop? No, not like Lucas Giolito or Jon Gray, but if there are good options on the wire and you don’t have the luxury to wait for him to improve – my guess would be end of May we’ll start seeing the man we know and love – it may be time to cut bait. Analyze your situation and do what’s best for you.
- I couldn’t help but continue raising the likes of Dylan Bundy, Patrick Corbin, Sean Manaea, Charlie Morton, and Blake Snell. Each are taking noticeable steps forward and look plenty sustainable as long as they are on the field.
- Robbie Ray, Chris Archer, Masahiro Tanaka, Yu Darvish, and Jose Quintana are all better than their current selves, the question is when they will produce for your squad. Give them a TIARA for now and tough it out.
- I’m loving the new Nick Pivetta who is focusing more on breaking balls and not letting himself get beat by his fastball thus far. Additionally, Rick Porcello is locked in with his teammate Eduardo Rodriguez getting a ton of whiffs. They need to be owned in all 12-teamers and possible 10-teamers as well.
- With Kenta Maeda and Hyun-jin Ryu getting their time on the bump, they are certainly worth a spot on your roster. Don’t get too comfortable with them, give them short leashes, but if you’re hurting at the back end of your rotation, they could both help.
- I didn’t have a choice but to drop Danny Duffy, Sonny Gray, and Marcus Stroman this week, each showcasing different areas of failure early on. With Stroman’s lack of massive upside, Sonny’s dramatic velocity dip, and Duffy’s flat-out bad performances, it’s hard to imagine a quick return to form forcing them farther than a sea of upside plays.
- Zach Wheeler, CC Sabathia, Matt Wisler and Matt Boyd all earned their spots on The List this week. Wheeler seems secure in the rotation as Matt Harvey heads to the bullpen and while I don’t trust his longterm success, he’s an intriguing flier for now. Sabathia is a decent occasional streamer, Boyd’s success shouldn’t last, but you can follow the Vargas Rule, and though I don’t think Wisler is legit, you may as well take the chance.