The List 5/14: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1 - Max Scherzer 1 1 2
2 - Chris Sale 2 2 3
3 - Corey Kluber 3 3 4
4 - Luis Severino 4 4 6
5 - Justin Verlander 5 5 12
6 - Gerrit Cole 6 6 31
7 - Jacob deGrom 7 7 9
8 - Noah Syndergaard 8 5 8
9 - Stephen Strasburg 9 7 10
10 - Zack Greinke 10 9 11
11 - Carlos Carrasco 11 10 12
12 - Aaron Nola 12 12 14
13 - Carlos Martinez 13 13 15
14 - James Paxton 14 14 18
15 - Clayton Kershaw 15 1 15
16 +3 Charlie Morton 19 16 52
17 - Trevor Bauer 17 17 35
18 - Sean Manaea 18 18 53
19 +1 Blake Snell 20 19 56
20 -4 Patrick Corbin 16 16 55
21 +1 Masahiro Tanaka 22 21 35
22 +1 Lance McCullers 23 22 37
23 +3 Dallas Keuchel 26 17 26
24 - Garrett Richards 24 24 36
25 - Shohei Ohtani 25 18 29
26 +1 Madison Bumgarner 27 7 46
27 +4 Rick Porcello 31 27 UR
28 +4 Miles Mikolas 32 28 63
29 -8 Zack Godley 21 16 29
30 -1 Jake Arrieta 29 23 32
31 +2 Alex Wood 33 31 44
32 +3 Yu Darvish 35 12 35
33 +4 Mike Clevinger 37 33 48
34 -6 Michael Fulmer 28 24 40
35 +7 Eduardo Rodriguez 42 35 76
36 +4 Kyle Hendricks 40 36 44
37 +1 Jose Berrios 38 19 38
38 +3 David Price 41 15 41
39 +5 Gio Gonzalez 44 39 57
40 +6 Walker Buehler 46 40 UR
41 +6 Luis Castillo 47 18 53
42 -8 Dylan Bundy 34 18 50
43 -7 J. A. Happ 36 36 71
44 -14 Chris Archer 30 17 44
45 -6 Jose Quintana 39 22 45
46 -1 Jon Lester 45 34 47
47 +1 Caleb Smith 48 47 99
48 +1 Tyson Ross 49 48 73
49 +4 Jameson Taillon 53 27 53
50 +9 Sean Newcomb 59 50 96
51 +3 Mike Soroka 54 51 54
52 -2 Kenta Maeda 50 50 74
53 +3 Jon Gray 56 45 65
54 +3 Kevin Gausman 57 54 72
55 +12 Tanner Roark 67 55 94
56 +2 Joey Lucchesi 58 56 63
57 +5 Reynaldo Lopez 62 49 68
58 +7 Kyle Gibson 65 58 97
59 -8 Nick Pivetta 51 48 69
60 +9 Fernando Romero 69 60 69
61 +21 Nick Kingham 82 61 82
62 +22 Jack Flaherty 84 59 85
63 +UR Freddy Peralta UR 63 63
64 +11 Tyler Mahle 75 64 85
65 +7 Luke Weaver 72 28 72
66 -2 Andrew Heaney 64 64 95
67 -12 Trevor Cahill 55 55 75
68 +8 Tyler Skaggs 76 68 93
69 +5 Mike Foltynewicz 74 61 92
70 -27 Jeff Samardzija 43 30 70
71 -11 Domingo German 60 60 71
72 -9 Jake Junis 63 50 95
73 -3 Chase Anderson 70 26 73
74 +UR Alex Reyes UR 74 100
75 -2 Aaron Sanchez 73 50 75
76 +7 Luiz Gohara 83 71 UR
77 +3 Tyler Anderson 80 77 80
78 +8 Michael Wacha 86 58 86
79 +6 Julio Teheran 85 78 99
80 +10 Cole Hamels 90 69 91
81 -13 Sonny Gray 68 30 81
82 -11 Mike Minor 71 53 92
83 -6 Andrew Triggs 77 64 99
84 -18 Jacob Faria 66 46 84
85 -33 Rich Hill 52 35 85
86 -8 Drew Pomeranz 78 60 86
87 -8 CC Sabathia 79 79 96
88 -1 Daniel Mengden 87 83 88
89 +UR Zach Eflin UR 89 89
90 +5 Vince Velasquez 95 73 97
91 -2 Kyle Freeland 89 89 91
92 +1 Junior Guerra 93 92 93
93 +UR Alex Cobb UR 77 93
94 +UR Dan Straily UR 90 UR
95 +1 Felix Hernandez 96 71 96
96 -5 Ian Kennedy 91 88 98
97 +1 Robbie Ray 98 16 98
98 +1 Johnny Cueto 99 34 99
99 -38 Marcus Stroman 61 41 99
100 - Jimmy Nelson 100 73 100

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:

  • A pretty clean week in the Top 25 as the major moves were Patrick Corbin dropping a few starts given the velocity scare and Zack Godley taking a small dip as a result of his slow production out of the game. Godley is a prime buy-low in my opinion, though I felt the need to adjust his rank based on what he should cost you.
  • Do I believe in Michael FulmerYes I do. Did I feel compelled to acknowledge that guys like Miles Mikolas, Alex Wood, Rick Porcelloand Mike Clevinger deserve more love than him? Sure did.
  • Jose Quintana and Chris Archer take expected dives as they have been far from the consistent arms you signed up for as your Sp #2. Meanwhile, Dylan Bundy has put us through the gauntlet and JA Happ is taking a small step back from his hot start, deserving a bit of a drop.
  • There are plenty of Spice Girls in play these days, with Fernando Romero and Freddy Peralta both impressing, and Nick Kingham and Jack Flaherty are returning this week, calling for major bumps across the board. These ranks are incredibly fluid and while I am very slightly leaning this way right now, they all bring their positives and negatives to the table that it turns into one large spin of the wheel.
  • Is this the repeat of 2016 for Tanner RoarkHis induced soft and hard contact is pointing to a sturdy season as a “slightly better Toby”, making him a better play than some Spice Girls for those that need stability over upside.
  • Domingo German had a large misstep over the weekend against the A’s and while his -11 mark looks massive, consider the huge field of upside plays, it’s hard to keep him above the others at this present moment. Seriously, this is super fluid right now.
  • Jeff Samardzija takes a big hit as he’s struggling to shake off his rust. I can see him rising as we move forward through the season, though we have to temper our pre-season expectations that had baked in expectancy for improvement from last season. Right now, we’re hoping to just get back to that level.
  • We’re getting close to the call-up of Alex Reyes as he hints around the area to consider stashes over roster spots. Who knows how exactly that will play out in St. Louis, but he’s one of the better stashes around.
  • Sonny Gray is still struggling to find his groove on the hill, Jacob Faria is as shaky as ever, Rich Hill is kinda injured, kinda just a massive headache once again, and I’m concerned that Mike Minor won’t be prepared after his Judgement Day tomorrow.
  • Others joining The List this week are Alex Cobb (Improved Splitter!), Zach Eflin (two ticks extra velocity!), and Dan Straily (Possible Toby).
  • Leaving The List are Marco Estrada, Danny Duffy, Chris Stratton, Andrew Suarez, and Ivan NovaThey could be back in a hurry, but someone had to get the boot.
  • Marcus Stroman hit the DL and was moved to the designated “DL stashes” at the end of The List. Easily a tier below Robbie Ray and Johnny Cueto in value.
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.

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Comments


Joe

Hey Nick,

Great stuff as usual. Would love some feedback regarding my current SP situation in my 10-team 5X5 Roto league. My priority is to improve my ERA and WHIP. I’m riding Severino and Corbin and sticking with them. Other than that I have 4 SP spots to fill. I have Alex Reyes stashed in DL. I have both Archer and Quintana who are driving me crazy and currently have two streamer spots open. The following pitchers are available:

Tanaka, Richards, Weaver, Price, Fulmer, Roark, E-Rod, Ross, Happ, Pivetta, Soroka, Gibson.

What would you do?

Thanks in advance, man!

M

An embarrassment of riches!

Rodriguez has the best opportunity in his next 2 matchups (Oakland and Baltimore). Roark, Gibson and Ross (Happ and Pivetta are close behind) have been the most consistent out of this group.

If I had to roster 2 for their next starts, it would probably be Rodriguez and Roark.

M

Reyes is healthy and dominated his first rehab stint (13ks, 5innings, touching 100mph). However, it remains to be seen whether the Cardinals will use him in the bullpen or in the rotation this season and management won’t provide us with a straight answer. You would like to think that because of CMart’s injury that they would give him a chance in the rotation; especially since they are going to be a legitimate playoff contender this season. But, it is much more likely that the Cardinals will limit his usage because he is coming back from missing a whole baseball year and has very limited experience in the Majors.

Scouts compare Reyes to CMart in makeup and arsenal, but Reyes is the more impressive physical specimen:
“Strongly built with wide shoulders and thick, sturdy legs, he averages 97 mph with his fastball and touches triple digits with ease…he got noticeably stronger during his rehab, replacing fat with muscle and improving his eating habits to enhance his general fitness.”

The sky is the limit for Reyes, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make a significant fantasy impact this season. But, watch out. Reyes will fly off the draft boards next year (provided he remains healthy).

M

Short answer: Whenever he makes the rotation, Reyes has all the tools to be a top 20 kind of pitcher.

Oister

Hi Nick. Snell jumping +1 spot this week, even with his “injury? Who would you drop for him in h2h 10T Quintana/Castillo/Berrios/Fulmer ?
Thanks!

M

If you had to drop one of those four pitchers, I think at this moment it would have to be Fulmer.

Klubot3000

Quintana is an option too. Velo down, still having some command issues. But personally prefer Snell to all of the listed pitchers.

Klubot3000

Hey Nick, thanks for all the work. Do you have an article about your process for this list? Are you just going off gut feel? ROS projections of some kind? A mix of both? Some of the rankings are pretty curious. Like you really think Sean Manaea is going to outperform about the next 20 pitchers when his peripherals are pointing pretty hard to regression? He was a nice early surprise, but a really mediocre profile (lack of Ks, pitch values, injury history, xwOBA, below avg team) seems to make it really tough to buy him as a #2 in fantasy. Anyway, more background about your process would be helpful and a deep dive into Manaea in particular could be cool. Thanks again!

Bob

Nick, do you think archer turns it around? He can be this bad, right? Would you try to acquire him on the cheap? Will he be traded? Thanks

NH

Here is a list of SP and RP pitchers I have been offered for Corbin. Which pitchers would you accept a trade for?

SP:
Mikolas, Greinke, Darvish, Godley, Lucchesi,
E. Rodriquez, Paxton, Hill, Arrietta, Bauer,
Degrom, Newcomb, Clevinger, C. Martinez, Keuchel,
Archer, Lester, Porcello, Snell, Sale, Strasburg,
Gray, Roark, T. Williams, G. Gonzalez, Berrios,
Teheran, Freeland, Romero

RP:
Vizcaino, Davis, Colome, Strickland, Ottavino,
Morrow

M

:O

I would jump all over Greinke/Strasburg/Sale/DeGrom.

None of those relievers are even close to worth dealing Corbin with Morrow being the best of that bunch.

KilleBrews

Nick I love the insight as always. Curious as to your thoughts on Carlos Martinez?? Im just not seeing anything that would justify a Top 15 ranking. Velo down from last year, contact up, Oswing% pedestrian and Swstr% below league average. Couple all that with injury and I think Id be selling as high as possible…

M

Faria was cruising until he came out for the 7th, gave up a solo shot and then loaded the bases. He then got to watch as Stanek served up a hanger to Machado for a grand slam from the bench…I think he deserves a little more credit.

Gary

What does Tyson Ross need to do to prove to you he’s legit this year? He’s had mostly really good starts supported by the underlying.

Diana

Hey Nick! Love the site and the podcast. I’m in a 10 team 7×7 categories league. I have Sale, deGrom, Paxton, McCullers, Quintana, Hendricks, Fulmer, Tailion, Faria, Gibson, Bauer, Buehler and Flaherty on my team. My league hoards EVERY pitcher, regardless of value to max starts. I have Eovaldi and Musgrove stashes in my DL. Would you drop anyone on my current roster for either of them? Thanks so much!

RC

Hey Nick, love the aggressive ranking on Snell. He looks like a true breakout (minus his latest blip against the O’s); that BB% looks like it’s coming way down.

On another note, what’s your take on Samardzija? Got him as a throw in in a trade (Shark/Degrom for Buehler/Lucchesi in a redraft), and I’m wondering if he’s worth the headache of a hold. GB% way down, FB% up, velocity down, BB/9 below 2 last year, above 6 this year. What gives?

Gregg schroeder

NP — love what you are doing w/ the PL site, but half the time when I click on a SP from your list–no info shows up. What’s w/ that?

Ed

If you were in a league, you would trade Nick Pivetta for Kyle Gibson straight up?

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