The List 5/24: Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2021 – Week 9

Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2021 - Week 8.

It’s the weekly tradition here at Pitcher List where I rank the Top 100 Starting Pitchers in fantasy baseball and it’s time for Week 9’s starting pitcher rankings.

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As always, make sure to read the notes as there are many changes that have good reasons behind them, and please consider that these ranks are based on a 12-teamer, 5×5 roto format. Adjust accordingly to your situation.

For those unaware:

  • Cherry Bomb = A volatile pitcher who is either super sweet or blows up in your face. There are few middle grounds.
  • Toby = A middling pitcher who you can’t decide if they do enough to stay on your team and give you the itch to drop every single day. Named after Toby from The Office.

Here are the rules for those wondering why a pitcher is or isn’t ranked here:

  1. If a pitcher is on the IL or out of the rotation and not confirmed for a start this week, they are pushed into the Fringe table.
  2. If a pitcher is in a rotation and not confirmed to start but has not been placed on the IL or officially removed, they remain on The List.
  3. These rankings are made as if I am drafting a team today for the rest of the season.
  4. This means the Top 40-50 picks are more for ROS, while the rankings after are more short-term focused.
  5. I will only incorporate a game played on Monday if the pitcher’s performance is completed before 2:00pm EST.

 

Ranking Notes

 

  • This is your reminder to please read these notes as they’ll tell you plenty about why “someone moved up” or “why is he at #X?!”
  • Seriously. Read the notes.

 

  • Special Note: Jacob deGrom returns and takes the #1 one spot, innately pushing everyone down on The List by one. Please take this into consideration as The List ranks are all relative.
  • I’ve elected to extend the first tier to #5 as Trevor Bauer and Yu Darvish have both been pitching as well as anyone with no signs of slowing down. Meanwhile Shane Bieber is going through issues as he throws too many breakers over the plate, pushing him down to the fifth spot.

 

  • Tier 2 stays the same as all of them are dope and make you feel dope. Tier 3 nearly stays the same, even with many wanting me to lower Aaron NolaI was wondering if I was going to do so, but honestly, there was no one ready to step up to be #11 instead.
  • Zack Wheeler is the only change inside the tier as he jumps to the fourteenth spot, leap-frogging Tyler Glasnow and Hyun Jin Ryu. I’m a believer in Wheeler’s heater that has allowed him to suddenly push a near 30% strikeout rate and average seven frames per start, while Glasnow has had inconsistencies with his breakers + Ryu doesn’t quite do as much as Wheeler.

 

  • It may confuse some to see Lucas Giolito and Max Fried without an AGA label one spot ahead of Trevor Rogerswho received his last week. In essence, I believe both Fried and Giolito will receive theirs shortly, they just need to go through the process of it, while I don’t want to ignore the circumstance that if there’s one pitcher who could lose his AGA label, it’s Rogers given the shortest track record of success. Please ignore the “-2” for Rogers as that’s purely due to Giolito’s ascension and deGrom’s return.
  • Carlos Rodón has continued to impress, averaging over 96 mph on his fastball as he overwhelming the Yankees. It’s made his changeup a useful third option (and on some nights, a dominant #2!) while his slider benefits as well.

 

  • Tier 5 leads with Blake Snellwho I didn’t want to reward too much for a start against Rockie Roadbut got a push with Sonny Gray, Zach PlesacLance McCullers, and Tyler Mahle all needing a bit of a dip.
  • Alex Wood passed his major test with flying colors, sitting down the Dodgers in a fantastic duel, featuring the hardest heater of his career at 91.8 mph and a new slider that is flat out filthy. Imagine if his changeup can be like the old days too…

 

  • The sixth tier is the mystery tier of names common to the Top 30, yet have to work out their kinks in full. Charlie MortonKyle Hendricksand Corey Kluber all excelled in the last week, though they all faced mediocre lineups. We need to see them square off against legit offenses before they earn our trust again.
  • Patrick Corbin has had two poor outings after what seemed to be his renaissance start and it’s likely surprising many to see him at #41. In short, his April performances came with a 90/91 mph heater and few slider whiffs. In the fantastic start, he earned 13 slider whiffs with a 92.7 mph heater, while spotting fastballs glove-side effectively. In his last start, the results weren’t there against the Orioles, though he featured a 92.8 mph fastball + nine slider whiffs. The fastball location needs to be tweaked, but the ability is there. He’s worth your roster spot.

 

  • Stephen Strasburg returned from the IL to face the Orioles and did so with a 92 mph fastball – his four-seamer came in at 94 mph in 2019 (we don’t count 2020). I hope he can get back to the harder heater in future outings and I’m cautiously optimistic at the moment.
  • We also need to talk about Dylan Bundywho I broke down for today’s Pitcher Video Breakdown, outlining how his approach is a bit too similar to his days in Baltimore. His slider is still one of the better sweepers out there and hope to see him rely on the pitch more in future weeks.

 

  • It was great to see Zack Greinke look more like his former self, though we need to see a bit more success to elevate him back into the Top 40 range.
  • As much as I want to push Kyle Gibson further up the ranks as he continues his incredible run, I can’t help but believe it’s a Vargas Rule with his hype reliance on BABIP and called strikes. His fastballs shouldn’t have a sub .240 BABIP with a 60%+ groundball rate. It just doesn’t happen.

 

  • Domingo German‘s rank may surprise some, but he’s allowed just 6 ER across his last five starts, averaging over a 6.0 IPS and about a strikeout per inning. He’s in the groove with his curveball (and occasionally changeup too!) and has earned my approval moving forward.
  • I know, I know, Shane McClanahan falls despite surviving Dunedin and another game of five frames. It’s more about other guys jumping ahead (Gibson, Greinke, German, Strasburg, etc.) and I also wonder when we’ll see him properly unleashed as he only tossed 67 pitches in his most recent start. Let the man throw 85 and handle the lineup a third time!

 

  • Tier 8 starts with Jameson Taillonwho falls nine spots despite having a positive outing against the White Sox. What?! You kept him up last week when he did poorly, and you lower him now when he fails?! YOU’RE CRAZY. What’s crazy to me is how his breakers haven’t taken the step forward I was expecting over the past few weeks. His start against the White Sox was a bit fortunate given his lack of command and I needed to take a step back on my expectations for that development. His #50 rank still showcases my belief he’ll get there over time, but I can’t stop ranking him above a slew of others.
  • Speaking of expectations, Luis Castillo should be wonderful at some point. When? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. At the very least, we can all recognize what he could do and I’ll put it in your hands if you want to stash him for it, or need help now instead. I think we can all agree that we’d be shocked if he’s still pitching like this in August.

 

  • Frankie Montas falls a good amount not because I don’t like him, but more that his lack of slider and splitter as whiff pitches is making me reassess his ceiling for the year. Still helpful on your teams, just not quite that guy right now.
  • Some wanted me to move down Andrew Heaney after failing to excel against Cleveland, though it’s the nature of a Cherry BombHe’ll bring a high strikeout rate and a WHIP that doesn’t kill you at the cost of blips of ERA. It’s up to you if that’s what you need or not.

 

  • Jordan Montgomery rises eight spots this week as he carries the #2 CSW pitch in the majors (min. 175 thrown) with his curveball boasting a 43.5% CSW rate. He’s found it as of late and I’m hoping it’s the beginning of a surge up The List.
  • It’s time to give some more credit to Chris Bassittwho has become a decent source of strikeouts as he mixes-and-matches his secondary pitches to complement his solid sinker. You’d be hard-pressed to find a manager not happy with Bassitt at the moment.

 

  • After a phenomenal outing from Shohei Ohtanihe drops nine spots this week as his fastball dropped five ticks in his most recent outing against Cleveland. Terrifying. There have been no reports of an injury, but you have to wonder what is going on with Ohtani.
  • JT Brubaker (aka Coffee Cakes) dropped as his stuff just wasn’t good enough to endure a pair of tough matchups. Don’t fret, he has a solid schedule now, but he’s more of a Toby than a confident #3/#4.

 

  • Dallas Keuchel soars this week despite tossing just four frames against the Yankees. Still, his pitches were hovering the shadow zone effectively and now has a luscious schedule ahead of him. I’d love to have him rostered for the next couple of weeks.
  • After tossing a no-hitter, Spencer Turnbull took a large leap into the Top 70. It’s the skills that impressed me, not the result, as he went four-seamer/slider 75% of the time. It’s what we’ve been waiting for.

 

  • James Kaprielian is here solely because he could get two starts against the Mariners ahead. There’s a chance his second start is replaced by the return of Jesus Luzardothough, so monitor the situation.
  • I want to be more of a Boyd Boy, but I just can’t get in on Matthew Boyd until I see that slider return.

 

  • The next tier features Adam Wainwrighta discount Cherry Bomb who can go 8+ frames when he faces below-average offenses. Don’t overlook it.
  • I have a soft spot for Justin DunnHe’s increased his fastball nearly three full ticks this year to 94/95 mph, while he’s serving a mix of curveballs and sliders to earn whiffs. With more time, this can turn into something legit.

 

  • Tier 11 is a small one, featuring young arms and Nathan EovaldiI don’t have a ton of faith in these pitchers at the moment, but I recognize that if they continue to get their opportunities and shift their repertoires, there is upside to be had.
  • For example, Garrett Richards just put up a great start inside Dunedinbut did so without his slider – his best pitch that has gone missing over the last month. Paired with a horrid schedule ahead, Richards shouldn’t be trusted.

 

  • Tier 12 features a trio of Colorado pitchers, as they have favorable road starts ahead. Austin Gomber gets both the Mets and Pirates away from Coors and he’s here just for the week. Good luck to him.
  • Casey Mize is getting more love from me as he earned his success against the Royals with well-located fastballs and splitters + sliders for whiffs. If he can keep up that ability, he’ll rise each week.

 

  • We have a lot of new names this week on The List as we close it out with Tier 13. Cody Poteet, Alex Cobb, Mike Minor, Johnny Cueto, J.A. Happand Matt Shoemaker each have expressed the ability to act as a decent streamer and could be worth your time for their starts this week.
  • Tyler Anderson falls all the way down to the bottom after his atrocity against Atlanta, making it tough to feel confident against the Cubs and Royals coming up. He may be worth it, but it’s close.

 

Fringe Pitchers I Considered

 

All right, now that the notes are at the top and you understand where I’m coming from, let’s get to The List:

RankPitcherBadgesChange
1Jacob deGromT1
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
+UR
2Gerrit Cole
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
3Yu Darvish
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
4Trevor Bauer
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
5Shane Bieber
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-3
6Max Scherzer
T2
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
7Brandon Woodruff
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-1
8Walker Buehler
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-1
9Clayton Kershaw
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
10Corbin Burnes
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-1
11Aaron Nola
T3
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
12Jack Flaherty
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
13Lance Lynn
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
14Zack Wheeler
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+1
15Tyler Glasnow
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
-2
16Hyun Jin Ryu
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-2
17Julio Urias
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-1
18Kevin Gausman
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
-1
19John Means
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
20Max Fried
T4
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
21Lucas Giolito
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+1
22Trevor Rogers
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Streaming Option
-2
23Sandy Alcantara
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-2
24Joe Musgrove
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
-
25Carlos Rodon
Ace Potential
Quality Starts
Streaming Option
+5
26Blake Snell
T5
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
+3
27Lance McCullers
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
-1
28Ian Anderson
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Ratio Focused
+3
29Sonny Gray
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
-4
30Pablo Lopez
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+3
31Robbie Ray
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
+3
32Freddy Peralta
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
-
33Zach Plesac
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-10
34Aaron Civale
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
+4
35Alex Wood
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
+16
36Tyler Mahle
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
-8
37Charlie Morton
T6
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
38Kyle Hendricks
Ace Potential
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
+1
39Corey Kluber
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
+1
40Jose Berrios
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-3
41Patrick Corbin
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
-6
42Stephen Strasburg
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
+UR
43Dylan Bundy
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
-16
44Marcus Stroman
T7
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
+1
45Domingo German
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
+8
46Zack Greinke
Ace Potential
Quality Starts
+10
47Kyle Gibson
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Cherry Bomb
+3
48Shane McClanahan
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Stash Option
-2
49Yusei Kikuchi
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-2
50Jameson Taillon
T8
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
-9
51Luis Castillo
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-9
52Chris Bassitt
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
+7
53Frankie Montas
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Cherry Bomb
-10
54Zach Eflin
Quality Starts
-
55Andrew Heaney
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-
56Madison Bumgarner
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
+1
57Chris Paddack
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
+1
58Jordan Montgomery
Strikeout Upside
Toby
Ratio Focused
+8
59Adbert Alzolay
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
+3
60Sean Manaea
Injury Risk
Toby
Ratio Focused
+1
61Shohei Ohtani
T9
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Stash Option
-9
62Rich Hill
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Streaming Option
+2
63Cristian Javier
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
-3
64Dallas Keuchel
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
+24
65Dylan Cease
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
-
66JT Brubaker
Toby
Ratio Focused
-17
67Eduardo Rodriguez
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
-4
68Spencer Turnbull
Strikeout Upside
Streaming Option
+11
69James Kaprielian
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Streaming Option
+9
70Matthew Boyd
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+1
71Michael Pineda
T10
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
-3
72Anthony DeSclafani
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-3
73Brady Singer
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
+4
74Adam Wainwright
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
+12
75Justin Dunn
Strikeout Upside
Streaming Option
+14
76Tarik Skubal
T11
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Streaming Option
Stash Option
+6
77Garrett Richards
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-10
78Griffin Canning
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-6
79Luis Garcia
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Streaming Option
-6
80Dane Dunning
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-
81Nathan Eovaldi
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-5
82Steven Matz
T12
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Streaming Option
-1
83Cole Irvin
Toby
Streaming Option
+2
84Casey Mize
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
Stash Option
+9
85German Marquez
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
+10
86Jon Gray
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
+10
87David Peterson
Strikeout Upside
Streaming Option
+4
88Austin Gomber
Streaming Option
+UR
89Logan Gilbert
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Streaming Option
Stash Option
-15
90Drew Smyly
Strikeout Upside
Streaming Option
+4
91Vince Velasquez
T13
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-1
92Tyler Anderson
Toby
Streaming Option
-17
93Cody Poteet
Streaming Option
+UR
94Alex Cobb
Streaming Option
+UR
95Kwang Hyun Kim
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
+3
96Mike Minor
Streaming Option
+UR
97Johnny Cueto
Streaming Option
+UR
98J.A. Happ
Streaming Option
+UR
99Matt Shoemaker
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
+UR
100Nick Pivetta
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-1

Labels Legend

Aces Gonna Ace
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low IPS
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Toby
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
Stash Option

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Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

  • Avatar Mike Honcho says:

    Make a bold prediction…better numbers by year end…L.Castillo or C.Carrasco?

    • Avatar DB says:

      Carrasco, as long as he stays healthy after his return, and that’s a big “if.”

      Castillo has always been overrated to me. He has straight-up FILTH, I’d never argue that, but he’s always been a bullpen arm to me. Maybe a bulk-closer type. I’d rather see Tejay start and have Castillo in his bulk-relief/fireman role or used as a trade chip.

      Never trusted him, much like Carlos Martinez.

      • Avatar Laird of the Rings says:

        Really? 3 years of sub-3.50 ERA out of 4 and now this guy never should have been a starter and is a “bullpen arm” after 1 bad month? This is why he’s a phenomenal buy low right now.

        • Avatar theKraken says:

          I could agree with this. However, I doubt that people are selling him super low. Pitching like garbage for stretches is exactly what Castillo owners should expect. He has had lots of bad months. I like him and he is fun to watch – just saying that he is never smooth sailing. I don’t know that there is a more volatile arm that I can think of.

      • Avatar theKraken says:

        He is a lot better than CarMart. Prospect CarMart was legitimately exciting, but that was a decade ago lol. I do’nt think it is fair to compare the two. Current CarMart is not work owning – that K rate… Castillo is absolutely worth getting starts in MLB – he just isn’t terribly consistent. The last thing the game needs is more innings thrown by scrubs (AKA RP).

    • Avatar theKraken says:

      That is just foolish. You are really asking people to speculate on Carrasco’s health. There is no value to that or any analysis that would matter. If they were both healthy, then it is a legit question. If healthy, Carrasco, but why would you assume that? He could go full Mikolas.

  • Avatar larry womack says:

    Manoah starting @ NYY. worth the pickup and hold to see how he does.

    Thanks

    • Avatar DB says:

      source? was considering dropping him and haven’t seen this yet.

    • Avatar DB says:

      So happy about this, and thank you for the info.

    • Avatar DB says:

      With his absolute filth, I’m starting him, even as Yankee fan.

      I hope PL does a GIF breakdown.

      • Avatar theKraken says:

        Chances they don’t… I am saying 0. Why don’t you watch it if you are that interested? I am not sure that GIFs are a good way to analyze anything.

        • Avatar DB says:

          I watched every second of every pitch and loved every second of it even if it beat my Yankees. This is a true Cinderella story that’s a large part of my fantasy rosters and I love it. Can’t wait to see him mow down more major leaguers.

    • Avatar theKraken says:

      How often is it worth it to pick up a SP in his debut? Honest question. I am thinking almost never. it might sound like a good idea, but the chance that he helps you win your league is close to zero.

      • Avatar DB says:

        It’s often not advised… TINSTAAPP is almost always the truth… Manoah had a certain presence on the mound and the stuff to back it up that made him worth the investment for me. I just had a feeling about him. And now that he’ll be pitching in Buffalo rather than Dunedin as his home park changes everything for the better.

        I almost NEVER back a pitcher w/his kind of track record, but he had that locked-in “nothing exists between me and the batter” mentality that very few ever have.

  • Avatar DB says:

    I have Scherzer, Woodruff, Ryu, Kluber, McCullers, and McClanahan in one league, and the only one I truly set-and-forget is Woodruff.

    I know he won’t always get wins because of the offense, but while he gets the AGA label, he’s not in tier 1 more often than he should be. I don’t get it.

    I’m not the type to complain about subjective rankings of one person, but this seems like an oversight most in the fantasy community has. He’s rock-f*%cking solid every single start, no matter the opponent.

    Placing Scherzer above him is questionable at best, although I obviously appreciate Scherzer, since he’s on the same team. Woodruff is my #1, and deservedly so.

    He’s been better than Bieber as well, and that’s where this comes from, as both have crappy offenses that don’t produce many wins.

    • Avatar DB says:

      *”as often,” not “more often”

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      Hey DB, the reason there is the expected innings for each. The Brewers have said they expect to slap on 100 innings to *everyone*, including Woodruff. That caps him around 180.

      Scherzer should get more volume through the year.

      • Avatar DB says:

        Not to discount you nor Scherzer, but I expect more quality AND innings out of Woody than Mad Max ROS… If (and that’s only an “if” if either runs all season,) they actually follow through on what they’ve said… just look at the amount of innings they laid on Hader over the years!

        If the Brewers run all season, then Woody’s probably the most valuable NL Central pitcher. What they say and what they do will only be proven waaaaaay in the future. They’ve certainly not acted as if they’re limiting his workload outside of his first start where he looked like he could pull off a CGSO and they pulled him early.

  • Avatar Harold Lutz says:

    Where would you slot Alex Manoah on this list?

  • Avatar theKraken says:

    I think Greinke is T3 or T4 and should never leave. He really is anything but volatile if you look at the numbers. He just isn’t an exciting name. The only value in pitching is the older guys that people don’t love. I think he is ahead of everyone is T5.

    If Heaney were under 25 we would be doing back flips over his production.

    You could put together a very nice staff from T8 down. It is weird to see the weird Twitter momentum have such a lasting effect on the rankings. As a long-time follower of this site, I recognize many of the overrated and underrated names as previous focuses of weird scrutiny over the years. For example, Luis Castillo – he has problems but I would take him over half the guys ranked above him. IMO I can see that you get beaten down and it has an uneven effect in the rankings. On the other end, there are the guys that people clamor for the higher ranking on and you seem like you want to appease the social media crowd and push them up as aggressively as possible. I get it. I am sure I would do the same if I were in your situation. Some guys have cheering sections and some don’t and you can see it. I still think you do the best job there is in ranking anything, but I think the social media “analysis” is softening you up. Don’t forget that you absolutely know better than the social media crowd. Anyone can create a Twitter account.

  • Avatar Jack says:

    Growing more and more frustrated with L. Castillo with every start. Appreciate the caution on K. Gibson and expectations going forward; I see the relative rankings above – who would you rather going forward rest of season – Castillo in a 10 team NL only standard roto league or Gibson in a 10 team AL only standard roto league ?

  • Avatar Hawk says:

    Will you be updating this list for May 31?

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