The List 5/7: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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

  • With Clayton Kershaw hitting the DL and Max Scherzer absolutely killing it, it was an easy move to dethrone the king. I have no qualms if you want to move Kershaw’s spot from #15, it’s always incredibly difficult those on the DL.
  • With that in mind, I elected to have a “DL” focus at the end of the List, where players that are far away from their return – Robbie Ray, Johnny Cuetoand Jimmy Nelson  will be automatically slotted if they should be owned. Madison Bumgarner is a different story as his return is only a few weeks away.
  • Other major moves include Miles Mikolas, Rick Porcello, J.A. Happand Mike Clevinger seeing significant leaps. Mikolas, Porcello, and Happ each have impressed mightily out of the gate and deserve more love, and seeing Clevinger’s breaking stuff return is exactly why I was looking for to bring him back in the Top 40.
  • Dylan Bundy, Yu Darvish, Jose Berrios, Jose Quintanaand David Price each saw dramatic falls. Bundy’s fastball has been abhorrent in his last two starts, a flaw I was starting believe was eradicated by his impressive opening run. While I think better days are ahead for Darvish, I have no choice but to recognize his value on the market now and lower him further. Price and Quintana are the same way, with talent that will most likely see rises in the future, but their current state has me favoring arms like Alex Wood and Michael Fulmer instead. Berrios is as lost as you’ll find a pitcher, though his innate stuff is still there, making him a decent buy low for owners thinking he’s destined for mediocrity the rest of the way.
  • The toughest part of The List this week was ranking the upside plays from 45-75. Please keep in mind that these rankings are incredibly fluid in this area as at this point in the rankings, it’s all about finding the hot hand that can stick through the year.
  • Walker Buehler and Caleb Smith get some of the most significant rises this week. With Kershaw’s and Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injuries, Buehler has secure innings for the Dodgers and sports a repertoire that speaks to a high floor. Smith has the outlines of a legit Top 30 ceiling with his excellent secondary pitches with a mid 90s fastball that he has commanded well in each of the last three starts. Still plenty of risk, but this is the lottery ticket I’d like to grab at this moment.
  • Mike Soroka deserves your love despite his tough outing against the Giants on Sunday. I see premier talent in the 20-year-old rooted in the command of his four-seamer and two-seamer. Given his security in the Braves rotation, I favor him over other options that have less stable foundations.
  • Trevor Cahill, Kevin Gausmanand Sean Newcomb also rose considerably, as all three have performed well above expectations in the early weeks.
  • It’s time to look elsewhere if you own Chase Anderson, Luke Weaveror Aaron SanchezThere’s no question that they can turn it around through the year, but at this point, you may be better off chasing other upside plays.
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


Bbboston

Nick,

I know it’s early, but what are your thoughts on Giolito bouncing back. His last start appeared to be awesome until the manager ran him out to start the seventh.

Nick Pollack

He was one of the last names off The List as there are a surprising number of viable starters in the league these days.

I didn’t see a velocity jump last time out, so I’m a little hesitant to buy into it. Still needs to polish the secondary stuff as well.

Not a terrible flier in a deep league, however.

Ryan

Do I go with Miles Mikolas or Garret Richards to hold me over while Kershaw is out?

Paul

Hey Nick, how concerned are you about Reynaldo Lopez? In an AL-only 4×4, thinking it’s time to sell/dump. What’s the key with him? Thanks!

Nick Pollack

I talked about it with Sporer in the fireside chat podcast last night if you want more detail on it, but the quick answer is I think Reynaldo has the tools to be a legit Top 40 arm with a fastball that is super good, but he hasn’t found the consistency yet with his slider + changeup.

griff

I have a pending trade offer of trevor bauer and khris davis for kershaw in my weekly points league. I thought it was a great trade for me, but I see bauer barely behind kershaw on the list. If my team can stomach the loss until kershaw comes back it will still be a big win correct? I would pick up dexter fowler

Chris

Hey Nick,

I’m a bit torn on this trade offer: 12tm, H2H, QS, non-keeper
Schwarber + Caleb Smith + Kiki (drop would be Pressly/Brock Stewart/Soroka)
for
Braun + Dahl + Heaney + Minor

Seems too obvious not to not make the deal, yet I am hesitant for some reason…

Thanks!

not

Why has Minor dropped so much? Has only hasd a very hard start against the sox

Nick Pollack

I’ve been expecting him to take his step forward and he hasn’t really yet. Meanwhile, there are a lot of other exciting arms that are improving and need more love.

Play Ball

Anything you see from Syndergaard that causes you some concern? A hidden injury? Not punching batters out at a level we expect from him and overall he just looks off to me for some reason.

Nick Pollack

Honestly, not really. I think he’s just not as polished as “pitcher” than the other Top arms, but he carries arguably the best stuff in the game that let’s him still have massive success.

Josh

Hi Nick, quick question about Alex Cobb. With his increased splitter usage and high whiff rate in his start yesterday, if that stays going forward, where do you see his upside? Top 50 like before TJS, or more in the 75-100 area?

Shark

I watched Soroka’s start against SF, showed amazing poise for a 20 year old. He could have easily gone Brandon McCarthy in his bad inning, because he caught a couple bad breaks, plus his command was off for whatever reason. I thought Buehler came closer to imploding in his start against SF, but caught a lucky break in the form of a great catch from Puig in foul territory on the 35th pitch of the first inning (one batter away from being pulled in the 1st! to a mini no hitter against SD -that’s baseball LOL)

Steve

Is carrasco over Paxton just an injury risk thing? I feel like the numbers are pretty decidedly in Paxtons favor when both are healthy.

O’Hooligan McGee

I just got offered Carlos Carrasco and Vizcaino for my Aaron Nola in a roto 5×5 keeper league. You can keep players for however long you want with no penalty. Am I stupid to reject this deal? I kinda need the saves. Nola’s age and Carrasco’s injury concerns is making me hestitant. Any advice?

Joe

Can you expand on Berries being lost? What does he need to do to be better and do you sense he will turn it around?

Jose

Love the list. But why not just have a separate list of DL guys? By grouping them all at the bottom like that you’re just reminding us that they are there instead of giving us a RoS value relative to the other guys on the list (like you are doing with Bumgarner).

Ricky

I love seeing Scherzer at 1, but why did de Grom stay unchanged when Kershaw dropped so far when they both went on the DL this week?

Ghost Of Ned Yost

When there is blood in the streets buy property.
Just traded a $26 Cole for $31 Kershaw in my dynasty league, fingers crossed it’s only one or two starts.

Sticki

Nick, honestly, how sad are you that you had to declare Scherzer #1 by default. I, as the rest of us, are sad with you my friend.

Nick Pollack

A bit off as Junis could turn into a very consistent starting option while Bettis needs a road game + favorable matchup.

J.C. Mosier

Consider the unfortunate case of Zach Wheeler: from #67 to off The List, without so much as a “good riddance.”

Alden

Any concern about Gohara now that the Braves have said he’ll be pitching from the bullpen?

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