Every Monday, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from pitchers for the rest of 2016, and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.
Note: We’re working on fixing the “change” and “prev” columns. Please ignore them this week.
Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed since last week:
– Not much in the Top 20 this week. Chris Sale swaps places with Max Scherzer, Chris Archer rises to the #14 spot with a solid week, and Dallas Keuchel takes a hit to the bottom end of the 2nd tier.
– A lot of changes outside of the Top 25 as I felt that entering the month of May was enough time to really reconsider a bunch of pitchers. Biggest changes are the falls of Michael Pineda, Patrick Corbin, and Luis Severino, with the rise of Taijuan Walker, Jake Odorizzi, Aaron Nola, Drew Pomeranz, Rich Hill, and Vincent Velasquez, among many other spots shuffling around.
– Prospect pitchers have also been re-evaluated, with Jose Berrios getting a major jump, Blake Snell as the premier stash target, Sean Manaea and Michael Fulmer entering the mix and Jameson Taillon entering above Glasnow since he may get the call first. Tyler Duffey was also recalled from the minors and featured his plus Curveball that can rack up strikeouts fast.
– Yu Darvish makes a jump as he was electric in his first start back. I had concerns that he wouldn’t perform right away, but this is an excellent sign that he can produce the moment he steps back on the rubber.
– Rick Porcello has continued to perform like his second-half self and gets a solid bump hinting at the Top 50.
– Hisashi Iwakuma is still disappointing and is no longer the secure floor that he used to be. Mixed with his injury risk, he received a big downgrade.
– Both Ross Stripling and Hector Santiago have had their bubbles burst this week, giving them major dents in their rankings.
– It’s getting harder and harder to hold onto Adam Wainwright hoping he’ll turn it around, placing him just behind the wall of prospect pitchers you should stash (Taillon, Glasnow, Giolito).
– Leaving The List are a number of names, including Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan, Shelby Miller, Robbie Ray, Shane Greene, and Mike Leake. Outside of Greene and Desclafani (who are recovering from injury), the other pitchers haven’t been up to snuff, making way for better streamer options.
– The Big Apple himself Bartolo Colon leads the way of cheap streamers to enter the Top 100, also including Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, and Jesse Hahn.