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 “prev” column. They may be a bit off this week.
Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed since last week:
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– We saw a lot of big names fall this week, from Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, and Chris Archer, all the way down to the struggling Dallas Keuchel and injured Sonny Gray. The former group should improve later in the year, though right now there is work to be done.
– Benefiting from the falls are Steven Matz and Aaron Nola who have both entered the Top 20. Matz has been lights out since his first start of the year and dodged a bullet after missing just one outing with elbow soreness. Meanwhile, Nola is doing little to stop his hot start and there’s no reason to expect anything less.
– Yu Darvish closes out the Top 20 as he’s expected to make his debut this weekend. He’s looked great during his rehab and given the question marks of the Top 30 he has earned his spot at #20 with room to grow.
– Some other major jumps include Chris Tillman, Julio Teheran, and John Lackey. Tillman has been incredibly productive this season, allowing more than two ER just twice – including one 3 ER game. Meanwhile, Lackey has been as sturdy as ever in the Cubs rotation and Teheran has found new life, allowing just three runs total in his last five starts.
– Mike Clevinger made his MLB debut week and displayed a good foundation where he could move forward later in the season. He could also falter given that he doesn’t feature overpowering stuff, but deGrom has showed that with a solid repertoire and great command you can still be a fantastic option.
– Speaking of prospects, Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow both rose as we get closer to June. The Super 2 cutoff will most likely be around the middle of the month, and if these two are still sitting out on the wire, now may be the time to go grab them. Jose Berrios, though, has been demoted to minors and is still struggling with his control. Look elsewhere for a good stash.
– Joining The List this week are Robbie Ray and Matt Shoemaker. Ray is starting to flex a bit of his upside and could continue to take strides this year while Shoemaker’s strikeout tear over the weekend made it too tough to leave him off.
– Making room for the new additions are Sean Manaea and Hector Santiago. Manaea isn’t expressing his upside nearly enough to endure his poor numbers, and Santiago is too far from the hard thrower he witnessed early in the season.