Every Monday during the season, 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 2017 and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. Note: These rankings have been made with H2H 5×5 12-teamers in mind. Also, these rankings do not take into account May 29th’s games.
Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed:
- Some major changes in the Top 30, with David Price returning from the DL and many preseason “studs” just not living up to their name. Meanwhile, guys like Marco Estrada, Luis Severino, and Michael Pineda are all having exceptional success and deserve to be inside the Top 20. You still need to believe guys like Justin Verlander and Johnny Cueto can get their footing back, but as far as their stock is concerned, they have to be demoted to the mid 20s for now.
- Tyler Anderson makes a large climb as he’s been expressing some excellent strikeout numbers across his last four starts. There’s no question he’s the #2 guy in Colorado right now.
- The news is out that Danny Salazar is heading to the bullpen for now, making his value drop tremendously. It’s certainly possible he returns shortly, but he can be dropped if you need a starter in your lineup.
- I had no choice but to knock Joe Ross multiple pegs as he couldn’t handle the San Diego Padres. There’s potential here, though it’s hard to invest in him providing consistency to your staff.
- The Astros have elected to put Brad Peacock in the rotation to replace the ineffective Mike Fiers and the former has been showcasing beautiful whiff rates that could translate into a solid 12 teamer add, making him enter the list in the Top 65.
- Also joining the ranks this week are Junior Guerra, Jharel Cotton, Dinelson Lamet, Derek Holland, and Jimmy Nelson. Cotton and Lamet have entered from the minors and are upside plays, Holland – despite being a poster child for TEEs can be owned until The Dutch Invasion shows up, Nelson is a coin flip upside play, and Guerra could provide some value if he can be anywhere close to his rookie 2016 campaign.
- Leaving The List this week are Jesse Hahn, Drew Smyly, J.A. Happ, Kendall Graveman, Patrick Corbin, and Ariel Miranda. The first four are all on the DL while Corbin’s “new arm slot” hasn’t rendered positive results. Miranda was a fringe add on The List and more exciting options have pushed him out.