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The List 5/30: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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...

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:

Rank Player Prev Best Worst
1 Clayton Kershaw 1 1 1
2 Jake Arrieta 2 2 2
3 Chris Sale 3 3 4
4 Noah Syndergaard 4 4 11
5 Jose Fernandez 9 7 9
6 Stephen Strasburg 7 7 12
7 Max Scherzer 5 3 5
8 Madison Bumgarner 11 5 11
9 Corey Kluber 8 8 11
10 Jacob DeGrom 6 6 6
11 Carlos Carrasco 19 9 19
12 David Price 10 8 10
13 Johnny Cueto 26 26 30
14 Danny Salazar 21 21 23
15 Steven Matz 23 23 27
16 Aaron Nola 36 36 48
17 Yu Darvish 32 32 44
18 Jon Lester 17 17 19
19 Gerrit Cole 13 13 14
20 Zack Greinke 15 14 17
21 Jose Quintana 28 28 39
22 Rich Hill 56 48 105
23 Masahiro Tanaka 39 37 39
24 Lance McCullers 43 36 43
25 Justin Verlander 30 28 31
26 Jeff Samardzija 63 55 78
27 Cole Hamels 20 20 21
28 Chris Archer 14 14 16
29 Joe Ross 31 31 35
30 Felix Hernandez 16 16 18
31 Matt Harvey 12 12 13
32 Drew Smyly 22 22 33
33 Jaime Garcia 38 31 38
34 John Lackey 65 54 67
35 Jake Odorizzi 34 34 43
36 Kevin Gausman 68 53 72
37 Drew Pomeranz 57 52 172
38 Taijuan Walker 29 29 50
39 Marcus Stroman 25 20 26
40 Jordan Zimmermann 40 40 53
41 Kyle Hendricks 61 47 61
42 Jason Hammel 60 50 68
43 Aaron Sanchez 69 51 236
44 Dallas Keuchel 18 15 18
45 Carlos Martinez 27 23 27
46 Raisel Iglesias 42 26 42
47 Tyler Duffey 64 64 112
48 Chris Tillman 107 100 129
49 Vincent Velasquez 37 37 72
50 Wei-Yin Chen 55 53 60
51 Nathan Eovaldi 87 67 94
52 Gio Gonzalez 58 55 58
53 Tanner Roark 53 53 142
54 Kenta Maeda 54 35 63
55 Eduardo Rodriguez 55 37 68
56 Edinson Volquez 56 56 95
57 Julio Teheran 57 57 116
58 Ian Kennedy 58 56 69
59 Michael Fulmer 59 59 254
60 Jerad Eickhoff 60 45 70
61 Michael Wacha 61 45 61
62 Rick Porcello 62 51 70
63 Carlos Rodon 63 39 63
64 Jameson Taillon 64 64 188
65 Blake Snell 65 62 85
66 Tyler Glasnow 66 66 86
67 Marco Estrada 67 67 91
68 Mike Leake 68 68 127
69 Collin McHugh 69 59 88
70 Nate Karns 93 63 93
71 Sonny Gray 25 25 29
72 J.A. Happ 72 72 90
73 Steven Wright 73 73 222
74 Alex Wood 74 74 130
75 Josh Tomlin 75 72 87
76 James Shields 76 46 77
77 Jon Gray 77 77 144
78 Tyson Ross 78 44 78
79 Hisashi Iwakuma 79 40 79
80 Scott Kazmir 80 66 80
81 Matt Shoemaker 81 81 124
82 Michael Pineda 82 24 82
83 Francisco Liriano 83 41 83
84 Adam Conley 84 72 120
85 Jimmy Nelson 85 85 111
86 Yordano Ventura 86 50 86
87 Adam Wainwright 64 22 84
88 Jeremy Hellickson 88 88 153
89 Alex Cobb 101 92 101
90 Zack Wheeler 102 93 103
91 Mike Foltynewicz 91 91 316
92 Bartolo Colon 92 92 143
93 Mike Clevinger 93 93 328
94 Archie Bradley 94 94 135
95 Patrick Corbin 95 31 95
96 Juan Nicasio 96 57 208
97 Matt Moore 97 56 113
98 Robbie Ray 98 71 119
99 Mike Fiers 99 68 99
100 Shane Greene 100 76 251

Notes

– Max Scherzer takes a small drop after being a bit inconsistent while the other three of Thor, JoFer and Stras have been complete studs.

– The likes of Gerrit Coleand Zack Greinke plummet to the bottom of the Top 20 as new options have emerged to be stable and fantastic additions to pitching staffs, especially Yu Darvish who looked spectacular in his MLB debut.

– It’s time to stop holding back both Masahiro Tanaka and Rich Hill simply because of their injury issues.  While the former did get pulled slightly early yesterday with a “really mild groin strain” he should be pitching again in a week or so and continuing his Top 10 numbers in no time.  Meanwhile, Tanaka holds the best WHIP in the AL and while the strikeout numbers aren’t up there with the best, he’s been a very consistent and sturdy member of rosters without a hint of future injury.

Justin Verlander looks like the guy I thought he was in the pre-season and it’s time to put your faith back into him fully.

– Marcus Stroman has issues to figure out and isn’t quite as ready to dominate as I believed.  He should still be a good producer this season, just not with the same upside as predicted.

– Three prospect pitchers took different turns this week.  Michael Fulmer has started to trust his Changeup more and has looked fantastic in his two recent outings.  Mike Clevinger hasn’t featured the command he needs to excel in the bigs and needs more time in the oven.  Julio Urias made his big league debut, but the Dodgers revealed their hand, and it looks like he will get very few chances this year to stand on the hill.

– Nathan Eovaldi keeps creeping close to Top 50 territory, though I’m cautious that he can provide value to owners.

– It’s time to fully give up on Michael Pineda, Patrick Corbinand Francisco Liriano.  While they are all still here given that it’s possible they turn it around, they are droppable and should be swapped with streaming options.

– Joining The List this week are Jeremy Hellickson and Archie Bradley.  Hellickson has been surprisingly good, though I’m hesitant to raise him more given his volatile nature.  Bradley had a great return to the majors over the weekend, yet his history of walking batters prevent him from entering at a higher mark. 

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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