The List 6/18: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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

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:

  • Small drops for Patrick Corbin (lower velocity catching up to him), Carlos Martinez (may need some more time to stabilize his command), Nick Pivetta (very small, though he legit struggled for the first time against the Rockies last week, other disruptions were not as serious), and Garrett Richards (I don’t know what the timetable of his hamstring injury is. Sorry.)
  • Despite my skepticism of Mike Foltynewicz’s and Tyler Skaggsexcellent start to 2018, I have no choice but to award them Top 40 spots as many players previously donning the title deserved to fall. Guys like Dallas Keuchel, Kyle Hendricksand Jake Arrieta are having bumpy seasons without the strikeout production to keep them afloat.
  • Gio Gonzalez has been struggling to get his strikeouts in order, while losing a bit of his command – the same goes for Alex Wood (IPS is a big issue as well) – causing a large drop.
  • I was surprised to find myself granting Jack Flaherty a Top 40 spot, but given his stellar performance thus far and lock on the rotation spot, his Slider/Four-Seamer mix should make him very 12-team relevant through the year.
  • Luis Castillo was as shaky as we’ve seen in his last one, as he couldn’t find the feel for the one pitch that has kept him relevant – his changeup. I have to drop him if his very best asset is failing him.
  • Teammates Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver each took some hits this week. I’m willing to give Wacha a little buffer as it’s just one major clunker, while Weaver has been lost on the hill plenty this year.
  • Speaking of Lost, Sonny Gray just can’t figure it out, making me want to chance upside plays instead.
  • Joining The List this week are Jonathan Loaisiga (excellent upside), Shane Bieber (not as high of a ceiling, but better floor. Rotation spot is in question), Wade LeBlanc (it’s a major Vargas Rule), Chad Kuhl (30%+ Sliders in three of the last four games!), Steven Wright (I can’t deny his recent success despite Don’t Trust A Knuckleballer), and Freddy Peralta (As much of a Cherry Bomb as you’ll find).
  • Near misses include Steven Matz despite his clear regression ahead, Clayton Richard for his decent floor for those that need it, Jose Urena as a somewhat stable ERA guy, Clay Buchholz for chasing his new Cutter, and Danny Duffy as his terrible schedule prevents him from being an option for a bit despite a promising increase in Changeups.
  • Leaving The List along with Matz, Duffy, and Buchholz are Luiz Gohara (sent to the minors), Daniel Mengden (it was a Vargas Rule situation) and Jake Odorizzi (stop being bad).

UPDATE: I meant to include Rich Hill as he returns this week. He’d slot in around Joe Musgrove.

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


frank

why did estrada drop 8 spots … he just blanked the nats and had two solid games before that

Frankie

L Castillo actually became a streamer in my 12 team league a few weeks ago. Three owners have already played the add/drop game with him. Would you use/(waste) a LT slot on him over R Lopez atm?

steve

fulmer and pivetta both available in my league that counts W and W-L. pivetta the better pick up due to being on a better team?

Joe

Thanks for the update, I personally added Hill for Caleb Smith. worth a flyer while the laser treated finger holds.
12T H2H
SP: Greinke
Berrios
Edu
Bundy
Pivetta
Fulmer
Godley
Castillo
Soroka
Hill
DL: Buehler

Kevin

Was wondering how I extrapolate your ranking for a 10 team standard daily Roto league? Is it just a shallower pool thing? 6 starters for 10 teams = concentrate on Top 60 in the list vs. Top 72 for 12 teams? Or should I be looking at other factors for daily leagues vs. weekly H2H? Thx for the insight.

Diamond Cutter

is Ervin Santana a good stash for the 2nd half or will this injury render him out or ineffective the rest of the season? If he were fully healthy right now, where would he slot in on the list?

Nick Pollack Envy

Thinking of offering my Corbin for Mikolas straight up after his performance tonight. Obviously Mikolas is ranked higher right now but good move ROS?

Eddie

Second this question. I’ve added him in a couple leagues, although I might not start him vs Boston. He’s looked like what we thought he would for the last month.

Mitch

Soroka climbed past Newcomb into the top 50. Do you think Soroka will be the better pitcher ROS?

Zach

What happened to Bum? Wasn’t he a consensus top 8 guy when healthy? Velocity isn’t measurably down, so what’s goin’ on? I’m not ruling out the thousand other relevant factors, just hoping someone else will do the hard work and illuminate the important ones.

Zach

What happened to Bum? Wasn’t he a consensus top 8 guy when healthy? Velocity isn’t measurably down, so what’s goin’ on? I’m not ruling out the thousand other relevant factors, just hoping someone else will do the hard work and illuminate the important ones for me.

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