The List 6/19: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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...

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.

Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed:

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Notes

  • Tiers this week are most distinct around Berrios/Price, Syndergaard/Verlander, McCarthy/Cole, and Strahm/Porcello. Don’t read too much into them, but if you need them, that should be of assistance.
  • A good amount of shifting this week starting outside the Top 15, with Alex Wood and Jose Berrios making their way to the Top 20. It’s hard to deny their major impacts thus far and with guys like Johnny Cueto, Marco Estradaand David Price faltering, it was easy to raise them.
  • I’m still impressed by Chase Anderson, Jordan Montgomeryand J.A. Happgranting them all major boosts. Chase’s velocity is up, while Montgomery and Happ are getting plenty of whiffs, the latter inducing many more swings off the plate. Happ is the most curious of the bunch, but there it’s hard to deny that he’s been unlucky with room for dominance.
  • Two major hits this week came from Aaron Nola and Ervin SantanaNola simply hasn’t been consistent enough in starts, fluctuating in velocity and getting punished when his command is off. There’s room for him to rebound and considering the thin upside around he still warrants a Top 50 spot, but if there are better options you may have to let him go. Ervin Santana has regressed to the man we’ve seen in the past as he’s had plenty of clunkers in the last month. Still deserving of a roster spot, but not nearly the level of production we’ve seen.
  • The other large drop came from Rick Porcello who is simply incredibly hittable even with solid K/BB numbers. There is still hope he can be a provider down the stretch, but there’s no reason to sit on it while you can get production elsewhere.
  • With Zack Godley earning his spot back in the Diamondbacks rotation, he should be owned in all leagues. Same goes for Brad Peacock who looks to have his spot secure for at least a few more weeks while you can take advantage of his strikeout upside.
  • Kenta Maeda makes his return as the Dodgers change their minds once again, now with Maeda back in the rotation. I still dislike his IPS and general volatility, but he forces his way into the Top 60 if he’s starting.
  • It’s not easy to find 12 strikeouts on the wire and even with his low floor that can ruin a week, Dinelson Lamet still needs to be considered for your team.
  • Returning to The List this week are both Homer Bailey and Matt StrahmBailey hasn’t been on The List since 2016 as he is recovering from TJS and has looked excellent in his rehab starts. Strahm has entered the Royals rotation and while I expect some struggles in the first two weeks, he can be a difference maker in the second half.
  • After changing his Slider grip, Jordan Zimmermann has forced me to pay attention and earns his first spot in a long time. Joining him are Ian Kennedy, Charlie Morton, Joe Musgroveand Hyun-Jin Ryu. Kennedy finally produced after returning from injury, Morton is close to returning, Musgrove has displayed strikeout upside, and Ryu deserves a spot as long as he’s still on the hill.
  • Leaving The List this week are Andrew Triggs, Matt Harvey, Julio Urias, CC Sabathia, Buck Farmer, Jesse Hahn, Ariel Miranda and Randall DelgadoThe first four have all had injuries set them back, while Farmer/Hahn/Miranda haven’t been effective enough to warrant a stay. Delgado has been moved back to the bullpen, preventing him from making an impact.

Nick Pollack

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

  • Avatar Matt Nielsen says:

    Which two do you think would make for a good trade for Severino (or someone similar) out of: Taillon, Price, T. Ross, Manaea, Fulmer, Nola, Berrios, Verlander, or Hoffman?

    • Avatar Matt says:

      As a Severino owner, I’d probably want Tallion and Berrios, possibly Fulmer. Young studs for a young stud.

  • Avatar Max says:

    So Kenta is back in the bullpen….what a joke

  • Avatar Patrick says:

    Still no Erod. He’s facing live batters and should have a rehab start soon. He was in your top 40 befre the injury. Thoughts?

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      I considered sticking him on at the end, but I’m still unsure how soon we’ll actually see E-rod, then there’s the question of how fast we can expect him to get back to the same level he was pitching at prior to injury.

  • Avatar Chris says:

    I don’t get the large drop for T. Chatwood. He has had a quality start in 6 of his last 7 starts and 2.65 ERA, and a 1.12 WHIP. What do you see in him that would cause him to drop 27 spaces in your rankings. Please enlighten.

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      Incredibly good schedule before with plenty of road games.

      Has a tough three starts ahead and there’s no reason to hold onto him in the meantime.

      In the end, Chatwood really is just a good streamer instead of someone to roster.

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Nick:

        Thanks for the prompt response. I agree with the streamer comment just didn’t think he would fall so sharply.

        Love the website – always good to get another perspective.

        • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

          Yeah, I raised Chatwood for the week as he had a solid two-start week ahead, and with guys outside the Top 60 it’s all about short term of who to pick up at this very moment and can help.

          Now that he did he job, he goes back down.

          Always happy to help! Glad you enjoy what we do here.

  • Avatar J Dilla says:

    Nice to see the love for Jimmy Nelson! Keep up the great work, I look forward to these rankings every week.

  • Avatar Brent Erickson says:

    Do you see Alex Wood climbing any further in the rankings or is he capped by his injury risk/innings limit? Looking to add an arm but am concerned about him getting shut down in September and Dave Roberts in general.

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      Considering he’s already thrown 190 innings in his day and was sidelined for some time already in 2017, I’d be surprised if the Dodgers elected to shut Wood down come September.

      Additionally, “injury risk” is a bit out the door at this point since everyone is getting injured and there is no rhyme or reason to it.

  • Avatar JerryOnDrums says:

    Sup Nick! Where does .Edu figure into the list when he comes back? Looks like it’ll be pretty soon.

  • Avatar sbestor says:

    So Jacob Faria moved up a ton. Thoughts on him ROS?

  • Avatar Kyle says:

    Someone just dropped Jimmy Nelson in my league. Trying to move some pitchers for batters to pick him up, but would you take him straight up over Gio Gonzalez, Pomeranz, or Nola? Intuition says no

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      I like Nelson over all three. Is there someone else to drop? I’d want to roll with Gio until the bottom drops out.

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