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:
- Yes, Kershaw stayed put (thanks for voting in our poll!), but the bigger Top 20 news is Jacob deGrom’s climb back to the Top 10, with Michael Fulmer taking a bit of a tumble. His low strikeout production, increased walks, and signs of regression aren’t doing him favors.
- Injuries are a big part of this week’s edition, with Danny Duffy getting a major bump as we finally got his rehab plan laid out for us (about three more starts to go). Cole Hamels returns Monday night, Dallas Keuchel is out for longer than expected, Madison Bumgarner may be back within the next two weeks, and Aaron Sanchez is about two away.
- Dan Straily deserves his spot in the Top 40 as his K/9 soars over 9.00 with a walk rate under 3.00. He’s inducing plenty of weak contact that suggests his 3.43 ERA is more legit than his 4.29 xFIP and with few great options after 40, he deserves your roster spot.
- As anyone reading the Roundups would expect, Dylan Bundy took a major fall even with his eight strikeout day. He isn’t showcasing good enough command to suggest his 3.75 ERA will stay below 4.00 and the strikeouts are inconsistent. Still worth a roster spot, but not over players with a clearer path to upside.
- Like Bundy, Sonny Gray just isn’t going to be the strong consistent producer you want him to be, making me favor guys like Brad Peacock and Jacob Faria as sacrificing Gray for a chance at their lottery upside is a worthwhile move.
- I admit I was too high on Jeff Hoffman in the past and I gave him a drop considering his whiff rates have fallen, his long term security in the rotation is in greater question, and at the end of the day, he hosts home games in Coors.
- Joe Biagini didn’t rebound as well as I hoped he would and his time in the Jays rotation could be limited. He’ll be competing with Francisco Liriano for the fifth rotation spot after the all-star break and with a trio of tough matchups ahead, he could be the easy pick to send to the pen.
- Plenty of high upside arms join The List this week. Eduardo Rodriguez is returning to the majors must faster than anticipated and jumps near Carlos Rodon to make a tier separation as a point where it’s worth it to chase upside over questionable floors. Another tier is where Drew Smyly, Luis Castillo, and Blake Snell land in the 70s. Smyly is getting closer to returning, Castillo will be a great arm down the road but may stumble in the short term and we don’t know what we’re going to get from Snell as he makes his way back to the majors on Wednesday.
- Ariel Miranda sneaks back onto The List as he’s a TEEs but a better one than those well under him. Don’t put much into this and he could be off again next week.
- Leaving The List this week are Edinson Volquez, Jaime Garcia, Joe Musgrove, Tyler Chatwood, and Robert Gsellman, all of which are just not pitching well enough to earn their spot.