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The List 6/27: 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/Best/Worst” columns.  Please ignore them for now.

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 Madison Bumgarner 3 3 11
4 Jose Fernandez 4 4 9
5 Noah Syndergaard 5 4 11
6 Max Scherzer 6 3 6
7 Chris Sale 7 3 7
8 Stephen Strasburg 8 7 12
9 Jacob DeGrom 6 6 6
10 Johnny Cueto 26 26 30
11 Jon Lester 17 17 19
12 Zack Greinke 12 12 17
13 Carlos Carrasco 13 9 19
14 David Price 14 8 14
15 Corey Kluber 15 8 15
16 Danny Salazar 16 16 23
17 Matt Harvey 17 12 17
18 John Lackey 18 18 67
19 Rich Hill 19 19 105
20 Justin Verlander 20 20 31
21 Steven Matz 22 21 27
22 Julio Teheran 21 21 116
23 Jose Quintana 23 23 39
24 Masahiro Tanaka 39 37 39
25 Gerrit Cole 25 13 25
26 Jeff Samardzija 26 26 78
27 Yu Darvish 27 27 44
28 Cole Hamels 28 20 28
29 Kyle Hendricks 29 29 61
30 Steven Wright 30 30 222
31 Matt Shoemaker 31 31 124
32 Michael Fulmer 32 32 254
33 Aaron Nola 33 33 48
34 Sonny Gray 34 25 34
35 Carlos Martinez 35 23 35
36 Drew Pomeranz 36 36 172
37 James Paxton 37 37 121
38 Joe Ross 38 31 38
39 Jameson Taillon 39 39 188
40 Lance McCullers 43 36 43
41 Felix Hernandez 41 16 41
42 Trevor Bauer 42 42 136
43 Danny Duffy 43 43 142
44 Carlos Rodon 44 39 63
45 Kevin Gausman 45 45 72
46 Tanner Roark 46 46 142
47 Aaron Sanchez 47 47 236
48 Taijuan Walker 29 29 50
49 Kenta Maeda 49 35 63
50 Blake Snell 50 50 85
51 Chris Tillman 51 51 129
52 Jason Hammel 52 50 68
53 Adam Wainwright 53 22 84
54 Jerad Eickhoff 54 45 70
55 CC Sabathia 55 55 237
56 Marco Estrada 56 56 91
57 Vincent Velasquez 57 37 72
58 Lucas Giolito 58 58 136
59 Anthony DeSclafani 59 59 110
60 Michael Pineda 60 24 82
61 Daniel Mengden 61 61 334
62 Drew Smyly 62 22 62
63 Michael Wacha 63 45 63
64 Chris Archer 64 14 64
65 Dallas Keuchel 65 15 65
66 Jake Odorizzi 66 34 66
67 Cody Reed 67 67 335
68 Rick Porcello 68 51 70
69 Mike Leake 69 68 127
70 Julio Urias 70 70 117
71 Josh Tomlin 71 71 87
72 Jordan Zimmermann 72 40 72
73 Jon Gray 73 73 144
74 Eduardo Rodriguez 74 37 74
75 Junior Guerra 75 75 329
76 Zach Davies 76 76 187
77 Archie Bradley 77 77 135
78 Ian Kennedy 78 56 81
79 Robbie Ray 79 71 119
80 Gio Gonzalez 80 55 80
81 Nate Karns 81 63 93
82 Doug Fister 82 82 147
83 Yordano Ventura 83 50 91
84 Zach Eflin 84 84 333
85 Adam Conley 85 72 120
86 Bud Norris 86 86 323
87 Marcus Stroman 88 20 88
88 Jaime Garcia 86 31 88
89 Hisashi Iwakuma 87 40 89
90 J.A. Happ 89 72 90
91 Josh Hader 90 90 331
92 Alex Reyes 91 91 330
93 Tyler Glasnow 92 66 93
94 Wei-Yin Chen 93 53 94
95 Collin McHugh 94 59 95
96 Bartolo Colon 95 89 143
97 Alex Cobb 96 92 101
98 Zack Wheeler 97 93 103
99 Jimmy Nelson 99 85 111
100 Jake Peavy 100 96 120

Notes

– Simple moves in the Top 20 that make sense: Noah Syndergaard and Stephen Strasburg have small dips due to injury issues, Carlos Carrasco and teammate Corey Kluber get a few bumps as well. 

– The biggest fall is of Aaron Nola who has completely lost his impeccable command that made him a stud in the first place. I’ve seen people dropping him in leagues, which is far from what I’d suggest. While I had to drop him a bit due to the risk involved, I see him turning it around and returning to his stud lifestyle in the second half. Best buy low out there.

– Julio Teheran gets a sizeable jump, even with his questionable FIP/xFIP. He’s been on one of the hottest streaks playing in the best division in the bigs.

– Justin Verlander squeezes into the Top 20 despite his blow up over the weekend. It’s a mix of believing his horrible 5th inning was a fluke, and an indication for the lack of dependable options outside the Top 20.

– A lot of good pitchers are coming of the DL soon: Rich Hill is estimated to pitch this weekend, Taijuan Walker should return this week, Vincent Velasquez gets the ball tonight for the Phils, and Gerrit Cole Yu Darvish could return before the all-star break. Felix Hernandez will be about three weeks or so, though.

– The “Sea of Upside” is getting broken up as Matt Shoemaker and Michael Fulmer are keeping up their excellent numbers. Danny Duffy has slowed down and looks shakier than the rest. Meanwhile, other upside candidates have joined the fray with Trevor Bauer and Carlos Rodon pulling off excellent hot streaks of their own.

– Lucas Giolito is set to make his big league debut on Tuesday against the Mets, and he’s worth a flier while you can still pick him up. It may not be for an extended period of time, but there’s little reason not to take the chance.

– Zach Davies joins the fray as he joins his teammate Junior Guerra as a good team play to be avoided against tough opponents, i.e. a Toby.

– It’s tough to see Marcus Stroman continue to fall, and if you’re still holding on, it’s time to let go.

– Jake Peavy got an invitation this week, pushing Scott Kazmir off the ranks. He’s be surprisingly great in his last six starts, holding a 1.91 ERA in that span. It isn’t going to last much longer, but he’s worth a nod.

– The same goes for Bud Norris who has been on fire since getting his rotation spot back in the beginning of June. It’s mostly against poor teams, so be wise about throwing him out there.

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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