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The List 6/6: 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 Madison Bumgarner 11 5 11
6 Jose Fernandez 9 7 9
7 Stephen Strasburg 7 7 12
8 Max Scherzer 5 3 5
9 Jacob DeGrom 6 6 6
10 Carlos Carrasco 19 9 19
11 Corey Kluber 8 8 11
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 Zack Greinke 15 14 17
20 Jose Quintana 28 28 39
21 Rich Hill 56 48 105
22 Matt Harvey 12 12 13
23 Masahiro Tanaka 39 37 39
24 Gerrit Cole 13 13 14
25 Cole Hamels 20 20 21
26 Justin Verlander 30 28 31
27 Lance McCullers 43 36 43
28 Joe Ross 31 31 35
29 John Lackey 65 54 67
30 Drew Pomeranz 57 52 172
31 Kevin Gausman 68 53 72
32 Kyle Hendricks 61 47 61
33 Carlos Martinez 27 23 27
34 Chris Archer 14 14 16
35 Jeff Samardzija 63 55 78
36 Jason Hammel 60 50 68
37 Jaime Garcia 38 31 38
38 Jordan Zimmermann 40 40 53
39 Marcus Stroman 25 20 26
40 Aaron Sanchez 69 51 236
41 Jake Odorizzi 34 34 43
42 Taijuan Walker 29 29 50
43 Dallas Keuchel 18 15 18
44 Felix Hernandez 16 16 18
45 Sonny Gray 25 25 29
46 Michael Fulmer 59 59 254
47 Drew Smyly 22 22 33
48 Vincent Velasquez 37 37 72
49 Steven Wright 73 73 222
50 Tanner Roark 53 53 142
51 Kenta Maeda 54 35 63
52 Wei-Yin Chen 55 53 60
53 Chris Tillman 107 100 129
54 Julio Teheran 57 57 116
55 Matt Shoemaker 81 81 124
56 Nathan Eovaldi 87 67 94
57 Eduardo Rodriguez 55 37 68
58 Jerad Eickhoff 60 45 70
59 Marco Estrada 67 67 91
60 Michael Wacha 61 45 61
61 Gio Gonzalez 58 55 58
62 Ian Kennedy 58 56 69
63 Carlos Rodon 63 39 63
64 Mike Leake 68 68 127
65 Jameson Taillon 64 64 188
66 Blake Snell 65 62 85
67 Alex Reyes 330 330 330
68 Tyler Glasnow 66 66 86
69 Edinson Volquez 56 56 95
70 Collin McHugh 69 59 88
71 Jon Gray 77 77 144
72 J.A. Happ 72 72 90
73 Archie Bradley 94 94 135
74 Anthony DeSclafani 110 80 110
75 Adam Conley 84 72 120
76 Rick Porcello 62 51 70
77 Josh Tomlin 75 72 87
78 Jeremy Hellickson 88 88 153
79 Hisashi Iwakuma 79 40 79
80 Junior Guerra 329 329 329
81 James Shields 76 46 77
82 Scott Kazmir 80 66 80
83 Nate Karns 93 63 93
84 Michael Pineda 82 24 82
85 Tyson Ross 78 44 78
86 Jimmy Nelson 85 85 111
87 Yordano Ventura 86 50 86
88 Adam Wainwright 64 22 84
89 James Paxton 121 81 121
90 Alex Cobb 101 92 101
91 Zack Wheeler 102 93 103
92 Bartolo Colon 92 92 143
93 Sean Manaea 108 69 327
94 Danny Duffy 142 127 142
95 Josh Hader 331 331 331
96 Joe Musgrove 332 332 332
97 Mike Fiers 99 68 99
98 Julio Urias 101 77 117
99 Doug Fister 147 133 147
100 Derek Holland 113 90 113

Notes

– Very small changes in the Top 20 this week.  Madison Bumgarner gets the call to #5 despite the amazing performances of Jose Fernandez and Stephen Strasburg.  His longevity makes him slightly more valuable, especially with JoFer’s inevitable shut down this season.

– I’m back on the Matt Harvey train after a pair of strong appearances, while Gerrit Cole’s stock is slowly falling as he fails to live up to his upside.

– Chris Archer has continued his struggles but there is still some hope that at some point he puts on a run similiar to his 2015 first half.  Don’t invest too heavily into that.

– Despite playing against the hottest offense in baseball two times in a row, it’s tough to keep the faith in Marcus Stroman.  However, his under-the-hood numbers present a pitcher well underperforming and I think we’ll see an improved pitcher – not the same Top 20 upside – moving forward.

– The news of Raisel Iglesias coming out of the pen this season demolishes his fantasy value.  While he may wind up being a closer or holds guy, his relevance on this list is all but destroyed.

– I want to remark about the general lack of excitement from the low 30s and beyond, which gets emphasized near #50.  Often times there are many talented pitchers that need to be owner hovering around the #50 mark, but this season is presenting too many low floor pitchers for there to be a consistent foundation at the middle mark.  Expect it to keep changing week-to-week, with possible stability coming later in the season when more pitchers come up through the ranks.

– For example, a guy like Michael Fulmer is now Top 50 since he’s expressed top-of-the-line upside for three straight starts after trusting in his Changeup.  He has a major test today against the Blue Jays, but if he succeeds, he’ll be one of the more talked about young starters.

– Then there’s Matt Shoemaker who has been on fire.  It could come crashing down swiftly, but given the lack of options that here definitively above the Waiver Wire FodderTM, it makes it tough not to make him Top 60 this week.

– Anthony DeSclafani rejoins The List this week as he returns from the DL on Friday.  Don’t expect success right off the bat, but he could be a solid asset for a 12 teamer.

– Junior Guerra isn’t an exciting hurler in Milwaukee, but he’s been serviceable and deserves a spot above some very inconsistent options.

– Since the lack of talent is shocking this year, many prospects including Josh Hader, Joe Musgroveand Alex Reyes have been added.

– It’s time to say goodbye to Tyler Duffey who struggled twice against strong teams, then couldn’t recover against two poor offenses last week. He may return in the future, but cut your losses and move on.

– Also leaving The List this week was Alex Wood (DL), Francisco Liriano (Walk problems), Mike Clevinger (Optioned to AAA), Mike Foltynewicz (DL), and Juan Nicasio (General mehness).

 

 

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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