The List 7/16: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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

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:

  • A quick reminder that starters on the DL that don’t come with Top 40 upside are left off The List.
  • Another week, another quiet time inside the Top 20, with the only real move coming from Stephen Strasburg’s expected return from the DL this week.
  • I should have been more generous to Ross Stripling last week and he a sizeable bump to #21 this week. His high heat + low deuce with sliders in between is a fantastic approach.
  • After much thought, I elected to move down Miles Mikolas a good amount. It’s not an instant reaction to Sunday’s outing, but a reaction to his lack of whiff rates. With Jameson Taillon, Mike Clevinger, Tyler Skaggs, Mike Foltynewicz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Heaneyand Kenta Maeda all becoming massive strikeout producers, it didn’t seem right to have Mikolas ahead of them when he shouldn’t be expecting elite ratios the rest of the way.
  • Dylan Bundy takes a little dive as I found myself favoring the security of those above him a bit more. It’s a long tier and Bundy is still up there with Corbin and company, but if someone is at the bottom, it should be the guy who isn’t in a groove just yet.
  • Sean Newcomb takes a dip as regression is hitting him hard. His secondary pitches are fading and while I think he’ll still be productive, he’s far from the sub 3.00 ERA guy we saw earlier in the year.
  • The biggest movement – as always – happened in the back half of The List, which is all about tracing upwards trends and jumping off hype trains before they crash and burn. Matt Harvey’s stock continues to climb like his velocity, while Zack Godley has produced back-to-back starts with just 1 walk.
  • Jon Gray returned from the minors and hinted at the pitcher we want him to be. I’m cautiously optimistic here and I need to see more before jumping fully on board, but he earned the bump on upside alone.
  • I’m surprised to find myself endorsing Anibal Sanchezbut he’s feeling his slide piece and as long as that works, he should be owned.
  • Luke Weaver is showing some promise, as well as Danny DuffyFeel free to start the latter against all but tough offensives, while be a little careful with Weaver as he could still hit some bumps.
  • Also joining The List this week are Trevor Cahill (back from injury!), Jeremy Hellickson (The Devil but it could work out), and Julio Teheran (possibly worth it for his occasional excellent performances).
  • Just missing The List are Fernando Romero (is he actually sticking the rotation and will he be productive?), James Shields (shockingly decent…?), German Marquez (not sure if I believe that he’ll help more than hurt), and Tanner Roark (is he even worth it at this point?).
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


hscer

Velasquez was on the DL for the last list but is off now. Oversight or concerns? Not that he’s more than top 75 right now.

Jim

Mike Minor jumps up? Bieber drops after impressive GS against NYY. Musgrove drops after pretty nice Icarus start. And Eovaldi stays same despite sinking all teams that started him last week. Ranks must be murder to do each week at the stage of the season.

Ryan

Minor should not have jumped at all. But the other ones I agree with. A lot of the rankings this year have succumbed to favoritism IMO. While I’ve enjoyed this site for years and advice and opinions from Nick. This year it is lacking in accuracy a bit more compared to previous seasons. Don’t put too much weight into this year, and read the advanced stats on your own. Use this list as a vague starting point to get an idea of who to research that is on everyone’s radar.

Frankie

Your reply echoes my worst fears actually. I sure hope PL is not all about favorites. I looked at my rosters the other day and realized that I have been acquiring a lot of the ‘regulars’ here — Heaney, Pivetta, Kingham, Musgrove, Bieber to name a few. These names sure come up a lot on PL, then again perhaps I am only seeing them a lot because I now own them 100%.

Vinny

Hey Nick,

Great work as always, thanks for getting the list out to help us plan for the 2nd half! Enjoy the 4 day break!

Tony

Hey Nick,

Was curious about your thoughts on Heaney long term. Does his upside compare with guys like Fulmer, Pivetta or E-Rod?

Chucky

What’s with Teheran at #99? 43rd ERA, 34th WHIP, 42nd in Ks. No one expects more than a SP 4/5….but 99?

TheKraken

Agreed. People who make lists make thier name by being first and generally undervalue vets. If you believe in him then buy him and reference this list to help you get him cheaper ! Not sure why people complain as much as they do… Personally I like buy lows but that is just me.

Cason Jollette

10 team h2h OBP limited moves – 3 quick questions:

1) Top 3 pitchers from this group rest of season: Castillo, Kingham, Gausman, Gibson, Matz, Rodon, German, Wheeler, D Rodriguez, Lucchesi

2) Would you trade Correa for Thor if you currently have Anderson at SS? How close is it?

3) Would you trade Bellinger for Taillon and one of Schwarber/Odubel/Hicks?

Thanks!

steve

So if someone offered you strasburg for berrios you wouldnt take it? Sometimes nick, sometimes, I wonder about you <3

The Chief

RIP Dylan Covey, MY BAD NICK.

The reflection on Ross and Gibson are very indicative of the trends I spotted a few weeks back.

Moving Gibson up to top 35 on my board. I’ve seen him get in not all his fault jam early in an outing 3 times over the past month and immediately turn into a natural born swing and miss killer to finish the inning and then coast the rest of the way.

I still am waiting for Kershaw to own his way to the top 10 again, I’m more worried about him than I am Bumgarner (seems like a 10-15 slot kinda guy). Snell is keeping a spot warm for them.

I am also back in love with Andrew Heaney after a couple starts of meh (see his Z-Contact % trends), rocket ride to join the Carrasco – Greinke grouping. I think we have 2019 ace on our hands.

Get Yefry Ramirez in around ~65 and someone call everyone that owns a dynasty rankings to move this guy up a bunch there too.

Nick Kingham will push that 25-35 spot. Call your dynasty guy again.

Don’t understand how Jon Gray went from around 70 on the list to AAA to mid 60s..?

Giving up on Alex Wood, the swing and miss stuff is still there, the velocity has got to be hurting his barreled balls and I no longer trust Dave Roberts to manage any my fantasy starters. Out on everybody except Kershaw.

Keep up the nice work, the list is impressive and largely justified.

J.C. Mosier

Jeff Davis has Eduardo Rodriguez missing eight weeks, which would make him DLH for the fantasy finals. This sounds as if he can safely be dropped in even the deepest redraft leagues. Thoughts?

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