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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 Heaney, and 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 Sanchez, but 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 Duffy. Feel 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?).