The List 7/23: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Nick Pollack updates his Pitcher List ranking the Top 100 Starting Pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of 2018.

RankChangePitcherPreviousBestWorst
1
Max Scherzer
112
2
Chris Sale
223
3
Corey Kluber
324
4
Luis Severino
446
5
Jacob deGrom
559
6
Clayton Kershaw
6117
7
Justin Verlander
7412
8
Trevor Bauer
8835
9
Aaron Nola
9814
10
Gerrit Cole
10631
11
James Paxton
11918
12+2
Zack Greinke
14915
13-1
Blake Snell
121256
14+5
Stephen Strasburg
19726
15
Jose Berrios
151438
16+2
Carlos Carrasco
181020
17
Charlie Morton
171452
18+3
Ross Stripling
211885
19-6
Noah Syndergaard
13519
20+3
Patrick Corbin
231655
21+4
Jameson Taillon
252153
22+4
Mike Clevinger
262248
23-7
Lance McCullers
161637
24+3
Mike Foltynewicz
272492
25+3
Tyler Skaggs
282593
26+3
Jack Flaherty
292685
27-3
Robbie Ray
241698
28-8
Madison Bumgarner
20746
29+1
Andrew Heaney
302595
30+1
Kenta Maeda
313074
31+5
J. A. Happ
362471
32+1
David Price
331541
33+1
Dylan Bundy
341850
34+1
Nick Pivetta
352469
35+8
Chris Archer
431752
36-4
Miles Mikolas
322163
37+1
Masahiro Tanaka
382155
38+1
Dallas Keuchel
391749
39+3
Rick Porcello
4225UR
40-18
Carlos Martinez
221340
41-4
Alex Wood
372344
42-2
Walker Buehler
4040UR
43+1
Jon Lester
443448
44+1
Rich Hill
453585
45+1
Nick Kingham
464482
46+4
Kyle Gibson
504697
47+4
Shane Bieber
514581
48
Jake Arrieta
482351
49
Sean Manaea
491853
50+2
Sean Newcomb
523896
51+3
Zach Wheeler
545188
52+5
Zach Eflin
575294
53
Johnny Cueto
533499
54+4
Marco Gonzales
585484
55
Kyle Hendricks
552858
56+3
CC Sabathia
595596
57+5
Nathan Eovaldi
625795
58+5
Jose Quintana
632267
59+5
Freddy Peralta
645986
60+5
Anibal Sanchez
656092
61+5
Tyler Anderson
666191
62+5
Jon Gray
6745100
63+5
Vince Velasquez
686097
64+6
Gio Gonzalez
702970
65+6
Tyson Ross
713273
66+16
Dereck Rodriguez
826687
67+18
Trevor Cahill
8555100
68+1
Kevin Gausman
695472
69-9
Zack Godley
601678
70+6
Carlos Rodon
766899
71+6
Marcus Stroman
7741100
72-11
Matt Harvey
616199
73+2
Danny Duffy
754295
74+4
Joe Musgrove
786591
75-2
Steven Matz
737396
76+3
Joey Lucchesi
795687
77+6
Jaime Barria
836785
78+9
Andrew Suarez
877887
79+15
Felix Pena
947994
80-6
Luis Castillo
741880
81
Cole Hamels
816991
82+7
Chase Anderson
892695
83+7
Jhoulys Chacin
908398
84+4
Frankie Montas
886289
85+13
Jake Odorizzi
986198
86+7
Mike Fiers
938694
87+8
Jeremy Hellickson
958795
88+9
Wade LeBlanc
977697
89+UR
John Gant
UR8989
90+UR
Daniel Poncedeleon
UR9090
91+UR
Austin Gomber
UR9191
92+UR
Pablo Lopez
UR9292
93+UR
Sonny Gray
UR30100
94+2
Mike Minor
965399
95-9
Mike Leake
868095
96-12
Kyle Freeland
848496
97-6
Tyler Mahle
916497
98+1
Julio Teheran
997899
99-7
Reynaldo Lopez
924999
100+UR
James Shields
UR100100

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:

  • While we’ve only had three days (and change) of games, a surprisingly large amount has happened since last week’s edition.
  • I’m struggling with injured players again. Blake Snell is on the DL with shoulder fatigue, but it looks like he’s missing just one start. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard is battling Hand Foot and Mouth Disease and it may be just one start or maybe a few more. Carlos Martinez was getting a demotion to around #30 before his oblique injury, and we don’t know how long he’ll be out for. Meanwhile, Yu Darvish, Michael Fulmerand Eduardo Rodriguez have been removed from The List completely as their timetables are questionable and they are not Top 20 assets.
  • I have to mention that from around #65 to the end is one giant sea of shrugs. Seriously, there was some movement here but there is not a wild difference between chasing Tyson Ross versus Frankie Montas and Tyler MahleIf you feel strongly about the small ranks here, go with your gut.
  • Madison Bumgarner and Lance McCullers each took decent drops this week. Bumgarner isn’t presenting the same strikeout upside as his vintage self, with a heavily lacking fastball. McCullers could be hitting a wall with 11 ER allowed in his last two starts – he’s at 20 starts now while never eclipsing 22 in an MLB season prior.
  • I’m wondering if Trevor Cahill and his fantastic changeup can be a difference maker in your 12-teamer, along with Dereck Rodriguez who has displayed a well-balanced repertoire.
  • Pablo Lopez is an intriguing upside play in Miami, granting him a spot on The List this week. I don’t buy that his fastball is consistent enough to demand a roster spot, but you could do worse on the wire.
  • Matt Harvey and Zack Godley each take a tumble as their floors are rearing their ugly heads.
  • The Cardinals rotation is wild right now, with Luke Weaver leaving The List given his demotion. It’s possible he returns soon, but in the meantime, the trio of John Gant, Daniel Poncedeleonand Austin Gomber each present their own intriguing upside that makes me consider them. If Gomber sticks after being stretched out, there could be value come September. Poncedeleon makes his MLB debut tonight, and Gant’s split-change turns him into a possible streaming option.
  • Jordan Zimmermann was slotted at the end last week after not carrying the upside he displayed in his previous two starts and was the obvious arm to boot first.

Nick Pollack

Founder of PitcherList.com. Rotographs and Washington Post contributor. Worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.

  • Avatar Alex says:

    Hey nick I’m in second place in a 14 team points league. Darvish was just dropped today and I quickly scooped him up in case he comes back soon and can be used in the playoffs. Dylan Bundy also got dropped earlier today. Would you rather have Bundy because he’s healthy and could possibly be pitching for a contender in the coming days or Darvish for the name and “ace” potential (maybe possibly hopefully lol)?

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      I’m slightly leaning Cahill, but the upside is obviously greater for Cueto.

      Let’s revisit this at the end of the week to see if there is another option to drop first.

  • Avatar B R says:

    Not enough love for Marco Gonzales! He’s got top prospect pedigree for a reason. Besides NYY, HOU, and BOS he hasn’t struggled very often. No signs of inning restrictions yet, either. Other than that the List is great as always, Nick.

  • Avatar TheKraken says:

    Mikolas has become underrated. He has been pretty great all year long. I wonder if he could k more guys if he wanted to. He just generally cruises through lineups which is smart. Ill bet he could walk a bunch more guys and k a bunch more if he wanted. Kind of hard to strike guys out when he is around the plate so much… But it has worked brilliantly so far in terms of whip which is the gold standard imo. A lot of the guys in front of him are worse options imo… I guess it all depends on format though. I have concerns how that stl decision making process will work going forward but hopefully they can manage to let him pitch…

  • Avatar scott says:

    Where do you put Ervin santana??

  • Avatar Diamond Cutter says:

    Now that Pomeranz is back, where does he rank? Pomeranz or Santana for rest of season?

  • Avatar Airmigo says:

    Bundy continues to be WAY overrated in my opinion, and I’m surprised more people don’t think so. I’d rather take often injured Eflin with his 3.69 FIP and improved stuff (and on a good team, 7-2 record) over 4.86 FIP Bundy. YES, you read that right, 4.86 FIP Bundy on a god awful team.

  • Avatar Rob says:

    any love for Junior Guerra?

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