Every Monday during the season, 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 2017 and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.
Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed:
- Before we get into it, I want to note that there will not be an update next week as only three days’ worth of games will have been played.
- Not too many movements this week, with the most significant move coming from Alex Wood entering the Top 10. His performance certainly has earned it and as we’re into the second half, it’s time to give him the proper boost.
- Meanwhile, Jon Lester falls after a pair of very disappointing starts. It was looking like he could be that anchor for your staff, but a permanent home near #30 seems likely.
- What are we to do with Gerrit Cole? Part of me had him in the 50s while it’s apparent that he’s been on a tear lately outside of one really bad day. I just can’t see him making the leap to hint at Top 20 again, but instead bouncing around from great to moments of ineffectiveness that has him settling right around 40.
- The biggest area of discussion will be the collection of Spice Girls located in the 40s and 50s. This was easily the toughest part of the rankings this week as I wouldn’t have a problem with some people moving these around here and there. Brad Peacock and Eduardo Rodriguez are near the backs because of Peacock’s walk problems and Eduardo maybe needing some time before finding his spring groove, while Jacob Faria has been having plenty of success already in the bigs. I swapped around Luis Castillo, Charlie Morton, and Trevor Cahill at least three times, but in the end Cahill’s walk history with Castillo’s incredible command were the final words.
- Plenty of pitchers took falls this week who simply aren’t producing at a level where they help your team. These include Jake Odorizzi, John Lackey, Johnny Cueto, Marco Estrada, and Michael Pineda. If some of the pitchers in the 40s/50s are available, forget the name and grab the upside option instead.
- Newcomers this week are few. Vince Velasquez is closing in on a return and while there is discussion if he will be a reliever instead, he’s still an intriguing upside flier if none of the later options are relevant in your league. Patrick Corbin has run into plenty of strikeouts earlier and while I have my doubts that you’ll enjoy starting him, there’s a clear benefit to be had if you need it.
- Leaving The List this week are just two players, Hyun-Jin Ryu and German Marquez. Ryu found himself another injury because that’s what he does and Marquez might be moving to the bullpen soon like Antonio Senzatela did before him.