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The List 7/5: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Week

Every week, 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 week, 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.

Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed since last week:

Rank Player Prev Best Worst
1 Max Scherzer 6 3 6
2 Madison Bumgarner 3 3 11
3 Jake Arrieta 2 2 2
4 Stephen Strasburg 8 7 12
5 Noah Syndergaard 5 4 11
6 Jose Fernandez 4 4 9
7 Chris Sale 7 3 7
8 Clayton Kershaw 1 1 1
9 Jacob DeGrom 9 6 6
10 Carlos Carrasco 13 9 19
11 Jon Lester 17 17 19
12 Johnny Cueto 26 26 30
13 Danny Salazar 16 16 23
14 David Price 14 8 14
15 Rich Hill 19 19 105
16 John Lackey 18 18 67
17 Justin Verlander 20 20 31
18 Steven Matz 22 21 27
19 Corey Kluber 15 8 15
20 Zack Greinke 12 12 17
21 Jose Quintana 23 23 39
22 Drew Pomeranz 36 36 172
23 Masahiro Tanaka 39 37 39
24 Gerrit Cole 25 13 25
25 Yu Darvish 27 27 44
26 Cole Hamels 28 20 28
27 Kyle Hendricks 29 29 61
28 Steven Wright 30 30 222
29 Michael Fulmer 32 32 254
30 Aaron Nola 33 33 48
31 Felix Hernandez 41 16 41
32 Matt Shoemaker 31 31 124
33 Trevor Bauer 42 42 136
34 Julio Teheran 21 21 116
35 Lance McCullers 43 36 43
36 Kenta Maeda 49 35 63
37 Danny Duffy 43 43 142
38 Carlos Rodon 44 39 63
39 Taijuan Walker 29 29 50
40 Carlos Martinez 35 23 35
41 James Paxton 37 37 121
42 Aaron Sanchez 47 47 236
43 Sonny Gray 34 25 34
44 Matt Harvey 17 12 17
45 Kevin Gausman 45 45 72
46 Jerad Eickhoff 54 45 70
47 Marco Estrada 56 56 91
48 Vincent Velasquez 57 37 72
49 Anthony DeSclafani 59 59 110
50 Jeff Samardzija 26 26 78
51 Michael Pineda 60 24 82
52 Bud Norris 86 86 323
53 Daniel Mengden 61 61 334
54 Tanner Roark 46 46 142
55 Jason Hammel 52 50 68
56 Chris Archer 64 14 64
57 Jameson Taillon 39 39 188
58 Blake Snell 50 50 85
59 Lucas Giolito 58 58 136
60 Adam Wainwright 53 22 84
61 Chris Tillman 51 51 129
62 Rick Porcello 68 51 70
63 Jake Odorizzi 66 34 66
64 Brandon McCarthy 225 204 225
65 Junior Guerra 75 75 329
66 Drew Smyly 62 22 62
67 Michael Wacha 63 45 63
68 Dallas Keuchel 65 15 65
69 Josh Tomlin 71 71 87
70 Marcus Stroman 88 20 88
71 Collin McHugh 94 59 95
72 Zach Davies 76 76 187
73 Ian Kennedy 78 56 81
74 Zach Eflin 84 84 333
75 Robbie Ray 79 71 119
76 Mike Leake 69 68 127
77 Doug Fister 82 82 147
78 Jaime Garcia 86 31 88
79 Scott Kazmir 101 66 102
80 Jon Gray 73 73 144
81 Hisashi Iwakuma 87 40 89
82 Adam Conley 85 72 120
83 J.A. Happ 89 72 90
84 Bartolo Colon 95 89 143
85 Alex Cobb 96 92 101
86 Zack Wheeler 97 93 103
87 Matt Moore 103 56 113
88 Tyson Ross 102 44 103
89 Archie Bradley 77 77 135
90 Gio Gonzalez 80 55 80
91 CC Sabathia 55 55 237
92 Cody Reed 67 67 335
93 Jeremy Hellickson 105 88 153
94 Josh Hader 90 90 331
95 Alex Reyes 91 91 330
96 Tyler Glasnow 92 66 93
97 Jordan Zimmermann 72 40 72
98 Yordano Ventura 83 50 91
99 Jimmy Nelson 99 85 111
100 Chad Green UR UR UR

Notes

– The Top 8 had a major shuffle as aces all over the play have struggled to be the kings of the castle. The biggest blow was Clayton Kershaw heading to the DL, but even him missing a month of ball isn’t worth dropping him out of the Top 10 – he’s simply too valuable in the 7 weeks or so he’ll give you when he returns (probably mid August).

– After much debate, Max Scherzer claims the top spot due to his recent success, strikeout upside, high win potential, and easy schedule.

– Matt Harvey takes a huge tumble as he clearly has problems not named “velocity” that he simply can’t shake. Joining him is Sonny Gray who is having troubles finding his groove as well.

– There hasn’t been a word on Drew Pomeranz’s expected Innings Limit, which was the last straw for me to raise The Dirty Cheerleader all the way to #22. He’s been on top of his game and would most likely be Top 20 if it weren’t for a possible shutdown. There are also trade talks, which would further reinforce the idea that he will be starting all the way through September. Monitor the situation closely, and it the meantime don’t hesitate to start him.

– I still love Aaron Nola to dominate in the second half with a super easy schedule and one more start to figure out the kinks in his delivery + less bad luck in his way.

– There are a bunch of pitchers nearing return, like Felix Hernandez, Yu Darvishand Gerrit Colebut the ones to focus on are Alex Cobb and Zack WheelerIf you’re beginning to structure your team for a playoff run, they are a pair of the best buy lows out there as they will be pitching in September and could easily provide Top 50 – if not higher – value.

– The injured list grows, however. Joe Ross was struggling mightily regardless of his shoulder stiffness, and who knows when that will fully recover, giving him the boot. Jordan Zimmermann follows the same tale of disappointment and health, though it’s not as drastic and he’ll probably see play first. Jameson Taillon has a sore shoulder that doesn’t at first glance seem major, and not accumulating innings for most of July could end up helping owners as the Pirates would be able to stretch him into September.  Zack Greinke is forced to fall outside the Top 20 – a sad event since he was starting to sit comfortably inside the Top 15. Expect him back within the next three weeks.

– I’m loving what I see out of a bunch of Dodger pitchers. Kenta Maeda looks to be the sturdy floor he was advertised to be as he signed in the winter. Brandon McCarthy came back from his TJS stint and killed it with a heavy reliance on hooks, which looked excellent – normally the hardest element to bring back after TJS. Bud Norris is focusing on using a Cutter and it’s working incredibly well (this isn’t just luck), while even Brock Stewart who was moved to the minors has a lot of promise and should been considered if he were to make a return in the near future.

– No Hyun-Jin Ryu isn’t added yet. I’ll have to see him pitch in the majors first before he gets a chance of making The List. He’s been “a week away” too many times to count since 2014.

– CC Sabathia has had a sore ankle and it is clearly impacting his performance leading to a major drop.

– Meanwhile, teammate Nathan Eovaldi is moving to the pen to make room for Chad Greenwho has the upside to be on 12 teamers everywhere. Who knows how long he actually stays inside the Yankee rotation, but ride it out as long as you can. 

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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