The List 8/29: Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2022 – Week 22

Updated Top 100 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2022.

Welcome to The List, where I rank the Top 100 SP for Fantasy Baseball every single Monday of the year.

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For each edition of The List, I have a set of rules to outline my thought process and how to best use these rankings. Please take note:

  1. This is 5×5, 12-teamer, H2H format focused. It generally is the same as roto as well, but make sure you adjust accordingly.
  2. We have two tables to review before the notes and rankings. First is an injury table that outlines where players would be relatively ranked if fully healthy. It’s the best way to tackle how to value players on the IL.
  3. If a player is on the IL or not confirmed inside the rotation, they aren’t on the List. That includes injuries and guys in the minors, but there are exceptions for players who are expected to be in the rotation but are being skipped this week.
  4. Second is a table of pitchers outside the Top 100 I considered. Please read this if you can’t find your guy.
  5. Since this is a 12-teamer, I heavily weigh upside in the back-half of the rankings. Tier 10 is likely going to underperform those in Tier 11 across a full season, but it’s in your best interest to chase Tier 10’s ceiling vs. settling for Tier 11’s floor.
  6. I’ve made a decision to remove all the labels that I struggle to maintain through the season to instead give each player just one label at a time. It streamlines the process much better and hopefully gives you a more targeted understanding of the player.
  7. The notes outline oh-so-much to help your team. Please read the notes if you can instead of just scrolling to the bottom.

 

Let’s get to the tables. First are all of our injured compatriots:

 

Injured Players Table

 

I made a decision this year: I’ve removed the “Preseason tiers” and changed “tiers” to “Relative Rank” as it’ll be more consistent week-to-week — Tiers change while their relative rank does not.

Please understand that “70-80” does not guarantee the player will be exactly in that range when they return. Rankings are 100% relative to the landscape and while this table reflects where they would sit in a vacuum, it’s a fluid creature. Sometimes there are oh-so-many options, sometimes I want to see them healthy and stretched out again, and others we’re starving for pitchers and they jump higher than “70-80”. It’s a loose reference point and why it’s called “relative ranking.” It’s difficult to update this week-to-week and I apologize if the ranking is different when the player actually returns from the IL. I hope it helps!

One last point about that – often times pitchers need an extra week or two to ramp up once they do return to the majors. It’s why Still ILL exists and the “relative rank” you see is when those guys have shaken off their rust. Will they be back to normal in their first start or will they need a few? I have no idea! Those ranks are to show what I’d expect once they are fully back to normal.

Now let’s take a look at the pitchers I considered for the Top 100 but didn’t quite make the cut:

 

Other Pitchers I Considered (Not Ranked In Order)

 

Lastly, I heavily recommend you follow my daily SP Roundup that outlines all pitcher performances through the season, or if you want a primer on most of these pitchers, you can check out my 40,000 words from the pre-season via my Top 224 Starting Pitchers for 2022 from February. Both will help you get a grasp of my general thoughts on most of these guys (especially the roundup!) as I simply can’t detail everything about 100 pitchers in these notes each week.

 

 

Ranking Notes

 

  • This is your reminder to please read these notes as they’ll tell you plenty about why “someone moved up” or “why is he at #X?!”
  • Seriously. Read the notes.

 

  • BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – This is the FINAL week of The List being “The List” as you know it. Next week begins the process of looking at team schedules as a whole, then ranking based on expected matchups. It’s messy and convoluted and super difficult to pull off, but it’s more helpful than a generalized “skills” List that I usually put out. For reference, here is how it looked last year. I’ll have the normal rank return in October when I do my Way Too Early 150 SP ranking.

 

 

  • What to do about Justin VerlanderIf I were a betting man, I imagine the Astros will at least prevent him from starting this week, if not holding off well into September. They’re up in the division by a sizeable amount and have no need to rush Verlander back. It’s not confirmed, though, so he remains on The List for now. Be ready for some lost time.
  • That does mean I anticipate Cristian Javier to once again join the rotation this weekend in his place, a little sooner than next week’s anticipated return.

 

  • The second tier gets a bit of a shuffle at the backend, as I opened it up to more names, like Robbie Ray, Luis Castilloand Shane BieberThey all deserve it and you know it.
  • I had to give a small drop to Alek Manoah as I’m a touch worried about the feel of his sinkers and sliders. The four-seamer is still excellent, the rest of the arsenal isn’t in step as it is with the others in the tier.

 

  • Tier 3 houses a pair of fallers this week in Joe Musgrove and Logan WebbSimply put, they haven’t been true aces as of late and could arguably be on the verge of losing their AGA labels if they continue the trend.
  • I gave Framber Valdez his AGA label as he’s been a rock for managers all season long, save for a stumble a few weeks ago. Welcome aboard bucko.

 

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  • The fourth tier begins with a trio of rising arms. Lance Lynn has looked like his former sturdy self and could earn an AGA before all is said and done, while the concerns we had of Kyle Wright’s dead arm were quelled after sitting a full tick higher than his season mark. Good stuff.
  • And then there’s Spencer Striderwith his league-leading strikeout rate and two more ultra-dominant outings on his resume. Just one or two more without a blowup and it’s yours.

 

  • We’ve seen the best of Zac Gallen over the last few weeks as he continues to climb up the ranks, while Chris Bassitt, Kevin Gausmanand Charlie Morton each took a step back in their climbs. All of these are clear starts moving forward, but I have to tinker here and there in case these are deeper trends.
  • I wasn’t sure where to place Clayton Kershaw as it’s all but confirmed that he’s starting by the end of the weekend. The Dodgers are sure to be careful with him as they gear up for the playoffs, but he’s essentially an auto-start through it all.

 

  • I feel as if I didn’t make many sweeping changes this week and Tier 5 is one of those places. Sure, I moved up Dustin May and Adam Wainwright over Reid Detmers and Jordan Montgomery (May and Waino stayed strong, Detmers and Monty showed fault), but not a whole lot to report here.
  • Okay, Freddy Peralta is looking closer to his former self, but still has a game or two left in my view before he’s Tier 4 or higher.

 

  • We have a few major moves in Tier 6. Andrew Heaney was at #60 last week due to his limitations, but we finally saw him not just go five frames but six, as he was extended to 90+ pitches. That’s a huge deal for a guy with great stuff and he soars nineteen spots.
  • I gave some bumps to Jesús Luzardo and Brady Singer as I’m buying more into their approaches. Luzardo’s changeup has been fantastic while Singer has made the sinker/slider work. Credit given where it’s due.

 

  • I’m still skeptical about Frankie Montas‘ rebound as he hasn’t had all of his splitter/cutter/slider working for a bit. He’s on the mend, but not ready for a big jump yet.
  • I gave a drop to Edward Cabrera that may be a little harsher than it needs to (the Dodgers are tough!), though Los Angeles did expose a major weakness is Cabrera’s approach – an overly heavy reliance on O-Swing. I wonder if he can adapt and progress well.

 

  • The seventh tier saw a drop for Marcus Stroman and José Urquidywho are disappointing managers who have depended on them to be reliable. I’m still likely starting them, but it’s frustrating.
  • Ignore the dip for Sonny Gray – I had to raise others ahead of him, like Drew Rasmussen and Merrill KellyDon’t overthink it.

 

  • Tier 8 is a mini-upside tier, beginning with David Peterson and today’s lead Drew SmylyI’m picking up both for the final stretch wherever I can – Peterson’s slider is boasting a 45% O-Swing with a 25% SwStr rate (30% usage!), while Smyly’s velocity is up + he’s executing the BSB incredibly well.
  • José Berríos is flirting with his best self and making his best effort to redeem a lost season, while his teammate Ross Stripling has improved his four-seamer and still retains a strong changeup. Sign me up.

 

  • The ninth tier is your Toby tier, with few changes outside of Cole Irvin massively jumping up as he returned with fury last week with 21 four-seamer whiffs. I know, absolutely wild.
  • Good to see José Quintana get a bit of his command back as well, while Michael Wacha gets the benefit of the doubt after one mediocre outing.

 

  • The tenth tier returns to upside, leading with Roansy Contreras and Domingo GermánContreras’ slider has impressed me, though I have my questions about his four-seamer, while Germán’s curve has allowed him to soak a few Wins for the Yankees. Both could be trending in the right direction at the right time.
  • I’m not seeing enough from Luis Garcia to believe a major resurgence is on the way, though the schedule will give him every chance to. I sure hope he does.

 

  • The eleventh tier has a fair amount of red, and it’s what Jake Odorizzi is used to painting the top of the zone – 73% four-seamers in his last start. With a good schedule and a winning offense, he should be picked up and started plenty.
  • I have my concerns about Mike Clevinger’s secondary stuff, while Noah Syndergaard hasn’t lived up to his side of the bargain, failing to take advantage of a date with the Pirates. It’s all awfully mediocre, pushing them into a tier of “alright, I guess so.”

 

  • It’s been rough rostering Sean Manaea across the last few weeks, watching him struggle against poor offenses like the Giants, Marlins, and Royals. It’s hard to feel confident he’ll turn it around in the near future, but yes, there’s a chance.
  • But hey, at least there’s Kyle Gibson having his moments of bliss here and there. We just can’t get rid of you, can we Kyle.

 

  • The 12th tier is the crew of “oh, I guess this is working out and let’s hope it continues to do so,” featuring four members of Orioles Magic – Austin Voth, Dean Kremer, Spenser Watkinsand Kyle BradishI can’t say I implore you to snatch them up, but I guarantee at least one (if not more) will continue their success. Good luck picking the right one.
  • Matt Manning had another successful start, this time earning a whopping 61% CSW with his slider…despite poorly locating them in the heart of the plate. I’m not confident it’ll stick, but hey, he’s boasting the 10th best ERA among all starters at the moment…across sub-40 IP.

 

  • I gave drops to both Eric Lauer and Alex Wood as you simply don’t feel comfortable starting them in any scenario at the moment. Can it work out? Sure, but good luck selecting your spots. You’re better off without the stress in most cases.
  • Rich Hill returns to The List and how could he not after fanning eleven in seven frames? It has all the indications for being an exception, but even expressing an extreme is better than those below.

 

 

 

YOU SHOULD READ THE NOTES

 

(Thanks everyone)

 

RankPitcherBadgesChange
1Jacob deGromT1
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
-
2Corbin Burnes
Aces Gonna Ace
-
3Max Scherzer
Aces Gonna Ace
-
4Shane McClanahan
Aces Gonna Ace
-
5Sandy Alcantara
Aces Gonna Ace
-
6Justin Verlander
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
+1
7Gerrit Cole
Aces Gonna Ace
+1
8Carlos Rodón
T2
Aces Gonna Ace
+1
9Shohei Ohtani
Aces Gonna Ace
+1
10Dylan Cease
Aces Gonna Ace
+1
11Julio Urías
Aces Gonna Ace
+1
12Brandon Woodruff
Aces Gonna Ace
+1
13Max Fried
Aces Gonna Ace
+2
14Aaron Nola
Aces Gonna Ace
+3
15Shane Bieber
Aces Gonna Ace
+4
16Robbie Ray
Aces Gonna Ace
+5
17Luis Castillo
Aces Gonna Ace
+5
18Alek Manoah
Aces Gonna Ace
-2
19Joe Musgrove
T3
Aces Gonna Ace
-5
20Yu Darvish
Aces Gonna Ace
-
21Logan Webb
Aces Gonna Ace
-3
22Framber Valdez
Aces Gonna Ace
+2
23Lance Lynn
T4
Ace Potential
+6
24Kyle Wright
Ace Potential
+8
25Spencer Strider
Ace Potential
+5
26Chris Bassitt
Ace Potential
-3
27Zac Gallen
Ace Potential
+6
28Kevin Gausman
Ace Potential
-2
29Charlie Morton
Ace Potential
-2
30Blake Snell
Ace Potential
-2
31Triston McKenzie
Ace Potential
-
32Clayton Kershaw
Aces Gonna Ace
Playing Time Question
+UR
33Tyler Anderson
T5
Quality Starts
+2
34Freddy Peralta
Ace Potential
+4
35Cristian Javier
Ace Potential
Playing Time Question
+1
36Dustin May
Ace Potential
+5
37Adam Wainwright
Quality Starts
+3
38Reid Detmers
Ace Potential
-1
39Jordan Montgomery
Quality Starts
-
40Lance McCullers Jr.
Ace Potential
+2
41Andrew Heaney
T6
Low Ips
+19
42Pablo López
Ace Potential
+1
43Miles Mikolas
Quality Starts
+2
44George Kirby
Quality Starts
+3
45Logan Gilbert
Quality Starts
+3
46Jesús Luzardo
Ace Potential
+7
47Brady Singer
Strikeout Upside
+8
48Jeffrey Springs
Strikeout Upside
+1
49Lucas Giolito
Ace Potential
+7
50Frankie Montas
Ace Potential
+1
51Edward Cabrera
Ace Potential
-7
52Joe Ryan
T7
Ace Potential
+2
53Drew Rasmussen
Toby
+4
54Merrill Kelly
Quality Starts
+4
55Sonny Gray
Strikeout Upside
-3
56Martín Pérez
Quality Starts
+3
57Nick Lodolo
Cherry Bomb
+4
58Patrick Sandoval
Cherry Bomb
+4
59Marcus Stroman
Quality Starts
-13
60José Urquidy
Quality Starts
-10
61David Peterson
T8
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+15
62Drew Smyly
Streaming Option
+17
63José Berríos
Cherry Bomb
+10
64Ross Stripling
Streaming Option
+14
65Justin Steele
Cherry Bomb
-2
66Michael Wacha
T9
Toby
-2
67José Quintana
Toby
-
68Corey Kluber
Toby
-
69Cole Irvin
Toby
+14
70Jameson Taillon
Toby
-
71Roansy Contreras
T10
Cherry Bomb
+4
72Domingo Germán
Cherry Bomb
+15
73Luis Garcia
Cherry Bomb
-1
74Taijuan Walker
Toby
+8
75Alex Cobb
Cherry Bomb
+9
76Jake Odorizzi
T11
Streaming Option
+16
77Mike Clevinger
Toby
-12
78Ranger Suárez
Streaming Option
-1
79Eduardo Rodriguez
Toby
-8
80Noah Syndergaard
Toby
-11
81Josiah Gray
Cherry Bomb
-1
82Kyle Gibson
Toby
+12
83Sean Manaea
Cherry Bomb
-17
84Austin Voth
T12
Streaming Option
+14
85Dean Kremer
Streaming Option
+4
86Johnny Cueto
Toby
+2
87Aaron Civale
Toby
+4
88Matt Manning
Streaming Option
+12
89Spenser Watkins
Streaming Option
+UR
90Rich Hill
Streaming Option
+UR
91Eric Lauer
Cherry Bomb
-10
92Alex Wood
Cherry Bomb
-7
93Kyle Bradish
Streaming Option
+UR
94Marco Gonzales
T13
Toby
+2
95James Kaprielian
Streaming Option
-
96Brayan Bello
Streaming Option
+UR
97Adrian Martinez
Streaming Option
+UR
98Clarke Schmidt
Streaming Option
+UR
99Cade Cavalli
Stash Option
+UR
100Trevor Rogers
Stash Option
+UR

Labels Legend

Aces Gonna Ace
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low IPS
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Toby
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
Stash Option

 

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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.

2 responses to “The List 8/29: Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2022 – Week 22”

  1. Ryan says:

    Where’s Falter fall now that he’s in rotation

  2. Nick Lombardo says:

    Cal Quantrill is def a top 75 pitcher right now…

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