The List 8/6: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
Max Scherzer
1 1 2
2
Chris Sale
2 2 3
3
Jacob deGrom
3 3 9
4
Clayton Kershaw
4 1 17
5
Justin Verlander
5 4 12
6
Trevor Bauer
6 6 35
7
Corey Kluber
7 2 7
8 +2
Gerrit Cole
10 6 31
9 -1
Luis Severino
8 4 9
10 -1
Aaron Nola
9 8 14
11
Zack Greinke
11 9 15
12
James Paxton
12 9 18
13
Noah Syndergaard
13 5 19
14
Carlos Carrasco
14 10 20
15
Blake Snell
15 12 56
16 +1
Patrick Corbin
17 16 55
17 -1
Jose Berrios
16 14 38
18
Charlie Morton
18 14 52
19
Tyler Skaggs
19 19 93
20
Mike Clevinger
20 20 48
21
Jameson Taillon
21 21 53
22 +3
Jack Flaherty
25 22 85
23 +1
Madison Bumgarner
24 7 46
24 +3
Andrew Heaney
27 24 95
25 +4
J. A. Happ
29 24 71
26 +5
David Price
31 15 41
27 +3
Mike Foltynewicz
30 24 92
28 +5
Miles Mikolas
33 21 63
29 +5
Rich Hill
34 29 85
30 +5
Masahiro Tanaka
35 21 55
31 -8
Stephen Strasburg
23 7 31
32 -6
Robbie Ray
26 16 98
33 -5
Kenta Maeda
28 28 74
34 +2
Dallas Keuchel
36 17 49
35 +2
Kyle Gibson
37 35 97
36 +7
Walker Buehler
43 36 UR
37 +3
Nick Pivetta
40 24 69
38 +3
Rick Porcello
41 25 UR
39 +7
Zach Wheeler
46 39 88
40 +26
Ross Stripling
66 18 85
41 -9
Chris Archer
32 17 52
42 -4
Dylan Bundy
38 18 50
43 +2
Jake Arrieta
45 23 51
44 +3
Sean Manaea
47 18 53
45 +10
Jon Gray
55 45 100
46 -24
Lance McCullers
22 16 46
47 +1
Sean Newcomb
48 38 96
48 +1
Marco Gonzales
49 48 84
49 +2
Nathan Eovaldi
51 49 95
50 +6
Vince Velasquez
56 50 97
51 -1
Kyle Hendricks
50 28 58
52 +10
Trevor Cahill
62 52 100
53 +19
Derek Holland
72 53 72
54 +5
Shane Bieber
59 45 81
55 +3
Zach Eflin
58 52 94
56 +17
Zack Godley
73 16 78
57 -3
Luis Castillo
54 18 80
58 -14
Jon Lester
44 34 58
59 +4
Anibal Sanchez
63 59 92
60 -7
CC Sabathia
53 53 96
61 -1
Carlos Rodon
60 60 99
62 +13
Jose Quintana
75 22 75
63 -2
Dereck Rodriguez
61 61 87
64 +13
Cole Hamels
77 64 91
65 +5
Chase Anderson
70 26 95
66 -14
Tyler Anderson
52 52 91
67 +15
Junior Guerra
82 61 93
68 +8
Freddy Peralta
76 59 86
69 +2
Jhoulys Chacin
71 69 98
70 +13
Tanner Roark
83 54 94
71 +15
Kyle Freeland
86 71 96
72 +7
Kevin Gausman
79 54 79
73 -34
Alex Wood
39 23 73
74 -32
Carlos Martinez
42 13 74
75 -10
Joe Musgrove
65 65 91
76 +4
Mike Fiers
80 76 94
77 +11
Clay Buchholz
88 77 91
78 +13
Joey Lucchesi
91 56 91
79 -15
Matt Harvey
64 61 99
80 -13
Gio Gonzalez
67 29 80
81 +9
German Marquez
90 76 90
82 -8
Luke Weaver
74 28 99
83 +1
Drew Pomeranz
84 60 86
84 -16
Marcus Stroman
68 41 100
85 +4
Danny Duffy
89 42 95
86 -5
Wade LeBlanc
81 76 97
87 -9
Jake Odorizzi
78 61 98
88 +UR
Trevor Richards
UR 88 88
89 +UR
Matt Boyd
UR 84 91
90 +UR
Lance Lynn
UR 62 90
91 -4
Mike Minor
87 53 99
92 +5
Mike Leake
97 80 97
93
Jaime Barria
93 67 93
94 +2
Jeremy Hellickson
96 87 96
95 +UR
Homer Bailey
UR 86 99
96 +UR
Lucas Giolito
UR 47 96
97 -5
Yonny Chirinos
92 66 97
98 -41
Nick Kingham
57 44 98
99 -5
Andrew Suarez
94 78 99
100 -1
Julio Teheran
99 78 100

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:

  • Here are this week’s relevant injuries: Chris Sale is out until this weekend – not enough for a change – Stephen Strasburg’s timetable is still super confusing and take his spot with a grain of salt, Lance McCullers’ timetable is still an unknown, while the same goes for Alex Wood and Carlos Martinez. Then there’s Ross Stripling returning into the rotation with Wood injured, giving him a massive rise. Meanwhile, Yu Darvish, Michael Fulmerand Eduardo Rodriguez are still off The List completely as their timetables are questionable and they are not Top 20 assets.
  • Robbie Ray and Kenta Maeda each had a small drop as they each have hit bumps in the road. I think Ray is actually prime for a strong finish and I believe in Maeda’s whiff rates, but there’s also Miles Mikolas improving his strikeouts, Masahiro Tanaka looking great, and Rich Hill taking advantage of his time on the…bump, so I had to bring them down.
  • As promised, Trevor Cahill and Derek Holland each saw large jumps this week as they are two of my favorite discount adds in 12-teamers. Zack Godley joins them in the Top 60 as well, though that mark is based on his much higher ceiling while currently holding a lower floor than the other two.
  • The Great Regression of 2018 is hitting Jon Lester hard as he falls once again. His teammates Jose Quintana and Cole Hamels are looking better, however, and could finish strong.
  • Joining The List this week are Lance Lynn (rotation spot for the Yanks), Trevor Richards (increased changeup usage!), Matt Boyd (slight uptick in velocity), Homer Bailey (recent surge), and Lucas Giolito (improved velocity/command).
  • Making room are Sonny Gray (demoted to pen), Steven Matz (injury), Felix Pena (terrible performances), Tyler Mahle (demoted), and Frankie Montas (not enough upside to chase).
Nick Pollack

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

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Comments


Hewitt

Hey Nick, love the work you do!

I know you’ve put off putting up the List in the past because you want to put together a quality product, but how long would you say you spend curating the List every week? Must be a lot with all the other stuff you do for the site.

Love what you do!

Nick Pollack

Well, it would have been up about an hour earlier, but I accidentally deleted it in a perfect storm of failure.

Normally it takes a good 3-4 hours. Sometimes a little faster, but generally around there. I like to make an edition, then polish through it again.

Writing the roundups through the week makes it plenty easier to keep tabs on everything.

MIKE GAYLIN

Thanks for the look in “behind the scenes”….you are awesome!

It is well worth the wait and it makes Mondays a little more tolerable.

Nick Pollack

It is for the time being. I love the work Chaz has done and hopefully when he has the time again to write, we’ll be seeing its return 🙂

Jim

Assuming every 5 days with Oakland first 5 GS should be: vLAD, vSEA, vTEX, @MIN, vSEA

Four at home represent a nice park upgrade, and his road start also at a very favorable park vs an average offense. I’m totally buying, dude.

Nick Pollack

Low strikeout rate + I’m liking a few other guys more.

Last night was great though! No Altuve/Springer/Correa, but still great!

Bbboston

Genuine question:

How does Mike Minor go down when he’s pitching lights out for 4 weeks and you wrote about him as a cheap sleeper? I love your rankings, regardless!

Nick Pollack

Sure thing, I’m impressed by his Astros start, but not so much by his Orioles start because, well, it’s the Orioles. I wrote him as a cheap streaming option and it’s the 80/90s where guys are going to move a lot week-to-week. I don’t see Minor as a rosterable option, so he’ll be floating there each week.

Don’t look at the movement here like it’s a statement from me.

eric

Cahill or Holland ROS. Why so much faith in Ray ROS? His K-BB% is 14.3 and xFIP 4.02. Thanks.

Nick Pollack

Hey!

With Ray, it’s because I’m seeing the skills come together after he needed to shake off the rust when returning from the DL.

With guys in the TOp 40/50, it’s important not to look at all of his past performances to dictate what will happen. It’s about him getting into his groove to excel moving forward. I’ve seen better things from Ray in his last three starts – curveball usage is back up – and I’m encouraged we’ll see him rebound in the closing weeks.

Cahill slightly, which is why he’s one spot higher.

Joe

Where would you rank Flaherty and Castillo on dynasty lists? Do you get a feeling that 2018 Flaherty is a bit of a trap for future like 2017 Castillo was?

Garrett Linville

Hey Nick,

Thank you for the writeups you put together. I always appreciate the time and effort.

My league is a shallow (6-man) Head to Head, points league. One of our teams has Skaggs, and Robbie Ray up for trade. What value should I be seeking out for someone on my team like Mccullers/Hammels? Should I even consider trading or should I hold onto my two guys?

This would be a counter trade after he offered me, Judge, Ray, Skaggs for Hoskins, and Didi.

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