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The List 8/2: 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 2 2 6
2 Madison Bumgarner 3 3 11
3 Stephen Strasburg 4 3 12
4 Jose Fernandez 5 4 9
5 Chris Sale 5 3 7
6 Noah Syndergaard 9 4 11
7 Jake Arrieta 7 2 7
8 Jacob DeGrom 8 6 8
9 Carlos Carrasco 13 9 19
10 Corey Kluber 10 8 15
11 Johnny Cueto 11 11 30
12 Clayton Kershaw 12 1 12
13 Justin Verlander 14 14 31
14 Yu Darvish 15 15 44
15 Zack Greinke 16 12 18
16 David Price 16 8 17
17 Jon Lester 17 12 19
18 Gerrit Cole 18 13 25
19 Steven Matz 19 17 27
20 Rich Hill 20 14 105
21 Kyle Hendricks 21 21 61
22 Jose Quintana 22 22 39
23 Danny Duffy 23 23 142
24 Drew Pomeranz 24 21 172
25 Cole Hamels 25 20 30
26 Danny Salazar 26 16 26
27 Lance McCullers 27 27 46
28 Masahiro Tanaka 28 28 39
29 Adam Wainwright 29 22 84
30 Matt Shoemaker 30 30 124
31 James Paxton 31 31 121
32 Kenta Maeda 32 28 63
33 Chris Archer 33 14 64
34 John Lackey 34 18 67
35 Jameson Taillon 35 35 188
36 Tyler Skaggs 36 36 290
37 Carlos Martinez 37 23 37
38 Michael Fulmer 38 26 254
39 Dylan Bundy 39 39 154
40 Jerad Eickhoff 40 36 70
41 Rick Porcello 41 41 70
42 Felix Hernandez 42 16 42
43 Anthony DeSclafani 43 36 110
44 Blake Snell 44 44 85
45 Jason Hammel 45 45 68
46 Taijuan Walker 46 29 50
47 Dallas Keuchel 47 15 65
48 Julio Teheran 48 21 116
49 Aaron Sanchez 49 38 236
50 Vincent Velasquez 50 37 72
51 Jose Berrios 51 44 134
52 Bud Norris 52 46 323
53 Joe Ross 74 31 101
54 Aaron Nola 54 25 54
55 Marco Estrada 55 44 91
56 Junior Guerra 56 56 329
57 Marcus Stroman 57 20 88
58 J.A. Happ 58 58 90
59 Sean Manaea 59 59 327
60 Josh Tomlin 60 60 87
61 Eduardo Rodriguez 61 37 104
62 Kevin Gausman 62 45 72
63 Tanner Roark 63 42 142
64 Mike Leake 64 64 127
65 Brandon McCarthy 65 62 225
66 Homer Bailey 66 66 193
67 Zach Davies 67 67 187
68 Jon Gray 68 65 144
69 Trevor Bauer 69 42 136
70 Carlos Rodon 70 39 70
71 Joe Musgrove 71 71 332
72 Jake Odorizzi 72 34 72
73 Drew Smyly 73 22 73
74 Michael Pineda 74 24 82
75 Steven Wright 75 30 222
76 Chris Tillman 76 51 129
77 Scott Kazmir 77 66 102
78 Robbie Ray 78 71 119
79 Luis Severino 79 34 138
80 Matt Boyd 80 80 269
81 Ian Kennedy 81 56 81
82 Nathan Eovaldi 82 67 110
83 Hisashi Iwakuma 83 40 89
84 Jordan Zimmermann 84 40 97
85 Sonny Gray 85 25 85
86 Zack Wheeler 73 73 103
87 Tyson Ross 87 44 103
88 Mike Foltynewicz 88 64 316
89 Adam Conley 89 72 120
90 Andrew Cashner 90 87 144
91 Collin McHugh 91 59 95
92 Matt Moore 92 56 113
93 Michael Wacha 93 45 93
94 Zach Eflin 94 77 333
95 Jeff Samardzija 95 26 95
96 Ervin Santana 96 96 157
97 Doug Fister 97 82 147
98 Bartolo Colon 98 89 143
99 Gio Gonzalez 99 55 99
100 Jeremy Hellickson 100 88 153

Notes

– Not much happening in the Top 20, the major move coming from Corey Kluber entering the Top 10, and teammate Danny Salazar heading to the 20s. Kluber has been on a tear and living the upside we’ve wanted from him all year (still with a sub 1.00 WHIP!) while Salazar hasn’t looked like himself lately and now heads to get an MRI later today.

– After last night’s exposé, Danny Duffy jumps up into the 20s. Now that we’re past the velocity scare, it’s hard to deny that he’s been a major stud in the Royals staff. There is a little concern about its longevity, but that’s all that is holding him back from a Top 20 spot.

– Many young arms are creating their own new “Sea of Upside”. Tyler Skaggs and Dylan Bundy have been exciting in their recent early starts in the rotation, James Paxton is looking like a beast despite a tough schedule (two of his best recent games came against the Jays/Red Sox), Blake Snell is starting to blossom into the high upside southpaw we wanted him to be, and Jameson Taillon hasn’t walked a batter in four starts.

– Jose Berrios wasn’t as impressive as I hoped in yesterday’s game with Fastball command and major putaway material the biggest questions. Still, he has the upside to be a major factor and jumps to #51.

– Sean Manaea has had a major shift in his approach now that he’s added a stable Changeup to the mix. Meanwhile, his debut partner Michael Fulmer inches closer to his inevitable shutdown, while his repertoire hasn’t looked as sharp lately.

– Speaking of shutdowns, Aaron Sanchez seems to be just a few starts away from a full-time shift to the pen, dropping him in the rankings significantly. He’s still worth the next two starts short-term, but get ready to drop him.

– Aaron Nola has been struggling with his velocity causing me to drop him out of the Top 50. He could bring back the velocity, but he’s not a good investment until you see it again.

– In his last nine starts, Chris Tillman has a 4.39 ERA, 6.08 K/9, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 3.38 BB/9 as he’s averaged under 6 frames per start. Yikes.

– Homer Bailey, Joe Musgrove and Ervin Santana enter The List this week. Bailey can provide some solid innings – not spectacular but definitely more than a streamer as long as he avoids top tier offenses. Musgrove was called up by the Astros this week and is a premier command pitcher with strikeout upside. It’s unclear how long he’ll stick around, but his upside alone makes him worthy of a spot. Santana isn’t the strikeout pitcher he once was, but he’s a decent streaming option for now as he has a hot hand.

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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