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:
- It may be shocking to see James Paxton, Jimmy Nelson, Aaron Nola, and Zack Godley all in the Top 11, but given the way they’ve performed, Luis Severino’s inevitable innings limit and the inconsistencies of Chris Archer and Carlos Carrasco, there wasn’t much of a choice.
- The move to L.A. does wonders for Yu Darvish in multiple ways and set the tone against the Mets, erasing some major concerns we had about his recent trends. It’s still a bit overcast, but it’s hard to deny him a Top 10 spot again.
- Tons of pitchers falling this week outside the Top 20, making a lot of names suddenly rising with others making dramatic falls. Sean Manaea, Jose Berrios, and Michael Fulmer taking hits this week. Manaea and Berrios simply haven’t been pull their weight in the second half, while Fulmer is on the DL with a few starts to miss.
- I can’t say I expected to find myself placing Danny Salazar in the Top 25 again, but here we are as he’s exploded in his three games back in the majors. I can’t say that this will stick here on out, but given the amount of warts that begins in the Top 20, he forced the issue with 28 Ks in three starts.
- If you’ve been reading the roundup, you won’t be shocked by Collin McHugh’s sudden jump. His Slider is looking better than it has in his entire career and he deserves to be picked up in all leagues, especially when there is so little to be attached to outside the Top 50.
- Just like McHugh, Kevin Gausman has made major strides, in this case by improving the command of his Four-Seamer. He’s on a great roll and is an easy add in your league.
- As long as Hyun-Jin Ryu gets time in the rotation, he will help 12-teamers, especially when he plays teams like the Padres this week. Other new additions are rookies Anthony Banda and Brandon Woodruff. I don’t have high hopes for either of these arms, but they are at the very least intriguing at this point and are a better stash than others.
- Ian Kennedy, A.J. Griffin, and Jhoulys Chacin are all reluctant adds this week as they replace other questionable productive names in the Top 100. Don’t get comfortable with them on your teams, but they can conceivably help as long as you pick your spots wisely.
- Despite my distrust of consistency, I have to acknowledge that Kendall Graveman is back from the DL and could help as a streamer down the stretch.
- Leaving The List this week are Mike Clevinger, Luis Perdomo, CC Sabathia, Sal Romano, Parker Bridwell, Jordan Montgomery and Luke Weaver. Clevinger has been pushed to the bullpen and only has a few more chances to start remaining (not to mention his recent performances don’t inspire confidence), Perdomo, Bridwell, Sabathia, and Romano simply aren’t impressing enough to remain in the Top 100, and The Bear + Weaver have been demoted to Triple-A. Bummer.