Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher Rankings

Clayton Kershaw

If I thought the outfield was tough, doing the starting pitcher rankings was excruciatingly tough! The top 20 or so sort themselves, and all of them are pretty much even. However, within a monster number two tier behind Kershaw there are some mini tiers, and so you will see “2.X” next to certain players just to break out those ace-like guys a little more. Frankly, I am happy as long as I get two or the tier 1,2 or 3 guys. So the mini tiers within the second tier are more for making tough decisions. My general strategy is just to take whichever of these pitchers fall as a value and if none present themselves then I will target the bottom end of tier two and then tier three.

Lower down the rankings it becomes hard to differentiate between pitchers and tiers and honestly I want to try and get a handful of the top 50 guys and then go and grab sleeper hitters late. In the past I have looked to do it the other way but I much prefer the low end hitters than I do the low end pitchers.

Points Roto
Tier Ranking Name Tier Ranking Name
1 1 Clayton Kershaw 1 1 Clayton Kershaw
2.1 2 Max Scherzer 2.1 2 Max Scherzer
2.1 3 Chris Sale 2.1 3 Chris Sale
2.1 4 Madison Bumgarner 2.2 4 Madison Bumgarner
2.2 5 David Price 2.2 5 David Price
2.2 6 Corey Kluber 2.2 6 Corey Kluber
2.2 7 Jake Arrieta 2.2 7 Jake Arrieta
2.3 8 Felix Hernandez 2.3 8 Jose Fernandez
2.3 9 Zack Greinke 2.3 9 Felix Hernandez
2.3 10 Jacob deGrom 2.3 10 Carlos Carrasco
2.3 11 Jon Lester 2.3 11 Zack Greinke
2.4 12 Carlos Carrasco 2.3 12 Jacob deGrom
2.4 13 Gerrit Cole 2.3 13 Gerrit Cole
2.4 14 Chris Archer 2.3 14 Chris Archer
2.4 15 Jose Fernandez 2.3 15 Matt Harvey
2.4 16 Dallas Keuchel 2.3 16 Noah Syndergaard
2.4 17 Matt Harvey 2.3 17 Dallas Keuchel
2.4 18 Noah Syndergaard 2.3 18 Stephen Strasburg
2.4 19 Stephen Strasburg 2.3 19 Jon Lester
3 20 Johnny Cueto 2.4 20 Johnny Cueto
3 21 Cole Hamels 2.4 21 Cole Hamels
3 22 Sonny Gray 3 22 Danny Salazar
3 23 Jeff Samardzija 3 23 Garrett Richards
3 24 Garrett Richards 3 24 Tyson Ross
3 25 Jose Quintana 3 25 Francisco Liriano
3 26 Danny Salazar 3 26 Sonny Gray
4 27 Jordan Zimmermann 3 27 Jose Quintana
4 28 Tyson Ross 3 28 Raisel Iglesias
4 29 Collin McHugh 3 29 Jeff Samardzija
4 30 John Lackey 3 30 James Shields
4 31 James Shields 3 31 Michael Pineda
4 32 Julio Teheran 3 32 Jordan Zimmermann
4 33 Michael Pineda 3 33 Kenta Maeda
4 34 Raisel Iglesias 3 34 Collin McHugh
4 35 Justin Verlander 4 35 Wei-Yin Chen
4 36 Wei-Yin Chen 4 36 Jake Odorizzi
4 37 Francisco Liriano 4 37 Michael Wacha
4 38 Lance McCullers 4 38 John Lackey
5 39 Michael Wacha 4 39 Marcus Stroman
5 40 Adam Wainwright 4 40 Carlos Martinez
5 41 Jake Odorizzi 4 41 Lance McCullers
5 42 Carlos Martinez 4 42 Carlos Rodon
5 43 Marcus Stroman 5 43 Masahiro Tanaka
5 44 Taijuan Walker 5 44 Drew Smyly
5 45 Carlos Rodon 5 45 Taijuan Walker
5 46 Kenta Maeda 5 46 Steven Matz
5 47 Shelby Miller 5 47 Justin Verlander
6 48 Gio Gonzalez 5 48 Yordano Ventura
6 49 Steven Matz 5 49 Gio Gonzalez
6 50 Jason Hammel 5 50 Scott Kazmir
6 51 Yordano Ventura 5 51 Julio Teheran
6 52 Scott Kazmir 5 52 Hisashi Iwakuma
6 53 Masahiro Tanaka 5 53 Jason Hammel
6 54 Yu Darvish 5 54 Shelby Miller
6 55 Anthony DeSclafani 6 55 Kyle Hendricks
7 56 Kyle Hendricks 6 56 Adam Wainwright
7 57 R.A. Dickey 6 57 Patrick Corbin
7 58 Hisashi Iwakuma 6 58 Ian Kennedy
7 59 Drew Smyly 6 59 Yu Darvish
7 60 Luis Severino 6 60 Anthony DeSclafani
7 61 Patrick Corbin 6 61 Luis Severino
7 62 Aaron Nola 6 62 Kevin Gausman
7 63 Andrew Heaney 6 63 Andrew Heaney
8 64 Mike Leake 7 64 Jimmy Nelson
8 65 Jimmy Nelson 7 65 Mike Leake
8 66 Ian Kennedy 7 66 Mike Fiers
8 67 Wade Miley 7 67 Aaron Nola
8 68 Rick Porcello 7 68 Alex Wood
8 69 Alex Wood 7 69 Rick Porcello
8 70 Kevin Gausman 8 70 Tyler Glasnow
9 71 Tyler Glasnow 8 71 Blake Snell
9 72 Blake Snell 8 72 Lucas Giolito
9 73 Lucas Giolito 9 73 Joe Ross
10 74 Anibal Sanchez 9 74 Edinson Volquez
10 75 J.A. Happ 9 75 Jaime Garcia
10 76 Jaime Garcia 9 76 Mat Latos
10 77 Clay Buchholz 9 77 J.A. Happ
10 78 Phil Hughes 9 78 Wade Miley
10 79 Hyun-Jin Ryu 9 79 Kyle Gibson
10 80 Chris Tillman 9 80 Brandon McCarthy
10 81 Robbie Ray 9 81 Trevor Bauer
11 82 Jake Peavy 9 82 Phil Hughes
11 83 Mike Fiers 10 83 R.A. Dickey
11 84 Taylor Jungmann 10 84 Robbie Ray
11 85 Jerad Eickhoff 10 85 Taylor Jungmann
11 86 Trevor Bauer 10 86 Chris Tillman
11 87 Chris Heston 10 87 Brandon Finnegan
11 88 Kyle Gibson 10 88 Nick Tropeano
11 89 Eduardo Rodriguez 10 89 Jerad Eickhoff
11 90 Edinson Volquez 10 90 Rich Hill
11 91 Hector Santiago 10 91 Rubby De La Rosa
11 92 Nick Tropeano 10 92 Kendall Graveman
11 93 Tom Koehler 10 93 Alex Cobb
11 94 Rubby De La Rosa 10 94 Jorge de la Rosa
11 95 Ubaldo Jimenez 10 95 Jake Peavy
11 96 Joe Ross 10 96 Hector Santiago
11 97 Yovani Gallardo 10 97 Clay Buchholz
11 98 Mark Buehrle 10 98 Anibal Sanchez
11 99 Andrew Cashner 10 99 Mike Bolsinger
11 100 Matt Shoemaker 10 100 Eduardo Rodriguez

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