Fantasy Baseball: Top 25 Starting Pitchers going forward

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May is here and we have a handful of starts in the books for most pitchers. The Fake Pigskin Fantasy Baseball team got together to look at the Top 25 starting pitchers from this point forward. There were a few changes that you will notice from most lists including Carlos Carrasco whose injury helped him find his way outside everyones list. Stephen Strasburg and Noah Syndergaard were two the biggest risers in the latest update.

Ben Damian Ron Kyle
1. Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw
2. Chris Sale Jake Arrieta Jake Arrieta Jake Arrieta
3. Jake Arrieta Max Scherzer Chris Sale Chris Sale
4. Max Scherzer Noah Syndergaard Noah Syndergaard Max Scherzer
5. Madison Bumgarner Chris Sale Stephen Strasburg Madison Bumgarner
6. Noah Syndergaard Stephen Strasburg Madison Bumgarner Noah Syndergaard
7. Stephen Strasburg Madison Bumgarner Max Scherzer Chris Archer
8. David Price Jacob deGrom Jacob deGrom Stephen Strasburg
9. Corey Kluber David Price Jose Fernandez David Price
10. Gerrit Cole Corey Kluber David Price Felix Hernandez
11. Jacob deGrom Jose Fernandez Cory Kluber Corey Kluber
12. Jose Fernandez Gerrit Cole Gerrit Cole Jose Fernandez
13. Zack Greinke Matt Harvey Johnny Cueto Johnny Cueto
14. Chris Archer Chris Archer Chris Archer Cole Hamels
15. Felix Hernandez Felix Hernandez Felix Hernandez Jon Lester
16. Matt Harvey Zach Greinke Jon Lester Jacob deGrom
17. Jon Lester Dallas Keuchel Dallas Keuchel Garret Richards
18. Johnny Cueto Jon Lester Carlos Martinez Gerrit Cole
19. Danny Salazar Johnny Cueto Cole Hamels Dallas Keuchel
20. Dallas Keuchel Sonny Gray Danny Salazar Zack Greinke
21. Cole Hamels Cole Hamels Zack Greinke Matt Harvey
22. Sonny Gray Garrett Richards Drew Smyly Sonny Gray
23. Garrett Richards Danny Salazar Jose Quintana Danny Salazar
24. Jose Quintana Carlos Martinez Francisco Liriano Jose Quintana
25. Francisco Liriano Drew Smyly Matt Harvey Adam Wainwright

 

I had a really hard time taking Adam Wainwright out of my rankings. I was high on him coming into the season and while the start to the season has been really rough I think better times are coming. He needs to sort his mechanics out after missing most of last season due to a leg injury. If the next few starts remain poor, it may be time to move on from Waino.

Johnny Cueto was the name that I had to move up. He has been very good with the Giants and has out pitched Jeff Samardzija. Cueto has 33 strikeouts to only 5 walks thus far. His ERA is under 3 and his WHIP is flirting with one. This is the version of Cueto that was a borderline cy young candidate and this looks to be legit.

Stephen Strasburg Nationals

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Ben Rolfe’s biggest mover:

Stephen Strasburg was a guy I had concerns about entering the year as I was worried about injuries and his temperament. Obviously the injury worries is still there but Strasburg has looked a lot more positive in his outings this year and his stuff is immense. The way he is pitching could see him end the year as a top 5 pitcher and he is a guy I am definitely buying on if anyone was spoked by the four run outing against Minnesota.

Damian Dabrowski’s biggest mover:

I had Noah Syndergaard at #18 in my pre-season rankings so some may think that moving him up 14 spots after only four starts is an overreaction. I don’t. The simple fact is that Thor has been utterly dominant to begin the year. We’ve come to expect the triple digit fastball, but he’s now also routinely mixing in a 95 mph slider and a low 90’s changeup. Equally impressive, Syndergaard has only walked 4 batters in 26.2 innings. His raw stuff is perhaps the best in the game and the only reason I can’t put him higher is because of his relatively short track record and a minor concern over last year’s innings jump.

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