SP rankings – Points

Clayton Kershaw sits atop of the Dirty Dozen this week. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Doing the SP rankings for points leagues highlighted to me that generally this is the position that varies the least between the different formats. There aren’t many guys who get upgraded or downgraded massively between standard roto and points leagues because generally the categories for roto are good at capturing a players actual value. The only thing that makes points leagues tough to predict is that you get points for wins and losses and these are virtually impossible to predict year to year. For that reason I generally try and rank players both with their projected wins and loss record included and without and then try and find a nice medium to produce my final rankings.

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Currently we are going division by division as we preview the season having covered the AL Central, NL West, NL East and AL East.

C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP |RP

RankPlayerTeam
1Clayton KershawLAD
2Max ScherzerWSH
3Madison BumgarnerSF
4Chris SaleBOS
5Jake ArrietaCHC
6Corey KluberCLE
7Noah SyndergaardNYM
8Jon LesterCHC
9Johnny CuetoSF
10Justin VerlanderDET
11Yu DarvishTEX
12Stephen StrasburgWSH
13Carlos CarrascoCLE
14David PriceBOS
15Jacob deGromNYM
16Zack GreinkeARI
17Chris ArcherTB
18Masahiro TanakaNYY
19Cole HamelsTEX
20Felix HernandezSEA
21Dallas KeuchelHOU
22Kyle HendricksCHC
23Gerrit ColePIT
24Rick PorcelloBOS
25Kenta MaedaLAD
26Lance McCullersHOU
27Carlos MartinezSTL
28Jose QuintanaCWS
29Michael FulmerDET
30Rich HillLAD
31John LackeyCHC
32Aaron SanchezTOR
33Danny DuffyKC
34Jeff SamardzijaSF
35Marcus StromanTOR
36Adam WainwrightSTL
37Julio TeheranATL
38Collin McHughHOU
39Danny SalazarCLE
40Jameson TaillonPIT
41Marco EstradaTOR
42Steven MatzNYM
43Michael PinedaNYY
44Kevin GausmanBAL
45Matt HarveyNYM
46Matt ShoemakerLAA
47Vincent VelasquezPHI
48Aaron NolaPHI
49Drew SmylySEA
50Hisashi IwakumaSEA
51Joe RossWSH
52Jake OdorizziTB
53Sonny GrayOAK
54James PaxtonSEA
55Jerad EickhoffPHI
56Sean ManaeaOAK
57Gio GonzalezWSH
58Ervin SantanaMIN
59Ian KennedyKC
60J.A. HappTOR
61Lance LynnSTL
62Zach DaviesMIL
63Jon GrayCOL
64Jordan ZimmermannDET
65Tanner RoarkWSH
66Jason HammelKC
67Francisco LirianoTOR
68Taijuan WalkerARI
69Robert GsellmanNYM
70Garrett RichardsLAA
71Kendall GravemanOAK
72Anthony DeSclafaniCIN
73Jason VargasKC
74Drew PomeranzBOS
75Hector SantiagoMIN

Strategy

  • These injuries to Kershaw and Scherzer have me concerned and it confirms for me that I am not taking Scherzer in the first round and may not even take him if I have pick early in the second. Kershaw on the other hand is so much better than the rest of the field if he is there at the back end of the first round I will have no choice but to consider him because he could outscore his nearest rival by close to 100 points which is a similar gap to what I would expect between the 2nd overall pitcher and someone just outside the top 10 at the position.
  • After that I am looking to own at least three of the top 30 if I can because I want guys who average at least 2 points per innings pitched in anchor my rotation.
  • After that I am going to look for values who provide solid consistency, names such as Adam Wainwright come to mind here, because in a weekly format I want guys who are going to consistently give me a points base.
  • Once I have five starters I will then look to use low end guys as two start streamers in an attempt to maximise my weekly totals.
  • In leagues with weekly starts or IP maximums then I am going to prioritise getting 4 of the top 30 because I want to get the most I can out of every single innings.

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