Top 25 Starting Pitchers Going Forward

Nationals Strasburg

The Fake Pigskin fantasy baseball team is back to rank the top 25 starting pitchers going forward. The top of the ranks are basically the same as they have been all season. The gap between Clayton Kershaw and the rest of the list is a very sizable one. He is in the discussion for the top overall player in fantasy.

I have made some serious adjustments to middle section of my rankings. Both Stephen Strasburg and Jose Fernandez are solidly in the top 10 and are pushing for top 5. The injury concerns are still there but the numbers are too eye popping to ignore. The San Francisco Giants Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija have made serious leaps in my ranks. They are pitching very well and it is incredibly legit.

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The Bottom of my ranks are much like last month in that they are home to struggling pitchers that had high expectations to the season. Hopefully Matt Harvey, Dallas Keuchel, and Felix Hernandez don’t follow in footsteps of guys like Adam Wainwright in my rankings. I have to keep them in at this point because of the upside but there are serious concerns about their production thus far.

Ben Damian Ron Kyle
1 Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw
2 Chris Sale Chris Sale Jake Arrieta Jake Arrieta
3 Jake Arrieta Max Scherzer Chris Sale Chris Sale
4 Madison Bumgarner Jake Arrieta Noah Syndergaard Max Scherzer
5 Max Scherzer Madison Bumgarner Stephen Strasburg Madison Bumgarner
6 Noah Syndergaard Noah Syndergaard Madison Bumgarner Noah Syndergaard
7 Stephen Strasburg Stephen Strasburg Max Scherzer Jose Fernandez
8 Jose Fernandez Jose Fernandez Jose Fernandez Stephen Strasburg
9 Corey Kluber David Price Johnny Cueto Johnny Cueto
10 David Price Corey Kluber David Price Jon Lester
11 Gerrit Cole Jacob deGrom Cory Kluber David Price
12 Jacob DeGrom Gerrit Cole Jacob deGrom Jacob deGrom
13 Jon Lester Jon Lester Gerrit Cole Gerrit Cole
14 Zack Greinke Johnny Cueto Jon Lester Jeff Samardzjia
15 Johnny Cueto Danny Salazar Cole Hamels Cole Hamels
16 Carlos Carrasco Zack Greinke Zack Greinke Carlos Corrasco
17 Cole Hamels Chris Archer Jose Quintana Zack Greinke
18 Steven Matz Matt Harvey Matt Harvey Jose Quintana
19 Danny Salazar Jose Quintana Danny Salazar Chris Archer
20 Jose Quintana Felix Hernandez Felix Hernandez Aaron Nola
21 Chris Archer Cole Hamels Dallas Keuchel Matt Harvey
22 Matt Harvey Steven Matz Steven Matz Steven Matz
23 Jordan Zimmerman Jeff Samardzija Taijuan Walker Dallas Keuchel
24 Felix Hernandez Taijuan Walker Carlos Carrasco Danny Salazar
25 Lance McCullers Aaron Nola Chris Archer Felix Hernandez

Ben Rolfe on Lance McCullers

I think he is a really good pitcher who is going to have more than a strikeout per innings. The walks concern me but I think he is still relatively fresh in the season having come off the DL and I think he can get his command under control and be a really good pitcher going forward

Damian Dabrowski on Chris Sale over Jake Arrieta

Placing Chris Sale ahead of Jake Arrieta in my rest of season starting pitcher ranks was not an easy decision, and one that I can certainly see the counter-argument for. That said, I do believe that the changes we’ve seen from Sale this year will enable him to have the best fantasy season of his young career. For starters, this is a pitcher that we already viewed as a top 5-7 option despite the fact that he’s averaged only 12 wins and less than 200 innings over the past three seasons. Now with a new approach designed to enable him to pitch more efficiently and deeper into games, I’m fully expecting Sale to set new highs in each of those categories. In fact, we’ve already seen the impact of these adjustments as Sale is currently tied for the Major League lead in both wins and complete games. So to be clear, while I don’t expect Arrieta to significantly regress in any particular area, I believe increased volume will make his cross-town rival the more valuable fantasy asset for the remainder of 2016.

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