Fantasy Baseball: 2019 SP Rankings

Pitching in general is always a delicate balance to work out when draft season comes around. SPs are often a little clearer than RPs just simply because you need more of them and their contribution is more wide reaching. However, even so there is always plenty of debate. How many studs do I need? Can I afford to take three SPs in the first five rounds? Am I targeting too many middle of the road guys?

Upside versus safety is also a big debate as Kyle and I discussed on our recent podcast. I am a big upside guy and subscribe to our old colleague Damian’s theory of high strikeout rates and the lights out stuff. Kyle is often a little more circumspect and is willing to sacrifice some strikeouts in order for more safety is his WHIP and ERA. Neither is  probably a particularly better strategy than the other, and actually the right balance might be somewhere in the middle.

This year the top two tiers of pitching is anywhere from 12 to 18 deep. A lot of that depends on your feelings surrounding Noah Syndergaard, Clayton Kershaw and Jack Flaherty. If you believe they are all studs then the position is deep, but if you are circumspect on those then suddenly the true top calibre guys reduces in number. After that there is still a lot of quality, but all of them have question marks. German Marquez, Robbie Ray and Jameson Taillon are the young guys with real upside, while the likes of Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels could easily be top-25 pitchers if they get things working in Chicago.

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Delving deeper we also have an intriguing mix of the young in Joey Lucchesi and Matt Strahm, as well as the post hype sleeper types in Steven Matz and even the possibility of Michael Pineda. Whatever you are looking are for in starting pitching this year you can find all combinations in our rankings below.

SP Rankings

PlayerTeamOther PostionsKyle's RanksBen's RanksCombined Ranks
Max ScherzerWSH111
Chris SaleBOS232.5
Jacob deGromNYM322.5
Corey KluberCLE454.5
Justin VerlanderHOU745.5
Gerrit ColeHOU676.5
Carlos CarrascoCLE967.5
Aaron NolaPHI5118
Blake SnellTB888
Walker BuehlerLAD101010
James PaxtonNYY13911
Trevor BauerCLE121212
Noah SyndergaardNYM111513
Stephen StrasburgWSH141414
Patrick CorbinWSH161314.5
Zack GreinkeARI151816.5
Jack FlahertySTL181918.5
Clayton KershawLAD221719.5
German MarquezCOL232021.5
Jameson TaillonPIT192522
Robbie RayARI262224
David PriceBOS242725.5
Madison BumgarnerSF252625.5
Charlie MortonTB292326
Mike ClevingerCLE173727
Zack WheelerNYM213327
Chris ArcherPIT391627.5
Luis CastilloCIN302929.5
Jose BerriosMIN204130.5
Luis SeverinoNYY273430.5
Masahiro TanakaNYY283632
Nick PivettaPHI343132.5
Miles MikolasSTL353032.5
Yu DarvishCHC452434.5
Shane BieberCLE314035.5
Kyle HendricksCHC323935.5
Nathan EovaldiBOS403537.5
Jose QuintanaCHC472837.5
Cole HamelsCHC383838
J.A. HappNYY374239.5
Eduardo RodriguezBOS364440
Rich HillLAD612141
Rick PorcelloBOS434343
Tyler GlasnowTBRP444745.5
Ross StriplingLADRP336046.5
Joe MusgrovePIT484647
Joey LucchesiSD623247
Jon GrayCOL425649
Kevin GausmanATL465852
Kenta MaedaLADRP594552
Andrew HeaneyLAA564952.5
Jon LesterCHC416754
Marco GonzalesSEA526156.5
Hyun-Jin RyuLAD654856.5
Steven MatzNYM635157
Tyler SkaggsLAA645057
Jake ArrietaPHI585958.5
Jakob JunisKC685461
Mike FoltynewiczATL715261.5
Sean NewcombATL497562
Sonny GrayNYY695562
Luke WeaverARIRP537262.5
Zack GodleyARI547162.5
Dallas KeuchelHOU725362.5
Kyle FreelandCOL507663
Yusei KikuchiSEA517764
Mike MinorTEX666364.5
Michael PinedaMIN735765
Julio TeheranATL557866.5
Julio UriasLAD676867.5
Carlos RodonCWS577968
Anibal SanchezWSH706668
Matt StrahmSD746268
Jeff SamardzijaSF756469.5
Kyle GibsonMIN608070
Derek HollandSF766570.5
Collin McHughHOU776973
Jimmy NelsonMIL787074
Eric LauerSD797376
Marcus Stroman807477


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