Every Monday during the season, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from pitchers for 2017 and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. Note: These rankings have been made with H2H 5×5 12-teamers in mind.
Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed:
- Masahiro Tanaka, Cole Hamels, Rick Porcello, and Kenta Maeda were supposed to be stable floor arms, but have been nothing of the sort lately, causing drops for all of them.
- It’s been a hot start for Dallas Keuchel, and while I have my reservations, it’s hard to not favor him over the options in the 30s
- Injuries have really hit the MLB lately, with J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez, Rich Hill, Brandon Finnegan, Jon Gray, Jake Odorizzi, and Garrett Richards all taking heavy hits.
- With a pair of weeks under our belt, a few tiers are making themselves apparent. There’s a drop off after Masahiro Tanaka that lasts all the way to near John Lackey, which could be argued to go a little further to Tanner Roark. Then we have a pair of DL groups that bookmark tiers of questionable upside that should come short leashes.
- While I don’t think Ervin Santana will keep up his studly numbers as he faces tougher opponents, it’s hard to not ride him at this point above other options in the 50s.
- Drew Pomeranz looks comfortable as the #4 starter in Boston and while his walk issues will prevent him from entering Top 40 territory, he’s a dependable option for strikeouts with less risk of horrendous ratios like other strikeout producers behind him.
- After his explosion that last two starts, I had to give Michael Pineda a sizable bump. Still, I don’t think he’ll show the consistency to continue a rise in the rankings.
- I’m finding myself taking the chance on Zack Wheeler figuring it out sooner rather than later and I think I was a bit too harsh on him last week. His upside pulls him up higher, especially when he gets the NL Easy.
- Francisco Liriano showed up in a big way and it’s completely reasonable he produces well for your team if you pick your spots. Hard to say that about many
- A few names join this week, including CC Sabathia, Charlie Morton, Jordan Montgomery, Wily Peralta, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Sabathia has continued inducing weak contact, Morton is an intriguing upside play until his inevitable injury, Montgomery could provide value in the short term, Peralta has been a solid stretch ranging from last season, and Ryu can be productive as he gets time on the hill.