The List 8/31: Weekly Rankings Of The Top 100 Starting Pitchers ROS

Every Monday, 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...

Every Monday, 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 the rest of 2015, and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.

Let’s see what has changed in the SP market since last week:

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– The theme of this week is inning limits as a handful of players took hits after news spread of their inevitable shutdowns. Nationals rookie Joe Ross looks to be about 3-4 starts out of a shutdown while the Phillies have expressed that Aaron Nola will be shutdown around 172 IP, which is about two starts away. Take note and if you’re in a solid position heading into the playoffs, it may be time to look for backups.

Carlos Carrasco hit the DL with a shoulder injury but is expected to return the first week of September. Still, his uncertainty caused a dip in his ranking.

– The Yankees have to be pleased with the performances of rookie Luis Severino and he continues to pay dividends for owners who snatched him last month. Since no shutdown is coming, he has earned a big bump.

– A number of pitchers have had resurgances in August, including Collin McHugh, Garrett Richards, Yordano Ventura, and Justin Verlander. The latter has been looking like his MVP self though I still have reservations that it’s here to stay through the final weeks.

– Quietly Josh Tomlin has become a sturdy member of any team’s staff and can provide much needed support for owners trying to sneak into the playoffs.

– It appears that the return of Steven Matz is just days away as the Mets rookie should be on the hill this weekend. His stock could be rising tremendously as the season concludes.

Kris Medlen has entered the Royals staff and despite a limited Pitch Count for the time being, he will be a dependable QS arm with a solid floor but limited upside.

– The callup of prospect Jose Berrios is imminent and the Minnesota hurler gets another bump.

– It’s difficult to trust Kyle Hendricks these days despite his decent FIP/xFIP numbers and was dealt a blow to his ranking.

Joe Kelly, Yovani Gallardo, and Drew Hutchison all return to The List this week as they have been on some impressive runs. Don’t depend on them, but they can provide value in the right matchup.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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