At the start of every week, 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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– Max Scherzer got the demotion that should have happened sooner, despite having a solid outing against the Marlins. Jake Arrieta benefits the most as he climbs up to the #3 spot, leap-frogging Zack Greinke in the process.
– Miami is pleased to have Jose Fernandez back despite their void of playoff chances. He was on a pitch count this weekend, but look for him to get a bit more stretched out before the season ends.
– Sonny Gray seems to take a big hit, but it’s more that the players jumping ahead of him all rebounded well to give owners confidence in the final weeks.
– Many young pitchers are coming into their own as older entities are losing a step. Steven Matz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Patrick Corbin, and Marcus Stroman all made significant bumps this week while Francisco Liriano, Garrett Richards, Lance Lynn and Tyson Ross are making us sweat too often in September.
– A major surprise this week is Rich Hill who showcased a fantastic breaking ball in his first start in over six years. There could easily be a few bumps if he gets more starts – especially against Toronto – but the upside makes him a good add if you need the help.
– Anthony DeSclafani aka Tony Disco has had a bit of a resurgance in the second half, bringing him back into The List.
– News broke that Aaron Nola will actually have more innings added to his limit, giving the impression that he’ll be in the rotation through the end of the season. Given that he already has a fantastic matchup lined up against the Braves, he deserved a return to the rankings.
– James Paxton was in D-Hell as he nursed an injured finger, with many wondering if he’d even return this season. He had his first outing since May 28th over the weekend as he was limited to under 70 pitches. Expect him to get comfortable and make a surprising impact.
– There were a number of notable removals this week. Nathan Eovaldi’s injury has removed him from regular season pitching, while Chris Bassitt is still sidelined and may not return to the rotation. Meanwhile, young guns Matt Moore and Ivan Nova have both struggled mightily as they return from TJS and can’t be trusted moving forward.