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Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2024 Fantasy Baseball: Week 13 – 6/24

Updated 6/24: Top 100 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Ranks for 2024

Welcome to The List, where I rank the Top 100 SP for Fantasy Baseball every single Monday of the year.

Want an earlier update to The List? Join me on Mondays at 2:00pm ET as I live-stream its creation each week!

Have questions? My “office hours” are on Playback 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET Monday – Friday + the aforementioned stream of The List.

For each edition of The List, I have a set of rules to outline my thought process and how to best use these rankings. Please take note:

  1. This is 5×5, 12-teamer, H2H format focused. It generally is the same as roto as well, but make sure you adjust accordingly.
  2. Before the notes and rankings, an injury table outlines where players would be relatively ranked if they were fully healthy. It’s the best way to tackle how to value players on the IL.
  3. If a player is on the IL or not confirmed inside the rotation, they aren’t on the List. That includes injuries and guys in the minors, but there are exceptions for players who are expected to be in the rotation but are being skipped this week.
  4. Second is a table of pitchers outside the Top 100 I considered. Please read this if you can’t find your guy.
  5. Since this is a 12-teamer, I heavily weigh upside in the back-half of the rankings. The Cherry Bomb players are likely going to underperform those labeled as a Toby across a full season, but it’s in your best interest to chase ceiling vs. floor in many cases. Pick the one that you need most in your situation, of course.
  6. I’ve made a decision to limit labels to just one label per player, with few exceptions for a second. It streamlines the process much better and hopefully gives you a more targeted understanding of the player.
  7. The notes outline oh-so-much to help your team. Please read the notes if you can instead of just scrolling to the bottom.

 

Let’s get to the tables. First are all of our injured compatriots. Injuries are so strange (especially in spring training) and instead of shoving them at random moments on The List, I’ve elected to throw all of them into one table here for you, the wise fantasy manager, to determine if it’s worthwhile to take the injury discount and when.

(OFS) = Out For Season. They usually went under TJS or a similar procedure.

Injured Players Table

I made a decision last year: I removed the “Preseason tiers” and changed “tiers” to “Relative Rank” as it’ll be more consistent week-to-week — Tiers change while their relative rank does not.

Please understand that “70-80” does not guarantee the player will be exactly in that range when they return. Rankings are 100% relative to the landscape and while this table reflects where they would sit in a vacuum, it’s a fluid creature. Sometimes there are oh-so-many options, sometimes I want to see them healthy and stretched out again, and others we’re starving for pitchers and they jump higher than “70-80”. It’s a loose reference point and why it’s called “relative ranking.” It’s difficult to update this week-to-week and I apologize if the ranking is different when the player actually returns from the IL. I hope it helps!

One last point about that – pitchers often need an extra week or two to ramp up once they do return to the majors. It’s why Still ILL exists and the “relative rank” you see is when those guys have shaken off their rust. Will they be back to normal in their first start or will they need a few? I have no idea! Those ranks are to show what I’d expect once they are fully back to normal.

I added something new to The List last season. It’s a small table of the prospects I’m personally excited about who would jump up The List quickly if they were confirmed in the rotation. Please don’t read too much into these, there are far better prospect analysts out there than me, and this rank will likely conflict with our weekly SP To Stash article from Rudy Ropp, though we will be conferring each week.. Still, I think this table will help you quickly stay on top of who should be on your radar.

They are ordered by my general preference/focus on those guys right now. If any of these are called up, they should be added to your 12-teamers as spec adds at the very least. Some guys aren’t here and that’s due to my own belief they aren’t as pressing as the ones below. I could be very wrong there.

Colors: Green = Worthy of a stash right now in 12-teamers.

Nick’s Loose SP Prospect Stash List For 12-Teamers

Lastly, I heavily recommend you follow my daily SP Roundup that outlines all pitcher performances through the season, as each week’s update will reflect the comments and findings from those daily articles. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the players listed, I highly recommend that you read my 75,000+ word Top 400 Starting Pitchers from February. Many things will have changed, but the root of my perception of these players is outlined there.

Let’s get to it.

 

Ranking Notes

 

  • This is your reminder to please read these notes as they’ll tell you plenty about why “someone moved up” or “why is he at #X?!”
  • Seriously. Read the notes.

 

  • I know there are going to be a ton of comments about I hate how much these rankings change each week and I’m going to get out ahead of them here.
  • These rankings mostly change in the back half of The List as that’s your waiver wire. Those aren’t the players you hold onto throughout the year like your SPs 1-4, which means we’re going to be a bit more chaotic and roll with the waves more aggressively. If I see elements that suggest a pitcher could be a Top 40 arm, I’m going to move up a ton from the 80s to the 60s. Shazam, there we go.

 

  • Pitchers in the Top 40 (or so) move less drastically than those from 40-100. Yes, I’m reiterating the last bullet point because I get comments about it each week. The back-half of the List has a ton of movement constantly due to the nature of 12-team leagues. It’s in your best interest to get value now vs. holding onto a fringe arm as a stash for 10 days while you sit them against a tough offense. Yes, this means you’ll see dramatic +15/-20 moves a lot. It’s how it works.

 

  • As is tradition, I need to tell you about the guys who were removed and added from the Top 60, so you have context for the ranking shifts.
  • Added: Max Scherzer (42), Yu Darvish (46)
  • Removed: Walker Buehler (49), Justin Verlander (54), Jesús Luzardo (60)
  • Net Change Inside Top 60:  (+1)
  • Please understand how this affects movement across The List.

 

Tier 1 – The Remaining Aces

You know they are aces.

 

1. Zack Wheeler – He’s as dependable as it gets.

2. Tyler Glasnow – He’s still alive. And obviously kicking.

3. Tarik Skubal – Skubal has displayed some mortality lately, and we still obviously believe in him.

4. Gerrit Cole – It’s still difficult to rank Cole after tossing roughly 60 pitches in his return from the IL. Considering he’ll be stretched out in roughly two starts, it’s hard to argue against this high of a ranking. He’s a step above the rest of the tier.

5. Chris Sale – We’re witnessing peak Sale and it’s a wonderful thing.

6. Corbin Burnes – He’s not fanning batters like the good ole days, but he’s a rock in your rotations.

7. Max Fried – Fried has returned elite marks after his first two outings of the season. It’s like clockwork, every year: Stumble out of the gate, then soar.

8. Cole Ragans – You can’t spell Ragans without AGA. But seriously, the slider and cutter have looked better as of late.

9. Garrett Crochet – Crochet has a legit test against the Dodgers and we don’t care. The four-seamer and cutter are as good of a one-two punch as you’ll find.

10. Paul Skenes – Skenes is doing everything we wanted him to do.

11. Luis Castillo – He’s been a little rougher lately, but the strikeout and volume floor are still better than Tier 2 arms.

 

Tier 2 – AGA With Something To Prove

They have the AGA tag, though they all have a quirk that could mean they lose it by June.

 

12. Joe Ryan – The summer is coming and all we can do is hope Ryan’s former HR tendencies aren’t in the cab down the street. I didn’t agree to let you stay overnight!

13. Aaron Nola – Nola’s curveball is the legit pitch we want it to be.

14. Sonny Gray – Gray just went nearly seven perfect frames. He’s locked in.

15. Ranger Suárez – The man can’t be denied. This is absurd.

16. Shota Imanaga – HRs are starting to become a problem, though his four-seamer’s shape is the real issue. Hopefully its iVB can climb back up, otherwise, it’s going to be a loooong summer.

17. Tanner Houck  – He’s come a touch back down to Earth, but the splitter is still far better than its 2023 iteration.

18. Grayson Rodriguez – Those seven runs were awfully frustrating. Brush it off, he’s better than that.

19. George Kirby – Kirby elected not to go elevated four-seamers out of the zone last time out. It worked, so I guess I’ll just keep my mouth shut.

20. Logan Gilbert – Gilbert cruised with just his four-seamer and slider and all is well here.

 

Tier 3 – We Expect Success Every Night

They don’t have the AGA tag and could earn it before July.

 

21. Jack Flaherty – One more start against the Phillies for his AGA tag. Just get those breakers down and you’re golden.

22. Justin Steele – Steele is looking like the man that was promised in March as he’s spotting both his fastball and slider with ease.

23. Pablo López – HE’S BACK BAYBEEEE. We saw a much more comfortable Pablo on the bump, featuring the changeup and heater like the ole days. Still a touch of worry that it’ll stay at this level, but it feels like the TIARA has been removed.

24. Freddy Peralta – Peralta still gives me a little worry that he can fall down at any moment, but he was on top of his game last time out.

 

Tier 4 – Hard Rock Café

I don’t think they’ll get the AGA tag this year, but hot dang are they stable 6+ inning arms for all-around production. 

 

25. Reynaldo López – I split up Tier 3 this week as I felt these four arms are not necessarily AGA material, but are safer plays than Tier 5 arms who are showcasing more flaws than we’d like to see. As for López, I get the feeling too few people recognize how good he’s been. Did you realize he holds a 1.57 ERA across 74.1 IP this season?!

26. Ronel Blanco – Blanco has flirted with or earned a King Cole in each of his starts over the last few weeks, featuring a changeup and slider that fill the zone comfortably, taking heat off his tepid heater.

27. Logan Webb – Despite the volume, I felt it was time to recognize that Webb is simply “very good” and not a proper fantasy ace. He’s moreso in 15-teamers, but without the 25%+ strikeout rate (even if the volume grants him strikeouts with 5+ per game) and a WHIP above 1.20, he doesn’t have that extra punch that the coveted label outlines.

28. Bailey Ober – Ober just dominated the Athletics and we’re all thrilled about it. I don’t think he’ll have the same results against other squads – it’s rare for him to have high punchout games – but the command is on point.

 

Tier 5 – The Firecrackers

We can all see how these pitchers become aces, though they still have questions to answer before then.

 

29. Jared Jones – The iVB from his heater has drastically fallen since the start of June and it’s worrisome. He just bounced back and it’s possible he’s figuring out the flaws to become the stable ace we want him to be, but I had to recognize the haze. It’s unclear which direction this will go.

30. Luis Gil – Gil had a major test and failed massively against the Orioles. I wouldn’t say his skills failed him, though. Watching the outing, Bailtmore had a clear game plan of attacking everything in the zone (especially the heater) and they jumped on Gil in the second frame. Let’s see how he responds and if he can overcome the obstacle in the future.

31. Bobby Miller – I believe in Miller long-term, though I recognize that he wasn’t pristine against the Rockies. This may take a few starts to become the dominant pitcher we know and love.

32. MacKenzie Gore – His WHIP is near 1.40 now after allowing 12 baserunners last time out. His BABIP is sure to regress (stupid poor Hit Luck numbers!) while he still collects a ton of whiffs across the board. I’m a believer long term, but recognize there are still tweaks to make to earn the AGA label.

33. Dylan Cease – Cease is showcasing the same flaws he has across his career of wonky mechanics that throw off his game here and there. I’ve placed him behind the others given their chance to escape the Cherry Bomb label, while Cease is acting per usual. It carries less confidence that he can become a stud like his 2022 season.

34. Kevin Gausman – Gausman is an enigma at this point, rooted in a splitter that struggles to record whiffs. Without that nullifier, the four-seamer is getting hammered for more than usual.

35. Ryan Pepiot – Pepiot has had a few rocky outings, but the stuff is as filthy as ever. I don’t see him as a poor command arm for the long haul, making me encouraged that Pepiot will right the ship and settle into a dominant role in your rotations in short order.

 

Tier 6 – The Local Diner

This is the late night food that’s always there for you. Their names never change and you should get something you enjoy.

 

36. Michael King – King has tallied the fifth most strikeouts of all pitchers in the majors (sure, he got an extra five due to the Korea series!) and he’s been far better of an arm after the first month of the year. I see a stable Holly moving forward.

37. Seth Lugo – Lugo is solid with a Bassitt-like approach but with better spin. I’m here for it and fully ready to accept he’s a massively different arm than his 2023-self.

38. Kutter Crawford – Crawford wasn’t as electric against the Reds, but after dealing with the Phils and Yankees, I have faith in him moving forward.

39. Carlos Rodón – Rodón got shellacked by Atlanta. It happens.

40. Tanner Bibee – The strikeouts have been unreal as of late and recently we can thank the re-introduction of his curveball. I sure hope that sticks around – it’ll help reduce hard contact on his four-seamer if it can find the zone regularly.

41. Framber Valdez – Valdez is a premium Cherry Bomb, who needs his curve and change to ensure his sinker doesn’t make him Singled Out. If he goes on a run, it’ll be due to the feel of both those pitches.

42. Max Scherzer – He made his season debut across five innings with just 57 pitches in the book and I wasn’t very impressed with what I saw. I won’t overthink it now, but I have worry that Scherzer’s arsenal doesn’t hold up these days, especially with his 40th birthday just a month away. For now, we let him fly and hope for the best.

43. Nathan Eovaldi – The velocity is over 95 mph and he has his splitter + cutter. All good things here.

44. Gavin Stone – The full season strikeout rate is lacking, but he’s been incredibly dependable with fantastic Wins volume for those who have held on tightly.

45. Cristopher Sánchez – The changeup and sinker are still here, doing work. Wins are plentiful, ERA is low, and life is good.

 

Tier 7 – The Wobbly Guardrails

We’re at the edge of the Cliff where it’s heavily in your interest to grab guys who have the potential to lock themselves firmly inside the Top 40/50 SP for the season.

 

46. Yu Darvish – He’s returning this week and it’s unclear what we’ll get. There’s a history of volatility here and you may want to Still ILL his first outing.

47. Hunter Greene – Greene had his best command in his last outing and all we can do is hope he made a tweak to replicate it consistently.

48. Yusei Kikuchi – Kikuchi finally ditched the changeup for more sliders (yay!), but also lost his skill of locating four-seamers in the top third of the zone (nay!). You’re so close.

49. Taj Bradley – After dominating with his four-seamer and splitter (each at a 70% strike rate!), Bradley didn’t have the same control and relied heavily on his cutter. I’m banking on Bradley figuring out how to go fastball/splitter more often in the future.

50. Nick Lodolo – Lodolo is dealing with a blister that he personally doesn’t believe will impact him. Sure.

51. Nick Pivetta – Pivetta doesn’t have the cutter or sweeper cooking as they did in the second half of last season. Both pitches could return overnight, though, and the plateau while the two aren’t dominating is still worthwhile, however frustrating.

 

Tier 8 – Tennis Partners

You’re down to play Tennis. You’ve always wanted to! And now you’re linked at the hip…but you don’t know if you’re actually going to enjoy playing doubles with them.

52. Jake Irvin – He just earned 22 whiffs executing the best BSB he’s had all year. The curveball is leading the way and it’s great to see this outing after showcasing mortality in his last outing – i.e. what life is like when the curveball isn’t working. I’m still in shock this is going as well as it is, but he’ll keep rising up The List with each successful performance.

53. Nestor Cortes – Cortes doesn’t seem to be adding new skills to make me believe he can overwhelm for weeks at a time, but his Win potential + ability to get whiffs with both his cutter and four-seamer make him a proper hold, even if there is a bit of anxiety each time he starts.

54. Reese Olson – Olson’s slider has been fantastic and he’s made an effort to avoid featuring hittable four-seamers over the plate. I think we’re seeing the upward trend after he dealt with his first valley of the year.

55. Bryan Woo – He’s cleared to pitch more than 70 pitches now, right? PLEASE. The confusion is holding back his ranking and he could be swinging up or down mightly next week after this two-step.

56. Bryce Miller – Miller gave us a glimpse of what happens when he doesn’t have his four-seamer to carry him to the finish line. Narrator: It’s terrible. With each start he doesn’t have a legit #2 pitch, the skepticism grows that he won’t develop further this season.

57. Hunter Brown – Brown is trending in the right direction, though I’m still scrutinizing if I can actually believe in these results – command has never been his strong suit. All we can do is start him and hope for the best.

 

Tier 9 – Thin Blankets

It’s a mini-tier of guys who don’t warm you like the soaring upside of Tier 7, but get the job done to go six full frames without devastation. The final bastion to save you from the cold of the wire.

 

58. Zach Eflin – Don’t take this ranking as a negative view of Eflin. He’s solid and helps all teams. It’s unlikely he will return to 2023 form, though, making him a Toby type, not an Ace Potential arm.

59. Marcus Stroman – As Toby as you’ll find, given his sturdy ERA and Win chance.

60. Chris Bassitt – Bassitt has a kitchen sink of pitches and does what he does.

61. Brayan Bello – Bello could get out of this tier soon enough. It’s rooted in his changeup’s ability and he took a step forward with the pitch last time out. Here’s to hoping it has a big return against the Jays.

62. Matt Waldron – Waldron’s knuckler is a bit volatile, though the other offerings can cover the slack at times. It makes for a decent floor with a fun ceiling that I’d roll with in 12-teamers.

63. Mitch Keller – He stumbled for a game and recovered. I think you need to roster Keller as long as the command is intact.

64. José Berríos – The ratios look pristine, but Berríos is showing degradation once again with his breaking ball. You’re going to stick with him given the Win chance and volume of strikeouts, but hot dang, I don’t like when he lives up to his namesake: The Great Undulator.

65. Tyler Anderson – He’s on the path to win Spider-Man, catalyzed by the return of his 2022 changeup.

66. Erick Fedde – Fedde’s command of his deep arsenal has enabled value despite pitching for the CrySox.

 

Tier 10 – The ABBA Jukebox

You can settle for a streamer just for the week, a boring Toby, or you can “Take A Chance On Me” and hope for the best.

 

67. Spencer Schwellenbach – I’m digging what Mr. Crescendo puts down – 95+ mph heaters, a low 90s cutter, proper slider, changeup, and curve – and he does so for a winning club. I’d ride with this one and see how far it goes.

68. Spencer Turnbull – With Taijuan hitting the IL, Turnbull is getting another chance in the rotation. Thing is, how productive will he be? Expect about 70 pitches in his first outing as he stretches out, but the bigger concern is his feel. Turnbull was in a great rhythm and was disrupted as they (somehow) elected to put him in the pen. Will he be in the same groove for the get-go?

69. Andrew Abbott – The dude just had a ten-strikeout game and I still can’t quite figure him out. The four-seamer shouldn’t be performing as well as it has been, but what the h*ck, right? Give it a shot.

70. Tobias Myers – Four starts of production equate to Myers becoming a Vargas Rule. I love the iVB on his heater and the changeup has proper Estrada potential, but his command seems a bit off, still. But a rule is a rule, right?

71. Tylor Megill – Megill lost the feel of his cutter in his last outing, making him turn to curveballs and it was a rough day in Wrigley. If the cutter returns, Megill could be a solid play for a while – that extension at 96+ mph is legit.

 

Tier 11 – It’s Dangerous To Go Alone

Your last bastion of safety if you don’t want to endure the world of streaming. You see them rostered and dropped across all your leagues constantly.

 

72. Griffin Canning – Please let me outline that we’re already at the point of The List where I consider all of the arms droppable. This is your burn-and-churn spot where I wouldn’t be holding onto any of these pitchers as a bench play as I don’t see them as arms vaulting up The List. I’m sure some will, but I cannot tell who at this point. Might as well get value now instead, like Canning as a strikeout streamer with two great matchups this week.

73. James Paxton – Paxton is still alive and kicking with two solid Win chances this week. Gotta love it.

74. Mitchell Parker – Parker is slated for the Rays and has showcased the ability to feature four pitches each start, usually with his four-seamer and curve leading the way. It’s fine.

75. Brady Singer – The Marlins should make for an easy day at the park for Singer, but you never really know with the sinker/slider slinger.

76. DJ Herz – Herz fanned 13, then struggled with his changeup in Coors. The Padres are tough, though Herz has a touch more potential to overcome it than the rest inside the tier.

77. Cal Quantrill – Quantrill’s splitter is still a solid pitch, maybe not as solid as it was a few weeks ago. The White Sox are ahead outside of Coors and that should be a solid stream.

78. Jordan Hicks – Hicks has been sick with the flu a few starts lately, but his most recent outing had no such excuse as he couldn’t earn strikes across the board. The stability isn’t quite there at the moment and the ceiling isn’t worth the uncertainty if there are better options this week.

79. Kyle Gibson – Here’s a case where some of you may elect to hold Gibson on your bench for a night as he faces Atlanta, just to square off against the Reds over the weekend. It’s up to you – Gibson’s sweeper has been better, but there are many streaming options across the week that are very similar.

80. Jameson Taillon – He’s fresh off a ten-strikeout night and now gets the Giants. Might as well give that a shot.

81. Zack Littell – There isn’t much more than sliders with occasional bursts of splitters or heaters from Littell, but that should be enough against the Mariners.

82. Aaron Civale – Civale got an early hook in his last start, where he featured high cutters without many curves. We’re not back to trusting him heavily, sadly, but hopefully a start against the Nationals will bring it out of him.

 

Tier 12 – Fine, You Need Some Streams & Other Randos

More streaming options here, but a slight drop from the previous tier.

 

83. Cade Povich – Cade has the potential to be a solid Toby over time, but I’m okay with letting someone else roster him for now as he gets the Guardians and Rangers. The potential peak is not worth the current sacrifice.

84. Jon Gray – Gray has to deal with Baltimore this week, but I can see some believing that Gray’s strikeout ability for (what should be) a winning team makes him worthy of a hold. Personally, I’d prefer streaming, stashing Jobe, or chasing something else.

85. Michael Wacha – Wacha had his changeup working in his return from the IL, but has the Guardians this week. Let’s wait another week.

86. Jordan Montgomery – Montgomery did survive the Phillies, but it sure wasn’t pretty and now he gets the Twins. Let’s just not do this.

87. Jose Quintana – I absolutely loved Quintana’s command last start with legit BSB pitch separation. Sadly, he faces the Astros now and that’s too risky. If he still has those skills (result or not), hopefully we can stream him after.

88. Luis Severino – Ten strikeouts from Severino are cool, but I still don’t quite believe the fastball/sweeper mix + it’s the Astros up ahead.

89. Miles Mikolas – Mikolas has returned plenty of quality starts as of late, fueled by sliders in the zone and fastballs above. The approach wasn’t there in his last start, though, and I’m not sure if he can make it worthwhile against the Reds up next. There isn’t much value to grab here unless you’re in a Quality Start league.

90. Andrew Heaney – We’ve seen some successful outings from Heaney, but the Brewers are not a start to roster him for.

91. Brandon Pfaadt – Pfaadt’s command is too inconsistent start to start, and he still doesn’t have a reliable secondary outside of the sweeper.

92. Charlie Morton – Don’t be too harsh on Morton for failing to produce against the Yankees. He’s a Cherry Bomb and has the scales tipped more in his favor with the CrySox up next.

93. Javier Assad – Assad’s run of 7+ strikeouts came to a screeching halt as he failed to collect a single one against the Mets. As an arm that struggles to complete six frames, you may want to reconsider Assad for your squads with the Brewers up next.

94. Mitch Spence – Spence is armed with a cutter/slider approach that lives to find weak contact inside the zone. As long as he doesn’t sit in the heart of the plate, he can go 5+ against the Angels with decent ratios. Yay.

95. Hogan Harris – Harris’ four-seamer doesn’t come with the same iVB that got me amped at the start of his run in the rotation, and the changeup isn’t acting like the reliable #2 we want it to be. That said, he’s been surprisingly productive as he’s found at least five innings consistently. Maybe he has enough to go another five and change against the Diamondbacks.

96. Carson Spiers – It’s an attractive two-step for Spiers against the Pirates and Cardinals, though his stuff doesn’t speak to dominance. It’ll come down to command, which he had in spades last time out…and still came with a rough blemish in the first frame.

97. Simeon Woods Richardson – SWR is throwing harder, but still relies on spotting his arsenal to get through outings, with rare moments when he can complete a full six frames. Not a terrible option, but not one I’m circling against Arizona, either.

98. Ben Lively – After a poor return to the rotation after getting tests for an “undisclosed injury”, Lively was back to his “oh hey, that worked!” self. That could work against the slumping Kansas City offense.

99. Kyle Hendricks – Hendricks brought his curveball back with him in his return from the IL last week. That said, he faces the same Giants squad again this week and I’m concerned it won’t come with the same success.

100. Jonathan Cannon – I’m not certain Cannon even makes a start this week, but if he does, I like his chances against Rockie Road, even after getting trounced by Detroit. He has a well-versed arsenal with a good command floor…most of the time.

 

Honorable Mentions

You’re getting little blurbs on everyone else with a rotation spot this week. This is in alphabetical team order, not rank. If a pitcher has a rotation spot and is not listed here, it’s an error on my part after crafting The List and forgetting to add them here. Feel free to let me know if someone isn’t listed here and I’ll add them – it’s usually a fringe guy I removed and lapsed when ensuring they had a blurb!

 

Ryne Nelson (ARI) – I dig his heater and there is a ceiling to hit one day. He’s a Young Gun.

Slade Cecconi (ARI) – I don’t love what Slade is putting down. Far too risky.

Tommy Henry (ARI) – With Gallen on the mend, Henry may get some bulk innings and we really don’t want that. Don’t expect Zac Gallen to be back yet.

Albert Suárez (BAL) – He’s fine, but it’s not a fun schedule.

Cole Irvin (BAL) – Same with Irvin.

Dean Kremer (BAL) – He could return this week and while I question his skill in the first place, additional skepticism arises with the Astros and the factor of Still ILL. Tossed just 39 pitches in his last rehab start.

Chris Flexen (CHW) – I’ve actually dug what Flexen has done lately, but he gets the Dodgers this week. He could be valuable in a Sunday stream against Rockie Road, but it’s not worth it now.

Drew Thorpe (CHW) – Thorpe showed us what his floor is when his changeup doesn’t work (nightmarish) and now displayed the plateau of decency when it’s working. He’s matchup focused and a date with Atlanta makes this is an easy avoid.

Mike Clevinger (CHW) – There’s a chance the CrySox go with Clev this week instead of Jonathan Cannon and I’ll be disappointed if they do for many reasons. I’m not touching Treble Clev.

Frankie Montas (CIN) – He’s awfully pedestrian. You can do better.

Carlos Carrasco (CLE) – He’s only of consideration if you have a dire need for six frames.

Logan Allen (CLE) – He’s an unreliable streamer.

Triston McKenzie (CLE) – If you haven’t let him go to the wire yet, it’s time. It was time like a month ago. (Whoops)

Austin Gomber (COL) – COL story, bro.

Dakota Hudson (COL) – COL story, bro.

Kyle Freeland (COL) – COL story, bro. But he is on the road against the White Sox over the weekend? Uhhhhh, you do you. If he has the same stupid good command, then that’s fine.

Ryan Feltner (COL) – COL story, bro.

Ty Blach (COL) – COL story, bro.

Casey Mize (DET) – I can see the fun in his four-seamer, but he hasn’t commanded it well, nor has his slider turned into the whiff pitch it needs to be. We wait for now.

Kenta Maeda (DET) – Why chase Maeda? The ceiling is too low to justify the floor.

Spencer Arrighetti (HOU) – He had a pair of luscious matchups and couldn’t come through. Let’s not do this until he shows us something more.

Alec Marsh (KCR) – He’s a volatile arm without the arsenal to make it worthwhile.

Chase Silseth (LAA) – We’re not sure if Silseth gets a start this week, but that would be a Still ILL should it happen. He’s been rough in Triple-A.

Kenny Rosenberg (LAA) – He could get a start given the decimation of the Angels’ rotation. He was a serviceable Toby at times last year and there’s a part of me that wants to add him at the end of The List for a start against the Athletics. It could happen.

Zach Plesac (LAA) – Despite getting the Tigers this week, I have little faith in Plesac getting the job done.

Kyle Tyler (MIA) – He’s getting an opportunity with all the Miami injuries and he brings far too little to the table.

Max Meyer (MIA) – Meyer is still sitting in the minors, twiddling his thumbs. The Marlins would get an extra year of control if they keep him down a little longer, and if they do pull the trigger, Meyer’s slider is the sole pitch that would steer him toward five or six frames. Not my favorite spec add.

Roddery Muñoz (MIA) – His command is too volatile to trust against all but the poor offenses.

Trevor Rogers (MIA) – There are hints of success here and there, but the full arsenal hasn’t come together yet.

Yonny Chirinos (MIA) – He made a start and shocked us all with a legit strikeout performance, fueled by a new slider at a lower velocity and bigger break. It won’t last.

Bryse Wilson (MIL) – The Brewers are still rolling with Wilson. That doesn’t mean you have to, too.

Carlos F. Rodriguez (MIL) – I’m skeptical he has enough electricity to make this worthwhile.

Colin Rea (MIL) – There’s always a chance, but don’t hold onto that Rea of light.

Jakob Junis (MIL) – Maybe he gets a start? If he does, I wouldn’t expect it to go long/it could be as a bulk reliever, nor do his talents speak to your focus.

Joe Ross (MIL) – Ross may be returning this week and it’s a clear wait-and-see.

Chris Paddack (MIN) – His fastball was good for one outing, then regressed again. Let’s not.

David Peterson (NYM) – The slider/sinker combo isn’t enough and now he gets the Yankees.

Sean Manaea (NYM) – I wouldn’t hold onto him for a start against the Yankees.

Joey Estes (OAK) – There isn’t enough water in this Estes flask.

JP Sears (OAK) – He’s too dang volatile!

Luis Medina (OAK) – He’s showcased the volatility and it’s unwise to put yourself in harm’s way.

Bailey Falter (PIT) – His extension grants a chance for success, but a start in Cin City carries too much risk.

Luis L. Ortiz (PIT) – He has another opportunity with the Pirates, though I question how much they’ll actually use him and if his new cutter can stabilize an arsenal with notoriously poor control.

Martín Pérez (PIT) – It’s possible he returns from the IL this week to face…Atlanta. It’s not even worth the Still ILL start in the first place.

Adam Mazur (SDP) – His third start came with plenty walks, even if his precision wasn’t nearly as terrible as the line. He may get another start if Darvish needs more time, but I’d resist the stream against the Brewers.

Randy Vasquez (SDP) – I don’t trust the command, nor the overall stuff of the arsenal. He can find his way through 5+ frames at times, but it’s not worthwhile to chase.

Blake Snell (SFG) – It’s possible Snell will return before next Monday. We’ll see, it’s a Still ILL when he does, let alone questionable for his lack of command previously.

Spencer Howard (SFG) – The stuff just isn’t good enough.

Andre Pallante (STL) – He was pulled before 60 pitches in his last outing, creating too much haze to start him.

Lance Lynn (STL) – He just doesn’t do enough anymore.

Dane Dunning (TEX) – Dunning was moved to the bullpen.

José Ureña (TEX) – If we do see a start from Ureña, it’s a desperate play in hopes his overall command is on point. And even then, it’s not much of a ceiling.

Michael Lorenzen (TEX) – It’s a tough pair of outings against the Brewers and Orioles. There’s still a QS chance in each, but in general, this isn’t it.

Bowden Francis (TOR) – He had himself four good frames as the bulk reliever, splitting his four-seamers and curveballs effectively in the zone. Across four innings. Yeah. It’s not enough.

Yariel Rodríguez (TOR) – Yariel may get starts instead of Francis, or they piggyback with each other. Either way, I don’t dig this nearly enough.

Josiah Gray (WSN) – This week could mark the return of Josiah. He had some moments before the injury and I’d be shocked if he became 12-teamer relevant right away.

Patrick Corbin (WSN) – This isn’t working out. Shocking, I know.

 

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RankPitcherBadgesChange
1Zack WheelerT1
Aces Gonna Ace
Quality Starts
-
2Tyler Glasnow
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-
3Tarik Skubal
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-
4Gerrit Cole
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
Injury Risk
+8
5Chris Sale
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
-1
6Corbin Burnes
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
-1
7Max Fried
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
-1
8Cole Ragans
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-1
9Garrett Crochet
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-
10Paul Skenes
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+1
11Luis Castillo
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-3
12Joe Ryan
T2
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
+1
13Aaron Nola
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
+1
14Sonny Gray
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
+1
15Ranger Suárez
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
+5
16Shota Imanaga
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-6
17Tanner Houck
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-1
18Grayson Rodriguez
Aces Gonna Ace
Wins Bonus
-1
19George Kirby
Aces Gonna Ace
Quality Starts
-1
20Logan Gilbert
Aces Gonna Ace
Quality Starts
-1
21Jack Flaherty
T3
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
+2
22Justin Steele
Ace Potential
Quality Starts
+4
23Pablo López
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
+10
24Freddy Peralta
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
+4
25Reynaldo López
T4
Holly
Team Context Effect
+9
26Ronel Blanco
Holly
Team Context Effect
Playing Time Question
+1
27Logan Webb
Holly
Quality Starts
-6
28Bailey Ober
Holly
Quality Starts
+7
29Jared Jones
T5
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+1
30Luis Gil
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
-5
31Bobby Miller
Ace Potential
Team Context Effect
-7
32MacKenzie Gore
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
-10
33Dylan Cease
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
-2
34Kevin Gausman
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
-5
35Ryan Pepiot
Ace Potential
Team Context Effect
Playing Time Question
-3
36Michael King
T6
Holly
Strikeout Upside
-
37Seth Lugo
Holly
Quality Starts
+5
38Kutter Crawford
Holly
Strikeout Upside
-1
39Carlos Rodón
Holly
Team Context Effect
-1
40Tanner Bibee
Holly
Strikeout Upside
+3
41Framber Valdez
Holly
Quality Starts
-2
42Max Scherzer
Holly
Strikeout Upside
Injury Risk
+UR
43Nathan Eovaldi
Holly
Quality Starts
Injury Risk
-2
44Gavin Stone
Holly
Team Context Effect
Playing Time Question
+2
45Cristopher Sánchez
Holly
Quality Starts
+3
46Yu Darvish
T7
Cherry Bomb
Strikeout Upside
+UR
47Hunter Greene
Cherry Bomb
Strikeout Upside
+5
48Yusei Kikuchi
Cherry Bomb
Strikeout Upside
-3
49Taj Bradley
Cherry Bomb
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
-2
50Nick Lodolo
Cherry Bomb
Strikeout Upside
Injury Risk
-
51Nick Pivetta
Cherry Bomb
Strikeout Upside
-11
52Jake Irvin
T8
Vargas Rule
Ratio Focused
+7
53Nestor Cortes
Cherry Bomb
Wins Bonus
-
54Reese Olson
Cherry Bomb
Quality Starts
+11
55Bryan Woo
Cherry Bomb
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-11
56Bryce Miller
Cherry Bomb
Ratio Focused
-5
57Hunter Brown
Cherry Bomb
Strikeout Upside
+4
58Zach Eflin
T9
Toby
Quality Starts
-3
59Marcus Stroman
Toby
Quality Starts
-3
60Chris Bassitt
Toby
Quality Starts
-2
61Brayan Bello
Toby
Quality Starts
+3
62Matt Waldron
Toby
Ratio Focused
+4
63Mitch Keller
Toby
Strikeout Upside
-
64José Berríos
Toby
Quality Starts
-7
65Tyler Anderson
Toby
Quality Starts
+13
66Erick Fedde
Toby
Quality Starts
+7
67Spencer Schwellenbach
T10
Spice Girl
Team Context Effect
+1
68Spencer Turnbull
Spice Girl
Wins Bonus
+UR
69Andrew Abbott
Spice Girl
Strikeout Upside
+UR
70Tobias Myers
Vargas Rule
Ratio Focused
+27
71Tylor Megill
Spice Girl
Strikeout Upside
-9
72Griffin Canning
T11
Streaming Option
Strikeout Upside
+UR
73James Paxton
Streaming Option
Wins Bonus
+12
74Mitchell Parker
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
-
75Brady Singer
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
+UR
76DJ Herz
Streaming Option
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
-7
77Cal Quantrill
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
+11
78Jordan Hicks
Streaming Option
Strikeout Upside
-11
79Kyle Gibson
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
-4
80Jameson Taillon
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
+14
81Zack Littell
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
+UR
82Aaron Civale
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
+5
83Cade Povich
T12
Streaming Option
Team Context Effect
-13
84Jon Gray
Streaming Option
Strikeout Upside
-12
85Michael Wacha
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
+UR
86Jordan Montgomery
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
-2
87Jose Quintana
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
+3
88Luis Severino
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
+UR
89Miles Mikolas
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
-10
90Andrew Heaney
Streaming Option
Strikeout Upside
-13
91Brandon Pfaadt
Streaming Option
Quality Starts
-15
92Charlie Morton
Streaming Option
Wins Bonus
+1
93Javier Assad
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
-13
94Mitch Spence
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
+UR
95Hogan Harris
Streaming Option
Strikeout Upside
-6
96Carson Spiers
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
+4
97Simeon Woods Richardson
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
+UR
98Ben Lively
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
+UR
99Kyle Hendricks
Streaming Option
Ratio Focused
+UR
100Jonathan Cannon
Streaming Option
Rotation Spot Bonus
-5

Labels Legend

Aces Gonna Ace
Ace Potential
Holly
Toby
Cherry Bomb
Spice Girl
Vargas Rule
Streaming Option
QS Bonus
Wins Bonus
Strikeouts Bonus
Ratios Bonus
Rotation Spot Bonus
Team Context Effect
Stash Option
Injury Risk
Playing Time Question

 

I’ve updated the tags for 2024, now allowing myself to tag a player in one three groups.

Overall Label
Aces Gonna Ace
Ace Potential
Holly
Toby
Cherry Bomb
Spice Girl
Vargas Rule
Streaming Option

Bonus Stat
QS Bonus
Wins Bonus
Strikeouts Bonus
Ratios Bonus
Rotation Spot Bonus
Team Context Effect

Special Tag
Stash Option
Injury Risk
Playing Time Question

A quick legend for those unfamiliar with our odd terms at Pitcher List:

Holly = Solid ratios, constant 6 IP & a 20-25% strikeout rate
Toby = Borderline arm for your 12-teamers who has a 20% or lower strikeout rate. They barely do enough.
Cherry Bomb = A volatile starting pitcher. Usually with strikeout upside and low ratio floor.
Spice Girl = Young arms who have massive ceilings or could be off your team in a few weeks.
Vargas Rule = A pitcher we’re picking up now given he’s on a roll, but we drop once he stumbles again.
Team Context Effect = Either ranked higher or lower due to team context (Coors, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta, Cincy, etc.)

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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.

3 responses to “Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2024 Fantasy Baseball: Week 13 – 6/24”

  1. Joseph Mulvey says:

    Nick change the month in the preface to Tier 2.

  2. Chris P. says:

    Nick-
    Thoughts on Cody Poteet (NY Yankees)? Thanks.

  3. Charles David Tye says:

    It’s quite a bit out of date. When do you update it? Thanks.

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