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Top 100 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week Eight

Welcome back to another edition of my top 100 starting pitcher rankings for redraft leagues! This week we finally have a new number one—Shane Bieber! Really, he’s been the best pitcher all year, but I still think Jacob deGrom may have the better stuff. However, it is hard to argue against Bieber. With just two weeks to go in the fantasy season let these ranks serve as a good barometer for judging the current quality of starting pitchers over the next couple of weeks. Be sure to interact with me about it on Twitter @devjake. 

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Top-100 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Redraft Leagues

Notes on player movement:

  • Sonny Gray was lost from this list after he hit the IL with a back strain, this makes a lot of sense considering his last two starts. Poor timing for fantasy owners.
  • I’ve been stubborn all year about not dropping Gerritt Cole in my rankings but enough is enough; he needs to perform better to justify his lofty rank.
  • I keep wanting to put Blake Snell higher on this list, his performance keeps making me want to drop him. The stuff is there, but not the consistency.
  • Did you know that five of Clayton Kershaw’s seven starts this year have been game scores over 70? He’s still amazing folks.
  • Prior to his last successful start, Patrick Corbin’s previous five starts were average to poor. I’m starting to worry about him.
  • Zack Wheeler has a 2.47 ERA but just a 13.2% strikeout minus walk rate. Batters have not been barreling him, however, I remain a little bearish for now.
  • I want to like Zach Eflin and his 22.6% strikeout minus walk rate but that HR/FB rate is hard to love. The results are consistently missing.
  • Pablo Lopez drops in my rankings because something looks off. His last two starts have been his worst and I wouldn’t be surprised if an IL stint is in his future.
  • Marco Gonzales has broken out. This year he has stuck out 46 batters in 50.2 innings pitched while walking just four. He’s throwing his cutter more, his changeup less, and he’s riding his elite command to fantastic results. I’m interested to see if it translates to a full season.
  • Andrew Heaney has swapped his old sinker for his new four-seam fastball and so far it has allowed him to limit home runs. He still strikes out plenty of batters with his curveball and changeup and without the blow-ups he’s been a great player to own.
  • Frankie Montas has been one of the bigger disappointments of this short season. I fully bought in and expected number two starter numbers. His split-finger has not cooperated and has been hit plenty hard. Without a functioning splitter, success will be hard to come by.
  • Danny Duffy is having a pretty solid year. His DRA is down from 4.35 in 2019 to 3.74 in 2020. With two good out pitches in his slider and changeup, he continues to be an underrated option.

If you have any questions about the list don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter @devjake. Thanks for reading!

All players that are injured or on COVID-19 IL are not included in these starting pitcher rankings.

1Shane Bieber3
2Jacob deGrom1
3Yu Darvish4
4Aaron Nola8
5Clayton Kershaw7
6Lance Lynn6
7Jack Flaherty10
8Lucas Giolito13
9Luis Castillo18
10Trevor Bauer14
11Gerritt Cole2
12Zac Gallen15
13Max Fried9
14Max Scherzer12
15Blake Snell11
16Brandon Woodruff16
17Dinelson Lamet17
18Kenta Maeda21
19Dylan Bundy23
20Zack Grienke25
21Walker BuehlerNR
22Sixto Sanchez40
23Hyun Jin Ryu27
24Mike Clevinger20
25Zach Plesac29
26Patrick Corbin19
27Tyler Glasnow32
28Corbin Burnes43
29Jesus Luzardo26
30Kyle Hendricks28
31Carlos Carrasco31
32Aaron Civale22
33Jose Berrios42
34Dustin May35
35Tony Gonsolin44
36Ian Anderson47
37Zach Davies48
38Marco Gonzales45
39Framber Valdez46
40Andrew Heaney49
41Pablo Lopez24
42Zack Wheeler37
43Triston McKenzie59
44Seth LugoNR
45Julio Urias38
46German Marquez39
47Chris Paddack36
48Charlie Morton39
49Michael PinedaNR
50Tarik Skubal50
51Adam Wainwright51
52Masahiro Tanaka65
53Ryan YarbroughNR
54Kwang Hyun Kim80
55Rich Hill70
56Dane Dunning74
57Danny Duffy67
58Taijuan Walker66
59Randy Dobnak52
60Tyler Mahle56
61Dakota Hudson96
62Sandy Alcantara97
63Griffin Canning53
64Adrian Houser54
65Kyle Freeland91
66Chris Bassitt62
67Garrett Richards63
68Brady Singer100
69Matthew Boyd64
70Lance McCullers Jr.55
71Alec MillsNR
72Yusei Kikuchi89
73Michael Wacha99
74Justus Sheffield75
75Johnny Cueto61
76Deivi GarciaNR
77Jamie BarriaNR
78Sean ManaeaNR
79Trevor Cahill93
80Logan Webb72
81Dean KremerNR
82Jose UrquidyNR
83Frankie Montas30
84Luke Weaver68
85Christian Javier83
86Brett AndersonNR
87Nick Margevicius79
88Tommy Milone86
89Ljay NewsomeNR
90Brad Keller60
91Casey Mize73
92J.T. BrubakerNR
93Trevor WilliamsNR
94Carlos MartinezNR
95Spencer Turnbull58
96Zach Eflin57
97Jon LesterNR
98Antonio Senzatela87
99Martin Perez92
100Dylan Cease71

Fell off List: Tyler Chatwood, Elieser Hernandez, Mike Minor, Chad Kuhl, Robbie Ray, Sonny Gray, Dallas Keuchel, Kevin Gausman, Ross Stripling, David Peterson, Jordan Montgomery, Alex Cobb, Spencer Howard, Anthony DeSclafani, Steven Brault, Tyler Anderson, Jake Junis

New to List: Walker Buehler, Ryan Yarbrough, Michael Pineda, Alec Mills, Jose Urquidy, Charlie Morton, Carlos Martinez, Seth Lugo, Jamie Barria, Deivi Garcia, Dean Kremer, Sean Manaea, Brett Anderson, Ljay Newsome, J.T. Brubaker, Trevor Williams, Jon Lester

If you’re on board with these starting pitcher rankings, you should also check out Jake’s Top 100 Starting Pitchers for Dynasty Leagues.

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