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.
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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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