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Top 100 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week Five

Welcome back to another edition of my top 100 starting pitcher rankings for redraft leagues! This week we have three more prospects added to the top 100 in Sixto Sanchez, Triston McKenzie, and Dane Dunning. While neither Dunning or McKenzie is as exciting as Tarik Skubal or Casey Mize,  they both had impressive debuts this past week. Sanchez on the other hand was phenomenal in his debut and should stick in the Marlins rotation for the rest of the season. His combination of impressive fastball velocity and elite changeup will give major leaguers fits.

This week brings more new names than ever before with a whopping 16 being added to the list. As always check the bottom of the page to see players leaving the list and new players who were added. Enjoy the list and interact with me about it on Twitter @devjake.

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Top-100 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Redraft Leagues

Notes on player movement:

  • After a rough start to the year, Walker Buehler makes a massive jump from 22 all the way up to number 9! This past week he dominated the Rockies by striking out 11 batters while allowing zero walks and just four hits. To quote John Wick, “Yeah, I’m thinking I’m back!”
  • Zac Gallen finally gets his long-awaited move up my rankings from number 21 to number 16. I don’t know how anyone could possibly doubt him now that he has posted a 2.25 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 12 walks over 36 innings while facing some of the toughest teams in the league. He just knows how to pitch.
  • Jack Flaherty drops from number 8 to number 20 after lasting just 1.2 innings this past week vs the Cubs. Until he is throwing more pitches I simply can’t justify him in the top 10.
  • Those who listen to the Five Tool Fantasy Baseball Podcast know that I love my command first pitchers. For this reason, it warms my heart to see Kenta Maeda, Pablo Lopez, Hyun Jin Ryu, and Jesus Luzardo continue to rise in the rankings. The combination of command and stuff with these guys is pretty phenomenal.
  • Have you heard Kevin Gausman is striking out a ton of guys? In fact, his 30.4% strikeout minus walk rate is the third-best in major league baseball among starters with at least 20 innings pitched. Only Shane Bieber and Trevor Bauer have been better. He is also criminally under-owned at 78% in Fantrax leagues.
  • Elieser Hernandez and Corbin Burnes, both who joined this list last week, rose substantially as they continued to impress. Hernandez is particularly interesting and is making a case to be rostered in all formats, no matter how shallow.
  • I mentioned before how I love command first pitchers, if you do as well I implore you to watch Zach Davies. He moves up from 75 to 48 with the help of a 0.84 WHIP, which ranks among the top 10 best marks among all starting pitchers. He has been fabulous.
  • If you love pitching and you missed Episode 23 of the Five Tool Fantasy Baseball Podcast where we had on Alex Chamberlain of RotoGraphs then stop reading this and go check that out. Welcome back, I hope you enjoyed it! If you did you will realize that Alex’s guy Randy Dobnak features prominently and he moves up this week from 59 to 47. Dobnak has posted a 1.78 ERA through his first six starts helped by a ground ball rate of 62.4%–the third-best mark in the big leagues.
  • Just when I told you to kick Luke Weaver to the curb he rose from the dead to post his two best starts of the year. He has talent, this we know. Is it sustainable? This we do not know. Good luck!
  • A couple of young guys in Seattle are playing pretty well in Justus Sheffield and Nick Margevicius. If you remember, Sheffield was the prize in James Paxton trade. Sheffield is now in the top 100 and Paxton is on the IL.
  • All of the St. Louis Cardinals starters are now in the top 100 after Dakota Hudson, Daniel Ponce de Leon, and Kwang Hyun Kim all made the tail end of the list this week. Wainwright continues to turn back the clock, their schedule is hell, but the Cardinals might be interesting.

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.

1Jacob deGrom1
2Gerrit Cole2
3Shane Bieber3
4Yu Darvish9
5Sonny Gray7
6Lance Lynn10
7Clayton Kershaw11
8Aaron Nola4
9Walker Buehler22
10Brandon Woodruff5
11Blake Snell12
12Max Fried13
13Max Scherzer6
14Dinelson Lamet14
15Trevor Bauer15
16Zac Gallen21
17Lucas Giolito24
18Luis Castillo16
19Patrick Corbin18
20Jack Flaherty8
21Aaron Civale23
22Dylan Bundy17
23Kenta Maeda28
24Pablo Lopez29
25Zack Grienke31
26Jesus Luzardo33
27Hyun Jin Ryu35
28Kyle Hendricks27
29Frankie Montas19
30Carlos Carrasco20
31Dustin May30
32Chris Paddack26
33Zack Wheeler32
34Julio Urias34
35German Marquez25
36Dallas Keuchel37
37Sixto SanchezNR
38Kevin Gausman54
39Jose Berrios42
40Tyler Glasnow40
41Elieser Hernandez61
42Marco Gonzales53
43Framber Valdez45
44Corbin Burnes60
45Tarik Skubal44
46Casey Mize47
47Randy Dobnak59
48Zach Davies75
49Andrew Heaney39
50Merrill Kelly64
51Adrian Houser46
52Triston McKenzieNR
53Brad Keller78
54Johnny Cueto65
55Chris Bassitt50
56Garrett Richards49
57Spencer Turnbull51
58Masahiro Tanaka48
59Spencer Howard58
60Griffin Canning56
61Luke WeaverNR
62Ryan Yarborough52
63Ross Stripling38
64Lance McCullers Jr.36
65Rich HillNR
66Dylan Cease79
67Logan Webb80
68Adam Wainwright86
69Nathan Eovaldi83
70Tyler MahleNR
71Dane DunningNR
72Alex Cobb57
73Justus SheffieldNR
74Matthew Boyd71
75Matt Shoemaker90
76Chad KuhlNR
77Nick MargeviciusNR
78Mike Minor63
79Robbie Ray72
80Jordan Montgomery98
81Patrick Sandoval74
82Jonathan LoaisigaNR
83Tommy Milone92
84Antonio Senzatela95
85Brady Singer87
86Anthony DeSclafani69
87Kyle Gibson76
88Christian Javier67
89Yusei Kikuchi73
90Adam Plutko70
91Kyle Freeland93
92Martin Perez94
93Alec Mills81
94Trevor CahillNR
95Josh Lindblom85
96Steven BraultNR
97Tyler AndersonNR
98Kwang Hyun KimNR
99Dakota HudsonNR
100Daniel Ponce de LeonNR

Fell off List: Yonny Chirinos, Danny Duffy, James Paxton, Nate Pearson, David Peterson, Cal Quantrill, John Means, Austin Voth, Jake Odorizzi, J.T. Brubaker, Trevor Williams, Jake Arrieta, Touki Toussaint, Jon Lester, Sean Manaea, Tony Gonsolin

New to List: Chad Kuhl, Nick Margevicius, Justus Sheffield, Kwang Hyun Kim, Jonathan Loaisiga, Rich Hill, Tyler Mahle, Sixto Sanchez, Triston McKenzie, Luke Weaver, Dane Dunning, Trevor Cahill, Dakota Hudson, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Steven Brault

You should also check out Jake’s Top 100 Starting Pitchers for Dynasty Leagues.

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