Starting Pitching can truly be considered the most detrimental to Fantasy success. Because there is so much depth in this position, more so than any other position, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings can be all over the map. Thankfully there are four of us here at “So-Called Fantasy Experts” who will be helping with rankings and hopefully guiding you to the right decisions on draft day.
It has truly become a Pitchers league with so much talent and across all levels. Last season owners who drafted or scooped up Dallas Keuchel were highly rewarded. Jake Arrieta, Chris Archer and Sonny Gray owners were also pleasantly rewarded with elite Ace performances at an affordable draft value.
While these players, primarily Arrieta, may not be as cheap this season, there is plenty of potential for the entire 2016 season, as well as minor league talent quickly approaching their calls to the majors.
The importance of having at least one ace on your fantasy staff is more important than ever, and if you miss out on a top 10 pitcher you may be ok, but missing a top 30 may be a tougher situation to overcome.
Having a Fantasy rotation that includes some top-tier talent along with an abundance of mid-range arms is often the key to hanging in the top half of your Fantasy leagues. Let’s take a look at the SCFE consensus rankings and see where we find either common ground, or perhaps some differing views shall we?
Also be sure to keep checking out socalledfantasyexperts.com for more rankings, Sleepers posts, Busts, and Player Projections. We will be sure to help you prepare for Fantasy Draft dominance!
There have been a few things of note to happen in the starting pitcher landscape. Thankfully there haven’t been as many season-ending injuries to potentially destroy some Fantasy rotations…yet.
Things Are Looking Up
Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
Richards has looked great in spring and his velocity is up. So far the potential breakout season seems very real.
Doug Fister, Houston Astros
13 strikeouts in 11.2 Spring Training innings and an increase in velocity make Fister an intriguing value play this year.
A few pitchers have had early struggles, sent to the bullpen or have been demoted already. Many of these players may not be drafted at this point but just in case. Pitchers like Trevor May, Brandon Maurer and Dylan Bundy will be in the bullpens for their respective teams.
Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
Shark was one of my favorite targets and bets for a return to form season. This spring he has shown no improvement from his struggles last season. He continues to give up runs like crazy with 18 in 19 innings along with 5 homeruns. All of this accumulates to an 8.53 ERA. Ugly.
No dramatic struggles to make note of so far, and aside from a few blisters and precautionary skipped starts it has been a healthy Spring Training!
Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings
These Fantasy rankings are mainly for Rotisserie leagues that use wins, strikouts, saves, ERA and WHIP.
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He is a die-hard Minnesota sports fan, and equally as extreme when it comes to Fantasy Sports. When Chris isn't participating in Fantasy Sports, he is writing about them at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FakePigskin.com and FakeTeams.com. He also enjoys reading, spending time with his family and music -- but is commonly known as a music snob. He has a degree in Child Development, but is not working in the field, but in Supply Chain currently.
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