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Joel Henard and Mike Hilbig welcome Paul Sporer and Doug Anderson to talk Early 2016 Starting Pitcher rankings on the Fantasy Insiders Show.

 

The journey is almost complete. As an exercise to fight the offseason blues and get to know the player pool for the 2016 Fantasy Baseball season we here at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com have gotten our friends together and made our way around the diamond giving our first take on rankings for the coming season. If you’d like to check out our rankings for the other positions here are the links: Catcher, First Base, Second Base, Third Base, Shortstop, and Outfield.

I was looking forward to our 2016 Starting Pitcher Rankings more than any other position, because I honestly think that’s where the bulk of Fantasy championships are won. There’s a lot more strategy that comes into play when you have nine slots to fill and successfully identifying a few sleepers toward the end of your draft can allow you to build a dominant offense early on.

This year’s crop of starting pitchers is deeper than it has been in recent memory. The names like Clayton Kershaw, David Price, and Felix Hernandez are still cranking out great seasons and they’ve been joined by young breakout pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Gerrit Cole, and Dallas Keuchel. The ranks are so deep you’ve got perennial Cy Young contenders like Adam Wainwright, Johnny Cueto, and Jon Lester hovering around the No. 20 slot.

It’s for this reason that I’m probably going to be targeting offense in the first two rounds this season, but that’s a whole ‘nother article. Right now let me introduce you to the rankings crew for this week.

Meet the Experts

Before we get to our 2016 Starting Pitcher Rankings, here is this week’s crew of experts we’ve gathered together. We certainly appreciate their participation at this busy time of year.

Ray Guilfoyle – Ray is the managing editor at Fake Teams, covering fantasy baseball, football, basketball, hockey and even some English Premier League soccer. Follow him on Twitter at@FakeTeams.

Jim Finch – Jim is one of the main men over at Fantasy Assembly. It’s from him that I blatantly stole the idea of doing rankings with an associated podcast. They were selfish at Fantasy Assembly and kept their rankings in house. We’ll forgive Jim since he’s sharing with us now. He’s on probation though. Jim is on Twitter at @TheJimFinch.

Fabian Taylor – Fabian is one of our own. His work for So-Called Fantasy Experts has been extraordinary. He’s one of the top new baseball writers in the industry and you’ll be hearing a lot more from him. Check out all his work at SCFE and follow him on twitter at @CanucksRule247

Joel Henard – Joel joined the SCFE team just recently and the podcasts we’ll do around these rankings will be the real kick-off of our relationship. He’s the voice behind The Fantasy Insiders and we’re looking forward to the skills he brings to the mic.

Mike Hilbig – Mike , @TheFantasyDr, is the co-host of The Fantasy Insider Show, where you’ll here us talk about these rankings later this week.

Doug “RotoDaddy” Anderson  – The RotoDaddy moniker came about when my son was born in 2003, not because I spank everybody in Fantasy Baseball (though it does happen quite a bit). You can follow me on Twitter at @RotoDaddy, although right now I don’t post very often because I’m buried in player projections and profiles.

Steve Gardner – Steve is the head Fantasy honcho over at USA Today and one of the best people I’ve had the please to meet in the industry. You can follow Steve on Twitter at @SteveAGardner.

Early 2016 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Player
Guilfoyle
Finch
Taylor
Henard
Hilbig
Anderson
Gardner
Consensus
Kershaw, Clayton
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Scherzer, Max
2
3
2
4
2
2
3
2
Bumgarner, Madison
10
2
7
2
5
5
2
3
Sale, Chris
3
4
3
3
10
7
7
4
Arrieta, Jake
5
10
4
9
6
4
4
5
Price, David
8
6
8
7
8
8
6
6
Fernandez, Jose
7
5
9
5
14
3
10
7
Greinke, Zack
4
11
16
11
4
6
5
8
Keuchel, Dallas
6
15
15
14
3
9
11
9
Cole, Gerrit
12
7
10
6
17
17
12
10
Hernandez, Felix
16
9
19
10
9
10
9
11
Harvey, Matt
13
8
14
8
13
11
19
12
Degrom, Jacob
9
13
6
17
15
15
14
13
Kluber, Corey
19
18
5
18
19
13
8
14
Archer, Chris
14
17
17
13
7
19
15
15
Gray, Sonny
15
14
21
15
12
18
20
16
Syndergaard, Noah
25
16
13
12
11
21
22
17
Strasburg, Stephen
31
12
12
16
27
14
13
18
Lester, Jon
21
20
18
20
21
26
17
19
Wainwright, Adam
12
24
22
25
23
16
21
20
Cueto, Johnny
17
21
29
21
20
20
16
21
Hamels, Cole
18
23
20
23
22
23
18
22
Carlos Carrasco
22
26
11
24
24
12
31
23
Stroman, Marcus
27
28
30
19
18
28
24
24
Salazar, Danny
20
22
25
22
NR
NR
28
25
Tanaka, Masahiro
29
25
23
30
NR
NR
23
26
Wacha, Michael
24
27
NR
27
29
NR
27
27
Martinez, Carlos
23
29
28
29
NR
NR
30
28
Ross, Tyson
NR
19
27
28
NR
22
NR
29
Darvish, Yu
NR
30
NR
26
16
29
NR
30
Zimmermann, Jordan
33
NR
NR
NR
NR
27
25
31
Miller, Shelby
NR
NR
NR
NR
26
25
NR
32
Liriano, Francisco
28
NR
26
NR
NR
NR
NR
33
Verlander, Justin
NR
NR
NR
NR
25
30
NR
34
Pineda, Michael
NR
NR
24
NR
NR
NR
NR
35
Matz, Steven
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
24
NR
36
Kazmir, Scott
26
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
37
Mchugh, Collin
NR
NR
NR
NR
28
NR
NR
38
Richards, Garrett
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
29
39
Quintana, Jose
NR
NR
NR
NR
30
NR
NR
40
Lackey, John
30
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
41

Early Sleepers and Busts for the 2016 Season

Along with their 2016 Starting Pitcher Rankings we also asked each expert on our panel to name their initial ideas on sleepers and busts for the position. It will be interesting to see if these names gain momentum as the season draws nearer.

Doug Anderson:
Sleepers – Patrick Corbin, Steven Matz, Rich Hill
Busts – Felix Hernandez

Joel Henard:
Sleeper – Lance MCullers
Bust – Stephen Strasburg

Mike Hilbig:
Sleepers – Noah Syndergaard, Luis Severino, Marcus Stroman, Alex Cobb
Busts – Jordann Zimmermann, Masahiro Tanaka

Fabian Taylor:
Sleeper – Raisel Iglesias
Bust – Zack Greinke

Ray Guilfoyle:
Sleepers – Hyun-Jin Ryu, Lance McCullers, Jared Eickhoff, Lucas Giolito
Busts – Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey

Jim Finch:
Sleepers – Adam Wainwright, Yordano Ventura
Bust – Jake Arrieta

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our our rough draft of the 2016 Starting Pitcher Rankings. As Spring Training gets closer we’ll put our projections into play and refine these rankings and identify plenty more late round pitchers that could help you win your Fantasy championship in 2016.

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