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Welcome back. If you missed it, go back and read my hitters version of the NFBC average auction values.

Today let’s focus on the volatile starting pitcher market and the valuations from Sunday nights National Fantasy Baseball Championship Auction DC 500.

Clayton Kershaw resides in rarified air but there are a multitude of aces living in high rent districts. In examining the board, there were fourteen starters who went for $25 or more, as aces are premium assets in the high stakes arena.

The arms race in this league will be highly contested after three teams purchased three starting pitchers at or above the $25 price tag.

So let’s get to the NFBC average auction values for the pitchers.

NFBC Average Auction Values; Starting Pitchers

An autopsy of high-end acquisitions from Sunday night

  • $40 – (1) Clayton Kershaw $43
  • $30 – (3) Max Scherzer $33, Jake Arrieta $33 and Chris Sale $30
  • $25 – (10) Madison Bumgarner $29, Stephen Strasburg $29, David Price $28, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey $27, Corey Kluber $27, Zack Greinke $26, Gerrit Cole $26, Noah Syndergaard $26, Carlos Carrasco $25


NFBC Average Auction Values

PlayerPositionTeamAverage Draft PositionMinimum PickMaximum PickNumber Of Drafts Since March 1st
Yasiel PuigOFLAD74.844710138
Makiel Franco3BPHI86.954612938
Christian YelichOFMIA99.377312738
Carlos MartinezSPSTL 104.295713738
Ian DesmondOFTEX106.958513138
Randal GrichukOFSTL 146.55 9619838
Raisel IglesiasSPCIN149.3410117538
Jake McGeeRPCOL169.4511721838
Yordano VenturaSPKC 172.7910020638
Byun-ho Park1BMIN179.8212824838
Patrick CorbinSPARI190.8715521838
Wellington CastilloC ARI204.2914925538
Odubel HerreraOFPHI245.9217530838
Anthony DeSclafaniSPCIN255.6621629938
Jose Peraza2BCIN315.5624237138

Data Courtesy Of Todd Zola

Notable Mentions

The five starting pitchers who just missed the cut are Dallas Keuchel, Felix Hernadez, Johnny Cueto, Sonny Gray and Jon Lester, all own an AAV above $20.

Here are Seven Samurai for your consideration and their cost.

  • Dallas Keuchel, $23 vs. $23.10 (AAV)
  • Felix Hernandez, $23 vs. $22.80 (AAV)
  • Johnny Cueto, $20 vs. $21.30 (AAV)
  • Sonny Gray, $22 vs. $20.30 (AAV)
  • Jon Lester, $21 vs. $20.10 (AAV)
  • Danny Salazar, $21 vs. $19.90 (AAV)
  • Cole Hamels, $18 vs. $18.50 (AAV)

This competitive league held prices rigid as upper echelon arms were inline with Average Auction Values.

My $115 Pitching Staff

  • Stephen Strasburg $29
  • Corey Kluber $27
  • Gerrit Cole $26
  • Aaron Nola $2
  • Jerad Eickhoff $1
  • Clay Buchholz $1
  • Vincent Velasquez $1
  • Andrew Miller $6
  • Kenley Jansen $22

Wednesday night is the conclusion of this Auction Draft Champions format with 27 rounds to be completed.

The mantra has long been to wait on pitching but even industry people are changing their philosophy when it comes to starting pitching. Lastly, don’t be fooled, pitching is deep but elite arms are precious commodities.

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