Starting Pitchers


Updated: 3/20/18 by Max Freeze

Rank Name Team
Ace of Aces
1 Max Scherzer WAS
2 Corey Kluber CLE
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD
4 Chris Sale BOS
Still Fantasy Ace only question is Health
5 Stephen Strasburg WAS
6 Noah Syndergaard NYM
7 Luis Severino NYY
8 Jacob DeGrom NYM
9 Carlos Carrassco CLE
Talent to Be Fantasy Ace but Questions
10 Justin Verlander HOU
11 Zack Greinke ARI
12 Ghost of Mad Bum (drop 15 spots) SF
13 Carlos Martinez STL
14 Yu Darvish CHC
15 Masahiro Tanaka NYY
16 Robbie Ray ARI
Could be Aces but solid #2
17 Aaron Nola PHI
18 Chris Archer TB
19 Jose Quintana CHC
20 James Paxton SEA
21 Zack Godley ARI
22 Luis Castillo CIN
Solid but Boring Vet Tier
23 Sonny Gray NYY
24 David Price BOS
25 Dallas Keuchel HOU
26 Jake Arrieta FA
27 Rich Hill LAD
28 Marcus Stroman TOR
29 Luke Weaver STL
30 Charlie Morton HOU
31 Alex Wood LAD
32 Gerrit Cole PIT
Ohtani Tier – Low Inning Talent / Reliable Vets
33 Shohei Ohtani LAA
34 Jeff Samardzija SF
35 Jon Lester CHC
36 Danny Duffy KC
37 Michael Fulmer DET
38 Kyle Hendricks CHC
39 Garrett Richards LAA
40 Jameson Taillon PIT
41 Kenta Maeda LAD
42 Patrick Corbin ARI
43 Chase Anderson MIL
44 Drew Pomeranz BOS
45 Johnny Cueto SF
Exciting Young Studs / Lots of Upside
46 Luiz Gohara ATL
47 Blake Snell TB
48 Jose Berrios MIN
49 Lance McCullers HOU
50 Jon Gray COL
51 Trevor Bauer CLE
52 Mike Clevenger CLE
53 Jordan Montgomery NYY
54 Michael Wacha STL
55 Tanner Roark WAS
56 Dinelson Lamet SD
57 Jacob Faria TB
Solid #5s / Innings Eaters Tier
58 Gio Gonzalez WAS
59 Marco Estrada TOR
60 Brad Peacock HOU
61 Dylan Bundy BAL
62 Danny Salazar CLE
63 Sean Manaea OAK
64 Aaron Sanchez TOR
65 Ervin Santana MIN
66 Joe Musgrove PIT
67 Tyler Anderson COL
68 Dan Straily MIA
Sexy / Boring AF Combo
69 Michael Kopech CHW
70 Brent Honeywell TB
71 Chad Kuhl Pirates
72 J.A. Happ Blue Jays
73 Rick Porcello Red Sox
74 Kevin Gausman Orioles
75 Mike Mikolas Cardinals
76 German Marquez COL
77 Jack Flaherty STL

So 77 is an odd number to stop at. I’m still doing some late round research for pitchers so I’d like to get this to 100 for those deep leagues and dynasty leagues.  What I’m looking for in my pitching staff for a standard 12 team league is this: One pitcher from the either the Ace of Aces tier or Still Fantasy Ace only question is Health tierObviously that’s my ace. Picking from the second tier, I like DeGrom and Carrasco the most. Ideally, I like to grab two guys from the next two tiers. I have guys Like Tanaka, Quintana, Godley, and Castillo higher than others so you can likely grab them between rounds 7 and 9.

At this point, I’ve got three solid starters and a great foundation. I’ll grab one starter from each of the next tiers between the Solid but Boring Vet Tier and Exciting Young Studs / Lots of Upside tiers. Some guys I love wothin these tiers include but are not limited to Weaver, Morton, Samardzija, Richards, Taillon, Corbin, Maeda, Anderson, Gohara, Snell & Wacha. That leaves you with five SPs and generally I like to draft seven starters in standard leagues. For my last two starters I like one floor guy and one ceiling guy. Oh what’s that, the next two tiers include “innings eaters” and “Sexy AF” in the tier names, PERFECT! Pair them up, if you go with Marco Estrada, then grab Kopech or Honeywell and you’re all set!