March 5, 2013
Pre-Season Positional Rankings
Top 80 Fantasy Starting Pitchers, Part One: 1-40
The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.
Here are the previous rankings lists:
Today, we leave the position players behind and move on to starting pitchers. You’ll find our top 40 hurlers below, and the second set, featuring those ranked 41-80, will follow on Friday.
The comments, which follow the top 40 list, will be more detailed after the top 20, since you don’t need as much insight on the relatively surefire aces around which you can build your staff in the early rounds. You will, however, want to know why you might want to let those aces get drafted early, and then build your rotation around several of the possible bargains in the second half of this batch.
To kick things off, here’s the list…