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February 25, 2014

Fantasy Tier Rankings

Starting Pitchers

by Paul Sporer


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Today, our positional tier rankings series continues with a look at starting pitching.

Players at each position are divided into five tiers, represented by a numerical star rating. For starters, I added a sixth for the two guys who are a cut above and going in the first two rounds of most drafts. Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

Six Star

The leaders of their respective leagues, you could see this pair go in the first round of a deeper (15-plus team) league, but both will certainly gone by the completion of round two. Kershaw is going as high as the fifth pick overall, a move I support.

We haven’t seen anyone reach 290 strikeouts since Randy Johnson did so in 2004. Darvish set a nine-year high in the MLB with his 277 last year and he could make a realistic push for 290 or even 300 in 2014. If Kershaw shows that he's actually human and somehow gets saddled with an ERA in the upper-2.00s or heaven forbid the lower-3.00s, then Darvish could wind up as most valuable arm in the game.

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