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February 27, 2014

Dynasty League Positional Rankings

Top 175 Starting Pitchers

by Bret Sayre


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The Primer:
Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league-dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETA’s down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

Even with Matt Harvey’s elbow explosion, 2013 will go down as the year of the young pitcher breakouts. And that leads to a lot of new faces toward the top of this list. Of course, it’s not all wine and roses for all of these young players, as people are getting a little overexcited about some relatively small samples—but more on that later. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there was were a number of “stable” and “low-risk” pitchers who took a tumble down this list in the last 12 months, which goes to show you that those words only mean so much when it comes to those who occupy the mound. In the prospect world, we have a few choice guys with front of the rotation upside, but many more of the strong number three starter variety. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as a many high-end dynasty rotations have been built using a Costco-sized group of number threes.

And now, your top 175 starting pitchers in dynasty formats

It may surprise some to see King Felix sandwiched in between the current aces and the future aces, but his consistency and track record speak for themselves. He has the whole package: the durability, the skills and the ballpark. We know what these other guys are. Fernandez and Strasburg could compete for Cy Young awards for years in the National League, but Fernandez gets the slight edge for both age and (fair or not) the injury association for Strasburg.

I love both of these guys. Wainwright has the skill set to continue his run of success well into his 30s and Cole has the stuff to be mentioned alongside Fernandez and Strasburg in short order.

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