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03-14

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-13

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Five to Watch: National League Pitchers
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George Bissell

03-03

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-03

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Long-Term Starting Pitchers
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Baseball Prospectus

03-03

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

03-02

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Starting Pitchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

03-02

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 175 Starting Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

03-01

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
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Greg Wellemeyer

02-28

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
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Greg Wellemeyer

02-27

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part One
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Greg Wellemeyer

02-27

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Fantasy Players to Target: Long-Term Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-24

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Starting Pitchers
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Scooter Hotz

02-24

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part II
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Mike Gianella

02-24

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The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers
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Eric Roseberry

02-23

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part I
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Mike Gianella

02-23

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State of the Position: Starting Pitchers
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George Bissell

02-22

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Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-22

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Early ADP Analysis: Starting Pitchers
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Matt Collins

09-23

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Greg Wellemeyer

09-16

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
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Scooter Hotz

09-09

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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Scooter Hotz

09-02

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
by
Scooter Hotz

08-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Worrying About Innings Limits
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J.P. Breen

08-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Scooter Hotz

08-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Recent Top Performers: Pitchers and Outfielders
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J.P. Breen

08-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: First Half in Review
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-16

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-10

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-03

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-27

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

05-20

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-13

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-06

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-04

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-03

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Starting Pitchers on the Ocean's Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

03-03

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19

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 175 Starting Pitchers
by
Bret Sayre

02-26

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
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Mike Gianella

02-25

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Tale of the Tape: Garrett Richards vs. Michael Wacha
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Matt Collins

02-25

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part One: 1-55
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Mike Gianella

02-24

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State of the Position: Starting Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

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March 14, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers

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Greg Wellemeyer

Highlighting a handful of junior-circuit hurlers who are worthy of your attention.

George Bissell covered five National League starters he’s eyeballing this draft season yesterday and today I’m coming at you with five from the junior circuit for whom the draft day value proposition is enticing. Well, technically I’ve coming at you with four and George is dropping in for the fifth.

Jharel Cotton, Oakland Athletics

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March 13, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Pitchers

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George Bissell

Highlighting a handful of senior-circuit hurlers who demand your attention.

“There is a very, very good chance that our understanding of gravity will not be the same in five hundred years. In fact, that’s the one arena where I would think that most of our contemporary evidence is circumstantial, and that the way we think about gravity will be very different.”

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March 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our fantasy team thinks you'd be better off letting other owners invest in these hurlers in dynasty formats.

Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
Don't get me wrong, I really like Michael Fulmer. He made significant improvements with his changeup last year to give him a strong third pitch to add to his mid-90s fastball and nasty slider. His pure stuff has clearly moved past the "future reliever" tag because of how much his changeup improved last season. He also pitches in a good home park for pitching, and has shown the ability to be difficult to square up when hitters do make contact against him. My main concern with him is in a long-term dynasty format. His delivery is pretty high-effort and violent, and I'm not sure how long he's going to hold up as a starter. Maybe he's conditioned enough and built enough to handle it over the long haul without a problem, but it's enough to give me a little pause before investing in him in a dynasty format. —Tim Finnegan

Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
It feels very weird to say people should be avoiding Justin Verlander is fantasy drafts this year. He is, after all, among the best pitchers of his generation and very likely a future Hall of Famer. Not only that, but he’s also coming off one of the best years of his career and one in which he was a favorite to take home the American League Cy Young. He was the fifth-rated starting pitcher on ESPN’s Player Rater in 2016. After a couple of seasons in which he looked like he was firmly in the decline stage of his career, Verlander came back last season to strike out ten batters per nine innings while keeping his typically strong control.



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March 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Long-Term Starting Pitchers

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Baseball Prospectus

You might be better off letting someone else invest in these hurlers over the long run.

Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
Greinke’s first year in the desert likely didn’t go as well as he hoped it would. It definitely didn’t go as well as the Diamondbacks hoped it would. The $200 million man struggled with both injuries and poor performance in 2016, leading to a 4.37 ERA (highest since 2005) and a 1.27 WHIP (highest since 2008). His fastball velocity ticked down, and the strikeouts followed suit, as he fanned only 134 batters in 158 2/3 innings.


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March 3, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

Scanning the menu of fantasy rotation options in the junior circuit.

There are league differences between the NL and the AL at every position, but there is arguably no greater paradigm shift than there is among starting pitchers. Where the NL has had four $40+ earners since 2015, in the AL no starting pitcher earned more than $35 for the second season in a row. Some of this is due to a lack of dominance in the qualitative categories. Only four AL starters earned four dollars or more in each ERA and WHIP in 2016: Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Corey Kluber, and Masahiro Tanaka. Thus, elite performance is difficult to come by, and only six pitchers cracked the modest $25 threshold in AL-only. Not only is it difficult to find value, it is hard to predict who is going to maintain value from season to season.

Table 1: Fifteen Most Expensive AL Starting Pitchers, 2016

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A deeper dive in search of long-term fantasy contributors on the hill.

Man, there are a lot of pitchers out there, huh? Luckily for you, Bret just ranked the top 175 of ‘em for dynasty league play this morning, and as always I’d strongly advise you to go wade through those waters before you shake your galoshes around in here. And then I’ll reiterate my warning from last week’s column on outfielders that there is any number of additional guys I probably could’ve highlighted here, but in the interest of saving my own and the editorial staff’s collective sanity, I’ve tried to limit the field to guys I find especially interesting or noteworthy for whatever reason. As always, questions on additional players are more than welcome in the comments. Previous pieces in this series can be found here:

Catchers

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March 2, 2017 8:15 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 175 Starting Pitchers

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Bret Sayre

This list of pitchers is so big. It's huge. Frankly, it's the biggest list to ever come up in this great country.

We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about starting pitchers for a while now (seven days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which 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 2016 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats.

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March 1, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part Two

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Greg Wellemeyer

Rounding out our rankings of the rotation arms, based on their values through the end of the 2019 season.

In case you missed the hitters or part one of yesterday’s starting pitchers, let’s get you caught up before going any further:

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February 28, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part Two

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Greg Wellemeyer

Rounding out our ranking of the rotation arms, based on their values between now and the end of the 2019 season.

In case you missed the hitters or part one of yesterday’s starting pitchers, let’s get you caught up before going any further:

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February 27, 2017 10:35 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part One

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Greg Wellemeyer

The top 40 rotation arms, based on their fantasy values from now through 2019.

In case you missed the hitters, let’s get you caught up before going any further:

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catcher

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February 27, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Long-Term Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our fantasy team identifies hurlers who might make for fine investments in dynasty formats.

Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels
It’s been a long road for Skaggs, and I certainly was not a believer a few years back. Those with better skill for scouting player talent, though, have stayed in on him. After having not thrown a major league inning since 2014, Skaggs came back better than ever. After his average four-seam velocity never got above 90.30 mph in 2012 or 2013, he averaged 92.78 mph in 2014, and then 93.42 mph in 2016—the result of which was a stellar, 22% K% last season. And while it seems like Skaggs has been around forever, he debuted when he was 22 and is still only 25 (to be 26 in July). Sure, Skaggs’s forecasted projection has to build in above-average injury risk, but the upside for a once highly regarded lefty that now throws 93-94 with a good curveball is well worth the risk for me. —Jeff Quinton

Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates
When you’re in a long-term league and you’re looking towards the future, it’s easy to be entranced by upside. Anytime a player is mentioned to have the potential of being an elite contributor, it’s only natural to become obsessed. I would never blame anyone for this, of course. However, the flip side to this line of thinking can be that solid, high-floor players can be overlooked. Enter: Jameson Taillon.



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February 24, 2017 10:51 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Starting Pitchers

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Scooter Hotz

Scanning the menu of senior-circuit fantasy rotation arms.

Ah, starting pitching. Poker players have their bad beat stories, fantasy baseball players have their stories about the aces they bought who failed spectacularly. Roto players who go cheap on pitching habitually are usually fighting the previous war, trying to avoid buying a big-ticket starter because they bought one at some point in the past, only to see that purchase sink their season.

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