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Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for week 24

Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for week 24

by Matt Commins | Posted on Saturday, September 14th, 2013
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The matchups and statistical data for these fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings were pulled Saturday morning. Please be aware the matchups are subject to change.

Top starters

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

1

Cliff Lee

PHI

MIA, NYM

2.97

23.7%

4.1%

2

Zack Greinke

LAD

@ARI, @SD

2.74

20.4%

6.7%

3

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

@ARI

1.94

24.8%

5.8%

4

Max Scherzer

DET

CWS

3.01

28.4%

6.3%

5

Cole Hamels

PHI

NYM

3.45

22.3%

5.5%

6

Gio Gonzalez

WSH

MIA

3.31

24.1%

9.7%

7

Madison Bumgarner

SF

@NYM

2.83

24.4%

7.6%

8

Yu Darvish

TEX

@TB

2.84

32.9%

9.0%

9

Jered Weaver

LAA

SEA

3.38

18.9%

6.0%

10

Julio Teheran

ATL

@CHC

3.05

21.8%

6.4%

11

Jordan Zimmermann

WSH

MIA

3.36

18.4%

4.8%

12

Stephen Strasburg

WSH

ATL

2.96

26.7%

7.7%

13

Jarrod Parker

OAK

MIN

3.55

16.8%

8.0%

14

Ivan Nova

NYY

SF

3.17

20.3%

7.6%

15

Mike Minor

ATL

@WSH

3.15

22.5%

5.3%

16

Chris Sale

CWS

@DET

2.90

26.3%

5.2%

17

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

@DET

2.87

21.0%

4.8%

18

Adam Wainwright

STL

@COL

2.96

22.9%

3.8%

Additional Information: In seven starts the past two years against the Tigers, Chis Sale has been average with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. If you have Sale, you’re starting him; but for those of you in a championship week, be prepared for a lackluster performance. Since the All-Star break, the Marlins have the lowest OPS in the majors, which is why I love Jordan Zimmerman and Gio Gonzalez this week. Jarrord Parker has not a lost a game since May 22; since that day, he has a 2.61 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. I’ve watched all of his starts, and he has great command of his change-up. In terms of 2014 fantasy value, it’s very possible he will be a top-20 starting pitcher in my ranks.

Backend starters

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

19

Corey Kluber

CLE

@KC, HOU

3.55

22.8%

5.2%

20

A.J. Burnett

PIT

SD, CIN

3.46

25.6%

8.4%

21

Andrew Cashner

SD

@PIT, LAD

3.40

17.4%

7.2%

22

Anibal Sanchez

DET

SEA, CWS

2.50

26.3%

7.4%

23

C.J. Wilson

LAA

@OAK, SEA

3.44

20.2%

9.3%

24

James Shields

KC

CLE, TEX

3.38

20.1%

7.4%

25

Alex Cobb

TB

TEX, BAL

3.08

21.9%

8.1%

26

Mat Latos

CIN

@HOU

3.14

21.6%

6.5%

27

Shelby Miller

STL

@MIL

3.05

24.7%

7.7%

28

Francisco Liriano

PIT

CIN

2.92

24.5%

9.4%

29

Homer Bailey

CIN

@PIT

3.39

24.6%

5.4%

30

Ricky Nolasco

LAD

@ARI

3.14

19.9%

5.5%

31

Kris Medlen

ATL

@CHC

3.46

18.8%

5.5%

32

Alex Wood

ATL

@WSH

3.46

24.3%

8.4%

33

Zack Wheeler

NYM

SF

3.22

19.9%

9.8%

34

Clay Buchholz

BOS

TOR

1.61

25.4%

8.8%

35

Matt Cain

SF

@NYM

4.24

21.1%

7.4%

36

Derek Holland

TEX

@TB

3.40

21.4%

7.7%

37

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

@TOR

3.13

17.9%

4.8%

38

Ervin Santana

KC

TEX

3.35

19.3%

5.8%

39

Justin Verlander

DET

SEA

3.66

22.3%

8.0%

40

Danny Salazar

CLE

@KC

2.65

33.1%

8.0%

41

David Price

TB

BAL

3.45

20.7%

3.5%

Additional Information: Before the All-Star break, Shelby Miller had a 26.4 percent strikeout rate and a 6.8 percent walk rate. After the All-Star break, his strikeout rate is 21.6 percent and walk rate is 9.3 percent. As of Friday, he’s thrown 156 innings, the most in his professional career. Miller has looked fatigued in his last couple of starts, and the innings may be catching up to him. Danny Salazar, again, looked extremely effective on Friday, striking out nine batters in 3.2 innings. The Indians are trying to limit his workload so going three to five innings per start will limit his ability to earn wins, but he’s a fantastic option if you’re looking for strikeouts. David Price in his last six starts has a 4.28 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. The Orioles are tied for third in the majors in OPS, and Price had a mediocre performance against the Orioles four weeks ago.

Spot starters

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

42

Gerrit Cole

PIT

SD

3.48

19.1%

5.4%

43

Sonny Gray

OAK

LAA, MIN

2.63

26.6%

7.3%

44

Dillon Gee

NYM

@PHI

3.61

16.9%

5.6%

45

Jon Niese

NYM

SF

3.88

17.2%

8.0%

46

Doug Fister

DET

SEA

3.77

17.2%

4.8%

47

Chris Archer

TB

TEX

3.03

17.9%

7.2%

48

Matt Moore

TB

TEX

3.18

22.2%

11.3%

49

Ubaldo Jimenez

CLE

HOU

3.62

23.6%

11.3%

50

Danny Duffy

KC

CLE

1.85

21.2%

13.5%

51

Mike Leake

CIN

@HOU, @PIT

3.35

15.0%

6.1%

52

Hyun-Jin Ryu

LAD

@ARI, @SD

3.07

19.7%

6.5%

53

Matt Garza

TEX

@TB, @KC

3.79

21.9%

6.5%

54

Chris Tillman

BAL

@TB

3.66

20.8%

8.4%

55

Jeff Samardzija

CHC

@MIL

4.44

23.4%

8.6%

56

Jose Quintana

CWS

MIN

3.56

19.9%

6.8%

57

Scott Feldman

BAL

@BOS, @TB

3.54

17.5%

6.8%

58

John Lackey

BOS

BAL

3.56

20.5%

5.1%

59

Jake Peavy

BOS

BAL

4.03

20.3%

5.8%

Additional Information: All of Jeff Samardzija’s peripherals suggest he’s been the same; his strikeout rates are the same and the walk rate is slightly up. However, his ERA 0.6 points higher than last year. With an xFIP of 3.49, I bet Samardzija will be a draft-day value in 2014. Jon Niese, in his last 13 starts, has a 2.85 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with a solid 20 percent strikeout rate and .341 BABIP. With the emergence of Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and if Matt Harvey successfully rehabs his elbow in the offseason, the Mets are going to have a fantastic pitching rotation. Think how good the rotation can be if Noah Syndergaard reaches his potential and jumps to the majors some time next year.

Proceed with caution

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

60

Scott Kazmir

CLE

@KC, HOU

4.24

22.6%

7.2%

61

Rick Porcello

DET

SEA, CWS

4.56

17.8%

5.9%

62

Travis Wood

CHC

ATL

3.05

17.4%

7.7%

63

Bronson Arroyo

CIN

@PIT

3.58

15.7%

3.6%

64

Carlos Torres

NYM

@PHI

3.53

18.5%

3.7%

65

Kyle Lohse

MIL

CHC

3.46

15.4%

4.6%

66

R.A. Dickey

TOR

NYY, @BOS

4.36

18.1%

7.8%

67

Tanner Roark

WSH

ATL, MIA

1.30

20.0%

6.2%

68

Brett Oberholtzer

HOU

@CLE

2.65

16.0%

3.2%

69

Martin Perez

TEX

@KC

3.60

15.3%

6.6%

70

Dan Haren

WSH

ATL, MIA

5.02

21.3%

4.2%

71

Edwin Jackson

CHC

@MIL, ATL

4.76

17.5%

7.4%

72

CC Sabathia

NYY

SF

4.82

19.5%

6.8%

73

Jon Lester

BOS

TOR

3.86

19.5%

7.4%

74

Patrick Corbin

ARI

LAD, @COL

2.92

20.9%

6.1%

75

Joe Kelly

STL

@COL, @MIL

2.87

15.6%

8.7%

76

Ryan Dempster

BOS

BAL, TOR

4.70

21.0%

10.3%

77

Hector Santiago

CWS

@DET

3.53

21.7%

11.1%

Additional Information: If you remove the horrendous start in Boston last week, Rick Porcello has a 3.17 ERA in his last 12 starts. I’ve been a Porcello apologist all year, and I’m not jumping off now during the fantasy playoffs. Tanner Roark, who was called up in August, pitched primarily out of the bullpen before pitching effectively in two starts. Roark has a low-to-mid 90s fastball and relies on command and control to generate outs, which isn’t a great recipe for fantasy success. That said, with one start against the Marlins, Roark could be a great roll of the dice. Speaking of the Marlins, Dan Haren also will face the Marlins and Braves. Last week, Haren faced the Marlins and go lit up. He’s given up 16 runs in the past 18.2 innings.

Avoid

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

78

Yusmeiro Petit

SF

@NYM, @NYY

2.53

29.6%

4.8%

79

Brad Peacock

HOU

CIN

5.27

20.7%

10.5%

80

Tim Lincecum

SF

@NYY

4.40

23.1%

9.2%

81

Dan Straily

OAK

LAA

4.11

19.2%

8.8%

82

Wade Miley

ARI

LAD

3.74

17.4%

7.9%

83

Nick Tepesch

TEX

@TB, @KC

4.84

18.7%

6.6%

84

Jake Arrieta

CHC

@MIL

5.49

19.7%

13.9%

85

Jason Vargas

LAA

@OAK

4.20

16.9%

7.3%

86

Brandon McCarthy

ARI

LAD

4.58

14.1%

3.8%

87

Jeff Locke

PIT

SD, CIN

3.14

17.6%

11.7%

88

Aaron Harang

NYM

SF

5.70

17.7%

5.3%

89

Andrew Albers

MIN

@OAK

3.35

11.2%

1.7%

90

Michael Wacha

STL

@COL

2.72

23.0%

7.1%

91

Todd Redmond

TOR

NYY

4.10

24.8%

7.1%

92

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

STL

4.17

18.2%

8.6%

93

Edinson Volquez

LAD

@SD

5.99

17.7%

9.9%

94

Jacob Turner

MIA

@WSH

3.43

14.6%

10.5%

95

Ian Kennedy

SD

@PIT

4.85

20.6%

9.6%

96

Bartolo Colon

OAK

MIN

2.85

13.6%

3.8%

97

A.J. Griffin

OAK

LAA, MIN

3.81

20.3%

6.5%

98

Bruce Chen

KC

CLE

3.11

15.9%

6.8%

99

Garrett Richards

LAA

@OAK

3.91

16.9%

7.2%

100

Wei-Yin Chen

BAL

@BOS

3.99

18.0%

7.2%

101

Erasmo Ramirez

SEA

@LAA

4.57

18.9%

8.0%

Additional Information: Brad Peacock, an extreme fly-ball pitcher, has pitched extremely effectively in his past two starts at Oakland and at Seattle, both great ballparks for fly-ball pitchers. This week, he gets another opportunity to pitch at home, which should allow more fly balls to stay in the ballpark. The two biggest wild cards are Tim Lincecum and Dan Straily as they can provide sensational or horrendous outings. With starts against struggling offenses, either one of these pitchers could provide solid fantasy value. For the year, the Indians have the best OPS against left-handed pitchers, which is why Bruce Chen and his 3.11 ERA is this far down in the rankings.

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