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Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for week 6

Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for week 6

by Matt Commins | Posted on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
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These fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings were pulled Friday morning. Please be aware the matchups are subject to change. The data is up to date as of Thursday night.

Top starters

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

1

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

@WSH, SF

1.34

25.9%

3.7%

2

Max Scherzer

DET

HOU, MIN

2.08

33.1%

7.1%

3

Zack Greinke

LAD

@WSH, SF

2.04

32.4%

4.2%

4

Yordano Ventura

KC

@SD, @SEA

1.50

25.4%

9.0%

5

Homer Bailey

CIN

@BOS, COL

5.51

21.4%

5.8%

6

Matt Cain

SF

@PIT, @LAD

4.35

19.1%

7.6%

7

Jose Fernandez

MIA

@SD

1.59

36.2%

5.3%

8

Yu Darvish

TEX

BOS

2.59

25.0%

7.6%

9

Madison Bumgarner

SF

@LAD

3.74

23.3%

8.2%

10

Michael Wacha

STL

@PIT

2.48

28.9%

6.6%

11

Adam Wainwright

STL

@ATL

1.20

25.3%

6.6%

12

Cliff Lee

PHI

@TOR

3.29

23.0%

2.3%

13

Felix Hernandez

SEA

@OAK-2

2.40

28.7%

4.3%

14

Stephen Strasburg

WSH

@OAK

4.24

35.3%

8.0%

15

Masahiro Tanaka

NYY

@MIL

2.27

33.1%

4.3%

16

James Shields

KC

@SD

2.03

25.5%

5.6%

17

Cole Hamels

PHI

@NYM

6.73

16.0%

12.0%

18

Jordan Zimmermann

WSH

LAD

3.27

24.8%

5.7%

19

Alex Wood

ATL

CHC

2.93

23.6%

5.1%

20

Julio Teheran

ATL

CHC

1.47

15.9%

5.5%

21

Ervin Santana

ATL

STL

2.40

27.3%

6.1%

22

David Price

TB

BAL

4.75

27.2%

2.9%

23

Johnny Cueto

CIN

COL

1.15

28.2%

7.9%

24

Andrew Cashner

SD

KC

2.68

21.7%

6.6%

Additional information: With two starts in pitcher-friendly ballparks, expect Matt Cain to put up vintage Cain results. Even though the Rockies are middle of the pack in batting average on the road, they are top 10 in OPS. The Rockies can hit away from Coors, which means Johnny Cueto’s start is not a slam dunk. Alex Wood was brutal in his last outing against the Marlins, but he’s still missing a lot of bats and isn’t walking batters. It’s possible Wood loses his spot in the rotation (in favor of Aaron Harang) once Gavin Floyd comes off the DL. Don’t let Stephen Strasburg’s ERA fool you; he’s pitched extremely well, but has suffered from poor luck. For example, there’s no way he is going to continue to have a .418 BABIP.

Backend starters

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

25

Justin Verlander

DET

MIN

2.48

18.2%

8.8%

26

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

KC

27

Mike Minor

ATL

STL

28

Gio Gonzalez

WSH

@OAK

3.25

25.7%

8.8%

29

Gerrit Cole

PIT

STL

3.18

18.4%

7.8%

30

Sonny Gray

OAK

WSH

1.76

22.0%

8.3%

31

Chris Tillman

BAL

@TB, HOU

3.68

21.7%

7.5%

32

Scott Kazmir

OAK

SEA, WSH

2.11

23.2%

4.6%

33

Chris Archer

TB

BAL, CLE

4.84

18.8%

6.7%

34

Jeff Samardzija

CHC

CWS, @ATL

1.98

18.5%

7.7%

35

Nathan Eovaldi

MIA

NYM, @SD

2.58

23.0%

3.3%

36

Tim Hudson

SF

@PIT, @LAD

2.17

18.2%

1.2%

37

Drew Hutchison

TOR

@PHI, LAA

3.82

27.3%

7.2%

38

Jon Niese

NYM

@MIA, PHI

2.20

18.8%

6.3%

39

Lance Lynn

STL

@PIT

3.60

26.5%

7.3%

40

A.J. Burnett

PHI

@TOR

2.15

17.5%

10.6%

41

Jesse Chavez

OAK

SEA

1.89

27.3%

5.3%

42

Dan Haren

LAD

@WSH

2.39

21.5%

4.4%

43

Drew Smyly

DET

HOU

3.60

25.9%

6.9%

Additional information: If I drafted Mike Minor and Hisashi Iwakuma, I’m playing them right away. In his last two starts, Gerrit Cole has a 1.20 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, but only with a 16.9 percent strikeout rate. If he continues to have a sub-18 percent strikeout rate, he’s only a top 30-40 starting pitcher. Nate Eovaldi faces two of the worst offenses that do not have a lot of quality left-handed hitters. He is a must stream in all formats. I’m a huge believer in Drew Hutchison. The strikeout rate will probably settle in the 22-24 percent range, but he’ll miss a ton of bats and has good command of his secondary pitches.

Spot starters

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

44

Justin Masterson

CLE

MIN

4.84

21.7%

9.3%

45

Alfredo Simon

CIN

COL

1.60

16.4%

8.2%

46

Kyle Lohse

MIL

NYY

2.70

24.2%

6.7%

47

Doug Fister

WSH

LAD

48

Jon Lester

BOS

@TEX

3.10

25.7%

4.8%

49

John Lackey

BOS

@TEX

3.83

23.5%

4.8%

50

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

@LAA

5.14

16.6%

4.6%

51

Danny Duffy

KC

@SEA

2.17

30.6%

8.3%

52

Francisco Liriano

PIT

STL

3.97

23.4%

9.7%

53

Corey Kluber

CLE

@TB

4.14

20.8%

6.0%

54

C.J. Wilson

LAA

NYY

3.17

26.1%

8.3%

55

Garrett Richards

LAA

@TOR

2.53

24.6%

12.7%

56

Jake Peavy

BOS

CIN

2.86

22.4%

13.0%

57

R.A. Dickey

TOR

PHI

5.10

19.1%

11.5%

58

Wily Peralta

MIL

ARI

2.56

18.9%

5.3%

59

Matt Harrison

TEX

COL

3.00

16.7%

8.3%

60

Henderson Alvarez

MIA

NYM, @SD

3.28

14.3%

7.1%

61

Robbie Erlin

SD

KC, MIA

5.84

19.5%

5.5%

62

Jose Quintana

CWS

@CHC, ARI

4.00

21.3%

6.0%

63

David Phelps

NYY

@LAA, @MIL

3.85

29.6%

13.0%

64

Danny Salazar

CLE

MIN

6.05

27.2%

9.6%

65

Marco Estrada

MIL

ARI

3.14

23.3%

6.8%

66

Jenrry Mejia

NYM

PHI

3.50

25.2%

12.2%

67

Dillon Gee

NYM

PHI

2.87

17.0%

8.2%

68

Travis Wood

CHC

@CWS

3.52

22.8%

5.1%

69

Tyler Skaggs

LAA

@TOR

3.34

16.1%

6.6%

70

Jason Hammel

CHC

@ATL

2.07

21.4%

5.6%

71

Zack Wheeler

NYM

@MIA

3.99

24.4%

8.7%

72

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

NYY

1.91

16.6%

6.6%

Additional information: Tyler Skaggs is a fly ball pitcher who fills up the zone. That’s a bad combination in a home run ballpark with a lineup that has a lot of right-handed power. Jason Hammel will provide a quality start, but with the state of the Cubs bullpen, the chances are small he’ll earn a victory. After a good outing against the Giants, Danny Salazar takes a jump in the rankings; however, the ranking could change based on how he looks Friday night. David Phelps walks too many batters, which makes him prone to blow-up starts, but I have soft spot for him. Jenrry Mejia is a max-effort pitcher with great stuff, which means he’ll provide solid strikeout totals, but may only last into the fifth inning.

Proceed with caution

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

73

Miguel Gonzalez

BAL

HOU

5.19

18.4%

7.0%

74

Jered Weaver

LAA

NYY, @TOR

4.00

18.8%

8.1%

75

Clay Buchholz

BOS

@TEX

6.65

15.6%

4.9%

76

Wade Miley

ARI

@CWS

5.36

20.3%

9.6%

77

Rick Porcello

DET

HOU

3.96

16.7%

4.2%

78

Ian Kennedy

SD

MIA

3.16

25.3%

5.5%

79

Collin McHugh

HOU

@BAL

0.59

35.2%

5.6%

80

Jason Vargas

KC

@SEA

2.40

14.0%

4.9%

81

Dan Straily

OAK

SEA-2

5.14

24.1%

6.9%

82

Wei-Yin Chen

BAL

HOU

4.34

17.8%

5.4%

83

Mark Buehrle

TOR

@PHI, LAA

2.25

14.0%

6.1%

84

CC Sabathia

NYY

@MIL

5.11

25.5%

5.0%

85

Tommy Milone

OAK

WSH

4.56

10.4%

7.5%

86

Josh Beckett

LAD

SF

2.45

25.3%

9.2%

Additional information: Josh Beckett has a great ERA, but three of his four starts came against poor NL West lineups, and it’s highly unlikely he’ll continue to have a .180 BABIP. Collin McHugh would jump up 10-15 spots in the ranks if performs well against the Mariners this weekend. Tommy Milone has a 3.25 ERA and 1.17 WHIP at home. Clay Buchholz has been unlucky this year (.380 BABIP), but I don’t feel confident in starting him at Texas.

Avoid

Rank

Name

Team

Opp.

ERA

K%

BB%

87

Brandon Cumpton

PIT

SF

4.25

17.3%

1.9%

88

Brandon Morrow

TOR

PHI

6.05

24.2%

16.2%

89

Shelby Miller

STL

@ATL, @PIT

3.15

17.6%

14.2%

90

Eric Stults

SD

KC, MIA

5.33

9.8%

5.3%

91

Jacob Turner

MIA

@SD

7.50

3.6%

10.7%

92

Bartolo Colon

NYM

@MIA

5.64

17.9%

2.5%

93

Roenis Elias

SEA

@OAK, KC

3.09

21.5%

11.1%

94

Matt Garza

MIL

ARI, NYY

5.00

19.2%

7.7%

95

Tom Koehler

MIA

NYM

2.97

15.7%

11.0%

96

Jhoulys Chacin

COL

@CIN

97

Jake Arrieta

CHC

@CWS

98

Martin Perez

TEX

@COL, BOS

2.95

16.4%

7.5%

99

Aaron Harang

ATL

STL, CHC

2.98

25.3%

9.6%

100

Zach McAllister

CLE

MIN, @TB

3.82

20.0%

8.6%

101

Dallas Keuchel

HOU

@DET

3.56

23.8%

6.3%

Additional information: If you don’t look at Shelby Miller’s ERA, you’ll see a pitcher who has been extremely lucky despite pitching poorly. For more information as to why I’m not buying Miller, please go here. Jake Arrieta has already had really good stuff, but his biggest roadblock to success has been command. His history suggests he may never have good command, but the Cubs are going to give him every chance possible to see if the command comes around. Brandon Cumpton pitched much better in his last start than the box score indicates. He would have been out of the last inning without any runs allowed if Travis Snider catches a fly ball. When I’m picking a player this low, I want pitchers who do not walk batters, and Cumpton has shown he will not do that.

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