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2016 fantasy baseball preview: Powerful starting pitcher tiers

Starting Pitcher is wide open this Fantasy Season, except of course at the top of the pile where Clayton Kershaw still sits heads above the rest of the pitching pool.

He is doing things that have never been done.

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Yikes.

If you wanna know how the rest of the pitchers line up, in terms of value to your Fantasy Baseball team, you’re in luck. The Starting Pitcher tiers are here:


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Tiers: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

As always, #PDSBaseball is here to help you with the MOST ACCURATE** fantasy baseball rankings of the 2016 season. Good Luck!

**complete assumption


2016 Powerful Starting Pitcher Tiers:

Tier 1: High End Shit

Rank Player Name TM  ADP
1


Clayton Kershaw


LAD


4


2 Max Scherzer WSH 15
3 Chris Sale CWS 23
4 Madison Bumgarner SF 24
5 Jose Fernandez MIA 28
6 Jacob DeGrom NYM 35
7 Matt Harvey NYM 38
8 David Price BOS 29
9 Felix Hernandez SEA 42
10 Carlos Carrasco CLE 63
11 Zack Greinke ARI 26
12 Jake Arrieta CHC 17
13 Chris Archer TB 46
14 Gerrit Cole PIT 36
15 Corey Kluber CLE 41
16 Noah Syndergaard NYM 52
17 Stephen Strasburg WSH 44
18 Dallas Keuchel HOU 43
19 Sonny Gray OAK 57


Where’s the value? 
The fact that there are 15-20 pitchers that anyone should be happy to have at SP1 means the value is in letting the draft come to you. Take advantage of your tiers and grab 2 of these top end starters when the pool starts to thin, you’ll be fine.

Notes:

  • Clayton Kershaw is the closest thing to a guarantee in all of Baseball. He’s a serious consideration at #4 overall.
  • Pitchers 2 through 19 are amazing. Points leagues I want to have 2 of these high end chuckers.
  • Jacob DeGrom almost feels hidden at the top of the Mets rotation. His ADP is 35, that is steaIing.
  • Carlos Carassco has CY Young stuff. Should have a big season.
  • I am not drinking the ‘Felix Hernandez is over’ Kool-aid, all hail the King!

Tier 2 & 3: If the Price is Right

20 Johnny Cueto SF 68
21 Danny Salazar CLE 76
22 Cole Hamels TEX 64
23 Marcus Stroman TOR 92
24 Michael Wacha STL 90
25 Garrett Richards LAA 93
26 Jon Lester CHC 65
27 Adam Wainwright STL 72
28 James Shields SD 117
29 Tyson Ross SD 88
30 Jordan Zimmermann DET 101
31 Jeff Samardzija SF 152
32 Carlos Martinez STL 102
33 Michael Pineda NYY 145
34 Francisco Liriano PIT 110
35


Masahiro Tanaka


NYY


105


36 Yu Darvish TEX 120
37 Lance McCullers HOU 121
38 Drew Smyly TB 185
39 Taijuan Walker SEA 153
40 Justin Verlander DET 137
41 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 148
42 Steven Matz NYM 128
43 Carlos Rodon CWS 162
44 Raisel Iglesias CIN 143
45 Jose Quintana CWS 140
46 Jake Odorizzi TB 146
47 Yordano Ventura KC 177
48 Shelby Miller ARI 134
49 Patrick Corbin ARI 180
50 Julio Teheran ATL 161
51 Mike Fiers HOU 183
52 Collin McHugh HOU 133


Where’s the value? 
I love tier 3. In any Roto-style format I’m not gonna be heart broken if I end up with 2 of the 3rd tier Starting Pitchers as my SP2 & SP3. There is top-ten potential in the likes of Danny Salazar, Garrett Richards and Carlos Martinez to name a few.

notes:

  • In a perfect world my 3rd starter is from the 3rd tier. Fancy that.
  • I am all-in on Salazar this year. Has all the tools to be a top end starter.
  • Marcus Stroman and Garett Richards are both primed to have big years. Both have recovered from knee injuries and are ready to win games.
  • When healthy Masahiro Tanaka is still money in the bank.
  • Watch the news on Yu Darvish, he could be a good stash in head to head formats.
  • Steven Matz, Carlos Rodon and Raisel Iglesias are 2nd year lotto tickets that could pay off large.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma is going at a great discount. If you can live with his low K rate the rest of what he brings is very useful.
  • I am buying Yordano Ventura this year. The experience he’s gained over the last couple years should help him stay in control.

Tier 4 & 5: Bottom of the Bag

53 Wei-Yin Chen MIA 199
54 Kyle Hendricks CHC 203
55 Gio Gonzalez WSH 179
56 Jimmy Nelson MIL 230
57 Andrew Cashner SD 251
58 Jason Hammel CHC 202
59 Scott Kazmir LAD 172
60 John Lackey CHC 142
61 Jaime Garcia STL 196
62 Alex Wood LAD 231
63 Anthony DeSclafani CIN 275
64 Ian Kennedy KC 249
65 Marco Estrada TOR 205
66 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS 299
67 Luis Severino NYY 154
68 Joe Ross WSH 243
69


James Paxton


SEA


296


70 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD 277
71 Anibal Sanchez DET 253
72 Aaron Nola PHI 227
73 Edinson Volquez KC 272
74 Matt Moore TB 328
75 Clay Buchholz BOS 330
76 Jerad Eickhoff PHI 364
77 Rick Porcello BOS 339
78 Kyle Gibson MIN 351
79 Mike Leake STL 234
80 R.A. Dickey TOR 281
81 Andrew Heaney LAA 255
82 Kenta Maeda LAD 201
83 Alex Cobb TB 430
84 Trevor Bauer CLE 294
85 Jake Peavy SF 356
86 Hector Santiago LAA 395
87 Drew Hutchison TOR UD
88 Rich Hill OAK UD
89 Wade Miley SEA 428
90 Brandon Finnegan CIN 321
91 Ervin Santana MIN 279
92 Kevin Gausman BAL 239
93 Yovani Gallardo FA 322
94 Chris Tillman BAL 484
95 Phil Hughes MIN 353
96 Chris Heston SF 284
97 Taylor Jungmann MIL 365
98 Zack Wheeler NYM 429


Where’s the value?
Starting Pitcher becomes lawn darts pretty quickly in these later tiers. I am usually looking for players in good situations, who’s going to be getting innings? That’s who i want.

notes:

  • Wei-Yin Chen and Kyle Hendricks don’t blow anyone away, but they have solid ratios and would help the back end of any fantasy rotation.
  • I like KC as the landing spot for Ian Kennedy. I would be very surprised if he doesnt return value.
  • Anthony DeSclafani is a favourite of people much smarter than me, so I’m paying attention.
  • Rick Porcello is another player who’s skills should play. This could be the year he puts it together.
  • This is getting thin. Very thin.
  • At this point in the draft i’m a sucker for K’s.
  • Is it finally Trevor Bauer or Kevin Gausman year? Who knows, worth a flier though.

 


Good Luck. Hit me up @bigtdobbs to talk all things Punch Drunk Sports and to yell about Fantasy Baseball.

 

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