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.
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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Punch Drunk Sports Powerful Fantasy Baseball Tiers
As always, #PDSBaseball is here to help you with the MOST ACCURATE** fantasy baseball rankings of the 2016 season. Good Luck!
2016 Powerful Starting Pitcher Tiers:
Tier 1: High End Shit
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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