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Fantasy Baseball Top-50 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Week 8 (2022)

May 27, 2022
Kevin Gausman

Kevin Gausman leads Week 8’s Top 50 starting pitchers.

Welcome to your top 50 pitchers for Week 8! The fantasy baseball landscape is tricky, with injuries beginning to mount and people turning back into pumpkins after excellent starts. What we continue to see, though, is great pitching and lots of it. Playing the right pitchers is a big part of what can win league titles.

One of the best ways to make sure to do this is to look at a pitcher’s matchups for the following week. You can find who has weaker matchups to potentially stream, bench certain pitchers with difficult matchups, and take advantage of two-start pitchers for that week.


I’m here to try and help you figure out those tough pitcher decisions for your daily or weekly lineups by ranking my top 50 pitchers ahead of each week this season. This will not be a pitcher’s ranking for the season but rather how I rank them for that particular week. For example, a pitcher with two starts or who faces a team with a horrible offense will usually get a bump compared to pitchers with bad matchups.

The projected matchups and two-start starting pitchers are from the MLB Probable Pitchers tool on FantasyPros. Make sure to look for this article every weekend and make the necessary adjustments throughout the week with injury list (IL) stints, postponements, and everything in between. Remember, the most active manager is usually the one who gets the best free agents and dramatically increases their chances to win their league!

Let’s look at my top 50 starting pitchers for Week 8.

Top 50 Starting Pitchers for Week 8

  1. Kevin Gausman (TOR) (2 starts) vs CHW & MIN
  2. Walker Buehler (LAD) (2 starts) vs PIT & NYM
  3. Corbin Burnes (MIL) vs SD
  4. Gerrit Cole (NYY) vs DET
  5. Logan Webb (SF) (2 starts) @PHI & @MIA
  6. Justin Verlander (HOU) @OAK
  7. Shane McClanahan (TB) vs CHW
  8. Joe Musgrove (SD) @MIL
  9. Brandon Woodruff (MIL) @CHC
  10. Julio Urias (LAD) vs PIT
  11. Zack Wheeler (PHI) vs LAA
  12. Dylan Cease (CWS) @TB
  13. Carlos Rodon (CWS) @PHI
  14. Shane Bieber (CLE) vs KC
  15. Robbie Ray (SEA) @BAL
  16. Framber Valdez (HOU) (2 starts) @OAK & @KC
  17. Lucas Giolito (CWS) @TOR
  18. Pablo Lopez (MIA) (2 starts) @COL & vs SF
  19. Zac Gallen (ARI) (2 starts) vs ATL & @PIT
  20. Nestor Cortes (NYY) vs LAA
  21. Logan Gilbert (SEA) @TEX
  22. Frankie Montas (OAK) vs HOU
  23. Patrick Sandoval (LAA) @PHI
  24. Charlie Morton (ATL) (2 starts) @ARI & @COL
  25. Cal Quantrill (CLE) (2 starts) vs KC & @BAL
  26. Kyle Wright (ATL) @ARI
  27. Shohei Ohtani (LAA) @NYY
  28. Michael Kopech (CWS) (2 starts) @TOR & @TB
  29. Max Fried (ATL) @COL
  30. Chris Bassitt (NYM) vs WAS
  31. Jordan Montgomery (NYY) (2 starts) vs LAA & DET
  32. Nick Pivetta (BOS) @OAK
  33. Alex Cobb (SF) @MIA
  34. Yu Darvish (SD) @STL
  35. Tarik Skubal (DET) (2 starts) vs MIN & @NYY
  36. George Kirby (SEA) (2 starts) @BAL & @TEX
  37. Eric Lauer (MIL) @CHC
  38. Nathan Eovaldi (BOS) @OAK
  39. MacKenzie Gore (SD) @MIL
  40. Cristian Javier (HOU) @OAK
  41. Luis Garcia (HOU) @KC
  42. Sonny Gray (MIN) @TOR
  43. Jose Berrios (TOR) vs MIN
  44. Drew Rasmussen (SD) @TEX
  45. Adam Wainwright (STL) (2 starts) vs SD & @CHC
  46. Paul Blackburn (OAK) (2 starts) vs HOU & BOS
  47. Aaron Ashby (MIL) (2 starts) @CHC & vs SD
  48. Ranger Suarez (PHI) (2 starts) vs SF & LAA
  49. Jakob Junis (KC) (2 starts) @PHI & @MIA
  50. Rich Hill (BOS) (2 starts) vs BAL & @OAK

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