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Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 3 (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 3 (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

Welcome to Week 3 of our Top 50 Starting Pitchers of the Week series for 2023. Every Friday, we review the upcoming slate and rank the starters based on their ability, matchups, and their number of scheduled starts. Today’s rankings are for the week of Monday, April 17, through Sunday, April 23. As usual, there are plenty of matchups to be excited about and plenty of others to be wary of.

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 3

As always, our planning starts with the Expert Consensus Rankings and is adjusted based on the Pitcher Planner. It would be best to double-check this resource before setting your lineup, as rotations change frequently. The complete Top 50 is below, but first, let’s review the matchups that are the juiciest and scariest for next week.

Two-Start Starters with the Best Matchups

It should be a good week for fantasy managers who invested in Jacob deGrom (SP – TEX). The Rangers’ ace will face Kansas City on the road and Oakland at home. He could generate 20 strikeouts for the week. Shohei Ohtani (SP,DH – LAA) and Zack Wheeler (SP – PHI) should also have huge weeks. Ohtani has a relatively tough first start in Boston but then gets the Royals in Anaheim. Wheeler will begin the week on the road against the White Sox, then face the Rockies at home on the weekend.

Two-Start Starters with the Worst Matchups

Gerrit Cole (SP – NYY) gets a two-start week but will have to face the Angels and Blue Jays, but at least both games are at home. Kevin Gausman (SP – TOR) has two road starts at Houston and against the Yanks in the Bronx. Yikes! Cristian Javier (SP,RP – HOU), who’s been kind of “meh” this year, will have trouble turning things around against the Blue Jays in Houston and the Braves in Atlanta. Hold your breath Merrill Kelly (SP – ARI) managers as the veteran is scheduled to face the Cardinals in St. Louis and the Padres at home.

Best Matchups for Pitchers with One Start

Among the high-end solo start pitchers, Shane Bieber (SP – CLE) has the best matchup, facing Miami in Cleveland. Pablo Lopez (SP – MIN) has looked like an ace thus far for the Twins and should continue to roll against the Nationals at home. Back of the rotation options Jon Gray (SP – TEX), Alex Cobb (SP – SF), and the rookie Grayson Rodriguez (SP – BAL) could be in for big weeks. Gray faces the A’s at home, Cobb gets the Marlins in Miami, and Rodriguez will take on the lowly Tigers in Baltimore.

Worst Matchups for Pitchers with One Start

If Framber Valdez (SP – HOU), Logan Webb (SP – SF), Blake Snell (SP – SD), or Nestor Cortes Jr. (SP – NYY) is on your roster, you probably have to start them next week, but keep your expectations in check. Valdez is on the road in Atlanta, which is never easy. The other three are at home but face formidable offenses. Webb gets the Mets, Snell the Braves, and Cortes will take on the Blue Jays.

Rank Player Matchup(s)
1 Jacob deGrom @KC, OAK (two starts)
2 Shohei Ohtani @BOS, KC (two starts)
3 Zack Wheeler @CWS, COL (two starts)
4 Gerrit Cole LAA, TOR (two starts)
5 Spencer Strider (SP,RP – ATL) @SD, HOU (two starts)
6 Corbin Burnes (SP – MIL) BOS
7 Aaron Nola (SP – PHI) COL
8 Kevin Gausman @HOU, @NYY (two starts)
9 Sandy Alcantara (SP – MIA) @CLE
10 Cristian Javier TOR, @ATL (two starts)
11 Shane McClanahan (SP – TB) CWS
12 Shane Bieber MIA
13 Dylan Cease (SP – CWS) @TB
14 Max Scherzer (SP – NYM) @SF
15 Hunter Greene (SP – CIN) TB, @PIT (two starts)
16 Luis Castillo (SP – SEA) STL
17 Julio Urias (SP – LAD) @CHC
18 Nick Lodolo (SP – CIN) TB, @PIT (two starts)
19 Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD) NYM, @CHC (two starts)
20 Lance Lynn (SP – CWS) PHI, @TB (two starts)
21 Zac Gallen (SP – ARI) SD
22 Alek Manoah (SP – TOR) @NYY
23 Yu Darvish (SP – SD) @ARI
24 Framber Valdez @ATL
25 Logan Gilbert (SP – SEA) MIL
26 George Kirby (SP – SEA) STL
27 Logan Webb NYM
28 Chris Sale (SP – BOS) LAA, @MIL (two starts)
29 Dustin May (SP – LAD) NYM, @CHC (two starts)
30 Blake Snell ATL
31 Jesus Luzardo (SP – MIA) SF, @CLE (two starts)
32 Nestor Cortes Jr. TOR
33 Kyle Wright (SP – ATL) HOU
34 Freddy Peralta (SP – MIL) @SEA
35 Joe Ryan (SP – MIN) @BOS
36 Pablo Lopez WSH
37 Jeffrey Springs (SP,RP – TB) @CIN
38 Lucas Giolito (SP – CWS) PHI
39 Sonny Gray (SP – MIN) @BOS, WSH (two starts)
40 Charlie Morton (SP – ATL) @SD
41 Jordan Montgomery (SP – STL) ARI
42 Chris Bassitt (SP – TOR) @HOU
43 Brady Singer (SP – KC) TEX
44 Merrill Kelly @STL, SD (two starts)
45 Jon Gray OAK
46 Jack Flaherty (SP – STL) ARI, @SEA (two starts)
47 Drew Rasmussen (SP – TB) @CIN
48 Alex Cobb @MIA
49 Grayson Rodriguez DET
50 Marcus Stroman (SP – CHC) @OAK, LAD (two starts)

 


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