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Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 8 (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 8 (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

Of our top 50 starting pitchers from the preseason, 12 are now on the IL. Who will pick up the slack? As we provide every week, below are our top 50 starters for next week based on ability, matchups, and their number of scheduled starts. Today’s rankings are for the week beginning Monday, May 22.

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 8

As always, our planning starts with the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and is adjusted based on the Pitcher Planner and their season-to-date statistics. As rotations change frequently, double-check the planner before setting your lineup. The complete top 50 is below, but first, let’s review some of the best and worst matchups on paper next week.

Two-Start Starters with the Best Matchups

Luis Castillo (SP – SEA) checks in at number two in our rankings this week thanks to two scheduled home games against the A’s and struggling Pirates next week. Dylan Cease (SP – CWS) managers can also salivate over the prospect of his two opponents, the Guardians and Tigers, although his games will be on the road. Despite a rough outing in his last start, Eduardo Rodriguez (SP – DET) leaps up the ranks thanks to upcoming matchups against the Royals on the road and White Sox in Detroit. Brady Singer (SP – KC) cracks the top 50 as he gets two home games against the Tigers and Nationals.

Two-Start Starters with the Worst Matchups

Gerrit Cole (SP – NYY) has been so good this year that he’s our top-ranked pitcher despite two less-than-stellar matchups. He’ll take on the Orioles early in the week, followed by the Padres, with both games at home. Spencer Strider (SP,RP – ATL) is fantasy gold but will have to have his “A” game when he takes on the Dodgers and Phillies in Atlanta. Chris Bassitt (SP – TOR) and his teammate Jose Berrios (SP – TOR) will travel south of the Canadian border to take on the Rays and Twins. Do you feel lucky? Kodai Senga (SP – NYM) sneaks into the top 50 with his two-start week, though he’ll have to pitch in Coors field after taking on the Cubs in Chicago.

Solo-Start Starters with the Best Matchups

The Angels host the Marlins in SoCal next week, with Shohei Ohtani (SP,DH – LAA) and Patrick Sandoval (SP – LAA) drawing two of the starts. Similarly, White Sox teammates Lucas Giolito (SP – CWS) and Lance Lynn (SP – CWS) will presumably have the pleasure of taking on the Tigers in the Motor City. Last, Justin Steele (SP – CHC) gets the Reds at Wrigley – a much better locale for pitchers than the Great American Ballpark.

Solo-Start Starters with the Worst Matchups

On the flip side, several high-ranked hurlers have some challenging matchups ahead of them. Sandy Alcantara (SP – MIA), Max Scherzer (SP – NYM), and Justin Verlander (SP – NYM) travel to the Mile-High City to take on the Rockies. Elsewhere, the Braves’ potent offense will host Aaron Nola (SP – PHI), Zack Wheeler (SP – PHI), and Julio Urias (SP – LAD) next week. It won’t be any easier for Urias’ teammate, Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD), who will face off against the Rays, as will the struggling Alek Manoah (SP – TOR).

Top-50 Starting Pitcher Rankings

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


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