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Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 7 (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 7 (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

It’s Mid-May already, and Zac Gallen (SP – ARI), Eduardo Rodriguez (SP – DET), and Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD) are our top-rated fantasy starters so far this season. Go figure. Gallen and Kershaw aren’t huge surprises, but Rodriguez? He usually doesn’t even crack our Top 50, though perhaps that’s about to change. If you are new to this series, we rank the top 50 starters for the following week every Friday based on their ability, matchups, and number of scheduled starts. Today’s rankings are for the week of Monday, May 15, through Sunday, May 21.

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Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 7

As always, our planning starts with the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and is adjusted based on the Pitcher Planner. As rotations change frequently, make sure you 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

Justin Verlander (SP – NYM) has made only two starts this season, but he vaults up our rankings as he’s scheduled to face the Nationals on the road and the Guardians at home. Down the list, Lance Lynn (SP – CWS), who’s pitched better than his ERA would indicate, gets the Guardians and Royals at home. Perhaps he’ll get that ERA back in line with these matchups. Josiah Gray (SP – WSH) cracks the top 50 as he has arguably the best schedule on paper – the Marlins in Miami and the Tigers at home.

Two-Start Starters with the Worst Matchups

We love two-start weeks, but we don’t love what’s ahead for Pablo Lopez (SP – MIN), George Kirby (SP – SEA), Hunter Greene (SP – CIN), and Grayson Rodriguez (SP – BAL). Lopez gets the L.A. double-header, facing the Dodgers and the Angels in SoCal next week. Kirby must take on the red-hot Red Sox and Braves on the road. Greene travels to Denver for his first start, then gets the Yanks at home, which isn’t too terrible. Rodriguez will face the Halos in Baltimore before heading north of the border to finish the week in Toronto.

Solo-Start Starters with the Best Matchups

Among our solo starters, several will square off against the Royals at home, which is about as good as it gets. The Padres’ Yu Darvish (SP – SD) and Blake Snell (SP – SD) get Kansas City to start the week, while Chisox teammates Dylan Cease (SP – CWS) and Lucas Giolito (SP – CWS) should start during the weekend series. Elsewhere, Logan Webb (SP – SF) managers can rejoice as he’ll face the Marlins in San Francisco.

Solo-Start Starters with the Worst Matchups

Gerrit Cole (SP – NYY) has been great this year, but his start against the Blue Jays in Toronto makes us nervous. The same goes for his teammate, Nestor Cortes Jr. (SP – NYY), who has yet to find his 2022 magic. Logan Gilbert (SP – SEA), Freddy Peralta (SP – MIL), and Sonny Gray (SP – MIN) are off to strong starts, but we’re not excited about their upcoming road matchups. Gilbert will take on the Braves, Gray the Dodgers, and Peralta, the Tampa Bay juggernaut.

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

 


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