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Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings: Tyler Wells, Sonny Gray, James Paxton (Week 13)

Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings: Tyler Wells, Sonny Gray, James Paxton (Week 13)

As we watch Triston McKenzie head back to the IL and hold our breath that the injury to Shane McClanahan isn’t serious, we are hopeful that the returns of Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, and Tarik Skubal go as planned. In the meantime, we keep marching along, plugging our rosters as needed for injured stars. Below are our top starters for next week based on ability, matchups, number of scheduled starts, and momentum. The rankings below are for the week beginning Monday, June 26.

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Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: June 26 – July 2

For those new to this column, our planning starts with the rest-of-season Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and is adjusted based on FantasyPros’ Pitcher Planner, their season-to-date stats, and recent trends. 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 next week’s more intriguing matchups.

Two-Start Starters with Good Matchups Next Week

Ten of our top 14 starters for next week are scheduled for two starts. Of these, Spencer Strider and Nathan Eovaldi have the best matchups on paper. Strider, our top-ranked hurler for the week, gets two home starts against the Twins and Marlins. Eovaldi will also start two games at home, beginning with the offensively-challenged Tigers and ending with the in-state rival Astros, a more challenging task. In addition to these two, Tyler Wells climbed the rankings board this week due to his slated starts against the Reds and Twins at Camden Yards.

Two-Start Starters with Rough Matchups Next Week

Conversely, fantasy managers with Zac Gallen, Framber Valdez, Sandy Alcantara, and Sonny Gray will have to sweat a bit more next week. Gallen will face the Rays at home before traveling to Anaheim to take on Ohtani, Trout, and the Angels. Valdez, Alcantara, and Gray have two road dates ahead of them. Framber hits the road for starts against the Cardinals and Rangers; Sandy will travel to Boston and Atlanta; and Sonny will head to Atlanta and Baltimore.

Solo Starters with Good Matchups Next Week

Several of our Top 50 starters have one good matchup next week. Dylan Cease and Luis Severino have dates against the A’s in Oakland. Jon Gray will take on the Tigers in Detroit. Corbin Burnes, Joe Musgrove, and Blake Snell head to Pittsburgh, while Shane Bieber and Tony Gonsolin make their way to Kansas City. The Cubbies duo of Marcus Stroman and Justin Steele will host the Guardians, and Charlie Morton and James Paxton will square off against the Marlins at home.

Solo Starters with Rough Matchups Next Week

The list of solo starters with tough matchups is much shorter. Joe Ryan and Jesus Luzardo have dates scheduled against the Braves in Atlanta. George Kirby gets the Rays in Seattle, and Hunter Brown will have the unenviable task of trying to tame the Rangers in Arlington.

 

Rank Player Matchup(s)
1 Spencer Strider MIN, MIA (two starts)
2 Kevin Gausman (SP – TOR) SF, BOS (two starts)
3 Luis Castillo (SP – SEA) WSH, TB (two starts)
4 Zac Gallen TB, @LAA (two starts)
5 Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD) @COL, @KC (two starts)
6 Justin Verlander (SP – NYM) MIL, SF (two starts)
7 Framber Valdez @STL, @TEX (two starts)
8 Shohei Ohtani (SP, DH – LAA) CWS
9 Shane McClanahan @ARI
10 Gerrit Cole (SP – NYY) @STL
11 Corbin Burnes @PIT
12 Nathan Eovaldi DET, HOU (two starts)
13 Sandy Alcantara @BOS, @ATL (two starts)
14 Yu Darvish (SP – SD) @PIT, @CIN (two starts)
15 Zack Wheeler (SP – PHI) WSH
16 Max Scherzer (SP – NYM) SF
17 Aaron Nola (SP – PHI) @CHC
18 Cristian Javier (SP – HOU) @STL
19 Joe Ryan @ATL
20 Pablo Lopez (SP – MIN) @BAL
21 Logan Gilbert (SP – SEA) WSH
22 Tyler Glasnow (SP – TB) @SEA
23 Logan Webb (SP – SF) @TOR
24 George Kirby TB
25 Dylan Cease @OAK
26 Joe Musgrove @PIT
27 Sonny Gray @ATL, @BAL (two starts)
28 Freddy Peralta (SP – MIL) @NYM
29 Tyler Wells CIN, MIN (two starts)
30 Marcus Stroman CLE
31 Shane Bieber @KC
32 Blake Snell @PIT
33 Mitch Keller (SP – PIT) SD
34 Lucas Giolito (SP – CWS) @LAA
35 Hunter Brown @TEX
36 Charlie Morton MIA
37 Chris Bassitt (SP – TOR) SF
38 Zach Eflin (SP – TB) @ARI
39 Luis Severino @OAK
40 Merrill Kelly (SP – ARI) @LAA
41 Jesus Luzardo @ATL
42 Jon Gray DET
43 Garrett Whitlock (SP, RP – BOS) MIA, @TOR (two starts)
44 Justin Steele CLE
45 Michael Kopech (SP – CWS) @LAA, @OAK (two starts)
46 Tony Gonsolin @KC
47 James Paxton MIA
48 Lance Lynn (SP – CWS) @LAA
49 Jose Berrios (SP – TOR) SF
50 Taj Bradley (SP – TB) @ARI, @SEA (two starts)

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