Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Justin Verlander photo 1. Justin Verlander SP - HOU
Verlander's 0.85 WHIP is almost unbelievable, as is the fact that he has already struck out 172 batters with 40% of the season to go. While he is firmly entrenched in the top tier, he is still behind Scherzer as the #1 starter in fantasy baseball.
5 weeks ago
Max Scherzer photo 2. Max Scherzer SP - WSH
With a short IL stint, Verlander has passed up Scherzer as the top performer so far this year but the stay should be brief, as there is no better fantasy pitcher in the game when healthy than Scherzer. In fact, he may be #4 in all of fantasy behind only Trout, Yelich and Bellinger.
5 weeks ago
Jacob deGrom photo 3. Jacob deGrom SP - NYM
deGrom won't finish with the magical sub 2.00 ERA we saw last season but with the way things are going, it should once again end up below 3.00 with well over 220 Ks. The wins, of course, won't be there on the Mets, but even so, he is a clear-cut SP1.
5 weeks ago
Gerrit Cole photo 4. Gerrit Cole SP - HOU
Cole reached 200 Ks once again and may very well end up north of 300 by season's end. His ERA won't be quite as low as Scherzer's because of his struggles in preventing homers, but there is little doubt he is a top-tier starter this year.
5 weeks ago
Walker Buehler photo 5. Walker Buehler SP - LAD
Buehler was exceptional in the second half last year then had mighty struggles to begin the 2019 campaign. Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief, however, as he is back to pulverizing hitters like the top five starter he is.
5 weeks ago
Stephen Strasburg photo 6. Stephen Strasburg SP - WSH
Strasburg has never put it together for a full season, and while this isn't exactly the best we've seen from him, he may finally finish the season as that top 10 starting pitcher we always imagined him to be with 18 wins, 250 Ks and strong ratios.
5 weeks ago
Zack Greinke photo 7. Zack Greinke SP - HOU
Greinke isn't your prototypical strikeout heavy ace but he is as reliable as they come in the ratios which will, of course, translate to plenty of wins as well. If he is your SP1 on your roster, you should feel pretty good about your team.
5 weeks ago
Aaron Nola photo 8. Aaron Nola SP - PHI
Nola began the season much like many of the other aces: with horrible ratios and fantasy owners all devastated. He has fixed whatever issues he may have been having, however, and is now roaring back in both ERA and WHIP while striking out everyone in sight.
5 weeks ago
Clayton Kershaw photo 9. Clayton Kershaw SP - LAD
Kershaw certainly isn't the same dominant pitcher that everyone was drafting in the first round every year but that by no means implies he is washed up. Rather, he keeps chugging along with a WHIP near 1.00, a sub 3 ERA and nearly a K-per inning. That will do.
5 weeks ago
Trevor Bauer photo 10. Trevor Bauer SP - CIN
Bauer's season has been a series of major highs and major lows. In all, it has come to a mildly disappointing first half, but somehow still a SP1. It seems now that Cleveland will hang onto him since they are back in the race so perhaps we will get more of the same in the second half.
5 weeks ago
Patrick Corbin photo 11. Patrick Corbin SP - WSH
Corbin has seen his ratios drop a bit from last season's incredible breakout, but he is still going to strikeout 220 batters and don't be surprised if he ends up at 15 wins despite struggling to reach double-digits in the first 4 months.
5 weeks ago
Charlie Morton photo 12. Charlie Morton SP - TB
Morton was about as safe of a late-round starting pitcher steal as you'll ever find.Even so, no one anticipated the year he is having with a 250 K pace to go with incredible ratios and perhaps 16 or 17 wins if he keeps it up in the second half.
5 weeks ago
Luis Castillo photo 13. Luis Castillo SP - CIN
Castillo was everyone's favorite breakout candidate and boy has he sure delivered. Through the first half, fantasy owners have received nearly 140 Ks, a sub 2.50 ERA and a WHIP hovering around 1.10. He may very well be a top 10 starting pitcher at the end of the season.
5 weeks ago
Hyun-Jin Ryu photo 14. Hyun-Jin Ryu SP - LAD
As we enter August, Ryu is still rocking a sub 1.00 WHIP and a sub 2.00 ERA. Now, whether he can sustain that is clearly a no, but who would complain if he finishes the year with a 2.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 200 Ks? Certainly not the guy who drafted him in the 20th round.
5 weeks ago
Noah Syndergaard photo 15. Noah Syndergaard SP - NYM
Thor may have elite stuff but the strikeout numbers and ERA are definitely not there this season. That can always change with a talent like this, but it is by no means a guarantee, nor are wins when he pitches in front of a lousy Mets' offense.
5 weeks ago
Shane Bieber photo 16. Shane Bieber SP - CLE
Underlying stats all screamed that Bieber was due for a huge season and anyone who believed it is dancing in the streets right now. It seems to be legitimate too so don't be getting the crazy idea of trying to sell him while his stock is high.
5 weeks ago
Jose Berrios photo 17. Jose Berrios SP - MIN
Berrios may not be the strikeout pitcher we saw when he entered the league with such electric stuff, but he is still getting the job done, and perhaps better than any other point in his career. Fantasy owners have a top 20 starter in Berrios.
5 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman photo 18. Aroldis Chapman RP - NYY
Chapman may not be as dominant as he once was, but he still clearly belongs within the elite tier of fantasy closers. Once again, fantasy owners can expect 100 Ks to go with plenty of saves and solid ratios.
5 weeks ago
Kenley Jansen photo 19. Kenley Jansen RP - LAD
Jansen has been so good for so long that you might automatically assume him to be the top closer once again in 2019, but last year, he was nowhere close to it. Rather, his ERA plummeted to 3.01 with "just" 82 Ks. You can still grab him among the top tier, but you shouldn't even be considering taking him in the first five or six rounds.
21 weeks ago
Mike Clevinger photo 20. Mike Clevinger SP - CLE
Clevinger spent quite a bit of time on the IL but since he has returned, it has been absolute gold. With the way he is going, he may move up from top 20 starting pitchers to top 10 by the end of the season.
5 weeks ago
Brad Hand photo 21. Brad Hand RP - CLE
Cleveland struck gold in acquiring Brad Hand last year. He has been nothing but magic for them, continuing into this year when he struck out over 60 first half batters and already executed more than 25 saves.
5 weeks ago
Kirby Yates photo 22. Kirby Yates RP - SD
Yates is the latest of a long line of dominant closers for the Padres. He has been the single best fantasy closer through the first half thanks to loads of save opportunities to go with incredible ratios and that is all expected to continue.
5 weeks ago
Josh Hader photo 23. Josh Hader RP - MIL
Hader has run into a bit of a cold spell in July but that is bound to happen to even the best relievers at one point or another. The fact of the matter is, he is on pace for 140 Ks again to go with 35+ saves and sparkling ratios.
5 weeks ago
Jack Flaherty photo 24. Jack Flaherty SP - STL
Flaherty hasn't been anywhere near as strong as he was as a rookie, but even so, 200 Ks appears to be likely and the WHIP is strong once again. If the Cardinals start supporting him at the plate, he may finish with a dozen wins too which isn't bad for a SP3.
5 weeks ago
James Paxton photo 25. James Paxton SP - NYY
As always, Paxton missed some time and it would be no surprise if it happened again in the second half. With that said, he is still striking out loads of batters but will need to fix his ratios if he wants to be considered a top 20 starting pitcher anymore.
5 weeks ago
Roberto Osuna photo 26. Roberto Osuna RP - HOU
The change of scenery has proved useful for Osuna, who has done nothing but dominate since the deal to Houston. While he won't strike out 100 like some of the names above him, Osuna is a safe bet for 35 saves and excellent ratios.
5 weeks ago
Felipe Vazquez photo 27. Felipe Vazquez RP - PIT
You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
21 weeks ago
Madison Bumgarner photo 28. Madison Bumgarner SP - SF
Bumgarner is pitching well again with over a strikeout per inning and a strong WHIP but it could go downhill quick if he is traded to a ballpark like Yankee Stadium. Even if it happens, he would likely still be somewhat useful, just as a SP5 instead of SP3.
5 weeks ago
Edwin Diaz photo 29. Edwin Diaz RP - NYM
Diaz went from hero to zero in a short time. Granted, he still has 59 first half Ks but with an ERA above 5.00, many owners are wondering what they should do with Diaz. Keep him as long as he has the job but hoping for a turnaround may be too much to ask for.
5 weeks ago
David Price photo 30. David Price SP - BOS
Price was so much better just a few years ago that it is easy to think of him as washed up, but he is still accomplishing plenty for fantasy owners, just not at the ace level. Rather, his numbers are more in the SP3 range but he remains reliable.
5 weeks ago
Zack Wheeler photo 31. Zack Wheeler SP - NYM
Wheeler was so terrific in the second half last year that it seemed inevitable that he would at least have a solid season, but that hasn't happened yet. He still has the stuff to finish strong but at this point, fantasy owners can't say he is a SP3.
5 weeks ago
Chris Sale photo 32. Chris Sale SP - BOS
It sure was ugly to start the year but Sale has settled in nicely since then and has now compiled over 160 Ks through the first half. That 4+ ERA isn't pretty, but know that it is highly likely that number will continue to improve over the final few months of the year.
5 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel photo 33. Craig Kimbrel RP - CHC
Cubs fans have certainly hoped for more than Kimbrel has given them since the signing, but that should turn around quickly now that his version of Spring Training is officially up. Fantasy owners can expect a second tier closer over the second half.
5 weeks ago
Matthew Boyd photo 34. Matthew Boyd SP - DET
Boyd has been extraordinary with 160 Ks already and while that is near certain to continue, he could see a further jump if Detroit does end up dealing him to a contender where he can get some wins, and specifically in the NL where his ratios would also benefit.
5 weeks ago
Sean Doolittle photo 35. Sean Doolittle RP - WSH
Doolittle is no longer a world beater for the Nationals or fantasy owners, but they can't complain about 48 first half Ks, nor the respectable ratios he continues to put up each and every month.
5 weeks ago
Chris Paddack photo 36. Chris Paddack SP - SD
If Paddack were going to pitch the entire season, he would be a strong contender for NL Rookie of the Year but the most likely scenario is that the Padres shut him down at some point since they aren't contending and he hasn't thrown many innings at any point in his injury-riddled MILB career.
5 weeks ago
Masahiro Tanaka photo 37. Masahiro Tanaka SP - NYY
It would be one thing if Tanaka's ERA was the only stat taking a hit this season, but perhaps more disappointing has been his K-rate plummeting. He may still have some upside in the second half, but m ore than likely we are looking at a SP5.
5 weeks ago
German Marquez photo 38. German Marquez SP - COL
Marquez has been downright dreadful at home this year but is once again solid on the road. You can continue to use him in half his starts while we wait out that top 20 potential and see if it returns.
5 weeks ago
Will Smith photo 39. Will Smith RP - SF
Smith has been lights out for the Giants with 61 first-half Ks and a WHIP below 1.00. So long as he remains the closer, he will be an excellent fantasy option, but it seems likely San Francisco will deal him before long.
5 weeks ago
Lucas Giolito photo 40. Lucas Giolito SP - CWS
Giolito was the worst pitcher in baseball last year but saw a spike in velocity and returned to the ace we once thought he may become. The breakout is legitimate with 200+ Ks a virtual lock to go with 15+ wins and excellent ratios.
5 weeks ago
Blake Snell photo 41. Blake Snell SP - TB
Every underlying metric last year was screaming regression and this year it is the very opposite, which should leave fantasy owners to expect somewhere in between during the second half. It it worth putting in an offer in case you can still buy-low.
5 weeks ago
Robbie Ray photo 42. Robbie Ray SP - ARI
Over the last few year's Ray has been the epitome of a volatile pitcher. This year hasn't been any different, as he still struggles with the home run and as a result, carries an ERA near 4. The strikeouts will still be there, of course, but until he fixes that ERA, he is merely a SP3.
5 weeks ago
Mike Soroka photo 43. Mike Soroka SP - ATL
Soroka was blazing for a while and has come back down to earth a little. It should continue to be a slide over the second half as his batted ball data catches up to his stats but he is still without a doubt a top 40 starting pitcher at this point.
5 weeks ago
Caleb Smith photo 44. Caleb Smith SP - MIA
Smith may be the most exciting of several excellent young Marlins pitchers. Granted, he won't get to even a dozen wins but 200 Ks is a distinct possibility since he has regained his excellent strikeout numbers from prior to his injury that ended the 2018 season.
20 weeks ago
Kyle Hendricks photo 45. Kyle Hendricks SP - CHC
Hendricks still carries an excellent WHIP and the ERA isn't far behind. He will never be a SP1 or even SP2, but fantasy owners can feel safe putting Hendricks on the mound most every start even if the strikeouts won't pile up.
5 weeks ago
Ken Giles photo 46. Ken Giles RP - TOR
The Blue Jays' closer role is not as coveted as some others, but Giles has certainly made the most of it with 57 first half Ks, an ERA below 2.00 and a WHIP south of 1.10. He isn't quite a top tier closer, but is close.
5 weeks ago
Kenta Maeda photo 47. Kenta Maeda SP - LAD
Maeda carries an incredible WHIP but the ERA isn't exactly there so far. He'll get some wins and is racking up a strikeout per inning, but until that ERA comes down, he will remain outside the top 25 fantasy starters.
5 weeks ago
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 48. Eduardo Rodriguez SP - BOS
Rodriguez has strong strikeout stuff and is picking up wins with the Red Sox lineup behind him, but neither his ERA nor WHIP are above average. With that combination, we are looking at a fringe SP4/SP3.
5 weeks ago
Sonny Gray photo 49. Sonny Gray SP - CIN
Sonny Gray was a disaster the last few years in New York but has reinvented himself with the Reds and made the All-Star team as a result. It doesn't appear to be a fluke either, as all the underlying data supports his resurgence into the fantasy scene.
5 weeks ago
Yu Darvish photo 50. Yu Darvish SP - CHC
Darvish was so awful to start the season but after the break, he said he was feeling 110% and since then he has been dominant. There is a chance he'll continue the recent success and carry your rotation the rest of the season, but it is by no means the most likely scenario.
5 weeks ago
Cole Hamels photo 51. Cole Hamels SP - CHC
Hamels isn't the same pitcher he once was, but the ratios are still running strong and with that, we can expect the wins to bounceback in the second half. He won't strike out 200 batters, but fantasy owners have gotten more than they asked for when they drafted him in the middle of drafts this Spring.
5 weeks ago
Raisel Iglesias photo 52. Raisel Iglesias RP - CIN
Iglesias hasn't racked up as many saves as fantasy owners had hoped for, nor are his ratios what you'd have expected, but he did have 50 first half Ks and is a strong bet to bounceback in the second half.
5 weeks ago
Mike Minor photo 53. Mike Minor SP - TEX
You may not feel great about Minor repeating his first half and you shouldn't, but even with extreme regression, he would still be well worth owning. Don't be surprised when he finishes with 200 Ks and an ERA below 3.5.
5 weeks ago
Domingo German photo 54. Domingo German SP,RP - NYY
German started the season positively on fire and while he has slowed down a bit, he is still leading the American League in wins and is a near lock to finish the season as a top 25 fantasy starter.
5 weeks ago
Alex Colome photo 55. Alex Colome RP - CWS
Colome again has strong ratios with a WHIP now sitting at 0.80 but his 30 Ks through 39 first half innings is certainly nothing to write home about. Fantasy owners have a good one for sure, but he isn't in the elite conversation.
5 weeks ago
Joe Musgrove photo 56. Joe Musgrove SP - PIT
Musgrove has excellent stuff and could explode in the second half but fantasy owners definitely shouldn't rely on that. Rather, he is primarily a streaming starter that you use in strong matchups at home.
5 weeks ago
Shohei Ohtani photo 57. Shohei Ohtani SP,DH - LAA
We've now seen 162 games played so far in Ohtani's career and he has produced loads of power to go with speed, and plenty of runs and RBIs along with a terrific batting average. To put it plainly, this type of production is only reserved for top 20 fantasy hitters.
5 weeks ago
Jon Lester photo 58. Jon Lester SP - CHC
Lester was excellent in 2018 and started the 2019 season on fire, As the underlying metrics all suggested, the crash downward was inevitable and here we are with his ERA flirting with 4.00 and his WHIP at 1.35. He is still useful, no doubt, but as a SP5 instead of a SP2.
5 weeks ago
Shane Greene photo 59. Shane Greene RP - ATL
Greene is this year's version of Blake Treinen, posting absurd ratios while executing every save in sight. It may not keep up at quite this rate, but you can be sure he'll fall into the top 10 closers through the first half.
5 weeks ago
Joey Lucchesi photo 60. Joey Lucchesi SP - SD
Lucchesi is by no means a must-own, but he has been getting the job done with nearly a strikeout per inning to go with a strong WHIP. You can get by with him as your SP5, or preferably as a streamer.
5 weeks ago
Miles Mikolas photo 61. Miles Mikolas SP - STL
Mikolas was strong last year but it hasn't exactly carried over this year. The ratios aren't bad, especially his WHIP but without Ks being there, he might not be worthy of a fantasy roster spot.
5 weeks ago
Jake Odorizzi photo 62. Jake Odorizzi SP - MIN
As great as Odorizzi has been, his HR/FB rate is unsustainable so that ERA should slowly creep back toward his career average. There is no doubt he has improved, however, just probably not all the way to a SP2 like we've seen so far this season.
5 weeks ago
Jose Leclerc photo 63. Jose Leclerc RP - TEX
It seemed like only a matter of time before the Rangers would turn back to Leclerc who has been excellent since removed from the closer role. It may happen due to performance or perhaps if Kelley's MRI doesn't show up as they'd hope. When it does, Leclerc may be a top 10 closer.
5 weeks ago
Jose Quintana photo 64. Jose Quintana SP - CHC
Quintana may be a bigger name, but he isn't producing strikeouts nor strong ratios so, until one or several of those turnaround, there isn't much sense in owning him.
5 weeks ago
Liam Hendriks photo 65. Liam Hendriks RP - OAK
As incredible as Hendricks has been with his 1.15 ERA and 1.01 WHIP to go with 69 Ks in 55 innings, he happens to share a roster with Blake Treinen, who may not be as great this season, but was the best closer in baseball last year. You can use Hendricks without a doubt, but know saves aren't going to be a big part of the equation.
5 weeks ago
Chris Archer photo 66. Chris Archer SP - PIT
Archer's ERA is still well above 5.00 with a lousy WHIP as well. He is getting K's but has just 3 wins as a result of the ratios. With that said, he continues to flash big games here and there so it can't hurt much to keep him on your bench for now and use him in spot starts while you wait for the bounceback..
5 weeks ago
Hector Neris photo 67. Hector Neris RP - PHI
Neris has had a rough month for the Phillies but he is still closing games and overall, has a solid first half line with over 50 Ks and a WHIP south of 1.20. He should be rostered in every league.
5 weeks ago
Kyle Gibson photo 68. Kyle Gibson SP - MIN
Gibson is not especially impressive in any of the five primary categories but he is solid in each of them so he makes for a solid 5th or even 4th starting pitcher.
5 weeks ago
Marcus Stroman photo 69. Marcus Stroman SP - NYM
Once again, Stroman is pitching deep into games but without many strikeouts. The big difference, however, has been a vast improvement in his ratios and that may further improve if he gets dealt to a better ballpark and perhaps an NL team.
5 weeks ago
Carlos Martinez photo 70. Carlos Martinez SP,RP - STL
Martinez has performed well as the Cardinals closer and if that were expected to continue, he'd be a lock for the top 15 relievers, but it seems as though they might dangle him at the deadline and who knows what his role would be in a new situation.
5 weeks ago
Corey Kluber photo 71. Corey Kluber SP - CLE
Kluber has been out for months and wasn't even very good prior to the injury so let's hold off on SP1 type expectations when he finally returns in a few weeks. With that said, he does still have that upside, of course, so don't hesitate to put in an offer if you are already locked into the H2H playoffs.
5 weeks ago
Dallas Keuchel photo 72. Dallas Keuchel SP - ATL
As always, Keuchel isn't striking anyone out but he is pitching deep into games and picking up wins with solid but unspectacular ratios. He is a solid SP5 in fantasy leagues.
5 weeks ago
Blake Treinen photo 73. Blake Treinen RP - OAK
Treinen has been a major disappointment for the A's with a WHIP now above 1.60 and while he is still considered the closer, that may quickly change if the struggles continue since Liam Hendriks is pitching out of his mind.
5 weeks ago
Lance Lynn photo 74. Lance Lynn SP - TEX
Lynn may struggle to keep his ERA below 4.00 in that ballpark but with 240 Ks and 17 wins by year's end, fantasy owners will have no trouble looking past the ERA issue. Lynn is solidly a top 30 fantasy starter from this point forward.
5 weeks ago
Max Fried photo 75. Max Fried SP,RP - ATL
Fried entered the second half on the IL but when he returns, fantasy owners have a solid fifth starting pitcher who will pick up wins, strike out a handful of batters most start and won't kill your ratios at all.
5 weeks ago
Wade Davis photo 76. Wade Davis RP - COL
Davis has had ups and downs in his career but it has never been as rough as this year's 6 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. Assuming this continues, he may soon be replaced by Scott Oberg as the closer.
5 weeks ago
Taylor Rogers photo 77. Taylor Rogers RP - MIN
The Twins entered the season with a three-headed-monster at the back end of their bullpen and it was Rogers who emerged as the clear closer thanks to 57 first half Ks to go with a sub 2 ERA and sub 1 WHIP.
5 weeks ago
Hansel Robles photo 78. Hansel Robles RP - LAA
Robles has been an excellent reliever for the surprise Angels, entering the second half with 46 Ks, a 2.56 ERA and a WHIP below 1.10. While that may not quite keep up, he is a strong bet to help fantasy owners in the second half.
5 weeks ago
J.A. Happ photo 79. J.A. Happ SP - NYY
Carlos Carrasco photo 80. Carlos Carrasco SP - CLE
We haven't heard whether Carrasco will return this season, and while he would likely be a useful fantasy asset if he did, it doesn't make sense to hold out hope and hang onto him if you need to clear up a roster spot somewhere.
5 weeks ago
Jon Gray photo 81. Jon Gray SP - COL
Gray may very well be an ace if he pitched in a different home park, but unfortunately, he does pitch half his games in Coors and as a result, is really only useful in half his starts. Even that that, he is still worth owning.
5 weeks ago
Wade Miley photo 82. Wade Miley SP - HOU
It may feel odd rostering someone like Wade Miley over a big name like Mad-Bum or Chris Archer, but with the way he has pitched, Miley needs to be owned and used everywhere. His ERA may end up south of 3.00 by the end of the season and his WHIP is great too.
5 weeks ago
Brandon Woodruff photo 83. Brandon Woodruff SP,RP - MIL
Woodruff has been insane, striking out 133 first half batters to go with a 1.13 WHIP. You can look past that 3.53 ERA as the underlying metrics suggest it will come down in the second half, giving fantasy owners a total stud.
5 weeks ago
Zac Gallen photo 84. Zac Gallen SP - ARI
Since his promotion, Gallen has merely been mediocre for fantasy owners, but he was so sensational in the minor leagues that you'd have to expect his MLB numbers to improve a bit over a larger sample size. Don't give up on him if he has another bad week or two,
5 weeks ago
Andrew Heaney photo 85. Andrew Heaney SP - LAA
Brandon Workman photo 86. Brandon Workman RP - BOS
Workman has been terrific with 60 first-half Ks and incredible ratios. If you could add 20 saves to that, he would be elite, the Red Sox are insistent on keeping him in his current role while making Eovaldi the closer.
5 weeks ago
Emilio Pagan photo 87. Emilio Pagan RP - TB
With Alvarado and Castillo both ahead of Pagan to begin the season, it seemed unlikely he would become a dominant closer, but here we are with him entering the second half with a sub 0.90 WHIP and 54 Ks in just 39 innings. He is the real deal.
5 weeks ago
Steven Matz photo 88. Steven Matz SP - NYM
Luis Severino photo 89. Luis Severino SP - NYY
Severino likely won't be back until late August or early September as there is no need for the Yankees to rush him back. Although you will only get a few weeks of production, he will still be worth hanging onto as we are likely talking about a top 20 starting pitcher once he is activated.
5 weeks ago
Griffin Canning photo 90. Griffin Canning SP - LAA
After a strong start for Canning, he has come crashing back down to earth over the past month. There may still be some streaming starts that you can use him in but feel free to drop him now if you haven't already.
5 weeks ago
Greg Holland photo 91. Greg Holland RP - WSH
Holland had some struggles early on in St. Louis last year but has since then been lights out. He carries a 3.09 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP into the second half, and while be will never approach 100 Ks, he still strikes out 10 batters per nine.
5 weeks ago
Yusei Kikuchi photo 92. Yusei Kikuchi SP - SEA
Kikuchi's numbers from Japan translate to an MLB pitcher similar to Zack Wheeler last year, and like Wheeler, Kikuchi's arm could potentially blossom into much more to fantasy owners. He is by no means similar to Ohtani or Darvish before him, but 370 Ks and a 2.45 ERA in his last two seasons is nothing to sneeze at.
21 weeks ago
Mychal Givens photo 93. Mychal Givens RP - BAL
While technically the closer, Givens hasn't had enough save opportunities to warrant putting up with his lackluster ratios. That may change in the second half but for now, you'd be better off rostering a setup man like Brandon Workman.
5 weeks ago
Ross Stripling photo 94. Ross Stripling SP,RP - LAD
While not as terrific as last year, Stripling hasn't disappointed by any measure other than the fact that the Dodgers' insane rotational depth hasn't allowed for enough innings. While he starts, however, Stripling is well worth owning.
5 weeks ago
Ian Kennedy photo 95. Ian Kennedy SP,RP - KC
Jameson Taillon photo 96. Jameson Taillon SP - PIT
Taillon wasn't as impressive as everyone expected at the start of the season as everyone expected but when he returns, he should still be a SP4 at the very least. He began throwing again recently and should be back in action in mid-August.
5 weeks ago
Luke Jackson photo 97. Luke Jackson RP - ATL
Jackson is on pace for well over 100 Ks this season and while his WHIP isn't great, he is racking up saves for a playoff contender and has virtually no competition for the job so fantasy owners can continue to rely on him.
5 weeks ago
Michael Pineda photo 98. Michael Pineda SP - MIN
The ERA certainly isn't pretty and Pineda is no longer a big-time strikeout pitcher, but he has been solid enough, especially in the WHIP department that you can use him in select starts as a streamer.
5 weeks ago
Yonny Chirinos photo 99. Yonny Chirinos SP,RP - TB
Chirinos may not have the most impressive underlying metrics, but he just keeps getting it done from a ratio standpoint and as expected, the wins have followed. Don't expect 200 Ks or anywhere close, but he is a plenty useful piece for your rotation.
5 weeks ago
Marco Gonzales photo 100. Marco Gonzales SP - SEA
Matt Barnes photo 101. Matt Barnes RP - BOS
Barnes is no longer the closer with Eovaldi back off the IL, and his ratios won't be ideal, but fantasy owners can bet on another 50+ second half Ks while rostering him as a fallback saves option should Eovaldi hit the IL again.
5 weeks ago
Rick Porcello photo 102. Rick Porcello SP - BOS
Porcello may have won a Cy Young but at this point in his career, there is no sense in even streaming him, let alone rostering him.
5 weeks ago
Jose Alvarado photo 103. Jose Alvarado RP - TB
With a full season as the Rays' closer, Alvarado could end up one of the top 10 closers in baseball. There is some more risk with him than the guys who have done it for years, but we could be looking at 90 Ks with excellent ratios and 35 saves which makes him a total steal late in drafts.
21 weeks ago
Archie Bradley photo 104. Archie Bradley RP - ARI
Bradley isn't a 90 strikeout guy, nor should we expect an ERA south of 2.00, but he is the heavy favorite to get saves in Arizona, which certainly counts for something. Granted, they won't win 80 games, but even 35 saves is plenty to warrant a late-round pick.
21 weeks ago
Nathan Eovaldi photo 105. Nathan Eovaldi SP - BOS
The Red Sox have made it clear that Eovaldi is who they expect to fix their bullpen issues. Whether or not it lasts is anyone's guess, but for the time being, he is the man getting saves for this playoff contender so he needs to be owned.
5 weeks ago
Rich Hill photo 106. Rich Hill SP - LAD
With so many players on the IL, it might not make sense to hold onto Hill who doesn't even have a timetable for return quite yet. He is always excellent when he pitches, however, so if he does return, scramble to scoop him back up.
5 weeks ago
Brad Peacock photo 107. Brad Peacock RP,SP - HOU
When Peacock returns to health, he is expected to be tossed back into the rotation even with rumors that Houston may acquire another arm. As long as Peacock continues starting, he will prove well worth a fantasy roster spot.
5 weeks ago
Jeff Samardzija photo 108. Jeff Samardzija SP - SF
Pitching in San Francisco certainly helps any starter, and while you might not want to use Samardzija on the road, he can be relied on for strong ratios and some Ks in half his starts.
5 weeks ago
Reynaldo Lopez photo 109. Reynaldo Lopez SP - CWS
Mike Fiers photo 110. Mike Fiers SP - OAK
Fiers is getting the job done this season with a 1.12 WHIP and an ERA well below 4.00. With that has come plenty of wins, but there aren't enough strikeouts to put him in the top 50 fantasy starters.
5 weeks ago
Dinelson Lamet photo 111. Dinelson Lamet SP - SD
Lamet has allowed plenty of runs in his first three starts, but is striking out plenty of hitters and clearly has the upside that warrants owning him as a project who could explode in the second half.
5 weeks ago
Mark Melancon photo 112. Mark Melancon RP - ATL
Will Smith is the closer for now in San Francisco but he hasn't been all that durable, plus he may be on the trade market before long as a coveted lefty setup man. Don't sleep on Melancon getting saves again within a few months.
21 weeks ago
David Robertson photo 113. David Robertson RP - PHI
It was easy to forget how great Robertson is since he only managed 19 saves over the past two seasons. He has racked up 88 Ks per season and excellent ratios over the last 8 years, however. With plenty of save opportunities in store, we could see him return to being a top 10 closer this year.
21 weeks ago
Ryan Pressly photo 114. Ryan Pressly RP - HOU
Pressly is one of the best relievers in baseball, but unfortunately that doesn't add up to enough fantasy production to reach the top 20, as saves are crucial. Still, should anything happen to Osuna, he would become an immediate top 5 closer.
5 weeks ago
Jake Arrieta photo 115. Jake Arrieta SP - PHI
Arrieta is merely a streamer at this point, and one that won't even strike out many hitters even in a solid matchup so don't hesitate to drop him if you need a roster spot.
5 weeks ago
Sergio Romo photo 116. Sergio Romo SP,RP - MIN
Although he isn't the most exciting closer, Romo does, in fact, get the save opportunities for his team and isn't exactly struggling in the ratios. He won't strikeout even 60 batters this season but you can't find better on waivers.
5 weeks ago
Brendan McKay photo 117. Brendan McKay 1B,SP - TB
McKay has started out by pitching great in his first few appearances. While he might not exactly be an ace the rest of the season, he is certainly one rookie you can rely on over the second half, perhaps as a SP3.
5 weeks ago
Joe Jimenez photo 118. Joe Jimenez RP - DET
Most depth charts have Shane Greene slotted into the closer role for Detroit but this job is up in the air. Jimenez was an all-star last season, and while he pitched poorly down the stretch, don't sleep on him winning the job this spring.
21 weeks ago
Jordan Hicks photo 119. Jordan Hicks RP - STL
Hicks is the closer for St. Louis but with early struggles, it seems that he is on the hot seat, ready to be replaced by Alex Reyes or even John Brebbia. Keep an eye on this situation and scoop up his probable replacements if things go further south for Hicks.
20 weeks ago
Pedro Strop photo 120. Pedro Strop RP - CHC
Brandon Morrow is technically the Cubs' closer, but it seems as though he will miss at least a month to open the season. Strop was named the replacement but hasn't been great thus far so let's see if he can straighten himself out before Morrow tries to take the job back.
20 weeks ago
Cody Allen photo 121. Cody Allen RP - FA
It seemed as though Ty Buttrey, Bedrosian and Anderson were going to compete for saves in LA, but then they signed Allen who figures to get the job. Don't be surprised if he losses the gig early, however, if he struggles like we saw last season. Don't consider him a lock for 25 saves again.
21 weeks ago
Pablo Lopez photo 122. Pablo Lopez SP,RP - MIA
Alex Wood photo 123. Alex Wood SP - CIN
Kyle Freeland photo 124. Kyle Freeland SP - COL
Tyler Glasnow photo 125. Tyler Glasnow SP,RP - TB
The Rays were already taking their time with Glasnow then he had a setback so his return is still up in the air. It could happen in August, or perhaps he will be shut down for the season. You can't drop him yet just in case, however, as he would deliver top 15 SP numbers the moment he returns.
5 weeks ago
Luke Weaver photo 126. Luke Weaver SP - ARI
Scott Oberg photo 127. Scott Oberg RP - COL
The Rockies may turn away from the struggling Wade Davis and turn to this season's version of Adam Ottavino, Oberg, who has been extraordinary. He carries a sub 2 ERA and sub 1 WHIP with 50 Ks at the break.
5 weeks ago
Anibal Sanchez photo 128. Anibal Sanchez SP - WSH
Trevor Williams photo 129. Trevor Williams SP - PIT
Nick Pivetta photo 130. Nick Pivetta SP - PHI
Pivetta flashed a few good starts after he was called back up but then plummeted in value again and was sent to the bullpen. He is worth keeping an eye on, however, in case anything changes.
5 weeks ago
Roenis Elias photo 131. Roenis Elias RP - WSH
Elias is having a rough go with an ERA north of 5, but he is the closer for Seattle and should get another 15 to even 25 save opportunities over the second half. That may be reason enough to put up with the lousy ratios.
5 weeks ago
Kevin Gausman photo 132. Kevin Gausman SP - CIN
Julio Teheran photo 133. Julio Teheran SP - ATL
Teheran is chugging along once again for the Braves with an ERA below 4.00 and a WHIP below 1.30. He won't strike out a batter per inning and doesn't have many wins yet but with the strong ratios, he is worth owning as a depth piece.
5 weeks ago
A.J. Minter photo 134. A.J. Minter RP - ATL
Minter was supposed to be in the heat of the competition for saves in Atlanta, and while that may happen down the road, an injury setback for him has handed the job over to Vizcaino. Unless you play in a deeper league, this should make Minter undraftable, but worth keeping an eye on in free agency.
21 weeks ago
Andrew Miller photo 135. Andrew Miller RP - STL
Carlos Martinez is now filling in for Jordan Hicks, but there are rumors that St. Louis is shopping him. If that were to happen, they may go with Gant or perhaps the lefty, Miller, who is back to cruising for the Cardinals.
5 weeks ago
Blake Parker photo 136. Blake Parker RP - PHI
After Parker signed with the Twins, many assumed he will be the closer, but it seems as though Trevor May is the favorite. In fact, Parker is likely the third-best reliever in this bullpen behind May and Rogers so beware on draft day.
21 weeks ago
Diego Castillo photo 137. Diego Castillo RP - TB
If you play in a deeper league, Castillo can be a ratio master that racks up plenty of saves, or better yet, if you employ the Marmol Strategy, Castillo qualifies as a starting pitcher so you can plug him on days where you don't have enough starters going.
21 weeks ago
Tyler Mahle photo 138. Tyler Mahle SP - CIN
Mahle is now on the IL and you may not love his 4.93 ERA, but the 106 Ks and terrific underlying metrics make him well worth paying attention to once he returns.
5 weeks ago
Adam Ottavino photo 139. Adam Ottavino RP - NYY
As expected, Ottavino has been sensational outside of Coors Field. Even with Yankee Stadium being a hitter's haven, Ottavino carries a sub-two ERA with 61 Ks in 43 innings. Don't expect saves in this crowded pen though.
5 weeks ago
Julio Urias photo 140. Julio Urias SP - LAD
When on the mound, Urias is about as good as it gets for a youngster with an ERA sitting at 2.25 and a WHIP below 1.00. The issue, of course, is that he only throws a handful of innings at most in a given week. There is still use for that, but not much more than someone like Ryan Pressley.
5 weeks ago
Shawn Kelley photo 141. Shawn Kelley RP - TEX
Kelley is technically the closer for Texas and hasn't done all that bad, but with Jose Leclerc right behind him, there is no guarantee Kelley will have the job next week, let alone for the rest of the season.
5 weeks ago
Collin McHugh photo 142. Collin McHugh RP,SP - HOU
Zack Britton photo 143. Zack Britton RP - NYY
Not only is Aroldis Chapman ahead of Britton in New York, but they also have Betances and Chad Green roaming around the pen. Chances are that Britton would get the first crack at saves if Aroldis went down, but it's no guarantee.
5 weeks ago
Tanner Roark photo 144. Tanner Roark SP - OAK
Roark may not have the best stuff in the world but he has managed to strike out 100 batters already in just 102 innings to go with solid ratios. It may not feel great, but you can use him in most starts.
5 weeks ago
Ryan Brasier photo 145. Ryan Brasier RP - BOS
There was speculation that Brasier might take the Red Sox open closer role, but he was passed over for Matt Barnes. While there is a chance that doesn't last all season, you can safely drop Braiser for now.
20 weeks ago
Jordan Yamamoto photo 146. Jordan Yamamoto SP - MIA
Mike Foltynewicz photo 147. Mike Foltynewicz SP - ATL
Foltynewicz was tremendous last year but has been so bad once he returned from the IL that he is now in the minors and struggling there. Keep an eye on him, but it is probably a lost cause at this point.
5 weeks ago
Dylan Cease photo 148. Dylan Cease SP - CWS
Cease has struggled in his first few starts since being promoted but he definitely has fantasy-relevant stuff and even if you don't want to own him now, keep him on waiver wire speed-dial.
5 weeks ago
Seth Lugo photo 149. Seth Lugo SP,RP - NYM
Brandon Morrow photo 150. Brandon Morrow RP - CHC
It sounds as though Morrow is going to miss the start of the season. That could very well turn into multiple months as we've seen with "minor" pitching injuries many times before. It is a dangerous game to draft based on injury optimism, even if the closer does have considerable upside.
21 weeks ago
Spencer Turnbull photo 151. Spencer Turnbull SP - DET
Merrill Kelly photo 152. Merrill Kelly P - ARI
Trevor May photo 153. Trevor May SP,RP - MIN
May did not win the closer job in Minnesota. While he may get a few saves here and there, Rocco Baldelli is employing a true closer by committee approach. May can be used as a Josh Hader-lite, but otherwise is droppable.
20 weeks ago
Ty Buttrey photo 154. Ty Buttrey RP - LAA
Zack Godley photo 155. Zack Godley SP - TOR
Jeremy Jeffress photo 156. Jeremy Jeffress RP - MIL
Josh Hader is the current closer in Milwaukee with Knebel out for the season but once Jeffress returns from the IL, that may quickly change. Jeffress is only owned in about 20% of leagues and should be among the top pickups with this potential outcome on the horizon.
20 weeks ago
Michael Wacha photo 157. Michael Wacha SP - STL
Yoshihisa Hirano photo 158. Yoshihisa Hirano RP - ARI
Hunter Strickland photo 159. Hunter Strickland RP - WSH
Strickland opened the year as the Mariners' closer but is now on the 60 day DL and isn't even guaranteed the job when or if he returns. There is no need to waste an IL spot on him for your fantasy roster.
20 weeks ago
Jesus Luzardo photo 160. Jesus Luzardo SP - OAK
Luzardo is back on the IL for the A's and it now seems likely that he won't throw a ball again this season. If the A's decide to be aggressive, however, Luzardo has the stuff to surge onto the scene in September.
5 weeks ago
Zach Eflin photo 161. Zach Eflin SP,RP - PHI
Brad Boxberger photo 162. Brad Boxberger RP - FA
Boxberger is expected to hold off Peralta for the Royals' closer job, and while it may not be the most envied role, he should still be able to compile 20 to 25 saves if he can hang onto the job. His ratios won't be ideal, but he does offer some K-upside as we've seen before.
21 weeks ago
Josh James photo 163. Josh James SP - HOU
James missed out on the rotation thanks to a Spring Training injury then proceeded to struggle in the bullpen, but he has been electric of late and may end up in the rotation after all in the coming weeks so keep a close eye on him.
5 weeks ago
Sandy Alcantara photo 164. Sandy Alcantara SP - MIA
Chris Martin photo 165. Chris Martin RP - ATL
Drew Steckenrider photo 166. Drew Steckenrider RP - MIA
Steckenrider missed out on the Marlins' closer role, so while he may provide 90 strikeouts, there is no point in owning him if you play in a standard-sized mixed league.
20 weeks ago
Nick Anderson photo 167. Nick Anderson P - TB
Jhoulys Chacin photo 168. Jhoulys Chacin SP - MIL
Michael Lorenzen photo 169. Michael Lorenzen RP - CIN
Anthony Bass photo 170. Anthony Bass RP - SEA
Freddy Peralta photo 171. Freddy Peralta SP - MIL
There is no doubt that Peralta has been a disappointment but has still been piling up strikeouts and has been good enough out of the pen the last month that there may be some hope remaining that he ends up back in the rotation before long.
5 weeks ago
Martin Perez photo 172. Martin Perez SP,RP - MIN
Sean Newcomb photo 173. Sean Newcomb SP - ATL
Trevor Richards photo 174. Trevor Richards SP - TB
Richards carried a 4.42 ERA with 4 wins last year and formerly played independent baseball after going undrafted. It helps, however, that he has the best changeup in baseball. Richards' changeup is Trevor Hoffman-esque. It carried a 41.2% whiff rate with a .214 xWOBA. It certainly helped his performance when he adjusted by throwing it 38% of the time instead of 23% of the time at the start of the season. In those closing months, hitters were so focused on his filthy change-up that his slider suddenly became even more deadly than the changeup. With two of the most useful pitches in baseball, Richards could breakout this year in Miami much like Jake Peavy did in in 2004 after a rough start to his career.
21 weeks ago
Alex Reyes photo 175. Alex Reyes SP - STL
Reyes suffered yet another injury in the minor leagues and was struggling with his command anyways. If he gets healthy and straightens out his stuff, he could be deadly by September in the bigs.
5 weeks ago
Wily Peralta photo 176. Wily Peralta RP - KC
Matt Strahm photo 177. Matt Strahm SP,RP - SD
Strahm has shown enough promise that we can keep an eye on him in the second half, but more likely than not, he will only be an occasional streamer in home games against easy opponents.
5 weeks ago
Vince Velasquez photo 178. Vince Velasquez SP - PHI
Velasquez is back in the rotation, and while many games will be a total trainwreck, he does have some strikeout upside and posts solid streaming performances every so often.
5 weeks ago
Tyler Skaggs photo 179. Tyler Skaggs SP - FA
Reyes Moronta photo 180. Reyes Moronta RP - SF
Moronta is likely the future of the Giants' pen, but that doesn't mean he will get saves if and when they deal Will Smith. Tony Watson, Sam Dyson and even Mark Melancon may be given the job instead, but Moranta is worth keeping an eye on.
5 weeks ago
Kelvin Herrera photo 181. Kelvin Herrera RP - CWS
Herrera was presumably signed to close for the White Sox, but they also added Alex Colome who has closing experience. This one is too close to call for now so you may want to add both in a late round just to make sure you get some saves.
21 weeks ago
Giovanny Gallegos photo 182. Giovanny Gallegos RP - STL
Forrest Whitley photo 183. Forrest Whitley SP - HOU
Whitley was the top pitching prospect going into the season but has been terrible thus far in the minors. If that turns around, he may end up useful in MLB by the end of the season.
5 weeks ago
Jalen Beeks photo 184. Jalen Beeks RP - TB
Beeks isn't technically a starting pitcher, but he is racking up the innings and has plenty of Ks to go along with it. More importantly, his ratios are stellar and he'll pick up some wins to go with it all.
5 weeks ago
Jimmy Nelson photo 185. Jimmy Nelson SP - MIL
Nelson was top five in xFIP prior to his injury that has taken much longer to recover from than expected. There is a chance he will return in May, but even if he does, it doesn't necessarily mean he will return to form right away or even ever.
20 weeks ago
John Gant photo 186. John Gant SP,RP - STL
Gant has been nothing but sensational for the Cardinals this year. He won't strike everyone out, but he is racking up wins while improving fantasy team ratios and may even have an outside chance at saves if Carlos Martinez is dealt.
5 weeks ago
Eric Lauer photo 187. Eric Lauer SP - SD
Lauer has had some dreadful outings in Coors this year, but other than that, he has consistently been producing strong performances. You can use him in the vast majority of his starts as a SP5.
5 weeks ago
John Means photo 188. John Means P - BAL
Jakob Junis photo 189. Jakob Junis SP - KC
Dellin Betances photo 190. Dellin Betances RP - NYY
Betances is merely a closer in waiting, but besides Josh Hader, the best in the game. He is a sure bet for 90+ Ks, with upside ranging to nearly 130. Likewise, his ratios will be terrific each year and you can even rely on a handful of wins and saves too.
21 weeks ago
Dakota Hudson photo 191. Dakota Hudson RP - STL
Derek Holland photo 192. Derek Holland SP - CHC
Chase Anderson photo 193. Chase Anderson SP - MIL
Seranthony Dominguez photo 194. Seranthony Dominguez SP,RP - PHI
Anthony DeSclafani photo 195. Anthony DeSclafani SP - CIN
Jerad Eickhoff photo 196. Jerad Eickhoff SP - PHI
Zach Davies photo 197. Zach Davies SP - MIL
Davies still has an ERA below 3.00, but his WHIP is not all that impressive and he strikes out fewer hitters than just about every pitcher in the league so while he isn't the worst use of a roster spot, his upside is limited.
5 weeks ago
Anthony Swarzak photo 198. Anthony Swarzak RP - ATL
Carlos Rodon photo 199. Carlos Rodon SP - CWS
Dylan Bundy photo 200. Dylan Bundy SP - BAL
Ryan Yarbrough photo 201. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP - TB
Aaron Sanchez photo 202. Aaron Sanchez SP - HOU
Asher Wojciechowski photo 203. Asher Wojciechowski SP,RP - BAL
Colin Poche photo 204. Colin Poche RP - TB
Nick Margevicius photo 205. Nick Margevicius P - SD
Brad Keller photo 206. Brad Keller SP,RP - KC
Jordan Lyles photo 207. Jordan Lyles SP,RP - MIL
Andrew Cashner photo 208. Andrew Cashner SP - BOS
Cashner was impressive enough in Baltimore that the Red Sox went out and acquired him, and while he hasn't been useful for them yet, he is good enough that you can consider him as a streamer here and there.
5 weeks ago
Cal Quantrill photo 209. Cal Quantrill SP - SD
Mitch Keller photo 210. Mitch Keller SP - PIT
Keller came up for three starts late in the Spring and wasn't all that useful to fantasy owners, but he is one of the top pitching prospects remaining in the minors so pay attention in case he called up.
5 weeks ago
Shawn Armstrong photo 211. Shawn Armstrong RP - BAL
Kyle Wright photo 212. Kyle Wright SP - ATL
Wright was dreadful in his debut earlier in the season then was beat up again in his return. He may not get another chance, but if he does, don't give up on him as there is still plenty of upside.
5 weeks ago
Jose Urquidy photo 213. Jose Urquidy P - HOU
Adam Conley photo 214. Adam Conley RP - MIA
Yoan Lopez photo 215. Yoan Lopez RP - ARI
Felix Pena photo 216. Felix Pena SP - LAA
Arodys Vizcaino photo 217. Arodys Vizcaino RP - ATL
Reports were suggesting that Vizcaino was in a closer battle with A.J. Minter, but now that Minter is banged up, it seems as though Vizcaino will open the season as the closer for a playoff contending team. That should make him worthwhile to draft, but that doesn't exactly mean he will hang onto the job for long if he slips up.
21 weeks ago
Chris Bassitt photo 218. Chris Bassitt SP - OAK
Lou Trivino photo 219. Lou Trivino RP - OAK
Sam Dyson photo 220. Sam Dyson RP - MIN
It seemed inevitable that the Giants would ship off Will Smith, but they are just a few games out of the hunt so they'll have to fall apart the next few days in order for Dyson to have his shot as closing. If he does, he'll be worth a pick up.
5 weeks ago
CC Sabathia photo 221. CC Sabathia SP - NYY
Bryse Wilson photo 222. Bryse Wilson SP - ATL
Steve Cishek photo 223. Steve Cishek RP - CHC
Zach Plesac photo 224. Zach Plesac P - CLE
Matt Harvey photo 225. Matt Harvey SP - OAK
Tony Watson photo 226. Tony Watson RP - SF
It is difficult to project whether the Giants would turn to Dyson, Watson or even Moronta would they trade Will Smith as originally imagined. That may not be a concern anymore, however, as they are just a few games out of the race and might hang onto Smith.
5 weeks ago
Trevor Rosenthal photo 227. Trevor Rosenthal RP - FA
Danny Duffy photo 228. Danny Duffy SP - KC
Paul Fry photo 229. Paul Fry RP - BAL
Amir Garrett photo 230. Amir Garrett RP - CIN
Tommy Kahnle photo 231. Tommy Kahnle RP - NYY
Derek Law photo 232. Derek Law RP - TOR
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 233. Jonathan Loaisiga SP - NYY
Trevor Cahill photo 234. Trevor Cahill SP - LAA
A.J. Ramos photo 235. A.J. Ramos RP - FA
Chad Green photo 236. Chad Green RP - NYY
Green wasn't as electric in 2018 as the year before, but he still registered 94 strikeouts with excellent ratios and 8 wins. He isn't the closer, nor does he have a path to saves, but you can certainly make a case for drafting him even in standard sized leagues.
21 weeks ago
Dereck Rodriguez photo 237. Dereck Rodriguez SP - SF
Jason Vargas photo 238. Jason Vargas SP - PHI
Gio Gonzalez photo 239. Gio Gonzalez SP - MIL
Drew Smyly photo 240. Drew Smyly SP - PHI
Touki Toussaint photo 241. Touki Toussaint SP - ATL
Corbin Burnes photo 242. Corbin Burnes RP - MIL
Joe Kelly photo 243. Joe Kelly RP - LAD
Jose Urena photo 244. Jose Urena SP - MIA
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 245. Carl Edwards Jr. RP - SD
It seems as though Pedro Strop will be the closer to open the season and eventually Brandon Morrow will get the job back. There is a chance Edwards slips in as the closer, however, but he has plenty of upside regardless of saves.
21 weeks ago
Taijuan Walker photo 246. Taijuan Walker SP - ARI
Ivan Nova photo 247. Ivan Nova SP - CWS
Mike Montgomery photo 248. Mike Montgomery SP,RP - KC
A.J. Puk photo 249. A.J. Puk SP - OAK
After a year on the IL, Puk is back to pitching and while the results haven't been pretty, he still has great stuff and could be dangerous as a fantasy asset once the A's call him up in September.
5 weeks ago
Jalen Beeks photo 250. Jalen Beeks SP - BOS
Jeremy Hellickson photo 251. Jeremy Hellickson SP - WSH
Yusmeiro Petit photo 252. Yusmeiro Petit RP - OAK
Nick Wittgren photo 253. Nick Wittgren RP - CLE
Jaime Barria photo 254. Jaime Barria SP - LAA
Clay Buchholz photo 255. Clay Buchholz SP - TOR
Joe Ross photo 256. Joe Ross SP - WSH
Kyle Crick photo 257. Kyle Crick RP - PIT
Alex Cobb photo 258. Alex Cobb SP - BAL
Framber Valdez photo 259. Framber Valdez SP - HOU
Tyler Beede photo 260. Tyler Beede SP - SF
Nick Kingham photo 261. Nick Kingham SP - TOR
Craig Stammen photo 262. Craig Stammen RP - SD
Jose Suarez photo 263. Jose Suarez SP - LAA
Dustin May photo 264. Dustin May SP - LAD
Joakim Soria photo 265. Joakim Soria RP - OAK
Daniel Hudson photo 266. Daniel Hudson RP - WSH
Tommy Milone photo 267. Tommy Milone SP - SEA
Brandon Kintzler photo 268. Brandon Kintzler RP - CHC
Elieser Hernandez photo 269. Elieser Hernandez SP,RP - MIA
Edinson Volquez photo 270. Edinson Volquez SP - TEX
Aaron Bummer photo 271. Aaron Bummer RP - CWS
Adam Wainwright photo 272. Adam Wainwright SP - STL
Wainwright has posted enough solid games, particularly at home that he can be used in several streaming matchups the rest of the season.
5 weeks ago
Luke Gregerson photo 273. Luke Gregerson RP - STL
Cam Bedrosian photo 274. Cam Bedrosian RP - LAA
Jon Duplantier photo 275. Jon Duplantier SP - ARI
Corbin Martin photo 276. Corbin Martin SP,RP - ARI
Drew Pomeranz photo 277. Drew Pomeranz SP - MIL
Keone Kela photo 278. Keone Kela RP - PIT
Vasquez is the closer in Pittsburgh for now, but Kela has immense upside if he slips up or is injured so be sure to keep him on waiver wire speed dial.
21 weeks ago
Brad Brach photo 279. Brad Brach RP - NYM
Fernando Rodney photo 280. Fernando Rodney RP - WSH
Alex Claudio photo 281. Alex Claudio RP - MIL
Daniel Mengden photo 282. Daniel Mengden SP - OAK
Homer Bailey photo 283. Homer Bailey SP - OAK
Justus Sheffield photo 284. Justus Sheffield SP,RP - SEA
Jeurys Familia photo 285. Jeurys Familia RP - NYM
The Mets added the best closer in baseball this off-season so Familia takes a step back, but if anything happens to Diaz, Familia is the clear closer-in-waiting and would be top 20 at the position right away.
21 weeks ago
Jarlin Garcia photo 286. Jarlin Garcia SP,RP - MIA
Tyson Ross photo 287. Tyson Ross SP - DET
Wade LeBlanc photo 288. Wade LeBlanc SP,RP - SEA
Luis Cessa photo 289. Luis Cessa SP,RP - NYY
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 290. Brent Honeywell Jr. SP - TB
John Brebbia photo 291. John Brebbia RP - STL
Tony Gonsolin photo 292. Tony Gonsolin SP - LAD
Mike Leake photo 293. Mike Leake SP - ARI
Sean Manaea photo 294. Sean Manaea SP - OAK
Logan Allen photo 295. Logan Allen SP - CLE
Tyler Chatwood photo 296. Tyler Chatwood SP - CHC
Daniel Ponce de Leon photo 297. Daniel Ponce de Leon SP,RP - STL
It seems as though the Cardinals have made up their mind about keeping Ponce de Leon in the rotation. He won't strike out many hitters, but perhaps he can win a few games while not hurting your ratios. Don't sleep on him being dealt for a pitcher like Stroman, however.
5 weeks ago