2019 Fantasy Baseball ROS Rankings
Expert Consensus Ranking (21 of 21 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Justin Verlander (HOU - SP)||6||1||6||2.4||1.2||21.0||+15.0||
Verlander has benefitted from some good fortune this season, but that shouldn't overshadow just how dominant he's been. He's an obvious fantasy stud.
|2||Max Scherzer (WSH - SP)||11||1||16||2.6||2.3||4.0||-7.0||
Scherzer experienced all kinds of bad luck over the first couple months, dominated at mid-season, and then suffered through injuries in the second half. The overall numbers are still pretty terrific and it would shock no one if he was the best pitcher in fantasy the rest of the way.
|3||Jacob deGrom (NYM - SP)||10||1||7||3.3||1.0||10.0||‐||
DeGrom was never going to repeat last year's 1.70 ERA, but he's been terrific again this year.
|4||Gerrit Cole (HOU - SP)||13||1||8||3.4||1.6||27.0||+14.0||
While's he's been quite good in his own right, Cole has been overshadowed by teammate Justin Verlander. But the peripheral numbers suggest Cole has actually been the even better pitcher.
|5||Walker Buehler (LAD - SP)||24||3||16||8.8||3.7||40.0||+16.0||
Buehler has lived up to expectations early in his second season, recording a 3.31 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 166 strikeouts and 26 walks in 141.1 innings. That's despite a horrid outing at Coors damaging his ratios. As a former Tommy John recipient who tossed 153.1 professional innings last year and plays for the Dodgers, he's highly unlikely to push past 175 innings this season. While that's something to keep in mind down the road, the depleted pool of aces makes him a top-10 starter right now.
|6||Zack Greinke (HOU - SP)||33||7||23||10.9||4.4||56.0||+23.0||
Greinke's not an elite strikeout pitcher, but he is a workhorse with pinpoint control who is on track to produce one of the best seasons of his career. That's saying something for a guy who has put up an ERA of 3.21 or better and WHIP of 1.15 or better six times in the last seven seasons.
|7||Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP)||35||5||36||11.3||4.9||54.0||+19.0||
Kershaw's no longer the big strikeout guy he once was, but his elite control remains. He also seemingly has the intangible characteristics of a pitcher who has mastered his craft: He has outperformed his peripherals each of the last two seasons and is well on his way to doing it again in 2019.
|8||Stephen Strasburg (WSH - SP)||32||5||20||11.4||3.8||59.0||+27.0||
Strasburg is having another one of his typically-dominant seasons, the only question is whether he can stay healthy. He's broken 200 innings just once in his career.
|9||Aaron Nola (PHI - SP)||31||5||19||12.1||3.8||25.0||-6.0||
Nola investors were undoubtedly getting antsy. After posting a pristine 2.37 ERA in 2018, he opened 2019 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.51 WHIP through 15 troubling starts. A command artist throughout his rise to ace status issued 36 walks in those 81 innings. Just when some were ready to the right flag, the righty kicked into high gear. Over his last 11 starts, Nola has notched a 2.09 ERA and tallied 83 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. His first-pitch and swinging-strike rates have returned to normal during this dominant stretch. Investors who withered the storm (or bought low) looked poised to enjoy a top-20 ace in the second half.
|10||Patrick Corbin (WSH - SP)||38||8||32||13.2||2.9||47.0||+9.0||
Amid an up-and-down first season with the Nationals, Corbin still carries a stellar 3.34 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 153.2 innings. His slider continues to dominate, but his fastball has gotten clobbered. He has rebounded in resounding fashion after an ugly three-start stretch in late May and early June, so continue to treat him as a borderline top-15 starter living up to his draft-day cost.
|11||Luis Castillo (CIN - SP)||44||4||42||15.2||8.0||128.0||+84.0||
One of last spring's top breakout candidates, Castillo posted an underwhelming 4.30 ERA in 2018 because of an atrocious start. This time, he dominated out of the gate and is compiling a 3.21 ERA and 190 strikeouts through 160 innings. The elevated 9.6% walk rate is concerning, but he's too good at missing bats to significantly worry. No qualified starter has a lower contact rate, and Castillo is third in swinging-strike rate behind Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole. He might be experiencing an inverse of 2018, however, with a 5.00 ERA after the All-Star break.
|12||Trevor Bauer (CIN - SP)||36||1||37||15.4||7.0||31.0||-5.0||
Bauer has had the most maddening season imaginable for a potential ace. He has already allowed five or more runs in eight turns, with one or zero permitted in 11 others. The walk woes also came back in July. The elite strikeout rate and off-the-charts upside keep him relevant, and he could be one tweak away from dominating again, but it's time to pump the brakes on Bauer as a reliable top-20 ace. That's especially the case now that he's pitching in Great American Ballpark with a 7.62 ERA as the newest member of the Reds.
|13||Charlie Morton (TB - SP)||42||6||48||15.5||7.0||114.0||+72.0||
Morton has successfully carried over the improvements he made as a pitcher during his two seasons in Houston. His walk rate can be a bit of an issue at times, but he misses a ton of bats and is also quite adept at limiting hard contact. He's also managed to stay healthy this year, something that's been an issue for him in the past.
|14||Shane Bieber (CLE - SP)||61||5||52||17.2||10.5||149.0||+88.0||
Baseball fans could soon think of that pop singer as the other Bieber. He has succeeded early in 2019 by trading more heaters for sliders, and the results are a much improved 3.23 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 30.8% K rate. He has also a bunch of hard contact, but the blow-up outings are becoming fewer and far between. The emerging ace is now a top-10 fantasy starter whose stock continues to trend upward.
|15||Noah Syndergaard (NYM - SP)||48||5||25||17.3||3.8||35.0||-13.0||
Syndergaard has had a frustrating start to 2019, posting a 3.86 ERA through 24 starts. Despite the subpar returns, he still wields a 3.44 FIP with 151 strikeouts and 42 walks in 154 innings. While those marks aren't the dominance onlookers expect from a hard-thrower nicknamed after a god, he has rebounded to post a 2.05 ERA after the All-Star break against a lighter schedule. The SP1 upside remains if he has repaired his slider.
|16||Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD - SP)||52||5||57||18.1||12.0||181.0||+129.0||
Ryu has looked every bit as dominant as he was late last season. In a terrific season briefly interrupted by two short IL trips, he has posted a 2.35 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 157.1 innings. That gives him a 2.22 ERA in his last 40 starts. While his 137 strikeouts aren't spectacular for someone dominating at such an amazing rate, he has issued an astonishingly low 20 walks. Ryu has thrown more than 150 innings for the first time since 2014, so it's not surprising to see natural regression strike down the stretch. He has relinquished seven runs each in back-to-back starts, matching the total of earned runs allowed through his first 15 starts of 2019. Given these struggles, the Dodgers could limit his workload with a playoff berth already firmly in hand. There's nevertheless little recourse but to play the NL Cy Young Award candidate as long as he's healthy.
|17||Mike Clevinger (CLE - SP)||58||6||76||19.9||10.0||58.0||‐||
Clevinger looks on the cusp of joining Cleveland teammate Shane Bieber as an elite ace. He opened 2019 with 22 strikeouts over two scoreless starts before suffering a back injury. Shortly after returning on June 17, he went back on the IL after one start. He got shelled by the Orioles (1.2, 7 ER) in his return but has since posted a dominant 1.86 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 67.2 innings. Now healthy, he has quickly vaulted his way back into a top-12 option with an even higher ceiling.
|18||Jose Berrios (MIN - SP)||57||5||31||20.1||5.7||73.0||+16.0||
Finally taking a step toward the long-awaited breakout, Berrios has a 3.37 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 25 starts. Inconsistency, however, continues to plague him. Before anointing him an ace, his strikeout rate (22.7%) has fallen, and a 4.32 SIERA indicates some regression is still around the corner. Although Berrios has emerged as a top-25 SP, his tumultuous August (19 runs in 16 IP) could carry over through the end of 2019.
|19||Jack Flaherty (STL - SP)||59||10||38||20.3||6.3||60.0||+1.0||
Buoyed by a lethal slider and a curveball that didn't yield a single extra-base hit in his rookie campaign, there's easy 200-strikeout upside if Flaherty pitches a full season. He's on the right track with 162 in 140.1 innings. The other numbers hadn't followed for most of 2019, but he has lowered his ERA to 3.46 by allowing five combined runs in his last eight starts. He won't stay this hot forever, but Flaherty is looking a lot more like the burgeoning ace drafters took as a top-20 starter.
|20||James Paxton (NYY - SP)||65||9||35||22.2||4.0||49.0||-16.0||
Last season's 160.1 IP comfortably set a personal high for Paxton, and he may not exceed it in 2019. After an up-and-down start that included back-to-back shutouts with 12 strikeouts apiece, the southpaw went on the injured list with knee inflammation. He returned on May 29 to toss four hitless innings with seven strikeouts and has since looked shaky with a 7.15 ERA in June and 5.68 ERA in July. Health was supposed to be his only detriment to stardom, so a 4.53 ERA and 4.33 FIP in 22 turns is highly disappointing. Yet an elite 28.8% K rate should still lead to dominance near the finish line.
|21||Madison Bumgarner (SF - SP)||79||19||47||26.7||5.0||96.0||+17.0||
A dirt-bike accident in 2017 and broken hand suffered last spring limited Bumgarner to 240.2 combined innings in the past two seasons. He had previously exceeded 200 in each of the last six seasons. While he has regained his workhorse label in 2019, the 29-year-old's 3.71 ERA is far above his current season high of 3.37. He has, however, reversed last year's declines in velocity, swinging strikes, strikeouts, and walks. Although no longer an ace, the southpaw still looks like a high-floor SP3 who has excelled since a rough turn against the dangerous Dodgers on June 20. Staying in San Francisco is also tremendous news for his rest-of-season outlook.
|22||Zack Wheeler (NYM - SP)||92||16||49||30.1||8.1||85.0||-7.0||
Wheeler was nearly as good as Jacob deGrom after last year's All-Star break, boasting a 1.68 ERA and 20.4 K-BB% in 11 starts. All that promise made his up-and-down start all the more disappointing. He has an underwhelming 4.41 ERA through August while notching 160 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Although continually did in by home runs and one bad inning, he has emerged into a rare workhorse averaging over six innings per start. Armed with a 3.70 FIP, he's not far off from the breakout candidate many drafted as a top-25 starter.
|23||Masahiro Tanaka (NYY - SP)||107||14||55||34.2||6.5||120.0||+13.0||
Investors have received the full Tanaka experience. Elite at his best, he has yielded just one or zero earned runs in nine starts. Only one of those have come in the last two months. He has also allowed at least four runs in 11 turns, including a 12-run calamity against the Red Sox on July 25. Anyone who has rostered the Yankees righty is used to this volatility, but they have stomached it in exchange for elite strikeout rates. This season, however, his K rate has dipped to a career-low 19.2% with a drop in swinging-strike rate (10.4%). His ERA has risen to 4.68, and the down days are becoming far too common (and damaging) to trust as anything more than a back-end matchup play.
|24||Kyle Hendricks (CHC - SP)||109||21||63||34.8||7.7||126.0||+17.0||
His success defies common convention, so it was hard not to freak out over Hendricks surrendering a 5.33 ERA through five starts. Could the bottom finally be falling out for a finesse pitcher who operates in the mid-80s? Nope. A .405 BABIP and 58.8% strand rate fueled that rough beginning, and The Professor has quickly corrected course. His ERA has recovered to 3.47, once again cementing him as a dependable SP3 to use with full confidence.
|25||Matthew Boyd (DET - SP)||95||17||147||35.7||20.8||299.0||+204.0||
Following a stellar start, Boyd's ERA has risen to 4.47. He still, however, boasts a 3.51 SIERA with 208 strikeouts and 42 walks in 159 innings. He also ranks among the top starters in swinging-strike rate by relying heavily on his wipeout slider. This isn't a fluke, as he also punched out a batter per frame in 2018's second half. The Tigers southpaw looked like one of the season's biggest waiver-wire additions who could finish as a top-25 starter like Patrick Corbin in 2018. Now he's a high-strikeout option getting killed by the long ball.
|26||Robbie Ray (ARI - SP)||108||21||69||36.6||11.1||116.0||+8.0||
Everything went right for Ray in 2017, when he registered a 2.89 ERA despite a 3.94 BB/9 and 3.72 FIP. An oblique strain limited him to just 123.2 innings in 24 starts last season, and 70 walks led to a 3.93 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. After initially resembling the better model, he carries a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He remains just as tough to hit with a .221 batting average, but a 4.10 BB/9 continues to cause him trouble. Enjoy the strikeouts, but expect a volatile ERA and bloated WHIP. Despite all the speculation, he stayed in Arizona through the trade deadline and has returned from a back injury.
|27||Yu Darvish (CHC - SP)||106||19||66||37.8||13.7||143.0||+37.0||
Arthroscopic elbow surgery limited Darvish to eight starts in 2018. Adding insult to injury, he wasn't even good (4.95 ERA) in his brief time on the mound. He looked just as bad for most of 2019. The righty has relinquished a 4.36 ERA and 23 homers in 23 starts. Yet he has resoundingly reversed terrible early-season command with just seven walks in his past 10 outings. Also lost in his early troubles, the oft-injured righty has stayed healthy. He's the ultimate boom-or-bust starter whose diminished value is rapidly rising back to the SP3/4 drafters anticipated.
|28||David Price (BOS - SP)||90||19||58||32.3||10.4||84.0||-6.0||
While the velocity has stayed down, the whiffs and strikeouts are way up for Price, who has garnered a 10.77 K/9 in 21 starts. The ERA, however, skyrocketed to 4.36 after allowing 20 earned runs in four starts. The Red Sox placed the 33-year-old on the IL with a TFCC cyst in his left wrist. He's expected to return September 1, at which point he'll need to re-earn everyone's trust before using down the stretch.
|29||Sonny Gray (CIN - SP)||124||18||107||39.7||18.3||268.0||+144.0||
Maybe Gray just needed to get away from the Yankees. The righty has rebounded from a lost 2018 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 23 starts. The 28-year-old has recorded 144 strikeouts in 127.2 innings with a 55.3% ground-ball rate and 3.47 FIP. Gray, who owns of a career 3.59 ERA, has gone from a sneaky waiver-wire find to an unheralded ace.
|30||Cole Hamels (CHC - SP)||121||25||75||42.4||9.2||146.0||+25.0||
While Hamels didn't have the most consistent start to 2019, he carried over last year's turnaround with the Cubs by compiling a 2.98 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 99.2 innings. He was one of few veteran workhorses paying off their draft capital, but an oblique injury sent him to the IL to start June. After tossing five scoreless innings in a promising return, he has yielded 13 runs and 21 baserunners in two starts spanning just five combined frames. Diminished velocity creates some legitimate concern for the 35-year-old, but he still sports a solid 3.69 ERA despite the two blow-up outings.
|31||Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS - SP)||123||20||74||43.2||8.5||150.0||+27.0||
Rodriguez is an intriguing option when healthy, and he's exceeded 140 innings for the first time in his career. The results have been shaky, as his 3.97 ERA and 1.36 WHIP have yet to fully recover from a brutal start. He has still recorded 160 strikeouts through 165.2 innings and is among MLB's leaders in soft contact. There are still signs of a breakout, but the southpaw lacks the consistency to reach his ceiling anytime soon. If he stays healthy, Rodriguez is more a high-strikeout SP4 to use carefully in the right matchups.
|32||Mike Soroka (ATL - SP)||125||17||154||43.3||34.1||416.0||+291.0||
Soroka has surrendered 33 earned runs over 21 starts this season, bringing his career ERA to 2.52 in 26 big league turns. He's benefited from a .274 BABIP and 8.0% HR/FB rate this season, but the righty also boasts one of baseball's lowest exit velocities against. Even with some regression, he should continue to positive ERA contributions. The strikeouts are nothing special, but the elite command (5.8 BB%) makes him a trustworthy starter going forward.
|33||Kenta Maeda (LAD - SP)||126||29||73||43.6||9.7||175.0||+49.0||
Maeda has maintained a 9.52 K/9 while limiting hard contact, but managers haven't been able to trust him during an erratic campaign. The Dodgers put him in the bullpen near the All-Star break despite turning the corner, and he returned to the rotation to allow 14 runs in three truncated starts. He could at least pitch to his career 3.92 ERA when given the chance, but he's only 10 innings away from matching last year's tally. He's a top-50 starter when given the chance.
|34||Mike Minor (TEX - SP)||132||16||118||44.3||27.8||320.0||+188.0||
This looks like a different Minor than the man who posted a 4.18 ERA and 20.6 K% last season. He now sports a 3.17 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 167.2 innings. Bolstered velocity and an elite spin rate have led to better success with his four-seam fastball, and all three of his other offerings (slider, changeup, and curveball) have a double-digit swinging-strike rate. Even if a 4.32 SIERA and rough July suggest regression is coming, the southpaw has shown more than enough to confidently deploy in all leagues.
|35||Blake Snell (TB - SP)||80||5||116||39.4||33.3||28.0||-52.0||
Snell will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair loose bodies in his throwing elbow. The Rays hope he can return in 2019, but that's not a certainty. Nathan Eovaldi missed nearly three months with a similar procedure. Head-to-head managers can at least hang on in case he returns for the playoffs, but don't count on the reigning AL Cy Young winner returning in time to repair his 4.28 ERA. On the bright side, this could turn him into a 2020 bargain.
|36||Caleb Smith (MIA - SP)||129||21||148||47.7||33.9||395.0||+266.0||
Smith looked like the real deal when submitting a 2.38 ERA and 0.89 WHIP through nine starts. He then surrendered 11 runs in three starts spanning just 13 innings before going on the IL with left-hip discomfort. Initially hope of a short stay, he instead missed a month. The 27-year-old had emerged into a top-25 starter before getting hurt, sporting a 31.2% K rate and 14.2% swinging-strike rate behind a stellar slider. After the All-Star break, however, he has a 4.83 ERA with 25 walks in 50.1 innings. It's getting a lot tougher to trust him down the stretch, and it's possible Miami shuts him down if he continues to falter.
|37||German Marquez (COL - SP)||127||9||84||41.2||20.4||82.0||-45.0||
Coors Field has claimed another victim. A source of heated debate before and during the season, Marquez overcome his surroundings with help from a favorable early schedule featuring trips to Miami and San Francisco. More exposure to his home park has deflated the breakout potential; he has a 6.26 ERA and .317 opposing average at Coors Field compared to a 3.67 ERA and .209 opposing average on the road. He may be a top-20 ace if pitching for another team, but the high altitude won't allow him to flourish as a top fantasy option. After placing him on the IL with an arm injury, the Rockies are considering shutting Marquez down for the season. This late into the campaign, managers could cut him now before receiving an official decision.
|38||Miles Mikolas (STL - SP)||140||21||81||49.9||14.9||98.0||-42.0||
Four starts into the season, Mikolas had yet to record more strikeouts than runs allowed. While he has looked better on occasion, some rough starts have kept his ERA at an inflated 3.94 with a middling 6.6 K/9. Even though he has settled down to post a 2.92 ERA since the start of July, the lack of strikeouts makes him more of a deep-league arm unlikely to recoup his high draft cost.
|39||Jose Quintana (CHC - SP)||135||33||85||50.6||8.4||165.0||+30.0||
Quintana appeared to turn a corner early in 2019, posting a 2.33 ERA in eight starts after getting clobbered for eight runs at Milwaukee. He slowed down before catching fire again in August. The lefty has continued his up-and-down season as a mid-tier option with a 3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 21.8 K% right in line with expectations. He's a solid play in standard mixed leagues.
|40||Jon Lester (CHC - SP)||142||28||109||53.0||12.9||161.0||+19.0||
A clear regression candidate, Lester once again got off to a tremendous start before unraveling. Despite posting a 1.16 ERA through seven starts, it has ballooned to 4.36. It's accompanied by improvements in walks and strikeouts, but his contact and swinging-strike rates are alarming. There's still a chance he turns the corner. After falling off the map last year, he rebounded with a stellar September. Lester is a decent depth piece for those who temper expectations and play the matchups.
|41||Dallas Keuchel (ATL - SP)||158||31||100||55.2||15.9||183.0||+25.0||
After a frustratingly long delay, Keuchel signed with the Braves on June 6. He has since posted a 3.78 ERA in 13 starts. Despite his fastball already operating below 90 mph, the southpaw hasn't regained his full velocity. Still a capable veteran who's excellent at inducing ground balls, he'll help the Braves more than fantasy managers, but it's encouraging to see him notch seven strikeouts in each of his last three outings.
|42||Jake Odorizzi (MIN - SP)||172||27||111||55.6||25.1||448.0||+276.0||
Remember when Odorizzi allowed seven earned runs over 10 starts from April 17 to June 9? He undid all that good will by surrendering nine runs to the Yankees on July 24. He has recovered from a brutal July, however, to bring his overall ERA to a still strong 3.57. That's especially good considering his 137 strikeouts in 131 innings. He's a usable piece who's sporting a career-best 12.1% swinging-strike rate and 74.8% contact rate. Keep starting him, but maybe not against dangerous lineups like the Yankees.
|43||Joey Lucchesi (SD - SP)||154||38||79||56.4||9.7||196.0||+42.0||
While Lucchesi hasn't taken the leap yet, he once again brandishes promising numbers behind a 4.19 ERA. The 26-year-old lefty has tallied 119 strikeouts, 39 walks, and a 47.5% ground-ball rate in 122.1 innings. His changeup/curveball hybrid remains a terrific putaway pitch, but his cutter has only led to trouble. Given the strikeouts, simply pitching to his 3.95 FIP would make him a worthy fantasy option. Although he might remain a bit of an enigma, there's upside.
|44||Joe Musgrove (PIT - SP)||157||38||85||56.7||12.9||208.0||+51.0||
Musgrove initially pleased drafters who felt they snagged the perfect late-round flier with sneaky upside. They have since (this writer included) learned a valuable lesson about taking early victory laps. He exited April with a pristine 1.54 ERA, but it has jumped to 4.69 with a handful of blow-up outings. Although he still possesses an 11.3% swinging-strike rate, he has yet to translate it into an elite strikeout rate. After getting shelled by the Mets for eight runs on August 4, a tough schedule makes him someone to drop in standard mixed leagues.
|45||Marcus Stroman (NYM - SP)||168||34||102||56.8||14.3||277.0||+109.0||
Not given much attention in 2019 drafts, Stroman made the All-Star team and sported a 2.96 ERA and 56.3% ground-ball rate before getting traded to the Mets. The strikeouts (117 in 144.1 IP) are nothing exciting, and a 3.70 FIP is a more reasonable expectation than his current 3.17 ERA. Even that could be optimistic given the Mets' woeful defense and their pitching staff's collective struggles with their sliders. At least he gets to move from the AL East to the NL. Expect a bit of a second-half decline that would make the 28-year-old righty more of a SP4 to use in the right spots.
|46||Kyle Gibson (MIN - SP)||177||43||82||59.1||9.5||293.0||+116.0||
A sneaky breakout candidate for years, Gibson has procured 124 strikeouts and 35 walks in 123 innings. He is missing more bats while tossing far more first-pitch strikes, both of which create a blueprint to sustained success. His 4.02 ERA and 1.25 WHIP are both playable during this season of enhanced power, especially since the Twins hurler is getting loads of run support and can constantly feast on feeble AL Central offenses. The righty should at least be rostered in all leagues.
|47||Lance Lynn (TEX - SP)||155||18||147||54.5||40.2||551.0||+396.0||
Lynn has a 2.85 FIP and 170 strikeouts in 148 innings, tossing 13 quality starts in his last 16 outings. Perhaps this is for real. Let's not forget about his 3.43 ERA in 2017 before signing late in 2018 and never finding the strike zone. He also only has a 3.71 ERA and is set to pitch in the Arlington heat this summer, but the 32-year-old has firmly pitched his way onto all mixed-league rosters as a near top-30 starter.
|48||Andrew Heaney (LAA - SP)||184||22||115||62.1||14.3||189.0||+5.0||
Early elbow discomfort pushed back Heaney's 2019 debut. While he had a 5.09 ERA and 4.79 FIP through nine starts, he also registered 54 strikeouts in 46 innings. The 28-year-old southpaw showed the upside that made him popular after notching a 4.15 ERA with a strikeout per frame last season. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury sent him back on the shelf. Back in mid-August, he's worth re-adding after accruing 14 strikeouts at Texas on August 20.
|49||J.A. Happ (NYY - SP)||173||34||120||66.6||23.3||131.0||-42.0||
Heading into 2019, Happ owned a 3.49 ERA and 8.45 K/9 over the past four seasons. Many drafters nevertheless scoffed at him going around the pick-150 range, which seemed like a reasonable price for someone who accompanied his career-high 193 strikeouts with a career-high 10.3% swinging-strike rate and career-low 78.3% contact rate in 2018. Yet it appears the skeptics were right. The 36-year-old has coughed up a 4.86 ERA and 5.11 FIP, which is especially concerning since he has faced the Orioles four times through Mau. A velocity decline has led to a markedly depreciated strikeout rate (20%) and more hard hits. Happ could still turn the corner to post a low-fours ERA and stockpile wins for the Yankees going forward, but he's no more than an unreliable streamer in 12-team mixed leagues.
|50||Wade Miley (HOU - SP) MiLB||182||32||140||69.7||30.0||358.0||+176.0||
After tossing a strong start at Coors Field before the All-Star break, Miley boasts a 3.13 ERA in 27 starts this season. The limited strikeout numbers limit his fantasy worth, but his 7.62 K/9 has risen to a reasonable level. It's getting tougher to ignore his success, especially when buoyed by Houston's lineup. The 32-year-old should remain a solid source of wins and ERA. Just don't be shocked if regression eventually strikes.
|51||Max Fried (ATL - SP,RP)||178||28||159||62.2||34.3||521.0||+343.0||
Lost in the shuffle of Atlanta's plethora of young pitchers, injuries opened a door for Fried to join the rotation. He has answered the call to action with a 3.99 ERA in 116.1 innings. While the 1.38 WHIP is high, he is starting to miss more bats with three secondary pitches each netting swinging-strike rates of 11.5% or higher. A 3.77 FIP and 3.53 xFIP suggest recent regression swung too far in the other direction, and he has settled down into an effective fantasy starter after returning from a blister injury in late July.
|52||Steven Matz (NYM - SP)||202||30||114||74.5||19.3||258.0||+56.0||
Matz had allowed five runs through three combined starts before ceding eight runs (without recording a single out) at Philadelphia on April 16. His ERA jumped from 1.65 to 4.96. That catastrophic risk comes with the territory for the Mets southpaw, who allowed seven runs in a similarly disastrous turn at Washington last year. Even after a couple of gems against the light-hitting Pirates and Marlins, his 4.49 ERA and 1.40 WHIP aren't particularly appealing. He's a fringe option better saved for streaming in the typical 12-team mixed league.
|53||Carlos Martinez (STL - SP,RP)||151||21||126||59.1||27.9||194.0||+43.0||
Martinez has become St. Louis' closer with Jordan Hicks (torn ACL) out for the season. The former ace has collected 13 saves with a 3.41 ERA and recovered from a rough patch right after the All-Star break. While he hasn't realize the strikeout upside some would have expected from the bullpen move, he's a potential top-20 closer with plenty of upside.
|54||Jeff Samardzija (SF - SP)||243||40||109||77.4||15.7||453.0||+210.0||
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.
|55||Marco Gonzales (SEA - SP)||217||27||112||78.3||19.7||229.0||+12.0|
|56||Rick Porcello (BOS - SP)||233||46||109||78.7||17.0||148.0||-85.0||
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.
|57||Anibal Sanchez (WSH - SP)||303||53||129||80.1||19.8||294.0||-9.0||
Sanchez has submitted a 3.17 ERA in 15 starts since returning from a hamstring strain. The veteran sported a 2.82 ERA last season, and he's among MLB leaders in average exit velocity against. While he's currently pitching over his head, he's a solid back-end depth piece and strong matchup play.
|58||Yusei Kikuchi (SEA - SP)||198||22||138||81.2||27.5||163.0||-35.0||
Signed by Seattle this winter, Kikuchi hasn't shown much upside to start his MLB career. A 4.78 ERA, 16.7 K%, and 5.30 FIP portray the 27-year-old southpaw as no more than a matchup play rather than a solid mid-rotation piece, but the book isn't closed just yet.
|59||Zac Gallen (ARI - SP)||190||34||96||51.9||14.5||1,016.0||+826.0||
Gallen garnered a 1.77 ERA, 112 strikeouts, and 17 walks in 91.1 Triple-A innings before getting promoted on June 19. Despite the initial hype, he hasn't received much attention for his 2.40 ERA and 49 strikeouts in eight starts. A surprising midseason trade to Arizona should give him more run support, but it also takes him away Miami's spacious park. The rookie's stock is still on the rise. Just beware a September shutdown (or lessened workload) if the Diamondbacks fall out of the playoff picture.
|60||Ross Stripling (LAD - SP,RP)||225||36||111||78.8||20.3||192.0||-33.0||
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.
|61||Mike Foltynewicz (ATL - SP)||261||25||136||85.7||25.0||112.0||-149.0||
Foltynewicz followed a 2018 breakout with a 6.37 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in a dozen starts. After he got shelled for eight runs by the Nationals on June 22, the day after Dallas Keuchel's team debut, the Braves optioned him the 27-year-old righty to Triple-A. He has yielded seven runs in two starts since returning to Atlanta in August, but he has also amassed seven strikeouts in each turn. That's enough reason to at least closely monitor his progress in mixed leagues.
|62||Luis Severino (NYY - SP)||188||10||132||75.7||34.3||68.0||-120.0||
Already sidelined through April with a shoulder injury, Severino also suffered a Grade 2 lat strain. He suffered yet another setback after throwing off the mound and is now not expected back until late August at the earliest. He's preparing to return as a reliever, so it's understandable to drop him if not holstering an available IL spot.
|63||Mike Fiers (OAK - SP)||278||53||172||86.1||23.8||338.0||+60.0||
Another year, another season of Fiers defying the peripherals. A year after posting a 3.56 ERA and 4.75 FIP, he now has a 3.46 ERA and 4.78 FIP. He also has just 102 strikeouts in 153.1 innings, but perhaps this is another Wade Miley situation. The 34-year-old hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in a single start since April 20 until the imposing Astros tagged him for five on August 15.
|64||Carlos Carrasco (CLE - SP)||160||8||130||71.0||34.5||36.0||-124.0||
A month after being sidelined indefinitely with a blood condition, Carrasco revealed that was diagnosed with leukemia. He described the condition as "under control," but his fantasy value is the furthest thing from anyone's mind now. While he still hopes to return this season, nobody should count on him pitching in 2019. He is set to face minor league hitters on August 16, keeping the door open for a possible September return.
|65||Julio Teheran (ATL - SP)||288||51||123||87.2||21.1||238.0||-50.0||
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.
|66||Nathan Eovaldi (BOS - SP)||226||37||143||83.4||25.5||159.0||-67.0||
Eovaldi posted a 6.00 ERA before undergoing surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow in April. Out for multiple months, the hard-throwing, but erratic righty was not an essential stash in standard mixed leagues. That, however, was before news of Boston planning to bring him back as its closer. He gave a small taste of what he could accomplish in that role when allowing three hits and one earned run in eight postseason inning. Back from the IL, he stumbled as Brandon Workman took over the role instead. Eovaldi is now scheduled to return to Boston's rotation.
|67||Reynaldo Lopez (CWS - SP)||272||48||145||84.6||26.9||284.0||+12.0||
This wouldn't be the first time Lopez fooled us all, and it won't be the last. The righty tossed a 14-strikeout gem on April 28, only to allow six runs in his last turn. He was dropped just about everywhere before allowing four runs with 25 strikeouts in three stellar July outings. Lopez is the ultimate boom-or-bust gamble to add with caution. He has issued a 4.30 ERA with eight walks and 15 strikeouts in August, so toss him back on the waiver wire.
|68||Alex Wood (CIN - SP)||246||48||145||90.7||27.7||230.0||-16.0||
Wood, initially expected to return from a back injury in April, continued to suffer setbacks that pushed back his timetable. Although he initially looked like an intriguing piece to round out the rotation, most of that appeal came from the potential of logging more innings for the Reds. Since returning on July 28, he has gotten shelled to a 6.07 ERA and 6.05 FIP in six starts. He can't be trusted at the moment, which is a shame for anyone who waited all this time for a potential late-season impact arm.
|69||Brandon Woodruff (MIL - SP,RP)||199||23||154||70.8||36.8||276.0||+77.0||
Despite recording a 5.81 ERA through his first five starts, Woodruff has a 3.75 ERA on the season. He sports a 3.10 FIP and 28.3% K rate for the contending Brewers with one of baseball's bests four-seam fastball and sinker. Anyone who added him after his April showers deserves props. Unfortunately, an oblique injury is expected to take him out until mid-September. That makes him droppable in re-draft leagues for managers who can't tuck him away in an IL spot.
|70||Yonny Chirinos (TB - SP,RP)||247||36||137||79.9||27.1||411.0||+164.0||
Chirinos piggybacked off the opener early in the season before settling into Tampa Bay's rotation. He posted a 3.62 ERA and 1.06 WHIP at the All-Star break before going down with middle finger inflammation. He's expected to miss at least a month, so there's no reason to stash him in re-draft leagues in hopes of a September return.
|71||Dinelson Lamet (SD - SP)||264||30||195||81.5||39.1||514.0||+250.0||
Lamet has returned from Tommy John surgery to post a 3.95 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in eight starts. The 55 strikeouts and 14.4% swinging-strike rate should especially have fantasy gamers seeing dollar signs. Make sure the righty is rostered in all leagues.
|72||Rich Hill (LAD - SP)||211||26||133||80.6||28.1||174.0||-37.0||
Injuries were always part of the deal for Hill, who missed time early in the season due to an MCL injury. Since returning in late April, he recorded a 2.55 ERA, 61 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 10 starts before landing back on the IL with a forearm injury. The 39-year-old began playing catch in mid-July and is aiming for a September return, but he's likely to come back as a reliever. That news should compel managers to move on in all mixed leagues.
|73||Anthony DeSclafani (CIN - SP)||350||45||152||95.7||21.0||445.0||+95.0|
|74||Tanner Roark (OAK - SP) MiLB||388||35||156||95.8||26.0||346.0||-42.0||
Roark is quietly having a solid season amid a pitching apocalypse, posting a 4.24 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 110.1 innings. A middling 8.3% swinging-strike rate and 8.1% HR/FB doesn't point to much long-term sustainability, but he's a solid depth piece in larger leagues and an interesting matchup play when cruising. Moving from Cincinnati to Oakland also gives him a better home park for the final two months.
|75||Trevor Williams (PIT - SP)||279||55||133||93.4||21.1||292.0||+13.0|
|76||Pablo Lopez (MIA - SP,RP)||253||46||144||94.4||27.2||498.0||+245.0||
Just as he began to turn a corner, posting a 2.27 ERA in six starts after getting ransacked for 10 runs by the Mets, Lopez landed on the IL with a shoulder injury. A 3.52 FIP, 17.5 K-BB% rate and 48.8% ground-ball rate all pointed to him morphing into a mixed-league mainstay, so consider stashing the Marlins righty now that's rehabbing and near a return in August. He should have a rotation spot waiting for him after Miami traded away Zac Gallen and Trevor Richards.
|77||Brad Peacock (HOU - RP,SP)||297||49||146||90.1||27.6||247.0||-50.0||
Since allowing seven runs to the forceful Twins on May 2, Peacock posted a 2.01 ERA in seven starts. He then ceded 16 runs in the last four outings before going on the IL with shoulder discomfort. Regression from his dominant May seemed likely, as a subpar 8.8% swinging-strike rate doesn't support his 89 punchouts in 85 innings. Also, apparently no pitcher is immune to gopheritis in 2019. He may not return to the rotation after the Astros acquire Zack Greinke and Aaron Sanchez, who tossed six no-hit innings in his team debut.
|78||Trevor Richards (TB - SP) MiLB||354||70||130||94.8||16.9||357.0||+3.0||
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.
|79||Tyler Glasnow (TB - SP,RP)||219||28||155||91.3||29.5||162.0||-57.0||
Looking like a lost cause in Pittsburgh, Glasnow was taking a seismic leap into ace territory with the Rays. He went 6-1 with a 1.86 ERA, 55 Ks, and nine BBs in eight starts before suffering a forearm strain that was supposed to sideline him four-to-six weeks. The Rays transferred him to the 60-day IL, and he has suffered a setback in late June weeks before his potential return. He's now likely to at best return as a reliever or opener in September, meaning he's droppable in all redraft leagues.
|80||Ryan Yarbrough (TB - SP,RP)||305||30||136||87.0||31.2||334.0||+29.0||
One of MLB's best starters didn't even start for most of the season. Spending much of 2019 following the opener in Tampa Bay, Yarbrough has transitioned into a more traditional role that has suited him well. The righty has posted a magnificent 1.57 ERA, 46 strikeouts, and two walks after the All-Star break. Since joining the starting staff, he has allowed one earned role in three turns with 23 strikeouts and no free passes. Continue to ride his sizzling hot hand in September.
|81||Vince Velasquez (PHI - SP)||399||61||161||100.5||21.7||386.0||-13.0||
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.
|82||Julio Urias (LAD - SP)||269||51||119||87.4||23.8||266.0||-3.0||
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.
|83||Nick Pivetta (PHI - SP)||251||38||159||89.3||29.8||151.0||-100.0||
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.
|84||Zach Eflin (PHI - SP,RP)||377||56||137||98.4||23.8||304.0||-73.0|
|85||Spencer Turnbull (DET - SP)||273||54||139||92.8||23.8||813.0||+540.0|
|86||Jakob Junis (KC - SP)||302||47||147||102.6||22.1||319.0||+17.0|
|87||Sandy Alcantara (MIA - SP)||376||58||156||103.2||22.4||556.0||+180.0||
Wild in his brief big league audition last year, Alcantara has shown brief flashes of brilliance since during an inconsistency. A 5.8 K-BB% doesn't support his 4.15 ERA, but a 10.9% swinging-strike rate also opens the door for way more punchouts. Wielding a mid-90s heater, a wipeout slider, and a sinker that induces plenty of ground balls, the 23-year-old righty could be on the cusp of mixed-league viability if he can improve his control. After pitching well at Coors and twice against the Braves, he now gets a favorable schedule against the Reds, Pirates, Royals, and Giants. That makes him an interesting streamer down the stretch.
|88||Tyler Mahle (CIN - SP)||341||63||160||104.6||27.4||636.0||+295.0||
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.
|89||Dylan Bundy (BAL - SP)||381||75||146||110.5||18.7||280.0||-101.0||
Bundy has teased us many times before, but the former top prospect has reminded everyone of his sky-high upside by cementing a 3.05 ERA in his last seven starts. Of course, that came after getting harpooned to a 6.67 ERA through April. The 26-year-old is throwing far more changeups, but his four-seam fastball is still getting staked to a .417 wOBA. Ride the hot hand at your own risk; the floor is just as notable as the ceiling.
|90||Martin Perez (MIN - SP,RP) MiLB||333||41||155||99.0||28.6||818.0||+485.0||
After moving into Minnesota's rotation in mid-April, Perez posted a 2.01 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in seven starts. He has since fallen hard, now holding a 4.80 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 122 innings. It's time to abandon the southpaw reclamation project, who has posted a 6.67 ERA and .664 opposing slugging percentage after the All-Star break.
|91||Dylan Cease (CWS - SP)||360||50||165||94.3||30.9||528.0||+168.0||
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.
|92||Chris Bassitt (OAK - SP)||362||54||181||99.9||34.5||888.0||+526.0||
Everyone kept assuming regression to strike, but Bassitt still boasts a 3.59 ERA in 22 starts. While a 4.48 FIP supports a downturn, he has a 2.45 ERA and 16.0 K-BB% after the All-Star break. Oakland's remaining schedule is soft enough to stick by the 30-year-old through the finish line.
|93||Ian Kennedy (KC - SP,RP)||201||30||191||70.0||45.8||665.0||+464.0||
The Royals as a team collected six saves through May, so most fantasy managers wrote off the situation entirely. Kennedy, however, has emerged as the undisputed closer by racking up 17 saves since the start of June. He also wields 56 strikeouts and 11 walks in 47.1 innings, leading to a 2.17 FIP underneath his 3.04 ERA. He should be rostered in all leagues.
|94||Kevin Gausman (CIN - SP)||277||49||137||100.8||23.8||209.0||-68.0||
Gausman, who began 2019 on the IL with a minor shoulder injury, boasted a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts with the Braves last season. He initially brought those gains into 2019 with the help of an increased splitter usage, but blow-up outings torpedoed his ERA to 6.21 before landing on the IL. He returned to the rotation to post eight strikeouts, no walks, and one run allowed in seven innings. Although Gausman might just crush our spirits again, that turn quickly reminded everyone of his high ceiling when firing on all cylinders. He's worth a speculative add.
|95||Matt Strahm (SD - SP,RP)||372||47||139||91.9||18.4||262.0||-110.0||
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.
|96||Brendan McKay (TB - 1B,SP)||271||37||142||78.9||27.1||807.0||+536.0||
The Rays keep shuttling McKay back and forth from Triple-A to the majors. The two-way star batted .273/.394/.582 in Triple-A. More impressively, he has posted a 1.22 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 66.2 minor league innings. Like Shohei Ohtani, he's separated into a hitter and pitcher in Yahoo leagues. Despite collecting 41 strikeouts in 35.2 major league innings, McKay got demoted once more with a 5.55 ERA. He should return soon as a September call-up and makes for a high-upside stash in deeper leagues.
|97||Jesus Luzardo (OAK - SP)||365||59||160||105.1||25.1||259.0||-106.0||
Initially a candidate for an early-season promotion, Luzardo was shut down in late March because of a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Just as the 21-year-old southpaw was inching closer to a return around the All-Star break, he injured his lat in a Triple-A start. The premier prospect could make his long-awaited debut as a September call-up, potentially from the bullpen.
|98||Jordan Yamamoto (MIA - SP)||294||62||111||82.8||16.6||1,040.0||+746.0||
An unheralded prospect who jumped straight from Double-A to the big, Yamamoto has surprisingly excelled right off the bat. The 23-year-old righty has recorded a 1.89 ERA in six starts, tallying 34 strikeouts in as many innings. He doesn't throw hard, and an 8.7% SwStr rate won't allow him to maintain those strikeouts. He has also issued two-four walks in each turn, so expect regression once his .190 BABIP regresses.
|99||Jordan Lyles (MIL - SP,RP)||307||34||141||100.9||24.8||851.0||+544.0||
After spending the last few years as a subpar reliever, Lyles posted a 3.64 ERA and 24.9% K rate in 12 starts before going on the IL with a hamstring injury. He imploded when returning in June and July, but the 28-year-old has rebounded with a 2.67 in five starts since joining the Brewers. He's once again an intriguing add, albeit one with concerning downside.
|100||Zach Davies (MIL - SP) MiLB||347||50||166||105.9||26.4||646.0||+299.0||
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.
|101||Eric Lauer (SD - SP)||319||54||152||106.6||21.8||421.0||+102.0||
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.
|102||Luke Weaver (ARI - SP)||260||59||173||107.8||33.5||310.0||+50.0||
Weaver was in the midst of a post-hype breakout, recording a 3.03 ERA and 26.8% K rate in 11 starts before going on the IL with a right forearm strain in late May. He had the makings of a top-50 starter who was climbing even higher up the rankings, so this is a tough blow. Investors owe him the courtesy of waiting for a timetable before moving on in redraft leagues. As August nears, he is awaiting an MRI to determine his recover's progress. He'll need to make rehab starts, but there's a chance the righty could rejoin Arizona's rotation in 2019.
|103||CC Sabathia (SP) RET||349||43||143||112.2||16.6||355.0||+6.0|
|104||Danny Duffy (KC - SP)||406||68||153||120.1||20.2||458.0||+52.0|
|105||Freddy Peralta (MIL - SP)||353||55||153||111.5||24.0||301.0||-52.0||
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.
|106||Chase Anderson (MIL - SP)||363||67||150||111.6||25.7||383.0||+20.0|
|107||Jimmy Nelson (MIL - SP) MiLB||416||67||158||112.0||24.4||371.0||-45.0||
Last seen in the majors on September 8, 2017, Nelson returned from a partially torn labrum and a strained rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder June 5. Before the injury cut his 2017 short, he had posted a 3.49 ERA and 199 strikeouts in 175.1 innings. Returning to ace territory, of course, isn't easy after so much time away. He allowed 14 runs in three starts spanning 12 innings before getting moved to the bullpen. Those who patiently stashed Nelson may have little choice but to cut him in standard mixed leagues.
|108||Sergio Romo (MIN - SP,RP)||342||67||113||82.0||11.9||399.0||+57.0||
The Marlins traded Romo to the Twins, which likely removes him from the ninth inning. At best, he'll share save chances with the superior southpaw Taylor Rogers if the Twins don't acquire another reliever. He was mostly an empty source of saves given the drop in strikeouts (33 in 37.2 IP), so managers can drop Romo if he doesn't close early into his Twins tenure.
|109||Josh James (HOU - SP)||317||49||170||108.0||31.8||222.0||-95.0||
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.
|110||Kyle Freeland (COL - SP)||238||29||155||103.4||42.6||158.0||-80.0||
Freeland had registered a 4.23 ERA, 25.2% K rate, and 3.98 SIERA through five starts before landing on the IL with a blister on his left middle finger. He has since ceded a 9.21 ERA, 16 strikeouts, and 15 walks in six turns. Remember when he posted a 2.40 ERA in Coors Field last year? The ballpark has exacted swift vengeance with an 8.65 ERA and .376 xwOBA. He's droppable in all mixed leagues.
|111||Jhoulys Chacin (BOS - SP)||345||59||171||119.4||28.3||237.0||-108.0|
|112||Michael Wacha (STL - SP) MiLB||352||53||147||104.5||27.0||271.0||-81.0|
|113||Mike Leake (ARI - SP)||83||184||123.7||22.9||463.0|
|114||Gio Gonzalez (MIL - SP) MiLB||72||184||124.0||26.9||403.0|
|115||Zack Godley (SP) FA||286||48||169||116.1||34.2||246.0||-40.0||
Everyone's (or at least this writer's) favorite 2018 breakout pick pitched his way out of Arizona's rotation by relinquishing a 7.58 ERA and 1.72 WHIP through six disastrous starts. Those still holding out hope for a turnaround should drop Godley in all formats.
|116||Andrew Cashner (BOS - SP)||72||202||109.8||32.1||711.0||
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.
|117||Alex Reyes (STL - SP) MiLB||351||48||172||122.9||33.0||261.0||-90.0||
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.
|118||Drew Pomeranz (MIL - SP)||446||99||149||126.2||12.3||414.0||-32.0|
|119||Adam Wainwright (STL - SP)||444||83||177||122.2||21.1||429.0||-15.0||
Wainwright has posted enough solid games, particularly at home that he can be used in several streaming matchups the rest of the season.
|120||Forrest Whitley (HOU - SP) MiLB||344||51||169||123.2||32.7||273.0||-71.0||
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.
|121||Sean Newcomb (ATL - SP)||339||40||167||123.8||29.6||213.0||-126.0||
Newcomb got optioned to Triple-A after issuing eight walks to five strikeouts through his first three starts. The lefty allowed a ghastly 90.3% contact rate while generating just nine swinging strikes. Drop him in all leagues.
|122||Homer Bailey (OAK - SP) MiLB||408||66||134||104.2||17.9||826.0||+418.0|
|123||Cal Quantrill (SD - SP)||386||54||125||97.4||23.9|
|124||Mitch Keller (PIT - SP)||65||175||119.5||32.7||593.0||
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.
|125||Asher Wojciechowski (BAL - SP,RP)||392||57||102||91.7||8.2||
Could a 30-year-old journeyman on the Orioles swing fantasy leagues? Wojciechowski has looked magnificent in brief work, recording a 3.60 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 30 innings. A no-hit bid that concluded with 10 punchouts against Boston surely captured everyone's attention. If not, take a gander at his 16.3% swinging-strike rate. This success is highly unlikely considering he posted a 6.50 ERA when last pitching in the majors two years ago, but he's shown enough to warrant a dice roll off the waiver wire.
|126||Dereck Rodriguez (SF - SP)||443||84||175||126.4||25.6||295.0||-148.0|
|127||Framber Valdez (HOU - SP) MiLB||75||187||128.4||27.9||542.0||
Valdez joined Houston's rotation to replace the struggling Corbin Martin after posting a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings from the bullpen. Like Martin, the 25-year-old lefty quickly lost the role after an encouraging start. It's safe to move on in mixed leagues.
|128||Trevor May (MIN - SP,RP)||304||51||175||119.0||40.7||240.0||-64.0||
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.
|129||Logan Allen (CLE - SP) MiLB||60||151||125.8||22.8||628.0|
|130||Sean Manaea (OAK - SP)||383||48||140||90.7||31.1||377.0||-6.0|
|131||Trevor Cahill (LAA - SP)||441||97||177||135.0||20.1||452.0||+11.0|
|132||Tyler Beede (SF - SP)||437||91||115||103.4||7.7||925.0||+488.0||
An afterthought struggling to stick in San Francisco's rotation, Beede has suddenly posted a 1.66 ERA, 16 strikeouts, and one walk over his last three starts. This isn't a random hot streak, as he has introduced a slider to immediate results. This stretch is intriguing enough to add him in most leagues, or at least utilize him as a streamer when starting at home.
|133||Derek Holland (CHC - SP)||370||52||160||128.7||23.7||388.0||+18.0|
|134||Mike Montgomery (KC - SP,RP)||402||74||162||104.4||31.7||543.0||+141.0|
|135||Jason Vargas (PHI - SP)||75||131||120.9||9.8||523.0|
|136||Touki Toussaint (ATL - SP) MiLB||79||185||136.3||23.7||333.0|
|137||Seth Lugo (NYM - SP,RP)||337||51||146||101.7||35.2||454.0||+117.0||
Lugo has worked 10 perfect innings during the Mets' second-half hot streak. Sporting a 2.59 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, he's the clear next in line if faltering closer Edwin Diaz pitches his way out of the role. Grab Lugo just in case, as he can help in strikeouts and ratios while garnering SP eligibility.
|138||Trent Thornton (TOR - SP,RP)||95||177||131.2||21.8||1,043.0|
|139||Elieser Hernandez (MIA - SP,RP)||87||130||103.5||13.0|
|140||Seranthony Dominguez (PHI - SP,RP) IL60||380||59||187||129.5||36.6||256.0||-124.0||
Dominguez is considering Tommy John surgery after going on the IL with an injured ulnar collateral ligament. After ascending to Philadelphia's closer role in a tremendous rookie campaign, he posted an underwhelming 4.01 ERA with no saves in 24.1 innings. Even managers in holds leagues can comfortable drop him.
|141||Jerad Eickhoff (PHI - SP) IL60||62||198||139.7||30.8||573.0||
Eickhoff looked like a tremendous find after allowing five runs five starts into the season. He has since surrendered 32 runs and 18 homers in seven turns, bumping up his ERA to 5.71. Those who stuck with him through that entire calamity now especially need to move on after the Phillies placed him on the IL with right biceps tendinitis.
|142||Drew Smyly (PHI - SP)||440||100||149||122.1||15.1||467.0||+27.0|
|143||John Gant (STL - SP,RP) MiLB||53||174||115.3||30.3||648.0||
Jordan Hicks is out for the season (and perhaps part of 2020) with a torn UCL. That opened up save opportunities in St. Louis, but Carlos Martinez has emerged as the closer over Gant. The 26-year-old righty has recorded a 2.61 ERA and 1.01 ERA in the bullpen, so he could potentially see save opportunities if Martinez falters.
|144||Joe Ross (WSH - SP) MiLB||90||155||122.2||19.8||499.0|
|145||Matt Harvey (OAK - SP) MiLB||426||90||195||139.1||32.2||390.0||-36.0|
|146||Jon Duplantier (ARI - SP)||108||176||140.2||22.3||650.0|
|147||Kolby Allard (TEX - SP)||85||180||115.8||33.6||861.0|
|148||Ivan Nova (CWS - SP)||424||81||185||132.7||26.1||598.0||+174.0|
|149||Bryse Wilson (ATL - SP) MiLB||72||179||142.1||29.2||443.0|
|150||Jordan Zimmermann (DET - SP)||103||181||147.3||20.8||446.0|
|151||Kyle Wright (ATL - SP) MiLB||71||188||147.6||29.2||420.0||
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.
|152||Johnny Cueto (SF - SP)||64||162||110.0||44.8||424.0|
|153||Justus Sheffield (SEA - SP,RP)||101||194||144.4||24.0||471.0|
|154||Tony Gonsolin (LAD - SP) MiLB||82||149||123.6||25.4|
|155||Daniel Ponce de Leon (STL - SP,RP)||95||183||133.7||28.3||679.0||
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.
|156||Jose Urena (MIA - SP)||79||149||133.5||14.6||422.0|
|157||Jalen Beeks (BOS - SP) MiLB||77||166||126.2||31.9|
|158||Jonathan Loaisiga (NYY - SP)||438||92||159||135.0||21.5||426.0||-12.0|
|159||Tommy Milone (SEA - SP)||82||150||127.8||13.2|
|160||Dustin May (LAD - SP)||89||111||99.7||9.0||907.0|
|161||Adrian Sampson (TEX - SP,RP)||128||175||142.9||15.7|
|162||Brent Honeywell Jr. (TB - SP) MiLB||113||199||145.5||35.3||558.0|
|163||Brett Anderson (OAK - SP,RP) MiLB||95||179||140.3||30.3|
|164||Jaime Barria (LAA - SP)||89||157||143.1||8.0||457.0|
|165||Nick Kingham (TOR - SP) FA||94||172||147.6||22.9||600.0|
|166||Clay Buchholz (TOR - SP)||90||132||113.3||17.5||404.0|
|167||Jeremy Hellickson (WSH - SP) MiLB||82||173||129.0||33.1||603.0|
|168||Taijuan Walker (ARI - SP)||84||194||154.8||37.3||647.0|
|169||Adbert Alzolay (CHC - SP)||93||162||134.0||26.0||979.0|
|170||A.J. Puk (OAK - SP)||85||192||155.4||25.1||622.0||
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.
|171||Marco Estrada (OAK - SP) FA||121||179||143.8||21.3||531.0|
|172||Daniel Norris (DET - SP)||120||170||143.6||19.9||581.0|
|173||Peter Lambert (COL - SP)||118||190||147.6||25.3|
|174||Tyler Chatwood (CHC - SP)||115||143||126.7||11.9||755.0|
|175||Wade LeBlanc (SEA - SP,RP)||115||178||151.3||17.1||391.0|
|176||Marcus Walden (BOS - SP,RP)||103||149||131.7||20.4|
|177||Jarlin Garcia (MIA - SP,RP)||89||135||112.0||23.0|
|178||Daniel Mengden (OAK - SP) MiLB||109||188||148.5||34.0||605.0|
|179||Tyson Ross (DET - SP) IL60||113||176||144.5||29.1||478.0|
|180||Luis Cessa (NYY - SP,RP)||116||162||135.0||19.6||509.0|
|181||Jake Faria (MIL - SP) MiLB||82||193||154.6||20.9||643.0|
|182||Corbin Martin (ARI - SP,RP)||113||180||156.3||18.0||993.0|
|183||Ariel Jurado (TEX - SP)||89||154||121.5||32.5|
|184||Dan Straily (SP) FA||134||192||154.5||22.5||656.0|
|185||Sam Gaviglio (TOR - SP,RP)||105||163||134.0||29.0||938.0|
|186||Shelby Miller (SP) FA||120||148||134.0||14.0||640.0|
|187||Nate Karns (BAL - SP) MiLB||137||137||137.0||0.0||829.0|
|188||Clayton Richard (TOR - SP) FA||107||183||145.0||38.0||686.0|
|189||Francisco Liriano (PIT - SP)||129||153||141.0||12.0||768.0|
|190||Jordan Montgomery (NYY - SP) MiLB||113||196||163.3||36.1||700.0|
|191||Robert Stephenson (CIN - SP)||144||145||144.5||0.5||766.0|
|192||Jefry Rodriguez (CLE - SP,RP)||140||151||145.5||5.5|
|193||Cole Irvin (PHI - SP)||138||167||156.3||13.0|
|194||Robbie Erlin (SD - SP,RP)||153||189||168.2||14.4||590.0|
|195||Ervin Santana (CWS - SP) MiLB||142||197||166.3||22.9||584.0|
|196||Felix Hernandez (SEA - SP)||145||182||166.5||15.7||428.0|
|197||Jeff Hoffman (COL - SP,RP)||152||157||154.5||2.5||990.0|
|198||Erik Swanson (SEA - SP)||148||177||162.5||14.5||863.0|
|199||Wei-Yin Chen (MIA - SP)||150||179||164.5||14.5||539.0|
|200||Joe Biagini (HOU - SP,RP) MiLB||157||168||162.5||5.5||940.0|
|201||Austin Voth (WSH - SP)||160||186||173.0||13.0|
|202||Antonio Senzatela (COL - SP,RP)||166||200||187.3||15.2||574.0|
|203||Ryne Stanek (MIA - SP,RP)||168||174||171.0||3.0||706.0|
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