2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings
Expert Consensus Ranking (45 of 46 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Gerrit Cole (NYY - SP)||7||1||87||1.6||0.9||6.0||-1.0||
Consistency and durability make Cole the most bankable starting pitcher in fantasy baseball. He ranked third in MLB in strikeouts (243) last season and tied for third in wins (16). The last time Cole made fewer than 30 starts in a full season was 2016. His 3.23 ERA and 1.06 WHIP last season were actually high by his standards - his worst numbers in those categories since 2017 - which illustrates just how brilliant he's been in recent years. Cole had an ERA above 4.00 after the All-Star break last season, but his 0.51 ERA in three August starts leaves the impression that his second-half ups and downs were random variance. This is an ace at the height of his powers and a worthy first-round pick.
|2||Corbin Burnes (MIL - SP)||8||1||4||2.1||0.6||9.0||+1.0||
Why are you even reading this? If you're a fantasy manager who likes to draft starting pitchers in the first round and Burnes is there, you grab him. If he falls to the second round, you grab him. If he falls to the third, you're probably playing fantasy football, and he's probably a better QB than Carson Wentz, so grab him. Burnes won the Cy Young last year and there's nothing in any of his stat projections that show any reason for concern. He's got overall SP1 capabilities. Don't overthink it.
|3||Max Scherzer (NYM - SP)||14||2||10||4.3||1.5||17.0||+3.0||
Eventually, his arm is just going to fall off, right? He's going to throw his 9 millionth inning, strike a guy out, remove his limb like something out of "Total Recall," put it on the mound and walk away into the sunset. Seems plausible, because there's no way that arm isn't bionic. The 37-year-old signed a three-year deal to return to the NL East and lead the Mets' rotation. He should be a lock for 200 IP and 250+ Ks. And his new home, Citi Field, is one of the most pitching-friendly parks in baseball. Scherzer probably isn't going to keep an ERA below 2.50, but somewhere around 2.70-2.80 will still make managers smile.
|4||Walker Buehler (LAD - SP) IL60||18||2||13||4.8||1.4||15.0||-3.0||
The West Coast bias rears its ugly head again. If the Dodgers' ace pitched in Boston, New York or Chicago, headlines would call him Cy Buehler. If you play in a QS league, Walker is as sure a thing as a traffic jam on the 405. He went six or more innings in all but one of his first 27 starts last year. He'll give you a strikeout an inning, a sub-1.00 WHIP and have you feeling calm, cool and collected as a manager every fifth night. Pitching for a great Dodgers team, Buehler could top 20 wins.
|5||Brandon Woodruff (MIL - SP)||19||3||8||5.3||0.9||19.0||‐||
It's going to be awfully hard to score on the Brewers this summer. Woodruff is a Cy Young candidate. His rotation mate Corbin Burnes won the award last year and could again this year. Don't be scared off by Woodruff's miniscule win totals from last season. He only won nine games due to the worst run support in the National League. Had he received the top-15 run support that Burnes had, Woodruff could have easily eclipsed 15 victories. He's projected for a fourth straight season of outstanding K, ERA and WHIP stats. If you can somehow pair Burnes with Woodruff early, you may not need to grab another starting pitcher before the 10th round.
|6||Shane Bieber (CLE - SP)||22||4||18||7.5||2.4||22.0||‐||
Bieber had a breakout season in 2019, won the Cy Young Award in 2020, and was off to a good start in 2021 before a shoulder strain in mid-June landed him on IL and limited him to just two more starts the rest of the way. Bieber has some of the filthiest breaking stuff in baseball. When he's on, he piles up strikeouts and limits walks and flyballs. Shoulder problems for pitchers are worrisome, but Bieber recently told a Cleveland beat writer he feels great. There's an element of risk here, but it's injury risk, not performance risk. Bieber should continue to be a top starter if he can stay healthy.
|7||Julio Urias (LAD - SP)||31||6||21||9.8||2.5||25.0||-6.0||
You won't be able to sneak Urias past the rest of your league again after his 20-win campaign in 2021. He's primed to join the ranks of the true aces. The Dodgers will win 100 games, with a top-10 defense. Urias is ready to pitch 200 innings and have a top-10 K/BB ratio. The Dodgers always seem to score in bunches when he's on the hill, so Urias might get 20 wins again. After bringing Urias along slowly, the Dodgers will finally unleash the young star. If he throws 210 innings, Urias will far outperform his fourth-round draft projection.
|8||Zack Wheeler (PHI - SP)||34||4||26||10.0||4.1||28.0||-6.0||
It's not often a player in a major media market puts up a career season, finishes second in the Cy Young voting and ... nobody seems to notice. Well, friends, Mr. Wheeler would like some more of your attention in 2022, albeit with some caution. His 2.78 ERA last season was a career low. It's likely some regression is coming and his ERA will be in the low 3s. He usually strikes out about a batter an inning, but Wheeler punched out 247 in 213 IP last year. Will he be able to equal that pace? The Phillies are counting on him to do just that at the top of their rotation, but you'd be wise to treat him more like a solid All-Star than a Cy Young favorite. If he's your SP2, life is good. If he's your ace, make sure to load up on solid starting pitching in the mid rounds to bolster your staff behind him.
|9||Lucas Giolito (CWS - SP)||35||4||16||10.0||2.0||35.0||‐||
Giolito doesn't have pinpoint control, and he gives up his fair share of gopher balls, but those are relatively minor warts on an otherwise sterling profile. He's finished 16th, 4th and 16th in strikeouts over the last three seasons. His worst batting average against over that span is .217. Giolito had a 3.53 ERA last year, but it would have been 3.17 if the Red Sox hadn't shelled him for seven runs in one inning in a disastrous Patriots' Day start. At 27, Giolito is entering the prime of his career, and he should benefit from playing on a good team in a soft division.
|10||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - SP,DH)||28||1||23||6.2||6.5||8.0||-20.0||
He's Japan's greatest gift to MLB since Ichiro, and he offers the greatest combination of hitting and pitching since Babe Ruth. Ohtani's 9.1 WAR in 2021 was more than a full win higher than anyone else's. It's unfortunate that the rules in most fantasy leagues make it impossible for investors to fully tap all of Ohtani's skills. As a hitter, he provides prodigious power, scores runs in bunches and makes meaningful SB contributions. He batted .257 last year, but would it shock anyone if he gave us a .300 season? As a pitcher, Ohtani got his walks under control, struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings, and posted a 9-2 record. It's a dazzling skill set, and if Ohtani stays healthy, he's likely to return something close to first-round value as a hitter. He's a valuable pitcher, too, but to most fantasy owners that's just gravy.
|11||Aaron Nola (PHI - SP)||37||5||22||11.0||2.9||41.0||+4.0||
Don't overpay for what you hope Nola will be - the 2018 version of the pitcher who looked like he was on a path to superstardom. Nola's name still resonates, but his stats can be easily replicated four or five rounds after his fourth-round ADP. His 2022 ZiPS projection has him finishing 12-7 with a 3.46 ERA. Other systems are projecting his ERA to be closer to 3.75, which basically makes him Frankie Montas. You'd feel foolish drafting Montas 39th, right? Well, if that was your draft slot plan for Nola, think again.
|12||Sandy Alcantara (MIA - SP)||45||7||32||12.4||3.5||38.0||-7.0||
For three straight years, this talented youngster has cut down on his walk rate and increased his strikeout rate. Those are the kinds of year-over-year rate improvements fantasy managers want to see from their SP2 or SP3. There's no reason to believe Alcantra can't be even better this year, building on his 3.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 201 Ks in 205 IP from last season. At 26, he's coming into his prime. If Alcantrara continues to improve, he could easily finish as a top-10 starter.
|13||Robbie Ray (SEA - SP)||47||3||31||12.9||4.2||40.0||-7.0||
This is one of the riskiest bets in fantasy baseball for 2022. Ray tamed his chronic wildness in 2021, pounding the strike zone with his electric stuff and turning in a Cy Young season. But do you really want to wager that the control problems won't return? Ray walked 2.4 batter per 9 innings last year. His career average is 3.9 walks per 9 innings. Ray yielded a career-low BABIP of .269 last year. If there's regression in Ray's hit and walk rates, the results could be toxic. There's an enormous range of outcomes here. We saw the best of Ray last year, and he was immensely valuable. In his bad seasons, he's been a negative-value player. Where on the spectrum he lands this year is anyone's guess. Invest at your own risk.
|14||Freddy Peralta (MIL - SP) IL15||51||9||28||13.6||2.4||50.0||-1.0||
He's not going to surprise anyone anymore. The young Brewers starter shocked everyone last season, posting 195 Ks in just 144.1 innings with a sub-3.00 ERA and a shocking sub-1.00 WHIP. Amazingly, despite those gaudy stats, he'll be the third Brewers starter drafted. Unreal. If he can get any run support, 15 wins isn't out of the question. Expect Peralta's ERA and WHIP to rise some, but the strikeouts are for real. If he's your SP3, you have a VERY good pitching staff. Now go find some bats.
|15||Max Fried (ATL - SP)||61||9||37||17.7||3.6||60.0||-1.0||
There's a scene in the movie "Draft Day" where the Cleveland Browns GM played by Kevin Costner writes down a name on a sticky note before the draft. It's the name of the one guy he can't leave the draft without. I'll be writing Max Fried's name on my sticky note. Pencil him in for 17 wins on a great Braves team, a top-40 overall ranking, about one strikeout per inning, a beautiful WHIP and an ERA right around the 3.00 mark. Not bad for a guy with an ADP around 70.
|16||Kevin Gausman (TOR - SP)||60||9||32||17.7||4.3||54.0||-6.0||
At age 30, Gausman finally put it all together over a full season and got himself into the Cy Young conversation. Gausman had a K/BB ratio of 4.5/1 last year and induced swinging strikes on better than 15% of his pitches for a third straight season. His .275 BABIP in 2021 says there was a small element of luck involved, but most of the numbers fully support his banner year (which followed his strong showing in the COVID-shortened 2020 season). Gausman's splitter has become one of the most effective pitches in baseball. The move to the AL East is a mixed bag. On one hand, the Jays should win a lot of games. On the other hand, Gausman will make a good percentage of his starts against the Rays, Red Sox and Yankees.
|17||Logan Webb (SF - SP)||66||7||37||18.6||4.2||62.0||-4.0||
Webb is going too high in drafts for my liking. He altered his pitching style after a horrid start last year, but will that be enough to continue to stymie hitters once they've had time to adjust to him? His hot finish to the 2021 season on a scorching Giants team propelled him higher on draft boards than his stats warrant. Fantasy managers can find a bunch of starting pitchers who'll finish the season within a couple ticks of Webb in ERA, WHIP and Ks and will be available 20-30 spots after Webb's seventh-round ADP.
|18||Joe Musgrove (SD - SP)||65||11||37||18.7||4.6||72.0||+7.0||
If you're the type of manager who loads up on bats early, knowing that there are always pitchers who'll turn in solid numbers available later on - guys who'll give you 25-30 starts and won't have more than a few clunkers - Musgrove is your guy. In San Diego's pitcher's park with a good defense behind him, Musgrove should produce solid strikeout totals, with a mid-3.00s ERA and a low 1.10s WHIP. Draft him. Play him. Sure, you'll forget he's on your team half the time, but enjoy the pretty stats.
|19||Jose Berrios (TOR - SP)||67||8||34||19.4||4.0||63.0||-4.0||
Berrios may have finally arrived as an ace last season, yet he's still very affordable in fantasy drafts. His 3.52 ERA in 2021 was the lowest of his career. Berrios walked just 2.1 batters per nine innings last year and had a K/BB ratio of 4.5/1. He's as durable as they come, having made 32 starts in each of his last three full seasons. Berrios will spend his first full season in the rugged AL East, but with a loaded Blue Jays lineup giving him run support, he has a good chance to exceed 14 wins for the first time in his career. Entering his age-28 season, Berrios should be at the height of his powers.
|20||Charlie Morton (ATL - SP)||69||12||32||19.9||4.4||68.0||-1.0||
Morton is 38 years old. He's coming back from a broken fibula. And yet, he's a perfect SP3 target. Morton is the Honda Civic in your driveway that just refuses to die. It delivers reliable performance, week in and week out. Excluding the off-kilter 2020 pandemic short season, Morton has given managers a sub-3.40 ERA and sub-1.20 WHIP with good strikeout totals and double-digit wins in four straight seasons. The Braves have faith he's got a fifth straight season in him.
|21||Frankie Montas (NYY - SP) MiLB||76||16||35||21.5||2.8||77.0||+1.0||
Montas has taken his investors on a wild ride the past few seasons. He got off to a fast start in 2019 but received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Montas pitched poorly in 2020, posting a 5.60 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 11 starts. Last year, Montas took a 6.20 ERA into May but then pulled it all together and was lights-out in the second half, with a 2.17 ERA in 14 starts after the All-Star break. Increase usage of his elite splitter spiked his swinging-strike rated and helped him rack up a career-high 207 strikeouts. It's been a bumpy ride, but it seems like Montas has figured things out.
|22||Justin Verlander (HOU - SP)||78||7||56||22.5||7.2||96.0||+18.0||
So far so good for Verlander, who has pitched just six innings over his last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. His spring has gone as expected thus far, and he's on track for the start of the season, though he might miss the first turn as the Astros play it safe. Verlander is now 39 years old and has a ton of miles on his arm, and it's difficult to know exactly how his stuff will play after two years of not pitching competitively. But the bottom line is that the last fantasy managers saw of Verlander, he was as dominant as he has ever been, so there shouldn't be too many doubts about his performance. Given his age and his injury, it's likely the Astros will look to limit Verlander's innings a bit, but so long as he has no setbacks during the spring, draft him with confidence this year.
|23||Carlos Rodon (SF - SP) DTD||83||10||39||24.0||6.2||83.0||‐||
After years of battling injuries and ineffectiveness, Rodon blossomed last year with a 2.37 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Everything worked for the lefty, as his fastball (.199 BAA) and slider (.107 BAA) were borderline unhittable, and he ranked in the top four percent of the league in strikeout rate. He dealt with shoulder soreness and fatigue during the second half of the season, but that didn't stop the Giants from giving him a huge two-year deal. Oracle Park isn't quite the pitcher haven it once was, but it's a huge upgrade for Rodon after pitching in Guaranteed Rate Field last year. The injury risk will always be present for Rodon, but he's worth an investment if you make sure to bank on 150 innings or fewer.
|24||Yu Darvish (SD - SP)||86||16||40||25.0||3.9||85.0||-1.0||
Missed out on some of the big strikeout pitchers early? Nobody on your roster is projected to pass the 250 K mark? Heading into the eighth round and worried? Darvish is your answer. He's going to get swings and misses. He still has an outstanding, varied pitch repertoire. Sure, his ERA won't win you any leagues, but it won't hurt you much, and he'll pair it with a low WHIP. Darvish's issue has always been his propensity to give up the long ball. Playing half his games in San Diego's generous dimensions should limit the damage.
|25||Dylan Cease (CWS - SP)||85||9||48||25.2||5.3||81.0||-4.0||
Cease showed a lot of growth last season, drastically increasing his strikeout rate (top four percent in MLB) while seeing a corresponding drop in both his walk-rate and HR/9. But to take the next leap, he's going to have to increase his efficiency, as he barely averaged five innings per start. There's a pretty plausible path to Cease finishing as a top-15 starter, and it largely involves him continuing to hone his command, particularly with his inconsistent curveball. If he does, and he can avoid the blow-up outings, then Cease has the makings of a fantasy ace. If he can't, then he'll likely still be a productive, albeit inconsistent, starter for your team.
|26||Trevor Rogers (MIA - SP) IL15||87||14||59||25.5||4.9||95.0||+8.0||
The 24-year-old is flying up dynasty draft boards, as his numbers project continued growth from a starter who paid off big as a 2021 sleeper selection. But if you're not in a dynasty league, don't overpay. Rogers is unlikely to match his 2.65 ERA from last season, and it's safe to expect some WHIP regression. His impressive strikeout rate is for real and there's a huge runway in front of him. If you think he's bound for a sustained breakout and have faith he can replicate or beat last season, jump on him about 75 to 80 picks in. If he's still there as you close in on pick 100, snatch him up.
|27||Alek Manoah (TOR - SP)||90||18||42||26.8||4.2||88.0||-2.0||
Manoah was largely as advertised last year with Toronto, pitching to a 3.22 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. His fastball (.288 wOBA) and slider (.238 wOBA) were a deadly combination, though he's probably going to need to continue to develop his changeup to truly excel as a starter. With that said, Manoah is just 24 years old and already boasts two elite pitches with a solid MLB season under his belt. He may pitch in a tough division and a hitter-friendly ballpark, but given his pedigree and potential for more, he's someone to draft as a high-end No. 3 starter with little hesitation.
|28||Shane McClanahan (TB - SP) DTD||93||18||40||27.6||4.3||104.0||+11.0||
McClanahan had a successful 2021 season in almost every respect. His ERA, strikeouts, and walk rate were all extremely solid, and he made 26 starts including the post-season. Despite decent control, he had a bloated 1.27 WHIP, which was largely the result of batters destroying his fastball. Specifically, the pitch allowed a .308 batting average and a .378 wOBA, and considering he threw it 40.9% of the time, McClanahan's overall numbers are a testament to how good his slider and curveball were. Assuming he can get better command of his fastball and improve his performance with the pitch, there's plenty of room for growth with the young lefty.
|29||Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP)||106||15||57||32.5||6.9||107.0||+1.0||
Kershaw isn't the same pitcher he was at his peak, but he's still really, really good. His curveball doesn't have quite the same bite and his fastball has fallen off a bit, but his slider is one of the best in baseball. Kershaw really leaned into that pitch last year (he used it 47.6% of the time), so it's no surprise that he dealt with forearm issues at the end of the season. And injuries are now unfortunately a common thing for the veteran, as he's dealt with back, shoulder, and now elbow injuries over the past several years. He's back with the Dodgers on a one-year deal and is reportedly healthy. There's still a ton of room for profit with him, but you shouldn't count on much more than 120 innings.
|30||Chris Bassitt (NYM - SP)||113||22||56||33.8||5.7||114.0||+1.0||
Bassitt's success feels uncomfortable - he doesn't have a ton of velocity or much of a secondary pitch beyond his sinker. But year in and year out, he offers an ERA and WHIP that help fantasy managers. His 25% strikeout rate last year was a career-best, and his deep arsenal helps to keep hitters off balance. He'll lose out on some park value with the move from Oakland to New York, but chances are he will improve on his meager win totals from the last few years. There's no ceiling ith Bassitt, but there's an extremely high floor, so sticking him in the back-end of your rotation is a winning move.
|31||Sean Manaea (SD - SP)||118||18||60||36.1||8.7||126.0||+8.0||
Manaea was traded to the Padres on the eve of the season, and it's a bit of a mixed bag for his value. His win potential certainly improves given the quality of the offense behind him now, but he'll see a downgrade in home park. Putting aside, the trade, Manaea was really inconsistent last year, and had just one month where his ERA was within two runs of the previous month. There were some overall gains, including a fastball that randomly found almost two miles of velocity. But in the end, Manaea just sort of is what he is. He doesn't have the secondary stuff to be a big strikeout pitcher, and his best-case scenario, absent a massively lucky season, is a mid-3.00 ERA with a WHIP that doesn't hurt you. Draft him for the back end of your rotation but do not expect a great leap.
|32||Blake Snell (SD - SP)||122||18||63||36.1||8.1||112.0||-10.0||
Snell is an every-other-year pitcher. Over his six year career, his ERA has been good in even years (averaging 2.89) and pedestrian in odd years (4.17). Is that scientific? No, of course not, but you're playing a game based on other people playing a game. Let's have some leeway here. Well, friends, it's an even year. So go ahead and make Snell your SP3.
|33||Pablo Lopez (MIA - SP)||117||22||65||36.2||6.9||127.0||+10.0||
Lopez was limited to 102.2 innings last year as he (again) dealt with a shoulder injury. But when he did pitch, he was excellent. A 3.07 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 27.5% strikeout rate all added plus value to fantasy rosters. Lopez primarily relies on a fastball/changeup combination, and he'll probably need to take the next step with either his curveball or cutter to take the next step. But his current production is plenty good enough, and he's an ideal third starter for your fantasy team.
|34||Luis Castillo (SEA - SP)||120||18||384||36.4||13.4||106.0||-14.0||
If Castillo is on your target list, make sure to buy a big bottle of Tums. By the end of the season, you'll probably be happy with your decision, to roster him, but there will be long stretches of the season where you'll be driven to the breaking point while following Castillo's starts on Stat Tracker. He's a notoriously slow starter, so be prepared for a bumpy ride until June. I've ridden the Reds ace through multiple tumultuous seasons, and I can't do it again. If you have a stronger constitution than I do, know that Castillo has SP1 stuff and will probably be worth it over the long haul.
|35||Eduardo Rodriguez (DET - SP)||121||26||54||36.7||6.2||139.0||+18.0||
Rodriguez had an awful 2021 season, but his 4.74 ERA was backed up by a 3.32 FIP and 3.50 xERA. His walk percentage and strikeout rate were actually career bests, and he made at least 31 starts for the second consecutive season. Really, it was just a lot of bad luck for Rodriguez, as his .363 BABIP against and 68.9% LOB %, both career-worsts, showed. He'll face an easier slate of lineups now that he's with Detroit, but his ceiling is fairly low given that he's really got just one truly reliable pitch in his fastball. He could theoretically finally beat his career best 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, but there's just not enough upside for him to be anything but a back-end-of-the-rotation type of arm.
|36||Nathan Eovaldi (BOS - SP) IL15||125||20||65||37.1||7.8||123.0||-2.0||
It always feels like Eovaldi should be better given how hard he throws and how good his control is, but it's always been difficult for him to put everything together. But now that he's enjoyed a rare run of health and largely ditched his underwhelming cutter, he's settled into a usable starter that you can draft with relative confidence. He's never going to be a star - his fastball is just too hittable and he pitches in a division with loaded lineups - but you could do far worse than a 3.75 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, which Eovaldi has given fantasy managers for two straight seasons. Expect a third in 2022.
|37||Framber Valdez (HOU - SP)||126||28||57||37.3||4.2||121.0||-5.0||
Valdez fractured his ring finger just before the start of the season and although there were rumors he could miss the entire season, he wound up making 22 starts and throwing 134 2/3 innings. He lost some of the gains he had made with his control, but he induced ground balls at a 70.3% clip, an absurd rate. Valdez has one great pitch - his curveball - and his value is highly dependent on the quality of his defense. So the chances of him taking a great leap are minimal. But what he provides is plenty good enough to be a mid-tier starter for your fantasy team.
|38||Tyler Mahle (MIN - SP) IL15||130||28||83||37.9||6.1||119.0||-11.0||
Mahle is your quintessential fantasy rotation filler. His ERA (3.75) and WHIP (1.23) won't really hurt you and he'll throw enough innings, but because he's primarily a fastball pitcher with little else in his arsenal, there's so little upside. That's especially true because he pitches in a hitter-friendly environment and for a team that has traded nearly every decent offensive piece. That means wins should be hard to come by and with Mahle's upside cap, make sure not to draft him too early.
|39||Lance Lynn (CWS - SP)||129||11||91||39.9||14.7||90.0||-39.0||
After establishing himself as one of MLB's premier innings-eaters in 2019 and 2020, Lynn spent time on IL in 2021 with back and knee problems but was still highly effective, posting a career-best 2.69 ERA. There are a few minor concerns, however. The BABIPs against him the last two years have been .243 and .265. (For his career, it's .301.) Lynn's flyball rate has been on the rise the last two years, which could be a problem since the White Sox play in a bandbox. We might not see another sub-.300 ERA again, but we're likely to see more innings than bad, and Lynn is a good bet to give you a lot of innings. He led MLB in batters faced in 2019 and tied for the league lead in 2020.
|40||Sonny Gray (MIN - SP) IL15||139||22||60||41.8||7.3||145.0||+6.0||
Gray can be maddening at time with his inconsistency. When his breaking stuff is on and getting strikes, he's borderline unhittable. When it's not, things often get ugly, and there's little rhyme or reason to which Gray you're going to see on any given day. His home-run rate spiked last year and a move to Minnesota should help get that under control. And he started throwing a cutter last year that had a lot of success, and if he continues to develop it, it could be a game-changer. But in the end, Gray has essentially put it all together just once in his last six seasons, so keep your expectations in check.
|41||Jacob deGrom (NYM - SP)||144||5||90||42.5||17.7||67.0||-77.0||
The Mets' ace is a legit superstar ... when he plays. But now deGrom, who was already coming off injuries to his shoulder and UCL, is being shut down until at least the end of April with a scapular injury. If he returns to something close to full health at some point, he'll deliver a sub 2.50 ERA with piles of strikeouts and a miniscule WHIP. But it's probably wishful thinking to project deGrom for more than 100 innings in 2022.
|42||Ian Anderson (ATL - SP) MiLB||141||24||75||43.8||10.1||137.0||-4.0||
Anderson wasn't as dominant last year as he was in his six-start stretch in 2020, but you shouldn't have expected him to be. What he gave fantasy managers was still plenty useful, with a mid-3.00 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He's going to need to continue to develop his curveball more to be able to take the next step in terms of fantasy pitchers, and he might have trouble taking a step forward regardless given how much the NL East offenses have improved. But there's little risk that he'll regress significantly at this stage, so your worst case scenario should be a solid mid-tier starter.
|43||Logan Gilbert (SEA - SP)||148||26||64||44.5||7.3||157.0||+9.0||
Gilbert pitched better than his 4.68 ERA, and became a fairly reliable starter by the end of the season. He's got two major assets - an elite fastball that sits at about 95 MPH and outstanding command. His home park helps, too, but he'll need to continue to develop a second pitch (his slider is good but inconsistent) if he wants to take a step forward. He's an ideal back-end-of-the-rotation arm for your fantasy team - he'll give you innings and strikeouts and rarely get crushed, but things will need to break right for him to finish with under a 3.80 ERA.
|44||Luis Garcia (HOU - SP)||152||27||77||44.8||9.4||264.0||+112.0||
Garcia had a fine 2021 season, as both his cutter (.175 BAA) and slider (.133 BAA) were dominant, at least until the end of the year and playoffs. His upside is capped just a bit because his fastball is so mediocre, so he really needs to lean in to both of those other pitches and have them both working to be effective. That's what we saw most of last year, so another season of a mid-3.00 ERA and a passable WHIP may certainly be in the cards. Let's just hope the mini-swoon we saw over the final month of the season (4.67 ERA) was a blip and not a sign of things to come.
|45||Zac Gallen (ARI - SP)||158||28||71||47.3||10.4||142.0||-16.0||
Gallen took a major step back last year, but it's tough not to blame the injuries. He missed time with forearm, elbow, and hamstring injuries and the quality of nearly every one of his pitches declined. He looked like a prime bounce-back candidate, but he's already behind schedule because of bursitis in his shoulder. If you believe that Gallen's decline last year was due to his injuries and that he won't miss much time this year, then he should be drafted as a low-end No. 2 starter. When he's right, his fastball, changeup, and curveball are all outstanding, and he can pile on the strikeouts with ease. But you'd be foolish not to acknowledge the injury risks, and if you do draft Gallen, make sure you have a deep staff behind him.
|46||Michael Kopech (CWS - SP,RP) IL15||153||30||89||47.0||10.7||146.0||-7.0||
There is no doubting Kopech's talent - he has an outstanding fastball and slider with a decent changeup - but it's more his role. He's had a tortured path to success, including undergoing Tommy John surgery and opting out of the 2020 season. But he was excellent last year, mostly in relief, and showed that he has the stuff to succeed in the majors. His role in 2022 is a bit undefined as of now, as the White Sox appear to want him in the rotation but state that he is behind the other starters. Given that he's thrown just 69.1 innings over the last two years, you'd be wise to pencil him in for about 130 innings and 20-25 starts. So long as you draft depth behind him, he should be a major asset this year.
|47||Patrick Sandoval (LAA - SP)||179||31||99||51.8||10.0||190.0||+11.0||
Sandoval didn't get much respect from fantasy managers despite a solid year last season, probably for two reasons. The first is that his control is middling (9.9% walk rate), which leads to an inflated WHIP. The second is that his fastball is just mediocre, and it's really difficult to trust a pitcher who doesn't want to throw that pitch. But all that ignores that he has a glorious changeup and a passable slider, which he uses to great effect. He ended his season with a stress fracture in his back but he's reportedly fully recovered now. There's some risk with him but, chances are, his ADP won't reflect his upside. Take a chance on him, but make sure to draft some other "boring" and safe options.
|48||Chris Sale (BOS - SP) IL60||174||18||116||52.0||15.6||120.0||-54.0||
Sale returned from Tommy John surgery last year and mostly looked like his old self. His velocity was close to pre-surgery levels, and though his strikeout rate dropped a smidge, he was basically the same ace he's always been. A .358 BABIP against Sale last year suggests he got unlucky, yet he still posted a 3.16 ERA. Health is really the only concern for Sale, who was an All-Star for seven straight seasons from 2012 to 2018. Unfortunately, he's already hurt. A stress fracture in his rib cage will cause him to miss the start of the regular season.
|49||Mike Clevinger (SD - SP)||168||28||90||52.2||9.4||167.0||-1.0||
Clevinger is on track to be ready for Opening Day after missing all of 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. That was Clevinger's second such surgery so there's certainly reason for long-term concern, but for just this year, he's someone to buy. He was a top flight fantasy starter for the last several years before his injury, and has a wipeout slider to go along with his fastball. His control has never been elite and there will probably be a fairly hard innings cap on him coming off of surgery, but on an inning-by-inning basis, he should provide elite production if healthy.
|50||John Means (BAL - SP) IL60||172||29||84||52.4||8.8||187.0||+15.0||
Means had a fine overall season with a 3.62 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, the latter number helped by the fact that he walked just 4.4% of batters, which ranked in the top four percent of baseball. If you put Means on another team, his ADP would probably rise 20 or 30 spots. He has elite control as mentioned, and an above-average fastball, changeup, and curveball. But with Baltimore, he just won't win many games (he has eight wins over his last 36 starts) and his always awful home run rate likely won't improve that much, though it may stabilize at least a little with the new dimensions in Camden Yards. Means's expected stats were worse than his actual numbers last year, so some ERA regression may be due. But he's got upside, particularly if he is traded out of Baltimore, and his floor should be pretty stable regardless.
|51||Marcus Stroman (CHC - SP)||181||30||114||52.5||9.4||164.0||-17.0||
Stroman had some of the best surface numbers of his career with a 3.02 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, as a stronger Mets infield defense helped to normalize his BABIP against just a bit. But even though he had the highest strikeout rate of his career, the new splitter he introduced didn't generate enough whiffs to make a difference. He remained an overall negative in the category (7.94/9), and he'll now pitch for a mediocre Cubs team in 2022. Stroman won't hurt you, and drafting a pitcher with little downside can be a plus if you have a deep rotation. But at this point in his career, there's equally little upside, so whether you take the shot on him depends entirely on how the rest of your staff looks.
|52||Tarik Skubal (DET - SP) IL60||194||38||90||56.4||8.6||175.0||-19.0||
Skubal had some growing pains last year, and he really needs to improve his four-seam fastball (.611 SLG, .413 wOBA). But he approached his season the right way, and used it to develop his secondary pitches, and both his slider and changeup came a long way. Drafting Skubal to be a starter for your team means you believe that he's going to continue his upward trend, and considering that both his strikeout and walk rates were extremely solid last year, there's reason for optimism. Just be ready for an uneven ride along the way, as is typical with young pitchers.
|53||Jose Urquidy (HOU - SP)||192||37||98||57.4||9.5||202.0||+10.0||
If Urquidy could avoid dealing with injuries every season, then he'd probably be drafted much earlier, but he's missed time in each of the past three seasons. When he does pitch, he's almost always solid, with a WHIP that hovers around 1.00 thanks to an elite walk rate (4.5%, top four percent of the league). His pure stuff is well above average, with a fastball, slider, and curveball that can all induce weak contact. But, at least as of now, he hasn't yet gotten his strikeout rate to where it needs to be in order to be a true impact starter. There's potential for growth in strikeouts if his slider improves, but draft Urquidy for his safety, not his ceiling, and build in some missed time.
|54||Ranger Suarez (PHI - SP,RP)||187||29||93||57.5||12.9||155.0||-32.0||
Suarez was fantastic as both a reliever and a starter last year, compiling a 1.36 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He was almost equally dominant as a starter and a reliever, though it's worth noting that he had a very soft run of opponents during his 12 starts. More troubling for projecting Suarez is that he had a comically low home run rate (just 0.34/9 innings). Yes, his sinker moves a ton and avoids hard contact, but that's simply not a sustsainable number. He's dealt with visa issues this spring, though looks to be on track for the season, so don't let that concern you much. Instead, just understand that he's due for some major regression, and is likely to pitch closer to a 4.00 ERA this year.
|55||Anthony DeSclafani (SF - SP) IL60||206||44||121||58.0||12.0||184.0||-22.0||
DeSclafani is back with the Giants after an impressive 2021 season during which he pitched to a 3.17 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. It's not going out on a limb to say that DeSclafani is not going to repeat those numbers this year, however. He's really mostly just a two-pitch pitcher at this point, with an excellent slider and decent fastball, and he doesn't have the strikeout rate to sustain the ratio stats we saw last year. But San Francisco is a good place to pitch, the Giants should boast a strong team again, and DeSclafani's control is good enough so that he should have a decent floor. Just take a point off his 2021 ERA when you consider where to draft him.
|56||Shane Baz (TB - SP) IL60||201||35||141||58.6||10.2||173.0||-28.0||
Baz underwent elbow surgery, and he won't throw until early April, but the Rays reportedly don't expect him to miss much time. His pure stuff has always been electric, as he combines elite velocity with an outstanding curveball and slider. Prior to last year, his command was the only thing holding him back, but he blossomed in Double-A and kept his gains in control throughout his three-game stint in the majors. A rough postseason start aside, 2021 was all gravy for Baz, and the Rays undoubtedly expect him to be a contributor to their rotation this year. But he did pitch just 92 innings last season, and given his age, fantasy managers should expect the Rays to cap him at about 130 innings or so, so the missed time for his elbow injury isn't a huge deal as of yet. That still leaves room for Baz to provide plenty of value, so long as the helium on his draft price stays in check.
|57||Adam Wainwright (STL - SP)||198||35||98||58.7||12.1||138.0||-60.0||
Wainwright found the fountain of youth last year, pitching to a 3.05 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP and totaling 17 wins, his most since 2014. He benefitted greatly from the weak NL Central and an outstanding defense, but the bottom line is that Wainwright was just . . . good. His curveball remained effective, his sinker worked well, and he topped 200 innings pitched. Expecting this again as he enters his age-41 season would be overly optimistic, but if you have a strong staff and just need a filler for the back end of your rotation, then Wainwright is your guy.
|58||Jordan Montgomery (STL - SP)||197||32||110||58.9||12.6||195.0||-2.0||
Montgomery was fine last year (3.83 ERA, 1.28 WHIP), but he didn't take the step forward that many had envisioned. His curveball is an elite pitch, and his changeup isn't far behind, but his sinker (.412 wOBA against) just gets crushed. If he leans further into his changeup and curve, you could see a giant step forward, especially since his whiff rate is already solid and his walk rate is above average. But if not, it's probably going to be yet another mediocre season for him, particularly with the tough lineups he'll face routinely.
|59||Alex Wood (SF - SP) IL15||207||36||81||59.3||8.1||213.0||+6.0||
Wood rebounded from two down years n a row, climbing back to a 3.83 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. His velocity saw a notable jump from his previous full seasons, as his sinker sat nearly two miles per hour more than he had back in 2019. Despite his strong strikeout rate, the fact that we're talking about Wood as having this excellent bounceback season with over a 3.80 ERA tells you all you need to know. Even if you buy that he can stay mostly healthy again, which is very much in question, his ceiling simply isn't high enough for you to draft him as anything but a late-round pick.
|60||Jack Flaherty (STL - SP)||200||21||98||56.6||15.6||140.0||-60.0||
Here's a guy you just can't go wrong with. He has immaculate control, ace-level stuff, a really high floor and an exceptional Cy Young-level ceiling. Flaherty only pitched 78 innings last season due to shoulder and oblique injuries, but he didn't suffer any structural damage in his shoulder - it was just a strain - so that shouldn't have any lingering impact this season. He's otherwise been pretty durable. One thing to consider is that after being limited last year, Flaherty may have a cap of about 140-150 innings.
|61||Joe Ryan (MIN - SP)||212||30||118||59.8||14.9||200.0||-12.0||
Ryan had a nice cup of coffee in the majors last year until the Tigers beat him up to inflate his overall numbers. There's been a lot of hype around the youngster but his stuff isn't overwhelming. His fastball is an enigma, in that it sits at just 91 MPH but batters just can't hit it (.172 BAA). If he can sustain that, along with his better than average slider, then there could be success for the full year, especially with his control. But more than likely, you're looking at a league average fantasy starter, one who will have more perceived than actual value.
|62||Corey Knebel (PHI - SP,RP) IL60||176||24||76||55.5||12.0||156.0||-20.0||
Knebel was labeled as the tentative closer by Joe Girardi early in the spring, and he's done nothing to lose the job since. He rebounded from a terrible 2020 season to put up a 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with the Dodgers last year, and his fastball velocity sat at a robust 96.3 mile per hour. He's already throwing harder than that this spring, and combined with his outstanding curveball, his fastball can perform at an elite level. Knebel has closing experience from his days with Milwaukee, so as long as he can avoid injury, there's every reason to expect him to hold the role all year long. He could easily end up as a top-5 closer if everything breaks right.
|63||Hyun Jin Ryu (TOR - SP) IL60||234||32||142||64.0||16.8||185.0||-49.0||
Ryu has always relied on his outstanding changeup and cutter, but both were hit hard last year. He still didn't walk many batters but his home run rate spiked while his strikeout rate plummeted. Ryu needs his secondary stuff to be successful, as his fastball barely sits at 90 miles per hour and has never been effective. Was 2021 a blip or the beginning of a decline? The good news for fantasy managers is that they should find out quickly this year, because either Ryu is inducing weak contact and getting swings and misses early, or you can cut bait. But given his pedigree and long track record, taking a late-round flier on him isn't a terrible idea.
|64||Noah Syndergaard (PHI - SP)||230||42||124||66.8||13.4||182.0||-48.0||
Syndergaard has pitched two innings since 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and then having setbacks last season, and he'll get a fresh start with the Angels. Fantasy managers know what he brings to the table when he's at his best. A high-90s fastball, and excellent curveball, changeup, and slider, and the ability to dominate any lineup he faces when he's on. There are obvious injury concerns, but considering his low ADP, he has more upside than any pitcher going around him. Take comfort in the fact that he took a one-year deal in an effort to rebuild his value, and accept the discount on someone who could easily be an SP2 or SP3 if he stays healthy.
|65||Jon Gray (TEX - SP)||233||43||112||67.0||11.8||234.0||+1.0||
Fantasy managers have wondered for years what Gray would look like out of Coors Field, and now they get their chance to see. Gray has the pure stuff to succeed - a fastball that sits at 95 MPH, a strong slider, and decent command. If he benefits from moving not just out of Coors but to a pitcher's park in Texas, as everyone expects, then we could finally see a decent WHIP with a sub-4.00 ERA. He is 30 years old now, so this is a lot of hypotheticals for a veteran such as him. But he's definitely worth a gamble late in your draft.
|66||Tanner Houck (BOS - SP,RP) IL60||238||41||111||67.5||13.6||201.0||-37.0||
Houck will begin the year in the rotation despite an uneven spring, and he showed a lot of upside last year. His strikeout rate sat at 30.5% while his walk rate was just 7.4%, and his 3.52 ERA was inflated according to all metrics. He's got an outstanding slider, which is what really propels his success, but his lack of other pitches in his arsenal often forces him to go deep into counts and shortens his outings. He should be on your sleeper list because he has huge potential, but understand that if he struggles, he could be moved to the bullpen, even with Chris Sale currently on the shelf.
|67||Triston McKenzie (CLE - SP)||232||46||96||67.8||9.5||219.0||-13.0||
McKenzie's overall numbers from last year look rough, as he pitched to a 4.95 ERA and had an 11.7% walk rate. But he was significantly better after he returned from the minors in the second half of the season and at least offered hoped for this year. McKenzie is incredibly slight and he needs to improve his command and the effectiveness of his fastball to become a reliable fantasy starter. But he's worth a late flier given his pedigree.
|68||Alex Cobb (SF - SP)||242||30||120||71.8||15.1||239.0||-3.0||
Cobb joins the Giants after a successful one-year stint with the Angels where he put up his best numbers in years. He avoided hard contact well, upped his strikeout rate to a career high, and cut his home run rate to a miniscule level. It's unclear if his 2021 season was just a blip or if his gains are sustainable, but a move to San Francisco can't be a bad thing. If he just repeats last year and avoids injury, he'll be a steal at his ADP.
|69||German Marquez (COL - SP)||236||46||138||72.3||16.7||233.0||-3.0||
It would be great if Marquez could get out of Colorado, because he's just not going to reach his potential with the Rockies. His strikeout rate has been below one per inning for the last two seasons, his walk rate is trending in the wrong direction, and his win totals will almost certainly not rise beyond mediocrity. The best thing about Marquez is that he will give you innings, as he's basically pitched full seasons for five years straight. If you have a strong rotation otherwise and just need that extra arm, then you can draft Marquez late for the back end of your staff.
|70||Huascar Ynoa (ATL - SP) MiLB||248||52||117||73.7||10.4||253.0||+5.0||
Ynoa pitched only 101 1/13 innings last season between the majors and the minors, and ended the season with a sore shoulder. There was some doubt about whether he would begin the year in the rotation but he has pitched well and been healthy this spring, so those concerns can likely be put to bed. Ynoa has an elite slider and an outstanding fastball that both miss bats, and both pitches are so good that fantasy managers should feel confident that he can succeed as a starter despite really having just those two pitches. With that said, the Braves will likely be careful with his innings this season, so there's no reason to draft him too early since he probably has a 140-inning cap.
|71||Aaron Civale (CLE - SP)||244||55||109||74.9||12.1||197.0||-47.0||
It should be pretty accepted by now that Civale is not going to morph into an above-average fantasy starter. His velocity is sub-par, his strikeout rate is mediocre at best, and he'll be pitching behind one of the worst lineups in baseball. His FIP, xFIP, and xERA all suggest that he was lucky last year, so really, if you're looking for reasons to be optimistic that Civale can take a leap forward, there just aren't any from last year. Spend your draft capital on someone with more upside, even in the later rounds.
|72||Steven Matz (STL - SP)||256||51||94||75.1||9.9||237.0||-19.0||
Matz had a surprisingly effective year despite moving to the AL East and Toronto, pitching 150 2/3 innings with a 3.82 ERA. We know what he is by now in his career - a strikeout rate that won't hurt you, a decent walk rate that isn't enough to keep his WHIP in check, and a ceiling of about 160 innings. Moving to St. Louis is a great thing for him, however, as he'll benefit from the Cardinals' excellent infield defense (Matz has a 47.1% ground ball rate). But he's essentially a replacement level fantasy starter at this point, and entering his age-31 season, we're probably not going to see much growth.
|73||Bailey Ober (MIN - SP)||254||31||110||73.3||13.6||281.0||+27.0||
Ober is a really intriguing name to watch this year, as his strikeout rate and elite command have all the makings of an impact fantasy starter. He gave up way too many homers last year (1.95/9 innings), but that's due for regression given his minor-league track record. His stuff isn't overwhelming, and he sits at just about 92 MPH on his fastball. But his pedigree and performance last year are good enough for you to take a shot on late in your drafts.
|74||Casey Mize (DET - SP) IL60||257||44||109||79.0||15.0||252.0||-5.0||
Mize's overall numbers were impressive in 2021, with a 3.71 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. But his expected stats suggested he was incredibly lucky, and his 19.3% strikeout rate wasn't helping fantasy managers. Mize is young and both his fastball and slider, which are already league average or better, can continue to improve as he grows as a pitcher, and the Tigers are likely to loosen the reins a bit with his innings. He's an ideal late-round pick for your bench given his upside, but don't get into the season relying on him as anything more than your last starter.
|75||Yusei Kikuchi (TOR - RP,SP)||253||50||118||79.2||11.7||273.0||+20.0||
Kikuchi's MLB career has been underwhelming thus far, as he's clocked in with nearly a 5.00 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He'll head to a Toronto team that managed to harness Robbie Ray's pure stuff, so maybe they'll do the same with Kikuchi, but it will take a leap of faith on the part of fantasy managers to draft him expecting that. He does have decent raw stuff - both his cutter and slider can be borderline dominant when he's on and his fastball can be successful when he gets that little extra bit of velocity, like he showed early last year. But ultimately, Kikuchi's pitch mix is not strong enough to overcome hi lack of command, and considering how high his home run rate was in Seattle, it's unlikely things will improve in Toronto. Maybe there's a step forward but, again, it's largely wishful thinking at this point.
|76||Andrew Kittredge (TB - SP,RP) IL60||225||27||124||66.7||17.5||232.0||+7.0||
Kittredge tallied eight saves last season, and should be in line for the bulk of the opportunities early in the year with Pete Fairbanks dealing with a strained lat. He's had success for several years now, relying on his excellent command and his fastball-slider combination. Based on pure stuff, if we knew Kittredge would be the closer all year, he'd be way up the reliever ranks. But fantasy managers know by now that you cant trust a Rays reliever, so book 15 saves for Kittredge for now. Anything else is gravy.
|77||Carlos Carrasco (NYM - SP)||259||41||107||79.0||12.4||257.0||-2.0||
Carrasco was limited to just 53 2/3 innings last season as he was delayed due to a hamstring injury. He then dealt with elbow troubles, which ultimately led him to have surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs in his elbow. Both his splitter and his slider have looked good thus far in the spring, and he claims to be fully healthy, so he's certainly worth an investment given his late ADP. Despite his advancing age, Carrasco still has the potential to be a No. 3 fantasy starter given his career strikeout rate and past success, so he's the exact type of late-round starter fantasy managers should be targeting.
|78||Zack Greinke (KC - SP)||267||51||126||82.9||11.9||249.0||-18.0||
Greinke is back where it all began in Kansas City, but he's obviously a different pitcher than he once was. His walk rate is still pristine but he rarely misses bats anymore and, as a result, his ERA has been above 4.00 in each of the past two seasons. He's still as durable as they come, and he'll earn wins just because he'll go deep into games. But there's little upside anymore, so don't feel compelled to draft him based on name value.
|79||Kyle Hendricks (CHC - SP) IL60||265||48||147||81.3||19.0||243.0||-22.0||
Hendricks won the "most underrated starter" award for five years in a row or so because fantasy managers liked to ignore his excellent numbers due to his low velocity and strikeout rate. But the bill came due last eason, and he had, by far, the worst season of his career. His ERA pushed 5.00, his WHIP was two tenths of a point higher than his career mark, and his already low strikeout rate dipped further. There's hope for a rebound, of course. Hendricks is just 32, his home run rate seemed unsustainably high, and through it all, he still got to 14 wins. But this already feels like fantasy manager missed the opportunity to jump off the Hendricks ship a year too early rather than a year too late. Hendricks needs to have pristine ratios to justify the strikeout rate, and pitching in front of a mediocre defense, it seems highly unlikely he'll get there. There are better places to spend your late-round investment.
|80||Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU - SP)||262||46||119||80.6||16.5||231.0||-31.0||
There's no doubting McCullers's stuff at this point. Already armed with an elite curveball, he added an equally dominant slider to the mix last season (.150 BAA, .242 wOBA), and set a career-high in innings with 162.1. Unfortunately, he ended the year on the shelf with an elbow injury and is now delayed in the spring because of a flexor tendon strain.The fact that he is still dealing with an injury at this point is extremely worrisome, especially for a pitcher with a history of elbow trouble. Drop him way down your draft boards, and take him only if you have plenty of depth or you are in desperate need of upside.
|81||Tony Gonsolin (LAD - SP) IL15||276||61||127||85.6||13.8||265.0||-11.0|
|82||Jesus Luzardo (MIA - SP,RP)||278||61||137||86.5||16.7||256.0||-22.0|
|83||Jameson Taillon (NYY - SP)||281||52||116||85.9||11.0||296.0||+15.0|
|84||Zach Plesac (CLE - SP) IL15||280||53||129||86.6||15.4||287.0||+7.0|
|85||Stephen Strasburg (WSH - SP) IL60||277||67||130||89.3||15.0||277.0||‐||
Strasburg is coming back from surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, and we've seen that surgery derail promising careers before. He's thrown just 26.2 innings over the last two seasons, and although he's reportedly healthy and feeling good, he probably won't make his debut until May at this point. Despite his elite career numbers, fantasy managers cannot go into 2022 expecting to get anything from Strasburg as a starter. Drafting him for your bench and hoping you get 10 good starts out of him at some point is the safe way to go, but at this point, you should be rooting for Strasburg more from the standpoint of a baseball fan, not a fantasy manager.
|86||Josiah Gray (WSH - SP)||285||48||140||89.6||16.1||317.0||+32.0|
|87||Drew Rasmussen (TB - SP,RP)||304||39||119||91.3||13.7||290.0||-14.0|
|88||Cal Quantrill (CLE - SP,RP)||282||52||128||87.8||17.3||230.0||-52.0|
|89||Cristian Javier (HOU - SP,RP)||295||41||126||91.3||13.1||270.0||-25.0|
|90||Corey Kluber (TB - SP)||288||67||133||91.4||12.2||283.0||-5.0|
|91||Zach Eflin (PHI - SP)||314||55||137||94.7||14.4||358.0||+44.0|
|92||Aaron Ashby (MIL - SP,RP)||297||49||135||90.3||18.7||299.0||+2.0|
|93||Tylor Megill (NYM - SP)||319||49||127||91.0||17.7||381.0||+62.0|
|94||Marco Gonzales (SEA - SP)||327||67||122||96.1||10.4||302.0||-25.0|
|95||Nestor Cortes Jr. (NYY - SP,RP)||312||55||128||98.0||13.7||306.0||-6.0|
|96||Taijuan Walker (NYM - SP)||300||56||136||96.4||14.7||340.0||+40.0|
|97||Trevor Bauer (LAD - SP) RST||291||33||134||88.2||19.9||205.0||-86.0|
|98||Chris Paddack (MIN - SP) IL60||290||65||138||94.6||15.8||395.0||+105.0|
|99||Brady Singer (KC - SP)||321||57||141||98.6||15.6||413.0||+92.0|
|100||Luis Patino (TB - SP) MiLB||309||48||139||94.7||17.8||326.0||+17.0|
|101||Elieser Hernandez (MIA - RP,SP) MiLB||339||59||138||98.7||14.2||375.0||+36.0|
|102||Andrew Heaney (LAD - SP,RP)||344||64||140||95.5||13.1||308.0||-36.0|
|103||Kyle Gibson (PHI - SP)||352||75||177||105.2||17.8||311.0||-41.0|
|104||Dane Dunning (TEX - SP)||336||74||129||102.5||11.7||416.0||+80.0|
|105||Dinelson Lamet (COL - SP,RP)||337||65||139||102.6||15.6||337.0||‐|
|106||Eric Lauer (MIL - SP)||346||53||152||104.8||17.3||316.0||-30.0|
|107||Michael Pineda (SP) FA||383||79||150||110.9||12.2||441.0||+58.0|
|108||Patrick Corbin (WSH - SP) DTD||357||67||191||108.4||19.5||315.0||-42.0|
|109||Reid Detmers (LAA - SP)||345||52||142||104.4||18.9||348.0||+3.0|
|110||James Kaprielian (OAK - SP)||370||79||145||107.6||14.8||399.0||+29.0|
|111||Madison Bumgarner (ARI - SP)||376||83||278||117.2||34.6||347.0||-29.0|
|112||Chris Flexen (SEA - RP,SP)||371||82||129||108.0||11.0||314.0||-57.0|
|113||Nick Pivetta (BOS - SP)||377||72||157||109.3||15.1||292.0||-85.0|
|114||Matt Brash (SEA - SP,RP)||333||56||146||94.5||23.0||327.0||-6.0|
|115||Dylan Bundy (MIN - SP)||433||77||192||116.8||19.7||377.0||-56.0|
|116||Wade Miley (CHC - SP)||441||93||225||123.1||23.7||401.0||-40.0|
|117||Hunter Greene (CIN - SP)||369||51||149||105.9||21.1||285.0||-84.0|
|118||Mitch Keller (PIT - SP)||396||71||344||119.7||49.7||406.0||+10.0|
|119||Nick Lodolo (CIN - SP)||378||73||157||109.3||25.1||360.0||-18.0|
|120||Adrian Houser (MIL - SP)||452||91||228||129.0||27.6||398.0||-54.0|
|121||Michael Fulmer (MIN - SP,RP)||373||63||123||108.1||10.1||379.0||+6.0|
|122||Domingo German (NYY - SP)||482||93||165||122.4||18.0||473.0||-9.0|
|123||MacKenzie Gore (WSH - SP) IL15||399||70||193||113.9||28.4||369.0||-30.0|
|124||Sixto Sanchez (MIA - SP) MiLB||493||98||167||121.3||16.2||410.0||-83.0|
|125||JT Brubaker (PIT - SP) IL15||456||99||158||123.0||14.9||516.0||+60.0|
|126||Adbert Alzolay (CHC - SP,RP)||526||91||174||124.2||22.1||434.0||-92.0|
|127||Carlos Hernandez (KC - SP,RP)||422||88||143||119.6||14.7||389.0||-33.0|
|128||Miles Mikolas (STL - SP)||465||78||141||118.7||11.1||402.0||-63.0|
|129||Mike Minor (CIN - SP) IL15||412||70||137||119.1||12.1||477.0||+65.0|
|130||Merrill Kelly (ARI - SP)||444||91||236||129.4||33.6||411.0||-33.0|
|131||Jake Odorizzi (ATL - SP)||448||77||131||118.4||10.9||455.0||+7.0|
|132||Rich Hill (BOS - SP)||477||91||156||127.6||15.8||393.0||-84.0|
|133||Collin McHugh (ATL - SP,RP)||409||66||173||111.6||24.2||370.0||-39.0|
|134||Ryan Yarbrough (TB - SP,RP) IL15||457||92||144||120.4||11.9||420.0||-37.0|
|135||Roansy Contreras (PIT - SP)||479||80||157||124.5||18.2||453.0||-26.0|
|136||David Price (LAD - SP,RP) IL15||534||97||155||126.6||16.1||446.0||-88.0|
|137||Austin Gomber (COL - RP,SP)||517||89||261||136.4||42.8||532.0||+15.0|
|138||Kenta Maeda (MIN - SP) IL60||487||73||271||139.3||46.9||838.0||+351.0|
|139||Edward Cabrera (MIA - SP)||474||88||150||124.8||12.5||520.0||+46.0|
|140||Dustin May (LAD - SP) IL15||575||77||270||139.6||41.0||376.0||-199.0|
|141||Dakota Hudson (STL - SP)||503||71||185||133.2||16.8||341.0||-162.0|
|142||Cole Irvin (OAK - SP)||528||115||166||132.9||14.6||518.0||-10.0|
|143||Drew Smyly (CHC - SP,RP) DTD||646||107||301||149.4||41.9||497.0||-149.0|
|144||Tyler Glasnow (TB - SP) IL60||525||93||272||146.1||48.0||383.0||-142.0|
|145||Reiver Sanmartin (CIN - RP,SP)||463||82||144||123.9||18.5||531.0||+68.0|
|146||Nick Martinez (SD - RP,SP)||520||89||157||129.2||16.5||517.0||-3.0|
|147||Grayson Rodriguez (BAL - SP) MiLB||518||87||191||131.5||26.8||364.0||-154.0|
|148||Matthew Boyd (SEA - RP,SP)||514||100||164||129.9||18.3||508.0||-6.0|
|149||Luke Weaver (KC - RP,SP)||538||94||179||137.5||19.0||521.0||-17.0|
|150||Dallas Keuchel (SP) FA||691||108||358||161.0||69.8||490.0||-201.0|
|151||Griffin Canning (LAA - SP) IL60||591||90||164||137.0||19.5||529.0||-62.0|
|152||Zach Thompson (PIT - SP,RP)||543||81||280||152.4||46.7||546.0||+3.0|
|153||Luis Gil (NYY - SP) IL60||478||93||196||141.1||27.6||425.0||-53.0|
|154||Tyler Anderson (LAD - SP)||636||114||182||145.2||22.9||544.0||-92.0|
|155||Daniel Lynch (KC - SP)||600||103||293||162.0||51.1||493.0||-107.0|
|156||Jose Suarez (LAA - SP,RP)||549||115||267||157.0||44.5||530.0||-19.0|
|157||Mike Soroka (ATL - SP) MiLB||577||81||161||141.1||15.4||362.0||-215.0|
|158||Craig Stammen (SD - SP,RP)||492||91||159||129.5||21.2||793.0||+301.0|
|159||Johnny Cueto (CWS - SP)||764||110||282||161.7||47.3||537.0||-227.0|
|160||Brad Keller (KC - RP,SP)||631||121||288||164.5||49.8||567.0||-64.0|
|161||Kris Bubic (KC - SP,RP)||608||117||250||159.8||34.1||359.0||-249.0|
|162||Jose Quintana (STL - SP,RP)||643||109||352||169.9||65.1||609.0||-34.0|
|163||Jorge Lopez (MIN - SP,RP)||504||73||213||142.0||48.9||635.0||+131.0|
|164||Danny Duffy (LAD - SP) IL60||554||80||198||153.7||24.8||523.0||-31.0|
|165||George Kirby (SEA - SP)||708||110||154||137.7||9.8||579.0||-129.0|
|166||Cody Morris (CLE - SP)||565||86||168||130.6||27.1||672.0||+107.0|
|167||Reynaldo Lopez (CWS - SP,RP)||508||82||202||151.1||33.4||556.0||+48.0|
|168||Spencer Howard (TEX - SP) IL15||656||126||304||171.1||51.8||554.0||-102.0|
|169||Glenn Otto (TEX - SP)||576||93||166||144.3||17.1||618.0||+42.0|
|170||David Peterson (NYM - RP,SP)||597||119||156||140.3||9.8||722.0||+125.0|
|171||Jhoan Duran (MIN - RP,SP)||569||78||168||136.6||32.0||820.0||+251.0|
|172||Max Meyer (MIA - SP) IL60||676||99||161||144.7||12.5||540.0||-136.0|
|173||Michael Wacha (BOS - SP,RP)||615||115||279||172.4||44.0||526.0||-89.0|
|174||Matt Manning (DET - SP)||717||123||319||180.2||59.0||471.0||-246.0|
|175||Kyle Muller (ATL - SP) MiLB||541||83||242||155.4||52.3||601.0||+60.0|
|176||Daulton Jefferies (OAK - RP,SP) IL60||582||102||299||170.7||62.9||717.0||+135.0|
|177||Michael King (NYY - SP,RP) IL60||619||95||181||147.0||33.9||804.0||+185.0|
|178||Cade Cavalli (WSH - SP) IL15||908||116||277||171.7||55.7||509.0||-399.0|
|179||Mitch White (TOR - SP,RP)||632||106||240||166.6||39.7||652.0||+20.0|
|180||Dominic Leone (SP,RP) FA||604||92||193||150.8||38.3|
|181||Taylor Hearn (TEX - SP,RP)||903||99||369||199.5||88.6||600.0||-303.0|
|182||Yonny Chirinos (TB - SP) MiLB||635||115||199||153.0||29.7||841.0||+206.0|
|183||Kyle Freeland (COL - SP)||796||125||382||200.6||80.0||543.0||-253.0|
|184||Sam Long (SF - SP,RP) IL60||794||134||178||154.5||15.0||646.0||-148.0|
|185||Ross Stripling (TOR - SP,RP)||662||128||184||156.0||17.8||513.0||-149.0|
|186||Jesse Chavez (ATL - SP,RP)||680||102||247||170.8||49.5||662.0||-18.0|
|187||Justin Dunn (CIN - SP) IL15||803||111||327||193.6||63.7||703.0||-100.0|
|188||Mike Foltynewicz (SP) FA||901||116||364||201.4||77.2|
|189||Alex Wells (BAL - SP) MiLB||590||84||272||175.0||76.9|
|190||Jose Urena (COL - SP,RP)||610||81||275||208.8||76.2|
|191||Brock Burke (TEX - RP,SP)||630||88||170||129.0||41.0|
|192||Drew VerHagen (STL - RP,SP) IL60||737||116||192||156.3||29.1|
|193||Sam Hentges (CLE - SP,RP)||623||85||353||212.0||95.3|
|194||Tony Santillan (CIN - SP,RP) IL60||616||99||190||161.0||24.8||758.0||+142.0|
|195||Caleb Smith (ARI - SP,RP)||645||126||334||186.9||62.8||706.0||+61.0|
|196||Humberto Castellanos (ARI - SP,RP) IL60||629||87||244||165.5||78.5|
|197||Corbin Martin (ARI - RP,SP) MiLB||644||93||349||227.0||104.9|
|198||Antonio Senzatela (COL - SP) IL15||899||129||380||221.5||84.6||580.0||-319.0|
|199||Konnor Pilkington (CLE - SP) MiLB||729||117||156||136.5||19.5|
|200||James Paxton (BOS - SP) IL60||663||122||189||163.2||23.0||624.0||-39.0|
|201||Josh Fleming (TB - SP,RP) MiLB||816||135||218||175.8||31.7||792.0||-24.0|
|202||Logan Allen (COL - RP,SP) MiLB||690||105||323||220.7||89.5|
|203||Eli Morgan (CLE - RP,SP)||867||141||232||182.8||33.7||691.0||-176.0|
|204||Vladimir Gutierrez (CIN - SP) IL60||1052||142||381||222.0||83.4||577.0||-475.0|
|205||Trevor Williams (NYM - SP,RP)||677||108||190||166.0||18.1|
|206||Jimmy Lambert (CWS - RP,SP)||743||118||213||167.0||38.8|
|207||Anibal Sanchez (WSH - SP)||1018||115||376||249.7||106.7|
|208||Trent Thornton (TOR - SP,RP) MiLB||733||115||298||206.0||66.0|
|209||Jeff Hoffman (CIN - SP,RP) IL60||746||119||346||216.5||82.4|
|210||Chris Archer (MIN - SP) IL15||773||78||256||182.7||35.3||589.0||-184.0|
|211||Hunter Brown (HOU - SP,RP)||120||189||154.5||34.5|
|212||Matthew Liberatore (STL - SP) MiLB||804||149||184||164.0||13.0||693.0||-111.0|
|213||Alec Mills (CHC - SP,RP) IL60||990||140||363||214.5||74.6||680.0||-310.0|
|214||Tucker Davidson (LAA - SP)||776||156||208||174.0||20.3||489.0||-287.0|
|215||Jordan Lyles (BAL - SP)||806||141||383||222.8||81.7||576.0||-230.0|
|216||Jakob Junis (SF - SP,RP)||831||141||249||186.0||33.4|
|217||Justus Sheffield (SEA - SP,RP) MiLB||829||148||260||196.7||37.0||834.0||+5.0|
|218||Garrett Richards (SP,RP) FA||763||122||198||172.0||13.3||653.0||-110.0|
|219||J.A. Happ (SP) RET||785||147||338||220.4||67.7||784.0||-1.0|
|220||Kyle Wright (ATL - SP)||588||110||246||194.4||39.3||452.0||-136.0|
|221||Tyler Alexander (DET - SP,RP)||857||139||259||188.2||34.0||711.0||-146.0|
|222||Ryan Weathers (SD - SP,RP) MiLB||725||113||225||184.8||25.6||742.0||+17.0|
|223||Josh Winder (MIN - SP)||781||146||195||171.0||20.0||818.0||+37.0|
|224||Deivi Garcia (NYY - SP) MiLB||812||153||294||208.6||50.0||790.0||-22.0|
|225||A.J. Alexy (TEX - SP) MiLB||932||158||300||207.3||47.1||731.0||-201.0|
|226||Paolo Espino (WSH - SP,RP)||967||149||345||239.3||70.1||768.0||-199.0|
|227||Kwang Hyun Kim (SP,RP) FA||688||158||200||177.8||16.3||548.0||-140.0|
|228||Dean Kremer (BAL - SP)||809||151||316||225.0||59.6|
|229||Ross Detwiler (SP,RP) FA||848||152||290||220.7||56.3|
|230||Miguel Yajure (PIT - RP,SP)||152||245||198.5||46.5||798.0|
|231||Justin Steele (CHC - SP,RP) IL15||865||159||295||207.3||53.8||714.0||-151.0|
|232||Keegan Akin (BAL - SP,RP)||832||160||366||245.0||77.4|
|233||Kolby Allard (TEX - SP,RP) MiLB||689||104||204||189.2||16.1||828.0||+139.0|
|234||Martin Perez (TEX - SP,RP)||988||162||360||256.0||81.1||810.0||-178.0|
|235||Brett Anderson (SP) FA||939||163||326||225.3||61.7|
|236||Brent Honeywell Jr. (OAK - P,SP) MiLB||863||163||229||200.6||22.2||766.0||-97.0|
|237||Zach Davies (ARI - SP)||1054||164||379||247.8||84.8||608.0||-446.0|
|238||Wily Peralta (RP,SP) FA||931||164||317||220.8||58.7|
|239||Gabriel Ynoa (SP,RP) FA||166||314||240.0||74.0|
|240||John Gant (SP,RP) FA||167||197||179.7||12.7|
|241||Touki Toussaint (LAA - RP,SP) MiLB||876||168||266||213.0||40.4||734.0||-142.0|
|242||Henderson Alvarez III (RP,SP) FA||169||266||217.5||48.5|
|243||Joe Ross (WSH - SP) IL60||846||151||208||190.0||14.8||751.0||-95.0|
|244||Erick Fedde (WSH - SP)||992||173||355||259.0||74.6||620.0||-372.0|
|245||Chad Kuhl (COL - SP,RP)||1009||176||374||267.3||81.6|
|246||Jonathan Heasley (KC - SP)||883||176||258||217.0||41.0|
|247||Kyle Bradish (BAL - SP)||849||178||210||194.0||16.0|
|248||Thomas Hatch (TOR - P,SP) MiLB||179||245||212.0||33.0|
|249||Ethan Small (MIL - SP) MiLB||885||180||255||217.5||37.5||764.0||-121.0|
|250||Carlos Martinez (SP) FA||182||398||255.7||100.7||819.0|
|251||Dillon Peters (PIT - RP,SP) MiLB||919||182||350||236.8||66.3|
|252||Grant Holmes (ATL - RP,SP) MiLB||894||184||281||232.5||48.5|
|253||Paul Blackburn (OAK - SP) IL60||895||185||347||256.3||67.5|
|254||Randy Dobnak (MIN - SP,RP) MiLB||930||186||341||239.0||60.0|
|255||Max Kranick (PIT - SP) IL60||898||186||264||225.0||39.0|
|256||Vince Velasquez (CWS - RP,SP)||904||188||296||220.3||44.4|
|257||Jackson Kowar (KC - RP,SP) MiLB||868||189||237||219.0||21.4||681.0||-187.0|
|258||Anthony Kay (TOR - SP,RP) MiLB||190||191||190.5||0.5|
|259||Keegan Thompson (CHC - SP,RP)||912||195||359||251.3||76.2|
|260||Taylor Widener (ARI - SP,RP)||897||197||263||231.0||27.0||856.0||-41.0|
|261||Wade LeBlanc (SP,RP) FA||913||201||332||266.5||65.5|
|262||Packy Naughton (STL - RP,SP) MiLB||906||202||269||235.5||33.5|
|263||Bruce Zimmermann (BAL - SP) MiLB||963||203||337||260.3||56.4||789.0||-174.0|
|264||Kohei Arihara (TEX - SP) DFA||203||268||235.5||32.5||682.0|
|265||Tyler Gilbert (ARI - SP) IL60||949||204||297||243.0||39.4||729.0||-220.0|
|266||Trevor Cahill (SP) FA||920||204||289||237.3||37.0|
|267||Steven Brault (CHC - RP,SP) IL15||955||206||351||264.0||62.6|
|268||Johan Oviedo (PIT - RP,SP)||926||207||284||244.7||31.5|
|269||Hans Crouse (PHI - SP) IL60||928||209||311||260.0||51.0||858.0||-70.0|
|270||J.C. Mejia (MIL - SP,RP) MiLB||214||397||305.5||91.5|
|271||Matt Shoemaker (SP,RP) FA||911||215||273||244.0||29.0|
|272||Matt Harvey (BAL - SP) SUS||961||218||339||264.7||53.1|
|273||Jake Woodford (STL - SP,RP)||940||222||370||274.7||67.5||846.0||-94.0|
|274||Bryse Wilson (PIT - SP)||1027||223||375||286.0||64.7||775.0||-252.0|
|275||Lewis Thorpe (SP) FA||936||223||285||249.0||26.3||860.0||-76.0|
|276||Jaime Barria (LAA - RP,SP)||980||226||348||272.7||53.8|
|277||Wil Crowe (PIT - RP,SP)||1017||227||371||284.7||62.2||778.0||-239.0|
|278||Jake Arrieta (SP) RET||948||227||357||292.0||65.0|
|279||Brendan McKay (TB - SP,DH) IL60||228||251||239.5||11.5|
|280||Griffin Jax (MIN - RP,SP)||1001||230||333||271.3||44.4|
|281||Ryan Rolison (COL - SP) IL60||953||231||356||293.5||62.5|
|282||Mike Fiers (SP) FA||954||234||342||273.3||48.7|
|283||Jordan Yamamoto (NYM - P,SP) MiLB||235||253||244.0||9.0|
|284||Cole Hamels (SP) FA||235||242||238.5||3.5|
|285||Dan Straily (SP) FA||941||236||286||261.0||25.0||650.0||-291.0|
|286||Matt Moore (TEX - SP,RP)||238||320||279.0||41.0|
|287||Charlie Barnes (SP) FA||947||238||291||264.5||26.5|
|288||Nick Neidert (MIA - SP) MiLB||240||308||274.0||34.0|
|289||Aaron Sanchez (MIN - SP) DFA||981||245||368||306.5||61.5|
|290||Ryan Feltner (COL - SP)||989||247||365||306.0||59.0|
|291||Josh Rogers (MIA - RP,SP) MiLB||1016||255||373||314.0||59.0|
|292||Chi Chi Gonzalez (NYY - SP,RP) MiLB||1021||259||361||310.0||51.0|
|293||Zac Lowther (BAL - SP) MiLB||1028||261||372||316.5||55.5|
|294||Julio Teheran (SP) FA||1030||262||367||314.5||52.5|
|295||Peter Lambert (COL - SP) MiLB||1053||264||378||321.0||57.0|