July Starting Pitcher Rankings

I hate pitching.

OK, that’s not true, but it gets so thin so fast. I have Kyle Gibson in the top 50 for cryin’ out loud. I’m sure we’ve got a lot to talk about given that it opens up entirely after like, pitcher 25, so hit me up in the comments!

(Now with more Clev Dog!)

The tiers are as follows:

#1s (8 SPs) – The true aces of fantasy baseball.

Must Start (30 SPs) – Should be pretty obvious, but these are the guys who always start. Again, it isn’t just the very best guys. There are second and third tier arms in terms of market value that I’d start every time out. They don’t have an obvious split or weakness that would give you a better chance at picking off their poor starts. Some of them are “No Coors Field”-types, but it’s predominantly set it and forget it for the foreseeable future.

Usually Start (22 SPs) – If “No Coors Field” is 20-25% with the MS group, it’s more like 60-70% with this group. You need to find a reason to sit them right now in most formats. You might feel like you can spot them properly, but we’re just not that precise in identifying when a solid arm will falter. These guys are good enough to thwart any opponent even on something less than their best day or they could get smacked by a weaker opponent. If you’re rostering them, you should probably be starting them.

Shallow Spot Start (25 SPs) – Flawed talents. A lot of these guys are on the cusp of or have been in the Usually Start tier, but currently you’re looking to curate their starts a bit where you can. These guys might also be US tier arms here temporarily while they get on track. Pay very close attention to gamelogs of pitchers, get a feel for how they arrived at their bottom line numbers. Not all ERAs are created equally and that’s why it’s not a gauge for future production, especially in small samples. I decided to split the group a bit as sort of a way to identify upward or downward mobility for these guys. The shallow ones are a bit more talented and/or running hot so we’re maybe keeping a closer eye on them.

Deep League Spot Start (35 SPs) – I know many of you are dealing with some brutal pitching staff conditions right now after drafting a rotation you thought would be a strength, so you might find yourself in this tier a little more than you’d like. There is some talent to be plucked and the right two-start week could really set you up. This is essentially the Spot Star tier for single leagues or super-deep mixers (16+ teams).

Please leave your questions and comments below!

July SP Rankings
Name Tier TM LG June Diff
1 Max Scherzer #1 WAS NL 1 0
2 Justin Verlander #1 HOU AL 2 0
3 Chris Sale #1 BOS AL 3 0
4 Gerrit Cole #1 HOU AL 4 0
5 Jacob deGrom #1 NYM NL 6 1
6 Hyun-Jin Ryu #1 LAD NL 9 3
7 Walker Buehler #1 LAD NL 11 4
8 Blake Snell #1 TB AL 5 -3
9 Charlie Morton MS TB AL 12 3
10 Clayton Kershaw MS LAD NL 7 -3
11 Stephen Strasburg MS WAS NL 8 -3
12 Zack Greinke MS ARI NL 17 5
13 David Price MS BOS AL 16 3
14 Trevor Bauer MS CLE AL 20 6
15 Luis Castillo MS CIN NL 10 -5
16 Shane Bieber MS CLE AL 22 6
17 Matthew Boyd MS DET AL 14 -3
18 Jose Berrios MS MIN AL 31 13
19 Lucas Giolito MS CWS AL 28 9
20 Patrick Corbin MS WAS NL 13 -7
21 Brandon Woodruff MS MIL NL 39 18
22 Mike Minor MS TEX AL 37 15
23 Mike Clevinger MS CLE AL N/A N/A
24 James Paxton MS NYY AL 15 -9
25 Mike Soroka MS ATL NL 30 5
26 Jake Odorizzi MS MIN AL 36 10
27 Aaron Nola MS PHI NL 27 0
28 Zack Wheeler MS NYM NL 18 -10
29 Kyle Hendricks MS CHC NL 35 6
30 Chris Paddack MS SD NL 19 -11
31 Kenta Maeda MS LAD NL 34 3
32 German Marquez MS COL NL 26 -6
33 Madison Bumgarner MS SF NL 32 -1
34 Noah Syndergaard MS NYM NL 25 -9
35 Caleb Smith MS MIA NL 23 -12
36 Domingo German MS NYY AL 29 -7
37 Masahiro Tanaka MS NYY AL 44 7
38 Max Fried MS ATL NL 38 0
39 Lance Lynn MS TEX AL 68 29
40 Jack Flaherty US STL NL 24 -16
41 Griffin Canning US LAA AL 48 7
42 Robbie Ray US ARI NL 41 -1
43 Jordan Lyles US PIT NL 67 24
44 John Means US BAL AL 106 62
45 Joey Lucchesi US SD NL 53 8
46 Sonny Gray US CIN NL 42 -4
47 Kyle Gibson US MIN AL 57 10
48 Zac Gallen US MIA NL N/A N/A
49 Yonny Chirinos US TB AL 54 5
50 Eduardo Rodriguez US BOS AL 55 5
51 Zach Eflin US PHI NL N/A N/A
52 Wade Miley US HOU AL 59 7
53 Spencer Turnbull US DET AL 50 -3
54 Brendan McKay US TB AL N/A N/A
55 Jon Lester US CHC NL 60 5
56 Tyler Mahle US CIN NL 66 10
57 Joe Musgrove US PIT NL 49 -8
58 Jose Quintana US CHC NL 46 -12
59 Yu Darvish US CHC NL 61 2
60 Miles Mikolas US STL NL 47 -13
61 Ross Stripling US LAD NL N/A N/A
62 Anibal Sanchez SSS WAS NL 86 24
63 Jon Gray SSS COL NL 81 18
64 Marcus Stroman SSS TOR AL 83 19
65 Jordan Yamamoto SSS MIA NL N/A N/A
66 Martin Perez SSS MIN AL 65 -1
67 Trevor Richards SSS MIA NL 71 4
68 Steven Matz SSS NYM NL 51 -17
69 Zach Plesac SSS CLE AL 87 18
70 Matt Strahm SSS SD NL 43 -27
71 Andrew Heaney SSS LAA AL 69 -2
72 Felix Pena SSS LAA AL 56 -16
73 Adrian Sampson SSS TEX AL N/A N/A
74 J.A. Happ SSS NYY AL 63 -11
75 Ryan Yarbrough SSS TB AL 85 10
76 Logan Allen SSS SD NL N/A N/A
77 Zach Davies SSS MIL NL 72 -5
78 Tanner Roark SSS CIN NL 95 17
79 Sandy Alcantara SSS MIA NL 107 28
80 Adrian Houser SSS MIL NL N/A N/A
81 Elieser Hernandez SSS MIA NL N/A N/A
82 Merrill Kelly SSS ARI NL 92 10
83 Nick Pivetta SSS PHI NL 58 -25
84 Marco Gonzales SSS SEA AL 90 6
85 Dylan Bundy SSS BAL AL 73 -12
86 Adbert Alzolay DSS CHC NL N/A N/A
87 Rick Porcello DSS BOS AL 75 -12
88 Jake Arrieta DSS PHI NL 82 -6
89 Dakota Hudson DSS STL NL 113 24
90 Trevor Williams DSS PIT NL N/A N/A
91 CC Sabathia DSS NYY AL 91 0
92 Bryse Wilson DSS ATL NL N/A N/A
93 Julio Teheran DSS ATL NL 80 -13
94 Chris Bassitt DSS OAK AL 74 -20
95 Danny Duffy DSS KC AL 98 3
96 Trent Thornton DSS TOR AL 76 -20
97 Tommy Milone DSS SEA AL N/A N/A
98 Chris Archer DSS PIT NL 89 -9
99 Michael Wacha DSS STL NL N/A N/A
100 Dylan Cease DSS CWS AL N/A N/A
101 Eric Lauer DSS SD NL 99 -2
102 Reynaldo Lopez DSS CWS AL 100 -2
103 Anthony DeSclafani DSS CIN NL 102 -1
104 Mike Fiers DSS OAK AL N/A N/A
105 Aaron Sanchez DSS TOR AL 79 -26
106 Dallas Keuchel DSS ATL NL N/A N/A
107 Jason Vargas DSS NYM NL N/A N/A
108 Andrew Cashner DSS BAL AL N/A N/A
109 Austin Voth DSS WAS NL N/A N/A
110 Daniel Mengden DSS OAK AL 112 2
111 Sean Reid-Foley DSS TOR AL N/A N/A
112 Yusei Kikuchi DSS SEA AL 77 -35
113 Brad Keller DSS KC AL 108 -5
114 Chase Anderson DSS MIL NL 103 -11
115 Ariel Jurado DSS TEX AL 110 -5
116 Trevor Cahill DSS LAA AL 97 -19
117 Jeff Samardzija DSS SF NL 101 -16
118 Homer Bailey DSS KC AL N/A N/A
119 Shaun Anderson DSS SF NL 105 -14
120 Adam Wainwright DSS STL NL 111 -9
121 Jakob Junis DSS KC AL 114 -7

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Where does Logan Allen go after his clunker last night?