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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: SP

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

Let's face it -- we all know these starting pitcher rankings are going to be hilariously wrong when we look back at the end of the year. Injuries will ruin some seasons (and fantasy baseball teams); good batted-ball luck will create some ERA and WHP sleepers; run support will play a major role in wins; top prospects will disappoint, middling prospects will have hot stretches, and the cycle will begin anew next year. Trying to compile SP rankings is almost as futile as trying to put together RP rankings, but your draft cheat sheet isn't complete without them...so here they are. 

Fortunately, there's no shortage of options. As strikeouts rise across the league, more pitchers will have value. Of course, homers are also rising, which means pitchers who can keep their ERAs down will be at a premium. That's a tough stat to predict because of the aforementioned batted-ball luck, so looking at HR-rates, BB-rates, and ground-ball rates in addition to K-rates will take on added importance.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each team

The top of the rankings doesn't feature many surprises. You can toss them up and put them in whatever order you'd like, but they should all be solid unless injuries strike. Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard, and Clayton Kershaw are perhaps the biggest risks, but we all know arm problems can arise for anyone at any time, especially young starters.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft Strategy
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | StarterCloser

Perhaps the biggest question with SPs is not who to draft but when to draft them. It's tough to spend a first-round pick on a guy who is inherently riskier than a position player and can only help four categories as opposed to five, but it's likely at least one or two pitchers will come off the board in the first round of your draft. A few more will go in the second, and after that, it's anything goes.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Reliever | Top 300

As with OF, you can almost always find a pitcher worth considering, so going with multiple pitchers in the first few rounds feels like an unnecessary risk, but you can make anything work as long as you're willing to work the waiver wire once the season starts.

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheet

Fantasy Baseball Rankings: SP

These rankings are for standard 5x5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.
* = Not eligible at SP on draft day but expected to be early in the season 

RankingPlayerTeam
1Max ScherzerNationals
2Chris SaleRed Sox
3Jacob deGromMets
4Justin VerlanderAstros
5Gerrit ColeAstros
6Corey KluberIndians
7Aaron NolaPhillies
8Carlos CarrascoIndians
9Noah SyndergaardMets
10Blake SnellRays
11James PaxtonYankees
12Walker BuehlerDodgers
13Patrick CorbinNationals
14Trevor BauerIndians
15Jose BerriosTwins
16Stephen StrasburgNationals
17Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks
18Mike ClevingerIndians
19Jack FlahertyCardinals
20Clayton KershawDodgers
21Luis SeverinoYankees
22Zack WheelerMets
23Jameson TaillonPirates
24Yu DarvishCubs
25Madison BumgarnerGiants
26Charlie MortonRays
27Masahiro TanakaYankees
28Robbie RayDiamondbacks
29Miles MikolasCardinals
30David PriceRed Sox
31J.A. HappYankees
32Luis CastilloReds
33Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox
34Tyler SkaggsAngels
35German MarquezRockies
36Kyle HendricksCubs
37Rick PorcelloRed Sox
38Shane BieberIndians
39Kenta MaedaDodgers
40Mike FoltynewiczBraves
41Carlos MartinezCardinals
42Jimmy NelsonBrewers
43Nick PivettaPhillies
44Chris ArcherPirates
45Andrew HeaneyAngels
46Hyun-jin RyuDodgers
47Kyle GibsonTwins
48Alex WoodReds
49Rich HillDodgers
50Zack GodleyDiamondbacks
51Julio UriasDodgers
52Michael WachaCardinals
53Nathan EovaldiRed Sox
54Kyle FreelandRockies
55Joey LucchesiPadres
56Sean NewcombBraves
57Jon GrayRockies
58Vince VelasquezPhillies
59Cole HamelsCubs
60Alex ReyesCardinals
61Jose QuintanaCubs
62Jon LesterCubs
63Yusei KikuchiMariners
64Dallas KeuchelFA
65Jake ArrietaPhillies
66Tyler GlasnowRays
67Jake MusgrovePirates
68Anibal SanchezNationals
69Touki ToussaintBraves
70Luke WeaverDiamondbacks
71*Collin McHughAstros
72Brandon WoodruffBrewers
73Marco GonzalesMariners
74Kevin GausmanBraves
75CC SabathiaYankees
76Jesus LuzardoA's
77Josh JamesAstros
78Mike MinorRangers
79Sonny GrayReds
80Wade MileyAstros
81Julio TeheranBraves
82Steven MatzMets
83Ross StriplingDodgers
84Trevor WilliamsPirates
85Lance LynnRangers
86Zach EflinPhillies
87Michael PinedaTwins
88Gio GonzalezFA
89Trevor CahillAngels
90Danny DuffyRoyals
91Jake OdorizziTwins
92Reynaldo LopezWhite Sox
93Jhoulys ChacinBrewers
94Tyler AndersonRockies
95Dylan BundyOrioles
96Trevor RichardsMarlins
97Marcus StromanBlue Jays
98Aaron SanchezBlue Jays
99Carlos RodonWhite Sox
100Mike LeakeMariners
101Mike FiersA's
102Jake FariaRays
103Forrest WhitleyAstros
104Mike SorokaBraves
105Brent HoneywellRays
106Brad KellerRoyals
107Matt HarveyAngels
108Anthony DeSclafaniReds
109Dereck RodriguezGiants
110Lucas GiolitoWhite Sox
111Jeff SamardzijaGiants
112Adam WainwrightCardinals
113Felix HernandezMariners
114Ryan BoruckiBlue Jays
115Chase AndersonBrewers
116Jordan ZimmermannTigers
117Drew SmylyRangers
118Taijuan WalkerDiamondbacks
119Ivan NovaWhite Sox
120Freddy PeraltaBrewers
121Marco EstradaA's
122Cody ReedReds
123Matt MooreTigers
124Daniel MengdenA's
125Matt ShoemakerBlue Jays