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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
45Brad Peacock*Astros
46Andrew HeaneyAngels
47Hyun-jin RyuDodgers
48Kyle GibsonTwins
49Alex WoodReds
50Rich HillDodgers
51Zack GodleyDiamondbacks
52Julio UriasDodgers
53Michael WachaCardinals
54Nathan EovaldiRed Sox
55Kyle FreelandRockies
56Joey LucchesiPadres
57Sean NewcombBraves
58Jon GrayRockies
59Vince VelasquezPhillies
60Cole HamelsCubs
61Alex ReyesCardinals
62Jose QuintanaCubs
63Jon LesterCubs
64Yusei KikuchiMariners
65Dallas KeuchelFA
66Jake ArrietaPhillies
67Tyler GlasnowRays
68Jake MusgrovePirates
69Anibal SanchezNationals
70Touki ToussaintBraves
71Luke WeaverDiamondbacks
72Collin McHughAstros
73Brandon WoodruffBrewers
74Marco GonzalesMariners
75Kevin GausmanBraves
76CC SabathiaYankees
77Jesus LuzardoA's
78Josh JamesAstros
79Mike MinorRangers
80Sonny GrayReds
81Wade MileyAstros
82Julio TeheranBraves
83Steven MatzMets
84Ross StriplingDodgers
85Trevor WilliamsPirates
86Lance LynnRangers
87Zach EflinPhillies
88Michael PinedaTwins
89Gio GonzalezYankees
90Trevor CahillAngels
91Danny DuffyRoyals
92Jake OdorizziTwins
93Reynaldo LopezWhite Sox
94Jhoulys ChacinBrewers
95Tyler AndersonRockies
96Dylan BundyOrioles
97Trevor RichardsMarlins
98Marcus StromanBlue Jays
99Aaron SanchezBlue Jays
100Carlos RodonWhite Sox
101Mike LeakeMariners
102Mike FiersA's
103Jake FariaRays
104Forrest WhitleyAstros
105Brent HoneywellRays
106Brad KellerRoyals
107Matt HarveyAngels
108Anthony DeSclafaniReds
109Dereck RodriguezGiants
110Lucas GiolitoWhite Sox
111Mike SorokaBraves
112Jeff SamardzijaGiants
113Adam WainwrightCardinals
114Felix HernandezMariners
115Clay BuchholzBlue Jays
116Ryan BoruckiBlue Jays
117Chase AndersonBrewers
118Jordan ZimmermannTigers
119Drew SmylyRangers
120Taijuan WalkerDiamondbacks
121Ivan NovaWhite Sox
122Freddy PeraltaBrewers
123Marco EstradaA's
124Cody ReedReds
125Matt MooreTigers