Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings 2017

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Get your cheat sheet ready for your 2017 fantasy baseball draft with our starting pitcher rankings. Everyone knows the studs like Clayton Kershaw, but we go deep to unearth some SP sleepers.

Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings 2017

Get your cheat sheet ready for your 2017 fantasy baseball draft with our starting pitcher rankings. Everyone knows the studs like Clayton Kershaw, but we go deep to unearth some SP sleepers.

Our fantasy baseball pitcher rankings for 2017 are pretty similar to what you'll find on Yahoo or ESPN or whatever site you prefer -- through the top 20, that is. After that, your cheat sheet is a choose-your-own-adventure story. One person's sleeper is another person's bust. You might irrationally expect breakouts from young playersor irrationally write off veterans who had one bad season. Anything goes with starters, which will quickly become evident during your draft.

So, before you look at our rankings and get mad that Zack Greinkeis too high or Marcus Stromanis too low or whatever else jumps out at you, just know that someone else is thinking the exact opposite.

Expect a lot of updates to this list throughout the spring, especially as injuries pop up and we get news on guys like David Price, Max Scherzer, and other key pitchers battling ailments.

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Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: SPs

Generally, it's considered a risky strategy to draft pitchers early. The obviously reason is a starting pitcher can only contribute in four categories while an offensive player could conceivably contribute in five. Plus, there are simply more pitchers to choose from, so the odds of finding a decent sleeper later in the draft are higher.

Clayton Kershaw will still likely go in the first round, but after that, you can make a case that no other SP should go in the first two rounds. If Scherzer has a clean bill of health before opening day, he's worth the investment, but you can easily find enough good hitters -- and enough good pitchers available later -- to bypass a hurler in Round 2.

But there's really no set rule for how to draft this position. Having two or three really good pitchers by the 10th round usually works out well for most, but in general, you're going to want four to five starters you feel good about (i.e. at least somewhat proven and seemingly not huge injury risks), then grab two or three sleepers (depending how deep your league is) who are, essentially, "on probation". If you're in a Roto League, you don't have to start these guys right away. See how they look before throwing them out there.

Generally speaking, strikeouts are the most predictive stat, but there are plenty of pitchers who rack up Ks but have poor WHIPs and/or ERAs. When in doubt, take the Ks, but advanced stats such as FIP and BABIPshouldn't be ignored. (Unlike wins, which can mostly be ignored.)

There are always going to be pitchers available during the season, and if you're in a weekly league, two-start pitchers tend to be more valuable than back-end starters on a week-to-week basis anyway, so don't get too caught up with those late-round guys. You can argue that makes the case for drafting more pitchers early -- and maybe it does -- but there are so many position-basedand category needs in a fantasy baseball draft that it's impossible to handicap the middle rounds ahead of time.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting Pitcher

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Rank

Player

Team

1

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

2

Max Scherzer

Nationals

3

Noah Syndergaard

Mets

4

Madison Bumgarner

Giants

5

Corey Kluber

Indians

6

Chris Sale

Red Sox

7

Yu Darvish

Rangers

8

Jake Arrieta

Cubs

9

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

10

Johnny Cueto

Giants

11

Jon Lester

Cubs

12

Jacob deGrom

Mets

13

Justin Verlander

Tigers

14

Kenta Maeda

Dodgers

15

Carlos Martinez

Cardinals

16

Cole Hamels

Rangers

17

Chris Archer

Rays

18

Carlos Carrasco

Indians

19

Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees

20

Jose Quintana

White Sox

21

Kyle Hendricks

Cubs

22

Gerrit Cole

Pirates

23

Rich Hill

Dodgers

24

Julio Teheran

Braves

25

Danny Salazar

Indians

26

Dallas Keuchel

Astros

27

Zack Greinke

D-backs

28

Felix Hernandez

Mariners

29

David Price

Red Sox

30

Aaron Nola

Phillies

31

Aaron Sanchez

Blue Jays

32

Garrett Richards

Angels

33

James Paxton

Mariners

34

Jameson Taillon

Pirates

35

Danny Duffy

Royals

36

Matt Shoemaker

Angels

37

Lance McCullers

Astros

38

Rick Porcello

Red Sox

39

Sonny Gray

A's

40

Julio Urias

Dodgers

41

Steven Matz

Mets

42

Tyler Skaggs

Angels

43

Vincent Velasquez

Phillies

44

Tanner Roark

Nationals

45

Michael Fulmer

Tigers

46

John Lackey

Cubs

47

Michael Wacha

Cardinals

48

Marcus Stroman

Blue Jays

49

Sean Manaea

A's

50

Matt Harvey

Mets

51

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

52

Carlos Rodon

White Sox

53

Lance Lynn

Cardinals

54

Daniel Norris

Tigers

55

Robbie Ray

D-backs

56

Jon Gray

Rockies

57

Joe Ross

Nationals

58

J.A. Happ

Blue Jays

59

Kevin Gausman

Orioles

60

Drew Pomeranz

Red Sox

61

Jordan Zimmermann

Tigers

62

Dylan Bundy

Orioles

63

Matt Moore

Giants

64

Jerad Eickhoff

Phillies

65

Jake Odorizzi

Rays

66

Ivan Nova

Pirates

67

Marco Estrada

Blue Jays

68

Jeff Samardzija

Giants

69

Anthony DeSclafani

Reds

70

Junior Guerra

Brewers

71

Michael Pineda

Yankees

72

Blake Snell

Rays

73

Tyler Glasnow

Pirates

74

Drew Smyly

Mariners

75

Jharel Cotton

A's

76

Robert Gsellman

Mets

77

Steven Wright

Red Sox

78

Ervin Santana

Twins

79

Jason Hammel

Royals

80

Hisashi Iwakuma

Mariners

81

Alex Cobb

Rays

82

Francisco Liriano

Blue Jays

83

Trevor Bauer

Indians

84

Gio Gonzalez

Nationals

85

Taijuan Walker

D-backs

86

Scott Kazmir

Dodgers

87

Ian Kennedy

Royals

88

Jeremy Hellickson

Phillies

89

Tyler Anderson

Rockies

90

Lucas Giolito

White Sox

91

Luis Severino

Yankees

92

Mike Fiers

Astros

93

Collin McHugh

Astros

94

Adam Conley

Marlins

95

Zach Davies

Brewers

96

Jaime Garcia

Braves

97

Jose Berrios

Twins

98

Archie Bradley

D-backs

99

Chris Tillman

Orioles

100

Joe Musgrove

Astros

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Catcher| First| Second| Third| Shortstop| Outfield| Closer

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