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.

MORE: Top 50 prospects | 2017 Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting Pitcher

11 Jon Lester Cubs

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting Pitcher

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

2017 RANKINGS:
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