Fantasy Baseball SP Rankings: Top players, sleepers at starting pitcher for 2020

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Our 2020 fantasy SP rankings will feature many, many updates throughout the spring. No other position gets decimated by injury quite like starting pitcher, and with some top-tier hurlers already on the shelf (Mike Clevinger, James Paxton, Shohei Ohtani, Luis Severino), opening day can't come soon enough. That doesn't mean these rankings are meaningless -- it just means drafting depth and taking chances with a few sleepers is more important at starter than any other position.

Ranking SPs is further complicated by the volatility of standard pitching stats, particularly wins. Strikeouts is a fairly reliable stat for pitchers, but even WHIP and ERA can fluctuate noticeably from year-to-year. We saw that last season with Blake Snell and Chris Sale, among others. Because of that, advanced stats like BABIP, FIP, and SIERA can give us a much better picture of how a player really performed last season -- and could perform this season.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Reliever | Top 300

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Of course, you have to project when doing rankings, and that means giving some proven talents, such as Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber, the benefit of the doubt and predicting breakouts for guys like Jesus Luzardo or Dinelson Lamet. You're not going to guess correctly on on everyone, but targeting at least a few bounce-backs and breakouts -- again, based largely on advanced stats -- is a good way to approach the position.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team

Fantasy baseball owners know you can never have enough depth at SP, so even if you don't necessarily draft an SP early (not a necessity but you usually want at least one bona fide ace), you should draft them often. The middle rounds are usually full of undervalued starters, so make sure to go into the season with options -- and be prepared to be active on the waiver wire.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever

Again, we'll be updating our SP rankings often throughout the spring, so check back for the latest player movement!

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Fantasy Baseball SP Rankings

Rankings based on 5x5 H2H leagues with ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ws, and Saves as categories

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Ranking

Player

Team

1

Max Scherzer

Nationals

2

Gerrit Cole

Yankees

3

Jacob deGrom

Mets

4

Walker Buehler

Dodgers

5

Jack Flaherty

Cardinals

6

Blake Snell

Rays

7

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

8

Luis Castillo

Reds

9

Lucas Giolito

White Sox

10

Tyler Glasnow

Rays

11

Shane Bieber

Indians

12

Justin Verlander

Astros

13

Mike Clevinger

Indians

14

Chris Paddack

Padres

15

Charlie Morton

Rays

16

Aaron Nola

Phillies

17

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

18

Patrick Corbin

Nationals

19

Chris Sale

Red Sox

20

Frankie Montas

A's

21

Lance McCullers Jr.

Astros

22

Corey Kluber

Rangers

23

Carlos Carrasco

Indians

24

Noah Syndergaard

Mets

25

Jesus Luzardo

A's

26

Jose Berrios

Twins

27

Mike Soroka

Braves

28

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Blue Jays

29

Sonny Gray

Reds

30

Zack Greinke

Astros

31

Max Fried

Braves

32

Luke Weaver

D-backs

33

Sean Manaea

A's

34

David Price

Dodgers

35

Yu Darvish

Cubs

36

Trevor Bauer

Reds

37

Jake Odorizzi

Twins

38

Lance Lynn

Rangers

39

Brandon Woodruff

Brewers

40

Zac Gallen

D-backs

41

Dinelson Lamet

Padres

42

Zack Wheeler

Phillies

43

Marcus Stroman

Mets

44

Eduardo Rodriguez

Red Sox

45

James Paxton

Yankees

46

Madison Bumgarner

D-backs

47

Kenta Maeda

Twins

48

Kyle Hendricks

Cubs

49

Joey Lucchesi

Padres

50

Robbie Ray

D-backs

51

Matt Boyd

Tigers

52

Shohei Ohtani

Angels

53

Adrian Houser

Brewers

54

Tyler Mahle

Reds

55

German Marquez

Rockies

56

Carlos Martinez

Cardinals

57

Jon Gray

Rockies

58

Joe Musgrove

Pirates

59

Mike Minor

Rangers

60

Andrew Heaney

Angels

61

Anthony DeSclafani

Reds

62

Caleb Smith

Marlins

63

Julio Urias

Dodgers

64

Brendan McKay

Rays

65

Michael Kopech

White Sox

66

Griffin Canning

Angels

67

Mitch Keller

Pirates

68

Aaron Civale

Indians

69

Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees

70

Jordan Montgomery

Yankees

71

Jose Quintana

Cubs

72

Justus Sheffield

Mariners

73

Spencer Turnbull

Tigers

74

Cole Hamels

Braves

75

Gio Gonzalez

White Sox

76

Dallas Keuchel

White Sox

77

Josh Lindblom

Brewers

78

Jon Lester

Cubs

79

Chris Archer

Pirates

80

Zach Plesac

Indians

81

A.J. Puk

A's

82

Jordan Yamamoto

Marlins

83

Ryan Yarbrough

Rays

84

Miles Mikolas

Cardinals

85

Kevin Gausman

Giants

86

Julio Teheran

Angels

87

Pablo Lopez

Marlins

88

Ross Stripling

Dodgers

89

Yonny Chirinos

Rays

90

Steven Matz

Mets

91

Dylan Cease

White Sox

92

Jose Urquidy

Astros

93

Forrest Whitley

Astros

94

Homer Bailey

Twins

95

Marco Gonzales

Mariners

96

Brad Peacock

Astros

97

Dylan Bundy

Angels

98

John Means

Orioles

99

Rick Porcello

Mets

100

Jeff Samardzija

Giants

101

Kyle Gibson

Rangers

102

Johnny Cueto

Giants

103

Jake Arrieta

Phillies

104

Mike Foltynewicz

Braves

105

Garrett Richards

Padres

106

Michael Pineda

Twins

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