Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 3/1/13
With big names leading this list, it can be hard to pass on them in the early rounds.  I think this is the season we should all let the rest of our leagues draft pitchers in the early rounds.  I have finally come to the understanding that a guy who plays 30 games out of 162 just can not win you your fantasy baseball league.  Take last season for instance, I had a guy who drafted Roy Hallady and Cliff Lee with his first two picks and you know where he finished? DEAD LAST!  Try not to get caught up in that rush of pitchers once someone starts the trend.  Instead, continue to pick guys that will give you value on a daily basis and fill in your pitching staff with solid consistent quality starts like Jonathon Niese, Jordan Zimmermann and Anibal Sanchez.  Pitching is so deep because of 5-man rotations and injuries are so frequent to top notch pitchers that the waiver wire always plays a huge role in a teams roster by the end of the season.  Because of that you need to maximize your players value and take advantage of the everyday players while filling in the pitching staff along the way.* - New Team** - Sleeper1.) Justin Verlander - Detroit Tigers2.) Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers3.) David Price - Tampa Bay Rays4.) Stephen Strasburg - Washington Nationals5.) Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners6.) Matt Cain - San Francisco Giants7.) Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies8.) Gio Gonzalez - Washington Nationals9.) Jered Weaver - Los Angeles Angels10.) CC Sabathia - New York Yankees11.) Madison Bumgarner - San Francisco Giants12.) Cliff Lee - Philadelphia Phillies13.) Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals14.) R.A. Dickey *- Toronto Blue Jays15.) Chris Sale - Chicago White Sox16.) Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers17.) Johnny Cueto - Cincinnati Reds18.) Mat Latos - Cincinnati Reds19.) Aroldis Chapman - Cincinnati RedsChapman will make the jump in 2013 to the starting rotation from the bullpen in 2012.  Last year he posted a 1.51 ERA with 38 Saves in 43 chances, recording 122 Ks in only 71 2/3 innings.  Cincinnati currently has no specific innings limit for Chapman.  Reds' Pitching Coach Bryan Price said "...there will have to be some creativity to how we do it" in reference to Chapman's IP in 2013. While he certainly won't go 200 innings this year, it's realistic to see him go 130-145 innings for a team that will be the favorite to come out of the NL Central.  The Reds will not shut Chapman down (ala Strasburg 2012) come August-September, but he will likely start skipping starts in the second half of the season.  Point blank, Chapman will dominate when he plays, but he will not pitch like a normal SP in 2013.  I'm projecting him to put up 175-190 Ks, with an ERA right around 3.20.  His WHIP and overall command of his secondary pitches will be a huge tell for how his season will go. I have his value just outside the Top 25 SPs because of the innings issue.  If he were to be playing a full season with no limits, he's in my Top 10 SPs behind only the obvious/proven commodities, but in front of Chris Sale, Johnny Cueto, Latos, Gallardo, etc. - @Jewish_Jeff20.) Roy Halladay - Philadelphia Phillies21.) James Shields *- Kansas City Royals22.) Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers23.) Yovani Gallardo - Milwaukee Brewers24.) Zack Greinke *- Los Angeles Dodgers25.) Ian Kennedy - Arizona Diamondbacks26.) Brandon Morrow - Toronto Blue Jays27.) Jordan Zimmermann - Washington Nationals28.) Kris Medlen - Atlanta Braves29.) Doug Fister - Detroit Tigers30.) Hiroki Kuroda - New York Yankees31.) Matt Harrison - Texas Rangers32.) Dan Haren *- Washington Nationals33.) Jake Peavy - Chicago White SoxJake Peavy got rocked after the all-star break leading to an 11-12 record, but he did manage to reach 200 innings for the first time since 2007.  I like to think it was fatigue that caused the second half collapse, but Peavy can be a valuable fantasy pitcher.  He struck out 194 batters and finished with a 3.37 ERA due to the strong start to the season.  I am banking on Peavy finally being healthy this season!  - @WeTlkFntsySprts34.) Matt Moore - Tampa Bay Rays35.) C.J. Wilson - Los Angeles Angels36.) A.J. Burnett - Pittsburgh Pirates37.) Tim Lincecum - San Francisco Giants38.) Jonathon Niese - New York Mets39.) Matt Garza - Chicago Cubs40.) Jeremy Hellickson - Tampa Bay Rays41.) Mike Minor - Atlanta Braves42.) Jon Lester - Boston Red Sox43.) Jarrod Parker - Oakland Athletics44.) Matt Harvey - New York Mets45.) Lance Lynn - St. Louis Cardinals46.) Wade Miley - Arizona Diamondbacks47.) Brett Anderson - Oakland Athletics48.) Ryan Vogelsong - San Francisco Giants49.) Jeff Samardzija - Chicago Cubs50.) Josh Johnson *- Toronto Blue Jays51.) Trevor Cahill - Arizona Diamondbacks52.) Derek Holland - Texas Rangers53.) Homer Bailey - Cincinnati Reds54.) Edwin Jackson *- Chicago Cubs55.) Marco Estrada - Milwaukee BrewersRotoAuthority has a nice write up about EstradaThat brings us to his best attribute: that ratio of strikeouts to walks. Lots of strikeouts is a great recipe for success. Very few walks is too. Combining them makes you very hard to beat. Estrada does it with an eye-opening 4.93 K/BB rate. Take a second look: 4.93. For pitches with 100 IP or more, only Cliff Lee, Colby Lewis, and Kris Medlen were better--and Estrada gets the most strikeouts of the bunch. Actually, of all nine pitchers with at least 100 IP and a K/BB of 4.00 or better, only Stephen Strasburg had a higher K/9. - @RotoAuthority56.) Kyle Lohse - Free Agent57.) Tim Hudson - Atlanta Braves58.) Anibal Sanchez - Detroit Tigers59.) Jaime Garcia - St. Louis Cardinals60.) Wandy Rodriguez - Pittsburgh Pirates61.) Phil Hughes - New York Yankees62.) Brandon McCarthy *- Arizona Diamondbacks63.) Clay Buchholz - Boston Red Sox64.) Josh Beckett - Los Angeles Dodgers65.) Shaun Marcum *- New York Mets66.) Tommy Milone - Oakland Athletics67.) Jason Vargas **- Los Angeles Angels68.) Jason Hammel - Baltimore Orioles69.) Brandon Beachy - Atlanta Braves70.) Wei-Yin Chen - Baltimore Orioles71.) Tommy Hanson *- Los Angeles Angels72.) Mike Fiers **- Milwaukee Brewers73.) A.J. Griffin - Oakland Athletics74.) Johan Santana - New York Mets75.) Ryan Dempster *- Boston Red Sox76.) James McDonald - Pittsburgh Pirates77.) Paul Maholm - Atlanta Braves78.) Mark Buehrle - Toronto Blue Jays79.) Shelby Miller **- St. Louis Cardinals80.) Vance Worley *- Minnesota Twins81.) Justin Masterson - Cleveland Indians82.) Dillon Gee - New York Mets83.) Gavin Floyd - Chicago White Sox84.) Trevor Bauer *- Cleveland Indians85.) Ricky Nolasco - Miami Marlins86.) Chad Billingsley - Los Angeles Dodgers87.) Felix Doubront - Boston Red Sox88.) Ivan Nova - New York Yankees89.) Chris Capuano - Los Angeles Dodgers90.) Bud Norris - Houston Astros91.) Ross Detwiler - Washington Nationals92.) Jacob Turner - Miami Marlins93.) Edinson Volquez - San Diego Padres94.) Joe Blanton *- Los Angeles Angels95.) Bronson Arroyo - Cincinnati Reds96.) Ricky Romero - Toronto Blue Jays97.) Julio Teheran **- Atlanta Braves98.) Joe Saunders - Seattle Mariners99.) Rick Porcello - Detroit Tigers100.) Dan Straily - Oakland AthleticsDon't forget these guys!Michael Pineda - He could help your team make a huge second half push as he has begun his rehab from shoulder surgery!  Any pitcher for the New York Yankees always seems to get a boost in stats, not like Pineda really needs one!Dylan Bundy - The #2 prospect in all of baseball, according to both MLB.com & Baseball America, and the Baltimore Orioles are going to need all the pitching they can find this season!Gerrit Cole - Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates #1 overall in 2011, Cole is ready for the Pirates rotation as soon as the organization is ready to call him up!Zach Wheeler - It's just a matter of time before the New York Mets realize they are out of playoff contention and give Wheeler a chance for starts late in the summer. He is one of the leagues top ranked righties.Trevor Bauer - Not sure why the Arizona Diamondbacks gave up on a 22 year old with Ace potential, but the Cleveland Indians don't care.  They are the lucky ones and with the new upgraded offense, Bauer could really shine.Stats from last season:Gio Gonzalez was the only pitcher with 21 winsR.A. Dickey, David Price and Jered Weaver each had 2023 other pitchers won at least 15 gamesJustin Verlander, Max Scherzer and R.A. Dickey were the only pitchers with 230+ strike outsClayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, James Shields and Yu Darvish had at least 220 strike outsJust 6 other pitchers had at least 200 strike outsClayton Kershaw and David Price were the only pitchers with ERA under 2.60Justin Verlander and R.A. Dickey were the only others under 2.75Just 9 other pitchers had ERA under 3.00Only 10 other pitchers had ERA between 3.00-3.2Justin Verlander lead with 6 complete gamesR.A. Dickey and Felix Hernandez had 5 complete gamesMatt Harrison and Jake Peavy were the only once with 47 other pitchers had 3 complete gamesFelix Hernandez lead with 5 shutoutsR.A. Dickey and Brandon Morrow each had 3 shutouts10 other pitchers had 2 shutoutsJustin Verlander, R.A. Dickey and Felix Hernandez were the only pitchers to throw at least 230 inningsJames Shields and Clayton Kershaw were the only other to throw at least 220 innings26 other pitchers threw at least 200 inningsErvin Santana, Phil Hughes and Jason Vargas were the only pitchers to allow 35+ home runs5 others gave up at least 30 homers25 other pitchers allowed between 25-30 home runsCatcher RankingsFirst Base RankingsSecond Base RankingsThird Base RankingsShortstop RankingsOutfield Rankings
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