2014 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings

MLB season is upon us and Fantasy Baseball is back and better than ever! Over the next few weeks we are planning on getting you ready for any of the upcoming Fantasy drafts that you have. This week we are sending out our initial 2014 rankings that will be updated as Spring Training progresses. The week after we are going to answer 5 questions about each position as well as giving you some insight into some players that we like as well. Matt Bell is joining me today as we rank Starting Pitchers as well as take a look at one guy we like higher than his ADP and one we have lower than his ADP.

2014 Fantasy Baseball Starting Picther Rankings (as of 2/24/14)
*Cole Hamels dropped in the rankings due to reports he will not pitch in the 1st month of the season

Rank Ricky Valero  Matt Bell 
1 Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw
2 Adam Wainwright Yu Darvis
3 Yu Darvish Stephen Strasburg
4 Cliff Lee Adam Wainwright
5 Felix Hernandez Chris Sale
6 Madison Bumgarner Felix Hernandez
7 Max Scherzer Jose Fernandez
8 Zack Greinke David Price
9 David Price Max Scherzer
10 Chris Sale Justin Verlander
11 Jose Fernandez Cliff Lee
12 Stephen Strasburg Madison Bumgarner
13 Anibal Sánchez Zack Greinke
14 Gio Gonzalez Anibal Sánchez
15 Justin Verlander Gio Gonzalez
16 James Shields James Shields
17 Mat Latos Hisashi Iwakuma
18 Cole Hamels Gerrit Cole
19 Mike Minor Shelby Miller
20 Hisashi Iwakuma Mat Latos
21 Gerrit Cole Cole Hamels
22 Jered Weaver Mike Minor
23 Shelby Miller Jered Weaver
24 Homer Bailey Homer Bailey 
25 Jordan Zimmerman Jordan Zimmerman
26 Matt Moore Matt Moore
27 Matt Cain Matt Cain
28 Masahiro Tanaka Hyun-Jin Ryu
29 Hyun-Jin Ryu Masahiro Tanka
30 Alex Cobb Alex Cobb
31 Doug Fister  Julio Teheran
32 Julio Teheran Doug Fister
33 RA Dickey Hiroki Kuroda
34 Hiroki Kuroda RA Dickey
35 Kris Medlen Patrick Corbin
36 CC Sabathia Michael Wacha
37 Johnny Cueto  Kris Medlen 
38 Patrick Corbin Johnny Cueto
39 CJ Wilson CC Sabathia
40 Francisco Liriano CJ Wilson 
41 Zack Wheeler Franciso Liriano
42 Michael Wacha Zack Wheeler
43 Jon Lester Sonny Gray
44 Sonny Gray  Andrew Cashner
45 Andrew Cashner Jon Lester
46 Jeff Samardzija Matt Garza
47 Matt Garza Jeff Samadzija
48 Clay Buchholz Clay Bucholz
49 Jarod Parker Jarod Parker
50 Lance Lynn Tony Ciniragi 
51 Justin Masterson Justin Masterson
52 Jake Peavy Lance Lynn
53 Dan Straley Dan Straley
54 AJ Burnett Jake Peavy 
55 Chris Archer Chris Archer
56 John Lackey John Lackey
57 Chris Tillman Bartolo Colon
58 Tony Ciniragi  Aj Burnett
59 Bartolo Colon Chris Tillman
60 Dan Haren Dan Haren

Why I ranked (blank) higher than his Current ADP (ADP average comes from the rankings at Fantasypros.com)

Ricky – Zack Greinke – Current ADP 13th – I have him 8th – Post All-Star he was 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA and .98 WHIP. He will pick up where he left off in 2013. I really like him ahead of guys like Strasburg, Fernandez and even Scherzer all of whom are being drafted ahead of him.

Matt Bell – Chris Sale comes in a bit higher in my rankings at number 5 while carrying an ADP of 10th. He’s going to be one of the first pitchers I’ll target this year based on where I can grab him in drafts. He can rack up the strike outs and keeps the ERA low enough to dominate the starting pitching categories. The problem last year was his lack of offense from the White Sox and if he can get some run support a  15 to 20 win season is not out of the question for Sale.

Why I ranked (blank) lower than his current ADP.

Ricky – Stephen Strasburg – Current ADP 6 – I have him ranked 12th – It’s crazy how his split at home and are so different. He was 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA at home and 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA on the road. He ranks in the same boat as Harper this season. Both have all the potential in the world but I am not riding the boom or bust wagon for either of them this year.

Matt Bell – Cole Hamels is the biggest dropper from my rankings at 21 with an ADP of 14th. The drop in my rankings isn’t all about the fact of Hamels declining, but it’s more about the fact that he’s just not dominant with the Phillies offense to justify a higher pitcher ranking for me. Hamels has to do better than his 3.6 ERA he carried last year to be a worthy fantasy pitcher this year.

In case you missed these, here are my Catcher Rankings (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-BY), 1st baseman (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-BZ), 2nd baseman rankings (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-C2), 3rd Baseman Rankings (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-C7), Shortstop rankings(http://wp.me/p2MUTr-Cb) and Outfield rankings (http://wp.me/p2MUTr-Ch).

If you have any questions about the upcoming Fantasy Baseball season make sure to hope on over to twitter and ask. You can follow me @rickygangster and I will answer any and all questions.

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