Fantasy Baseball Starter Rankings
Injuries and then some

One of the biggest problems I've had this year in my Fantasy Leagues has been dealing with injuries to my Starting Pitchers. Cueto, Peavy and Greinke are just some of the injured Pitchers I've rostered this season. As we approach the All Star Break I wanted to shed a little light on some of the injured impact Pitchers and what we can expect from them moving forward.

Player News

Johnny Cueto is expected to be out at least five weeks as the Reds intend to take his rehab process as slow as possible.

Yu Darvish is expected to only miss one start but these injuries can linger creating a cause for concern.

Matt Harvey is dealing with a blister issue and will miss his next start but is available to pitch in the All Star Game.

Clay Buchholz is progressing well in his bullpen sessions as he recovers from a neck injury.

Brandon Beachy has a chance to return shortly after the All Star Break.

Jake Peavy will make his first rehab start Sunday.

Michael Pineda is currently pitching in Triple A as he rehabs from shoulder surgery.

Chris Carpenter is getting set to make a few rehab starts.

Brett Anderson is throwing from 105 feet but there is still no timetable for his return.

Brandon Morrow is still awaiting approval to begin a rehab assignment.


DL or Drop




Pick up and stash

Pick up and stash

Wait and see

Wait and see

Wait and see

Wait and see

My rankings are based on how I perceive each players current and future value for this season alone. The number in parenthesis is where they were ranked in my previous rankings. I decided to expand my rankings this week from 50 to 60.

#13 David Price TB
Since returning from the DL Price has thrown 16 innings (two starts) and allowed just one earned run. In those 16 innings he managed to strikeout 15 batters without walking a single one. Price looks like his old self which is good news for the Rays and his Fantasy owners.

#19 Jered Weaver LAA
I mentioned it two weeks ago, Weaver is a good buy-low and, now that the Halos bats appear to be heating up, he'll have a chance to get a lot of wins during the second half. Over his last three starts Weaver has thrown 20.2 innings and allowed just two runs.

#28 Homer Bailey CIN
Here's a closer look at Bailey's no hitter.

#32 Jose Fernandez MIA
The Marlins young ace has been stellar this season posting a 2.83 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. His 99 strikeouts are tied with Patrick Corbin for the 18th most in the NL. Fernandez is a candidate to be on a pitch count this year but until then I think he's a solid #3 Fantasy Starter.

#34 Francisco Liriano PIT
Liriano is currently riding a four-game winning streak in which he has not allowed more than two runs in any start. Liriano on the season has an 8-3 record with a 2.20 ERA. The 29 year old has struck out at least six batters in all but two starts this year. 

#53 Ricky Nolasco LAD
As long as the Dodgers are winning Nolasco will hold some Fantasy value. In his first start with the Dodgers Nolasco threw seven innings against the Diamondbacks. He gave up one earned run, tallied five strikeouts and no walks as LA beat Arizona 6-1.

Top 60 as of 7/11/13
1. Clayton Kershaw LAD (1)
2. Adam Wainwright STL (2)
3. Felix Hernandez SEA (3)
4. Max Scherzer DET (6)
5. Cliff Lee PHI (4)
6. Justin Verlander DET (7)
7. Yu Darvish TEX (5)
8. Madison Bumgarner SF (8)
9. Jordan Zimmermann WSH (9)
10. Stephen Strasburg WSH (10)
11. Gio Gonzalez WSH (14)
12. Matt Harvey NYM (11)
13. David Price TB (30)
14. Chris Sale CHW (12)
15. Mat Latos CIN (13)
16. Zack Greinke LAD (19)
17. Cole Hamels PHI (15)
18. CC Sabathia NYY (16)
19. Jered Weaver LAA (22)
20. Shelby Miller STL (20)
21. Mike Minor ATL (18)
22. Hiroki Kuroda NYY (27)
23. Matt Moore TB (24)
24. Anibal Sanchez DET (23)
25. James Shields KC (26)
26. Matt Garza CHC (37)
27. Lance Lynn STL (25)
28. Homer Bailey CIN (31)
29. Patrick Corbin ARI (29)
30. Jeff Samardzija CHC (21) 
31. Matt Cain SF (17)
32. Jose Fernandez MIA (44)
33. Julio Teheran ATL (40)
34. Francisco Liriano PIT (45)
35. Jon Lester BOS (32)
36. Hisashi Iwakuma SEA (33)
37. Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD (35)
38. Jarrod Parker OAK (41)
39. A.J. Burnett PIT (50)
40. C.J. Wilson LAA (NR)
41. Jeremy Hellickson TB (NR)
42. Justin Masterson CLE (48)
43. Ervin Santana KC (49)
44. Derek Holland TEX (NR)
45. Jhoulys Chacin COL (NR)
46. Kris Medlen ATL (39)
47. Doug Fister DET (36)
48. Alex Cobb TB (38)
49. Clay Buchholz BOS (34)
50. Bartolo Colon OAK (NR)
51. Gerrit Cole PIT (NR)
52. Yovani Gallardo MIL (46)
53. Ricky Nolasco LAD (NR)
54. Chris Tillman BAL (NR)
55. Jorge De La Rosa COL (NR)
56. Josh Johnson TOR (43)
57. John Lackey BOS (NR)
58. R.A. Dickey TOR (42)
59. Mike Leake CIN (NR)
60. Travis Wood CHC (NR)

One To Watch

Jacob Turner MIA
I recently wrote about Turner in an article praising his potential upside as a solid #2 Starting Pitcher. I truly believe he can settle in behind Jose Fernandez in the long run as the Marlins rebuild. Give him a look in your Keeper Leagues before someone snatches him up.

Alex Wiesner
July 11th, 2013


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