Friday, February 04, 2011

The Fantasy Man's 2011 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2011 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers SP Rankings

1. Roy Halladay
2. Tim Lincecum
3. Cliff Lee
4. Felix Hernandez
5. Jon Lester
6. Adam Wainwright - OUT FOR SEASON
7. C.C. Sabathia
8. Justin Verlander
9. Clayton Kershaw
10. Francisco Liriano
11. Ubaldo Jimenez
12. Josh Johnson
13. Mat Latos
14. David Price
15. Yovani Gallardo
16. Jered Weaver
17. Zack Greinke
18. Tommy Hanson
19. Cole Hamels
20. Chris Carpenter
21. Matt Cain
22. Jonathan Sanchez
23. Dan Haren
24. Roy Oswalt
25. Clay Buchholz
26. Brett Anderson
27. Shaun Marcum
28. Ted Lilly
29. Ryan Dempster
30. Phil Hughes
31. Josh Beckett
32. Max Scherzer
33. Ricky Romero
34. Wandy Rodriguez
35. Chad Billingsley
36. Gio Gonzalez
37. Trevor Cahill
38. Madison Bumgarner
39. Brandon Morrow
40. John Danks
41. Gavin Floyd
42. Ricky Nolasco
43. Javier Vazquez
44. Tim Hudson
45. Carlos Zambrano
46. Matt Garza
47. Jaime Garcia
48. Jeremy Hellickson
49. Ian Kennedy
50. John Lackey

Fantasy Man Sleepers:
Since the SP position is so deep, there is a ton of sleeper potential. What I like to do while in an online draft for example is to take all my sleeper SP's, stick them in the queue and that's the list I pick off of as I draft. I gravitate towards young pitchers with upside late in the draft rather than established veterans and have had some some success in past years. Here's a list of those players.....
Jordan Zimmerman - Back from TJ Surgery, was a top prospect, only 24, gets you K's and will make the rotation.
Jhoulys Chacin - 9-11 in 2010 but with a 3.28ERA/1.27WHIP in 137 IP with 138K... Money in the bank!
Jonathon Niese - 148K in 173IP in 2010 which includes hitting a September wall
Bud Norris - 158K in 153IP in 2010
Homer Bailey - 100K in 109 IP with big time K potential if he makes the rotation, starting to really learn how to pitch and not throw.
Rick Porcello - He's only 22, former top draft pick, doesn't K much but he's too young to say he doesn't have upside. If he did not have upside, he wouldn't have been picked first. He's already polished and has the necessary poise, he just needs to continue to develop his pitches. The potential is there.
Jeff Neimann - This guy is 6'9", big 1st half in 2010 but tanked in the 2nd half, only 28 and no one is talking about him.
J.A. Happ - 6'6", lefty, keeps ERA/WHIP down every year and should finally get a full year of health and starts to be a useful late round fantasy pick. This guy is a super sleeper.
James McDonald - 68K in 71IP, was a top prospect a few years back, spent second half with the Pirates after a trade and was fantastic, may not win much but worth a grab at the end of the draft for the K potential.

Established Sleepers:
Jake Peavy - Injured and ineffective last season, I expect Peavy to come out of nowhere and have a solid Peavy like season.
Carlos Zambrano - Sounds like he's got his head straight for 2011, it's not like he's lost his stuff
A.J. Burnett - Huge sleeper, new pitching coach brought in to straighten this guy out. If he's right, he has the best stuff in the league.
Rich Harden - Same old story but don't be surprised if Harden gets a spot start and then never gives the job back. Grab him as a reserve and stash until they let him start.

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