Wednesday, December 13

2011 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Draft Rankings: Starting Pitcher (1)

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(See other rankings: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | LF | CF | RF | SP1 | RP)

General thoughts on drafting SP:

SP is a deep position as there are obviously a lot of SP out there – five for every team in the majors, if not more.  This means that you can wait in the draft to pick up quality pitching, and that in any case you can probably devote a couple of your bench slots to making up for a lack of quality with sheer volume, at least in the counting stats (W, K).

I personally do not like to take SP too early because there are often bargains lurking in the later rounds.  Just last year, I picked up Tim Hudson, Ted Lilly, and Colby Lewis after pick #200.  That said, I usually end up trying to get one “anchor” for my pitching staff within the first 100 picks.  Sometimes this works out, like when I got Roy Halladay, and sometimes it doesn’t, like last year when I picked Dan Haren.

My advice: Don’t overpay for quality starting pitching, because there are other alternatives.

A note about the rankings:

SPs are a little harder to rank than hitters as you have a number of them that all play the same position, the stats (and esteem of writers) is generally not confused by defensive ability.  I’ve boiled the rankings down to tiers based on an unscientific mixture of several stats, injury history, and age and therefore will be offering less commentary than with the other positions.

The first four are published in SP1, then tiers 5-8 are published in SP2.

Top Tier (alphabetical order)

Roy Halladay (PHI) (33)

Felix Hernandez (SEA) (24)

Jon Lester (BOS) (25)

Cliff Lee (PHI) (31)

Tim Lincecum (SF) (25)

Adam Wainwright (STL) (27)

2nd Tier

Yovani Gallardo (MIL) (24)

  Zach Greinke (MIL) (27)

Josh Johnson (FLA ) (26)

Clayton Kershaw (LAD) (26)

Francisco Liriano (MIN) (27)

David Price (TB) (24)

CC Sabathia (NYY) (30)

Justin Verlander (DET) (27)

Jered Weaver (LAA) (28)

3rd Tier

Brett Anderson (OAK) (22)

Chad Billingsley (LAD) (26)

Clay Buchholz (BOS) (26)

Madison Bumgarner (SF) (21)

Trevor Cahill (OAK) (22)

John Danks (CHW) (25)

Cole Hamels (PHI) (27)

Tommy Hanson (ATL) (24)

Mat Latos (SD) (23)

Shaun Marcum (MIL) (29)

Roy Oswalt (PHI) (33)

Max Scherzer (DET) (26)

Steven Strasburg (WAS) (22)

4th Tier

Josh Beckett (BOS) (30)

Matt Cain (SF) (26)

Chris Carpenter (STL) (35)

Jhoulys Chacin (COL) (22)

Jaime Garcia (STL) (24)

Gio Gonzalez (OAK) (25)

Jair Jurrjens (ATL) (24)

Dan Haren (LAA) (30)

Jeremy Hellickson (TB) (23)

Daniel Hudson (ARI) (23)

Phil Hughes (NYY) (24)

Colby Lewis (TEX) (31)

Brian Matusz (BAL) (23)

Brandon Morrow (TOR) (26)

Ricky Nolasco (FLA) (28)

Ricky Romero (TOR) (26)

Jonathan Sanchez (SF) (28)

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