2014 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Stephen Strasburg, 2013 Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings

Every season the Rankings can be challenging, and this year the 2014 Starting Pitcher Rankings are no different. It is a deep position by default knowing every team has 5 starters, or even more than five with Prospects waiting in the wings. This year is no different, but Major League Baseball and Fantasy Owners alike are losing plenty of pitchers with season-ending, or significant injury which is also having an impact. For many owners, including myself, who drafted as early as February and March may find themselves already looking at Free Agency to fill the voids left by Patrick Corbin, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, or Jarrod Parker.

Thankfully as I said earlier Pitching is a deep position, and although there are plenty of Elite Arms there are also plenty of pitchers who provide consistent production, offer upside, or may have newly received opportunity such as Alex Wood, Tommy Milone, or the Atlanta Braves newest acquisition Ervin Santanna. 

If you have been following my Draft Strategy series Fantasy Draft Strategy Part III and more, you will know that I value pitching, but place much more trust in mid to late round pitchers. Rather than risking my earliest draft picks or Auction Budget on Elite pitching I opt for the safe hitters, and load up on young and steady arms. Also utilize my Positional Tiers for more insight on which Pitchers to target and their values in your remaining drafts.

So with that, let’s take a look our Rankings


2014 Starting Pitcher Rankings

2014 SP Rankings     
Staff Composite Rankings
PlayerTeamDavid GonosChris MeyersStaff Composite
Clayton KershawLAD111
Yu DarvishTEX222
Adam WainwrightSTL343
Felix HernandezSEA634
Stephen StrasburgWSH465
Jose FernandezMIA856
Max ScherzerDET587
Cliff LeePHI798
Chris SaleCWS979
Madison BumgarnerSF101010
David PriceTB111111
Justin VerlanderDET121312
Zack GreinkeLAD131413
Mat LatosCIN171214
Gio GonzalezWSH141615
Anibal SanchezDET181516
Mike MinorATL161717
Matt CainSF152218
Jordan ZimmermannWSH191819
Homer BaileyCIN212020
Alex CobbTB222121
James ShieldsKC202422
Julio TeheranATL252323
Cole HamelsPHI242524
Hisashi IwakumaSEA311925
Shelby MillerSTL262726
Gerrit ColePIT233227
Masahiro TanakaNYY272928
Matt MooreTB292829
Doug FisterWSH283130
Jered WeaverLAA303031
Francisco LirianoPIT352632
Danny SalazarCLE333433
Hyun-Jin RyuLAD323634
Jeff SamardzijaCHC363335
Sonny GrayOAK383536
Jon LesterBOS393737
Johnny CuetoCIN374338
Clay BuchholzBOS454039
Patrick CorbinARI444140
Justin MastersonCLE464241
Hiroki KurodaNYY404942
Michael WachaSTL346043
A.J. BurnettPHI553944
Lance LynnSTL504445
Matt GarzaMIL514546
Andrew CashnerSD494847
Corey KluberCLE603848
CC SabathiaNYY475249
Chris ArcherTB534750
Anthony CingraniCIN416551
Tyson RossSD426452
C.J. WilsonLAA565353
R.A. DickeyTOR436754
A.J. GriffinOAK525955
Marco EstradaMIL664656
Zack WheelerNYM585457
Ervin SantanaKC545858
Jake PeavyBOS595659
Alex WoodATL487060
Taijuan WalkerSEA675161
Tim LincecumSF625762
Ricky NolascoMIN735063
Chris TillmanBAL616264
Ubaldo JimenezBAL637165
Yovani GallardoMIL686666
John LackeyBOS657567
Hector SantiagoLAA578668
Daniel StrailyOAK707369
Ivan NovaNYY727270
Scott KazmirOAK766971
Dan HarenLAD697672
Ian KennedySD747473
Jarrod ParkerOAK649474
Tim HudsonSF758475
Bartolo ColonNYM719276


For ours, as well as other Industry Expert rankings be sure to check out FantasyPros.com Consensus rankings, or make a cheatsheet while your there.

2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings powered by FantasyPros


Clayton Kershaw, 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw has averaged a 17-8 record over the past three seasons, with 236 strikeouts, a 2.21 ERA and 0.968 WHIP. Photo Credit: SD Dirk


These players really don’t need an introduction and have been consistently dominant as their teams staff Ace.

Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, Felix Hernandez, Stephen Strasburg, David Price

 The Next Wave:

Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey(Out for 2014), Gerrit Cole, Alex Cobb, Julio Teheran, Danny Salazar, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, Corey Kluber, Mike Minor, Matt Moore, Chris Archer, Zach Wheeler, Tony Cingrani.

That is plenty of names listed above, and many of these guys will be top targets by your opponents. Owners will likely reach for these guys in drafts and I won’t blame them. They also are potential aces of their owners Fantasy Squads this year and for years to come. Players such as Fernandez, Miller, and Harvey (Reminder he’s out for 2014) all have dominated in their Major League stints, and everyone else on the list has similar potential.

Stay tuned for more articles and breakdowns on Prospects, and Pitching Breakouts for 2014 soon.


Potential Breakouts:

Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller, Andrew Cashner, Rick Porcello, Lance Lynn

 All of the above showed flashes of brilliance, or maintained an entire season of success in 2013. Poised for breakouts, with the combination of experience, as well as being in the prime of their careers should benefit them in 2014, as well as the Fantasy Owners who “Buy-In” this season.  If I get two or more of these Pitchers on my teams this season, I am very excited.

Avoiding. Avoiding. Avoiding

These players still have talent and some use for Fantasy Baseball in 2014, however their price tag may exceed their values this season.

C.C. Sabathia, Clay Buccholz, R.A Dickey and Travis Wood. 

Sabathia and Dickey seem to be wearing down in front of our eyes, and I am avoiding both of them in all of my drafts this season. They are also over 30 which in large part go against my draft strategy of 30 or under pitching only.

Buccholz has the talent, and was pitching like an ace last season, but his continual magnetism towards injuries, or breaking down late in the season have taken their toll on me, and plenty of Fantasy Owners. If he is available late, and for the right price I will still draft Buccholz, but I will avoid him if at all possible.

Wood seemed to look like a high potential pitcher plenty last year. Look at his numbers closely however and you’ll see there was significant luck involved. His peripherals will all increase this season without a doubt. I am avoiding him and his risk this season. In his defense, he did have little to no run support in 2013 as well.

2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

Rankings: Overall | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | DH |SP |RP

Strategy:Drafting Rds 9-16 | Drafting Rds 4-8 |Drafting the First 3 Rds | 7 Steps to Success | Positional Tiers | 30 for30 Draft Results
One-Man Mock Drafts: Mixed Roto (1/27) | Mixed H2H (2/4)

Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30 MLB Team Previews

AL East: Baltimore | Boston | N.Y. Yankees | Tampa Bay | Toronto
AL Central: Chi White Sox | Cleveland | Detroit | Kansas City | Minnesota
AL West: Houston | L.A. Angels | Oakland | Seattle | Texas
NL East: Atlanta | Miami | N.Y. Mets | Philadelphia | Washington
NL Central: Chicago Cubs | Cincinnati | Milwaukee | Pittsburgh | St. Louis
NL West: Arizona | Colorado | L.A. Dodgers | San Diego | San Francisco
Prospects: Top 50 Prospects | Nick Castellanos | Javier Baez
Stat Deep-Dives: Expected RBI Totals from 2013
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