Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting pitcher tiers for 2023 drafts

If ever there was a fantastic position for which nobody knows anything, these are starting pitchers. But you need a list, and we need a plan, so let’s go.

Below are my recommended salaries if you are playing in the Fantasy Salary Cap Draft format. We have already done shuffles for all offensive positions: catchers, corner fielders, middle fielders and outfielders. Later this week, we will end the streak with pitchers.

Are there disagreements? Good. That’s why we have a game. I welcome your reasonable and respectable feedback on @Scott Pianovski.

And away we go.

Big Tickets

$37 Corbin Burns

$36 Gerrit Cole

Sand Alcantara for $33

$32 Brandon Woodruff

$31 Max Scherzer

$31 Aaron Howe

$30 Justin Verlander

Spencer Strider for $29

$28 Shane McClanahan

Adam Wainwright has Most Sai Young voting shares of all time without winning an award; Cole is right behind him. The most important part of a starting pitcher’s value is availability, and Cole hasn’t had a major injury since 2016. It’s foolish to assume that any pitcher is truly safe, but some must be safer than others. Place Cole in the safe bucket. … Burns didn’t repeat his Cy Young season, but he led the NL in strikeouts and his WHIP was again below one. He’s one of the few pitchers who actually has a 200 pitch chance.

Alcantara styling from feed to touch is a double-edged sword; this keeps him in games longer (and he’ll still get outs because of the volume), but also brings the risky Miami defense into play. On the other hand, Alcantara hardly walks anyone and he keeps the ball in the park, so I suspect he is too big to fail. Even if it regressed to 2021 odds, we are still talking about a star. … We usually get nervous about starting pitchers with just two pitches, but Strider was so dominant with his fastball and slider, it didn’t matter last year. While the left-handers had a slightly better chance against him, they did little against Strider in his breakout year: .202/.264/.277, just three homers.

Expected ERA Nols often better than its real, which is a commentary on the Philadelphia defense. But his stellar control will keep the WHIP in a good area, and he’s had over 200 strikeouts in four different years. He is also very easy to watch considering his team is consistently excellent.

Corbin Burns discusses that he is the best over the board pitcher in fantasy checkers.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Corbin Burns discusses that he is the best over the board pitcher in fantasy checkers. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Legal building blocks

$27 Jacob de Grom

$27 Shohei Otani

$26 Carlos Rodon

$26 Shane Bieber

Zach Wheeler for $26

$25 Dylan Stop

24 dollars Julio Urias

$23 Luis Castillo

$22 Zach Gallen

$21 Kevin Gausman

$21 Alec Manoa


$21 Framber Valdes

$20 Christian Xavier

$20 Max Freed

$20 Robbie Ray

$19 Triston McKenzie

A healthy deGrom is the best pitcher in baseball, but after two bad seasons and starting his campaign at age 35, I can’t write a pending check. … bieber has a regular fastball, and his strikeout rate has been down two years in a row, but if you believe in his out-of-control serving and Guardian defense, you’ll consider him a quasi-ace like me. … Even if we admit that Urias did a good job on batting last year, what’s wrong with an expected ERA of 2.81? Unfortunately Dodgers Stadium this is not the jug that was beforebut having entered the season at the age of 26, Urias is still an active player.

Any of the Astros rotation seems interesting to me, and Valdez gets a first look because of his ground ball tilt. Perhaps shift restrictions will push BABIP up, but he lets in enough bats and should be supported by what we care about: defense, a good offense and a solid bullpen. … If Siz gets his walking problems under control, he’ll be a contender for the role of Cy Young. But I’m not going to push it into his rankings. Let the room come to you.

Talk to them, talk to them

Logan Webb for $17

$16 Luis Severino

$16 Nestor Cortes Jr.

$15 Logan Gilbert

$15 Clayton Kershaw

$15 George Kirby

$15 *Joe Musgrove

$14 Kyle Wright

$13 Blake Snell

$12 Lance Lynn

$12 Charlie Morton

$12 Lucas Giolito

$11 Tyler Glasnow

$11 Hunter Green

$11 Freddie Peralta

$11 Brady Singer

$10 Nick Lodolo

$10 Joe Ryan

10 dollars Pablo Lopez

$10 Chris Bassitt

$10 Jordan Montgomery

$10 Jeffrey Springs

$10 Tony Gonsolin

10 dollars Luis Garcia

$9 Chris Sale

$9 Jesus Luzardo

$9 Dustin May

$9Drew Rasmussen

Giolito and Lynn are interesting targets for a White Sox team that went wrong last year (Giolito also battled COVID). On paper, this team is positioned as a playoff contender and could easily win AL Central by a reasonable margin. … I know it’s hard to let go of Glasnow’s edge, but he’s only gone over 90 innings once in his career. His ADP shouldn’t be in the top 100.

Scheduled maintenance and workload management have been part of Kershaw’s plan for the past few years, but he’s still looking for an ERA with low 3s and plus WHIP, as well as more than a strikeout per inning. It has a reasonable SP3 and can be stolen if you place it on a lower slot. … The Sale hasn’t had a full season since 2017, and he’s always had a flashy pitch and an unorthodox set of mechanics. No one ever questions his courage or his will, but at the age of 34 I will be questioning his current ADP (160 for Sportzshala, similar in NFBC).

Plausible Potential

$8 Hunter Brown

$8 Kodai Senga

7 dollars John Gray

$7 Grayson Rodriguez

$7 miles Mykolas

Cal Quantrill for $7

$6 Andrew Heaney

6 dollars Sonny Gray

6 dollars Tyler Male

$5 Patrick Sandoval

$5 Reid Detmers

$5 Tyler Anderson

5 dollars Jameson Tylon

$5 Marcus Stroman

5 dollars Carlos Carrasco

5 dollars Eric Lauer

$5 Jose Quintana

$4 Alex Cobb

4 dollars Jose Berrios

$4 Merrill Kelly

$4 Edward Cabrera

$4 Trevor Rogers

4 dollars Jose Urquidi

4 dollar Sean Manea

$4 Justin Steel

4 dollars Martin Perez

$4 Michael Kopech

4 dollars Ross Stripling

$4 Adam Wainwright

4 dollars Kenta Maeda

$4 Alex Wood

Brown is too good not to ruin Houston’s rotation at some point, and there might be a tailwind with Lance McCullers already hurt. … Quintana revitalized his career last season and was a great addition to the Mets. … Lauer surpassed its performance in the last two years, but over 49 starts, we’re expecting a 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and about an inning-out. His current tag (Sportzshala ADP: 258) is a giveaway. … If Male can keep healthy, he’ll easily crush his ADP, no longer tied to Cincinnati’s muddy defenses and gate-friendly park.

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Trash bin

$3 Nathan Eovaldi

3 dollars Jack Flaherty

$3 Ranger Suarez

3 dollars taijuan walker

3 dollars Bailey Ober

$3 Noah Sindergaard

$3 Aaron Seavale

$3 Mike Clevinger

$2 * Lance McCullers Jr.

2 dollars Roanci Contreras

$2 Garret Whitlock

2 dollars Eduardo Rodriguez

$2 Aaron Ashby

2 dollars Zach Eflin

$2 Hayden Vesnesky

$2 Corey Kluber

2 dollars Cole Irwin

$1 Steven Matz

1 dollar Mackenzie Gore

$1 Kyle Bradish

1 dollar Taylor Megill

$1 David Peterson


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