Fantasy Baseball SP Rankings: Top players, sleepers at starting pitcher for 2020


Our 2020 fantasy SP rankings will feature many, many updates throughout the spring. No other position gets decimated by injury quite like starting pitcher, and with some top-tier hurlers already on the shelf (Mike Clevinger, James Paxton, Shohei Ohtani, Luis Severino), opening day can’t come soon enough. That doesn’t mean these rankings are meaningless — it just means drafting depth and taking chances with a few sleepers is more important at starter than any other position. 

Ranking SPs is further complicated by the volatility of standard pitching stats, particularly wins. Strikeouts is a fairly reliable stat for pitchers, but even WHIP and ERA can fluctuate noticeably from year-to-year. We saw that last season with Blake Snell and Chris Sale, among others. Because of that, advanced stats like BABIP, FIP, and SIERA can give us a much better picture of how a player really performed last season — and could perform this season. 

2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Reliever | Top 300

Of course, you have to project when doing rankings, and that means giving some proven talents, such as Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber, the benefit of the doubt and predicting breakouts for guys like Jesus Luzardo or Dinelson Lamet. You’re not going to guess correctly on on everyone, but targeting at least a few bounce-backs and breakouts — again, based largely on advanced stats — is a good way to approach the position. 

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team

Fantasy baseball owners know you can never have enough depth at SP, so even if you don’t necessarily draft an SP early (not a necessity but you usually want at least one bona fide ace), you should draft them often. The middle rounds are usually full of undervalued starters, so make sure to go into the season with options — and be prepared to be active on the waiver wire. 

2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever

Again, we’ll be updating our SP rankings often throughout the spring, so check back for the latest player movement!

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Fantasy Baseball SP Rankings

Rankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ws, and Saves as categories

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1Max ScherzerNationals
2Gerrit ColeYankees
3Jacob deGromMets
4Walker BuehlerDodgers
5Jack FlahertyCardinals
6Blake SnellRays
7Stephen StrasburgNationals
8Luis CastilloReds
9Lucas GiolitoWhite Sox
10Tyler GlasnowRays
11Shane BieberIndians
12Justin VerlanderAstros
13Mike ClevingerIndians
14Chris PaddackPadres
15Charlie MortonRays
16Aaron NolaPhillies
17Clayton KershawDodgers
18Patrick CorbinNationals
19Chris SaleRed Sox
20Frankie MontasA’s
21Lance McCullers Jr.Astros
22Corey KluberRangers
23Carlos CarrascoIndians
24Noah SyndergaardMets
25Jesus LuzardoA’s
26Jose BerriosTwins
27Mike SorokaBraves
28Hyun-Jin RyuBlue Jays
29Sonny GrayReds
30Zack GreinkeAstros
31Max FriedBraves
32Luke WeaverD-backs
33Sean ManaeaA’s
34David PriceDodgers
35Yu DarvishCubs
36Trevor BauerReds
37Jake OdorizziTwins
38Lance LynnRangers
39Brandon WoodruffBrewers
40Zac GallenD-backs
41Dinelson LametPadres
42Zack WheelerPhillies
43Marcus StromanMets
44Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox
45James PaxtonYankees
46Madison BumgarnerD-backs
47Kenta MaedaTwins
48Kyle HendricksCubs
49Joey LucchesiPadres
50Robbie RayD-backs
51Matt BoydTigers
52Shohei OhtaniAngels
53Adrian HouserBrewers
54Tyler MahleReds
55German MarquezRockies
56Carlos MartinezCardinals
57Jon GrayRockies
58Joe MusgrovePirates
59Mike MinorRangers
60Andrew HeaneyAngels
61Anthony DeSclafaniReds
62Caleb SmithMarlins
63Julio UriasDodgers
64Brendan McKayRays
65Michael KopechWhite Sox
66Griffin CanningAngels
67Mitch KellerPirates
68Aaron CivaleIndians
69Masahiro TanakaYankees
70Jordan MontgomeryYankees
71Jose QuintanaCubs
72Justus SheffieldMariners
73Spencer TurnbullTigers
74Cole HamelsBraves
75Gio GonzalezWhite Sox
76Dallas KeuchelWhite Sox
77Josh LindblomBrewers
78Jon LesterCubs
79Chris ArcherPirates
80Zach PlesacIndians
81A.J. PukA’s
82Jordan YamamotoMarlins
83Ryan YarbroughRays
84Miles MikolasCardinals
85Kevin GausmanGiants
86Julio TeheranAngels
87Pablo LopezMarlins
88Ross StriplingDodgers
89Yonny ChirinosRays
90Steven MatzMets
91Dylan CeaseWhite Sox
92Jose UrquidyAstros
93Forrest WhitleyAstros
94Homer BaileyTwins
95Marco GonzalesMariners
96Brad PeacockAstros
97Dylan BundyAngels
98John MeansOrioles
99Rick PorcelloMets
100Jeff SamardzijaGiants
101Kyle GibsonRangers
102Johnny CuetoGiants
103Jake ArrietaPhillies
104Mike FoltynewiczBraves
105Garrett RichardsPadres
106Michael PinedaTwins


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