Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Chicago White Sox Pitching Analysis: 2014 Fantasy Baseball

The 2013 season was one of disappointment for the Chicago White Sox. With the underachieving play of a majority of the roster, fantasy owners found diminutive value in most of the players. However, one area of the team that had value was the pitching staff due to the success of Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. In 2014 the pitching staff will have a mix of proven starters as well as young hurlers that will have their first taste of a 162 game season. This variety provides fantasy owners with an array of intriguing options that can help them win a championship.


2014 Chicago White Sox - Pitching Staff Preview

Chris Sale - 11, 3.07, 1.07, 226, 0

Chris Sales Chicago White Sox MLB News

Sale showed the baseball world that he is the ace of the White Sox staff. What shocked fantasy owners was Sale increasing his strikeout total (from 192 to 226) while pitching in 30 games for the second straight year. Sale also led the league in complete games with four. Fantasy owners have two issues with Sale moving forward: his arm and his fastball. After being shut down for a brief time with arm pain, Sale bounced back to have an All-Star season. However, some skeptics believe it is just a matter of time before his innings get reduced. In regards to his fastball, Sale has lost some velocity since his days of being a closer. While these worries still persist, Sale should be one of the first seven to ten starters taken in any fantasy draft. His fastball and slider combination will keep his strikeout total high and his WHIP low. Even on a White Sox team that may finish close to five hundred, Sale will give owners a solid number two in any fantasy rotation.

Projected 2014 Stats: 16, 3.03, 1.05, 235, 0

Where to select in draft: Second Round


Jose Quintana - 9, 3.51, 1.22, 164, 0

Quintana, along with Sale, was one of the only bright spots on the 2013 White Sox. Entering into 2013, critics believed that Quintana would see a major decline in his velocity while he accumulated more innings. Two hundred innings later, there was never a decrease in Quintana’s velocity or his effectiveness with his off speed pitches. While Quintana will never blow batters away with an average fastball of 92, if he continues to improve the other pitches in his arsenal (curve, cutter, change, and sinker ) he can improve on the 4.7 strikeouts per start he had last season.

Projected Stats: 12, 3.47, 1.20, 178, 0

Where to select in draft: Late Rounds (one of last pitchers in your rotation)


John Danks - 4, 4.75, 1.29, 89, 0

John Danks enters 2014 as a question mark fantasy wise. In 2010, when Danks was healthy, he averaged 5.1 strikeouts per start and had 15 wins on the season. Coming off of shoulder surgery, Danks started 22 games but only accumulated four wins. Part of the problem for his low win total was the horrid defense the White Sox ran out behind him. With Danks healthier, and with less pressure as the number three starter, look for him to be a solid back end of the starter/emergency starter on fantasy teams. Danks is better than most opposing pitchers he may face, so if the offense puts runs on the boards, he might go back to his 2008-2010 days when he generated double digit wins.

Projected 2014 Stats: 10, 4.55, 1.20, 123, 0

Where to select in draft: Do not draft. However, keep an eye on Danks for emergency starts throughout the season.


Erik Johnson - 3, 3.25, 1.55, 18, 0

If there is one sleeper in the White Sox rotation, it is Johnson. What makes Johnson so intriguing is his ability to get hitters out with his demoralizing sinker. Sporting a career 1.08 WHIP in the minors, Johnson has the ability to keep opponents off the base paths. Look for Johnson, like Danks, to be a viable option for any emergency starts you may need.

Projected 2014 Stats: 10, 3.99, 1.36, 115, 0

Where to select in draft: Do not draft. Johnson is another viable option for a spot start. Late in the season, if your team is decimated by injuries, look to pick up Johnson for the stretch run.


Felipe Paulino from 2012 with Kansas City - 3, 1.67, 1.22, 39, 0

Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Paulino looks to crack the White Sox rotation as their fifth starter. Two things to keep an eye on in Spring Training are Paulino’s pitching motion and his weight, which have caused health issues in the past. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn thinks Paulino can play a key role and may surprise people. Realistically, fantasy owners should expect Paulino to put up similar numbers to the 2005 version of Orlando Hernandez (9, 5.12, 1.46, 91, 1). Unless you are very desperate, or are a part of the Felipe Paulino fan club, he is not worth the risk.

Projected 2014 Stats: 7, 5.03, 1.43, 102, 0

Where to select in draft: Do not draft. He is worth a flier come July if he has proven he is healthy.


Andre Rienzo - 2, 4.82, 1.48, 38, 0

Rienzo made history last season when he became the first pitcher from Brazil to make it to the big leagues. He was the first sign that the Sox were rebuilding, but proved to be nothing too special while accumulating an average of 3.8 strikeouts per start. His ERA and WHIP skyrocketed after the opponents started to have extensive scouting reports on him. In 2014 Rienzo most likely will be slotted as a long relief man, eliminating much fantasy value. Realistically Rienzo could finish with Dylan Axelrod like numbers (4. 5.68,1.66, 73,0), which are a fantasy owners’ nightmare.

Projected 2014 Stats: 5, 4.73, 1.50, 75, 0

Where to select in draft: Do not draft. Only put Rienzo on your roster if you have an obsession with Brazilians.


Nate Jones - 4, 4.15, 1.22, 89, 0

With the White Sox trading former closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks, Jones is the favorite to take over the ninth inning role. Despite his sophomore slump, Jones has all the makings of a fantasy diamond in the rough. In seventy appearances last season, Jones averaged 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. This was an increase from his rookie average of 8.2 per. Jones struggled at the beginning of last season but was able to turn it around by improving his slider. Throwing his slider close to 15% more after June 1st of last season, Jones was able to increase his strikeout total, while decreasing his WHIP and ERA. His fastball averaged 97.8 and he is young enough that his arm does not have a lot of mileage. Look for Jones to have a smooth transition into the closer role, and be a late round steal come draft time.

Projected 2014 Stats: 5, 3.44, 1.18, 77, 33

Where to select in draft: Late rounds as a second closer/relief pitcher on your roster. Unlike other young closers in their first season in their new role, Jones is a polished pitcher with a devastating out pitch.


More Recent Articles


Week 8 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

This was a REALLY difficult week to rank, because there are so many usable DSTs this week. There are usable options all the way down to Tier 4 this week, and you're going to have something available to you on the waiver wire in even the deepest of leagues. Below are RotoBaller's Week 8 defense... Read More

Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

It's Chase Edmonds' world, we're just living in it. Wait, what? Hopefully you added him, as suggested in this column the past two weeks, because even if David Johnson is deemed healthy enough to actually play, it's likely Edmonds continues to see action. In QB news, by the halfway point of Thursday night, we already had... Read More

FAAB Bidding - Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

We Must Overreact Immediately! Week 7 Outliers

Week 7 seemed extremely fluky for fantasy football purposes. Devonta Freeman was ejected, and players like Will Fuller, Adam Thielen and Kerryon Johnson were both forced from their games very early on which hurt a lot of fantasy owners. The Rams wide receivers were supposed to light the world on fire against a Falcons secondary that... Read More

Deeper League Free Agent Pickups for Week 8

We're past the halfway point of the regular fantasy football season, which means you'd better start making some serious moves if you have any weaknesses in your roster. Unfortunately, this is also the time of the year when the waiver wire is at its most desolate. But that's why I'm here. To navigate you through... Read More

The Cut List - Players on the Chopping Block (Week 8)

This is your weekly list of players to drop. I will do my best to limit this list to injured players and players you might consider holding. If you roster pure handcuffs or backups, obviously you can let them go at any time. The players on this list will, ideally, be guys that aren't clearly... Read More

Week 8 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Week 7 is over, and a few things have changed. The Los Angeles Rams learned how to play offense again, and the New York Jets came back to Earth, among other things. Week 7 was an especially quiet week for kickers across the NFL. A lot of kickers weren't able to get on the field... Read More

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 8

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered planning for Week 8. Some of you are ecstatic with the level of production that has been delivered by your running backs. But many of you have been contending with unwanted developments at this position including injuries, inconsistent usage, and... Read More

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 8

We're heading into Week 8 of the NFL season. By now, some of y'all are getting a good sense of where you're at fantasy-wise, if you're heading to the postseason or playing for fun or, in a dynasty league, building for the future. This look at wide receivers is for all of you. As we... Read More

Week 8 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

A two-team bye week is a lot easier for fantasy football players to navigate than a four-team bye week. Fantasy owners are going to have to live without Dallas’ Jason Witten and Baltimore’s Mark Andrews in Week 8. If you have one of the those players as your starting tight end, the problem is that... Read More

Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 8

Tragedy struck a few top quarterbacks this week, as both Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan left games with injuries. We already know Mahomes will miss 3-6 weeks, while more will be revealed about Ryan's status later today. Either way, owners of these quarterbacks will need a backup plan in place, and this week the waiver... Read More

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups List

Back by popular demand in 2019... RotoBaller has brought back for the NFL season our Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Football Sleepers and Waiver Wire Pickups List.  Be sure to also try our other lineup tools below. Using your phone? Be sure to also download our free app which includes news, notifications, injury alerts & articles.   Rankings WizardWeekly... Read More

Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 7 Will Fuller (hamstring) is expected to miss several weeks. Matt Ryan is out for the game with an... Read More

Waiver Wire Express - Week 8 Lightning Round

The better part of seven weeks is in the fantasy football books, making those early trends very real -- for better or worse. One must still consider the matchups played thus far and those to come, but usage and volume are becoming reliable. Week 8 sees the Ravens and Cowboys hit their bye week. To... Read More

Week 7 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Even if this doesn’t turn out to be great MNF game, at least it's a divisional game with some importance. This is what Jets fans need to tell themselves heading into their second Monday Night Football game of the season. With the New England Patriots coming to town off their annual semi-bye in which they... Read More