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The Baller Ranks: Weekly Top 101 Starting Pitcher Rankings

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Lovers of starting pitching unite, as it is once again time for my weekly top 101 SP Baller Ranks breakdown to hit the press. We fought through lockouts and a pandemic to get here, and we're going to get the gosh darn championships this year. Here we go with the first 2022 edition of my weekly Starting Pitcher Baller Ranks!

This google sheet accompanies the table below and adds relevant 5x5 stats, K%, BB%, BABIP, FIP, xFIP, SIERA, ERA-FIP, and CSW% from 2021, last season, as 2022 data trickles in. Do note that I leave off most injured players but for now, I will include them at the bottom with a rank of where they'd appear when healthy. I highly encourage you to click the linkCLICK IT!

As always, these ranks are geared towards traditional 5x5 leagues sans most injured SPs, lest a return is imminent. If 25% of the board is on the IL, then it isn't terribly actionable, and I'll intermittently weave in updates of where I'd throw them in if they were healthy. For now, let's dive into my Top 101 SPs and be sure we're starting strong.

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Top 101 Starting Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball - Week 1

Tier Player Rank EV $ Notes
1 Corbin Burnes 1 59.8 43.0 Mulligans at the top here. Don't do anything silly
1 Gerrit Cole 2 42.1 42.0 Freakin' Billy Crystal first pitch taking too long
1 Brandon Woodruff 3 38.0 41.0 Also poor debut in '21 then absolute fire
1 Max Scherzer 4 42.9 38.5
2 Walker Buehler 5 43.7 38.0 Starting at Coors is never fun
2 Julio Urias 6 39.8 35.0 Poor results, velo dip hopefully bounces back
2 Zack Wheeler 7 58.1 34.0
2 Freddy Peralta 8 31.9 33.5
2 Robbie Ray 9 31.5 27.5 A few command hiccups but overall strong
2 Shane Bieber 10 20.8 27.5 Monitor his velo moving forward
3 Sandy Alcantara 11 33.4 27.5
3 Max Fried 12 30.4 25.5
3 Logan Webb 13 32.6 23.5 QS out of the gate, be happy
3 Dylan Cease 14 35.1 23.0 Strikeouts on display from the jump
3 Joe Musgrove 15 26.4 21.0
4 Jose Berrios 16 32.9 20.0 Poor spring, poor first start, can't panic yet though
4 Alek Manoah 17 16.0 19.5
4 Charlie Morton 18 36.8 19.0 That leg looks just fine, ATL a great spot
4 Justin Verlander 19 N/A 19.0
4 Carlos Rodon 20 39.1 19.0 5 IP, 12 K in first SF start, hell yeah
4 Yu Darvish 21 22.9 18.0 6 hitless innings to start the season, casual
4 Kevin Gausman 22 38.3 17.0 No walks in '22 debut good, too hittable though
4 Aaron Nola 23 35.7 17.0 Same double-edged sword style: Good K/BB, HRs.
4 Frankie Montas 24 32.5 17.0
5 Trevor Rogers 25 33.6 17.0
5 Shane McClanahan 26 20.2 15.5
5 Eduardo Rodriguez 27 30.5 13.0 Ugly DET debut but no Fenway should yield $$$
5 Clayton Kershaw 28 27.1 12.5
5 Nathan Eovaldi 29 44.9 11.0
5 Chris Bassitt 30 26.8 11.0
5 Shohei Ohtani 31 23.7 11.0 4.2 IP, 1 ER, 9 K in first start, excellent form
5 Sean Manaea 32 26.5 10.0 One-upped Darvish with 7 hitless IP of his own
5 Pablo Lopez 33 18.3 10.0
5 Michael Kopech 34 13.5 9.0 Hit 69 pitches in debut as ramp up continues
5 Sonny Gray 35 19.0 9.0
5 Framber Valdez 36 15.0 9.0
5 Tyler Mahle 37 30.1 9.0
6 Ian Anderson 38 15.0 8.5
6 Logan Gilbert 39 17.9 8.0 Once he threw his secondaries he looked great
6 Alex Cobb 40 19.9 8.5
6 Zac Gallen 41 11.8 8.0
6 Luis Garcia 42 5.5 7.0
6 Patrick Sandoval 43 12.1 7.0 Dealing with fatigue already, hate to hear that
6 Jordan Montgomery 44 26.5 6.5
6 Adam Wainwright 45 30.2 6.5 Has an arsenal that ages gracefully
7 Joe Ryan 46 4.7 6.5
7 John Means 47 19.9 6.0
7 Tanner Houck 48 17.7 6.0
7 Alex Wood 49 20.1 5.5
7 Marcus Stroman 50 27.0 5.5 Looked steady in CHC debut but Coors is next
7 Jose Urquidy 51 14.5 5.0
7 Huascar Ynoa 52 11.3 5.0
7 Noah Syndergaard 53 -0.3 5.0
8 Tarik Skubal 54 5.9 5.0
8 Hyun Jin Ryu 55 19.8 5.0 3.1 IP, 6 ER to open '22, command must improve
8 Triston McKenzie 56 9.0 4.5
8 Reid Detmers 57 -1.2 4.0
8 Tylor Megill 58 5.1 4.0 Electric on Opening Day, can he avoid HR troubles?
8 Ranger Suarez 59 24.2 4.0
9 Yusei Kikuchi 60 9.0 4.0
9 Nestor Cortes 61 13.4 4.0
9 Anthony DeSclafani 62 24.2 3.5 Rough sledding vs. MIA, good spot @CLE next
9 Kyle Hendricks 63 10.1 3.5
9 German Marquez 64 27.4 3.5 Shut down LAD at Coors in opener, no walks!
10 Aaron Civale 65 6.2 3.0
10 Tony Gonsolin 66 4.0 3.0
10 Matt Brash 67 N/A 2.5 Watch how he handles hitters 2nd & 3rd time thru
10 Cal Quantrill 68 15.3 2.5
10 Carlos Carrasco 69 0.5 2.5 Retired 15 straight with more sliders, split-changes
10 Jameson Taillon 70 16.0 2.5
10 Hunter Greene 71 N/A 2.5 Solid debut vs. ATL, 7 Ks with frequent 100 MPH
10 Nick Lodolo 72 N/A 2.5
10 Jesus Luzardo 73 -1.5 2.5 Can he locate fastball better to set up slider?
11 Steven Matz 74 22.1 2.0
11 Zach Eflin 75 17.3 2.0
11 Bailey Ober 76 7.7 2.0
11 Josiah Gray 77 -0.1 2.0 Big whiffs, loud contact. Keep monitoring
11 Casey Mize 78 10.7 2.0
11 Nick Martinez 79 N/A 2.0
11 Drew Rasmussen 80 11.5 2.0
11 Merrill Kelly 81 19.1 1.5 Improved velo, secondaries from spring held up
12 Marco Gonzales 82 4.6 1.5
12 Mitch Keller 83 8.9 1.5 Good & bad in first game, I'd stay for Start No. 2
12 Luis Patino 84 5.2 1.5
12 Zach Plesac 85 8.5 1.0
12 Eric Lauer 86 13.5 1.0
12 Michael Lorenzen 87 1.7 1.0
12 Zack Greinke 88 10.3 1.0
12 Austin Gomber 89 10.5 1.0
12 Patrick Corbin 90 1.4 1.0
12 Corey Kluber 91 11.8 1.0
12 Elieser Hernandez 92 0.0 1.0
12 Taijuan Walker 93 11.1 1.0
12 Kyle Gibson 94 23.9 1.0 10 strikeouts in 1st game is quite the statement
12 Michael Pineda 95 11.3 1.0
12 Chris Flexen 96 24.2 1.0
12 Nick Pivetta 97 17.2 1.0
12 Andrew Heaney 98 8.4 1.0
12 Kyle Wright 99 -2.1 1.0 Velo back to mid-90s, offspeed looked sharp
12 Dane Dunning 100 14.2 1.0
12 Carlos Hernandez 101 7.7 1.0
INJ Jacob deGrom 1 39.0 6.5 Hope for July, be pleasantly surprised if earlier
INJ Lucas Giolito 10 32.3 27.5 Lower ab strain, I'd wager 3 weeks
INJ Chris Sale 15 6.3 2.5 Will feel better about any timelines when throwing
INJ Lance Lynn 25 33.4 2.5 4-6 weeks then built back up, so June?
INJ Jack Flaherty 30 7.0 2.5 Aiming for May, monitor his throwing program
INJ Luis Castillo 35 29.9 9.0 Mid/late April if we're lucky, hate shoulder woes
INJ Lance McCullers Jr. 35 26.0 3.0 Also hate forearms, but nearing throwing here
INJ Blake Snell 40 17.2 8.0 Likely IL incoming w/ adductor issue, Gore time?
INJ Shane Baz 50 1.6 5.0 He'll need to ramp up at AAA, timeline still unclear
INJ Mike Clevinger 55 N/A 6.5 Right knee sprain but elbow is OK, that matters
INJ Stephen Strasburg 60 -0.2 1.0 Mid-May is target, building up after '21 TOS surgery
INJ Jon Gray 65 18.1 2.5 Dang blisters, I liked his stuff before exiting


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