Early 2011 rankings- Starters

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball

In points leagues, starting pitcher is the most important position because pitchers score the most points, and usually get points simply for innings pitched. Starters are gold in fantasy baseball, and there is a youth movement happening.

1. Roy Halladay
2. Tim Lincecum
3. Adam Wainwright
4. Josh Johnson
5. Felix Hernandez
6. CC Sabathia
7. David Price
8. Jon Lester
9. Ubaldo Jimenez
10. Cliff Lee
11. Zack Greinke
12. Jered Weaver
13. Matt Cain
14. Yovani Gallardo
15. Justin Verlander
16. Clayton Kershaw
17. Wandy Rodriguez
18. Francisco Liriano
19. Roy Oswalt
20. Tommy Hanson
21. Cole Hamels
22. Brett Anderson
23. Dan Haren
24. Clay Buchholz
25. Mat Latos
26. Max Scherzer
27. John Danks
28. Trevor Cahill
29. Chris Carpenter
30. Jonathan Sanchez
31. Ricky Romero
32. Phil Hughes
33. Gavin Floyd
34. Ervin Santana
35. Josh Beckett
36. Madison Bumgardner
37. Ted Lilly
38. Chad Billingsley
39. Matt Garza
40. Brandon Morrow
41. Tim Hudson
42. Shaun Marcum
43. Ryan Dempster
44. Johan Santana
45. Travis Wood
46. Jair Jurrjens
47. AJ Burnett
48. Daniel Hudson
49. Colby Lewis
50. Rick Porcello
51. Ricky Nolasco
52. Brett Myers
53. Jaime Garcia
54. Gustavo Chacin
55. Jorge De la Rosa
56. Hiroki Kuroda
57. Wade Davis
58. CJ Wilson
59. Anibal Sanchez
60. Jeremy Hellickson
61. John Lackey
62. Johnny Cueto
63. Edwin Jackson
64. Dallas Braden
65. Jordan Zimmerman
66. Brian Matusz
67. Javier Vasquez
68. James Shields
69. Carl Pavano
70. Edinson Volquez
71. Ian Kennedy

Lots of young guys that can make an impact. Six of the top nine and 10 of the top 20 are 26 or younger, including Kershaw at 22 years old. Trevor Cahill finished his second major league season with a 2.97 ERA that most people don’t believe he can repeat, but I think the ceiling is even higher. He may never be a huge strike out machine, but he has expert control, and shouldn’t be underestimated. Also look out for Rick Porcello and Ricky Nolasco, two guys who were hyped and failed to meet expectations last season. Both to enjoy a surge this year.

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