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:
CatcherFirst | 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. 

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. 

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

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

Fantasy Baseball SP Rankings

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

Ranking Player Team
1 Max Scherzer Nationals
2 Gerrit Cole Yankees
3 Jacob deGrom Mets
4 Justin Verlander Astros
5 Walker Buehler Dodgers
6 Jack Flaherty Cardinals
7 Chris Sale Red Sox
8 Blake Snell Rays
9 Stephen Strasburg Nationals
10 Luis Castillo Reds
11 Lucas Giolito White Sox
12 Tyler Glasnow Rays
13 Shane Bieber Indians
14 Mike Clevinger Indians
15 Chris Paddack Padres
16 Charlie Morton Rays
17 Aaron Nola Phillies
18 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
19 Patrick Corbin Nationals
20 Frankie Montas A’s
21 Lance McCullers Jr. Astros
22 Corey Kluber Rangers
23 Carlos Carrasco Indians
24 Noah Syndergaard Mets
25 Jesus Luzardo A’s
26 Jose Berrios Twins
27 Mike Soroka Braves
28 Hyun-Jin Ryu Blue Jays
29 Sonny Gray Reds
30 Zack Greinke Astros
31 Max Fried Braves
32 Luke Weaver D-backs
33 Sean Manaea A’s
34 David Price Dodgers
35 Yu Darvish Cubs
36 Trevor Bauer Reds
37 Jake Odorizzi Twins
38 Lance Lynn Rangers
39 Brandon Woodruff Brewers
40 Zac Gallen D-backs
41 Dinelson Lamet Padres
42 Zack Wheeler Phillies
43 Marcus Stroman Mets
44 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox
45 Kenta Maeda Twins
46 James Paxton Yankees
47 Kyle Hendricks Cubs
48 Robbie Ray D-backs
49 Shoehei Ohtani Angels
50 Madison Bumgarner D-backs
51 Joey Lucchesi Padres
52 Jose Quintana Cubs
53 Adrian Houser Brewers
54 Tyler Mahle Reds
55 Matt Boyd Tigers
56 German Marquez Rockies
57 Carlos Martinez Cardinals
58 Jon Gray Rockies
59 Joe Musgrove Pirates
60 Mike Minor Rangers
61 Andrew Heaney Angels
62 Anthony DeSclafani Reds
63 Caleb Smith Marlins
64 Julio Urias Dodgers
65 Brendan McKay Rays
66 Griffin Canning Angels
67 Justus Sheffield Mariners
68 A.J. Puk A’s
69 Aaron Civale Indians
70 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees
71 Spencer Turnbull Tigers
72 Cole Hamels Braves
73 Gio Gonzalez White Sox
74 Dallas Keuchel White Sox
75 Josh Lindblom Brewers
76 Jon Lester Cubs
77 Mitch Keller Pirates
78 Chris Archer Pirates
79 Jordan Yamamoto Marlins
80 Zach Plesac Indians
81 Ryan Yarbrough Rays
82 Miles Mikolas Cardinals
83 Kevin Gausman Giants
84 Julio Teheran Angels
85 Michael Kopech White Sox
86 Pablo Lopez Marlins
87 Ross Stripling Dodgers
88 Yonny Chirinos Rays
89 Steven Matz Mets
90 Dylan Cease White Sox
91 Jose Urquidy Astros
92 Forrest Whitley Astros
93 Homer Bailey Twins
94 Marco Gonzales Mariners
95 Brad Peacock Astros
96 Dylan Bundy Angels
97 John Means Orioles
98 Rick Porcello Mets
99 Jeff Samardzija Giants
100 Kyle Gibson Rangers
101 Johnny Cueto Giants
102 Jake Arrieta Phillies
103 Mike Foltynewicz Braves
104 Garrett Richards Padres
105 Michael Pineda Twins

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