Did you ever think we’d get to the end of the 2022 fantasy baseball rankings? You did? Wow, you had more faith than me. Some time around the top 60 outfielders for 2022 fantasy baseball, I thought we were gonna have to pack it up and start ranking something else, like the top 20 Reasons Why We Weren’t Finishing The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings. 1. Lazy. Never the hoo! Here we are now! Entertain us! Wait, that’s my job. Now that I think about it, why is Nirvana saying “Entertain us?” They were the band supposed to entertain us. Wait, were their concerts just mass karaoke singalongs where the audience sang to them? Hmm, will research this and get back to you! So, from the 2022 fantasy baseball rankings, specifically the starter rankings, comes a need for this post:  The 2022 fantasy baseball pitchers’ pairing tool. This is where things get interesting! And by ‘interesting’ I mean massively confusing. If what you’re about to read were found scribbled in a notebook, the FBI would be watching me. If The Green River Killer stood up and read this at the next prison Meet N’ Greet, no one would blink an eye. Because, well, his company would prolly be all murderers too. Moving on!

For these pitcher pairings, I’m going to be using our (my) 2022 fantasy baseball rankings. Notably, the top 20 for 2022 fantasy baseball, the top 20 starters for 2022 fantasy baseballtop 40 starters for 2022top 60 starters for 2022, the top 80 starters for 2022 and top 100 starters. You can also just get Rudy’s downloadable War Room by signing up for the Subscriptions. Okay, formalities out of the way. *rolls up sleeves, makes farting noise with hand under armpit, rolls down sleeve* Let’s get busy! Now, what is a pitcher pairing? It’s your plan for putting together a fantasy pitching staff. A course of action, of course — of acoursion, naturally. If you have A pitcher, which B, C, D, E and F pitcher goes with him? Which is different than ‘F this pitcher,’ that’s what you say by end of April after one of your starters gives up five earned in two-thirds of an inning. You should have six starters. The sixth starter is, well, Bailey Ober comes to mind. Or Tony GonsolinCristian Javier also comes to mind. Triston McKenzie anyone? I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5 and some variation of 9 pitcher leagues like the Razzball Commenter Leagues, which are now in the process of filling up. Put on your pants and look presentable! Anyway, here’s pitcher pairings for pitching staffs for 2022 fantasy baseball drafts:

If your first pitcher is from the tiers: Sipping on your daiquiri, and Hanging out with Neil, Patrick, Harris

These tiers are from Corbin Burnes to Woodruff (and other non-Brewers starters). If you draft someone from these tiers, you’ll probably lose your league or get lucky with your hitters. If you do draft one, I wouldn’t take another pitcher until the tiers, “Bon varyäge” and “Get fitted for a tuxedo shirt now.” Take one pitcher from one of those two tiers, then grab another starter from one of those two tiers or, “Sideways bosom.” Then grab another starter from, “Sideways Bosom,” “Bosom buddies,” or “Dorf on Golf Presents: Fore!” or “Broken emergency anchor glass.” Then one starter from Anchor glass or “I’m using the milkrowave.” Finally, draft one more starter from the milkrowave. So, you’d have a rotation something like Corbin BurnesSean ManaeaAlek ManoahRanger Suarez, Bailey Ober and Triston McKenzie. Or you could have Gerrit ColeLogan Webb, Marcus StromanChris BassittJon Gray, and Bailey Ober. Either of those staffs will probably net you 13’s in every pitching category in a 12 team league.

If your first pitcher is from the tiers: Fill my holes with dry rice to reduce moistness.

This tier is from Aaron Nola to Kevin Gausman. I’d pair any of them with anyone in their same tier or the tier, “Eat your ideal lover’s weight in cookie dough,” “Bon varyäge” and “Get fitted for a tuxedo shirt now,” but it’s not mandatory you grab two in the first two tiers. In other words, if I drafted Aaron Nola, I could see taking Robbie Ray or Kevin Gausman or anyone from any of those tiers, but I wouldn’t reach either. If you do take two guys from those first two tiers, then move to “Bon varyäge” and “Get fitted for a tuxedo shirt now,” and take one guy. You will also be fine taking Nola and moving right to Bon varyäge or the tuxedo shirt. If you skip a 2nd starter in the tier “reduce moistness” and “cookie dough,” then draft two guys in the Bon varyäge and/or the tuxedo shirt. So, you could have either something like Nola, Gausman and Manaea or Nola, Webb and Manaea. Either way, you then move along to Sideways bosom, Bosom Buddies and a Dorf and grab a guy, then onto another Dorf, anchor glass or a milkrowave. Finally, one guy from the milkrowave. So, you’ll have something like Nola, Gausman, Manaea, Noah Syndergaard, Mike Clevinger and Bailey Ober. Don’t mind if I do! Or you could have something like Aaron Nola, Logan Webb, Sean Manaea, Chris Bassitt, Alex Wood, Cristian Javier. That’s straight gorge. As in engorged.

If your first pitcher is from the tier: Eat your ideal lover’s weight in cookie dough.

This tier is from Lance Lynn to Frankie Montas. This is likely the way I’m going in 12-team leagues and shallower. This would be ideal (and just as convoluted. Anyone that actually reads AND understands this post deserves a gold star and a head exam. “You, sir, are fit for the looney bin.”) My first pitcher will be from Cookie Dough, then two starters bon varyäge and getting fitted for a tuxedo shirt, then one starter from sideways bosom, Bosom Buddies, a Dorf and one starter from a Dorf, anchor glass and milkrowave. Finally, a milkrowave. So, you could have something like Lance Lynn, Sean Manaea, Alek Manoah, Marcus Stroman, Mike Clevinger, Steve Matz, and Huascar Ynoa. You just won your league and games haven’t even started. You’re welcome. Could this post become more confusing? Short answer: no. Long answer: nooooooooooo.  But let’s try…

Overall Thoughts

You can’t go wrong with a lot of different sets of pitchers. You probably could do fine with drafting only 3 starters and 3 great relievers and streaming. (Razzball Subscriptions are now open with the Streamonator.) If you stick to the pitchers I like, then you’ll do well matching them up any way you see fit. For unstints, I could see a lot of people saying Dylan Cease is being drafted closer to a number two vs. a number three, so do I reach for him? Sure. If you draft only pitchers that I like, then I have no quarrel with you. Wanna reach for Cease in the area when bon varyäges are coming off the board and he’s a tuxedo? That’s cool with me. Just know you’re adding risk to your rotation.

TROUBLE AREAS

WHIP Issues – For every pitcher who is projected over a 1.23 WHIP, take one below. The quicker you do this, the better off you’ll be. For unstints, if you take Michael Kopech, who I have projected for 1.24, you need to pair him with someone I have projected below a 1.23. Don’t pair Kopech with Syndergaard. Pair him with someone like Luis Severino. Remember, the further you get into the rankings, the harder it becomes to find lower WHIPs. Side note: WHIP can be helped by closers and MRs… Or hurt by them.

What about the tier “Saying romance into a glass bottle, then tossing it into the sea,” or any starter listed in the top 100 starters who are in tiers not listed above. They are 7th starters or IL, minors or bullpen-bound. I wouldn’t count on any of them for anything. I like me some Nestor Cortes or a bunch of those guys, but are you really starting any of them every time out in April and risking a huge blow up or them just not being in the rotation, which would lead to a crushing April that leaves you in your fantasy baseball basement and a chance to start trading for keepers in May? You take a flyer on someone like James Kaprielian, hope he works out and if he doesn’t, you decide whether to drop him in redraft leagues. He’s not your 6th starter.

K ISSUES – For drafters who follow my lead, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. You’re shooting for around 150/starter.

Overall Pitching Issues – Just about everyone, including yours truly, drops at least one of their starters by May 1st. Obviously, you want the best team coming out the draft, but it’s a marathon not a sprint. Starters always come out of nowhere on waivers to become productive. Always. Even in deep leagues.

BONUS FEATURE

Because we both know everything above this point was the gibberish of a mad mind, here’s an easy to use shortcut. Just click the pitcher you draft, then you’ll get a short list of the next pitcher you’re supposed to draft. Frank Voila, snitches!  Now, have at it:

 

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J Laabs
J Laabs
7 months ago

Great analysis. I play In a 10 team yahoo weekly H2h categories league. 1st overall pick. 7×6 format:
W
L
ERA
WHIP
K/BB
SV
*30 inning weekly minimum
*50 waiver wire moves

I’m Going to wait on SP until at least 4-5 round if Nola falls to me. Otherwise wait until the next round. Any thoughts on this? Who should I target?

I’m also thinking about basically punting saves. Maybe grabbing one putting them away from the body second-tier closer and then fill the rest of my staff with one of them sent to him my ratio middle relievers. I can usually get my weekly innings by stating 4 SP / week. What middle relievers do you like?

ping bodie
ping bodie
7 months ago

You like ? keep 7 auction – Judge – Castellanos are the only 2 bats I like so I’m going in with 5 arms
Gausman – 11
Alcantara – 11
Musgrove – 18
Frambler – 3
Wood – 1

Bossmanjunior333
Bossmanjunior333
7 months ago

14 team h2h 6×6 with OBP, TB, QS and SV+HLD

If your 6 keepers were $32 Tatis, $9 Mullins, $1 J Rodriguez, $12 Alcantara, $ 6 McClanahan, and $4 Manoah, how would you attack an auction? Spend early and often on hitting? What tier of SP would you start adding? Thanks!

Bossmanjunior333
Bossmanjunior333
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Awesome thanks

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
7 months ago

I have Woodruff as my keeper ace. With 8 keepers to pick I’m good with 7 so far. I’m trying to decide on either Manoah or Tyler O’Neil. There both $4 keepers. I put more value on offense and feel there will always be pitchers available via waivers. Do think O’Neil is inside the top 30 and worth keeping. Thanks

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
7 months ago

Hey Grey! In any OBP OPS keeper…how is my rank of these 5 guys?
$14 Semien
$5 Mullins
$5 Riley
$5 Manoah
$11 J Urias

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
7 months ago

finally the best for last

Last edited 7 months ago by frankgrimes
Jason P
7 months ago

I love this tool, but it doesn’t always work for my keeper league, as half the options after my first keeper (Nola) are not available.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Jason P
7 months ago

Huh?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

This thing has been working to almost perfection since it was called APPLES ha

NJW
NJW
7 months ago

Nice article! Love this one every year. I get a kick out of the tier names while reading this, just throwing around “Fill my holes with dry rice to reduce moistness” like its nothing haha.

Got a pitcher related keeper question to throw out there:

Keep by round – 26 rounds, H2H 6×6 categories league with W, QS, ERA, WHIP, K, SV. FA pickups are kept in round 26. There is inflation of round each year you keep them, but you can keep forever if you want.

Keep 1 of:

Shane McLanahan (26th)
Sean Manaea (17th)
Ian Anderson (26th)
Framber Valdez (26th)

I have an idea of your answer based on rankings, but want to see if this being a Dynasty league changes anything.

NJW
NJW
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Thank you!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
7 months ago

Back end guy, Kaprielian, Luke Weaver or Dakota Johnson

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Who gets the silver, Weaver or Dakota

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

We dont like Dakota, cause not enough Ks? Seems like a good ERA and WHIP guy and wins prolly

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

Yes, who did you think I was talking about?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

I see that now, I typed Dakota and Johnson came up next to it, din’t even realise it. So still 3rd for Dakota, out of the three.

toolshed
toolshed
7 months ago

Pitchers and catchers were supposed to report to spring training today.

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LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  toolshed
7 months ago

woah……you can post pictures now!?!?…..

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

darn……i’ll have to save them for Mrs. Lenny

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
7 months ago

Remind me Lothario…where do we (since my opinions originate from yours;) stan’d on drafting Ohtani in 15-team draft-and-holds where we must choose between locking in the Hitter or the Pitcher for the week? Grathias

Wake Up
7 months ago

Nice work this is one of my annual favorites!

Plesh!
Plesh!
7 months ago

Hi Grey – Keeper strategy question – 12 team 5×5, keep 2. My best options:

Luis Robert (round 4)
Yordan Alvarez (4)
Both Robert & Alvarez (4 & 5)
Freddy Peralta (13)
Chris Sale (20)
Liam Hendriks (20)
Dylan Cease (20)
If choosing 2 from round 20, it would be rounds 20 & 21

Should I keep the big bats at 4 & 5 or keep the solid late pitching and just load up on bats for the first several rounds? Or one of each, say Robert (4) and Sale (20)?

Thank you for all of your writeups, I really appreciate all of the work you put into it each year!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Plesh!
7 months ago

I’d keep the two big bats, Yordan and Lou Rob

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
7 months ago

For what it’s worth, I concur with MP’s response above.

Jolt

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
7 months ago

Good recap Grey…..thanks for keeping us A-Breast on this years pitching…

Badfantasymanager
Badfantasymanager
7 months ago

So, if I get this right, I can do well with a top 3 combination of Montas, Morton and Manaea/Cease? If so, then that changes a lot my approach to the draft.

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
7 months ago

Grey!!!!!

Awesome!

a. The gifts keep piling up here, thanks a million.

b. Attention K-mart shoppers!! Those who would like to beat up Ante can find him in RCLs 8 (3/12) and 23 (4/12). Plenty of room available.

c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for February 15, 2022

‘Latoya Jackson was seen wowing the crowds at her concert in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Of course, in Russia wowing means to disappoint or disgust.’

d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for February 15, 2022

‘I’m not feeling well – I need a doctor. Ring the nearest golf course.’

Cheers,
Ante

Wake Up
Reply to  Ante GALIC
7 months ago

HA!