Not your Grandfather’s Top 100 Starting Pitchers…

As you may or may not know, Fantasy Master Lothario traveled to the Big Apple this past week. What you definitely don’t know, is why the Champion of Razzball made the cross country trek to the city that never sleeps: Grandpa-Donk’s 92nd birthday festivities. That’s right, Grey Albright and Gramps-Donk are the closest of friends. Have you ever seen Grey and Sweaty Jimmy in the same room? Didn’t think so…

As Grey stepped forward to kiss the hoof and present the ageless-donk with a priceless phallic statue specially commissioned by this season’s Blown Away glass blowing contestant Annette Sheppard, Gramps leaned in and whispered the name Kyle Gibson into Sweaty Jimmy, I mean Grey’s ear. “The same Kyle Gibson who just gave up 4 runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings against Detroit last week?”, Grey thought to himself. But he knew better than to question the most respected donkey in all the land.

It’s the time of season where everyone outside of the top 20-25 starting pitchers become expendable in shallower leagues. Gibson will be an ideal streaming target in those leagues as he again faces the Tigers in Detroit on Friday; Streamonator loves this match up just as much as the grand old donk. I wouldn’t be excited to start Gibson for his following three starts in Boston, at home against the Nationals, and in Cleveland, but they aren’t the worst match ups. Then his last two juicy match ups will come against the Royals and Tigers once again. Don’t doubt the death defying donkey’s advice, stream or stash Gibson for this final month.


Pitching staff management is very league format specific this late in the season, so here are some random names I feel like writing about…

L’Carpetron Dookmarriot (N/A) –  After six years of studying music therapy and playing football at Florida Atlantic University, Dookmarriot is ready to test his luck on the mound. Alright, I made that last part up, and someone else made that first part up; literally a random name here. Oh, you still want real baseball player names?

Ivan Nova (+13) – Ivan the terrible has transformed into Ivan the great over the past month, going 5-1 with a 0.94 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in his last 48 innings. Unfortunately, strikeouts have been sparse over that span with a total of only 25 K’s. Nova will also face a tough Braves lineup this week. It’s only a matter of time before Ivan the terrible rules again.

Andrew Heaney (+25) – Heaney was the lede in the last edition of the top 100. He’s gone 2-0 in his two starts since then with a 2.40 ERA, 0.53 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 15 innings! Smart Donkey! Alright, so that call came mostly from rest of season player rater, but Donkey Teeth befriended ROS player rater with the use of shiny metallic gifts and electrical sockets. That’s worth something, right? Heaney faces Boston and Texas this week, streamonator and player rater still love him almost as much as they love zeros and ones.

Rick Porcello (+39) – I hate to question the bots since they’ll soon rule the world and hold it against me, but I can’t in good conscience stay quiet here. Player rater has Porcello slotted in at #56 among starting pitchers for the rest of the season. We’re talking about a guy who has be consistently terrible for almost three straight months, minus a couple blips of mediocrity. He also goes into Coors for one of his starts this week. I moved him up slightly in my rankings due to peer robot pressure, but there’s no chance in robotic hell that I’m owning him.

Clayton Kershaw (N/C) – I’ve been wrong about Kershaw this year. Almost as wrong as those you said Grandpa-Donk would age poorly. He isn’t the young Kershaw anymore, but he’s still damn good, and against all odds he’s stayed healthy for 5 full months. All of that said, the Dodgers have a 20 game lead in the NL West right now. Seems like it’s about time for The Claw to start resting up for the playoffs.

Jack Flaherty (+1) – As wrong as I was about Kershaw, that’s how right I was about Flaherty when I told you to buy him here on May 20th, and here on July 1st, and here on July 12th, and here on July 15th. He’s pretty much been the best pitcher in all of baseball since the break with a 0.73 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 64 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings pitched. Captain Jack is a must start the rest of the way, regardless of match up. I’d even start him in Coors at this point, but it looks like he’ll dodge that series.

Yusei Kikuchi (+7) – Speaking of guys I got right, gulp. Kikuchi just threw a complete game shutout two hitter against the Blue Jays. See, told you it was coming! Now if we could just forgot about those 9 starts where he gave up 5+ earned runs! There might be another couple starts where Kikuchi will be worth streaming down the stretch here, but 2020 is the year to own The Kooch, I promise! We actually discussed The Kooch with fantasy baseball legend and Asian baseball expert, Tim McLeod, on the most recent sausage pod or whatever we’re calling it these days.

 Trevor Bauer (-5) – I told you two weeks ago that the move to Cincinnati would be a positive development for Bauer! *Checks game logs*  Yikes. So he’s given up 18 ER in 14 1/3 IP since I made that call. I immediately regret bringing his name up! But rest of season player rater’s bullishness on Bauer is not wavering, he’s #5 on the robots crush list right behind battery acid and motor oil. I agree with the machine and I’d be buying for 2020 as well.


Anyway, here’s my final updated Top 100 Starting Pitchers for 2019 Fantasy Baseball (next edition we’ll look forward to 2020):


Rank Name Previous Rank
1 Max Scherzer NA
2 Jacob deGrom 1
3 Gerrit Cole 2
4 Justin Verlander 4
5 Walker Buehler 3
6 Mike Clevinger 7
7 Patrick Corbin 8
8 Shane Bieber 11
9 Jack Flaherty 10
10 Trevor Bauer 5
11 Luis Castillo 9
12 Stephen Strasburg 17
13 Clayton Kershaw 13
14 Aaron Nola 16
15 Charlie Morton 12
16 Hyun-Jin Ryu 6
17 Zack Greinke 14
18 Lucas Giolito 22
19 Noah Syndergaard 19
20 Zack Wheeler 20
21 Jose Berrios 18
22 Madison Bumgarner 21
23 Yu Darvish 23
24 German Marquez 25
25 Caleb Smith 28
26 James Paxton 24
27 Andrew Heaney 52
28 Matt Boyd 29
29 Domingo German 27
30 Robbie Ray 37
31 Kyle Hendricks 35
32 Sonny Gray 31
33 Lance Lynn 33
34 Chris Paddack 26
35 Mike Minor 34
36 Joey Lucchesi 36
37 Miles Mikolas 54
38 Eduardo Rodriguez 32
39 Jose Quintana 41
40 Mike Soroka 30
41 Mike Fiers 38
42 Zac Gallen 39
43 Zach Plesac 40
44 Masahiro Tanaka 56
45 Kenta Maeda 51
46 Dinelson Lamet 42
47 Ryan Yarbrough 62
48 Cole Hamels 43
49 Kyle Gibson 64
50 Max Fried 47
51 Jake Odorizzi 48
52 Mike Foltynewicz 49
53 Pablo Lopez NA
54 Dustin May 45
55 Marcus Stroman 65
56 Wade Miley 50
57 Michael Pineda 57
58 Dallas Keuchel 60
59 Anibal Sanchez 58
60 Steven Matz 59
61 Chris Bassitt 69
62 Brad Keller 61
63 Elieser Hernandez 63
64 Joe Musgrove 74
65 J.A. Happ 84
66 Jon Lester 83
67 Tanner Roark 88
68 Jeff Samardzija 67
69 Reynaldo Lopez 71
70 Julio Teheran 53
71 Aaron Civale 72
72 Mike Montgomery 76
73 Jake Junis 78
74 Chase Anderson 80
75 Yusei Kikuchi 82
76 Eric Lauer 85
77 Cal Quantrill 98
78 Jordan Lyles 86
79 Marco Gonzales 89
80 Anthony DeSclafani 90
81 Merrill Kelly 93
82 Alex Wood 66
83 Tommy Milone 87
84 Ivan Nova 97
85 Mike Leake 105
86 Vince Velasquez 100
87 Martin Perez 134
88 Adam Wainwright 115
89 Dylan Bundy 127
90 Adrian Houser 123
91 Jalen Beeks 105
92 Trevor Williams 106
93 Spencer Turnbull 73
94 Gio Gonzalez 99
95 Homer Bailey 109
96 Jordan Yamamoto 95
97 Dakota Hudson 92
98 Sean Manaea NA
99 Brett Anderson 101
100 Rick Porcello 139

Tyler Skaggs #45

Injured: Blake Snell, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, David Price, Tyler Glasnow, Brandon Woodruff, Jameson Taillon, Luis Severino, Yonny Chirinos, Griffin Canning, Jon Gray, Aaron Sanchez, Luke Weaver, Rich Hill, Chris Archer, Tyler Mahle, Danny Duffy, Jimmy Nelson, Jake Arrieta, Jonathan Loaisiga, Zach Davies, CC Sabathia, Jhoulys Chacin, Jon Duplantier, Jordan Zimmerman, Jose Urena, Ross Stripling, Jared Eickhoff, Josh James, Johnny CuetoClayton Richard, Jefry Rodriguez, Jeremy Hellickson, Tyson Ross, Marco Estrada, Danny Salazar, Felix Pena, Taijuan Walker, Edinson Volquez, Tyler Anderson, Ryan Borucki

On the Farm: Matt Manning, Jesus Luzardo, Alex Reyes, Adbert Alzolay, Jose Urquidy, Alec Mills, Forrest Whitley, Lucas Sims, Casey Mize, Kyle Wright

Out of the Pen: Trevor Richards, Collin McHugh, Carlos Martinez, Nate Eovaldi, Brad Peacock, Freddy Peralta, Matt Strahm, Kevin Gausman, Sean Newcomb, Zack Godley, Nick Pivetta, Adrian Sampson, Touki Toussaint, Derek Holland, Luis Cessa

Suspended: Frankie Montas



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  1. hondo says:

    Whereabouts would you potentially place Price,please?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      If he came back this week he’d be around 30, but I’m skeptical how many innings we see from him.

  2. Norman Ginsberg says:

    I’m always confused on how to read the weekly Pitcher Rating articles. Is this meant to represent remainder of year? Why would Dakota’s rating be so meh (and decreasing) when he continues pitching great? And why is Boyd (who, after a good start, now would have value only during All-Star week HomeRun derby) #28?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      Yes, these are meant for the rest of the year, they aren’t looking to the past.

      At this stage there’s only 4 weeks left so scheduling if very heavily weighted, at least as much as I’m able to look thru future match ups. Rest of season player rater does well factoring these into it’s projections though.

      Boyd will face the Twins, Royals, Athletics and Orioles in his next 4 starts, all in pitcher friendly parks. He may also face the White Sox twice after that.

      Dakota I have a hard time trusting. He’s pitching a bit over his head and the strikeouts are weak. He’s also lined up to pitch in Colorado once, against Milwaukee once and he might get the Cubs twice.

  3. Slappy Jack says:

    So is Bauer going to be fine?
    This too shall pass? or something

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      I sure hope so! I think he’s still settling in…we know he’s an odd bird.

  4. Norman Ginsberg says:

    I thought it might be for Week-22 but Manaea isn’t active and not expected to be in the rotation whenever he is ready.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    I’m glad someone will be buying Trevor Bauer for 2020, if you’d like to have him for an extra month, you know where to find me

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      Sweaty Jimmy in the house!

      In exchange for my kind words, Trevor has invited me over to his grandma’s house for an interview and a spot of tea.

  6. Would you roll Paddack out there against the Dodgers on Wednesday? He seems to have hit a rookie wall and declined in recent weeks. I’m not even sure they will keep him in the rotation for that one yet, although it seems that would be his scheduled start. I know his skills are better than he has shown lately, but maybe he’s tiring out. It seems like a dice throw. Would like to know your thoughts on that since you still have him at 34. Thx!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      It depends on the league. In H2H and deeper roto I would start him, it’s at home and I think he’s due for a bounce back.

      You could be right about him tiring out though…

      • Lil Petey says:

        I believe Paddack will miss LAD and will be facing SF instead on Thursday. I intend to play him.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:

          Thanks, Petey. Definitely a start if that’s the case.

  7. Stumanji! says:

    Although he’s been a little better lately, Marquez still seems high as a top 25 SP. Every start has been like throwing darts. In addition, the majority of his remaining starts are lined up at Coors, where he has a 6.26 ERA (!) this season. I think he’s my first drop if a streamer with a good matchup pops up, e.g., DeSclafani @Miami.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      Annnnd he’s hurt!

      At least that should shake up where those starts land…if he even makes any. I didn’t think majority were lined up for Coors, but could have been mistaken. Doesn’t matter now…

      • Stumanji! says:

        Haha yea if he returns after the minimum IL stay he’ll go next Monday @ LAD. Maybe by that time the Doyers will be playing their second unit, but I still wouldn’t touch that start.

  8. Stumanji! says:

    Aaaaaaand he just was placed on IL with an arm thingy. Auf Wiedersehen, German!

  9. Stumanji! says:

    Are we throwing Plutko @ Det tomorrow in H2H playoffs (QS league)?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      Sure, I’d pretty much start anyone at Detroit in H2H.

  10. Hugman says:

    Hey man, thanks for the post. Are you trying to get your hands on Framber Valdez for streaming purposes next time his spot comes around vs the Blue Jays? (currently a $5 play according to streamy)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      Sure. Can’t say I fully trust him, but It’s a good streaming match up with a decent chance at a win.

  11. Gonsolin ( will he stay as a starter??) or Vargas for REST of YEAR ?? NEED WINS

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:

      Not crazy about holding either for rest of year but Gonsolin feels like the best bet for wins. It’s really hard to predict what the Dodgers will do with their staff but there should be starts for Gonsolin as they rest guys…

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