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Brian’s Top 25 Starting Pitcher Rankings and Projections for ’12


Justin Verlander might not be Randy Johnson, but he pitched like it in 2011.

They say when you’re doing an auction draft, you should spend $180 on hitting, leaving only $80 for pitching. And the reasoning is simple: your hitters play everyday, while your starting pitchers are only going to pitch twice a week at most. In a head-to-head league, where a pitcher is only giving you between 6-15 innings a week, the impact isn’t very significant. Conversely, in a rotisserie league, where you’re compiling numbers all year round, and pitcher stats are valuable due to an innings limit, top-shelf pitchers are a hotter commodity. Regardless of the style of gameplay, there will always be pitching late in a draft. Not listed below are fantasy nuggets  like Vance Worley, Doug Fister, Johan Santana, Edinson Volquez, Hiroki Kuroda, and Clay Buchholz, who will be available near the end of your draft. Because of the ability to get talent late, you won’t need to get a handful of these top-25 pitchers. But it should be noted that ending a draft without at least 1-2 of these pitchers would be a detriment to your team. Having a few mainstays, a few sure things, is without question, the way you’ll win a championship.

The stat line goes like this: IP, W, K, ERA, WHIP.

1. Justin Verlander- 237, 18, 234, 2.85, 1.03

2. Clayton Kershaw- 218, 17, 230, 2.87, 1.07

3. Roy Halladay- 214, 17, 219, 2.50, 1.10

4. Cliff Lee- 222, 14, 211, 2.88, 1.07

5. Tim Lincecum- 214, 14, 225, 2.95, 1.18

6. Jared Weaver- 230, 15, 215, 2.70, 1.09

7. Felix Hernandez- 241, 13, 227, 2.84, 1.13

8. Cole Hamels- 212, 13, 202, 2.92, 1.08

9. C.C. Sabathia- 237, 19, 213, 3.08, 1.20

10. David Price- 216, 15, 203, 3.11, 1.16

11. Dan Haren- 236, 14, 204, 3.53, 1.14

12. Zack Greinke- 195, 13, 191, 3.81, 1.22

13. Matt Cain- 225, 12, 178, 3.01, 1.08

14. Yovani Gallardo- 196, 15, 203, 3.67, 1.28

15. Ian Kennedy- 208, 15, 183, 3.31, 1.20

16. Jon Lester- 199, 16, 203, 3.53, 1.22

17. Stephen Strasburg- 160, 11, 170, 2.54, 1.00

18. C.J. Wilson- 213, 15, 188, 3.13, 1.29

19. James Shields- 226, 14, 206, 3.87, 1.23

20. Madison Bumgarner- 200, 10, 175, 3.13, 1.24

21. Michael Pineda- 190, 12, 190, 3.80, 1.15

22. Mat Latos- 189, 11, 187, 3.40, 1.20

23. Yu Darvish- 195, 13, 185, 3.63, 1.27

24. Adam Wainwright- 150, 10, 150, 3.30, 1.25

25. Corey Luebke- 170, 10, 165, 3.37, 1.09

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