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Looking at starters

Rather than give starter rankings in the traditional way, I thought I'd show how they went off the board in my draft yesterday. It's a 5x5 league with friends from high school and college, and we used this season.

But before we get to those, a question from a reader:


JTK: How do we feel about Ronny Paulino at catcher? Worth starting in a roto setting?

The 25-year-old Pirates catcher hit .310 last season with 55 RBIs in 129 games. As for '07, he's certainly capable of hitting between .290 and .300, but Paulino gives you little else. He hit six homers last season and figures to only slightly improve on that total this season. So in short, he'll give you a boost in AVG., but don't expect much elsewhere. There are probably better options available. Here are my complete catcher rankings.


Now on to the starters. Again, these are not rankings, but rather how they went off the board in my draft yesterday:

1. Johan Santana, Twins

2. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals

3. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays

4. Roy Oswalt, Astros

5. Carlos Zambrano, Cubs

6. Jake Peavy, Padres

7. Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers


8. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks

9. Brett Myers, Phillies

10. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox

11. John Lackey, Angels

12. Ben Sheets, Brewers

13. John Smoltz, Braves


14. Aaron Harang, Reds

15. Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays

16. Felix Hernandez, Mariners

17. Dan Haren, Athletics

18. Dontrelle Willis, Marlins

19. Jason Schmidt, Dodgers


20. Cole Hamels, Phillies

21. Chris Young, Padres

22. Matt Cain, Giants

23. Erik Bedard, Orioles

24. Justin Verlander, Tigers

25. Barry Zito, Giants


26. C.C. Sabathia, Indians

27. Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks

28. Jered Weaver, Angels

29. Bronson Arroyo, Reds

30. Curt Schilling, Red Sox

31. Ervin Santana, Angels


32. Josh Beckett, Red Sox

33. Homer Bailey, Reds

34. A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays

35. Rich Hill, Cubs

36. Rich Harden, Athletics

37. Chris Capuano, Brewers


38. Dave Bush, Brewers

39. Chien Ming-Wang, Yankees

40. Roger Clemens, TBD

41. Derek Lowe, Dodgers

42. Freddy Garcia, Phillies

43. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals


44. Kenny Rogers, Tigers

45. Mike Mussina, Yankees

46. Andy Pettitte, Yankees

47. Scott Olsen, Marlins

48. Brad Penny, Dodgers