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Fantasy Sports: Ranking the American League starting pitchers

Here is how I rank the American League starting pitchers.

1. Felix Hernandez, Sea

2. Justin Verlander, Det

3. Jon Lester, Bos

4. Dan Haren, Ana

5. C.C. Sabathia, Nyy

6. David Price, TB

7. Jered Weaver, Ana

8. Ubaldo Jimenez, Cle

9. Brandon Morrow, Tor: Am I overly excited about Morrow? Yes! His strikeout rate is ridiculous and his xFIP and xERA say he was very unlucky the past two seasons. I'm taking the leap of faith and saying he pitches 195 innings, strikes out 220 and wins 14 games.

10. Ervin Santana, Ana

11. Derek Holland, Tex

12. Michael Pineda, Nyy: This young righty seems like the kind of guy that will raise his game in the big city. He already showed the poise to be a young rookie and his strikeout ability is top notch. Add in the Yankees offense and I think he makes at run at 17 wins and 200 strikeouts.

13. James Shields, TB

14. C.J. Wilson, Ana

15. Brandon McCarthy, Oak: Reinventing himself last season, McCarthy has found new life in Oakland's spacious ballpark. His strikeout rate increased as the season went on and he consistently went deep in games. Although the offense could be shoddy, McCarthy will be solid in every other category but wins.

16. Max Scherzer, Det

17. Yu Darvish, Tex

18. Josh Beckett, Bos

19. Colby Lewis, Tex

20. Ricky Romero, Tor

21. Ivan Nova, Nyy

22. Gavin Floyd, Chw: This local righty is a guy I haven't been able to figure out. He shows good below the surface skills, but it never seems to show in the final results. He will probably never strike out more then 160 batters in a season but he shows good control. If you don't make Floyd one of your top three starters, he could be a nice secondary starting pitcher.

23. John Danks, Chw

24. Matt Moore, TB

25. Hiroki Kuroda, Nyy

26. Neftali Feliz, Tex: Maybe Feliz gives you 160 innings and strikes out a batter an inning. Or maybe he can't find a third pitch and is forced back into the closer role. But there is always the chance that Joe Nathan and Alexi Ogando can't close and he is forced back to his previous role. The main point is the risk is there, at least in the early season. My ranking represents a best case scenario but I have always been higher on him than most.

27. Felipe Paulino, KC

28. Zach Britton, Bal: Remember when Chien-Ming Wang racked up back to back 19-win seasons, using his power sinker? Well Britton reminds me of Wang with a better strikeout rate. He had his growing pains, but I am confident Britton will be a quality No. 3 or 4 starter this season.

29. Jeremy Hellickson, TB

30. Justin Masterson, Cle

31. Clay Buchholz, Bos

32. Brian Matusz, Bal

33. Francisco Liriano, Min

34. Scott Baker, Min

35. Henderson Alvarez, Tor

36. Rick Porcello, Det

37. Jarrod Parker, Oak: The righty has always been a top prospect and with major arm surgery already out of the way, he possesses huge upside. With Oakland's huge park and his strikeout ability, Parker has serious sleeper potential. While the innings could be limited, I believe Parker will be a pleasant surprise.

38. Derek Lowe, Cle

39. Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea

40. Jason Vargas, Sea

41. Jake Arrieta, Bal

42. Brett Cecil, Tor

43. Wei-Yei Chen, Bal

44. Doug Fister, Det: Nothing screams regression like Fister. He faced a weak schedule down the stretch and he doesn't have the ability to miss bats like an elite pitcher. I don't think Detroit's defense will play a huge role in his success. Simply I think he was lucky and more hits equals more base runners and more runs allowed.

45. Jeff Niemann, TB

46. Jason Hammel, Bal

47. Aaron Crowe, KC

48. Matt Harrison, Tex

49. Jonathan Sanchez, KC

50. Luke Hochevar, KC

51. Wade Davis, TB

52. Dustin McGowan, Tor: It's hard not to root for a guy like McGowan after so many injury issues. He showed his old velocity in a short stint last year with the Blue Jays. Pick McGowan at the end of your drafts and you may be rewarded with 150 innings and 130 strikeouts.

53. Tommy Hunter, Bal

54. Philip Humber, Chw

55. Carl Pavano, Min

56. Hector Noesi, Sea

57. Kyle Drabek, Tor

58. Jake Peavy, Chw

59. Phil Hughes, Nyy: What to make of the former top prospect. Questions surround Hughes, but he has trimmed the fat and seemingly made his arm come alive again. Not without talent, I think Hughes captures the No. 5 spot in the rotation and runs with it. Grabbing 14 wins and 160 strikeouts are not out of the question if he wins a spot in the rotation.

60. Daniel Bard, Bos

61. Chris Sale, Chw: Much like Feliz, Sale brings questions of durability and role with him. The Chicago bullpen is far from settled so Sale could be called on to close. Also his lack of an above-average third pitch made scouts question his ability to be a quality starter.

62. Dan Duffy, KC

63. Freddy Garcia, Nyy

64. Alexi Ogando, Tex

65. Jacob Turner, Det

66. Andrew Miller, Bos

67. Chris Tillman, Bal

68. Garret Richards, Ana

69. Blake Beavan, Sea

70. Bruce Chen, KC

71. Brian Duensing, Min

72. Alfredo Simon, Bal

73. Vicente Padilla, Bos

74. Fausto Carmona, Cle

75. Josh Tomlin, Cle

76. Kevin Slowey, Cle

77. Dallas Braden, Oak

78. Jerome Williams, Ana

79. Guillermo Moscoso, Oak

80. Nick Blackburn, Min

81. Charlie Furbush, Sea

82. Tyoshi Wada, Bal

83. Armando Galarraga, Bal

84. Dana Eveland, Bal



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