Fantasy Baseball: NL 2009 Quality Starts Leaders

 A few days ago, I suggested that quality starts may be a good replacement for wins in fantasy and roto leagues, as wins do not give the fantasy/roto owner the true performance of a starting pitcher. So let's see who the NL leaders are in quality starts in 2009:

 

Player   INN    GS    QS     CG     W      L     K    BBI   HA   ERA  WHIP
Lincecum, Tim SP SF   200 28 23 4 13 5 233 55 150 2.34 1.02
Lee, Cliff SP PHI   200 29 23 5 12 11 154 39 208 3.06 1.24
Haren, Dan SP ARI   194 28 22 3 13 8 188 30 154 2.78 0.95
Johnson, Josh SP FLA   183 28 22 2 14 4 158 47 156 3.04 1.11
Wolf, Randy SP LA   190 30 21 0 10 6 145 49 159 3.22 1.09
Jimenez, Ubaldo SP COL    189 28 21 1 13 10 162 70 158 3.28 1.2
Wainwright, Adam SP STL   198 29 20 1 17 7 169 59 184 2.68 1.23
Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL   178 29 20 0 10 10 126 64 159 2.93 1.25
Billingsley, Chad SP LA   173 28 20 0 12 9 155 72 150 3.86 1.29
Davis, Doug SP ARI   175 29 20 0 7 12 129 87 162 3.81 1.42
Lowe, Derek SP ATL   171 29 20 0 13 9 92 52 197 4.36 1.45
Carpenter, Chris SP STL    158 23 19 2 15 3 119 28 130 2.28 1
Cain, Matt SP SF   190 28 19 4 13 4 146 65 155 2.51 1.16
Rodriguez, Wandy SP HOU   176 28 19 1 13 9 162 57 158 2.82 1.22
Pineiro, Joel SP STL   184 27 19 3 14 9 87 20 184 3.28 1.11
Blanton, Joe SP PHI   166 26 19 0 9 6 136 43 168 3.8 1.27
Marquis, Jason SP COL    182 27 19 2 14 10 88 57 181 3.75 1.31
Duke, Zach SP PIT   182 27 19 3 10 13 87 41 196 3.71 1.3
Garland, Jon SP LA   175 28 19 1 9 11 89 53 193 4.23 1.41
Lilly, Ted SP CHC    150 23 18 0 10 8 123 29 133 3.17 1.08



A few of the more surprising pitchers on this list are the Dodgers Randy Wolf, the Diamondbacks Doug Davis, the Phillies Joe Blanton, the Pirates Zach Duke, and the Diamondbacks-Dodgers Jon Garland.

Garland probably wasn't drafted in many roto leagues in 2009, but has put up 19 quality starts in 28 outings. His ERA and WHIP probably still make him undraftable in all but the deepest of league formats. He would probably be drafted in 12-team NL only leagues.

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