A Look Back at our 2013 Consensus Starting Pitcher Rankings - Part 2

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Ray reviews the Fake Teams 2013 Consensus Starting Pitcher rankings and profiles three starting pitchers whose value increased this season and three whose value dropped this season.

I continue with my review of the Fake Teams 2013 Consensus Position Rankings by looking at our fantasy starting pitcher rankings from last November-December timeframe. Below are links to the positions that have been reviewed to date:

Catcher

First Base

Second Base

Shortstop

Third Base

Outfielders - Part 1

Outfielders - Part 2

Starting Pitchers - Part 1

Looking back at our starting pitcher rankings, I think we did a good job, but like most other rankings out there, there are some misses, namely Brett Anderson, Brandon Morrow, Ian Kennedy, among others. Then there are others who we ranked too low. Hi Matt Harvey, Mike Minor and Anibal Sanchez.

Here is a look at our 2013 Consensus Starter Pitchers ranked 26 - 50.

Rank

Player

Ray

Bret

Jason

Craig

Score

26

Brett Anderson

23

30

27

28

312

27

Matt Moore

31

19

40

24

306

28

Jon Lester

29

33

42

20

296

29

Hiroki Kuroda

24

44

26

33

293

30

Jake Peavy

42

45

24

18

291

31

Brandon Morrow

41

29

44

22

284

32

Matt Harvey

43

31

31

32

283

33

Josh Johnson

47

28

32

36

277

34

Dan Haren

52

32

33

29

274

35

Jeff Samardzija

37

39

29

42

273

36

Jarrod Parker

35

42

38

34

271

37

Tim Lincecum

28

34

41

47

270

38

CJ Wilson

40

27

55

30

268

39

Doug Fister

22

36

49

48

265

40

Anibal Sanchez

30

37

54

50

249

41

Jaime Garcia

45

54

35

40

246

42

A.J. Burnett

27

41

61

52

239

43

Ian Kennedy

50

51

43

38

238

44

Matt Garza

88

35

30

31

236

45

Chris Carpenter

49

47

34

54

236

46

Ryan Vogelsong

36

62

47

46

229

47

Lance Lynn

44

46

56

45

229

48

Jon Niese

32

57

59

53

219

49

Mike Minor

59

55

50

39

217

50

Ryan Dempster

46

64

48

51

211


Three Up

Matt Harvey, NYM

Harvey was probably the best starting pitcher in baseball before he was shut down with the bad elbow. He won just 9 of his 26 starts, but with a 2.27 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and an elite 191-31 strikeout to walk rate in 178.1 innings. He will have Tommy John surgery this week, I think, and will miss the 2014 season. He will come cheaply in auction keeper leagues this season.

Mike Minor, ATL

Minor had a great sophomore season with the Braves, going 13-9 in 32 starts, with a 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and an elite 181-46 strikeout to walk rate in 204.2 innings this season. He is a top 20 starter for me in 2014.

Anibal Sanchez, DET

Sanchez was the third best starting pitcher in baseball according to fWAR, winning 14 games with a career best 2.57 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a 202-54 strikeout to walk rate in 182 innings of work. He was ranked as our 40th ranked starting pitcher in 2013, and he will move up into the top 20 or 25 in 2014. He kept the ball in the park and increased his strikeout rate from a respectable 7.68 K/9 to 9.99 K/9.

Three Down

Brett Anderson, OAK

This guy can't stay healthy and couldn't get guys out when he was healthy in 2013. Will he bounce back in 2014? He has the talent, but has to show he can stay healthy next season. He is a late round pick in AL only leagues and waiver wire fodder in mixed leagues in 2014.

Brandon Morrow, TOR

I never understood the love that many showed for Morrow last offseason, and he made just 10 starts this season due to a forearm injury. He went 2-3 with an ERA just under 7.00, giving up almost 15 base runners every nine innings, and has seen his strikeout rate plummet to under 7 K/9 this season.

Josh Johnson, TOR

Johnson was another big disappointment for fantasy owners this season, and, frankly, I wouldn't draft him unless it was an AL only league, and I needed a starter in the later rounds of drafts. Just won't do it. He went 2-8 in 16 starts with the Blue Jays this season with an ERA north of 6.00, but at least his peripheral stats were fine, as he struck out nine batters per nine innings and walked just over three batters per nine.

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