Complete SP Rankings: Week 1

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Brian Creagh ranks all pitchers scheduled to start in Week 1 of the fantasy season and highlights some matchups to take advantage of.

Typically, this post will jump straight into the rankings followed by some brief notes on pitchers I really like and then a brief recap of how the rankings held up to last week's results. Since there is no recap to do this week, I will begin with a brief introduction on my methodology. I hope you enjoy and please use the comments section to stay active throughout the week. Projecting probable pitchers 7+ days in advance can be a bit of a guessing game, so I plan on providing real-time advice as news changes.

First, let me clarify that these rankings are for only the upcoming fantasy week and are not an indication of how I expect the players to finish the rest of the season. Since I will be considering such a short timeframe, talent will not be the only deciding factor in the ranking. I will also consider: the opponent, the number of times scheduled to pitch, the opposing pitcher, and the ballpark the game will be played in. A combination of these 4 factors along with the talent of the pitcher himself, will determine the ranking each week. The player highlighted in bold (Jose Quintana this week) represents the first pitcher on the list that I wouldn't recommend starting in a 12-team league. Everyone above the bold row should be rostered and put in the lineup for their start that week. Keep in mind that I typically employ a streaming approach to pitching, so my line might be a little further down than expected as I normally go a bit deeper into the talent pool in most of my leagues.

If there is additional information you would like to see added to this weekly report, please let me know as I'm looking to make this as informative as possible. We already had a request to highlight pitchers I really like who are less than 50% owned in Yahoo! Leagues (I believe the request was for ESPN, but I'm a Yahoo! guy so it will make life a bit easier on me). These players will be denoted with an "*" beside their name.

So without further ado, here are my Starting Pitcher Rankings for Week 1 of the 2013 fantasy season:

Rank

Player

First Matchup

First Opponent

Second Matchup

Second Opponent

1

David Price

Jason Hammel

BAL

Justin Masterson

CLE

2

Justin Verlander

Vance Worley

@MIN

C.C. Sabathia

NYY

3

Stephen Strasburg

Ricky Nolasco

MIA

Johnny Cueto

@CIN

4

Felix Hernandez

Brett Anderson

@OAK

Dylan Axelrod

@CHW

5

Clayton Kershaw

Matt Cain

SF

A.J. Burnett

PIT

6

Cole Hamels

Tim Hudson

@ATL

James Shields

KC

7

Adam Wainwright

Ian Kennedy

@ARI

Matt Cain

@SF

8

Yovani Gallardo

Jhoulys Chacin

COL

Ian Kennedy

ARI

9

Matt Cain

Clayton Kershaw

@LAD

Adam Wainwright

STL

10

Chris Sale

James Shields

KC

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

11

C.C. Sabathia

Jon Lester

BOS

Justin Verlander

@DET

12

James Shields

Chris Sale

@CHW

Cole Hamels

@PHI

13

RA Dickey

Justin Masterson

CLE

Jon Lester

BOS

14

Jeff Samardzija

A.J. Burnett

@PIT

Tim Hudson

@ATL

15

Jered Weaver

Johnny Cueto

@CIN

Matt Harrison

@TEX

16

Brett Anderson

Felix Hernandez

SEA

Erik Bedard

@HOU

17

Jarrod Parker

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

Bud Norris

@HOU

18

Jon Niese

Edinson Volquez

SD

Kevin Slowey

MIA

19

Johnny Cueto

Jered Weaver

LAA

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

20

Ian Kennedy

Adam Wainwright

StL

Yovani Gallardo

@MIL

21

Jon Lester

C.C. Sabathia

@NYY

RA Dickey

@TOR

22

Jason Hammel

David Price

@TB

Vance Worley

MIN

23

A.J. Burnett

Jeff Samardzija

CHC

Clayton Kershaw

@LAD

24

Tim Hudson

Cole Hamels

PHI

Jeff Samardzija

CHC

25

Matt Harrison

Bud Norris

@HOU

Jered Weaver

LAA

26

Yu Darvish

Lucas Harrell

@HOU

27

Matt Moore

Miguel Gonzalez

BAL

28

Anibal Sanchez

Kevin Correia

@MIN

29

Gio Gonzalez

Nate Eovaldi

MIA

30

Jordan Zimmermann

Wade LeBlanc

MIA

31

Zack Greinke

Jeff Locke

PIT

32

Cliff Lee

Kris Medlen

@ATL

33

Madison Bumgarner

Hyun-Jin Ryu

@LAD

34

Kris Medlen

Cliff Lee

PHI

35

Hisashi Iwakuma

Jarrod Parker

@OAK

Chris Sale

@CHW

36

Edinson Volquez*

Jon Niese

@NYM

Jhoulys Chacin

@COL

37

Justin Masterson

RA Dickey

@TOR

David Price

@TB

38

Ricky Nolasco

Stephen Strasburg

@WAS

Shaun Marcum

@NYM

39

Rick Porcello

Mike Pelfrey

@MIN

40

Mat Latos

C.J. Wilson

LAA

41

Matt Harvey

Clayton Richard

SD

42

Vance Worley

Justin Verlander

DET

Jason Hammel

@BAL

43

Jhoulys Chacin

Yovani Gallardo

@MIL

Edinson Volquez

SD

44

Bud Norris

Matt Harrison

TEX

Jarrod Parker

OAK

45

Jake Peavy

Ervin Santana

KC

46

Tim Lincecum

Josh Beckett

@LAD

47

Josh Johnson

Felix Doubront

BOS

48

Brandon Morrow

Ubaldo Jimenez

CLE

49

Mike Minor

Scott Feldman

CHC

50

Marco Estrada

Jorge de la Rosa

COL

51

Doug Fister

Ivan Nova

NYY

52

Dan Haren

Homer Bailey

@CIN

53

Hiroki Kuroda

Clay Buchholz

BOS

54

Roy Halladay

Paul Maholm

@ATL

55

C.J. Wilson

Mat Latos

@CIN

56

Trevor Cahill

Jaime Garcia

StL

57

Derek Holland

Jason Vargas

LAA

58

Jeremy Hellickson

Wei-Yin Chen

BAL

59

Lance Lynn

Brandon McCarthy

@ARI

60

Homer Bailey

Dan Haren

WAS

61

Edwin Jackson

Wandy Rodriguez

@PIT

62

Josh Beckett

Tim Lincecum

SF

63

Wei-Yin Chen

Jeremy Hellickson

@TB

64

Jaime Garcia

Trevor Cahill

@ARI

65

Brandon McCarthy

Lance Lynn

STL

66

Shaun Marcum

Ricky Nolasco

MIA

67

Alexi Ogando

Phil Humber

@HOU

68

Andy Pettitte

Ryan Dempster

BOS

69

Dillon Gee

Eric Stults

SD

70

Paul Maholm

Roy Halladay

PHI

71

Mark Buehrle

Brett Myers

CLE

72

Max Scherzer

David Phelps

NYY

73

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Madison Bumgarner

SF

74

Gavin Floyd

Jeremy Guthrie

KC

75

Wily Peralta*

Juan Nicasio

COL

76

Ervin Santana

Jake Peavy

@CHW

77

Bronson Arroyo

Joe Blanton

LAA

78

Ross Detwiler

Mike Leake

@CIN

79

Tommy Milone

Joe Saunders

SEA

80

Wade Davis

Kyle Kendrick

@PHI

81

Felix Doubront

Josh Johnson

@TOR

82

Alex Cobb

Zach McAllister

CLE

83

James McDonald

Travis Wood

CHC

84

Jason Vargas

Derek Holland

@TEX

85

Julio Teheran

Carlos Villanueva

CHC

86

Shelby Miller

Ryan Vogelsong

@SF

87

Jose Quintana

Blake Beavan

SEA

88

Kevin Correia

Anibal Sanchez

DET

89

Nate Eovaldi

Gio Gonzalez

@WAS

90

Ubaldo Jimenez

Brandon Morrow

@TOR

91

Jake Westbrook

Barry Zito

@SF

92

Clayton Richard

Matt Harvey

@NYM

93

Ryan Dempster

Andy Pettitte

@NYY

94

Wade Miley

Kyle Lohse

@MIL

95

Kyle Lohse

Wade Miley

ARI

96

Dan Straily

Brad Peacock

@HOU

97

Mike Fiers

Patrick Corbin

ARI

98

Zach McAllister

Alex Cobb

@TB

99

Ryan Vogelsong

Shelby Miller

STL

100

Joe Blanton

Bronson Arroyo

@CIN

101

Chris Capuano

Jonathan Sanchez

PIT

102

A.J. Griffin

Brandon Maurer

SEA

103

Erik Bedard

Brett Anderson

OAK

104

Clay Buchholz

Hiroki Kuroda

@NYY

105

Brandon Maurer

A.J. Griffin

@OAK

106

Wandy Rodriguez*

Edwin Jackson

CHC

107

Jeremy Guthrie

Gavin Floyd

@CHW

108

John Lackey*

J.A. Happ

@TOR

109

Miguel Gonzalez

Matt Moore

@TB

110

Tyson Ross

Jon Garland

@COL

111

Ivan Nova

Doug Fister

@DET

112

Kyle Kendrick

Wade Davis

KC

113

Eric Stults

Dillon Gee

@NYM

114

Travis Wood

James McDonald

@PIT

115

Brett Myers

Mark Buehrle

@TOR

116

Juan Nicasio

Wily Peralta

@MIL

117

Barry Zito

Jake Westbrook

STL

118

Patrick Corbin

Mike Fiers

@MIL

119

Jake Arrieta

Liam Hendriks

MIN

120

Liam Hendriks

Jake Arrieta

@BAL

121

Brad Peacock

Dan Straily

OAK

122

Scott Feldman

Mike Minor

@ATL

123

Mike Leake

Ross Detwiler

WAS

124

Carlos Villanueva

Julio Teheran

@ATL

125

Tommy Hanson

Nick Tepesch

@TEX

126

David Phelps

Max Scherzer

@DET

127

Jorge de la Rosa

Marco Estrada

@MIL

128

John Lannan

Luis Mendoza

KC

129

Jason Marquis

Jeff Francis

@COL

130

Henderson Alvarez*

Jeremy Hefner

@NYM

131

Lucas Harrell

Yu Darvish

TEX

132

Joe Saunders

Tommy Milone

@OAK

133

Mike Pelfrey

Rick Porcello

DET

134

J.A. Happ

John Lackey

BOS

135

Kevin Slowey

Jon Niese

@NYM

136

Jeff Locke

Zack Greinke

@LAD

137

Phil Humber

Alexi Ogando

TEX

138

Wade LeBlanc

Jordan Zimmermann

@WAS

139

Scott Kazmir

Roberto Hernandez

@TB

140

Dylan Axelrod

Felix Hernandez

SEA

141

Luis Mendoza

John Lannan

@PHI

142

Jeff Francis

Jason Marquis

SD

143

Brian Matusz

Cole DeVries

MIN

144

Roberto Hernandez

Scott Kazmir

CLE

145

Jonathan Sanchez

Chris Capuano

@LAD

146

Jon Garland

Tyson Ross

SD

147

Nick Tepesch

Tommy Hanson

LAA

148

Cole DeVries

Brian Matusz

@BAL

149

Blake Beavan

Jose Quintana

@CHW

150

Jeremy Hefner

Henderson Alvarez

MIA

Notable Starters:

  • Jon Niese has two excellent opportunities for W's in Week 1 as he'll face the Padres and the Marlins. The only way to make this better is if both were on the road.
  • Rick Porcello should get a nice shot to establish himself in the 5th spot of the Detroit rotation as he'll likely face Mike Pelfrey and the Twins.
  • I'm eager to see Wade Davis' first start of the season for KC and he has a nice matchup against Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies.
  • A few guys who could make me look silly for putting them below the 12-team threshold are Patrick Corbin, Dan Straily, Wandy Rodriguez, Henderson Alvarez and John Lackey

I'm intentionally light on comments this first week as we don't have much info to work with, and I'm hoping for more league-specific questions in the comments.

As mentioned before, feel free to dropquestions in the comments or ask me on Twitter (@BrianCreagh).

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