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2014 Points League Rankings: Top 125 Pitchers

The top-125 pitchers in head-to-head points leagues are revealed.

Rob Carr

Yesterday, I posted my top-200 hitters in head-to-head points leagues. Today I'll reveal my top 125-pitchers (starters and relievers), before releasing my top-300 overall players on Wednesday. While a hitter's value differs greatly from roto to points, a pitcher's value is more similar across the two formats (assuming the scoring settings I've outlined below).

Keep in mind: Your final rankings may look wildly different depending on the scoring system implemented in your league. For simplicity, I'll be using the following scoring settings (which is also the standard points format used in ESPN leagues): one point for each recorded out and strikeout, minus-one point for every walk and hit, minus-two points for every earned run, five points for a win or save, and five points for a loss.

Last year's king among pitchers was the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, who scored 678 points, followed by the Tigers' Max Scherzer (627 points). Both Cy Young award winners out-paced the No. 1 hitter, Mike Trout, who tallied 592 points. Pitchers who consistently log innings are important in points leagues, but that doesn't mean you absolutely must draft a top-10 pitcher. Streaming is a very effective strategy if you're allowed -- as, simply put, collecting more innings leads to more points. Last year, for example, my No. 1 starter was Jordan Zimmermann, who was barely a top-30 consideration. He ended logging a career high in innings and wins, finishing as the No. 14 pitcher in points leagues.

Because a save counts as much as win, relievers are a valuable commodity, but the relievers with elite strikeout rates (Craig Kimbrel, Greg Holland, Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, etc.) are the ones you want to target. Kimbrel was the most valuable reliever in 2013, finishing with 477 points -- which was the 11th highest total among all pitchers. Holland was 13th overall with 468 points. Relievers with solid ratios but little in the way of strikeouts are devalued in points leagues.

As a reminder, scoring for pitchers in points leagues is one point for each recorded out and strikeout, minus-one point for every walk and hit, minus-two points for every earned run, five points for a win or save, and five points for a loss. Your league may weigh points differently, so be sure to check your scoring and settings -- it will affect your final rankings/projections considerably.

Here are my top-125 pitchers in points leagues for 2014:

Rank Player Position-Rank Team
1 Clayton Kershaw SP-1 LAD
2 Yu Darvish SP-2 TEX
3 Max Scherzer SP-3 DET
4 Felix Hernandez SP-4 SEA
5 Cliff Lee SP-5 PHI
6 Chris Sale SP-6 CHW
7 Adam Wainwright SP-7 STL
8 Stephen Strasburg SP-8 WAS
9 Justin Verlander SP-9 DET
10 David Price SP-10 TB
11 Madison Bumgarner SP-11 SF
12 Craig Kimbrel RP-1 ATL
13 Greg Holland RP-2 KC
14 Aroldis Chapman RP-3 CIN
15 Jose Fernandez SP-12 MIA
16 James Shields SP-13 KC
17 Anibal Sanchez SP-14 DET
18 Kenley Jansen RP-4 LAD
19 Homer Bailey SP-15 CIN
20 Mat Latos SP-16 CIN
21 Trevor Rosenthal RP-5 STL
22 Masahiro Tanaka SP-17 NYY
23 Zack Greinke SP-18 LAD
24 Cole Hamels SP-19 PHI
25 Mike Minor SP-20 ATL
26 Gio Gonzalez SP-21 WAS
27 Jordan Zimmermann SP-22 WAS
28 Gerrit Cole SP-23 PIT
29 Doug Fister SP-24 WAS
30 Alex Cobb SP-25 TB
31 Koji Uehara RP-6 BOS
32 Jason Grilli RP-7 PIT
33 Matt Cain SP-26 SF
34 Julio Teheran SP-27 ATL
35 Shelby Miller SP-28 STL
36 Justin Masterson SP-29 CLE
37 Jered Weaver SP-30 LAA
38 C.J. Wilson SP-31 LAA
39 Hyun-Jin Ryu SP-32 LAD
40 Michal Wacha SP-33 STL
41 A.J. Burnett SP-34 PHI
42 David Robertson RP-8 NYY
43 Glen Perkins RP-9 MIN
44 Hisashi Iwakuma SP-35 SEA
45 Sonny Gray SP-36 OAK
46 Andrew Cashner SP-37 SD
47 Chris Tillman SP-38 BAL
48 Jon Lester SP-39 BOS
49 Clay Buchholz SP-40 BOS
50 Joe Nathan RP-10 TEX
51 Jeff Samardzija SP-41 CHC
52 Matt Moore SP-42 TB
53 Francisco Liriano SP-43 PIT
54 Lance Lynn SP-44 STL
55 Alex Wood SP-45 ATL
56 Sergio Romo RP-11 SF
57 Addison Reed RP-12 ARI
58 Matt Garza SP-46 MIL
59 Zack Wheeler SP-47 NYM
60 Jim Johnson RP-13 OAK
61 Bobby Parnell RP-14 NYM
62 C.C. Sabathia SP-48 NYY
63 Corey Kluber SP-49 CLE
64 Scott Kazmir SP-50 OAK
65 Marco Estrada SP-51 MIL
66 Jim Henderson RP-15 MIL
67 Kyle Lohse SP-52 MIL
68 Hiroki Kuroda SP-53 NYY
69 Jake Peavy SP-54 BOS
70 Ervin Santana SP-55 ATL
71 Danny Salazar SP-56 CLE
72 R.A. Dickey SP-57 TOR
73 Chris Archer SP-58 TB
74 Rick Porcello SP-59 DET
75 Grant Balfour RP-16 TB
76 Ernesto Frieri RP-17 LAA
77 Steve Cishek RP-18 MIA
78 Rafael Soriano RP-19 WAS
79 Johnny Cueto SP-60 CIN
80 Ivan Nova SP-61 NYY
81 Yovani Gallardo SP-62 MIL
82 Jonathan Papelbon RP-20 PHI
83 Dillon Gee SP-63 NYM
84 Tyson Ross SP-64 SD
85 Jose Quintana SP-65 CHW
86 Ian Kennedy SP-66 SD
87 Fernando Rodney RP-21 SEA
88 John Axford RP-22 CLE
89 Ubaldo Jimenez SP-67 BAL
90 Tony Cingrni SP-68 CIN
91 Dan Haren SP-69 LAD
92 Yordano Ventura SP-70 KC
93 Dan Straily SP-71 OAK
94 Drew Smyly SP-72 DET
95 Hector Santiago SP-73 LAA
96 John Lackey SP-74 BOS
97 Neftail Feliz RP-23 TEX
98 Ricky Nolasco SP-75 MIN
99 Brett Anderson SP-76 COL
100 Casey Janssen RP-24 TOR
101 Martin Perez SP-77 TEX
102 Tim Lincecum SP-78 SF
103 Josh Johnson SP-79 SD
104 Phil Hughes SP-80 MIN
105 Wade Miley SP-81 ARI
106 Huston Street RP-25 SD
107 Wily Peralta SP-82 MIL
108 Travis Wood SP-83 CHC
109 Tommy Milone SP-84 OAK
110 Nate Jones RP-26 CHW
111 Jose Veras RP-27 CHC
112 Jorge De La Rosa SP-85 COL
113 Mike Leake SP-86 CIN
114 Tommy Hunter RP-28 BAL
115 LaTroy Hawkins RP-29 COL
116 Kevin Gausman SP-87 BAL
117 Chad Qualls RP-30 HOU
118 Bartolo Colon SP-88 NYM
119 Scott Feldman SP-89 HOU
120 Mark Buehrle SP-90 TOR
121 Bud Norris SP-91 BAL
122 Wei-Yin Chen SP-92 BAL
123 Bronson Arroyo SP-93 ARI
124 Jason Vargas SP-94 KC
125 Randall Delgado SP-95 ARI