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Top 100 Tiered Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2016

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For those who like to see position rankings in tiers, Ray offers his 2016 tiered starting pitcher rankings, where Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw heads the rankings and sits in a tier all his own. Check out where the rest of the Top 100 starting pitchers rank in his tiered rankings.

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I ranked our Top 100 Starting Pitchers for 2016 in six tiers, with the best pitcher in baseball in his own tier, followed by a tier of two, then tiers of 22, 21, 19 and 35.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is in a tier of his own, as he is the first starter to strike out 300 batters in many, many years. Add 15-18 wins, a sub 2.50 ERA and a sub 1.00 WHIP, and he is the first tier all by himself, and there is no real argument that I can see to group him with others below him. He has actually been more dominant as he ages.

In the second tier, we have two dominating aces, Max Scherzer and Chris Sale. Sale got hit around a bit last year, but still dominated when he was on, and Scherzer tossed two no-hitters last year. Scherzer, Sale and Kershaw all struck out more than 30% of the hitters they faced last season, which is incredible for a starting pitcher.

The third tier contains the rest of the fantasy aces that owners should target on draft day, including Jake Arrieta, David Price, Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber and about 18 others. All told there are 22 starters in the third tier. The guys I like in the third tier include Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Jose Fernandez. I wouldn't be surprised to see all four in the top 10-12 again next year, with Fernandez and Carrasco both having a real shot to move up to tier two.

The fourth tier includes a nice mix of young and veteran starters. The guys I like, and who I think are undervalued are John Lackey, Scott Kazmir, and Jose Quintana. Two of the younger starters in this tier, Raisel Iglesias and Taijuan Walker were profiled here on Tuesday, so make sure you check them out. Both have the talent to move up in to the third tier in 2017.

The fifth tier includes 19 starters, including some up and coming guys like Eduardo Rodriguez, Aaron Nola, Joe Ross and Luis Severino. All four could help fantasy rosters in 2016. The one guy that stands out as undervalued in this tier is Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda. The fantasy community tends to undervalued pitchers from Japan and Korea when they come over, but recently they have had more success than anticipated.

Top 100 Tiered Starting Pitcher Rankings

Rank

NFBC ADP

Tier

Name

Tm

1

4.13

1

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

2

15.08

2

Max Scherzer

WSN

3

25.51

2

Chris Sale

CHW

4

21.90

3

Jake Arrieta

CHC

5

35.85

3

David Price

BOS

6

33.41

3

Zack Greinke

ARI

7

37.13

3

Jacob deGrom

NYM

8

29.02

3

Madison Bumgarner

SFG

9

32.85

3

Jose Fernandez

MIA

10

40.38

3

Corey Kluber

CLE

11

46.26

3

Dallas Keuchel

HOU

12

34.74

3

Matt Harvey

NYM

13

35.12

3

Gerrit Cole

PIT

14

49.14

3

Chris Archer

TBR

15

49.11

3

Carlos Carrasco

CLE

16

50.78

3

Felix Hernandez

SEA

17

40.96

3

Stephen Strasburg

WSN

18

47.95

3

Noah Syndergaard

NYM

19

128.31

3

Yu Darvish

TEX

20

62.07

3

Jon Lester

CHC

21

72.95

3

Johnny Cueto

SFG

22

73.79

3

Adam Wainwright

STL

23

78.09

3

Danny Salazar

CLE

24

74.48

3

Cole Hamels

TEX

25

68.37

3

Sonny Gray

OAK

26

94.27

4

Tyson Ross

SDP

27

122.37

4

Francisco Liriano

PIT

28

107.39

4

Carlos Martinez

STL

29

122.47

4

Masahiro Tanaka

NYY

30

108.97

4

Garrett Richards

LAA

31

97.31

4

Marcus Stroman

TOR

32

100.70

4

Michael Wacha

STL

33

167.90

4

Michael Pineda

NYY

34

156.26

4

Jake Odorizzi

TBR

35

185.63

4

John Lackey

CHC

36

144.52

4

Carlos Rodon

CHW

37

166.86

4

Jose Quintana

CHW

38

123.15

4

Jordan Zimmermann

DET

39

210.14

4

Scott Kazmir

LAD

40

148.61

4

Raisel Iglesias

CIN

41

169.84

4

Taijuan Walker

SEA

42

169.69

4

Drew Smyly

TBR

43

151.70

4

Jeff Samardzija

CHW

44

145.87

4

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

45

174.57

4

Yordano Ventura

KCR

46

132.90

4

Lance McCullers

HOU

47

156.86

5

Shelby Miller

ARI

48

213.13

5

Wei-Yin Chen

MIA

49

194.72

5

Patrick Corbin

ARI

50

179.60

5

Collin McHugh

HOU

51

194.40

5

Gio Gonzalez

WSN

52

133.82

5

James Shields

SDP

53

113.15

5

Steven Matz

NYM

54

145.48

5

Justin Verlander

DET

55

223.90

5

Jaime Garcia

STL

56

286.03

5

Clay Buchholz

BOS

57

239.09

5

Jason Hammel

CHC

58

218.97

5

Kyle Hendricks

CHC

59

216.73

5

Joe Ross

WSN

60

160.64

5

Luis Severino

NYY

61

176.68

5

Julio Teheran

ATL

62

205.90

5

Kenta Maeda

LAD

63

235.51

5

Aaron Nola

PHI

64

266.56

5

Eduardo Rodriguez

BOS

65

267.19

5

Andrew Cashner

SDP

66

294.93

6

Anibal Sanchez

DET

67

268.81

6

Mike Leake

2TM

68

262.24

6

Anthony DeSclafani

CIN

69

245.53

6

Andrew Heaney

LAA

70

320.70

6

Nathan Eovaldi

NYY

71

321.63

6

Rick Porcello

BOS

72

212.93

6

Mike Fiers

2TM

73

283.73

6

Jimmy Nelson

MIL

74

239.57

6

Kevin Gausman

BAL

75

247.06

6

Ian Kennedy

KCR

76

277.50

6

Alex Wood

LAD

77

303.82

6

Edinson Volquez

KCR

78

338.17

6

Kyle Gibson

MIN

79

336.29

6

Hector Santiago

LAA

80

261.32

6

Marco Estrada

TOR

81

399.14

6

Alex Cobb

TBR

82

319.16

6

Jerad Eickhoff

PHI

83

270.43

6

Matt Moore

TBR

84

327.46

6

Derek Holland

TEX

85

258.18

6

Rich Hill

OAK

86

289.81

6

Trevor Bauer

CLE

87

479.64

6

Martin Perez

TEX

88

306.01

6

Erasmo Ramirez

TBR

89

308.83

6

Nate Karns

TBR

90

297.58

6

Daniel Norris

DET

91

365.68

6

Wade Miley

SEA

92

347.90

6

James Paxton

SEA

93

558.11

6

Tyler Lyons

STL

94

313.33

6

Josh Tomlin

CLE

95

382.81

6

Yovani Gallardo

TEX

96

434.12

6

Chris Heston

SFG

97

405.67

6

Rubby De La Rosa

ARI

98

532.13

6

Wily Peralta

MIL

99

475.52

6

Joe Kelly

BOS

100

413.68

6

Matt Shoemaker

LAA

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