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Starting Pitchers to Target in 2019

We have made it to pitchers week! First, a look at who to target among starters.

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It's target time! Let's take a look at who to target at Starting Pitcher...

Stephen Strasburg

My Rank: 13
Expert Consensus Rank: 17

Strasburg is a Top 10 starter when healthy. I know health has been his biggest concern, but there's no denying how much impact he has when he's on. The Top 20 at starting pitcher is full of question marks. Why not draft someone who you know will give you elite innings, even if they are about 50 fewer innings than most? And, heck, maybe 2019 will be the year he finally stays healthy.

Zack Wheeler

My Rank: 22
Expert Consensus Rank: 25

Wheeler took a big step forward in 2018. He had his best season by far. He also pitched deep into his starts, especially during the second half. Over his last 12 starts, Wheeler had a 1.96 ERA and went at least seven innings in all but two of those games. If he can keep this up, the Mets will have another Top 20 starting pitcher on their hands.

Shane Bieber

My Rank: 34
Expert Consensus Rank: 42

Bieber is going to be a star and the Indians have a hell of a rotation. Don't let the 4.55 ERA fool you, Bieber was good in 2018. His 3.23 FIP, 9.3 K/9, and 1.8 BB/9 lead me to believe great things are coming in 2019.

Tyler Glasnow

My Rank: 41
Expert Consensus Rank: 48

Post-hype sleeper Tyler Glasnow never panned out with the Pirates. Following the trade to the Rays, we started to see what Glasnow could be. Take out the one bad outing he had (seven runs in just 2/3 of an inning) and and he put up a 3.11 ERA over 55 innings during his time with Tampa last year. He also had over 10 strikeouts per nine and he started to walk less batters as well. The walks have been his biggest issue in the Majors.

Derek Holland

My Rank: 95
Expert Consensus Rank: 113

I like to give a super deep name to keep an eye on, Derek Holland. No, he's probably not going to win you a league, let alone be drafted in many leagues. However, Holland can be a great streaming option. He had a career-best 8.9 K/9 in 2018 and had his second-lowest ERA at 3.57. In fact, Holland had a 2.61 ERA over his last 18 appearances (13 starts). His home/road split is practically identical as well, so it's not just a product of now Oracle Park.