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2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 50 Starting Pitchers

The Fake Teams writers rank the top 50 hurlers for 2022 fantasy baseball.

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Here’s a curious thing—you do so many fantasy baseball drafts in the same location, and you forget that not everyone plays fantasy sports in the same place. For instance, Shohei Ohtani can be a hitter or a pitcher at the NFBC, but in some places he is only one or the other.

So if you see a wacky-looking Shohei Ohtani ranking today, that might be a little bit jarring—at least if you’re looking with your NFBC goggles. But think about it...if you ranked Ohtani SOLELY as a starting pitcher, how low would you go? Here are his innings pitched by season: 51 23, 0, 1 23, 130 13. Sure, that tally comes with a career 3.53 ERA and a shiny 1.16 WHIP, as well as a 29.2% K-rate. But what’s realistic with regard to innings pitched? Steamer is the most bullish projection system, at 165 innings. But other systems hover around the 140 to 150 innings pitched mark.

A guy like Freddy Peralta has similar workload questions, though he’s had more of a gradual build-up and pitched more innings last year (144 13). His career ERA of 3.87 lags behind Ohtani, but both players bested their career marks by a mile last year—Ohtani had a 3.18 ERA, while Peralta managed a 2.81 ERA. Peralta’s career K-rate is 32.2%, and his 1.15 WHIP is a hair better than Ohtani’s. I think you’re at least looking at that Peralta/Robbie Ray/Chris Sale area if you’re ranking Ohtani solely as a starting pitcher...but what say you all? How low would you go on Ohtani if he were merely SP-eligible?

We are ranking starting pitchers, so we had to ask!

Top 50 Starters for 2022

Rank Player Name Team HEATH ANDRES GARRETT MARK SKYLER AVG
Rank Player Name Team HEATH ANDRES GARRETT MARK SKYLER AVG
1 Gerrit Cole NYY 1 1 1 1 2 1.20
2 Corbin Burnes MLW 2 2 5 2 1 2.40
3 Brandon Woodruff MLW 3 7 4 3 3 4.00
4 Max Scherzer NYM 4 5 3 4 5 4.20
5 Walker Buehler LAD 6 8 2 6 6 5.60
6 Zack Wheeler PHI 7 6 7 5 4 5.80
7 Shane Bieber CLE 5 4 11 9 7 7.20
8 Jacob deGrom NYM 15 3 6 7 9 8.00
9 Sandy Alcantara MIA 10 9 10 8 11 9.60
10 Aaron Nola PHI 8 11 12 15 8 10.80
11 Julio Urias LAD 14 10 9 10 12 11.00
12 Lucas Giolito CWS 9 14 13 11 10 11.40
13 Freddy Peralta MLW 11 12 15 19 14 14.20
14 Chris Sale BOS 17 13 16 14 19 15.80
15 Kevin Gausman TOR 21 16 18 12 15 16.40
16 Robbie Ray SEA 16 17 8 21 21 16.60
17 Logan Webb SF 13 19 17 22 13 16.80
18 Max Fried ATL 18 18 19 17 16 17.60
19 Lance Lynn CWS 19 20 23 13 18 18.60
20 Shohei Ohtani LAA 12 25 14 25 23 19.80
21 Joe Musgrove SD 23 15 24 20 22 20.80
22 Dylan Cease CWS 20 29 20 27 20 23.20
23 Jose Berrios TOR 24 26 21 30 17 23.60
24 Jack Flaherty STL 27 21 29 16 25 23.60
25 Trevor Rogers MIA 26 22 30 18 26 24.40
26 Yu Darvish SD 22 23 27 29 27 25.60
27 Frankie Montas OAK 25 27 22 32 24 26.00
28 Charlie Morton ATL 30 28 25 24 31 27.60
29 Luis Castillo CIN 28 24 32 33 28 29.00
30 Alek Manoah TOR 29 33 31 24 29 29.20
31 Justin Verlander HOU 31 30 26 34 32 30.60
32 Shane McClanahan TB 35 34 28 26 30 30.60
33 Zac Gallen ARZ 37 31 33 35 33 33.80
34 Tyler Mahle CIN 38 32 37 28 34 33.80
35 Blake Snell SD 36 35 34 31 37 34.60
36 Carlos Rodon CWS 40 37 36 36 35 36.80
37 Nathan Eovaldi BOS 32 43 38 45 36 38.80
38 Pablo Lopez MIA 42 36 40 39 39 39.20
39 Chris Bassitt OAK 34 44 42 42 42 40.80
40 Ian Anderson ATL 44 39 43 43 41 42.00
41 Framber Valdez HOU 45 38 45 44 40 42.40
42 Shane Baz TB 39 48 35 49 43 42.80
43 Logan Gilbert SEA 46 51 39 50 38 44.80
44 Clayton Kershaw LAD 57 41 48 37 45.75
45 Sean Manaea OAK 33 60 44 54 47.75
46 Eduardo Rodriguez DET 43 46 46 58 46 47.80
47 Sonny Gray CIN 49 42 49 55 47 48.40
48 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU 59 40 57 38 48.50
49 Luis Garcia HOU 41 59 41 60 44 49.00
50 Marcus Stroman CHC 47 50 53 47 49.25