Top 45 Dynasty League Starting Pitchers: Take Two

Let’s wrap up our latest round of Dynasty League rankings with a look at starting pitchers.  How do some of the “older” top options, like Roy Halladay and Johan Santana, fall when we are looking two, three or more years ahead?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants
  2. Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals
  3. Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
  5. CC Sabathia – New York Yankees
  6. Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks
  7. Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox
  8. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers
  9. Johan Santana – New York Mets
  10. Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers
  11. Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies
  12. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
  13. Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies
  14. Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins
  15. Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox
  16. Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
  17. Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves
  18. Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals
  19. James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays
  20. Cliff Lee – Seattle Mariners
  21. Brandon Webb – Arizona Diamondbacks
  22. Stephen Strausburg – Washington Nationals
  23. Chad Billingsley – Los Angeles Dodgers
  24. Matt Garza – Tampa Bay Rays
  25. Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics
  26. Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins
  27. Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros
  28. Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants
  29. David Price – Tampa Bay Rays
  30. John Lackey – Boston Red Sox
  31. Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox
  32. Rich Harden – Texas Rangers
  33. Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins
  34. Rick Porcello – Detroit Tigers
  35. Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels
  36. Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox
  37. A.J. Burnett – New York Yankees
  38. Brian Matusz – Baltimore Orioles
  39. Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
  40. Jorge De La Rosa – Colorado Rockies
  41. John Danks – Chicago White Sox
  42. Wade Davis – Tampa Bay Rays
  43. Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs
  44. Javier Vazquez – New York Yankees
  45. Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox


  • Roy Halladay is among the elite pitchers in the game, there is just no questioning that.  How much of an impact does his age have on fantasy owners, however?  As much as I’d love to push Felix Hernandez above him, I just can’t do it.  Halladay is too good and considering he’s now in the NL, I just couldn’t pass him up.
  • Given his history of injuries, do Dynasty League owners really want to put much faith into Chris Carpenter?  The young, established options certainly look a whole lot more intriguing to me.
  • Johan Santana is one of the elite, but at 31-years old you have to wonder how much longer he has left at this level.  I can’t drop him below the Gallardo’s and Kershaw’s, quite yet, but wouldn’t blame anyone from doing so on draft day.
  • Bad luck aside, Ricky Nolasco has the potential to be a solid #2 pitcher for many years to come.
  • How will Jake Peavy perform outside of Petco Park?  Personally, I wouldn’t be willing to take the gamble, especially in a Dynasty League.  If he struggles, the selection will haunt you for many years to come given the other options you would’ve had to overlook.
  • Speaking of moving to a new ballpark, does anyone truly trust Javier Vazquez pitching in the new Yankees Stadium?  A lot would have to go wrong for me to draft him among my top three pitchers, despite his success in ’09, which is why he fell outside of the Top 40.  His AL track record makes him just too much of a risk.
  • Was Max Scherzer’s omission an oversight?  Nope.  Like Joba Chamberlain, his future could be in the bullpen, so if you are looking for a long-term starter he’s just not a good selection.  Additionally, Scherzer is injury prone and moving to the AL.  There are just too many knocks against him to take the risk.
  • Like Scherzer (and Chamberlain), the huge question surrounding Neftali Feliz is where his future lies, in the rotation or in the bullpen.  With him, I’m more willing to bet on him ultimately ending up in the rotation, but I still wouldn’t take him among the Top 45 pitchers on draft day.  Outside of that, he’s worth taking the flyer on.
  • I know Aroldis Chapman has huge control questions, but with a fastball like his how could you not like his potential long-term success?
  • Once he proves healthy, Brandon Webb is likely to return to being a consistent Top 15 option.  Take this opportunity to get him on the cheap.
  • We all know Stephen Strausburg has the talent to be an elite SP for a long, long time.  That means he’s worth selecting early in Dynasty Leagues, because he could solidify your staff for the next 12-years.

What are your thoughts on the rankings?  Who belongs?  Who doesn’t?

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  1. LeVon Johnson says:


  2. Chris says:

    Great job on these rankings. I prefer Tillman over Gavin Flloyd (but that’s probably cause i’m a Phillies fan who never actually saw Flloyd pitch well) but that’s the only thing that stands out to me.

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