Updated Top 30 Starting Pitchers For 2011: Adam Wainwright Needs Tommy John Surgery

The news officially broke this afternoon: Adam Wainwright will in fact undergo Tommy John surgery costing him the entire 2011 season (and, quite possibly, a good chunk of 2012 as well).

Wainwright, coming off a year in which he went 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 213 K and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting, had come in at #5 of our previous starting pitcher rankings (click here to view, which will also bring a little bit more insight into the rankings).  It just shows how big of a void his injury leaves on fantasy baseball draft boards.

We have to persevere, however, so let’s take a look at how the Top 30 pitchers now looks:

  1. Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
  3. Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants
  4. Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox
  5. CC Sabathia – New York Yankees
  6. Cliff Lee – Philadelphia Phillies
  7. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
  8. Zack Greinke – Milwaukee Brewers
  9. Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels
  10. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers
  11. Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies
  12. Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins
  13. Francisco Liriano – Minnesota Twins
  14. Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
  15. Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers
  16. Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies
  17. Clay Buccholz – Boston Red Sox
  18. Mat Latos – San Diego Padres
  19. Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves
  20. Dan Haren – Los Angeles Angels
  21. Roy Oswalt – Philadelphia Phillies
  22. Colby Lewis – Texas Rangers
  23. David Price – Tampa Bay Rays
  24. Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins
  25. Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics
  26. Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants
  27. Max Scherzer – Detroit Tigers
  28. Matt Garza – Chicago Cubs
  29. Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox
  30. Chad Billingsley – Los Angeles Dodgers

What are your thoughts on the rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

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  1. ClayHenry says:

    I lost Wainwright in a keeper league and have to replace him with Carpenter, Colby Lewis, or Buchholz. Is Carp the really choice here? I just don’t see him staying healthy given his track record.

  2. Rotoprofessor says:

    I know it is tough to trust Carp, but I do think he is the best option of the three. While I love Lewis for ’11, he really is a wild card.

    Buchholz is a solid option, but pitches in the AL East (making him a risk) and has worse control than Carpenter.

    If you are scared about Carps health I could see going Buchholz, but when two pitchers are close (and they are), I generally tend to lean towards the NL option.

  3. Eric says:

    In a dynasty roto league with QS and K/BB as additional stats, which two of these three young pitchers would you keep:

    Bumgarner, Hellickson and Daniel Hudson.

    I usually see Hudson rated higher than Hellickson, but thinking long-term in addition to just this year, doesn’t Hellickson project to be more of a No. 1 starter while Hudson is more of a No. 3 starter? What do you think I should do?

  4. Rotoprofessor says:

    It’s really a tough call. I think Hellickson is a lock, then it comes down to the other two.

    Hudson has a much higher strikeout upside, which certainly helps matters. He’s not going to replicate his success in Arizona last season, but he should continue to be very, very good. Considering K/BB is a category, it gives him an edge.

    That’s probably the direction I’d go, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the three.

  5. Zack says:

    What team has the best fantasy pitching staff bullpen Included?

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