Wednesday, January 20, 2016


We continue on with our starting pitchers as we take our first gander at the 2016 fantasy baseball position rankings.  Let's see where who makes the grade from 81-100. 

81. Nathan Eovaldi:  Throws as hard as anyone in the game but fastball way too straight which doesn't result in the expected strikeouts one would anticipate. 
82. Jerad Eickhoff:  Liked what I saw from Eickhoff the second half of last season when he debuted.  Will have a rotation spot waiting for him in 2016 and arm capable of a K rate over 7.00. 
83. Daniel Norris:  Has beaten cancer and retains decent prospect status with new life in Detroit. 
84. Tyler Lyons:  Bright future here as a St. Louis Cardinals arm given the massive success of their farm system. 
85. Doug Fister:  Not signed yet and poor health have hurt his stuff the last season or so. 
86. Phil Hughes:  Was brutal in 2015 after a shockingly great 2014 campaign.  Still surrenders among the highest amount of home runs in baseball which makes any one start a risk. 
87. Matt Shoemaker:  Simply can't keep the ball in the park which undermines some good strikeout potential. 
88. Jesse Hahn:  Quietly has been a very good back end starter in fantasy baseball with solid enough ratios and K rate.  Ballpark also a bonus. 
89. Jesse Chavez:  Avoid all Toronto pitchers if possible. 
90. Jon Gray:  If not for Colorado, Jon Gray would be a much more attractive young arm. 
91. Tanner Roark:  Has been very solid as a back end rotation guy in a nice ballpark but Roark's poor K rate makes him best suited to non-inning capped formats. 
92. Kevin Gausman:  Has ability given past status as a top draft pick and high mileage fastball but Gausman's control continues to undermine him. 
93. R.A. Dickey:  Avoid all knucklers. 
94. Cody Anderson:  Stream candidate but nothing more. 
95. Anibal Sanchez:  Health taking a major bite out of Sanchez' previously solid stuff.  Becoming just another guy. 
96. Brett Anderson:  Back with the Dodgers and always worth a look due to decent ratios.  K rate sunk to shoddy territory last season though. 
97. Matt Cain:  Yet another early career heavy innings usage victim.  Cain's is shot both in health and stuff. 
98. Bartolo Colon:  Back for another year with the New York Mets and Colon continues to post a decent NL-only ERA.  Only holding a spot for Zach Wheeler though and terrible K rate make him one to use just in NL-only formats again. 
99. Trevor Bauer:  Perhaps the biggest enigma in the game in terms of having big time power stuff but some of the worst location of any starter.  Simply not worth the headaches. 
100. Jered Weaver:  Weaver is now a human batting practice machine as his fastball has sunk to 86 and his K.9 rate is under 6.00 which is simply horrendous.  Salute the earlier numbers in his career and ignore. 

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