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Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATED STARTING PITCHING RANKINGS: 81-100

80. Alex Wood:  Always interesting given the strikeout ability and worth a late round stab again coming off decent 2016 comeback.
81. Ivan Nova:  Re-upped in Pittsburgh which was smart since Nova pitched great there after coming over in a deal with the New York Yankees.  Soft-tosser for sure but Pittsburgh has turned struggling pitchers like Nova into useful players in the past.
82. Mike Foltynewicz:  Control has been the main issue holding back Folty and his impactful strikeout ability.  Showed signs late in 2016 that he could be breaking through a bit there.
83. Adam Conley:  While the ERA was decent, Conley doesn't strike out many guys and his lucky BABIP last season means his ratios will go up.
84. Trevor Bauer:  Stop chasing the breakout that looks like it will never arrive.
85. Tyler Skaggs:  Returned from Tommy John with decent results and don't forget the fact Skaggs was once a decent prospect.
86. Jharel Cotton:  Joins Sean Manaea as pitching prospect for the A's that are worth checking out.
87. Colin McHugh:  Still capable of 175 K's but McHugh's ratios have been all over the map.
88. Drew Smyly:  Let us down royally as a sleeper pick for 2016 as Smyly couldn't keep the baseball in the park.  Still has a live arm though.
89. Francisco Liriano:  Fell flat on his face last season aftre a string of three terrific years with the Pirates.  Now in Toronto full-time?  Forget it.
90. Jordan Zimmerman:  Was a total disaster for Tigers in 2016.  Velocity continuing to dip and always had mediocre K rate even prior to that.
91. Mike Fiers:  Strikes guys out still but Fiers is old and fading news.
92. C.C. Sabbathia:  Came back with an ERA under 4.00 for the first time in years last season but Sabbathia can't keep the baseball in the park and his overall fastball struggles to hit 90.
93. Dylan Bundy:  Once again carries sleeper intrigue but Bundy has had a rough spring to say the least.
94. Miguel Gonzalez:  Boring but useful ratios.
95. Jose Berrios:  Was not ready for major league hitters in 2016 but Berrios worth another look.
96. Luis Severino:  Could land in the bullpen again but Severino will be given one last chance to stick in the rotation this season.  
97. Anthony DeScalfani:  Injuries have completely derailed DeScalfani thus far with no end in sight.
98. Robert Gsellman:  Will take the fifth starter's spot for the New York Mets but likely as a placeholder for Zach Wheeler.
99. Jaime Garcia:  Solid veteran who always supplies decent ratios.
100.Dan Straily:  Capable of some strikeouts and maybe a decent ERA if all breaks right.

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