After completing all of my projections and rankings, starting pitching feels a bit different for me this season. In years past, I usually felt like there would be pitchers later in the draft I'd be happy to get to fill out my staff. This year however, it seems to me that there is a huge drop off after the first few tiers. More than ever, I want to ensure I have 2 - 3 very good if not elite SP's.
In my Projections and Rankings here, I have over 120 starters ranked. I'm only going to focus on a subset that I feel strongly about compared to the masses and provide additional context to my argument.
This rounds out my last tier before we hit replacement level starting pitchers. There are a lot of strategies to employ when choosing starters and a lot of names to select from. Getting a good balance across categories is ideal, but I will suggest targeting starters a bit earlier this year compared to years past. The game has shifted to a pitching heavy league and those stats translate to fantasy. To win your pitching categories, ratios are lower than ever and in turn, aces are that much more important to your fantasy team.
Check out my other positional breakdowns:
First Base: here
Second Base: here
Third Base: here
Designated Hitter here
Starting Pitching: here
Relief Pitching: here