The fantasy landscape can change drastically over the course of a week and especially with any league (especially deeper ones) it can be difficult to keep track of every performance worth noting.
We’ve done that work for you. Whether it’s hot bats to pick up or measuring the rising stock of players already owned, this is the rundown. Here’s a look at standouts over the past week at Starting Pitcher.
1. Blake Snell – TB – LHP (91%) : 2 W, 0.63 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 20 K / 14.1 IP
Season Stats: 11 W, 2.24 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 123 K / 108.2 IP
Snell has been absolutely dominant last week, allowing only one run over 14 innings and striking out almost 38% of all batters he faced. Really, he’s only given up more than 2 runs in 3 starts all year. Snell is inching his way into the Cy Young race during his sophomore year.
2. James Paxton – SEA – LHP (98%) : 2 W, 1.20 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 21 K / IP
Season Stats: 8 W, 3.39 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 145 K / 111.2 IP
Paxton showed what he was capable of last year but also displayed his biggest struggle – injuries. He’s out together a healthy half season so far and dominates with strikeouts.
3. Luis Severino – NYY – RHP (99%) : 2 W, 0.00 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 15 K / 13.2 IP
Season Stats: 13 W, 1.98 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 138 K / 118.1 IP
Sevy had 13 shutout innings last week with overall K an inning and 2 wins. It doesn’t get more valuable than that. The top tier of pitchers has been shaken up since last season and Severino needs to be in the conversation now.
4. Chris Sale – BOS – LHP (99%) : 1 W, 0.00 ERA, 0.29 WHIP, 11 K / 7 IP
Season Stats: 8 W, 2.41 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 164 K / 116 IP
Sale was already a dominant K machine last year leading the majors in Ks. Now he’s decided to up his velocity a couple ticks and be even better.
5. Matt Harvey – CIN – RHP (14%) : 2 W, 0.73 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 8 K / 12.1 IP
Season Stats: 4 W, 4.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 60 K / 80.2 IP
Harvey really turned it on the last couple starts and showed some of his old form while not being quite as dominant. Maybe The Dark Knight needed a change of scenery? Or, maybe this is a small sample size of Harvey putting forth some real effort. Either way it’s an interesting development that could make him a sneaky flier.
6. Charlie Morton – HOU – RHP (92%) : 1 W, 1.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 24 K / 13.2 IP
Season Stats: 10 W, 2.55 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 133K / 102.1 IP
Morton has just an absurd K rate in his two starts this past week. He’s been arguably the most improved started in what’s probably the best rotation in the majors. He’s clearly taken the next step this year and has is basically the third “Ace” on the Astros.
7. Kenta Maeda – LAD – RHP (78%) : 1 W, 1.29 ERA, .79 WHIP, 18 K / 14 IP
Season Stats: 5 W, 3.36 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 89 K / 75 IP
Maeda has made a solid return from the DL and has even had impressive innings per game. Surprising and also intriguing as that was one of his drawbacks in a Dodger’s uniform. He’s been efficient all season and despite a low inning total has a great K rate that still makes him super valuable.
8. German Marquez – COL – RHP (6%) : 1 W, 1.13 ERA, 0.25 WHIP, 9 K / 8 IP
Season Stats: 6 W, 5.14 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 93 K / 91 IP
Marquez has always had phenomenal K rates but has had some difficulty keeping earned run totals intermittently. Some of that can be attributed to basically only having two pitches. He managed the damage this week and is better than his ERA suggests, especially since he’s powered by the Yankees offense.
9. Mike Minor – TEX – LHP (12%) : 1 W, 0.00 ERA, 0.14 WHIP, 5 K / 7 IP
Season Stats: 2 W, 4.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 70 K / 85.1 IP
Minor had a brilliant start against Texas but is not a recommended add. Stream in deeper leagues.
10. Brad Keller – KC – RHP (9%) : 1 W, 0.60 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 9 K / 15 IP
Season Stats: 2 W, 2.09 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 33 K / 56 IP
Keller has been excellent in six starts with season and in his last start vs Seattle gave up only one run on six hits, striking out three with no walks in eight innings. Still Keller is a regression candidate but start him in favorable matchups as a streamer.
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