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Week 5 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Fantasy Baseball

When it comes to winning the pitching categories in fantasy baseball there definitely needs to be strong consideration for pitching matchups. Even the best pitchers can fall victim to disastrous outings against hot-hitting or heavy-platooned lineups. Our weekly starting pitcher rankings account for these key factors which sometimes can bounce pitchers up and down the ranks.  That’s why we go to great lengths to rank pitchers every week to help fantasy managers make the right roster decisions based on upcoming matchups to protect precious pitching ratios.

Starting Pitcher Rankings for Week 5 (4/22 – 4/28)

A few prefacing notes to help you identify key risers and fallers in the starting pitcher rankings below:

  • This features a strong group of two-start pitchers who mostly have even matchups, making them safe plays in weekly leagues. The top tier two-start pitcher group includes Pablo Lopez (CWS, @LAA), Grayson Rodriguez (@LAA, OAK), Tarik Skubal (@TBR, KCR), Carlos Rodon (OAK, @MIL), and Jared Jones (MIL, SFG).
  • There are a few teams whose entire rotation benefits from easier matchups this week. These teams include the Twins (CWS, @LAA), the Orioles (@LAA, OAK), and the Rays (DET, @CWS). A likely recurring theme this season will be to encourage starting nearly all pitchers facing the Athletics with confidence until we see any reason to pull back.
  • Lastly, there are also teams with strong rotations that are limited in their rankings due to tougher matchups this week. These team rotations include the Reds (PHI, @TEX), the Guardians (BOS, @ATL), and the Athletics (@NYY, @BAL). Several of those team’s frontline starters still have decent start confidence ratings for their matchups this week, but their rankings are far lower than normal.
RnkPitcherTeamOppConfidence Level
1Corbin BurnesBALOAK9
2Zac GallenARI@SEA8
3Max FriedATLMIA8
4Chris SaleATLMIA8
5Grayson RodriguezBAL@LAA/ OAK8 (@LAA=7 & OAK=9)
6Tarik SkubalDET@TBR/ KCR8 (both matchups)
7Tyler GlasnowLAD@WSH8
8Freddy PeraltaMIL@PIT8
9Pablo LopezMINCWS/ @LAA8 (CWS=9 & LAA=7)
10Carlos RodonNYYOAK/ @MIL8 (OAK=9 & @MIL=7)
11Jared JonesPITMIL/ @SFG8 (both matchups)
12Logan WebbSFGNYM8
13Luis CastilloSEAARI8
14George KirbySEAARI8
15Zach EflinTBR@CWS8
16Aaron CivaleTBR@CWS8
17Garrett CrochetCWS@MIN7
18Merrill KellyARI@SEA7
19Reynaldo LopezATLMIA/ CLE7
20Reese OlsonDETKCR7
21Cole RagansKCRTOR7
22Seth LugoKCR@DET7
23Reid DetmersLAABAL7
24Yoshinobu YamamotoLAD@TOR7
25Jesus LuzardoMIAWSH7
26Edward CabreraMIAWSH7
27Ryan WeathersMIAWSH7
28Joe RyanMINCWS7
29Bailey OberMINCWS7
30Nestor CortesNYYOAK7
31Zack WheelerPHI@CIN7
32Aaron NolaPHI@SDP7
33Logan GilbertSEA@TEX/ ARI7 (both matchups)
34Zack LittellTBRDET/ @CWS7 (DET=6 & @CWS=8)
35Ryan PepiotTBRDET7
36Jose BerriosTOR@KCR7
37Jordan MontgomeryARI@STL6
38Charlie MortonATLCLE6
39Cole IrvinBALOAK6
40Tanner HouckBOS@CLE/ CHC6 (@CLE=7 & CHC=5)
41Brayan BelloBOS@CLE6
42Kutter CrawfordBOSCHC6
43Shota ImanagaCHCHOU6
44Erick FeddeCWS@MIN6
45Frankie MontasCIN@TEX6
46Kenta MaedaDET@TBR6
47Jack FlahertyDET@TBR6
48Casey MizeDETKCR6
49Justin VerlanderHOU@CHC6
50Ronel BlancoHOU@COL6
51Brady SingerKCRTOR/ @DET6 (TOR=5 & @DET=7)
52Michael WachaKCRTOR/ @DET6 (TOR=5 & @DET=7)
53Walker BuehlerLAD@WSH6
54Louie VarlandMIN@LAA6
55Sean ManaeaNYM@SF6
56Marcus StromanNYYOAK/ @MIL6 (OAK=7 & @MIL=5)
57Clarke SchmidtNYYOAK6
58Ranger SuarezPHI@CIN/ @SDP6 (both matchups)
59Cristopher SanchezPHI@CIN6
60Mitch KellerPITMIL6
61Martin PerezPIT@SF6
62Sonny GraySTL@NYM6
63Blake SnellSFGNYM6
64Andrew HeaneyTEXCIN6
65Kevin GausmanTOR@KCR/ LAD6 (@KCR= 7 & LAD=5)
66Brandon PfaadtARI@STL/ @SEA5 (both matchups)
67Jameson TaillonCHCHOU5
68Taijuan WalkerPHI@CIN/ @SDP5 (both matchups)
69Chris FlexenCWS@MIN/ TBR5 (both matchups)
70Nick NastriniCWSTBR5
71Nick LodoloCINPHI5
72Triston McKenzieCLEBOS5
73Hunter BrownHOU@CHC5
74Cristian JavierHOU@COL5
75Tyler AndersonLAABAL5
76Patrick SandovalLAAMIN5
77Jose SorianoLAAMIN5
78Gavin StoneLAD@TOR5
79James PaxtonLAD@TOR5
80Joe RossMIL@PIT/ NYY5 (@PIT=6 & NYY=4)
81Wade MileyMIL@PIT5
82Chris PaddackMINCWS/ @LAA5 (CWS=6 & @LAA=4)
83Luis SeverinoNYM@SFG5
84Jose ButtoNYMSTL5
85Luis GilNYY@MIL5
86Bailey FalterPITMIL/ @SFG5 (both matchups)
87Dylan CeaseSDP@COL/ PHI5 (@COL=6 & PHI=4)
88Michael KingSDP@COL/ PHI5 (@COL=6 & PHI=4)
89Joe MusgroveSDPPHI5
90Kyle HarrisonSFGPIT5
91Jordan HicksSFGPIT5
92Bryce MillerSEA@TEX5
93Tyler AlexanderTBRDET5
94Nathan EovaldiTEXCIN5
95Yariel RodriguezTOR@KCR5
96Chris BassittTORLAD5
97MacKenzie GoreWSHLAD5
98Ryne NelsonARI@STL4
99Darius VinesATLCLE4
100Dean KremerBAL@LAA4
101Jordan WicksCHCHOU/ BOS4 (HOU=3 & BOS=5)
102Javier AssadCHC@BOS4
103Jonathan CannonCWS@MIN4
104Michael SorokaCWSTBR4
105Hunter GreeneCINPHI/ @TEX4 (both matchups)
106Andrew AbbottCINPHI/ @TEX4 (both matchups)
107Carlos CarrascoCLEBOS4
108Tanner BibeeCLE@ATL4
109Alec MarshKCRTOR4
110Griffin CanningLAABAL4
111Landon KnackLAD@WSH4
112Colin ReaMILNYY4
113Jose QuintanaNYM@SFG/ STL4 (both matchups)
114Adrian HouserNYMSTL4
115Quinn PriesterPITMIL4
116Lance LynnSTLARI/ @NYM4 (both matchups)
117Steven MatzSTLARI4
118Kyle GibsonSTLARI4
119Miles MikolasSTL@NYM4
120Keaton WinnSFGNYM/ PIT4 (NYM=3 & PIT=5)
121Emerson HancockSEA@TEX4
122Jon GrayTEXSEA4
123Michael LorenzenTEXCIN4
124Yusei KikuchiTOR@KCR/ LAD4 (@KCR=5 & LAD=3)
125Trevor WilliamsWSH@MIA4
126Albert SuarezBAL@LAA3
127Cooper CriswellBOS@CLE3
128Graham AshcraftCINPHI3
129Ben LivelyCLEBOS/ @ATL3 (BOS=4 & @ATL=2)
130Logan AllenCLE@ATL3
131Ryan FeltnerCOLSDP3
132J.P. FranceHOU@CHC3
133Trevor RogersMIA@ATL3
135JP SearsOAK@NYY/ @BAL3 (both matchups)
136Paul BlackburnOAK@NYY/ @BAL3 (both matchups)
137Joe BoyleOAK@NYY3
138Dane DunningTEXSEA3
139Jack LeiterTEXSEA3
140Patrick CorbinWSHLAD/ @MIA3 (LAD=2 & @MIA=4)
141Jake IrvinWSHLAD3
142Kyle HendricksCHC@BOS2
143Austin GomberCOLSDP2
144Dakota HudsonCOLSDP2
145Kyle FreelandCOLSDP2
146Cal QuantrillCOLHOU2
147A.J. PukMIA@ATL2
148Alex WoodOAK@NYY2
149Ross StriplingOAK@BAL2
150Matt WaldronSDP@COL2
151Mitchell ParkerWSH@MIA2
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  1. Mark Farrell says

    When do Week 6 rankings come out? Not till Monday?

    1. Todd Hedberg says

      Hi Mark, week 6 SP rankings are out, see link below. Each new weekly ranks are published every Sunday morning. I try to update before games start Monday afternoon as well.

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