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Week 7 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Fantasy Baseball

Entering the seventh week of the season it’s starting to look like the pitching landscape has settled and there is enough of a sample size to fairly assess players. Yet, matchups will always play a key role in forecasting the high and low-end outcome possibilities for every pitcher each week. That’s why we provide our weekly starting pitcher rankings to zoom in on those key matchups and share our confidence level in a successful start for every pitcher, helping fantasy baseball managers start the right pitchers with confidence.

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Starting Pitcher Rankings for Week 6 (5/6 – 5/12)

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

  • With five teams only having five games this week the overall volume of two-start pitchers is reduced considerably. In addition, there are far fewer top-tier pitchers with two starts planned this coming week. The highest-ranked options include Luis Castillo (@MIN & OAK), Nick Lodolo (DET & @CWS), Justin Verlander (@NYY & @DET), and the red-hot Seth Lugo (MIL & @LAA).
  • There are a few teams whose entire rotation benefits from easier matchups this week. These teams include the Mariners (@MIN & OAK), the Rangers (@OAK & @COL), and the Guardians (DET & @CWS). A likely recurring theme this season will be to encourage starting nearly all pitchers facing the Athletics and Rockies, even at Coors, 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 Marlins (@LAD & PHI), the Padres (@CHC & LAD), and the Yankees (HOU & @TBR). 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
1Yoshinobu YamamotoLADMIA9
2Corbin BurnesBAL@WSH8
3Cole RagansKCR@LAA8
4Tyler GlasnowLAD@SDP8
5Freddy PeraltaMILSTL8
6Pablo LopezMINSEA8
7Zack WheelerPHITOR8
8Ranger SuarezPHI@MIA8
9Luis CastilloSEA@MIN/OAK8 (@MIN=7 & OAK=9)
10George KirbySEA@MIN8
11Logan GilbertSEA@MIN8
12Bryan WooSEAOAK8
13Bryce MillerSEAOAK8
14Kevin GausmanTORMIN8
15Jordan MontgomeryARI@CIN7
16Reynaldo LopezATLBOS7
17Chris SaleATLBOS7
18Max FriedATL@NYM7
19Kyle BradishBAL@WSH7
20Tanner HouckBOSWSH7
21Shota ImanagaCHCSD7
22Erick FeddeCWSCLE7
23Garrett CrochetCWSCLE7
24Nick LodoloCIN@SFG7
25Triston McKenzieCLEDET/@CWS7 (both matchups)
26Tanner BibeeCLEDET7
27Justin VerlanderHOU@NYY/@DET7 (@NYY=6 & @DET=8)
28Seth LugoKCRMIL/@LAA7 (MIL=6 & @LAA=8)
29Michael WachaKCR@LAA7
30Reid DetmersLAAKCR7
31Joe RyanMIN@TOR7
32Aaron NolaPHITOR7
33Jared JonesPITCHC7
34Jordan HicksSFG@COL7
35Logan WebbSFGCIN7
36Zach EflinTBRCWS7
37Nathan EovaldiTEX@OAK7
38Yusei KikuchiTORMIN7
39Zac GallenARI@CIN/@BAL6 (@CIN=7 & @BAL=5)
40Charlie MortonATL@NYM6
41Justin SteeleCHCSDP/ @PIT6 (SDP=5 & @PIT=7)
42Javier AssadCHC@PIT6
43Andrew AbbottCIN@SFG6
44Logan AllenCLEDET/@CWS6 (both matchups)
45Ben LivelyCLE@CWS6
46Jack FlahertyDET@CLE/ HOU6 (@CLE=7 & HOU=5)
47Kenta MaedaDET@CLE6
48Reese OlsonDET@CLE6
49Tarik SkubalDETHOU6
50Hunter BrownHOU@NYY/@DET6 (@NYY=5 & @DET=7)
51Framber ValdezHOU@DET6
52Cristian JavierHOU@DET6
53Brady SingerKCRMIL6
54Griffin CanningLAAKCR6
55Gavin StoneLADMIA6
56James PaxtonLAD@SDP6
57Bryse WilsonMIL@KCR/STL6 (both matchups)
58Bailey OberMINSEA6
59Chris PaddackMINSEA6
60Sean ManaeaNYM@STL6
61Clarke SchmidtNYY@TBR6
62Nestor CortesNYY@TBR6
63Taijuan WalkerPHI@MIA6
64Martin PerezPITLAA6
65Sonny GraySTLNYM6
66Dylan CeaseSDP@CHC6
67Keaton WinnSFG@COL6
68Aaron CivaleTBRCWS6
69Ryan PepiotTBRNYY6
70Jose BerriosTOR@PHI6
71Chris BassittTOR@PHI6
72Jake IrvinWSH@BOS6
73Mackenzie GoreWSH@BOS6
74Cole IrvinBALARI5
75John MeansBALARI5
76Dean KramerBALARI5
77Kutter CrawfordBOS@ATL/ WSH5 (@ATL=4 & WSH=6)
78Hayden WesneskiCHCSDP5
79Jameson TaillonCHC@PIT5
80Chris FlexenCWS@TBR5
81Carlos CarrascoCLE@CWS5
82Ronel BlancoHOU@NYY5
83Tyler AndersonLAA@PIT/KCR5 (both matchups)
84Jose SorianoLAA@PIT5
85Walker BuehlerLADMIA/ @SDP5 (MIA=6 & @SDP=4)
86Ryan WeathersMIA@LAD5
87Joe RossMIL@KCR5
88Simeon Woods RichardsonMINSEA5
89Jose ButtoNYM@STL5
90Adrian HouserNYM@STL5
91Carlos RodonNYYHOU5
92Marcus StromanNYYHOU5
93Cristopher SanchezPHISF5
94Mitch KellerPITLAA/CHC5 (LAA=6 & CHC=4)
95Bailey FalterPITCHC5
96Lance LynnSTL@MIL5
97Kyle GibsonSTL@MIL5
98Yu DarvishSDP@CHC/LAD5 (both matchups)
99Joe MusgroveSDP@CHC5
100Emerson HancockSEA@MIN5
101Tyler AlexanderTBRCWS/NYY5 (CWS=6 & NYY=4)
102Andrew HeaneyTEX@OAK/@COL5 (@OAK=6 & @COL=4)
103Michael LorenzenTEX@OAK (Gm. 1)5
104Jon GrayTEX@COL5
105Slade CecconiARI@CIN4
106Bryce ElderATL@NYM4
107Nick PivettaBOS@ATL4
108Cooper CriswellBOSWSH4
109Mike ClevingerCWS@TBR/CLE4 (both matchups)
110Frankie MontasCINARI/@SFG4 (ARI=3 & @SFG=5)
111Hunter GreeneCINARI4
112Patrick SandovalLAA@PIT/KCR4 (both matchups)
113Braxton GarrettMIA@LAD4 (both matchups)
114Edward CabreraMIA@LAD4
115Colin ReaMIL@KCR/STL4 (both matchups)
116Tobias MyersMILSTL4
117Jose QuintanaNYMATL4
118Christian ScottNYMATL4
119Luis SeverinoNYMATL4
120Luis GilNYYHOU/@TBR4 (HOU=3 & @TBR=5)
121JP SearsOAKTEX (Gm. 1)4
122Paul BlackburnOAK@SEA4
123Joe BoyleOAK@SEA4
124Quinn PriesterPITLAA4
125Miles MikolasSTLNYM/@MIL4 (both matchups)
126Michael KingSDPLAD4
127Kyle HarrisonSFG@COL/CIN4 (both matchups)
128Zack LittellTBRNYY4
129Dane DunningTEX@COL4
130Mitchell ParkerWSHBAL4
131Brandon PfaadtARI@BAL3
132Michael SorokaCWS@TBR/CLE3 (both matchups)
133Graham AshcraftCINARI3
134Dakota HudsonCOLSFG/TEX3 (SFG=4 & TEX=2)
135Peter LambertCOLSFG3
136Casey MizeDETHOU3
137Trevor RogersMIAPHI3
138Sixto SanchezMIAPHI3
139Alex WoodOAKTEX/@SEA3 (TEX=2 & @SEA=4)
140Ross StriplingOAKTEX3
141Steven MatzSTLNYM/@MIL3 (both matchups)
142Matt WaldronSDPLAD3
143Alek ManoahTORMIN3
144Trevor WilliamsWSHBAL3
145Patrick CorbinWSH@BOS3
146Ryne NelsonARI@BAL2
147Cal QuantrillCOLSF2
148Austin GomberCOLTEX2
149Daulton JefferiesSFG@PHI/CIN2 (@PHI=1 & CIN=3)
150Ryan FeltnerCOLTEX1
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