Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 23, Sept. 14 – 20

The match ups and data you see below were pulled Friday morning. The data is for the 2015 season. Please be aware the match ups are subject to change. If you have any questions about the rankings hit me up Twitter @MattCommins

These are rankings for the entire week so I give the edge to a lot of fantasy pitchers who pitch twice. Also, the rankings are based on traditional 5×5 categories. I also provide write-ups for a few pitchers. My hope is after you read them you have a better understanding of why I ranked them.

In his last six starts Josh Tomlin has a 2.85 ERA, 0.732 WHIP, 24.8 percent strikeout rate and 2.0 percent walk rate. The question is are those number legitimate? No. During this time frame he has a .167 BABIP and his hard hit rate is similar to last year’s numbers. However, I am buying the increase in strikeout rate. The cutter looks much better than it ever did. Specifically, he’s throwing it for more strikes and is throwing it on the outer half of the strike zone.

Ian Kennedy, in his last ten starts, has a 2.74 ERA and 1.139 WHIP. During this span he’s striking out 29.1 percent of hitters and is finally showing the promise he showed last season. Now that the season is coming to an end his underlying peripherals are almost identical. Depending on where he signs in the offseason he’s going to be a sleeper for me for redraft leagues next season. All that said, I’m starting him in Colorado.

At the trade deadline I said Mike Leake I said I wouldn’t be surprised if Leake has the most real life value of all the pitchers traded at the trade deadline. Since the trade deadline Leake has a 2.87 ERA and 0.994 WHIP. I’ve been writing all season Leake is a great streamer and DFS option when he’s pitching on the road because his overall ERA and WHIP numbers have been inflated by the Reds home ballpark.

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