2013 Fantasy Baseball Tiers for Starting Pitchers – Justin Verlander Edges Clayton Kershaw

The fantasy baseball tiers for starting pitchers are a little different than at the positions as there are more players per group and there are typically several players in the group that  will offer you strength in three or four of five categories.  For example, in a group of eight players, you might have four players strong across the board, two players good for stolen bases and two players good for power.

Here is a look at the 2013 fantasy baseball tiers for starting pitchers.

Tier 1:

Justin Verlander
Clayton Kershaw
Stephen Strasburg
David Price

I have seen different mock drafts where Verlander, Kershaw and Strasburg have all gone first among starting pitchers. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one of them.

Tier 2:

Cole Hamels
Felix Hernandez
Cliff Lee
Matt Cain
Jered Weaver
CC Sabathia

Tier 3:

Madison Bumgarner
Gio Gonzalez
Zack Greinke
Yu Darvish
Chris Sale
Kris Medlen
Adam Wainwright

I like Darvish and think he has the best chance of breaking out and outperforming his ADP in this group.

Tier 4:

James Shields
R.A. Dickey
Roy Halladay
Jordan Zimmermann
Johnny Cueto
Yovani Gallardo
Max Scherzer

Halladay’s velocity was down 1.5 mph last spring and he proceeded to have his worst season in 12 years and he also suffered an injury to his shoulder. While his stats have looked good on paper this spring, his velocity has been down again topping out at 88 miles per hour in his last start. In some cases, pitchers will have decreased velocity in spring as they work their arm into shape, but given Halladay’s struggles last season, I think this bears watching once again.

Tier 5:

Ian Kennedy
Mat Latos
Doug Fister
Aroldis Chapman
Matt Moore
Hiroki Kuroda
Brandon Morrow
Jake Peavy

Tier 6:

C.J. Wilson
Jeff Samardzija
Jon Lester
Lance Lynn
Dan Haren
Annibal Sanchez
Tim Lincecum
Josh Johnson
Ryan Vogelsong
Brett Anderson

Tier 7:

Jeremy Hellickson
Mike Minor
Homer Bailey
Wade Miley
Jonathan Niese
A.J. Burnett
Jarrod Parker
Hisashi Iwakuma
Ryan Dempster
Kyle Lohse
Josh Beckett

Tier 8:

Tim Hudson
Matt Harrison
Matt Harvey
Trevor Cahill
Alexi Ogando
Mike Fiers
Tommy Milone
A.J. Griffin
Matt Garza
Phil Hughes
Marco Estrada
Wei-Yin Chen
Shaun Marcum

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