April 21, 2017
Todd Zola's weekly pitcher rankings features none other than Clayton Kershaw on top as the Dodgers hurler has two starts this week.
April 14, 2017
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitcher as Washington's Max Scherzer could have a big week with matchups against a couple of whiff-prone teams.
April 8, 2017
Todd Zola ranks this week's starting pitchers as the Cubs' Jon Lester gets two starts at friendly Wrigley Field. Is that enough to make him this week's top starter?
March 31, 2017
Todd Zola ranks Week 1's starting pitchers as Chris Archer has a fortunate opening with two home starts in what he hopes will be a rebound campaign.
September 24, 2016
Paul Sporer had a little trouble pushing the brilliant Max Scherzer to the top of the list in his last starting pitcher rankings of the season.
September 17, 2016
Paul Sporer's pitcher rankings feature Jose Fernandez leading the way as the Miami ace has rarely been touched up at home this season.
September 10, 2016
Paul Sporer can't get enough of the Indians' Carlos Corrasco, who's two-start schedule sets up nicely for him down the stretch.
September 3, 2016
Paul Sporer vaults Max Scherzer to the top of this week's pitcher rankings as he has a good shot of keeping his run of double-digit strikeouts going in two starts this week in the nation's capital.
August 27, 2016
Paul Sporer explains why Jose Fernandez's road splits could be headed for better days in this week's pitcher rankings.
August 20, 2016
Paul Sporer likes the two-start week ahead for Rangers starter Yu Darvish, who has dominated batters since coming off the disabled list.
August 13, 2016
Paul Sporer isn't troubled by Jose Fernandez's recent bump in the road as he has him on top of this week's starting pitcher rankings.
August 6, 2016
Paul Sporer boosts Max Scherzer to the top of this week's pitcher ranking as the Washington hurler looks to have gotten a handle on his long-ball troubles.
July 31, 2016
A two-start week for Stephen Strasburg has the Nats' ace atop this week's pitcher rankings.
July 23, 2016
Paul Sporer isn't worried about Jake Arreita thanks to his gem against the Mets, vaulting the Chicago ace to the top of this week's rankings.
July 16, 2016
Paul Sporer's weekly pitcher rankings features Miami's Jose Fernandez in the top spot as he has dominated the last couple of months.
July 2, 2016
Paul Sporer's weekly pitcher rankings features Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who has taken off since returning from the disabled list in early June.
June 25, 2016
Paul Sporer breaks down this week's pitcher rankings and, no surprise, Clayton Kershaw is on top, but just how close is the Dodgers' ace getting to the all-time greats?
June 18, 2016
Paul Sporer's weekly pitcher rankings features Oakland starter Sonny Gray, whose velocity has returned since he came off the disabled list three starts ago.
June 11, 2016
Paul Sporer's weekly rankings include a revived David Price who is pitching better than the Red Sox could have hoped when the season began.
June 4, 2016
Paul Sporer can't ignore Jon Lester's matchup this week against two teams who are impotent against left-handers, as the Chicago hurler stops this week's rankings.
May 28, 2016
Paul Sporer's weekly pitcher rankings awards the top spot to the Cubs' Jake Arrieta, who gets two starts this week while the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale have but one.
May 21, 2016
Paul Sporer explains the tradeoff in strikeouts for Chicago's Chris Sale, who's still the AL's top starter, in this week's pitcher rankings.
May 14, 2016
Paul Sporer ranks this week's starting pitchers as the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, among other elite hurlers, has a two-start week.
May 7, 2016
Paul Sporer ranks this week's starting pitchers as a two-start week in D.C. for Stephen Strasburg has the Nationals ace atop the list.
April 30, 2016
Paul Sporer ranks this week's starting pitchers, including the Mets' Matt Harvey, who has increased his swinging-strike rate his last two starts and now gets to face two strikeout-prone teams.
April 23, 2016
Chris Sale has a nasty schedule this week. So, does that mean Paul Sporer dropped him in this week's pitcher rankings? On the contrary.
April 16, 2016
Noah Syndergaard faces off against the Phillies and Braves this week, and Paul Sporer wonders if he could reach 30 strikeouts.
April 9, 2016
Paul Sporer ranks this week's starters as Boston's David Price faces a huge test in the AL East against Baltimore and Toronto.
April 2, 2016
Paul Sporer is back with the inaugural 2016 Pitcher Rankings, and it's not hard to guess who tops the list as Clayton Kershaw begins the year at two of the league's best pitchers' parks.
September 26, 2015
Paul Sporer breaks down the starting pitching for the season's final week as Corey Kluber looks to end a frustrating season on a high note with two starts.
September 19, 2015
Paul Sporer weighs the idea of ranking a one-start Clayton Kershaw over a two-start ace in this week's edition of the Value Meter.
September 12, 2015
Paul Sporer ranks this week's pitchers where Stephen Strasbur's two-start week gives him a chance to lessen the pain from a disappointing year.
September 5, 2015
What's it take for Clayton Kershaw not to be the top-ranked fantasy pitcher? Paul Sporer explains in this week's edition of the Value Meter.
August 29, 2015
Paul Sporer runs down the week's pitcher rankings, which features at the top the likely shoe-in for the NL Cy Young award, Zack Greinke.
August 22, 2015
Paul Sporer breaks down this week's pitcher rankings, and atop the AL is Dallas Keuchel, who is good even when he's bad.
August 15, 2015
Paul Sporer looks at the coming week's starters and can't take his eyes off of Gerrit Cole, who's been nails all season for the Pirates.
August 8, 2015
Paul Sporer breaks down the coming pitching matchups and asks if Chris Sale's recent struggles are on him or if the fears are overblown.
August 1, 2015
Former Red Johnny Cueto could have a rude welcome to the AL as he begins his Royals career with a couple of tough road starts. How far did Paul Sporer drop him in this week's rankings?
July 25, 2015
Paul Sporer ranks this week's starting pitchers and can't help but shake his head at those who fretted over Clayton Kershaw earlier this season.
July 18, 2015
Paul Sporer ranks the week's starters, but he can't stop marveling at Chris Sale, whose strikeouts continue to set him apart.
July 17, 2015
Paul Sporer lays out the rankings for the first weekend of the second half, and, surprise, Max Scherzer is still on top.
July 4, 2015
Paul Sporer ranks this week's pitchers and is already looking forward to the showdown between Chris Sale and the lefty-smashing Blue Jays.
June 27, 2015
Paul Sporer has moved Max Scherzer ahead of Clayton Kershaw as his top pitcher in baseball, and the Nationals' ace takes his rightful spot atop the weekly rankings.
June 20, 2015
Paul Sporer ranks this week's starters and is relieved that Felix Hernandez rebounded after a couple of non-King like starts.
June 13, 2015
Paul Sporer's weekly value meter showcases a surging Masahiro Tanaka, who is starting to look like the dominant pitcher from early last season.
June 6, 2015
Paul Sporer's weekly value meter highlights a surging Chris Sale who has dominated batters in the last five starts.
May 30, 2015
Paul Sporer's weekly look at starting pitching finds Max Scherzer dominating in the nation's capital more than even the most aggressive projections predicted.
May 23, 2015
Two-start Madison Bumgarner bounced back after a rocky start and is dealing lately, but where does that leave him in Paul Sporer's rankings this week?
May 16, 2015
Paul Sporer is particularly impressed this week with Matt Harvey, who has not had trouble living up to his preseason hype.
May 9, 2015
Paul Sporer likes what he sees from Chris Archer, despite consecutive four-walk games, enough to vault him up the rankings in a two-start week.
May 2, 2015
Paul Sporer's top-ranked pitcher this week is a two-start Felix Hernandez, who is so good his disappointments are envied by lesser pitchers.
April 25, 2015
Paul Sporer ranks the coming week's starting pitchers, but is two home starts enough to make Corey Kluber the AL's top-ranked hurler?
April 18, 2015
Paul Sporer lays out the week's pitcher rankings and says the only thing holding back Matt Harvey is that he's not going deep into games.
April 11, 2015
Paul Sporer delivers his weekly pitcher rankings and finds only one starter worthy of jumping Clayton Kershaw in a one-start week. Who is it?
April 4, 2015
Paul Sporer is back with the inaugural Value Meter for 2015, and familiar faces top the list, like Felix Hernandez, who takes on two division foes in Week 1.
September 20, 2014
With a playoff berth in the balance, the Mariners might need 18 innings out of Felix Hernandez this week, which would be just fine for fantasy owners.
September 13, 2014
Stephen Strasburg might have disappointed some this year, but he's still having a fantastic fantasy season.
September 6, 2014
Felix Hernandez gets two starts this week against teams he has dominated this year.
August 30, 2014
Cole Hamels has been in a groove since mid-May, and he'll look to continue it in two starts this week.
August 23, 2014
A two-start week for Clayton Kershaw comes at the perfect time for fantasy owners, especially for those in head-to-head leagues.
August 16, 2014
Max Scherzer is one of the few things going right for the Tigers these days, as he's dominated in his recent starts.
August 9, 2014
Adam Wainwright not only gets two starts this week, but he gets two teams that can't hit right-handers in the Marlins and Padres.
August 2, 2014
Considering the absurd run he's on, Sonny Gray might be baseball's best mid-rotation starter after he went from ace to No. 3 in the rotation thanks to trades.
July 26, 2014
Yu Darvish is having a down year that most pitchers would kill for, and this week he gets two starts.
July 19, 2014
As the second half gets into full swing, Chris Sale gets two teams this week that he usually dominates.
July 18, 2014
All-Star starter Felix Hernandez is back in action as the second half kicks off this weekend.
July 5, 2014
Clayton Kershaw has been unreal lately, but he has only one start this week. Is that enough to knock him from the top ranking?
June 28, 2014
David Price has had a huge June, and that's enough to vault him to the top of this week's pitcher rankings.
June 21, 2014
Felix Hernandez's 2.22 ERA is not supported by his skills -- it's too high. With two starts, he's the top pitcher in the AL this week, but is he tops in baseball?
June 14, 2014
Johnny Cueto has a 1.85 ERA but is just 6-5 thanks to a Cincinnati offense that has deprived him of run support.
June 7, 2014
Madison Bumgarner is dominating this season, and with two starts at home this week, he's the easy choice for the league's top-ranked pitcher.
May 31, 2014
Felix Hernandez has 30 strikeouts in his last 31.1 innings and gets two starts this week as the league's top-rated pitcher.
May 24, 2014
Yu Darvish is a frontrunner for the AL Cy Young award and has two starts this week to continue building his case.
May 17, 2014
Masahiro Tanaka has two starts this week in Chicago, giving him a great opportunity to rack up some strikeouts.
May 10, 2014
Adam Wainwright has allowed 13 runs this year, 10 of which have come against the Cubs, who he faces this week.
May 3, 2014
Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return from the disabled list this week, and he gets two starts to boot, but where does that leave him in the rankings?
April 26, 2014
Has Jose Fernandez done enough to retain his claim as the NL's best pitcher even when Clayton Kershaw returns from the disabled list?
April 19, 2014
Two starts in pitcher-friendly parks makes Yu Darvish this week's top hurler, giving owners who ignored the draft-day panic a nice profit.
April 12, 2014
Sonny Gray, who has a friendly start this week in Houston, is becoming a more complete pitcher this year.
April 5, 2014
Max Scherzer hit the trifecta this week -- two starts in pitchers' parks against the National League.
March 29, 2014
Justin Verlander looks poised this year to reclaim his former position as the top pitcher in the AL, but does that mean he is the top pitcher in this week's season debut of the Value Meter?
March 19, 2014
Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the U.S., and he is about to show that he's the best pitcher in Australia as the 2014 season kicks off.
September 21, 2013
Adam Wainwright is on a roll in his last three starts and with two starts this week lands the NL's top spot in the season finale of the Pitching Value Meter.
September 14, 2013
Detroit's Max Scherzer will take a fourth attempt at win No. 20 this week with a matchup against the White Sox.
September 7, 2013
Jered Weaver recovered from a beating in the Bronx to hurl three quality starts in his last four outings, setting him up for a good run this week.
August 31, 2013
Cole Hamels dominated in August for the Phillies. What's the first week of September have in store for the Philadelphia hurler?
August 24, 2013
Jose Fernandez might be young, but he fears no team, including the division-leading Braves, whom he faces this week.
August 17, 2013
Jose Fernandez gets the Dodgers in one of his two starts this week and might just be one of the few pitchers who can stop the hot-hitting club.
August 10, 2013
Madison Bumgarner has a gift week as he is slated to face baseball's two worst teams in OPS vs. left-handed pitchers. Is that enough to make him the week's top starter?
August 3, 2013
Clayton Kershaw has two tough matchups this week, but is that enough to keep him out of the top spot in the National League rankings?
July 27, 2013
Jered Weaver is in a groove, posting a 1.32 ERA in his last six starts. He gets two starts this week, making him the AL's top starting pticher.
July 20, 2013
Max Scherzer is the top dog in baseball this week with two starts against offenses that don't have much fight in them.
July 18, 2013
Fresh off his All-Star Game appearance, Felix Hernandez gets the free-swinning Astros in his first start of the second half.
July 6, 2013
Max Scherzer doesn't have an easy slate of starts this week, but he hasn't gotten this far by beating up on tomato cans.
June 29, 2013
Even a trip to Coors Field can't knock Clayton Kershaw off his perch as the league's top starter this week.
June 22, 2013
With two starts this week, strikeout king Yu Darvish is the man to own in fantasy leagues.
June 15, 2013
How unreal has Adam Wainwright been this year? He has more wins (10) than walks (9). This week he gets two home starts. Guess where he's ranked?
June 8, 2013
Hisashi Iwakuma is the king of the American League this week with starts against two free-swinging clubs.
June 1, 2013
Felix Hernandez is the only elite pitcher in the AL this week with two starts, making the Seattle ace an easy pick for top honors in the Value Meter.
May 25, 2013
Matt Harvey could be headed for a big week with two starts, including facing the cross-town rival Yankees.
May 18, 2013
The young lad Shelby Miller sneaks up the rankings this week with two starts in pitcher-friendly parks. But where did the Cardinal land?
May 12, 2013
Clayton Kershaw has only one start this week, but he's still the No. 1-rated pitcher in fantasy baseball.
May 4, 2013
Madison Bumgarner isn't getting the attention he deserves with a 1.55 ERA and 0.84 WHIP through six starts this season. This week's Value Meter rectifies the slight.
April 27, 2013
The National League is so top heavy with two-start starters that Clayton Kershaw gets pushed down the rankings, while the American League is studs and duds this week.
April 20, 2013
Roy Halladay's outing against a tough Cardinals lineup should hearten his owners, and he has a favorable matchup this week.
April 13, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is not the only Nationals pitcher with a promising week ahead. Check out this week's pitcher rankings.
April 6, 2013
Is a one-start Justin Verlander better this week than a two-start C.J. Wilson? That's the on-going debate for fantasy owners.
March 30, 2013
Baseball is back, and Clayton Kershaw gets two starts in the opening week as he debuts as fantasy's top-ranked pitcher.
September 22, 2012
Justin Verlander gets two starts this week in what figures to be a tricky scoring period as teams jockey rotations with the playoffs in mind.
September 15, 2012
Jered Weaver could move up a day this week, making him a two-start starter.
September 8, 2012
Jered Weaver has already missed one start with a shoulder injury, and he could miss more. Will he return this week?
September 1, 2012
Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but it looks like he could get an extra start this week.
August 25, 2012
Josh Beckett's acquisition would reshuffle the Dodgers rotation. Who would be bumped to make room for the former Red Sox?
August 18, 2012
After tossing a perfect game, where does Felix Hernandez stand in the AL Cy Young race?
August 11, 2012
Johnny Cueto is making a case for the NL Cy Young award, but he has some stiff competition.
August 4, 2012
Jered Weaver is the week's top Value Meter pitcher with two starts against division foes not named Texas.
July 28, 2012
Stephen Strasburg takes the hill twice at home this week for the Nationals.
July 21, 2012
Two starts this week makes Clayton Kershaw the Value Meter's top-ranked pitcher.
July 14, 2012
Roy Halladay is slated to return Tuesday from the DL. Lucky for the Dodgers.
July 7, 2012
Justin Verlander is one of the sure things during the whacky week of the All-Star Game.
June 30, 2012
With two starts at home this week, Chris Sale gets the nod as the top AL pitcher in the latest edition of the Value Meter.
June 23, 2012
Derek Holland's shoulder injury is progressing to the point that he might return this week. Get him back in your lineup.
June 16, 2012
Matt Cain's perfecto was impressive, but it can't touch Sandy Koufax's for three simple reasons.
June 9, 2012
The season is young, but it's already been crazy: a perfect game, three no-hitters, Lance Lynn and R.A. Dickey have nine wins - and Cliff Lee has zero.
June 2, 2012
Cliff Lee gets two starts this week, making him the Value Meter's top pitcher.
May 26, 2012
Cole Hamels is stating his case for the NL Cy Young with a strong season for the Phillies. But is he the top-ranked pitcher in this week's Value Meter?
May 19, 2012
Yu Darvish, who tops the pitcher rankings this week with two starts, is looking like the early favorite for the AL Cy Young award.
May 12, 2012
Is it time for NL-only owners to start worrying about Cole Hamels getting traded?
May 5, 2012
Justin Verlander gets a couple of starts against two of the league's worst-hitting clubs this week, which makes him the Value Meter's top starter.
April 28, 2012
Stephen Strasburg enters the week with 25 Ks in 25 innings, but he's still third on his team in strikeouts.
April 21, 2012
Fresh off a 12-strikeout performance, Felix Hernandez tops the AL rankings with two starts this week.
April 14, 2012
Roy Halladay stands atop the pitcher rankings with two starts this week, including one at Petco Park.
April 7, 2012
Justin Verlander squares off against James Shields this week in one of the better pitching matchups on the board.
April 1, 2012
Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw tops the list of the inaugural Value Meter.
September 24, 2011
The season finale of the Value Meter belongs to Cliff Lee, who's had an outstanding year and is the top-ranked pitcher entering the final week.
September 17, 2011
The NL Cy Young race is down to three candidates. Has Clayton Kershaw done enough to get your vote?
September 10, 2011
Johan Santana appears set to return to the mound this week. Temper expectations for his 2011 debut.
September 3, 2011
Stephen Strasburg returns to the mound this week with two starts, but is that enough to make him the week's top-ranked pitcher? Is the Value Meter author nuts?
August 27, 2011
Clayton Kershaw, this week's top Value Meter pitcher, has been one of the few bright spots for the Dodgers this year.
August 20, 2011
Josh Beckett isn't a strong Cy Young candidate yet, but he was solid again in his last start and sports a 2.46 ERA.
August 13, 2011
Cliff Lee has two starts this week, which makes him the Value Meter's top pitcher.
August 6, 2011
Not only is Justin Verlander's heater the fastest in the game, but it's also the most effective. No surprise that he tops the AL Value Meter this week.
July 30, 2011
Clayton Kershaw makes two road starts this week, but with 67 strikeouts in his last seven starts, he is the top ranked pitcher on this week's Value Meter.
July 23, 2011
Justin Verlander, who has two starts this week, is making his case for the Cy Young award by averaging 7.5 innings per start this year.
July 16, 2011
Roy Halladay starts the second half in a familiar spot - atop the Value Meter with two starts this week.
July 9, 2011
Jered Weaver is an All-Star, but he'll have a more inviting start in his first game back from the break.
July 2, 2011
The Tigers' Justin Verlander dominated in June with a 0.92 ERA, and he leads off July as the top-ranked pitcher in this week's Value Meter.
June 25, 2011
Justin Verlander vs. the surprising Dillon Gee is one of a number of intriguing matchups this week.
June 18, 2011
Jered Weaver is slated for two starts this week, one of which is up the road at Dodger Stadium in this year's installment of the Freeway Series.
June 11, 2011
Justin Verlander is the early favorite for the AL Cy Young, and with two starts this week, he's the top pitcher in this edition of the Value Meter.
June 4, 2011
Felix Hernandez gets two starts this week, and even though they come on the road, he's our No. 1-ranked starter.
May 28, 2011
This week's Value Meter offers a peak behind the curtain to see just how is it that a Josh Beckett ends up as the top-ranked AL pitcher.
May 21, 2011
Cole Hamels leads the National League this week, though AL pitchers dominate the mixed league rankings.
May 14, 2011
The AL and NL intersect this week, creating some interesting pitching matchups, including Josh Johnson vs. David Price.
May 7, 2011
With two starts this week, Tim Lincecum tops the latest edition of the Value Meter.
April 30, 2011
Johnny Cueto is nearing a return from the DL, and it could come as early as this week.
April 23, 2011
With starts against the A's and Rays this week, Jered Weaver tops the latest edition of the Value Meter. His sidekick in Anaheim isn't a bad option, either.
April 16, 2011
Clayton Kershaw continues to improve his control, but unfortunately he only has one start this week.
April 9, 2011
It was an insane first week of the season, but Felix Hernandez looked good. He gets two starts this week, and is the Value Meter's top-ranked hurler.
March 30, 2011
A mid-week Opening Day means extra starts in the first week of fantasy action for some pitchers. Yovani Gallardo gets three starts, but he's not the top-ranked pitcher in this year's inaugural Value Meter.
September 25, 2010
In the final Value Meter of the season, Felix Hernandez is the AL's top-rated pitcher this week as he gets two more starts to make his Cy Young case.
September 18, 2010
Jered Weaver takes the mound twice this week, making him the week's top-rated AL pitcher.
September 11, 2010
Johan Santana received some stunning news that leaves his 2011 fantasy value in question.
September 4, 2010
Tim Lincecum has two advantageous starts this week, but he's not the week's top-rated pitcher. Who is?
August 28, 2010
Felix Hernandez gets two start this week against rather anemic offenses as he tries to convince voters that he is Cy Young worthy.
August 21, 2010
Adam Wainwright gets two starts next week, and they will both come against teams that are among the bottom five in the league in runs scored. No surprise: Wainwright heads this week's Top 100.
August 14, 2010
Johan Santana has a promising week ahead with starts against the Astros and Pirates.
August 7, 2010
Two starts this week make Tim Lincecum the league's top starting pitcher.
July 31, 2010
Yovani Gallardo has good matchups in two starts this week. but does that make him the NL's top-rated pitcher?
July 24, 2010
Jamie Moyer is done for the foreseeable future with an elbow injury. Have we seen the last of the ageless wonder?
July 17, 2010
Tim Lincecum shut out the Mets in his last start. This week, he has two NL West rivals on deck, which places him atop the pitcher rankings.
July 9, 2010
As we head to the All-Star break this week, Cliff Lee heads to his fourth team in less than a year after getting traded to the Rangers.
July 3, 2010
Jered Weaver hits the road for two starts this week against mediocre-hitting clubs.
June 26, 2010
Adam Wainwright sits atop the pitcher rankings this week with two starts at home.
June 19, 2010
Tim Lincecum has had his ups and downs this year, but he's back atop the value meter with two starts this week.
June 12, 2010
Adam Wainwright faces two of the AL's worst-hitting clubs this week, which makes him the week's top-rated pitcher.
June 4, 2010
The Stephen Strasburg shows debuts this week against a couple of lackluster teams. Is that enough to make him this week's top-ranked pitcher?
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