Sporer covers pitching for RotoWire. He also writes for Baseball Prospectus and publishes an annual guide on starting pitcher. In his spare time, he roots for the Tigers.
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.
April 1, 2016
Paul Sporer reveals overlooked sources of value in DFS baseball as Opening Day approaches.
February 26, 2016
Paul Sporer provides in-depth previews for all five teams in the American League West. Can Mike Trout keep the Angels out of the division basement?
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.
December 17, 2014
Anthony Rendon paired good health with his elite offensive upside en route to a full breakout in 2014. Paul Sporer takes a closer look.
November 28, 2014
What drove the breakout for Collin McHugh last season? Paul Sporer breaks down one of the biggest surprises of 2014.
November 13, 2014
What changed for Michael Brantley during his 2014 breakout? Paul Sporer takes a closer look.
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 26, 2013
Brian Dozier changed his approach at the plate and is seeing improved results, but he's still largely ignored in mixed leagues.
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.
February 9, 2013
Another season without Chris Carpenter? No problem. The Cards' well-oiled machine looks primed to push for another trip to the World Series in 2013.