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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.

Fantasy sports articles written by Paul Sporer

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: To the Max

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Mr. Untouchable

Paul Sporer's pitcher rankings feature Jose Fernandez leading the way as the Miami ace has rarely been touched up at home this season.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Chief Starter

Paul Sporer can't get enough of the Indians' Carlos Corrasco, who's two-start schedule sets up nicely for him down the stretch.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Scherzer Works on K Street

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: No Way Jose on Road?

Paul Sporer explains why Jose Fernandez's road splits could be headed for better days in this week's pitcher rankings.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Yu the Man This Week

Paul Sporer likes the two-start week ahead for Rangers starter Yu Darvish, who has dominated batters since coming off the disabled list.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Fernandez Still Rolling

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Max Output

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: National No. 1

A two-start week for Stephen Strasburg has the Nats' ace atop this week's pitcher rankings.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Calming the Panic

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Marlin the Magician

Paul Sporer's weekly pitcher rankings features Miami's Jose Fernandez in the top spot as he has dominated the last couple of months.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Carrasco's Hitting his Stride

Paul Sporer's weekly pitcher rankings features Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who has taken off since returning from the disabled list in early June.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kershaw in Pedro Territory

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Sonny Again in Oakland

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Price is Again Right

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Lefty Two-Step for Lester

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two Jakes are Better than One

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Sale-ing Ks for IP

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Double the Kershaw

Paul Sporer ranks this week's starting pitchers as the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, among other elite hurlers, has a two-start week.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Strasburg at Home on K Street

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Good Week Ahead for Harvey

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Wind In His Sale

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Roaring Thunder

Noah Syndergaard faces off against the Phillies and Braves this week, and Paul Sporer wonders if he could reach 30 strikeouts.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Worth the Price

Paul Sporer ranks this week's starters as Boston's David Price faces a huge test in the AL East against Baltimore and Toronto.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kicking Off the 2016 Season

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.

DFS Strategy: Mining for Value in Overlooked Areas

Paul Sporer reveals overlooked sources of value in DFS baseball as Opening Day approaches.

Team Previews: AL West

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Season Finale

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two-Star Ace or Kershaw?

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Chance for Redemption

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: How's Kershaw Not No. 1?

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cy Young Run Away

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Mr. Consistency

Paul Sporer breaks down this week's pitcher rankings, and atop the AL is Dallas Keuchel, who is good even when he's bad.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cole Mining for Cy Young

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Is Sale to Blame?

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Welcome to the AL, Johnny

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Never a Reason to Worry

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Sale-ing into the Second Half

Paul Sporer ranks the week's starters, but he can't stop marveling at Chris Sale, whose strikeouts continue to set him apart.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Second-Half Kickoff

Paul Sporer lays out the rankings for the first weekend of the second half, and, surprise, Max Scherzer is still on top.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Strength vs. Strength

Paul Sporer ranks this week's pitchers and is already looking forward to the showdown between Chris Sale and the lefty-smashing Blue Jays.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Maximum Output

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Back on his Throne

Paul Sporer ranks this week's starters and is relieved that Felix Hernandez rebounded after a couple of non-King like starts.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Hero in the Bronx

Paul Sporer's weekly value meter showcases a surging Masahiro Tanaka, who is starting to look like the dominant pitcher from early last season.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Wind in his Sale

Paul Sporer's weekly value meter highlights a surging Chris Sale who has dominated batters in the last five starts.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Mad Max

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Not the Bum He Used to be

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Living Up to the Hype

Paul Sporer is particularly impressed this week with Matt Harvey, who has not had trouble living up to his preseason hype.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: The Golden Archer

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: It's Good to be the King

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two Starts for Kluber

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Harvey Invisible in Late Innings

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Slow Week for Kershaw

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kicking Off the 2015 Season

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.

Behind the Breakout: Rendon's Rapid Rise

Anthony Rendon paired good health with his elite offensive upside en route to a full breakout in 2014. Paul Sporer takes a closer look.

Behind the Breakout: A Big Step From McHugh

What drove the breakout for Collin McHugh last season? Paul Sporer breaks down one of the biggest surprises of 2014.

Behind the Breakout: Brantley Goes Boom

What changed for Michael Brantley during his 2014 breakout? Paul Sporer takes a closer look.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Down the Stretch they Come

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Strasburg's Quiet Excellence

Stephen Strasburg might have disappointed some this year, but he's still having a fantastic fantasy season.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two Jokers for the King

Felix Hernandez gets two starts this week against teams he has dominated this year.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Fightin' Phillie

Cole Hamels has been in a groove since mid-May, and he'll look to continue it in two starts this week.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two Starts for Kershaw

A two-start week for Clayton Kershaw comes at the perfect time for fantasy owners, especially for those in head-to-head leagues.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: No Taming this Tiger

Max Scherzer is one of the few things going right for the Tigers these days, as he's dominated in his recent starts.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Killer 'Wrighty'

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Gray Gets All A's

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Darvish Still Dealing

Yu Darvish is having a down year that most pitchers would kill for, and this week he gets two starts.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Smooth Saling

As the second half gets into full swing, Chris Sale gets two teams this week that he usually dominates.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Second-Half Kickoff

All-Star starter Felix Hernandez is back in action as the second half kicks off this weekend.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kershaw's Brilliance Limited this Week

Clayton Kershaw has been unreal lately, but he has only one start this week. Is that enough to knock him from the top ranking?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Ray of Hope

David Price has had a huge June, and that's enough to vault him to the top of this week's pitcher rankings.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Crowning Achievement

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Red Scare

Johnny Cueto has a 1.85 ERA but is just 6-5 thanks to a Cincinnati offense that has deprived him of run support.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Bumgarner Continues to Baffle Batters

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: It's Good to be the King

Felix Hernandez has 30 strikeouts in his last 31.1 innings and gets two starts this week as the league's top-rated pitcher.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Making the Case for Cy Yu

Yu Darvish is a frontrunner for the AL Cy Young award and has two starts this week to continue building his case.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: K Time for Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka has two starts this week in Chicago, giving him a great opportunity to rack up some strikeouts.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Wainwright vs. his Nemesis

Adam Wainwright has allowed 13 runs this year, 10 of which have come against the Cubs, who he faces this week.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kershaw Returns to Mound

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: No Ordinary Joe

Has Jose Fernandez done enough to retain his claim as the NL's best pitcher even when Clayton Kershaw returns from the disabled list?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Discounted Darvish Paying Off

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Sonny Days in Oakland

Sonny Gray, who has a friendly start this week in Houston, is becoming a more complete pitcher this year.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Maximum Strength

Max Scherzer hit the trifecta this week -- two starts in pitchers' parks against the National League.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kicking Off the 2014 Season

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Opening Day Approaches

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Season Finale

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Max Value

Detroit's Max Scherzer will take a fourth attempt at win No. 20 this week with a matchup against the White Sox.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Weaver gets his Wings Again

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Speeding into September

Cole Hamels dominated in August for the Phillies. What's the first week of September have in store for the Philadelphia hurler?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Matchup Proof

Jose Fernandez might be young, but he fears no team, including the division-leading Braves, whom he faces this week.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Yes Way, Jose

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Giants Look to Cruise Madison Ave

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Tough Week Ahead for Kershaw

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Leave it to Weaver

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Max is Top Dog

Max Scherzer is the top dog in baseball this week with two starts against offenses that don't have much fight in them.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: King of the Hill

Fresh off his All-Star Game appearance, Felix Hernandez gets the free-swinning Astros in his first start of the second half.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Maximum Effort

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: LA's K-Man

Even a trip to Coors Field can't knock Clayton Kershaw off his perch as the league's top starter this week.

Regan's Rumblings: Ignore at Your Peril

Brian Dozier changed his approach at the plate and is seeing improved results, but he's still largely ignored in mixed leagues.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Yu the Man This Week

With two starts this week, strikeout king Yu Darvish is the man to own in fantasy leagues.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: The Wainwright Stuff

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?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Move Over Felix, Kuma's the King

Hisashi Iwakuma is the king of the American League this week with starts against two free-swinging clubs.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Ace of the AL

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Harvey Rises to the Top

Matt Harvey could be headed for a big week with two starts, including facing the cross-town rival Yankees.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Miller Time in St. Louis

The young lad Shelby Miller sneaks up the rankings this week with two starts in pitcher-friendly parks. But where did the Cardinal land?

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Still No. 1

Clayton Kershaw has only one start this week, but he's still the No. 1-rated pitcher in fantasy baseball.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Not A Bum

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: No Love for Kershaw

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Back on Track?

Roy Halladay's outing against a tough Cardinals lineup should hearten his owners, and he has a favorable matchup this week.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Not the Only Nat

Stephen Strasburg is not the only Nationals pitcher with a promising week ahead. Check out this week's pitcher rankings.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: One-Start Studs vs. Two-Start Vanillas

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.

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kicking Off the 2013 Season

Baseball is back, and Clayton Kershaw gets two starts in the opening week as he debuts as fantasy's top-ranked pitcher.

Cardinals' Team Preview: Familiar Beginning

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.