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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

Pitching Value Meter: Sonny Days in Oakland

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

Pitching Value Meter: Maximum Strength

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

Pitching Value Meter: 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?

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: Max Value

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

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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?

Pitching Value Meter: Matchup Proof

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

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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?

Pitching Value Meter: 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?

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Behind the Numbers: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: Yu the Man This Week

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

Pitching Value Meter: 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?

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: Harvey Rises to the Top

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

Pitching Value Meter: 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?

Pitching Value Meter: Still No. 1

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

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: Back on Track?

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

Pitching Value Meter: Not the Only Nat

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

Pitching Value Meter: 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.

Pitching Value Meter: 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.