Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Bieber Jumps to the Top
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Bieber Jumps to the Top

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Compared to what the schedule has afforded us lately, this isn't a bad week for double dippers. There's a nice group at the top with more than the usual in the middle, some likely available for pickup in 12-team mixed leagues.

With Chris Sale headed to see Dr. Andrews plus Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole no longer scheduled for a pair, Shane Bieber leapfrogs the trio to the top spot in the week's final rankings.

By means of reminder, please direct all questions about the schedule to the Projected Starters grid. As always, I'll handle all ranking question in the comments below.

Also, keep in mind there are preliminary rankings. The final version will be posted Sunday night after teams firm up their plans.

For the week Aug. 19-25.

UPDATED: Sunday, August 18 11:00 PM ET

MLB

RankPITCHERTMOPPCOMMENT
1Shane BieberCLEat NYM, vs. KCCould be a Top-20 SP in 2020
2Clayton KershawLADvs. TOR, vs. NYYRewarding those taking the chance
3Trevor BauerCINvs. SD, at PITGood pair to rebound from last outing
4Stephen StrasburgWASat PIT, at CHC  
5Justin VerlanderHOUvs. DET  
6Gerrit ColeHOUvs. DET  
7Wade MileyHOUvs. DET, vs. LAAGreat pair at home
8Cole HamelsCHCvs. SF, vs. WASShould rebound from last time out
9Domingo GermanNYYat OAK, at LAD16 wins obviously lucky but K% and BB%
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