Weekly Pitcher Rankings: No Joke, Opening Day is Almost Here

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: No Joke, Opening Day is Almost Here

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Unless this is the greatest April Fool's hoax pulled off in the history of mankind, Opening Day is finally here! Get ready for 26-plus weeks of constantly changing pitching plans. As always, the RotoWire staff has your back with the best probable-pitching grid in the business. I'll do my best to refresh these weekly rankings with the most recent information before Monday lineup lock each week.

As will be explained in this week's Z Files, managing pitching in 2021 will be more about focusing on solid matchups than bullying two-start pitchers. As such, early on, the weekly rankings will favor ERA and WHIP a tad more than wins and whiffs. Later, the focus will flip-flop. From a strategic perspective, you want to build a solid ratio foundation, then stream more liberally later if there are points to be had in win and strikeouts. 

The four-day and 11-day rankings are presented below. The standard Monday-Sunday version will be commence on Saturday. Apologies for the lack of comments this week, once games start, they will be more plentiful.

Good luck this season!

Thursday, April 1 - Sunday, April 4

Mixed League

RankPitcherTMOPP 
1Shane BieberCLEat DETGreat spot to start strong
2Gerrit ColeNYYvs. TOR88 pitches final spring start, should be able to eclipse 100 in opener
3Max ScherzerWASvs. NYMEnded the spring with a sim game instead of facing Nationals
4Jacob deGromNYMat WAS20 K,
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Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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