Fantasy Insider: National League Starting Pitchers

It's been a long time since the Phillies had a starting rotation as strong and deep as they do this season. With fantasy drafting season in full swing, find out how Kevin Millwood, Randy Wolf, Brett Myers, Vicente Padilla and Eric Milton rank compared to the rest of the National League starting pitchers.

THE ELITE 

1. Mark Prior CHN $29 
Best pitcher out of USC since Tom Seaver. Head of the class.
Projection: 20- 240 -2.50- 1.05 

2. Kerry Wood CHN $27
Gives the Cubs the best tandem in the NL. Now if the team can just put it all together.
Projection: 18- 255- 3.30- 1.25 

3. Jason Schmidt SFG $25
Health is the important issue here. Otherwise, Jason can bring it with the best of them.
Projection: 17- 242- 3.05- 1.01 

4. Josh Beckett FLA $24 
Still young and somewhat fragile, but his future is limitless.
Projection: 15- 212- 3.25- 1.20 

Johnson:  Has A Lot To Prove

5. Randy Johnson ARZ $22
The Big Unit has to prove that it ain't over ‘til the Fat Lady Sings.
Projection: 15- 235- 3.50- 1.15 

6. Roy Oswalt HOU $21
Health is so very important to this slight, but very talented right-hander.
Projection: 15- 195- 3.25- 1.18 

THE GOOD 

7. Andy Pettitte HOU $20
Has the rings but now he's moved to a park that is unforgiving. He'll have to make adjustments.
Projection: 15- 187- 4.20- 1.35 

8. Matt Morris STL $20 
Redbirds are looking for a huge season from Morris so that the Cubs and Astros don't bury them in the NL Central.
Projection: 16- 169- 3.69- 1.31 

9. Russ Ortiz ATL $19
Russ will have get along with much less support in 2004.
Projection: 14- 171- 4.01- 1.38 

10. Greg Maddux CHN $19 
Greg is now only a number 3 pitcher as he goes for #300.
Projection: 13- 128- 4.12- 1.33 

Millwood: Staff Leader In Philly

11. Kevin Millwood PHL $19 
Millwood helps bring Phil to the forefront.
Projection: 14- 160- 3.90- 1.28 

12. Brandon Webb ARZ $18
He only ranks this low to start the season. At season's end he will be among the elite.
Projection: 15- 190- 3.30- 1.16 

13. Randy Wolf PHL $18
Far, far better stuff than Millwood. Has to put everything together this year.
Projection: 14-188- 3.90- 1.32 

14. Roger Clemens HOU $17
Roger is old and he'll have to adjust to new league, but should still fan almost 200.
Projection: 13- 201- 4.16- 1.30 

15. Kip Wells PIT $15 
He may pitch in baseball's version of Hell, but he's a solid starter.
Projection: 14- 152- 3.78- 1.19 

16. Dontrelle Willis FLA $15
Exciting pitcher has to shake off his late season mistakes.
Projection: 13- 168- 4.41- 1.36 

17. Matt Clement CHN $15
To have a number 5 like the Cubs do is to be truly blessed: they are.
Projection: 13- 176- 4.37- 1.33 

18. Carlos Zambrano CHN $15
His stats should dwarf those of "Junkball" Maddux by season's end
Projection: 14-172- 3.90- 1.26 

19. Al Leiter NYM $15 
Increased support and better control are the keys to Al's season.
Projection: 14- 160- 4.12- 1.41 

20. Livan Hernandez MON $14 
Way too inconsistent… his win total will dwindle as ERA rises.
Projection: 14- 155- 4.29- 1.37 

21. Hideo Nomo LAD $14 
Pitching in Dodger Stadium does wonders for a body
Projection: 15- 175- 3.85 - 1.25 

22. Odalis Perez LAD $13 
Nomo's prognosis goes double for Odalis.
Projection: 14- 150- 4.12- 1.21 

23. Woody Williams STL $12 
Doesn't have the best of stuff, but has good control and knows how to win.
Projection: 14- 140- 3.90- 1.11 

THE AVERAGE 

24. Brett Myers PHL $11 
Tremendous arm, but still very inconsistent. Control also not the best.
Projection: 13- 148- 4.29- 1.35 

25. Eric Milton PHL $11 
Could move up fast once he knows the league.  Still a sleeper.
Projection: 12- 111- 4.24- 1.24 

Hampton: Still Cursed By Coors?

26. Mike Hampton ATL $10 
Improved somewhat in 2003 from his Colorado days, but still not a Fantasy gem.
Projection: 12- 128- 4.42- 1.48 

27. Ben Sheets MIL $10 
All Ben needs is a change of address and the run support that would go with it…
Projection: 12- 147- 4.58- 1.34 

28. Carl Pavano FLA $10 
Man looking to move up in 2004. He has the tools, just has to learn how to use them.
Projection: 14- 139- 4.23- 1.31 

29. Vincente Padilla PHL $10 
As recently as 2002, he looked like the real deal…but has fallen back to the rest of the pack.
Projection: 14- 125- 4.06- 1.27 

30. Jake Peavy SDP $9 
Can really strike them out when he's on, could benefit from improved SD offense. 
Projection: 13-160- 4.10- 1.38 

31.Brad Penny FLA $9 
Big and strong, can do the job…just has to prove it!
Projection: 13- 148- 4.35- 1.30 

32. Kazuhisa Ishii LAD $8 
Terrible control, but is saved in part by a forgiving Dodgers Stadium
Projection: 12- 151- 4.02- 1.60 

33. Adam Eaton SDP $7 
Needs to stay healthy, but the signs are pointing in the right direction. Like Peavy can rack up the whiffs when he's right.
Projection: 11- 170- 3.94- 1.31 

34. Jerome Williams SFG $7 
Very impressive in his Giants' debut…his stock will rise with his win total this year.
Projection: 14- 161- 3.80- 1.25 

35. Tom Glavine NYM $6 
Moving to New York at this time in his career was a mistake, but at least the money is in order.
Projection: 11-103- 4.12- 1.40 

36. David Wells SDP $6 
David is old, he is broken down and fat but still finds a way to win. Modern day Mickey Lolich
Projection: 12- 105- 4.45- 1.10 

37. Tim Redding HOU $6 
Will have to fight all season, to retain is spot in rotation…struggle is good.
Projection: 11- 115- 4.51- 1.27 

38. Horacio Ramirez ATL $6 
Ramirez could go way up, or way down in the standings. One thing is certain: he will receive less support than last season.
Projection: 11- 121- 4.60- 1.42 

39. Claudio Vargas MON $6 
Very similar situation to that of Ramirez, but with better control.
Projection: 11- 106- 4.29- 1.27 

40. Edwin Jackson LAD $6 
Another outstanding young arm, but unfortunately he plays for the Hitless Wonders. 
Projection: 10- 125- 4.07- 1.21 

THE REST 

41. Brett Tomko SFG $5 
As stable as an elevator, where he stops God only knows.
Projection: 10- 129- 4.71- 1.30 

42. Tomo Ohka MON $5 
Junkmaster, who can look really bad at times.
Projection: 10- 95- 4.53- 1.35 

43. A. J. Burnett FLA $5 
Burnett's stock could really rise if he stays healthy
Projection: 10- 130- 3.95- 1.33 

44. Josh Fogg PIT $5 
A solid young pitcher who has the misfortune of playing for Pittsburgh.
Projection: 10- 103- 4.44- 1.36 

Trachsel:  Underrated, But Effective.

45. Steve Trachsel NYM $5 
Very underrated, still. He will climb up these standings as he leads the Mets.
Projection: 14- 115- 4.06- 1.31 

46. Brian Lawrence SDP $5 
He's as streaky as they come, but now has a good team behind him.
Projection: 12- 124- 4.11- 1.27 

47. Jason Jennings COL $5 
Former Rookie of the Year, but pitches in the wrong park
Projection: 13- 127- 4.79- 1.49 

48. Jeff Weaver LAD $4 
Being out of New York could be just what the doctor ordered.
Projection: 11- 120- 4.35- 1.36 

49. Jae Weong Seo NYM $4 
Good spring training so far, just waiting for some offense to help him out.
Projection: 11- 104- 3.94- 1.23 

50. Oliver Perez PIT $4 
Pittsburgh is where pitchers go to die, Perez will just have to pitch his way out… Thanks for the K's though.
Projection: 10- 171- 4.50- 1.47 

51. Kris Benson PIT $4 
Only ranks so low because his health does too.
Projection: 10- 135- 4.03- 1.44 

52. Kirk Rueter SFG $3 
Will win a few games, but the rest of his stats are unexciting.
Projection: 12- 67- 4.41- 1.38 

53. Kevin Correia SFG $3 
Late season call-up didn't show too much… better things expected?
Projection: 8- 100- 4.25- 1.30 

54. Brandon Claussen CIN $3 
Could be real Fantasy sleeper, especially if he strikes people out.
Projection: 11- 140- 3.98- 1.27 

55. Paul Wilson CIN $3 
Will be #1 starter for Reds…that tells you a few things.
Projection: 11- 103- 4.58- 1.45 

56. Tony Armas, Jr. MON $3 
On the comeback trail from arm surgery.
Projection: 10- 125- 4.20- 1.24 

57. Jeff Suppan STL $2 
Could rise…overall not a bad pitcher.
Projection: 10- 119- 4.07- 1.25 

58. Elmer Dessens ARZ $2 
Fell off the map in the second half last season, could rebound.
Projection: 8 – 85- 4.02- 1.26 59. 

Cory Lidle CIN $2 
Only ranks this low because he'll be pitching in Cincy. Has decent stuff and will get you a few whiffs.
Projection: 10- 131- 4.60- 1.41 

60. Wilson Alvarez LAD $2 
Will fight once again for rotation spot, doubtful if he'll keep one.
Projection: 7- 90- 3.88- 1.31 

61. Denny Stark COL $1 
Could be better, but don't count on it because of Coors.
Projection: 6- 95- 5.02- 1.47 

62. Jason Marquis STL $1 
Don't know if he's ever going to get things together.
Projection: 5- 80- 4.96- 1.44 

63. Chin-hui Tsao COL $1 
Don't really know what to expect from Chin…will start season in Triple A.
Projection: 5- 75- 4.50- 1.36


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