Collin McHugh, Freddy Peralta and Tyler Glasnow are Starting Pitchers Projected to Rise

Out of the top 60 starting pitchers based on total projected fantasy points, 16 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their season to date rank. Freddy Peralta (#18) and Tyler Glasnow (#12) are a couple starting pitchers who are projected to improve on their season rank. But of all the starting pitchers with improved projected ranking, Collin McHugh is the highest ranking one. Most already consider Collin McHugh to be a good starting starting pitcher, but the projections indicate he is an elite fantasy option. Based on ownership percentage (95%), Collin McHugh has a market rank of #36 among starting pitchers. His projection based starting pitcher rank is #7. Even if he is owned in plenty of leagues, he is still undervalued and if you act quickly there is a clear buy low opportunity. Unless someone offers an even better starting pitcher value, we advise you to hold on to him. He is projected for 157 fantasy points in 27 remaining games. Based on average FPs, he is even better with the #4 highest average. The market ranks Collin McHugh behind Arrieta and above Wheeler but the projections rank Collin McHugh over Arrieta.

There are 8 starting pitchers who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Jameson Taillon, for example, is projected to be just the #58 starting pitcher and some owners may have better options. There are only 4 starting pitchers projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Wade LeBlanc, at #38, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this waiver wire group.

[NOTE: In the early part of a season we include stats from last year in our 'current season' rankings.]

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Season-to-Date

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
M. Scherzer (WAS) 207 FP, 6.9 perZ. Greinke (ARI) 107 FP, 3.7 perM. Minor* (TEX) 72 FP, 2.7 per
J. deGrom (NYM) 183 FP, 6.3 perN. Syndergaard (NYM) 107 FP, 3.6 perJ. Happ (NYY) 71 FP, 2.7 per -
J. Verlander (HOU) 166 FP, 5.7 perW. Buehler (LAD) 106 FP, 4.1 perR. Stripling (LAD) 71 FP, 2.5 per
B. Snell (TB) 165 FP, 5.7 perH. Ryu (LAD) 104 FP, 4.7 perM. Wacha (STL) 70 FP, 2.7 per
C. Kluber (CLE) 161 FP, 5.6 perS. Strasburg (WAS) 101 FP, 4 per +S. Bieber (CLE) 70 FP, 2.6 per
A. Nola (PHI) 158 FP, 5.9 perD. Price (BOS) 98 FP, 3.6 perM. Clevinger (CLE) 69 FP, 3.8 per -
C. McHugh (HOU) 157 FP, 5.8 per +J. Berrios (MIN) 98 FP, 3.2 perM. Gonzales (SEA) 65 FP, 2.5 per -
C. Kershaw (LAD) 138 FP, 5.5 perB. Keller (KC) 94 FP, 3.1 per +M. Mikolas (STL) 65 FP, 2.4 per -
T. Bauer (CLE) 138 FP, 4.6 perM. Foltynewicz (ATL) 91 FP, 3.5 perY. Chirinos* (TB) 64 FP, 2.7 per
P. Corbin (WAS) 130 FP, 4.8 perJ. Arrieta (PHI) 91 FP, 3.4 per +German Marquez (COL) 63 FP, 2.3 per -
J. Paxton (NYY) 129 FP, 4.4 per +C. Archer (PIT) 88 FP, 3 per +J. Chacin (MIL) 63 FP, 2.1 per -
T. Glasnow (TB) 127 FP, 4.7 per +Z. Wheeler (NYM) 88 FP, 2.9 perZ. Godley (ARI) 61 FP, 2.1 per +
C. Hamels (CHC) 125 FP, 4.2 per +R. Ray (ARI) 85 FP, 2.9 per +Z. Eflin (PHI) 60 FP, 2.3 per
C. Sale (BOS) 119 FP, 4.6 perB. Peacock (HOU) 82 FP, 3.3 per +J. Quintana (CHC) 60 FP, 2.2 per +
C. Morton (TB) 116 FP, 3.9 perJ. Flaherty (STL) 81 FP, 3 perK. Gausman (ATL) 59 FP, 2 per +
M. Tanaka (NYY) 115 FP, 4.3 perJ. Nelson (MIL) 80 FP, 3.3 perK. Hendricks (CHC) 57 FP, 2.2 per
G. Cole (HOU) 114 FP, 4.2 perM. Fried (ATL) 79 FP, 2.9 per +L. Castillo (CIN) 56 FP, 2.1 per
F. Peralta (MIL) 114 FP, 3.8 per +W. LeBlanc* (SEA) 77 FP, 2.8 perJ. Taillon (PIT) 55 FP, 2 per -
C. Carrasco (CLE) 110 FP, 3.7 perJ. Lester (CHC) 76 FP, 2.7 per -M. Bumgarner (SF) 52 FP, 2.1 per
Kenta Maeda (LAD) 108 FP, 3.7 per +R. Hill (LAD) 73 FP, 3.3 perM. Kelly* (ARI) 50 FP, 1.9 per

Top 30 Projected Catchers Rest of Season

If you need help at catcher there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 the rest of the season. Welington Castillo, at #10, is the highest ranking catcher of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 catchers whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Gary Sanchez, at #2, is the highest ranking catcher of this 'must start' group. Yasmani Grandal is the only catcher who is projected to have a significantly worse rest of season.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Willson Contreras (CHC) 356 FP, 3 perO. Narvaez (SEA) 234 FP, 2.7 perW. Astudillo (MIN) 207 FP, 2.9 per +
G. Sanchez (NYY) 339 FP, 3.1 per +A. Barnes (LAD) 233 FP, 2.5 per +J. Lucroy* (LAA) 204 FP, 2.3 per
W. Ramos (NYM) 316 FP, 2.8 perD. Jansen (TOR) 231 FP, 2.2 per +M. Maldonado* (KC) 200 FP, 1.8 per
Y. Molina (STL) 316 FP, 2.6 perK. Suzuki* (WAS) 221 FP, 2.9 perC. Iannetta* (COL) 199 FP, 2.3 per
B. Posey (SF) 309 FP, 2.3 perA. Hedges* (SD) 221 FP, 2.8 perJ. Castro* (MIN) 196 FP, 2.2 per
J. Realmuto (PHI) 308 FP, 2.7 perT. Barnhart* (CIN) 221 FP, 2.1 perJ. Alfaro* (MIA) 195 FP, 2 per
F. Cervelli (PIT) 284 FP, 2.5 perY. Gomes* (WAS) 215 FP, 2.4 perM. Pina* (MIL) 189 FP, 2.6 per
Y. Grandal (MIL) 274 FP, 2.8 per -T. Flowers* (ATL) 213 FP, 2.4 perR. Perez* (CLE) 189 FP, 2.1 per
R. Chirinos (HOU) 243 FP, 2.5 perC. Vazquez* (BOS) 213 FP, 2.4 perF. Mejia* (SD) 186 FP, 2.1 per
W. Castillo* (CHW) 241 FP, 2.2 perM. Zunino* (TB) 208 FP, 2 perN. Hundley* (OAK) 172 FP, 2.3 per

Top 30 Projected First Basemen Rest of Season

There are a number of first basemen widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Hanley Ramirez, at #15, is the highest ranking first baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 6 first basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #3, Nelson Cruz is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 first basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Eric Hosmer, for example, is projected to be just the #26 first baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Martinez (BOS) 509 FP, 3.9 perJ. Abreu (CHW) 411 FP, 3.1 per +P. Alonso (NYM) 368 FP, 3.1 per +
P. Goldschmidt (STL) 485 FP, 3.4 perG. Stanton (NYY) 402 FP, 3 perY. Gurriel (HOU) 359 FP, 2.9 per
N. Cruz (MIN) 484 FP, 3.6 per +R. O'Hearn (KC) 395 FP, 3 per +L. Voit (NYY) 356 FP, 3.2 per +
C. Santana (CLE) 465 FP, 3.5 perM. Muncy (LAD) 388 FP, 3 perJ. Smoak* (TOR) 353 FP, 2.7 per
K. Davis (OAK) 463 FP, 3.4 perH. Ramirez* (CLE) 388 FP, 2.8 perJose Martinez* (STL) 347 FP, 2.9 per
F. Freeman (ATL) 461 FP, 3.3 perR. Zimmerman* (WAS) 385 FP, 3 perE. Hosmer (SD) 346 FP, 2.4 per -
C. Bellinger (LAD) 446 FP, 3.4 perE. Encarnacion (SEA) 384 FP, 2.8 per -B. Belt* (SF) 344 FP, 2.9 per
J. Votto (CIN) 435 FP, 3.1 per +J. Bell (PIT) 382 FP, 2.9 perM. Moreland* (BOS) 336 FP, 3.1 per
A. Rizzo (CHC) 427 FP, 3 perS. Choo* (TEX) 375 FP, 2.9 perJ. Bauers* (CLE) 330 FP, 2.8 per
M. Carpenter (STL) 424 FP, 3.2 perJ. Aguilar (MIL) 371 FP, 2.8 per -K. Morales* (OAK) 327 FP, 2.7 per

Top 30 Projected Second Basemen Rest of Season

There are a number of second basemen widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Niko Goodrum, at #11, is the highest ranking second baseman of this waiver wire group. There are 7 second basemen whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Yoan Moncada, at #5, is the highest ranking second baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 second basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Scooter Gennett, for example, is projected to be just the #25 second baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Altuve (HOU) 482 FP, 3.4 perN. Goodrum* (DET) 348 FP, 2.8 perA. Frazier* (PIT) 300 FP, 2.7 per
W. Merrifield (KC) 425 FP, 3.1 perK. Marte (ARI) 345 FP, 2.6 perJ. Lowrie* (NYM) 300 FP, 2.6 per
J. Baez (CHC) 418 FP, 3.1 perC. Hernandez (PHI) 335 FP, 2.5 perR. Odor (TEX) 293 FP, 2.4 per -
A. Cabrera (TEX) 402 FP, 2.9 perK. Wong (STL) 333 FP, 2.8 per +L. Urias* (SD) 291 FP, 2.2 per
Y. Moncada (CHW) 377 FP, 2.7 per +J. Villar (BAL) 330 FP, 2.5 per +S. Gennett (CIN) 287 FP, 3 per -
G. Torres (NYY) 367 FP, 2.8 per +J. Wendle* (TB) 329 FP, 2.6 perI. Kinsler* (SD) 285 FP, 2.2 per
O. Albies (ATL) 364 FP, 2.8 perD. Descalso* (CHC) 328 FP, 2.7 perJ. Panik* (SF) 284 FP, 2.4 per
J. Schoop (MIN) 352 FP, 2.9 per +D. LeMahieu (NYY) 326 FP, 2.8 per -S. Castro* (MIA) 282 FP, 2.2 per
B. Dozier (WAS) 352 FP, 2.7 perD. Gordon (SEA) 315 FP, 2.3 perJ. Kipnis* (CLE) 273 FP, 2.3 per
R. Cano (NYM) 350 FP, 2.5 per +J. McNeil (NYM) 306 FP, 2.6 per +H. Kendrick* (WAS) 270 FP, 3 per

Top 30 Projected Third Basemen Rest of Season

There are a number of third basemen widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. At #14, Rio Ruiz is the highest ranking one. There are only 3 third basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #4, Kris Bryant is the highest ranking must start. Miguel Andujar is the only third baseman who is projected to have a significantly worse rest of season.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
A. Rendon (WAS) 541 FP, 3.9 perJ. Donaldson (ATL) 353 FP, 2.7 per +E. Escobar* (ARI) 287 FP, 2.6 per
J. Ramirez (CLE) 501 FP, 3.6 perM. Franco (PHI) 347 FP, 2.6 perJohan Camargo* (ATL) 279 FP, 2.7 per
A. Bregman (HOU) 489 FP, 3.6 perT. Shaw (MIL) 346 FP, 2.9 perT. Frazier* (NYM) 279 FP, 2.7 per
K. Bryant (CHC) 456 FP, 3.2 per +R. Ruiz* (BAL) 329 FP, 2.4 perJ. Lamb* (ARI) 268 FP, 2.4 per
N. Arenado (COL) 441 FP, 3.1 perE. Longoria* (SF) 322 FP, 2.3 perP. Wisdom* (TEX) 266 FP, 2.6 per
M. Chapman (OAK) 412 FP, 3.2 perMiguel Andujar (NYY) 319 FP, 3 per -J. Kang* (PIT) 262 FP, 2.5 per
E. Suarez (CIN) 409 FP, 3.1 perM. Sano* (MIN) 303 FP, 2.8 perT. La Stella* (LAA) 255 FP, 2.9 per
M. Moustakas (MIL) 397 FP, 3.2 perR. Nunez* (BAL) 294 FP, 2.4 perK. Seager* (SEA) 255 FP, 2.6 per
J. Turner (LAD) 378 FP, 2.8 perJ. Gyorko* (STL) 293 FP, 2.6 perZ. Cozart* (LAA) 253 FP, 2.3 per
R. Devers (BOS) 360 FP, 2.6 per +J. Candelario* (DET) 292 FP, 2.4 perM. Prado* (MIA) 250 FP, 2.1 per

Top 30 Projected Shortstops Rest of Season

There are a number of shortstops widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Nick Ahmed, at #18, is the highest ranking shortstop of this waiver wire group. There are 7 shortstops that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. At #5, Jorge Polanco is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 shortstops who are projected to be fantasy busts. Jose Peraza, for example, is projected to be just the #28 shortstop and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
F. Lindor (CLE) 460 FP, 3.5 perT. Anderson (CHW) 373 FP, 2.7 perA. Diaz* (HOU) 300 FP, 2.9 per
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 434 FP, 3 perE. Andrus (TEX) 370 FP, 2.8 per +A. Rosario* (NYM) 299 FP, 2.4 per
M. Machado (SD) 429 FP, 3.1 perJ. Profar (OAK) 362 FP, 2.9 per -T. Beckham (SEA) 294 FP, 2.5 per
T. Story (COL) 414 FP, 3.1 perF. Tatis Jr. (SD) 361 FP, 2.7 per +W. Adames* (TB) 292 FP, 2.3 per
J. Polanco (MIN) 401 FP, 2.9 per +A. Simmons (LAA) 345 FP, 2.7 perC. Taylor* (LAD) 290 FP, 2.5 per
J. Segura (PHI) 399 FP, 2.8 perC. Seager (LAD) 341 FP, 2.6 per +B. Crawford* (SF) 288 FP, 2.3 per
C. Correa (HOU) 397 FP, 2.9 per +M. Semien (OAK) 338 FP, 2.6 per -O. Arcia* (MIL) 287 FP, 2.1 per
P. DeJong (STL) 386 FP, 3 per +N. Ahmed* (ARI) 322 FP, 2.5 perJ. Peraza (CIN) 277 FP, 2.2 per -
T. Turner (WAS) 376 FP, 3.3 perD. Swanson (ATL) 307 FP, 2.5 perS. Kingery* (PHI) 274 FP, 2.2 per
A. Mondesi (KC) 374 FP, 3 per +Lourdes Gurriel* (TOR) 303 FP, 2.2 perJ.T. Riddle* (MIA) 256 FP, 2 per

Top 60 Projected Outfielders Rest of Season

There are a number of outfielders widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. At #28, Max Kepler is the highest ranking one. There are 11 outfielders whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Ronald Acuna, at #6, is the highest ranking outfielder of this 'must start' group. There are 10 outfielders who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Trey Mancini, for example, is projected to be just the #59 outfielder and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
M. Trout (LAA) 590 FP, 4.3 perE. Jimenez (CHW) 382 FP, 2.7 per +E. Hernandez (LAD) 341 FP, 3.1 per
M. Betts (BOS) 551 FP, 3.9 perD. Peralta (ARI) 377 FP, 2.9 perD. Dahl (COL) 340 FP, 2.9 per +
C. Yelich (MIL) 521 FP, 3.7 perC. Stewart (DET) 377 FP, 2.8 per +S. Piscotty (OAK) 340 FP, 2.8 per -
B. Harper (PHI) 513 FP, 3.7 perA. Meadows (TB) 376 FP, 3 per +A. Pollock (LAD) 339 FP, 2.9 per
R. Hoskins (PHI) 493 FP, 3.5 perL. Cain (MIL) 376 FP, 2.8 perB. Nimmo (NYM) 339 FP, 2.7 per -
R. Acuna (ATL) 476 FP, 3.4 per +G. Polanco (PIT) 374 FP, 3 perB. Goodwin* (LAA) 339 FP, 2.5 per
G. Springer (HOU) 446 FP, 3.2 perJ. Gallo (TEX) 373 FP, 2.9 perJ. Heyward* (CHC) 337 FP, 2.8 per
A. Benintendi (BOS) 444 FP, 3.2 perM. Kepler* (MIN) 371 FP, 2.9 perJ. Winker* (CIN) 335 FP, 2.7 per
A. Judge (NYY) 440 FP, 3.3 per +N. Markakis (ATL) 368 FP, 2.8 per -S. Schebler* (CIN) 332 FP, 2.6 per
J. Soto (WAS) 435 FP, 3.1 per +M. Conforto (NYM) 364 FP, 2.9 per -K. Calhoun* (LAA) 332 FP, 2.5 per
T. Pham (TB) 417 FP, 3.2 perN. Mazara (TEX) 364 FP, 2.9 perB. Gardner* (NYY) 330 FP, 2.8 per
M. Haniger (SEA) 412 FP, 3.1 perA. Gordon* (KC) 362 FP, 2.8 perK. Kiermaier* (TB) 330 FP, 2.6 per
M. Brantley (HOU) 412 FP, 3.1 perL. Martin* (CLE) 361 FP, 2.9 perY. Puig (CIN) 329 FP, 2.7 per
A. McCutchen (PHI) 404 FP, 3 perO. Herrera (PHI) 356 FP, 2.6 perA. Jones (ARI) 329 FP, 2.6 per -
M. Ozuna (STL) 400 FP, 2.9 perD. Smith* (BAL) 355 FP, 2.6 perC. Mullins* (BAL) 327 FP, 2.4 per
V. Robles (WAS) 398 FP, 3 per +A. Hicks (NYY) 352 FP, 3.1 per -M. Smith (SEA) 324 FP, 2.6 per
S. Marte (PIT) 398 FP, 2.9 perW. Myers (SD) 351 FP, 2.7 per +B. Anderson* (MIA) 323 FP, 2.4 per
E. Rosario (MIN) 391 FP, 3.1 perR. Grichuk (TOR) 348 FP, 2.6 per +J. Pederson (LAD) 321 FP, 3.1 per -
C. Blackmon (COL) 386 FP, 2.7 per -E. Inciarte (ATL) 343 FP, 2.5 per -T. Mancini (BAL) 321 FP, 2.7 per -
N. Castellanos (DET) 385 FP, 2.9 perA. Eaton (WAS) 342 FP, 2.8 per +C. Dickerson* (PIT) 320 FP, 2.7 per

Top 60 Projected Relievers Rest of Season

There are a number of relievers widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. At #9, Ryan Brasier is the highest ranking one. There are only 6 relievers whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Roberto Osuna, at #2, is the highest ranking reliever of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 relievers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Shane Greene, for example, is projected to be just the #27 reliever. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. Hader (MIL) 316 FP, 4.6 perC. Kimbrel (BOS) 196 FP, 4 per -I. Kennedy* (KC) 59 FP, 1.3 per
R. Osuna (HOU) 315 FP, 5.5 per +A. Swarzak* (SEA) 189 FP, 3.6 perS. Romo* (MIA) 56 FP, 1.1 per
S. Doolittle (WAS) 314 FP, 5.1 perG. Holland (ARI) 189 FP, 3.3 per +K. Herrera* (CHW) 55 FP, 0.9 per
K. Jansen (LAD) 300 FP, 5.2 perR. Iglesias (CIN) 181 FP, 3.1 per -A. Minter* (ATL) 53 FP, 0.9 per
E. Diaz (NYM) 293 FP, 5.1 perB. Parker* (MIN) 176 FP, 2.9 perA. Bradley* (ARI) 49 FP, 0.8 per
B. Treinen (OAK) 291 FP, 4.8 perW. Smith (SF) 175 FP, 2.9 perH. Rondon* (HOU) 48 FP, 0.7 per
A. Chapman (NYY) 279 FP, 4.6 perS. Greene (DET) 173 FP, 2.7 per -L. Trivino* (OAK) 43 FP, 0.8 per
B. Hand (CLE) 269 FP, 4.3 perH. Strickland* (SEA) 141 FP, 4 perD. Floro* (LAD) 43 FP, 0.8 per
R. Brasier* (BOS) 254 FP, 4.8 perA. Colome* (CHW) 136 FP, 2.3 perJ. Brebbia* (STL) 42 FP, 0.6 per
B. Morrow* (CHC) 248 FP, 4.4 perM. Givens* (BAL) 133 FP, 2.1 perS. Dominguez* (PHI) 41 FP, 0.6 per
F. Vazquez (PIT) 245 FP, 4 perB. Boxberger* (KC) 125 FP, 2 perR. Pressly* (HOU) 40 FP, 0.6 per
Jose Alvarado (TB) 240 FP, 3.4 per +D. Robertson (PHI) 121 FP, 2 perJ. Familia* (NYM) 37 FP, 0.7 per
J. Hicks (STL) 224 FP, 3.3 per +H. Neris* (PHI) 84 FP, 1.3 perA. Ottavino* (NYY) 37 FP, 0.5 per
W. Davis (COL) 223 FP, 3.7 perJ. Jeffress* (MIL) 82 FP, 1.3 perK. Kela* (PIT) 33 FP, 0.6 per
A. Vizcaino (ATL) 216 FP, 3.4 per +Drew Steckenrider* (MIA) 82 FP, 1.3 perD. Betances* (NYY) 31 FP, 0.7 per
K. Giles (TOR) 214 FP, 3.3 perP. Strop* (CHC) 81 FP, 1.4 perJ. Miller* (WAS) 26 FP, 0.5 per
Jose Leclerc (TEX) 212 FP, 3.7 perT. Buttrey* (LAA) 75 FP, 1.4 perD. Castillo* (TB) 25 FP, 0.6 per
M. Barnes (BOS) 210 FP, 3.3 per +R. Elias* (SEA) 71 FP, 5.5 perW. Suero* (WAS) 25 FP, 0.5 per
K. Yates (SD) 206 FP, 3.2 perP. Neshek* (PHI) 70 FP, 1.1 perS. Kelley* (TEX) 24 FP, 0.4 per
C. Allen (LAA) 203 FP, 3.3 perT. May* (MIN) 60 FP, 1.3 perY. Hirano* (ARI) 24 FP, 0.4 per