Computer Fantasy Pitcher Advice: Chris Sale, Gerrit Cole, or Trevor Bauer?

By simulating the 2019 season we can project who the best fantasy options are and in our latest projection Trevor Bauer is the seventh best starting pitcher. Chris Sale and Gerrit Cole are projected to finish above him. Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are our top ranked starting pitchers. Kenley Jansen is our #1 ranked projected closer and Kelvin Herrera is projected to be the best middle reliever. Middle relievers are often one injury away from being very valuable fantasy closers. The tables below show projected rankings based on total fantasy points (along with their per appearance fantasy production). We have the top 60 starting pitchers, top 30 closers and top 30 middle relievers. In cases where a player is a free agent we have their team from the 2018 season.

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Top 60 Starting Pitchers

The #59 ranked starting pitcher is Jon Gray with a projection of 66 total fantasy points. He only played in 31 games last season so it's not a surprise to see his projected rank greatly improved vs last season. Rich Hill is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#40) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #32 starting pitcher. With 87 total projected fantasy points he is still likely a solid fantasy starting pitcher.

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M. Scherzer (WAS) FP 229|7N. Eovaldi (BOS) FP 121|4.2A. Heaney (LAA) FP 85|2.9
J. Verlander (HOU) FP 197|6R. Ray (ARI) FP 118|3.8C. McHugh (HOU) FP 83|2.6
J. deGrom (NYM) FP 192|6.1M. Mikolas (STL) FP 116|3.9M. Wacha (STL) FP 82|2.9
C. Sale (BOS) FP 180|6.2M. Tanaka (NYY) FP 113|4A. Sanchez (WAS) FP 82|2.8
G. Cole (HOU) FP 170|5.2D. Price (BOS) FP 111|3.8Kenta Maeda (LAD) FP 81|3.2
C. Kluber (CLE) FP 169|5.2J. Happ (NYY) FP 109|4German Marquez (COL) FP 79|2.7
T. Bauer (CLE) FP 168|5.1J. Berrios (MIN) FP 107|3.2B. Keller (KC) FP 79|2.5
B. Snell (TB) FP 168|5.1S. Bieber (CLE) FP 107|3.7J. Arrieta (PHI) FP 74|2.5
J. Paxton (NYY) FP 167|5.3K. Hendricks (CHC) FP 104|3.5J. Luzardo (OAK) FP 73|2.2
C. Kershaw (LAD) FP 165|5.7J. Flaherty (STL) FP 104|3.5C. Martinez (STL) FP 73|2.5
C. Carrasco (CLE) FP 162|5.1R. Stripling (LAD) FP 103|3.4C. Anderson (MIL) FP 73|2.2
M. Clevinger (CLE) FP 160|5.3M. Foltynewicz (ATL) FP 99|3.3J. James (HOU) FP 72|2.5
P. Corbin (WAS) FP 147|5.1Z. Wheeler (NYM) FP 99|3.1M. Minor (TEX) FP 71|2.4
L. Severino (NYY) FP 142|4.3J. Nelson (MIL) FP 96|3D. Rodriguez (SF) FP 70|2.1
W. Buehler (LAD) FP 137|4.6H. Ryu (LAD) FP 95|3.7M. Bumgarner (SF) FP 69|2.2
S. Strasburg (WAS) FP 136|4.7J. Lester (CHC) FP 91|2.8A. Wood (CIN) FP 68|2.3
A. Nola (PHI) FP 135|4.6S. Newcomb (ATL) FP 91|3.2E. Rodriguez (BOS) FP 68|2.4
N. Syndergaard (NYM) FP 129|3.9C. Hamels (CHC) FP 90|2.8J. Quintana (CHC) FP 68|2.3
Z. Greinke (ARI) FP 124|4J. Taillon (PIT) FP 87|2.6J. Gray (COL) FP 66|2.1
C. Morton (TB) FP 122|3.7R. Hill (LAD) FP 87|3.4C. Archer (PIT) FP 64|1.9

Top 30 Closers

Corey Knebel is projected to average 3.77 fantasy points per appearance and his projected total of 259 points is good enough to be ranked #10 at his position. He only played in 56 games last season so it's not a surprise to see his projected rank greatly improved vs last season. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy closers rankings is Shane Greene who last season was #12 but is projected to be #25 this season. With 171 total projected fantasy points he is still clearly worth a roster spot and will contribute.

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K. Jansen (LAD) FP 334|5.2F. Vazquez (PIT) FP 259|4B. Boxberger (KC) FP 215|3.2
R. Osuna (HOU) FP 326|5B. Morrow (CHC) FP 252|4.5W. Smith (SF) FP 209|3.2
S. Doolittle (WAS) FP 323|5A. Vizcaino (ATL) FP 243|3.6A. Bradley (ARI) FP 184|2.9
A. Chapman (NYY) FP 318|4.8D. Robertson (PHI) FP 240|3.6H. Strickland (SEA) FP 175|2.8
E. Diaz (NYM) FP 316|4.8Jose Alvarado (TB) FP 237|2.9S. Greene (DET) FP 171|2.4
C. Kimbrel (BOS) FP 315|4.8Jose Leclerc (TEX) FP 227|3.5R. Brasier (BOS) FP 169|3.1
B. Treinen (OAK) FP 300|4.5R. Iglesias (CIN) FP 227|3.6T. May (MIN) FP 159|2.2
B. Hand (CLE) FP 297|4.6K. Yates (SD) FP 220|3.1A. Colome (CHW) FP 147|2.4
W. Davis (COL) FP 273|4.1K. Giles (TOR) FP 216|3.1J. Hicks (STL) FP 142|2.1
C. Knebel (MIL) FP 259|3.8C. Allen (LAA) FP 215|3.2M. Givens (BAL) FP 136|2

Top 30 Middle Relievers

With 38 total projected fantasy points Yoshihisa Hirano is ranked as the #22 middle reliever. He only played in 75 games last season so it's not a surprise to see his projected rank greatly improved vs last season. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy middle reliever rankings is Sergio Romo who last season was #6 but is projected to be #27 this season. With 30 total projected fantasy points he is still clearly worth a roster spot and will contribute.

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K. Herrera (CHW) FP 143|2.2S. Dominguez (PHI) FP 49|0.6J. Kelly (LAD) FP 38|0.6
J. Hader (MIL) FP 133|2.2J. Miller (WAS) FP 48|1Y. Hirano (ARI) FP 38|0.5
A. Miller (STL) FP 111|1.4D. Betances (NYY) FP 47|0.8T. Buttrey (LAA) FP 33|0.5
M. Barnes (BOS) FP 84|1.2T. Rosenthal (WAS) FP 46|0.7A. Ottavino (NYY) FP 33|0.4
P. Strop (CHC) FP 83|1.3J. Familia (NYM) FP 44|0.9A. Swarzak (SEA) FP 32|0.4
B. Parker (MIN) FP 82|1.5T. Hildenberger (MIN) FP 44|0.8L. Trivino (OAK) FP 31|0.6
A. Claudio (MIL) FP 77|1.4K. Kela (PIT) FP 42|0.6S. Romo (TB) FP 30|0.5
A. Minter (ATL) FP 53|0.8H. Rondon (HOU) FP 41|0.6J. Jeffress (MIL) FP 29|0.4
C. Green (NYY) FP 52|1.1D. Floro (LAD) FP 39|0.6J. Fields (LAD) FP 27|0.6
J. Soria (OAK) FP 50|0.9F. Rodney (OAK) FP 39|0.7B. Brach (CHC) FP 27|0.5