John Means, Lucas Giolito and Brandon Woodruff: Starting Pitchers to Sell High

Out of the top 60 starting pitchers based on total projected fantasy points, 7 have a projected rank that is substantially worse than their season to date rank. A couple starting pitchers who are projected to come up below their season rank are Lucas Giolito (#29) and Brandon Woodruff (#47). But of all the starting pitchers with a lower rest of season ranking, John Means is the lowest ranking one. Based on ownership percentage (68%), John Means has a market rank of #76 among starting pitchers. Our projections indicate that John Means is underrated by the market. His fantasy starting pitcher projection rank is #60. 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. Owners should hold onto him and probably decline offers unless there is an even better starting pitcher option available. Michael Pineda has virtually the same market rank (68% Owned) and is projected for more points than Means. He is projected for 18 fantasy points in 14 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#68) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks John Means behind Gallen and above Pineda but the projections rank these players in reverse order.

There are 7 starting pitchers whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Jordan Yamamoto, at #22, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this 'must start' group. Merrill Kelly is the only starting pitcher projected to be a major fantasy contributor the rest of the season who is widely available (owned in <65% of leagues).

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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) 131 FP, 8.7 perM. Clevinger (CLE) 47 FP, 3.6 perM. Tanaka (NYY) 33 FP, 2.4 per
J. Verlander (HOU) 103 FP, 7.4 perJ. Yamamoto (MIA) 47 FP, 3.4 per +N. Syndergaard (NYM) 32 FP, 2.1 per
G. Cole (HOU) 85 FP, 5.7 perC. Kluber (CLE) 46 FP, 5.1 perGerman Marquez (COL) 31 FP, 2.4 per
W. Buehler (LAD) 81 FP, 6.2 perM. Minor (TEX) 46 FP, 3.5 perM. Boyd (DET) 31 FP, 2.1 per -
C. Morton (TB) 79 FP, 5.6 perK. Hendricks (CHC) 46 FP, 3.5 perZ. Wheeler (NYM) 30 FP, 2.3 per
H. Ryu (LAD) 78 FP, 6.5 perD. Price (BOS) 44 FP, 3.4 perM. Gonzales (SEA) 25 FP, 2.1 per +
J. deGrom (NYM) 72 FP, 5.5 perM. Soroka (ATL) 43 FP, 3.3 per -B. Woodruff (MIL) 25 FP, 1.9 per -
C. Sale (BOS) 68 FP, 4.9 perD. German (NYY) 40 FP, 3.3 per -W. Miley (HOU) 25 FP, 1.9 per -
C. Kershaw (LAD) 67 FP, 5.6 perL. Giolito (CHW) 40 FP, 2.9 per -M. Kelly* (ARI) 25 FP, 1.9 per
Z. Greinke (ARI) 67 FP, 5.2 perM. Fiers (OAK) 39 FP, 3 perC. Carrasco (CLE) 24 FP, 3.4 per +
S. Strasburg (WAS) 65 FP, 5 perL. Lynn (TEX) 38 FP, 2.9 per -L. Weaver (ARI) 22 FP, 2 per
J. Berrios (MIN) 63 FP, 4.2 perJ. Gray (COL) 38 FP, 2.7 perJ. Paxton (NYY) 21 FP, 1.5 per
A. Nola (PHI) 62 FP, 4.4 perCaleb Smith (MIA) 38 FP, 2.5 perA. Heaney (LAA) 20 FP, 1.7 per +
B. Snell (TB) 61 FP, 4.7 perJ. Odorizzi (MIN) 37 FP, 2.5 per -Z. Eflin (PHI) 20 FP, 1.4 per +
P. Corbin (WAS) 59 FP, 4.2 perJ. Lester (CHC) 37 FP, 2.5 perS. Gray (CIN) 20 FP, 1.3 per
S. Bieber (CLE) 58 FP, 4.1 perY. Chirinos (TB) 35 FP, 2.7 per -B. Peacock (HOU) 19 FP, 1.5 per
L. Castillo (CIN) 54 FP, 4.2 perR. Ray (ARI) 35 FP, 2.5 perJ. Lucchesi (SD) 19 FP, 1.4 per -
T. Bauer (CLE) 54 FP, 3.6 perJ. Quintana (CHC) 35 FP, 2.5 per +M. Pineda (MIN) 18 FP, 1.4 per
C. Paddack (SD) 52 FP, 3.5 perC. Hamels (CHC) 34 FP, 3.4 perZ. Davies (MIL) 18 FP, 1.4 per
Kenta Maeda (LAD) 49 FP, 3.5 perB. McKay (TB) 34 FP, 2.4 per +J. Means (BAL) 18 FP, 1.3 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. At #7, Welington Castillo is the highest ranking one. Buster Posey is the only catcher whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. There are only 5 catchers who are projected to be fantasy busts. James McCann, for example, is projected to be just the #27 catcher and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
G. Sanchez (NYY) 177 FP, 3.1 perC. Iannetta* (COL) 124 FP, 2.8 perC. Kelly* (ARI) 107 FP, 3 per
Willson Contreras (CHC) 176 FP, 3 perO. Narvaez (SEA) 123 FP, 3 per -J. Castro* (MIN) 107 FP, 2.9 per
B. Posey (SF) 159 FP, 2.4 per +C. Sisco* (BAL) 123 FP, 2.8 perY. Molina (STL) 107 FP, 2.4 per -
J. Realmuto (PHI) 158 FP, 2.8 perR. Perez* (CLE) 122 FP, 2.8 perJ. Alfaro* (MIA) 106 FP, 2.2 per
W. Ramos (NYM) 152 FP, 2.8 perC. Herrmann* (OAK) 121 FP, 2.9 perM. Maldonado* (KC) 105 FP, 2 per
Y. Grandal (MIL) 140 FP, 2.9 per -C. Vazquez (BOS) 118 FP, 2.7 per -M. Zunino* (TB) 102 FP, 2 per
W. Castillo* (CHW) 134 FP, 2.4 perD. Jansen* (TOR) 113 FP, 2.3 perJ. McCann (CHW) 97 FP, 2.6 per -
R. Chirinos (HOU) 131 FP, 2.7 perW. Astudillo* (MIN) 111 FP, 2.8 perA. Avila* (ARI) 97 FP, 2.2 per
C. Casali* (CIN) 129 FP, 2.2 perT. Flowers* (ATL) 108 FP, 2.5 perB. McCann* (ATL) 96 FP, 2.7 per
K. Suzuki* (WAS) 128 FP, 3.5 perT. Barnhart* (CIN) 108 FP, 2 perA. Barnes* (LAD) 95 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. Dominic Smith, at #16, is the highest ranking first baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 first basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #5, Nelson Cruz is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 first basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Yulieski Gurriel, for example, is projected to be just the #26 first baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
F. Freeman (ATL) 244 FP, 3.5 perM. Muncy (LAD) 203 FP, 3.3 perL. Voit (NYY) 182 FP, 3.2 per -
C. Bellinger (LAD) 241 FP, 3.8 perJ. Votto (CIN) 200 FP, 2.9 per +D. Vogelbach (SEA) 182 FP, 2.9 per -
C. Santana (CLE) 237 FP, 3.5 perK. Davis (OAK) 198 FP, 3 per +R. Zimmerman* (WAS) 182 FP, 2.9 per
J. Bell (PIT) 232 FP, 3.5 perP. Goldschmidt (STL) 191 FP, 2.7 perM. Olson (OAK) 181 FP, 2.9 per
N. Cruz (MIN) 230 FP, 3.5 per +E. Hosmer (SD) 190 FP, 2.7 perB. Dixon* (DET) 180 FP, 2.5 per
P. Alonso (NYM) 229 FP, 3.4 perD. Smith* (NYM) 189 FP, 2.8 perY. Gurriel (HOU) 178 FP, 2.9 per -
E. Encarnacion (NYY) 229 FP, 3.3 perJ. Aguilar* (MIL) 188 FP, 2.9 perJ. Bauers* (CLE) 174 FP, 2.8 per
J. Martinez (BOS) 225 FP, 3.5 perM. Carpenter (STL) 187 FP, 2.8 per +M. Adams* (WAS) 171 FP, 3.1 per
A. Rizzo (CHC) 223 FP, 3.2 perS. Choo (TEX) 186 FP, 3 per -I. Desmond* (COL) 170 FP, 2.6 per
J. Abreu (CHW) 218 FP, 3.3 perJ. Smoak* (TOR) 184 FP, 2.9 perB. Bradley* (CLE) 169 FP, 2.9 per

Top 30 Projected Second Basemen Rest of Season

If you need help at second baseman 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. At #16, Brian Dozier is the highest ranking one. There are 8 second basemen that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. Yoan Moncada, at #2, is the highest ranking second baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 4 second basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Brandon Lowe, for example, is projected to be just the #20 second baseman. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
D. LeMahieu (NYY) 214 FP, 3.2 perS. Gennett (CIN) 176 FP, 2.9 per +R. Garcia* (CHC) 152 FP, 2.6 per
Y. Moncada (CHW) 211 FP, 3 per +N. Senzel (CIN) 175 FP, 2.7 per +J. Schoop* (MIN) 151 FP, 2.6 per
W. Merrifield (KC) 210 FP, 3.2 perJ. Villar (BAL) 169 FP, 2.6 perS. Wilkerson* (BAL) 151 FP, 2.2 per
J. Baez (CHC) 205 FP, 3.2 perJ. McNeil (NYM) 168 FP, 2.9 per -H. Kendrick* (WAS) 150 FP, 3.4 per
G. Torres (NYY) 204 FP, 3 perC. Hernandez (PHI) 168 FP, 2.6 per -J. Kipnis* (CLE) 147 FP, 2.5 per
J. Altuve (HOU) 201 FP, 2.9 per +B. Dozier* (WAS) 168 FP, 2.6 perK. Wong* (STL) 145 FP, 2.5 per
K. Marte (ARI) 196 FP, 3.1 per -C. Biggio (TOR) 166 FP, 2.9 per +J. Wendle* (TB) 144 FP, 2.5 per
O. Albies (ATL) 191 FP, 2.9 perN. Goodrum* (DET) 165 FP, 2.6 perA. Frazier* (PIT) 141 FP, 2.6 per
D. Murphy (COL) 179 FP, 2.9 per +R. Cano* (NYM) 164 FP, 2.4 perK. Hiura (MIL) 141 FP, 2.5 per +
A. Cabrera (TEX) 178 FP, 2.7 per +B. Lowe (TB) 157 FP, 2.9 per -F. Barreto* (OAK) 139 FP, 2.5 per

Top 30 Projected Third Basemen Rest of Season

If you need help at third baseman 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. At #13, Evan Longoria is the highest ranking one. There are only 2 third basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #4, Jose Ramirez is the highest ranking must start. Eduardo Escobar is the only third baseman who is projected to have a significantly worse rest of season.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
A. Rendon (WAS) 262 FP, 3.9 perJ. Turner (LAD) 189 FP, 2.9 perA. Riley (ATL) 155 FP, 2.7 per
N. Arenado (COL) 253 FP, 3.6 perJ. Donaldson (ATL) 186 FP, 2.8 perR. Ruiz* (BAL) 155 FP, 2.3 per
A. Bregman (HOU) 246 FP, 3.7 perE. Longoria* (SF) 184 FP, 2.7 perK. Seager* (SEA) 155 FP, 2.3 per
J. Ramirez (CLE) 238 FP, 3.4 per +Y. Diaz (TB) 182 FP, 3 perJ. Candelario* (DET) 152 FP, 2.4 per
K. Bryant (CHC) 225 FP, 3.3 perM. Chavis (BOS) 173 FP, 2.8 perT. Frazier* (NYM) 140 FP, 2.8 per
M. Chapman (OAK) 210 FP, 3.3 perM. Sano* (MIN) 167 FP, 2.8 perJ. Kang* (PIT) 133 FP, 2.6 per
R. Devers (BOS) 210 FP, 3.1 perR. Nunez* (BAL) 166 FP, 2.7 perC. Cuthbert* (KC) 126 FP, 2.4 per
E. Suarez (CIN) 202 FP, 3 perE. Escobar (ARI) 161 FP, 3 per -Johan Camargo* (ATL) 124 FP, 2.5 per
M. Moustakas (MIL) 194 FP, 3.2 perM. Franco* (PHI) 159 FP, 2.7 perC. Sanchez* (CHW) 124 FP, 2.1 per
V. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 191 FP, 2.9 per +J. Lamb* (ARI) 156 FP, 2.4 perC. Moran* (PIT) 122 FP, 2.6 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. Andrelton Simmons, at #17, is the highest ranking shortstop of this waiver wire group. There are 7 shortstops whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #1, Francisco Lindor is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 shortstops who are projected to be fantasy busts. Tim Anderson, for example, is projected to be just the #23 shortstop and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
F. Lindor (CLE) 246 FP, 3.5 per +Lourdes Gurriel (TOR) 190 FP, 2.9 per +K. Newman* (PIT) 164 FP, 2.4 per
T. Story (COL) 233 FP, 3.5 perM. Semien (OAK) 189 FP, 3 per -C. Correa (HOU) 163 FP, 2.9 per +
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 227 FP, 3.2 perD. Gregorius (NYY) 184 FP, 3.1 per +T. Anderson (CHW) 157 FP, 3 per -
J. Polanco (MIN) 213 FP, 3.1 perC. Seager (LAD) 180 FP, 2.9 perJ. Crawford* (SEA) 153 FP, 2.7 per
T. Turner (WAS) 212 FP, 3.1 per +D. Swanson (ATL) 180 FP, 2.8 per -A. Rosario* (NYM) 153 FP, 2.5 per
M. Machado (SD) 206 FP, 3 perP. DeJong (STL) 180 FP, 2.8 per -H. Alberto* (BAL) 153 FP, 2.2 per
J. Segura (PHI) 200 FP, 2.9 perA. Simmons* (LAA) 177 FP, 2.8 perJ. Iglesias* (CIN) 152 FP, 2.5 per
F. Tatis Jr. (SD) 197 FP, 3 per +S. Kingery (PHI) 171 FP, 2.8 per +N. Ahmed* (ARI) 151 FP, 2.4 per
E. Andrus (TEX) 195 FP, 3 perJ. Profar* (OAK) 167 FP, 2.7 perW. Adames* (TB) 147 FP, 2.3 per
A. Mondesi (KC) 190 FP, 3 perE. Sogard* (TOR) 164 FP, 2.7 perJ. Peraza* (CIN) 145 FP, 2.3 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 #24, Christin Stewart is the highest ranking one. There are 11 outfielders that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. George Springer, at #5, is the highest ranking outfielder of this 'must start' group. There are only 6 outfielders who are projected to be fantasy busts. Marcell Ozuna, for example, is projected to be just the #55 outfielder and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
M. Trout (LAA) 278 FP, 4.2 perA. Meadows (TB) 196 FP, 3.1 per +K. Schwarber (CHC) 179 FP, 2.7 per
C. Yelich (MIL) 267 FP, 4 perE. Jimenez (CHW) 193 FP, 2.7 per +W. Calhoun* (TEX) 178 FP, 2.7 per
C. Blackmon (COL) 262 FP, 3.7 perB. Reynolds (PIT) 191 FP, 2.8 perD. Peralta (ARI) 176 FP, 2.8 per
M. Betts (BOS) 253 FP, 3.6 perC. Stewart* (DET) 191 FP, 2.7 perA. Verdugo (LAD) 173 FP, 3.1 per
G. Springer (HOU) 235 FP, 3.5 per +A. Hicks (NYY) 190 FP, 3 per +N. Mazara (TEX) 171 FP, 2.8 per -
J. Soto (WAS) 231 FP, 3.3 perV. Robles (WAS) 190 FP, 2.9 per +O. Mercado (CLE) 170 FP, 2.9 per
R. Hoskins (PHI) 226 FP, 3.4 perY. Alvarez (HOU) 188 FP, 3.3 per +M. Conforto (NYM) 167 FP, 3 per -
A. Judge (NYY) 225 FP, 3.4 per +B. Gardner* (NYY) 188 FP, 2.9 perB. Buxton (MIN) 167 FP, 2.7 per
R. Acuna (ATL) 223 FP, 3.3 perA. Benintendi (BOS) 188 FP, 2.8 perC. Dickerson* (PIT) 167 FP, 2.6 per
B. Harper (PHI) 211 FP, 3.1 perN. Markakis (ATL) 187 FP, 2.8 per -H. Pence (TEX) 165 FP, 3.2 per
J. Upton (LAA) 204 FP, 3 per +B. Anderson* (MIA) 187 FP, 2.7 perAnthony Santander* (BAL) 165 FP, 2.4 per
M. Kepler (MIN) 203 FP, 3.3 perD. Dahl (COL) 185 FP, 3 per -A. Pollock (LAD) 163 FP, 2.9 per +
M. Brantley (HOU) 203 FP, 3.2 perA. Eaton (WAS) 185 FP, 2.8 perG. Parra* (WAS) 162 FP, 3 per
T. Pham (TB) 203 FP, 3.1 perJ. Pederson (LAD) 184 FP, 3.3 perT. Naquin* (CLE) 160 FP, 2.9 per
E. Rosario (MIN) 202 FP, 3.3 perJ. Bruce (PHI) 184 FP, 3 perM. Ozuna (STL) 159 FP, 3.1 per -
T. Mancini (BAL) 201 FP, 3 perA. Gordon (KC) 184 FP, 2.9 per -K. Kiermaier* (TB) 159 FP, 2.6 per
S. Marte (PIT) 198 FP, 2.9 perJ. Winker* (CIN) 182 FP, 2.9 perR. Grichuk* (TOR) 159 FP, 2.5 per
N. Castellanos (DET) 197 FP, 2.9 per +G. Polanco* (PIT) 182 FP, 2.8 perG. Allen* (CLE) 158 FP, 2.6 per
J. Gallo (TEX) 196 FP, 3.2 perK. Calhoun (LAA) 181 FP, 2.8 perR. Braun (MIL) 157 FP, 2.8 per
Y. Puig (CIN) 196 FP, 3.2 per +D. Smith* (BAL) 180 FP, 2.6 perJ. Heyward (CHC) 157 FP, 2.7 per

Top 60 Projected Relievers Rest of Season

There are no highly owned relievers whose projected rank is significantly better than their current season fantasy ranking. Fantasy owners can expect their season highly owned starters to play well the rest of the season. No relievers have a projected rank that is much lower than their current rank.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
K. Jansen (LAD) 153 FP, 5.5 perT. Rogers (MIN) 89 FP, 2.5 perD. Robertson (PHI) 23 FP, 1.2 per
R. Osuna (HOU) 149 FP, 5.3 perS. Kelley (TEX) 84 FP, 2.8 perW. Wang (OAK) 23 FP, 0.9 per
J. Hader (MIL) 147 FP, 5.2 perA. Colome (CHW) 82 FP, 2.6 perA. Swarzak (ATL) 22 FP, 0.7 per
B. Hand (CLE) 145 FP, 4.8 perS. Romo (MIA) 82 FP, 2.4 perM. Givens (BAL) 22 FP, 0.6 per
S. Doolittle (WAS) 143 FP, 5.1 perI. Kennedy (KC) 77 FP, 2.7 perA. Bradley (ARI) 19 FP, 0.7 per
B. Treinen (OAK) 133 FP, 4.8 perS. Greene (DET) 76 FP, 2.5 perP. Strop (CHC) 18 FP, 0.7 per
W. Davis (COL) 132 FP, 4.4 perR. Elias (SEA) 74 FP, 3 perD. Poncedeleon (STL) 17 FP, 1.1 per
C. Kimbrel (CHC) 131 FP, 4.5 perL. Jackson (ATL) 71 FP, 2.6 perE. Pagan (TB) 17 FP, 0.7 per
A. Chapman (NYY) 126 FP, 4.3 perR. Iglesias (CIN) 71 FP, 2.3 perM. Walden (BOS) 17 FP, 0.6 per
L. Hendriks (OAK) 126 FP, 3.6 perB. Parker (MIN) 64 FP, 2.4 perT. Clippard (CLE) 16 FP, 0.7 per
K. Giles (TOR) 123 FP, 3.8 perM. Barnes (BOS) 63 FP, 2 perGiovanny Gallegos (STL) 16 FP, 0.6 per
F. Vazquez (PIT) 118 FP, 4.1 perB. Workman (BOS) 49 FP, 1.8 perY. Petit (OAK) 16 FP, 0.6 per
E. Diaz (NYM) 117 FP, 4.2 perJose Alvarado (TB) 36 FP, 2.1 perA. Miller (STL) 16 FP, 0.5 per
K. Yates (SD) 113 FP, 3.8 perT. Buttrey (LAA) 36 FP, 1.4 perC. Poche (TB) 15 FP, 0.8 per
W. Smith (SF) 104 FP, 3.6 perS. Armstrong (BAL) 32 FP, 1.1 perT. Guerrero (MIA) 15 FP, 0.6 per
H. Robles (LAA) 104 FP, 3.1 perR. Pressly (HOU) 31 FP, 1 perJ. Jeffress (MIL) 15 FP, 0.5 per
C. Martinez (STL) 100 FP, 10 perM. Lorenzen (CIN) 30 FP, 1 perJ. Soria (OAK) 15 FP, 0.5 per
H. Neris (PHI) 98 FP, 3.2 perC. Martin (TEX) 29 FP, 0.9 perT. May (MIN) 14 FP, 0.6 per
D. Castillo (TB) 92 FP, 2.7 perN. Eovaldi (BOS) 26 FP, 1 perS. Dyson (SF) 13 FP, 0.5 per
G. Holland (ARI) 90 FP, 3.2 perB. Morrow (CHC) 25 FP, 1.1 perP. Neshek (PHI) 13 FP, 0.5 per