Kenta Maeda, Jake Arrieta and Ross Stripling are Starting Pitchers Projected to Rise

Out of the top 60 starting pitchers based on total projected fantasy points, 14 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their season to date rank. A couple starting pitchers who are projected to improve their ranking are Jake Arrieta (#35) and Ross Stripling (#29). But of all the starting pitchers with improved projected ranking, Kenta Maeda is the highest ranking one. Most already consider Kenta Maeda to be a good starting starting pitcher, but the projections indicate he is an elite fantasy option. Based on ownership percentage (97%), Kenta Maeda has a market rank of #28 among starting pitchers. The projections have him 16 spots higher in the rankings. Even as an established quality fantasy option, if he lives up to projections he is still undervalued and there could be an opportunity to buy 'low'. Unless someone offers an even better starting pitcher value, we advise you to hold on to him. Of the 8 starting pitchers (Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, Chris Archer, Robbie Ray, Luis Severino, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas) with this market rank (97% Owned), he is the top rated one. He is projected for 127 fantasy points in 30 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#18) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Kenta Maeda behind Mikolas and above Hamels but the projections rank Kenta Maeda over Mikolas.

There are 8 starting pitchers who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Carlos Martinez, for example, is projected to be just the #60 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 #43, 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) 211 FP, 6.8 perW. Buehler (LAD) 115 FP, 4.3 perC. Archer (PIT) 74 FP, 2.6 per +
J. deGrom (NYM) 201 FP, 6.7 perH. Ryu (LAD) 114 FP, 4.8 perR. Hill (LAD) 73 FP, 3.3 per
J. Verlander (HOU) 165 FP, 5.5 perN. Syndergaard (NYM) 105 FP, 3.4 perW. LeBlanc* (SEA) 71 FP, 2.4 per
A. Nola (PHI) 158 FP, 5.6 perD. Price (BOS) 104 FP, 3.9 perS. Bieber (CLE) 70 FP, 2.5 per
C. Kluber (CLE) 155 FP, 5.2 perM. Wacha (STL) 104 FP, 3.9 per +J. Quintana (CHC) 69 FP, 2.2 per +
B. Snell (TB) 145 FP, 4.8 perC. McHugh (HOU) 101 FP, 3.6 perY. Chirinos* (TB) 68 FP, 2.7 per
C. Sale (BOS) 144 FP, 5.1 perT. Glasnow (TB) 100 FP, 3.7 per +M. Gonzales (SEA) 68 FP, 2.5 per
T. Bauer (CLE) 142 FP, 5.1 perC. Hamels (CHC) 99 FP, 3.7 per +Z. Eflin (PHI) 65 FP, 2.4 per
C. Kershaw (LAD) 140 FP, 5.6 perR. Stripling (LAD) 98 FP, 3.4 per +German Marquez (COL) 65 FP, 2.3 per -
J. Paxton (NYY) 139 FP, 4.6 perM. Foltynewicz (ATL) 95 FP, 3.5 perJ. Flaherty (STL) 65 FP, 2.3 per
C. Carrasco (CLE) 136 FP, 4.5 perB. Keller (KC) 94 FP, 3.1 per +J. Taillon (PIT) 65 FP, 2.2 per -
Kenta Maeda (LAD) 127 FP, 4.2 per +J. Berrios (MIN) 93 FP, 3 perZ. Godley (ARI) 65 FP, 2.2 per +
F. Peralta (MIL) 125 FP, 4 per +L. Severino (NYY) 89 FP, 4 per -M. Mikolas (STL) 64 FP, 2.4 per -
S. Strasburg (WAS) 124 FP, 4.8 per +J. Happ (NYY) 86 FP, 3.2 per -S. Newcomb (ATL) 64 FP, 2.4 per
G. Cole (HOU) 123 FP, 4.4 perJ. Arrieta (PHI) 86 FP, 3.1 per +M. Minor* (TEX) 62 FP, 2.2 per
P. Corbin (WAS) 119 FP, 4.2 perJ. Lester (CHC) 80 FP, 2.7 perK. Hendricks (CHC) 61 FP, 2.3 per
M. Clevinger (CLE) 118 FP, 4.1 perJ. Nelson (MIL) 79 FP, 3.3 perJ. Chacin (MIL) 59 FP, 2 per -
Z. Greinke (ARI) 117 FP, 3.9 perB. Peacock (HOU) 79 FP, 3.2 per +A. Heaney* (LAA) 57 FP, 2.5 per
C. Morton (TB) 116 FP, 3.7 perZ. Wheeler (NYM) 79 FP, 2.5 perR. Porcello (BOS) 53 FP, 2 per -
M. Tanaka (NYY) 115 FP, 4.3 perR. Ray (ARI) 78 FP, 2.6 per +C. Martinez (STL) 51 FP, 2.1 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 #9, is the highest ranking catcher of this waiver wire group. There are only 5 catchers whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #2, Gary Sanchez is the highest ranking must start. 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) 365 FP, 3 perA. Barnes (LAD) 243 FP, 2.6 per +C. Iannetta* (COL) 207 FP, 2.3 per
G. Sanchez (NYY) 359 FP, 3 per +R. Chirinos (HOU) 243 FP, 2.4 perM. Zunino* (TB) 207 FP, 2 per
W. Ramos (NYM) 337 FP, 2.9 perD. Jansen (TOR) 238 FP, 2.2 per +J. Lucroy* (LAA) 203 FP, 2.2 per
B. Posey (SF) 322 FP, 2.4 per +T. Barnhart* (CIN) 227 FP, 2.1 perC. Vazquez* (BOS) 202 FP, 2.2 per
J. Realmuto (PHI) 320 FP, 2.7 perK. Suzuki* (WAS) 226 FP, 2.9 perM. Maldonado* (KC) 198 FP, 1.7 per
Y. Molina (STL) 320 FP, 2.6 perW. Astudillo (MIN) 225 FP, 3 per +F. Mejia* (SD) 197 FP, 2.2 per
F. Cervelli (PIT) 288 FP, 2.4 perT. Flowers* (ATL) 224 FP, 2.5 perJ. Castro* (MIN) 197 FP, 2.1 per
Y. Grandal (MIL) 261 FP, 2.6 per -A. Hedges* (SD) 223 FP, 2.7 perM. Pina* (MIL) 196 FP, 2.6 per
W. Castillo* (CHW) 255 FP, 2.2 perY. Gomes* (WAS) 216 FP, 2.3 perN. Hundley* (OAK) 192 FP, 2.3 per
O. Narvaez (SEA) 249 FP, 2.8 perJ. Alfaro* (MIA) 209 FP, 2.1 perR. Perez* (CLE) 183 FP, 2 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. At #17, Hanley Ramirez is the highest ranking one. There are 7 first basemen that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. Nelson Cruz, at #3, is the highest ranking first baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 first basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Justin Smoak, for example, is projected to be just the #28 first baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Martinez (BOS) 522 FP, 3.8 perM. Carpenter (STL) 437 FP, 3.2 per -E. Hosmer (SD) 373 FP, 2.5 per
P. Goldschmidt (STL) 509 FP, 3.5 perR. O'Hearn (KC) 413 FP, 3 per +R. Zimmerman* (WAS) 371 FP, 2.9 per
N. Cruz (MIN) 486 FP, 3.5 per +E. Encarnacion (SEA) 409 FP, 2.9 perL. Voit (NYY) 360 FP, 3.2 per +
F. Freeman (ATL) 471 FP, 3.3 perM. Muncy (LAD) 406 FP, 3.1 perB. Belt* (SF) 360 FP, 3 per
C. Bellinger (LAD) 456 FP, 3.4 perG. Stanton (NYY) 405 FP, 3 per -Y. Gurriel (HOU) 358 FP, 2.8 per
C. Santana (CLE) 456 FP, 3.3 perJ. Aguilar (MIL) 399 FP, 2.9 perJose Martinez* (STL) 346 FP, 2.8 per
J. Votto (CIN) 455 FP, 3.2 per +H. Ramirez* (CLE) 388 FP, 2.7 perJ. Bauers* (CLE) 344 FP, 2.8 per
K. Davis (OAK) 454 FP, 3.2 perJ. Bell (PIT) 382 FP, 2.8 perJ. Smoak (TOR) 344 FP, 2.5 per -
A. Rizzo (CHC) 449 FP, 3.1 perP. Alonso (NYM) 374 FP, 3 per +M. Moreland* (BOS) 336 FP, 3 per
J. Abreu (CHW) 438 FP, 3.2 per +S. Choo* (TEX) 374 FP, 2.8 perM. Cabrera (DET) 336 FP, 2.5 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. Daniel Descalso, at #13, 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. Asdrubal Cabrera, at #4, 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 #28 second baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Altuve (HOU) 451 FP, 3.1 perC. Hernandez (PHI) 349 FP, 2.5 perA. Frazier* (PIT) 320 FP, 2.8 per
W. Merrifield (KC) 442 FP, 3.1 perK. Wong (STL) 345 FP, 2.8 per +L. Urias* (SD) 316 FP, 2.3 per
J. Baez (CHC) 434 FP, 3.2 perD. Descalso* (CHC) 344 FP, 2.8 perD. Gordon (SEA) 315 FP, 2.2 per
A. Cabrera (TEX) 410 FP, 2.9 per +N. Goodrum* (DET) 341 FP, 2.7 perS. Castro* (MIA) 312 FP, 2.3 per
R. Cano (NYM) 399 FP, 2.8 per +J. Villar (BAL) 341 FP, 2.5 perJ. Lowrie* (NYM) 305 FP, 2.5 per
G. Torres (NYY) 384 FP, 2.8 per +J. Schoop (MIN) 335 FP, 2.7 per +I. Kinsler* (SD) 304 FP, 2.3 per
Y. Moncada (CHW) 382 FP, 2.7 per +J. Wendle* (TB) 327 FP, 2.5 perJ. Panik* (SF) 296 FP, 2.4 per
O. Albies (ATL) 381 FP, 2.8 per -R. Odor (TEX) 327 FP, 2.4 perS. Gennett (CIN) 285 FP, 3 per -
K. Marte (ARI) 374 FP, 2.7 perD. LeMahieu (NYY) 324 FP, 2.8 per -D. Pedroia* (BOS) 285 FP, 2.7 per
B. Dozier (WAS) 366 FP, 2.7 perJ. McNeil (NYM) 324 FP, 2.6 per +J. Kipnis* (CLE) 279 FP, 2.3 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 #14, Evan Longoria 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) 537 FP, 3.8 perT. Shaw (MIL) 365 FP, 3 perE. Escobar* (ARI) 290 FP, 2.5 per
J. Ramirez (CLE) 534 FP, 3.7 perJ. Donaldson (ATL) 357 FP, 2.6 per +Johan Camargo* (ATL) 289 FP, 2.7 per
A. Bregman (HOU) 502 FP, 3.6 perM. Franco (PHI) 353 FP, 2.6 perT. Frazier* (NYM) 288 FP, 2.7 per
K. Bryant (CHC) 476 FP, 3.3 per +E. Longoria* (SF) 336 FP, 2.3 perP. Wisdom* (TEX) 285 FP, 2.7 per
N. Arenado (COL) 466 FP, 3.2 perMiguel Andujar (NYY) 321 FP, 3 per -J. Lamb* (ARI) 272 FP, 2.5 per
E. Suarez (CIN) 415 FP, 3 perJ. Candelario* (DET) 307 FP, 2.4 perJ. Kang* (PIT) 271 FP, 2.5 per
M. Chapman (OAK) 413 FP, 3.1 perR. Ruiz* (BAL) 302 FP, 2.1 perZ. Cozart* (LAA) 267 FP, 2.4 per
M. Moustakas (MIL) 406 FP, 3.1 perJ. Gyorko* (STL) 300 FP, 2.6 perM. Prado* (MIA) 264 FP, 2.2 per
J. Turner (LAD) 397 FP, 2.8 perR. Nunez* (BAL) 299 FP, 2.4 perK. Seager* (SEA) 257 FP, 2.6 per
R. Devers (BOS) 366 FP, 2.6 per +M. Sano* (MIN) 297 FP, 2.8 perC. Moran* (PIT) 251 FP, 2.5 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 #17, 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. Carlos Correa, at #6, is the highest ranking shortstop of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 shortstops who are projected to be fantasy busts. Jose Peraza, for example, is projected to be just the #26 shortstop and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
F. Lindor (CLE) 455 FP, 3.4 perT. Turner (WAS) 364 FP, 3.3 per -C. Taylor* (LAD) 306 FP, 2.5 per
M. Machado (SD) 446 FP, 3.1 perT. Anderson (CHW) 364 FP, 2.6 perA. Rosario* (NYM) 305 FP, 2.3 per
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 441 FP, 3 perJ. Profar (OAK) 358 FP, 2.8 perA. Diaz* (HOU) 302 FP, 2.8 per
T. Story (COL) 436 FP, 3.2 perE. Andrus (TEX) 352 FP, 2.6 per +B. Crawford* (SF) 301 FP, 2.4 per
J. Segura (PHI) 405 FP, 2.8 perA. Simmons (LAA) 350 FP, 2.6 perO. Arcia* (MIL) 297 FP, 2.1 per
C. Correa (HOU) 402 FP, 2.9 per +C. Seager (LAD) 346 FP, 2.6 per +J. Peraza (CIN) 294 FP, 2.3 per -
J. Polanco (MIN) 398 FP, 2.8 per +N. Ahmed* (ARI) 336 FP, 2.5 perLourdes Gurriel* (TOR) 292 FP, 2.1 per
A. Mondesi (KC) 375 FP, 3 per +M. Semien (OAK) 333 FP, 2.5 per -S. Kingery* (PHI) 279 FP, 2.1 per
F. Tatis Jr. (SD) 374 FP, 2.8 per +T. Beckham (SEA) 322 FP, 2.7 perW. Adames* (TB) 273 FP, 2.1 per
P. DeJong (STL) 372 FP, 2.8 per +D. Swanson* (ATL) 312 FP, 2.5 perJ.T. Riddle* (MIA) 273 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 #26, Max Kepler is the highest ranking one. There are 12 outfielders whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #6, Ronald Acuna is the highest ranking must start. There are 8 outfielders that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Joc Pederson, 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) 609 FP, 4.3 perC. Stewart (DET) 394 FP, 2.9 per +A. Jones (ARI) 351 FP, 2.7 per
M. Betts (BOS) 568 FP, 3.9 perA. McCutchen (PHI) 392 FP, 2.8 perB. Goodwin* (LAA) 349 FP, 2.5 per
C. Yelich (MIL) 553 FP, 3.8 perE. Rosario (MIN) 390 FP, 3 perR. Braun (MIL) 346 FP, 2.9 per
B. Harper (PHI) 525 FP, 3.7 perE. Jimenez (CHW) 382 FP, 2.7 per +K. Kiermaier* (TB) 345 FP, 2.7 per
R. Hoskins (PHI) 513 FP, 3.6 perV. Robles (WAS) 381 FP, 2.9 per +M. Smith (SEA) 344 FP, 2.7 per
R. Acuna (ATL) 474 FP, 3.4 per +M. Kepler* (MIN) 380 FP, 2.9 perK. Calhoun* (LAA) 343 FP, 2.5 per
A. Benintendi (BOS) 457 FP, 3.2 perN. Mazara (TEX) 378 FP, 2.9 per +C. Mullins* (BAL) 343 FP, 2.4 per
J. Soto (WAS) 457 FP, 3.2 per +N. Markakis (ATL) 377 FP, 2.8 per -A. Eaton (WAS) 342 FP, 2.7 per +
G. Springer (HOU) 455 FP, 3.2 perM. Conforto (NYM) 376 FP, 2.8 per -Y. Puig (CIN) 340 FP, 2.7 per
A. Judge (NYY) 453 FP, 3.3 per +W. Myers (SD) 374 FP, 2.8 per +K. Schwarber (CHC) 339 FP, 2.6 per -
T. Pham (TB) 423 FP, 3.1 perA. Hicks (NYY) 369 FP, 3.2 per -B. Gardner* (NYY) 337 FP, 2.8 per
M. Brantley (HOU) 422 FP, 3.1 perO. Herrera (PHI) 368 FP, 2.6 perL. Martin* (CLE) 337 FP, 2.6 per
N. Castellanos (DET) 409 FP, 3 perG. Polanco (PIT) 367 FP, 3 perB. Nimmo (NYM) 335 FP, 2.6 per -
C. Blackmon (COL) 409 FP, 2.8 perA. Pollock (LAD) 367 FP, 3 perS. Schebler* (CIN) 334 FP, 2.6 per
M. Haniger (SEA) 407 FP, 2.9 perD. Dahl (COL) 366 FP, 2.9 per +J. Pederson (LAD) 332 FP, 3.1 per -
M. Ozuna (STL) 402 FP, 2.9 perE. Inciarte (ATL) 362 FP, 2.6 per -D. Santana (SEA) 332 FP, 2.9 per +
S. Marte (PIT) 400 FP, 2.8 perS. Piscotty (OAK) 357 FP, 2.8 per -B. Anderson* (MIA) 332 FP, 2.3 per
J. Gallo (TEX) 399 FP, 3.1 perR. Grichuk (TOR) 356 FP, 2.6 perJ. Heyward* (CHC) 331 FP, 2.7 per
D. Peralta (ARI) 399 FP, 2.9 perA. Gordon* (KC) 353 FP, 2.6 perA. Meadows (TB) 329 FP, 2.6 per +
L. Cain (MIL) 394 FP, 2.9 perE. Hernandez (LAD) 351 FP, 3.2 perB. Zobrist* (CHC) 327 FP, 2.7 per

Top 60 Projected Relievers Rest of Season

If you need help at reliever there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 the rest of the season. At #9, Brandon Morrow is the highest ranking one. There are 8 relievers whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Roberto Osuna, at #3, is the highest ranking reliever of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 relievers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Raisel Iglesias, for example, is projected to be just the #24 reliever. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. Hader (MIL) 327 FP, 4.7 perM. Barnes (BOS) 189 FP, 2.6 per +J. Familia* (NYM) 45 FP, 0.9 per
K. Jansen (LAD) 321 FP, 5.4 perW. Smith (SF) 187 FP, 3 perD. Betances* (NYY) 45 FP, 0.8 per
R. Osuna (HOU) 314 FP, 5.1 per +S. Greene (DET) 179 FP, 2.8 per -K. Herrera* (CHW) 45 FP, 0.7 per
E. Diaz (NYM) 304 FP, 5.1 perR. Iglesias (CIN) 178 FP, 2.9 per -A. Miller* (STL) 45 FP, 0.7 per
A. Chapman (NYY) 290 FP, 4.7 perB. Parker* (MIN) 172 FP, 2.8 perD. Floro* (LAD) 43 FP, 0.8 per
S. Doolittle (WAS) 285 FP, 4.6 perD. Robertson (PHI) 148 FP, 2.3 per +C. Green* (NYY) 41 FP, 0.9 per
B. Treinen (OAK) 281 FP, 4.5 perH. Strickland* (SEA) 145 FP, 3.9 perK. Kela* (PIT) 41 FP, 0.7 per
B. Hand (CLE) 278 FP, 4.3 perR. Brasier* (BOS) 142 FP, 2.7 perL. Trivino* (OAK) 38 FP, 0.7 per
B. Morrow* (CHC) 254 FP, 4.5 perB. Boxberger* (KC) 137 FP, 2.1 perJ. Anderson* (LAA) 38 FP, 0.6 per
F. Vazquez (PIT) 248 FP, 4.1 perA. Colome* (CHW) 134 FP, 2.3 perA. Ottavino* (NYY) 38 FP, 0.5 per
Jose Leclerc (TEX) 245 FP, 4 per +M. Givens* (BAL) 128 FP, 2 perA. Minter* (ATL) 37 FP, 0.6 per
Jose Alvarado (TB) 238 FP, 3.3 per +H. Neris* (PHI) 111 FP, 1.7 perS. Dominguez* (PHI) 37 FP, 0.5 per
W. Davis (COL) 237 FP, 3.8 perA. Swarzak* (SEA) 103 FP, 1.9 perR. Pressly* (HOU) 36 FP, 0.5 per
K. Giles (TOR) 233 FP, 3.5 perDrew Steckenrider* (MIA) 97 FP, 1.5 perH. Rondon* (HOU) 34 FP, 0.5 per
A. Vizcaino (ATL) 231 FP, 3.6 per +P. Strop* (CHC) 90 FP, 1.6 perB. Brach* (CHC) 33 FP, 0.6 per
K. Yates (SD) 206 FP, 3 perJ. Jeffress* (MIL) 78 FP, 1.3 perD. Castillo* (TB) 32 FP, 0.7 per
C. Allen (LAA) 202 FP, 3.2 perS. Romo* (MIA) 65 FP, 1.2 perJ. Miller* (WAS) 30 FP, 0.6 per
C. Kimbrel (BOS) 198 FP, 4 per -T. Buttrey* (LAA) 64 FP, 1.1 perP. Neshek* (PHI) 30 FP, 0.4 per
J. Hicks (STL) 198 FP, 2.8 per +A. Bradley* (ARI) 55 FP, 0.8 perS. Kelley* (TEX) 28 FP, 0.4 per
G. Holland (ARI) 191 FP, 3.2 per +T. May* (MIN) 51 FP, 1.1 perJ. Brebbia* (STL) 26 FP, 0.4 per