Max Scherzer, Mike Foltynewicz and Chris Sale are Starting Pitchers Projected to Rise

In our latest rest of season projection there are 21 starting pitchers whose projected rank is much better than their season to date rank. Mike Foltynewicz (#54) and Chris Sale (#7) are a couple starting pitchers who are projected to improve on their season rank. But of all the starting pitchers with improved projected ranking, Max Scherzer is the highest ranking one. His latest projection based rank among starting pitchers is #2. As of 5/16, Max Scherzer is the #5 ranked starting pitcher based on ownership percentage (98%). Max Scherzer's projection rank is better than their market rank. Of the 17 98% owned starting pitchers, he is ranked #2. He is projected for 173 fantasy points in 22 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Max Scherzer behind deGrom and above Greinke but the projections rank Max Scherzer over deGrom.

There are 12 starting pitchers that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Matt Boyd, for example, is projected to be just the #60 starting pitcher and some owners may have better options. There are only 5 starting pitchers projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Tanner Roark, at #21, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this waiver wire group.

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

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J. Verlander (HOU) 187 FP, 8.1 perT. Roark* (CIN) 81 FP, 3.9 perGerman Marquez (COL) 62 FP, 2.8 per +
M. Scherzer (WAS) 173 FP, 7.9 per +Z. Wheeler (NYM) 81 FP, 3.5 per +A. Nola (PHI) 60 FP, 2.7 per +
J. deGrom (NYM) 170 FP, 7.4 per +J. Paxton (NYY) 80 FP, 4 per +Z. Eflin (PHI) 59 FP, 2.7 per -
G. Cole (HOU) 170 FP, 7.1 perC. Paddack (SD) 80 FP, 3.6 per -M. Clevinger (CLE) 57 FP, 3.6 per
B. Snell (TB) 169 FP, 6.8 per +M. Mikolas (STL) 79 FP, 3.6 per +M. Soroka (ATL) 57 FP, 3 per -
J. Berrios (MIN) 145 FP, 6 perK. Hendricks (CHC) 79 FP, 3.6 per +C. Martin* (HOU) 57 FP, 2.6 per
C. Sale (BOS) 134 FP, 6.1 per +Caleb Smith (MIA) 78 FP, 3.5 per -R. Stripling* (LAD) 54 FP, 2.6 per
T. Bauer (CLE) 134 FP, 5.4 perC. Carrasco (CLE) 78 FP, 3.5 per +L. Severino (NYY) 53 FP, 4.4 per
H. Ryu (LAD) 123 FP, 6.5 perC. Morton (TB) 77 FP, 3.7 per -M. Wacha* (STL) 53 FP, 2.5 per
Z. Greinke (ARI) 123 FP, 5.6 perJ. Odorizzi (MIN) 77 FP, 3.2 per -J. Arrieta (PHI) 53 FP, 2.4 per +
W. Buehler (LAD) 119 FP, 5.4 per +Z. Davies (MIL) 75 FP, 3.8 perD. Keuchel (HOU) 52 FP, 2.7 per
T. Glasnow (TB) 115 FP, 7.2 perM. Gonzales (SEA) 75 FP, 3.4 perB. Peacock (HOU) 52 FP, 2.4 per
P. Corbin (WAS) 110 FP, 5 perN. Syndergaard (NYM) 75 FP, 3.1 per +J. Gray (COL) 51 FP, 2 per +
C. Kershaw (LAD) 107 FP, 5.6 perM. Minor (TEX) 74 FP, 3.4 perM. Foltynewicz (ATL) 50 FP, 2.3 per +
S. Strasburg (WAS) 103 FP, 5.2 per +J. Lester (CHC) 73 FP, 3 per -W. Miley (HOU) 48 FP, 2.3 per
L. Castillo (CIN) 100 FP, 4.5 perM. Tanaka (NYY) 71 FP, 3.2 per +W. LeBlanc* (SEA) 48 FP, 2.1 per
D. Price (BOS) 90 FP, 4.3 per +D. German (NYY) 70 FP, 3.7 per -L. Weaver (ARI) 47 FP, 2.1 per -
C. Hamels (CHC) 90 FP, 3.9 perJ. Quintana (CHC) 68 FP, 3 perM. Perez (MIN) 46 FP, 2.1 per -
C. Kluber (CLE) 83 FP, 4.9 per +R. Ray (ARI) 65 FP, 2.8 per +S. Bieber (CLE) 46 FP, 2.1 per -
Kenta Maeda (LAD) 83 FP, 3.6 perJ. Nelson (MIL) 63 FP, 3.3 perM. Boyd (DET) 46 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 #8, 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. At #2, Gary Sanchez is the highest ranking must start. Robinson Chirinos is the only catcher who is projected to have a significantly worse rest of season.

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Willson Contreras (CHC) 311 FP, 3.2 perR. Chirinos (HOU) 208 FP, 2.6 per -A. Barnes* (LAD) 168 FP, 2.3 per
G. Sanchez (NYY) 299 FP, 3.2 per +J. Lucroy (LAA) 195 FP, 2.7 perT. Flowers* (ATL) 167 FP, 2.4 per
B. Posey (SF) 270 FP, 2.5 per +F. Cervelli* (PIT) 194 FP, 2.1 perR. Perez* (CLE) 167 FP, 2.3 per
Y. Molina (STL) 265 FP, 2.7 perJ. Castro* (MIN) 187 FP, 3 perC. Herrmann* (OAK) 162 FP, 2.4 per
W. Astudillo (MIN) 246 FP, 2.9 per +C. Iannetta* (COL) 180 FP, 2.5 perM. Maldonado* (KC) 161 FP, 1.8 per
J. Realmuto (PHI) 243 FP, 2.6 perPedro Severino* (BAL) 179 FP, 1.9 perJ. Alfaro* (MIA) 160 FP, 2 per
W. Ramos (NYM) 238 FP, 2.6 per +K. Suzuki* (WAS) 177 FP, 3 perY. Gomes* (WAS) 154 FP, 2.1 per
W. Castillo* (CHW) 216 FP, 2.4 perA. Hedges* (SD) 177 FP, 2.5 perB. McCann* (ATL) 152 FP, 2.5 per
O. Narvaez (SEA) 210 FP, 3 perC. Vazquez* (BOS) 173 FP, 2.4 perM. Zunino* (TB) 152 FP, 2.2 per
Y. Grandal (MIL) 209 FP, 2.7 perT. Barnhart* (CIN) 169 FP, 2 perC. Kelly* (ARI) 151 FP, 2.6 per

Top 30 Projected First Basemen Rest of Season

There are 8 first basemen that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than season-to-date rank. Carlos Santana, at #5, is the highest ranking first baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 5 first basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Yulieski Gurriel, for example, is projected to be just the #29 first baseman and some owners may have better options. There are only 6 first basemen projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Rowdy Tellez, at #22, is the highest ranking first baseman of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
C. Bellinger (LAD) 402 FP, 3.8 perD. Vogelbach (SEA) 339 FP, 3.1 perP. Alonso (NYM) 289 FP, 3 per -
J. Martinez (BOS) 389 FP, 3.6 perG. Stanton (NYY) 333 FP, 3 per +R. Tellez* (TOR) 289 FP, 2.6 per
A. Rizzo (CHC) 374 FP, 3.2 perE. Encarnacion (SEA) 322 FP, 2.9 per -J. Smoak* (TOR) 287 FP, 2.7 per
J. Bell (PIT) 363 FP, 3.3 perS. Choo (TEX) 321 FP, 3 perM. Moreland* (BOS) 286 FP, 3.2 per
C. Santana (CLE) 363 FP, 3.3 per +J. Votto (CIN) 321 FP, 2.9 per +H. Dozier (KC) 286 FP, 3 per -
F. Freeman (ATL) 362 FP, 3.1 perE. Hosmer (SD) 314 FP, 2.7 perR. O'Hearn* (KC) 286 FP, 2.6 per
N. Cruz (MIN) 357 FP, 3.3 per +M. Carpenter (STL) 307 FP, 2.9 per +B. Belt* (SF) 282 FP, 2.9 per
K. Davis (OAK) 353 FP, 3.2 per +M. Muncy (LAD) 304 FP, 3 perM. Olson (OAK) 281 FP, 2.7 per +
P. Goldschmidt (STL) 349 FP, 3 perJ. Aguilar (MIL) 299 FP, 2.8 per +Y. Gurriel (HOU) 280 FP, 2.8 per -
J. Abreu (CHW) 341 FP, 3.2 perL. Voit (NYY) 298 FP, 3.3 per -K. Morales* (NYY) 278 FP, 2.7 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 #15, Rougned Odor is the highest ranking one. There are only 3 second basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #4, Asdrubal Cabrera is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 second basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Kolten Wong, for example, is projected to be just the #22 second baseman and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
W. Merrifield (KC) 350 FP, 3.2 perC. Hernandez (PHI) 281 FP, 2.6 perB. Dozier* (WAS) 253 FP, 2.4 per
J. Altuve (HOU) 347 FP, 3.1 perR. Cano (NYM) 278 FP, 2.4 per +K. Wong (STL) 252 FP, 2.7 per -
J. Baez (CHC) 345 FP, 3.1 perD. LeMahieu (NYY) 266 FP, 2.8 perN. Goodrum* (DET) 251 FP, 2.5 per
A. Cabrera (TEX) 333 FP, 2.9 per +J. Schoop (MIN) 264 FP, 2.8 perD. Gordon (SEA) 241 FP, 2.2 per
Y. Moncada (CHW) 320 FP, 2.8 perR. Odor* (TEX) 263 FP, 2.4 perJ. Panik* (SF) 231 FP, 2.4 per
G. Torres (NYY) 313 FP, 2.9 perS. Gennett (CIN) 262 FP, 3 perK. Hiura* (MIL) 227 FP, 2.4 per
O. Albies (ATL) 298 FP, 2.7 perD. Descalso* (CHC) 261 FP, 2.6 perS. Castro* (MIA) 227 FP, 2.1 per
K. Marte (ARI) 297 FP, 2.8 perJ. McNeil (NYM) 257 FP, 2.6 per -J. Kipnis* (CLE) 226 FP, 2.3 per
B. Lowe (TB) 286 FP, 2.9 perJ. Villar (BAL) 255 FP, 2.4 per -D. Fletcher* (LAA) 225 FP, 2.7 per
D. Murphy (COL) 282 FP, 2.8 per +H. Kendrick* (WAS) 254 FP, 3.5 perA. Frazier* (PIT) 224 FP, 2.4 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. Tommy La Stella, at #6, is the highest ranking third baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 3 third basemen whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Jose Ramirez, at #1, is the highest ranking third baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 2 third basemen who are projected to be fantasy busts. Eduardo Escobar, for example, is projected to be just the #18 third baseman. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Ramirez (CLE) 421 FP, 3.7 per +J. Donaldson (ATL) 312 FP, 2.8 perD. Bote* (CHC) 261 FP, 2.3 per
A. Bregman (HOU) 420 FP, 3.8 perM. Moustakas (MIL) 310 FP, 3.1 perJ. Lamb* (ARI) 259 FP, 2.5 per
N. Arenado (COL) 408 FP, 3.5 perJ. Turner (LAD) 310 FP, 2.8 perR. Ruiz* (BAL) 253 FP, 2.3 per
A. Rendon (WAS) 406 FP, 3.6 per +R. Devers (BOS) 303 FP, 2.7 per -J. Candelario* (DET) 232 FP, 2.3 per
K. Bryant (CHC) 373 FP, 3.2 perM. Franco (PHI) 288 FP, 2.7 perT. Shaw (MIL) 226 FP, 2.5 per
T. La Stella* (LAA) 351 FP, 3.4 perM. Sano* (MIN) 281 FP, 2.9 perJ. Gyorko* (STL) 223 FP, 2.5 per
M. Chapman (OAK) 350 FP, 3.3 perE. Longoria* (SF) 280 FP, 2.5 perM. Duffy* (TB) 222 FP, 2.5 per
E. Suarez (CIN) 347 FP, 3.2 perE. Escobar (ARI) 278 FP, 3.1 per -R. Nunez* (BAL) 222 FP, 2.2 per
Y. Diaz (TB) 346 FP, 3.4 perK. Seager* (SEA) 273 FP, 2.6 perT. Frazier* (NYM) 213 FP, 2.5 per
V. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 325 FP, 2.9 per +G. Urshela* (NYY) 263 FP, 2.9 perJohan Camargo* (ATL) 208 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. At #15, Eric Sogard is the highest ranking one. There are only 3 shortstops whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. At #1, Francisco Lindor is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 shortstops who are projected to be fantasy busts. Dansby Swanson, for example, is projected to be just the #18 shortstop. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
F. Lindor (CLE) 396 FP, 3.4 per +J. Segura (PHI) 320 FP, 2.8 perA. Diaz* (HOU) 252 FP, 3 per
T. Story (COL) 366 FP, 3.4 perP. DeJong (STL) 319 FP, 3 per -N. Lopez* (KC) 250 FP, 2.6 per
J. Polanco (MIN) 357 FP, 3.2 perT. Anderson (CHW) 319 FP, 2.8 perW. Adames* (TB) 248 FP, 2.3 per
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 353 FP, 3.1 perF. Tatis Jr. (SD) 317 FP, 3 per +A. Rosario* (NYM) 247 FP, 2.4 per
T. Turner (WAS) 349 FP, 3.2 per +E. Sogard* (TOR) 305 FP, 2.7 perN. Ahmed* (ARI) 242 FP, 2.3 per
M. Machado (SD) 340 FP, 3 perJ. Profar (OAK) 290 FP, 2.8 perS. Kingery* (PHI) 237 FP, 2.3 per
E. Andrus (TEX) 336 FP, 3.3 perA. Simmons (LAA) 286 FP, 2.7 per -J. Peraza* (CIN) 232 FP, 2.3 per
C. Correa (HOU) 329 FP, 3 perD. Swanson (ATL) 257 FP, 2.4 per -T. Beckham* (SEA) 229 FP, 2.4 per
A. Mondesi (KC) 325 FP, 3 perC. Seager (LAD) 256 FP, 2.5 perC. Taylor* (LAD) 229 FP, 2.4 per
M. Semien (OAK) 323 FP, 3 perD. Gregorius* (NYY) 252 FP, 3.2 perJ. Crawford* (SEA) 220 FP, 2.3 per

Top 60 Projected Outfielders Rest of Season

There are 15 outfielders whose projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Austin Meadows, at #8, is the highest ranking outfielder of this 'must start' group. There are 11 outfielders who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Stephen Piscotty, for example, is projected to be just the #53 outfielder and some owners may have better options. There are a number of outfielders widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Derek Dietrich, at #19, is the highest ranking outfielder of this waiver wire group.

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M. Trout (LAA) 461 FP, 4.2 perS. Marte (PIT) 319 FP, 2.8 per +J. Heyward (CHC) 284 FP, 2.9 per
C. Yelich (MIL) 430 FP, 3.9 perA. Gordon (KC) 317 FP, 3 per -O. Herrera* (PHI) 279 FP, 2.5 per
M. Betts (BOS) 425 FP, 3.7 perG. Polanco (PIT) 316 FP, 2.9 per +Y. Puig (CIN) 278 FP, 2.8 per +
G. Springer (HOU) 415 FP, 3.7 perA. Eaton (WAS) 314 FP, 2.9 per +R. Braun (MIL) 277 FP, 2.9 per -
C. Blackmon (COL) 385 FP, 3.3 perA. Hicks (NYY) 312 FP, 3.1 per +L. Martin* (CLE) 276 FP, 2.7 per
R. Hoskins (PHI) 383 FP, 3.4 perD. Smith (BAL) 307 FP, 2.7 perT. Mancini (BAL) 275 FP, 2.8 per -
M. Haniger (SEA) 374 FP, 3.4 perN. Markakis (ATL) 305 FP, 2.7 per -D. Dahl (COL) 275 FP, 2.8 per +
A. Meadows (TB) 358 FP, 3.3 per +M. Kepler (MIN) 302 FP, 3 perJ. Winker (CIN) 273 FP, 2.8 per
M. Brantley (HOU) 354 FP, 3.3 perN. Mazara (TEX) 301 FP, 2.9 perB. Gardner* (NYY) 272 FP, 2.8 per
J. Gallo (TEX) 352 FP, 3.4 perD. Peralta (ARI) 300 FP, 2.8 per -W. Myers (SD) 270 FP, 2.6 per +
M. Ozuna (STL) 348 FP, 3.2 perN. Castellanos (DET) 300 FP, 2.8 per +F. Reyes (SD) 269 FP, 3 per -
T. Pham (TB) 344 FP, 3 per +C. Stewart* (DET) 298 FP, 2.7 perJ. Pederson (LAD) 268 FP, 3.3 per -
J. Soto (WAS) 339 FP, 3 per +K. Calhoun* (LAA) 295 FP, 2.8 perS. Piscotty (OAK) 267 FP, 2.6 per -
B. Harper (PHI) 336 FP, 3 perA. McCutchen (PHI) 295 FP, 2.7 perB. Buxton (MIN) 266 FP, 2.6 per
R. Acuna (ATL) 335 FP, 3 perL. Cain (MIL) 291 FP, 2.8 per -O. Mercado* (CLE) 264 FP, 2.7 per
A. Benintendi (BOS) 335 FP, 3 per +E. Jimenez (CHW) 291 FP, 2.6 per +A. Verdugo* (LAD) 261 FP, 3.2 per
E. Rosario (MIN) 327 FP, 3.2 perA. Jones (ARI) 287 FP, 2.9 per -H. Pence* (TEX) 260 FP, 2.8 per
V. Robles (WAS) 326 FP, 3 per +B. Goodwin* (LAA) 287 FP, 2.6 perC. Dickerson* (PIT) 260 FP, 2.6 per
D. Dietrich* (CIN) 326 FP, 2.9 perR. Grichuk* (TOR) 286 FP, 2.6 perJ. Upton (LAA) 256 FP, 2.8 per
A. Judge (NYY) 319 FP, 3.3 per +M. Conforto (NYM) 285 FP, 2.8 per -B. Anderson* (MIA) 256 FP, 2.3 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 #5, Diego Castillo is the highest ranking one. There are only 4 relievers whose projected rank is significantly better than their season-to-date rank. Sean Doolittle, at #3, is the highest ranking reliever of this 'must start' group. There are only 4 relievers who are projected to be fantasy busts. Alex Colome, for example, is projected to be just the #32 reliever. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
R. Osuna (HOU) 286 FP, 6.2 perG. Holland (ARI) 153 FP, 3.2 perS. Barlow* (KC) 44 FP, 1.3 per
J. Hader (MIL) 245 FP, 4.7 perC. Kimbrel (BOS) 150 FP, 4.2 perR. Pressly* (HOU) 41 FP, 0.8 per
S. Doolittle (WAS) 239 FP, 4.8 per +R. Elias* (SEA) 138 FP, 3.6 perP. Neshek* (PHI) 39 FP, 0.8 per
K. Jansen (LAD) 234 FP, 5 perH. Robles* (LAA) 138 FP, 2.3 perS. Dominguez* (PHI) 38 FP, 0.8 per
D. Castillo* (TB) 232 FP, 4.1 perW. Smith (SF) 136 FP, 2.7 per -A. Bradley* (ARI) 35 FP, 0.7 per
E. Diaz (NYM) 230 FP, 4.9 perB. Parker* (MIN) 133 FP, 2.8 perB. Workman* (BOS) 32 FP, 0.8 per
A. Chapman (NYY) 224 FP, 4.8 perB. Morrow* (CHC) 123 FP, 4.1 perT. May* (MIN) 28 FP, 0.7 per
B. Hand (CLE) 223 FP, 4.5 perP. Strop* (CHC) 122 FP, 2.6 perJ. Miller* (WAS) 28 FP, 0.6 per
B. Treinen (OAK) 202 FP, 4.1 per +S. Greene (DET) 118 FP, 2.4 per -J. Jeffress* (MIL) 28 FP, 0.6 per
W. Davis (COL) 201 FP, 4.3 per +S. Romo* (MIA) 109 FP, 2 perD. Floro* (LAD) 27 FP, 0.8 per
Jose Alvarado* (TB) 200 FP, 5.3 perM. Givens* (BAL) 109 FP, 1.9 perT. Clippard* (CLE) 26 FP, 0.8 per
F. Vazquez (PIT) 192 FP, 3.9 perA. Colome (CHW) 101 FP, 2 per -Z. Britton* (NYY) 25 FP, 0.5 per
K. Giles (TOR) 190 FP, 3.7 perR. Brasier* (BOS) 91 FP, 2.1 perL. Trivino* (OAK) 24 FP, 0.5 per
J. Hicks (STL) 190 FP, 3.5 perD. Robertson* (PHI) 87 FP, 3.1 perA. Ottavino* (NYY) 24 FP, 0.4 per
K. Yates (SD) 189 FP, 3.6 per -T. Buttrey* (LAA) 86 FP, 1.9 perD. Betances* (NYY) 22 FP, 4.4 per
R. Iglesias (CIN) 175 FP, 3.8 per +T. Rogers* (MIN) 86 FP, 1.7 perJ. Familia* (NYM) 22 FP, 0.5 per
S. Kelley* (TEX) 170 FP, 3.3 perI. Kennedy* (KC) 79 FP, 2.2 perT. Cole* (LAA) 21 FP, 1.8 per
L. Jackson* (ATL) 167 FP, 4.4 perM. Walden* (BOS) 58 FP, 2 perGiovanny Gallegos* (STL) 21 FP, 0.6 per
M. Barnes* (BOS) 167 FP, 3.2 perC. Martin* (TEX) 50 FP, 0.9 perSeth Lugo* (NYM) 21 FP, 0.4 per
H. Neris* (PHI) 164 FP, 3.2 perH. Rondon* (HOU) 45 FP, 0.9 perJ. Beeks* (TB) 20 FP, 1 per