2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings – Pitchers – Week 17

Week 17 fantasy baseball rankings for pitchers are listed below. Looking at the top 10, we can see a great example of  the effect of skill versus luck. Chris Sale, our number 1 pitcher this week and Jeff Samardzija, our number 7 pitcher, clearly show us how luck can truly affect a solid set of skills.

Now, please note that as we provide you with this analogy below, we are in no way claiming that these two pitchers are equal in overall skills. We’re simply using the fantasy baseball performances of these pitchers to show how actual numbers do not necessarily reflect the skills of the pitcher.

The first and foremost point I’d like to make here in this comparison is the fact that based on our standard scoring system, Samardzija ranks only 26 fantasy baseball points behind Sale. When you look below at their overall performance numbers used in most 5 x 5 scoring, this most likely surprise you.

GS IP W L SO ERA WHIP IP Pnts
Sale 21 148.1 13 4 211 2.37 0.88 296.2
Samardzija 21 135.1 5 11 146 4.85 1.18 270.2

You can see overall that Samardzija, by the performance numbers is well behind Sale. However, as we break down the skills we can see that Samardzija is not really pitching that bad. His numbers are the result of some unfavorable luck in several areas. Look below.

K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/FB
Sale 12.8 1.64 7.81 8%
Samardzija 9.71 1.13 8.59 17%

Raw skills shows that although Sale is much more of a power pitcher when it comes to strikeout ability, Samardzija has much better control control. In the end, this helps to even out the over K/BB rate showing Samardzija with the edge. However, Sale’s ability to keep in the park by a 1 to 2 ration truly helps his ERA numbers. This is shown clearly by the table below.

ERA xFIP
Sale 2.37 2.65
Samardzija 4.85 3.14

Looking at the above table, we can see that Sale’s ERA is fully backed by his xFIP. Samardzija, on the other hand shows the result of the extra long balls compared to what his xFIP says with regard to overall pitching skills.

BABIP LOB%
Sale 0.287 78%
Samardzija 0.329 66%

The above table, to me, clearly shows that Samardzija is suffering from some bad luck whereas Sale isn’t. While Sale’s numbers are truly inline with league averages, Samardzija is clearly not. 66% strand rate with an elevated BABIP usually doesn’t bode well for a pitchers’ performance numbers.

Below is the full list of pitchers for our week 17 fantasy baseball rankings and as always your comments are welcome and sharing is encouraged. Until, next week, good luck with all your fantasy baseball teams.

Rank Percentile Name Team GS IP W SV BS ERA WHIP SO BABIP xFIP Total
1 1.00 Chris Sale Red Sox 21 148.1 13 0 0 2.37 0.88 211 0.287 2.65 369
2 1.00 Max Scherzer Nationals 21 145.1 12 0 0 2.23 0.85 201 0.236 3.08 325
3 1.00 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 21 141.1 15 0 0 2.04 0.88 168 0.251 2.73 298
4 0.99 Zack Greinke Diamondbacks 21 136.1 13 0 0 2.84 1.00 149 0.272 3.22 261
5 0.99 Chris Archer Rays 22 142.0 7 0 0 3.80 1.25 177 0.330 3.38 258
6 0.99 Corey Kluber Indians 17 114.2 8 0 0 2.90 0.99 161 0.302 2.42 256
7 0.99 Jeff Samardzija Giants 21 135.1 5 0 0 4.85 1.18 146 0.329 3.14 248
8 0.99 Luis Severino Yankees 20 127.2 7 0 0 3.03 1.09 145 0.291 3.09 246
9 0.99 Jacob deGrom Mets 21 139.2 12 0 0 3.29 1.15 162 0.289 3.37 238
10 0.99 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 21 127.2 8 0 0 3.38 1.20 142 0.325 3.15 231
11 0.98 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 20 121.2 10 0 0 3.25 1.12 141 0.283 3.52 224
12 0.98 Michael Fulmer Tigers 20 134.1 10 0 0 3.35 1.10 95 0.273 4.09 220
13 0.98 Carlos Carrasco Indians 20 123.1 10 0 0 3.58 1.09 135 0.291 3.45 219
14 0.98 James Paxton Mariners 18 107.1 11 0 0 2.68 1.10 125 0.303 3.23 219
15 0.98 Yu Darvish Rangers 22 137.0 6 0 0 4.01 1.17 148 0.275 3.81 215
16 0.98 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 21 135.1 7 0 0 3.52 1.19 144 0.277 3.63 209
17 0.97 Alex Wood Dodgers 16 98.1 12 0 0 2.38 0.99 110 0.266 2.84 202
18 0.97 Jon Lester Cubs 22 130.0 8 0 0 3.88 1.21 130 0.289 3.63 196
19 0.97 Rick Porcello Red Sox 22 140.1 4 0 0 4.55 1.38 126 0.332 4.33 196
20 0.97 Ivan Nova Pirates 21 136.2 10 0 0 3.75 1.18 84 0.290 4.02 193
21 0.97 Gerrit Cole Pirates 22 133.2 9 0 0 3.97 1.25 120 0.294 3.87 190
22 0.97 Lance McCullers Astros 19 105.2 7 0 0 3.92 1.29 118 0.331 3.06 188
23 0.97 Jose Quintana - - - 21 123.1 6 0 0 4.16 1.26 134 0.295 3.93 187
24 0.96 Alex Cobb Rays 21 138.0 9 0 0 3.46 1.17 90 0.268 4.47 186
25 0.96 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 21 134.1 8 0 0 2.81 1.18 127 0.251 4.27 185
26 0.96 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 0 46.1 5 27 1 1.36 0.69 69 0.263 2.19 182
27 0.96 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 21 131.1 9 0 0 3.08 1.31 109 0.313 3.62 182
28 0.96 Robbie Ray Diamondbacks 20 118.2 9 0 0 3.11 1.23 151 0.272 3.89 179
29 0.96 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 21 123.2 8 0 0 5.09 1.27 132 0.309 3.54 178
30 0.96 Craig Kimbrel Red Sox 0 43.2 2 25 3 1.24 0.60 80 0.242 1.25 178
31 0.95 Sean Manaea Athletics 19 113.0 8 0 0 3.82 1.23 110 0.295 4.15 177
32 0.95 Mike Leake Cardinals 21 128.2 7 0 0 3.29 1.24 87 0.285 3.99 174
33 0.95 Dan Straily Marlins 22 123.1 7 0 0 3.79 1.20 111 0.276 4.71 174
34 0.95 Aaron Nola Phillies 16 99.1 8 0 0 3.17 1.17 107 0.296 3.47 172
35 0.95 Jake Arrieta Cubs 21 120.2 10 0 0 4.03 1.23 116 0.277 4.06 171
36 0.95 Michael Wacha Cardinals 19 106.2 8 0 0 3.71 1.28 105 0.318 3.69 170
37 0.94 Drew Pomeranz Red Sox 21 114.1 10 0 0 3.46 1.35 119 0.315 3.90 165
38 0.94 Zack Godley Diamondbacks 14 88.1 4 0 0 3.06 1.01 91 0.256 3.17 164
39 0.94 Jason Vargas Royals 20 120.0 13 0 0 3.00 1.23 86 0.283 4.91 162
39 0.94 Sonny Gray Athletics 16 97.0 6 0 0 3.43 1.18 94 0.285 3.29 162
41 0.94 Josh Tomlin Indians 20 110.1 7 0 0 5.38 1.30 86 0.328 4.08 160
42 0.94 Lance Lynn Cardinals 22 126.2 9 0 0 3.20 1.12 110 0.225 4.57 159
43 0.94 Ervin Santana Twins 21 136.1 11 0 0 3.37 1.14 104 0.227 4.89 159
44 0.93 Justin Verlander Tigers 22 130.0 6 0 0 4.29 1.44 126 0.304 4.81 158
45 0.93 Roberto Osuna Blue Jays 0 43.1 3 26 5 2.49 0.76 59 0.274 2.40 157
46 0.93 Jordan Montgomery Yankees 20 110.2 7 0 0 4.15 1.27 104 0.289 4.50 157
47 0.93 Danny Duffy Royals 16 101.0 7 0 0 3.56 1.27 79 0.313 4.67 154
48 0.93 Jhoulys Chacin Padres 21 119.1 10 0 0 4.22 1.29 101 0.284 4.24 153
49 0.93 Patrick Corbin Diamondbacks 21 119.2 8 0 0 4.36 1.51 112 0.345 3.94 152
50 0.93 German Marquez Rockies 17 97.0 9 0 0 4.08 1.29 95 0.313 4.10 152
51 0.92 Chase Anderson Brewers 16 90.1 6 0 0 2.89 1.11 85 0.272 4.33 151
52 0.92 Tanner Roark Nationals 20 118.2 8 0 0 4.93 1.40 104 0.309 4.34 149
53 0.92 Jason Hammel Royals 21 119.1 5 0 0 4.75 1.39 93 0.305 5.08 149
54 0.92 Jaime Garcia - - - 19 119.2 5 0 0 4.29 1.34 92 0.294 4.18 148
55 0.92 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 20 110.1 11 0 0 4.89 1.42 95 0.325 4.05 148
56 0.92 Trevor Bauer Indians 20 106.1 9 0 0 5.25 1.46 117 0.345 3.73 147
57 0.91 Taijuan Walker Diamondbacks 17 99.0 6 0 0 3.55 1.27 92 0.282 4.27 143
58 0.91 Ty Blach Giants 17 113.0 6 0 0 4.38 1.33 56 0.303 4.69 143
59 0.91 Felipe Rivero Pirates 0 53.2 4 9 0 0.67 0.71 62 0.187 2.96 142
60 0.91 Clayton Richard Padres 22 133.1 5 0 0 5.40 1.61 95 0.364 3.94 142
61 0.91 Ariel Miranda Mariners 21 121.0 7 0 0 4.31 1.15 98 0.227 5.19 139
62 0.91 Dallas Keuchel Astros 12 78.2 9 0 0 1.94 0.95 72 0.235 2.97 138
63 0.90 Brad Peacock Astros 11 75.2 9 0 0 2.62 1.22 101 0.290 3.74 138
63 0.90 JC Ramirez Angels 20 121.2 9 0 1 4.29 1.34 96 0.295 4.34 138
65 0.90 Mike Fiers Astros 20 111.2 7 0 0 3.71 1.28 114 0.275 4.21 137
66 0.90 Greg Holland Rockies 0 38.1 1 33 1 1.64 1.04 50 0.253 3.67 137
67 0.90 Kenta Maeda Dodgers 16 88.0 9 1 0 4.09 1.20 84 0.288 4.12 137
68 0.90 Zach Davies Brewers 22 124.1 12 0 0 4.42 1.42 86 0.308 4.57 137
69 0.90 Andrew Miller Indians 0 53.1 4 2 1 1.52 0.73 77 0.210 2.54 136
70 0.90 Mike Foltynewicz Braves 19 110.2 9 0 0 3.82 1.38 101 0.301 4.52 135
71 0.89 Johnny Cueto Giants 19 115.2 6 0 0 4.59 1.40 103 0.302 4.43 134
72 0.89 Dylan Bundy Orioles 20 119.1 9 0 0 4.53 1.27 92 0.270 5.23 133
72 0.89 Marco Estrada Blue Jays 21 114.1 4 0 0 5.43 1.49 122 0.323 4.80 133
74 0.89 Raisel Iglesias Reds 0 50.2 2 17 1 1.95 0.97 61 0.246 3.11 133
75 0.89 Brandon McCarthy Dodgers 16 86.2 6 0 0 3.84 1.23 66 0.297 4.38 132
76 0.89 Michael Pineda Yankees 17 96.1 8 0 0 4.39 1.29 92 0.302 3.60 131
77 0.88 Jose Berrios Twins 14 83.2 9 0 0 3.76 1.20 78 0.286 4.46 130
78 0.88 Scott Feldman Reds 19 103.2 7 0 0 4.34 1.31 86 0.296 4.11 128
79 0.88 Charlie Morton Astros 14 82.1 8 0 0 3.83 1.25 92 0.294 3.71 128
80 0.88 R.A. Dickey Braves 21 128.0 6 0 0 4.08 1.39 90 0.283 4.98 128
81 0.88 Rich Hill Dodgers 15 78.0 8 0 0 3.35 1.18 90 0.274 4.30 127
82 0.88 Corey Knebel Brewers 0 48.1 0 18 5 1.68 1.18 85 0.309 2.78 126
83 0.88 Addison Reed Mets 0 49.0 1 19 2 2.57 1.12 48 0.307 3.89 126
84 0.87 Brad Hand Padres 0 54.0 2 6 3 2.00 0.96 70 0.283 2.74 125
85 0.87 Kyle Freeland Rockies 20 121.1 11 0 0 3.71 1.38 76 0.285 4.75 123
86 0.87 Chris Devenski Astros 0 59.2 6 3 4 2.87 0.84 78 0.218 2.95 123
87 0.87 Yusmeiro Petit Angels 1 60.2 2 1 1 2.52 0.96 64 0.265 3.92 122
88 0.87 Trevor Williams Pirates 15 93.1 4 0 0 4.53 1.32 65 0.295 4.49 122
89 0.87 Ricky Nolasco Angels 21 119.0 4 0 0 5.07 1.39 96 0.303 4.60 121
90 0.87 Joe Biagini Blue Jays 11 85.2 3 1 2 4.83 1.27 72 0.291 3.89 120
91 0.86 John Lackey Cubs 20 114.2 8 0 0 4.87 1.33 99 0.274 4.67 119
92 0.86 Chad Kuhl Pirates 21 102.1 3 0 0 4.84 1.49 84 0.327 4.67 119
93 0.86 Matt Moore Giants 21 117.2 3 0 0 5.74 1.59 100 0.331 5.12 118
94 0.86 Wade Davis Cubs 0 36.0 2 22 0 2.00 1.11 50 0.282 3.31 118
94 0.86 Jameson Taillon Pirates 14 76.0 6 0 0 4.03 1.45 73 0.356 3.66 118
96 0.85 Ian Kennedy Royals 19 103.2 4 0 0 4.43 1.17 90 0.224 5.05 117
96 0.85 Jerad Eickhoff Phillies 18 98.2 2 0 0 4.56 1.48 90 0.318 4.81 117
98 0.85 CC Sabathia Yankees 17 93.1 9 0 0 3.66 1.29 74 0.273 4.47 116
99 0.85 Kevin Gausman Orioles 23 120.2 8 0 0 5.37 1.68 112 0.365 4.54 116
100 0.85 Alex Colome Rays 0 47.2 2 30 5 3.59 1.34 41 0.289 4.82 114
101 0.85 Brandon Kintzler Twins 0 45.1 2 28 4 2.78 1.15 27 0.273 4.08 114
102 0.85 Ken Giles Astros 0 37.2 1 22 2 3.11 1.04 45 0.258 3.66 113
103 0.85 Cody Allen Indians 0 42.2 0 19 1 2.74 1.24 56 0.320 3.77 112
104 0.84 Luis Perdomo Padres 18 98.1 5 0 0 4.76 1.55 76 0.344 4.02 111
105 0.84 Antonio Senzatela Rockies 17 102.1 10 0 0 4.84 1.28 75 0.267 4.46 110
106 0.84 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 15 84.2 3 1 0 3.83 1.37 81 0.322 3.88 109
107 0.84 Brandon Maurer - - - 0 42.0 1 20 3 5.36 1.21 42 0.322 3.65 109
108 0.84 Randall Delgado Diamondbacks 5 62.2 1 1 1 3.59 1.18 60 0.302 3.53 108
109 0.84 Jeremy Hellickson Phillies 20 112.1 6 0 0 4.73 1.26 65 0.255 5.38 108
110 0.83 Tommy Kahnle - - - 0 41.1 1 0 4 2.18 0.90 69 0.338 1.68 105
110 0.83 Brad Brach Orioles 0 44.1 2 16 4 2.64 0.92 48 0.221 3.79 105
112 0.83 Jim Johnson Braves 0 43.0 6 22 8 4.19 1.28 51 0.313 3.33 105
113 0.83 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox 13 75.2 4 0 0 4.16 1.30 84 0.293 4.29 104
114 0.83 Martin Perez Rangers 20 112.1 5 0 0 5.13 1.64 74 0.350 4.69 104
115 0.83 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 0 42.0 3 6 2 3.43 1.12 67 0.326 2.42 104
116 0.82 Mike Montgomery Cubs 8 83.1 3 2 0 3.78 1.33 70 0.277 4.37 104
116 0.82 Matt Garza Brewers 15 82.1 4 0 0 3.83 1.26 56 0.276 4.71 104
118 0.82 David Robertson - - - 0 39.1 4 13 2 2.75 0.89 55 0.228 2.98 103
119 0.82 Jose Urena Marlins 16 100.1 9 0 0 4.04 1.28 70 0.249 5.49 103
120 0.82 Chad Green Yankees 1 44.1 1 0 1 1.83 0.74 62 0.202 2.99 102
120 0.82 Blake Parker Angels 0 46.1 3 1 2 2.14 0.91 61 0.255 2.63 102
122 0.82 Danny Salazar Indians 12 68.0 4 0 0 4.63 1.37 93 0.327 3.40 102
123 0.82 Mike Minor Royals 0 50.2 5 0 0 2.49 1.01 56 0.268 3.62 101
124 0.81 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 0 48.0 3 0 3 1.50 0.94 55 0.277 2.89 100
125 0.81 Justin Wilson Tigers 0 40.1 3 13 2 2.68 0.94 55 0.210 3.47 99
126 0.81 Jesse Chavez Angels 21 114.1 5 0 0 5.43 1.43 88 0.295 4.83 99
127 0.81 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 13 71.0 4 0 0 3.80 1.24 59 0.284 3.91 99
128 0.81 Erasmo Ramirez Rays 8 69.1 4 1 1 4.80 1.18 55 0.280 4.12 98
129 0.81 Kelvin Herrera Royals 0 42.0 3 23 3 4.07 1.24 42 0.278 3.92 98
130 0.81 Julio Teheran Braves 21 120.1 7 0 0 5.09 1.41 91 0.270 5.15 98
131 0.80 Ryan Madson - - - 0 44.1 3 1 3 1.83 0.79 46 0.248 2.49 96
131 0.80 Anthony Swarzak - - - 0 50.1 4 1 2 2.32 1.03 54 0.285 3.79 96
133 0.80 Mike Clevinger Indians 13 70.1 5 0 0 3.20 1.21 78 0.252 4.23 96
133 0.80 Edinson Volquez Marlins 17 92.1 4 0 0 4.19 1.42 81 0.278 4.78 96
133 0.80 Jordan Zimmermann Tigers 20 112.1 6 0 0 5.69 1.51 77 0.317 5.30 96
136 0.79 Seung Hwan Oh Cardinals 0 47.0 1 18 3 3.64 1.36 46 0.317 4.74 96
136 0.79 David Price Red Sox 11 66.0 5 0 0 3.82 1.27 63 0.287 4.45 96
138 0.79 Edwin Diaz Mariners 0 43.2 2 19 4 3.30 1.21 60 0.255 3.80 96
139 0.79 Pat Neshek - - - 0 42.0 3 1 2 1.29 0.81 47 0.263 3.09 96
139 0.79 Andrew Cashner Rangers 17 101.0 6 0 0 3.48 1.37 51 0.273 5.26 96
141 0.79 Trevor Cahill - - - 12 65.0 4 0 0 4.15 1.42 74 0.337 3.50 95
142 0.79 J.A. Happ Blue Jays 14 78.0 3 0 0 4.15 1.33 70 0.282 4.25 95
142 0.79 Joe Musgrove Astros 15 83.0 5 0 0 5.86 1.47 72 0.333 4.27 95
144 0.78 Madison Bumgarner Giants 8 52.1 1 0 0 2.92 1.05 49 0.268 4.00 94
145 0.78 Jacob Faria Rays 10 61.1 5 0 0 2.93 1.16 58 0.265 4.51 94
146 0.78 Hector Neris Phillies 0 48.0 4 9 3 3.00 1.21 52 0.302 4.09 94
147 0.78 Tim Adleman Reds 19 104.2 5 0 0 5.42 1.41 94 0.284 5.08 92
148 0.78 Yovani Gallardo Mariners 16 97.2 5 1 0 5.34 1.47 72 0.295 4.93 91
149 0.78 Ryan Tepera Blue Jays 0 52.1 5 1 1 3.44 1.07 56 0.248 4.26 90
150 0.77 Alex Claudio Rangers 1 53.0 2 4 2 2.38 1.00 33 0.253 3.23 90
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