Elite consistent pitching is something that every fantasy owners wants. Sure there are always hot arms that you can pick up week to week but you’ll probably end up sweating out their next start because you never know when they will get lit up. Here are the top fantasy pitchers thus far this season.
Cueto has been spectacular this season. He’s given up eight earned runs over his seven starts for a 1.31 ERA, and has gone seven innings or more in all of his starts. He has eclipsed 10 strikeouts in 3 of those starts. No one expected this from Cueto always a good but not great pitcher. He has been the best fantasy pitcher in the league by far. The only bad stat for him is that his walks are up, he’s given up three or more in 4 of his seven starts, but we’re not complaining.
Fernandez had a case to win the NL Cy Young in his rookie year last season, ultimately he didn’t win it, but he shouldn’t worry he should win a couple before his career is over. Fernandez has showed that last season was no fluke. He has given up zero runs in four of his starts this season, including a fantastic 14K 0 walk start. He has only been roughed up one time for six runs vs the Phillies but that looks like it was an anomaly. Fernandez is the real deal and might be the best pitcher in the majors at 21 years old.
Scherzer has rolled his dominance from his Cy Young season, becoming one of the most consistent ace’s in the game. He sports a stellar 1.72 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. The Tigers have given him good support so he has also notched 4 wins on the season and has gone 6 or more innings in all but one start, his sole loss. And as always he is missing bats tied for second in the league in strikeouts.
Wainwright has been one of the best pitchers in the game for almost a decade now. The hard throwing righty who has pitched for St Louis his whole career has been a cornerstone in the Cards success. Wainwright started this year strong, and may have been ranked the top fantasy pitcher, but a hiccup in his last start where he gave up 6 earned runs prevented that. Still though his ERA sits at 2.16 and we expect him to put up a CY Young type of season.
The most talked about pitcher this off season has started off his MLB career with a bang. With a 4-0 record while going 7 innings or more in all but one of his start Tanaka has so far justified the huge contract that the Yankees signed him to. His split finger has given hitters fits and has gotten him three 10+ strikeout outings. Tanaka has showed no signs of slowing down so if you got him late in your draft, be delighted,