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2018 Positional Thoughts - Starting Pitcher
Reggie | Sunday January 14th, 2018
Corey Kluber posted a 2.25 ERA with 18 wins in 2017. (USA Today Sports Images)
Corey Kluber posted a 2.25 ERA with 18 wins in 2017. (USA Today Sports Images)
Positional thoughts for the upcoming season, giving the lows and highs of players to watch heading into your fantasy baseball drafts.

Initial rankings are listed here for starting pitching. We've already discussed catchersfirst basemensecond basemenshortstopsthird basemen and outfielders.

Depending on your drafting philosophy, you'll likely draft an elite pitcher and some third-to-fourth tier pitchers, or draft a great pitcher along with other mid-tier players.

Clayton Kershaw is still the best pitcher in baseball. Max Scherzer is also an elite pitcher, having the chance to throw a no-hitter every time he takes the mound, with double-digit strikeouts.

Even despite a mediocre second half last season, Corey Kluber still one the Cy Young - just beating out Chris Sale. Both pitchers are among the best in the American League.

The New York Mets are awful, but have Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom - both should have solid strikeout totals this season.

Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta are both free agents; however, they both are quality arms who should provide close to 200 innings pitched - no matter who they sign with.

Gerrit Cole finds himself moving from Pittsburgh to Houston, to join an already great pitching staff. If he can find some 2015-2016 magic, the Astros will likely go deep into the playoffs again.

Shohei Ohtani was one of the big surprise signings during the off-season. However, even with all of his allure, Ohtani is a player I would only take a late round flier on.

The bottm of Tier Four and all of Tier Five are pitchers who are serviceable on fantasy rosters. Young arms like Luis Castillo, Luke Weaver and Jose Berrios provide for interesting sleeper picks.
ReggieReggie is a writer and the co-founder of Baseball Press. He enjoys fantasy baseball and hates when players bunt in baseball.