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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher Rankings

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Opening Day is next week and Athlon Sports has all the fantasy baseball rankings you need to get ready for the upcoming season.

Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web to compile an updated consensus Top 200 as well as positional breakdowns.

There's a new No. 1 atop the starting pitching depth chart as Roy Halladay edged out Clayton Kershaw in the updated rankings. They are followed by fellow Cy Young winners Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, who rounds out the award-winning top 5. The rest of the top 10 is the same except for the No. 10 spot as Dan Haren replaces David Price.

Outside of the top 10, most of the movement was related to position in the Top 200 as there wasn't a lot of change in the starting pitching rankings themselves. Some of the biggest risers in the Top 200 included Adam Wainwright (No. 100, up from No. 110), who looks to be progressing well in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, Ubaldo Jimenez (No. 147, up from No. 158), and Jeremy Hellickson (No. 156, up from No. 172), last year's AL Rookie of the Year.

Some of the fallers included Ian Kennedy (No. 78, down from No. 63), Tommy Hanson (No. 92, down from No. 82), Michael Pineda (No. 95, down from No. 85), and Tim Hudson (No. 168, down from No. 133).

Hudson's decline is health-related, as he is recovering from offseason back surgery and another pitcher to watch along those lines is Chris Carpenter (No. 124 overall). Carpenter has been dealing with nerve issues in his neck and shoulder during spring training. He will certainly not be ready by Opening Day, and he could be out until late May or early June, if not longer.

Further down the rankings, the pitchers who made large jumps to break into the Top 200 were Ted Lilly, Brandon Morrow, Brandon McCarthy and Chris Sale.

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Rank Position ranking
OVR
Overall ranking on The Big Board
LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012

AS – Athlon Sports (updated 3/19/12)
CBS – CBSSportsline.com (as of 3/16/12)
ESPN – (updated 3/13/12)
FOX – FOXSports.com (updated 3/7/12)
MLB – MLB.com (as of 3/15/12)
RC – RotoChamp.com (updated 3/18/12)
RS – RotoSummit.com (updated 2/27/12)
USA — USAToday.com (updated 2/13/12)
Y! – Yahoo! Sports (updated 2/24/12)*

*Yahoo! ranked only 120 players on their list, while Athlon's Big Board contains 200. The aggregated scores of the other eight big boards were used to extrapolate Yahoo!’s rankings to 200 players.

Athlon Sports Fantasy Rankings: Big Board | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

Rank

OVR

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

13

12

Roy Halladay

PHI

SP

10

6

12

19

23

10

12

22

18

2

14

11

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

SP

9

7

20

13

19

8

22

21

15

3

16

13

Justin Verlander

DET

SP

8

10

17

17

22

17

21

17

16

4

20

19

Cliff Lee

PHI

SP

20

11

22

21

27

14

24

26

24

5

25

23

Felix Hernandez

SEA

SP

24

21

28

28

28

31

32

35

30

6

27

26

Jered Weaver

LAA

SP

15

25

31

38

33

25

39

45

35

7

29

28

Tim Lincecum

SF

SP

25

27

32

32

30

51

42

32

28

8

31

31

CC Sabathia

NYY

SP

67

22

43

25

38

28

31

33

31

9

33

27

Cole Hamels

PHI

SP

23

24

39

40

31

46

36

66

32

10

41

37

Dan Haren

LAA

SP

47

31

41

61

41

65

34

46

49

11

42

35

David Price

TB

SP

21

34

53

48

47

56

54

53

50

12

43

41

Zack Greinke

MIL

SP

66

28

48

57

46

55

50

44

40

13

51

46

Matt Cain

SF

SP

37

70

61

73

48

36

59

77

54

14

56

50

Jon Lester

BOS

SP

49

50

56

55

61

98

78

62

58

15

58

55

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

SP

35

58

75

84

81

20

68

108

57

16

60

60

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

SP

54

40

65

85

58

90

92

48

59

17

68

62

James Sheilds

TB

SP

76

36

64

78

72

103

62

72

81

18

72

75

Madison Bumgarner

SF

SP

46

49

79

94

67

72

88

87

80

19

73

70

C.J. Wilson

LAA

SP

101

61

68

70

51

69

75

80

88

20

78

63

Ian Kennedy

ARI

SP

90

35

72

86

76

70

69

122

79

21

88

91

Mat Latos

CIN

SP

111

47

94

103

62

104

84

119

100

22

92

82

Tommy Hanson

ATL

SP

77

62

116

131

80

68

86

142

97

23

93

95

Josh Johnson

MIA

SP

53

59

128

124

91

66

108

132

101

24

94

96

Daniel Hudson

ARI

SP

109

63

85

109

89

116

99

94

102

25

95

85

Michael Pineda

NYY

SP

91

60

96

116

105

74

101

116

116

26

97

103

Matt Garza

CHI

SP

114

71

101

119

93

107

109

86

104

27

100

110

Adam Wainwright

STL

SP

78

64

97

143

126

89

100

134

99

28

101

99

Ricky Romero

TOR

SP

65

82

81

90

118

134

113

127

124

29

107

100

Josh Beckett

BOS

SP

75

51

108

121

107

145

119

128

126

30

111

105

Yu Darvish

TEX

SP

108

80

124

186

148

76

105

129

87

31

119

117

Brandon Beachy

ATL

SP

123

81

123

137

132

80

137

165

110

32

124

122

Chris Carpenter

STL

SP

132

136

103

114

100

-

97

159

133

33

126

124

Gio Gonzalez

WAS

SP

118

73

132

115

160

-

125

161

109

34

134

135

Cory Luebke

SD

SP/RP

144

135

130

174

134

67

136

177

137

35

136

131

Jordan Zimmerman

WAS

SP

131

115

110

184

138

-

122

125

139

36

137

134

Anibal Sanchez

MIA

SP

134

96

137

173

137

125

133

191

141

37

144

138

Johnny Cueto

CIN

SP

87

162

151

134

180

163

152

149

152

38

147

158

Ubaldo Jimanez

CLE

SP

151

121

105

141

158

-

140

174

144

39

150

145

Shaun Marcum

MIL

SP

147

186

122

-

114

142

129

179

148

40

156

172

Jeremy Hellickson

TB

SP

160

164

91

165

164

-

161

156

158

41

164

166

Doug Fister

DET

SP

174

175

144

196

163

108

148

-

163

42

168

133

Tim Hudson

ATL

SP

133

189

139

132

-

179

174

-

166

43

169

181

Jaime Garcia

STL

SP

199

163

154

139

179

144

180

183

180

44

173

173

Max Scherzer

DET

SP

190

188

134

185

130

-

178

171

169

45

181

206

Ted Lilly

LAD

SP

191

-

164

-

159

151

147

-

192

46

183

191

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

SP

193

174

147

-

-

170

150

196

193

47

184

152

Ervin Santana

LAA

SP

148

-

161

156

-

-

176

187

197

48

187

NR

Brandon Morrow

TOR

SP

-

176

170

154

161

-

198

175

-

49

189

184

Wandy Rodriguez

HOU

SP

-

137

166

199

194

185

184

189

186

50

193

197

Justin Masterson

CLE

SP

-

158

159

153

-

-

200

-

-

51

194

214

Brandon McCarthy

OAK

SP

170

200

179

188

-

147

-

-

189

52

198

204

Chris Sale

CHW

SP

183

-

177

-

-

143

199

-

187

53

205

199

Jhoulys Chacin

COL

SP

-

178

-

-

146

-

185

-

194

54

206

NR

Colby Lewis

TEX

SP

-

173

173

-

184

-

173

-

-

55

208

195

Scott Baker

MIN

SP

-

-

157

-

165

-

187

-

-

56

211

215

Vance Worley

PHI

SP

184

177

-

-

-

157

-

-

-

57

212

209

Clay Buchholz

BOS

SP

195

165

187

193

-

-

-

181

-

58

224

NR

Derek Holland

TEX

SP

-

190

-

191

-

-

193

185

-

59

228

208

Jair Jurrjens

ATL

SP

197

-

-

166

-

-

-

-

-

60

234

NR

Bud Norris

HOU

SP

-

-

198

-

170

-

-

-

-

61

239

NR

Chad Billingsley

LAD

SP

-

-

-

175

197

-

-

-

-

62

242

NR

Tim Stauffer

SD

SP

-

-

181

-

-

194

-

-

-

63

244

218

Roy Oswalt

SP

179

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

64

245

217

Alexi Ogando

TEX

SP

180

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

65

246

210

Trevor Cahill

ARI

SP

-

180

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

66

252

NR

John Danks

CHW

SP

-

199

-

-

195

-

196

-

-

67

257

NR

Gavin Floyd

CHW

SP

-

-

193

-

-

-

-

-

-

68

260

NR

Mike Minor

ATL

SP

-

-

195

-

-

-

-

-

-

69

262

NR

Henderson Alvarez

TOR

SP

-

-

-

-

-

196

-

-

-

— By Mark Ross, updated on March 30, 2012

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