Looking over the 2017 starting pitcher rankings in fantasy baseball and it is hard not to feel terribly sad about the loss of two of the best young pitchers in the game over the past year in Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura. Pitching talent continues to run strong and it is hard to imagine a stronger top 10 than we have this season. Much like outfield though if you leave your draft without a top-30 arm you may be in deep trouble.
There are plenty of questions as always with pitchers, mostly circling around their health, or ability to return to form following an injury or surgery. Players like Matt Harvey, Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish, even Clayton Kershaw (and now David Price it appears), all have an injury cloud around them, and once a pitcher has that it rarely goes away. Talent is undeniable with most elite pitchers, but health is never a certainty in baseball.
I would suggest snagging a few pitchers early if price is right, and then load up on younger high-potential arms later in the draft. That’s one of my favorite strategies in re-draft leagues. These rankings should help you get started. But remember they are subject to change.
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.