The 2011 Guide to Drafting Starting Pitchers in Fantasy Baseball

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The 2011 Guide to Drafting Starting Pitchers in Fantasy Baseball
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I'm sure you've heard it a million times by now—starting pitching is very deep.

Because of the plethora of quality pitchers in the major leagues, there are plenty of bargains to be had in the middle-to-late rounds of your draft. But how do you know who you should take?

Last year, I put together a criteria of categories that you should pay attention to when drafting a starting pitcher. Because wins, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts are the categories where pitchers earn us points during the season, we tend to look at those numbers rather than the ones that actually tell us the whole story. We call these the peripheral stats.

I weakened the criteria a bit this year to better fit what I like in a pitcher. I added GB/FB ratio because I like my pitchers to be ground ball pitchers first and strikeout pitchers second. You can always find strikeouts, but a good WHIP is hard to come by and ground ball pitchers tend to have good WHIPs.


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