Watch Now: Expectations For A Potential MLB Season In 2020 (3:51)

Starting pitcher has become arguably the most pivotal position in Fantasy Baseball over the past couple years, but that doesn't mean it's any more predictable.

That's especially true when assessing it for the long haul. If you wade into the prospect pool, you'll notice like half the names there are pitchers. The attrition and failure rates at the position are so high that teams need to develop more than they'll seemingly need, because even then, it may not be enough.

Of course, from a Dynasty perspective, it means the position presents a greater chance of misfire. That's especially true within the prospect ranks, but any pitcher with a limited track record of success — which turns out to be the vast majority because of that high attrition resent -- may turn out to be just a short-term play. As a result, you'll notice a precipitous drop in "confidence rating" as you scroll through these rankings.

It's one of the three factors I considered when putting them together:

  1. Present value: What a player is expected to be in 2020
  2. Future value: What his peak looks like and how much peak he has left
  3. Confidence rating: How confident I am in him meeting his immediate and long-term value

Each factor is measured on a 1-to-5 score, with five being the best, and a player's ranking is primarily determined by adding the scores. Ties typically go to the younger player, but personal preference plays a role as well. The distinctions become less evident further down the list, so at some point subjectivity has to reign.

We discussed my starting pitcher Dynasty rankings on the Fantasy Baseball Today Podcast Wednesday along with ADP combos. Keep up with everything baseball and subscribe here.

Top 100 dynasty starting pitchers
RankPlayerAge (on 7/1)PresentFutureConfidence
1 29 5 4 5
2 25 5 5 4
3 25 5 5 3
4 24 4 5 4
5 32 5 3 5
6 29 5 3 4
7 25 4 5 3
8 27 4 5 3
9 27 4 5 3
10 24 4 5 3
11 27 4 5 3
12
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Stephen Strasburg WAS SP
31 4 3 4
13 30 4 3 4
14 26 4 5 2
15
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Mike Soroka ATL SP
22 4 4 3
16 26 4 4 3
17 25 3 5 3
18 22 3 5 3
19 21 1 5 4
20 24 3 4 3
21
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Justin Verlander HOU SP
37 5 1 4
22 35 5 1 4
23 23 3 4 3
24 27 4 4 2
25 27 4 4 2
26 32 4 2 4
27 23 2 5 2
28 29 3 4 2
29 30 4 3 2
30
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James Paxton NYY SP
31 4 3 2
31
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Luis Severino NYY SP
26 1 5 3
32 26 3 4 2
33 26 3 4 2
34 23 1 5 3
35 24 2 5 2
36 36 4 1 4
37 36 4 1 4
38 33 4 2 3
39 30 3 3 3
40 22 2 4 3
41
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A.J. Puk OAK RP
25 2 5 2
42 29 3 4 2
43
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Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
27 3 3 3
44
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Carlos Martinez STL RP
28 3 4 2
45 24 2 4 3
46 30 3 3 3
47
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Noah Syndergaard NYM SP
27 1 4 3
48
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Chris Sale BOS SP
31 1 4 3
49 22 1 5 2
50 24 2 4 2
51
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Spencer Howard PHI RP
23 2 4 2
52 26 3 4 1
53 27 3 4 1
54 25 2 4 2
55 24 2 4 2
56 28 3 3 2
57 29 3 3 2
58 22 1 4 2
59 22 1 4 2
60 21 1 4 2
61 20 1 4 2
62 23 1 4 2
63 33 3 2 2
64 33 3 2 2
65 33 3 2 2
66
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Madison Bumgarner ARI SP
30 3 3 1
67
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Corey Kluber TEX SP
34 3 2 2
68 32 3 2 2
69 23 1 4 2
70 20 1 5 1
71 20 1 4 2
72 28 3 3 1
73 28 3 3 1
74 28 2 3 2
75 29 2 3 2
76 31 2 3 2
77
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Jameson Taillon PIT SP
28 1 4 2
78 25 2 3 2
79
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Josh James HOU RP
27 2 4 1
80 24 2 4 1
81 27 1 4 2
82 27 2 4 1
83
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Corbin Burnes MIL RP
25 2 4 1
84 27 2 3 2
85 27 2 3 2
86 32 3 2 1
87 34 3 1 2
88
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Jake Odorizzi MIN SP
30 3 2 1
89 22 1 4 1
90 24 1 4 1
91 24 1 3 2
92 21 1 4 1
93 21 1 4 1
94 20 1 4 1
95 22 1 3 2
96 31 1 3 2
97 27 2 3 1
98 27 1 3 2
99 25 2 3 1
100 24 2 3 1

Dynasty Rankings: SP | RP | OF | SS | 1B | 3B | 2B | C