Measuring the 2017 Keepers: Pitchers

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Clayton Kershaw is the top-rated player in fantasy baseball.

Warning Track Power and the Midtown Marsupials zigged when others zagged when it came to protecting players from their 2016 roster.

They were the league’s only two teams to keep three pitchers. Warning Track Power General Manger Mark Peterson kept starters Chris Sale and David Price and reliever Zach Britton. The Bush family kept starters Jacob deGrom and Carlos Martinez as well as reliever Kelvin Herrera.

A total of 20 starting pitchers were protected by teams while seven relievers were kept.

Eight of the 10 starters who are projected by Steamer to pitch 200+ innings were protected by league general managers. Rick Porcello and Dallas Keuchel were allowed to fall back into next week’s league draft by their respective owners. Every starter that is projected to earn 20+ quality starts was protected.

General managers will have several elite closers to choose from in the league draft as Seung Hwan Oh, Mark Melancon, and Jeurys Familia went unprotected. Given the annual volatility in the relief pitching market, you can’t blame general managers for not investing valuable high draft choices in the position. Still, nothing protects the pitching ratio categories better than an elite closer.

Below are the totals for each team’s protected pitchers based on this year’s Steamer projections. They can help you determine which categories to focus on during next Monday’s player draft.

Steamer Projections for Pitchers | Keepers 2017
Team Innings ERA WHIP K/9 QS NSV/H
The Bulls 323.0 3.49 1.165 9.470 29.7 0
Home Run 101 212.5 3.28 1.180 7.960 21.3 0
Bacon at Mile 11 178.1 3.38 1.190 9.560 17.9 0
Hapamon 207.3 2.36 0.970 10.810 22.8 0
Las Estellas Rojas 178.1 3.10 1.100 10.600 18.5 0
Let’s Play 2 406.6 3.62 1.200 8.685 39.3 0
JetSetters 191.0 3.80 1.240 8.540 18.1 0
High Cheese 258.8 2.87 1.095 11.680 19.3 35
Land Shark 187.9 3.91 1.320 7.550 17.5 0
Stadium Mustard 248.8 3.46 1.195 9.585 16.7 35
Buster Hugs 271.2 2.89 1.035 11.040 20.9 35
Midtown Marsupials 439.8 3.44 1.226 9.046 36.6 30
Warning Track Power 455.1 3.17 1.146 9.433 38.0 35
A-Rod’s Mirrors 264.7 3.35 1.175 10.650 19.8 36
Lower Haighters 197.1 3.39 1.220 8.880 19.6 0
Marin Menehunes 271.2 3.62 1.190 9.485 21.0 30
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