Without argument Clayton Kershaw is the top pitcher all fantasy baseball owners want for their team in 2014. He strikes batters out, pitches deep into games, and plays on a good team which will add to his win totals. Unfortunately he can only be on one team and if you don’t snatch him up before everyone else you will need to know who the second best option is.
The benefit of Cliff Lee is actually based on what a bad team the Philadelphia Phillies are projected to be this season. This means manager Ryne Sandberg will rely on him more, especially if the bullpen is unable to prove their value. Lee has no trouble pitching deep into games and consistently reaches 200 innings pitched. Lee is also a strikeout machine who has led the league the past two seasons with the best strikeouts per walk ratio.
In his first start of 2013 Yu Darvish almost pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros. Another year of experience, Darvish has the potential to get off to an even better start. Darvish should have more confidence than ever. The Texas Rangers should be hungry to win too, willing to do anything to help earn a few victories for their ace.
Few thought Adam Wainwright would have the type of season he did in 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals, mostly because he has flown under the radar his entire career. Coming just short of winning a championship, Wainwright will look to help his team rebound and advance even further in 2014. A thorn in your side if you don’t have him on your team, Wainwright is incredibly consistent. Since 2009, Wainwright has won 19 or 20 games in 3 of the 4 seasons he has pitched, the 2011 season missed due to injury.
The Seattle Mariners added Robinson Cano to the lineup along with a few lesser known hitters. This change alone could help contribute to more wins for Felix Hernandez in 2014. Never one to disappoint, King Felix is always among the league leaders in strikeouts and innings pitched.
The reigning American League Cy Young winner may not repeat what he did in 2013, but with free agency looming and his desire to win a World Series ring at the forefront of his mission, Scherzer will probably be at his best. The Detroit Tigers will once again be a good team. The pitching staff around him along with the incredible offensive prowess has Scherzer locked to perform well for your fantasy baseball team.