SPARPs (Starting pitchers as relief pitchers) are a valuable resource in points leagues. Mediocre starters in one-start weeks can outscore mediocre relievers, so in two-start weeks, the difference can be dramatic.
If your league values starters with RP eligibility, then be prepared that you might have to reach a couple of rounds in the draft.
Ranger Suarez’s RP eligibility will push him up draft boards. Currently, he is the 45th starting pitcher drafted, but in leagues where SPARPs have value, I can see him going in the Pablo Lopez, Justin Verlander, Blake Snell region.
Michael Kopech is projected for the most points, and if he sticks in the rotation, then he has all of the tools to be an excellent SPARP. The White Sox frequently make interesting decisions, so his future in the rotation is not certain.
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With the exception of Jose Quintana (who as I write this is projected as the Pirates’ number one starter), this is an exciting tier. No one is betting against Ashby or Beede taking huge strides forward into the top 40 starters, but it is Garrett Whitlock who is the most intriguing.
I can’t think of another player in this year’s draft who has the possibility of becoming an elite closer, starter, or late-relief pitcher. I doubt there is any format of the game where I will not want to own him.
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The projections are based on the consensus of BAT, ATC and Steamer. The points are based on standard CBS scoring system.
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