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Right here at the top, I feel compelled to direct you to Michael Salfino's Yahoo archive. Mike has basically been writing an extended Starting Pitcher Position Primer for the past 4-5 weeks in "Pitching by the Numbers." His series is loaded with useful data and strong opinions. If you're looking for deep-digging research, it's recommended reading. You might not agree at all times (or ever), but you'll be forced to think.
The first and most important thing to know about your starting fantasy rotation is that it's OK to leave it unfinished on draft day — in fact, you should probably plan to do so. Don't feel that you're making a firm, season-long commitment to whoever you land as your fourth and fifth starters. Plenty of useful arms will emerge from the free agent pool. Every year, a substantial percentage of our game's ownable pitching talent goes undrafted.
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You might recall, for example, that Jose Fernandez was available in an overwhelming majority of Yahoo leagues last season, days ahead of his MLB debut. Fernandez ultimately ranked as a top-five fantasy pitcher and a top-15 player overall. And a formidable badass — just look at this wickedness.Read More »from Fantasy Baseball Position Primer: Starting Pitcher