High Fives: Starting Pitchers

Each Monday during the 2012 regular season, the Yahoo! fantasy experts will offer their quick hitters on certain positions in fantasy baseball. This week, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on starting pitchers. Topics include starter objects of affection and derision, and players to target for both the shallow- and deep-league crowds.

Top 5 starting pitchers you are loving right now?
Brandon Funston Says: Andy Behrens Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. R.A. Dickey – Find his consistency as a knuckleballer fascinating - a Quality Start in 23 of past 24 outings
  2. James McDonald
  3. Matt Cain
  4. Zack Greinke
  5. Ian Kennedy
  1. Zack Greinke – He and these next two dudes have been carrying my NL-only dynasty staff, not that you care.
  2. Stephen Strasburg
  3. Ryan Dempster
  4. David Price
  5. Chris Sale
  1. R. A. Dickey – The world needs more knuckleballers.
  2. Gio Gonzalez
  3. Chris Sale
  4. Andy Pettitte
  5. James McDonald
Top 5 starting pitchers you are hating right now?
Brandon Funston Says: Andy Behrens Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Tim Lincecum – I’ve always been a huge fan, but owning him is so painful right now
  2. Yu Darvish
  3. Max Scherzer
  4. Mat Latos
  5. James Shields
  1. Ervin Santana – Make. It. Stop.
  2. Tim Lincecum
  3. Ervin Santana
  4. Daniel Hudson
  5. ERVIN [PROFANE] SANTANA
  1. Mat Latos – Multi-million arm, ten cent head.
  2. Tim Lincecum
  3. Edinson Volquez
  4. Max Scherzer
  5. Derek Holland
Top 5 starting pitchers to target on the waiver wire?
Brandon Funston Says: Andy Behrens Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Vance Worley – DL stint opens up a waiver opportunity for a K per IP arm with no serious flaws
  2. A.J. Burnett
  3. Jonathon Niese
  4. Trevor Cahill
  5. Felix Doubront
  1. Justin Masterson – I know the year-to-date numbers are lousy; that’s why he’s widely available. His last start was promising
  2. A.J. Burnett
  3. Brandon McCarthy
  4. Felix Doubront
  5. Jarrod Parker
  1. A.J. Burnett – One bad start, nine useful ones.
  2. Scott Diamond
  3. Trevor Cahill
  4. Phil Hughes
  5. Parker and Milone, use them at home
Top 5 starting pitchers to target on the wire for deep leaguers?
Brandon Funston Says: Andy Behrens Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Dillon Gee – Five straight quality starts, and 44th-best K/9 rate among starters
  2. Danny Hultzen
  3. Nathan Eovaldi
  4. Mike Leake
  5. Drew Hutchison
  1. Trevor Bauer – It’s almost time. He struck out 11 in his last start, and lowered his ERA to 1.79.
  2. Garrett Richards
  3. Jake Odorizzi
  4. Danny Hultzen
  5. Brett Anderson
  1. Dillon Gee – Most of the secondary numbers argue for him.
  2. J.A. Happ
  3. Bruce Chen
  4. Brian Matusz
  5. Kevin Millwood
In honor of Triple Crown could-have-been I’ll Have Another, five things that have left you wanting more?
Brandon Funston Says: Andy Behrens Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Seattle SuperSonics – To say I’m bitter about this year’s NBA Finals would be a gigantic understatement
  2. Arrested Devlopment – At least there’s a movie in our future
  3. Phil Hartman
  4. Carnation Breakfast Bars
  5. Team Flakes
  1. McRibb
  2. Newcastle
  3. Kielbasa
  4. Snow Cone
  5. Hartlieb brother
  1. Alexander Payne movie – The waiting is the hardest part.
  2. White Stripes record
  3. Decade of Vin Scully
  4. Margarita
  5. Donut, before Koharski does