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2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting pitchers

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Ah, the fantasy baseball starting pitcher position. It's actually not unlike the running back position in fantasy football.

Everyone will try to land at least one elite ace — the same way everyone wants at least one elite bellcow running back. And if you don't — if you'd rather go for a ZeroRB approach to your starting pitching — then it's a matter of putting together some low-end starters and high-end relievers to fit your pitching categories later in drafts.

That said, it behooves most of us to build a quality starting staff in drafts — again, the same way you want a stable running back corps in fantasy football.

And while the starters might not decide your championship, it's hard to argue with them being one of the most — if not THE most — important positions in fantasy baseball.

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Then there is, of course, the matter of who should be the top-ranked starting pitcher for 2022.

Should it be the New York Yankees ace, Gerrit Cole, seemingly a AL Cy Young candidate every year and one of the game's premier strikeout artists?

Should it be reigning NL Cy Young winner, 27-year-old Corbin Burnes, who showcased possession of some of the filthiest pure stuff in the league?

Corbin Burnes #39 of the Milwaukee Brewers is a top fantasy baseball pitcher
Corbin Burnes was arguably the best fantasy baseball pitcher of 2021. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

What about the old horse, new Met Max Scherzer, who's been among the cream of the pitcher crop year in and year out?

[Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP]

Or maybe you prefer to wait on the position, to seek out one of the more underrated aces like Aaron Nola.

Whichever route you choose to take with this all-important position, our draft rankings can help.

Check out how all the starters stack up in our analysts' rankings at the position:

2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings powered by FantasyPros