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It is that time of year, when teams attempt to figure out which pitchers are going to take the mound every 5 days.  Thus begins the Starting Pitching Rotation analysis on Fantasy Alarm.  Read on to learn about the projected starting pitchers for the Atlanta Braves.

Starting Pitching Rotation Analysis

Atlanta Braves

NL East

Projected Rotation

Pitcher

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

ADP

Mike Minor

181

11

159

3.68

1.18

89

Kris Medlen

186

13

150

3.44

1.19

122

Julio Teheran

180

11

157

3.85

1.24

114

Brandon Beachy

157

10

140

3.84

1.24

251

Alex Wood

132

10

135

3.36

1.31

230

Potential Rotation Alternatives

Pitcher

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

ADP

Gavin Floyd

69

4

58

4.04

1.30

394

Freddy Garcia

69

4

46

4.30

1.29

*

ADP designated by * indicates no reported ADP as of date of publication.  Projections are based on a compilation of several sources (ZiPS, Oliver, Steamer, RotoChamp), given equal weight.

I like taking any of the top three starters here as my SP2/3. None are true aces, but all three feature decent strikeout numbers, andthe ERA & WHIP projections are right within what I want to target for my starting pitchers. Brandon Beachy is a high upside pitcher, who if he comes back to put up his pre-injury numbers, would be a steal.  Alex Wood doesn't project out as a high inning starting pitcher, but he offers a huge ceiling if he reaches his potential, and he is a late draft pick, at least for now.   Wood offers an excellent K/9 rates 9.2, better than his rotation-mates, whose numbers range between 7 and 8 strikeouts per 9 innings.  You have to love a staff that offers across the board sub 4.00 ERA and WHIPS well below my upper threshold for starting pitchers, with the exception of Wood who is just .02 points over 1.29.

The alternatives are not players you want to roster unless you are drafting in a 16+team league, with large pitching staffs. Of the two, Floyd initially projects out as the best option. In a streaming situation, I could see using them on a limited basis, given their acceptable WHIP projections, but would not tie myself to either Floyd or Garcia long term during the season.

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If you disagree with my assessments, or just want to discuss starting pitching, I can be reached at ia@fantasyalarm.com. I enjoy comments and am more than willing to engage in discussion about fantasy baseball, so feel free to write.