Scouting pitchers to target in your fantasy baseball drafts can be a tough task, especially if you’re new to the game. Obviously, we’d all like to only draft starters like Max Scherzer  and Jacob deGrom  and closers like Edwin Díaz  and Kenley Jansen , but unless you’re willing to sacrifice your hitting, something we do NOT recommend, you’re not going to be able to. But as we’ve said before, you can still build yourself a winning fantasy pitching staff without over-investing in aces. The key is to know what statistical benchmarks you should be using in your selection process.

Dissecting pitchers tends to be a lot more complex than it is for hitters. For hitters, your primary focus is the counting stats. A guy can either hit the ball or he can’t. If he strikes out a ton, unless he’s mashing bombs like Aaron Judge , you probably want to avoid him. For pitching, it’s a lot more complex as there are a number of other factors in play, defense for one, which could negatively impact...