Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Mad Max Rules the Roost
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Mad Max Rules the Roost

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Geez, it seems like only six months ago we bid each other a fond adieu. How time flies. Fasten your seat belt, it's time to strap in for another 26-plus week grind. Consider this the "plus" week as MLB is again starting the season earlier, adding more off days to each team's schedule. Doing the math, this is going to result in even fewer two-start options than last season. However, that's a worry for another day as this week no one has a double-dip. 

The driving force behind early season rankings is the pitcher as the affect of the opposing offense is unclear. Sure, estimates based on preseason projections are incorporated, but until games are played, the production, especially for teams in the middle, is still a question.

As always, I'm happy to address questions in the comments. However, please direct all questions concerning whether someone is starting to the probable pitching grid as I pull the information from there.

And with that, here's ranking for March 28-31. Rankings for April 1-6 will be posted Saturday morning.

OVERALL

RANKPITCHERTEAMOPPCOMMENT
1Max ScherzerWASvs. NYMFitting the best pitcher in the game kicks off the year in the top spot
2Chris SaleBOSat SEA145 million reasons to believe Sale is fine
3Justin VerlanderHOUat TBRemember when Verlander was washed up? Good times.
4Aaron NolaPHIvs. ATLGets a chance to make a statement in the NL East right
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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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