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2008 Fantasy Preview: Starters
01/30/2008 2:28 PM ET
Below is a chart of every starter ranked and covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 mixed-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.
Dollar values based on standard 5x5 play, $260 budget per 23-man team.   
Mixed rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: AL SP | NL SP
 Starters TM $$ W SO ERA WHIP Notes
Johan Santana NYM 35 20 251 2.81 1.02 Still the best in business.
Jake Peavy SD 29 17 220 3.08 1.17 Challenging Johan for No. 1 starter spot.
Brandon Webb ARI 23 17 187 3.42 1.23 Consummate ground-ball pitcher.
Erik Bedard SEA 21 15 212 3.22 1.22 Change in scenery big boost to ace lefty.
Dan Haren ARI 21 17 192 3.33 1.20 Here to stay after standout year.
C.C. Sabathia CLE 21 17 186 3.40 1.17 Cy Cy to continue at elite level.
Josh Beckett BOS 20 17 190 3.45 1.20 Don't be afraid to invest in repeat.
Justin Verlander DET 19 18 193 3.37 1.26 Fireballer poised for next step forward.
Aaron Harang CIN 18 15 210 3.68 1.24 Only Peavy and Johan have more Ks in past two years.
Felix Hernandez SEA 18 16 190 3.44 1.27 On doorstep of greatness.
Scott Kazmir TB 17 15 231 3.32 1.26 Could miss all of April with left elbow strain.
Cole Hamels PHI 17 14 180 3.35 1.20 Stud lefty needs to overcome health woes.
Rich Hill CHC 17 15 203 3.61 1.18 Underrated lefty an excellent source of Ks.
Roy Oswalt HOU 17 16 161 3.54 1.27 Don't rely on Ks from stable workhorse.
Roy Halladay TOR 17 15 144 3.36 1.16 Reliable vet keeps runs off board.
James Shields TB 16 14 188 3.80 1.18 Control artist may be overlooked.
Yovani Gallardo MIL 16 15 177 3.46 1.18 Knee surgery could delay start of phenom's season.
Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS 16 17 206 3.65 1.28 Set to shine after adjustment year.
Tim Lincecum SF 16 12 199 3.73 1.21 Last chance to buy low.
John Smoltz ATL 16 13 174 3.59 1.23 Not your average 40-year-old.
Javier Vazquez CWS 15 13 197 4.16 1.20 Quietly effective in 5x5 play.
John Lackey LAA 15 15 166 3.51 1.27 Triceps injury drops him out of elite class.
Chris Young SD 15 13 173 3.55 1.19 Injury-free season would vault him to elite.
Brett Myers PHI 15 13 181 4.02 1.28 Aspiring ace can put relief nightmares behind him.
Jeff Francis COL 14 16 168 4.12 1.29 Not affected by Coors Field.
Carlos Zambrano CHC 14 14 180 4.26 1.31 Workload a major concern.
A.J. Burnett TOR 13 13 174 3.71 1.23 Power arm comes with injury risk.
Ben Sheets MIL 13 13 154 3.71 1.19 Must show he can remain healthy.
Matt Cain SF 13 11 184 3.94 1.26 Could fly under radar after unlucky sophomore year.
Ted Lilly CHC 13 14 163 4.15 1.27 NL brings out best in power lefty.
Fausto Carmona CLE 12 15 124 3.62 1.30 Unlikely to drop off much after '07 breakthrough.
Joba Chamberlain NYY 12 12 170 3.86 1.17 Golden arm expected to ease back into rotation.
Ian Snell PIT 11 13 192 3.54 1.29 Great value pick.
Kelvim Escobar LAA 11 13 149 3.71 1.26 Frontline starter often banged up.
Chad Billingsley LAD 11 12 171 3.77 1.31 Immense upside but might not fully bloom until '09.
Tim Hudson ATL 10 16 125 3.81 1.28 Only if you can stomach the lack of Ks.
John Maine NYM 10 15 188 4.01 1.32 Won't catch anyone by surprise this year.
Dustin McGowan TOR 10 12 152 4.05 1.28 Set to build on promising second half.
Francisco Liriano MIN 10 10 135 3.46 1.33 Big talent coming back from big injury.
Pedro Martinez NYM 9 12 141 3.62 1.25 Possible bargain, but don't count on 200 IP.
Brad Penny LAD 9 13 140 3.95 1.34 Likely to be overvalued.
Oliver Perez NYM 9 12 201 4.31 1.38 Ks come with risk.
Jeremy Bonderman DET 8 14 158 4.09 1.34 Risky pick given health concerns.
Chien-Ming Wang NYY 8 16 90 3.77 1.33 Could struggle if more grounders find holes.
Derek Lowe LAD 7 14 145 3.79 1.30 Steady, solid role player.
Curt Schilling BOS 6 11 140 4.06 1.26 Don't overpay for glory years.
Zack Greinke KC 6 12 150 3.89 1.36 Primed for breakthough year.
Randy Johnson ARI 6 11 146 4.15 1.33 Injury risk may cause him to slip.
Phil Hughes NYY 6 12 130 4.02 1.28 Future ace needs only experience.
Gil Meche KC 6 12 143 4.06 1.37 Strong KC debut earned little fanfare.
Joe Blanton OAK 6 10 121 4.19 1.31 Rock-solid innings eater.
Bronson Arroyo CIN 5 12 154 3.86 1.29 Better than his record shows.
Adam Wainwright STL 5 13 149 3.92 1.34 Got hang of starting in second half last year.
Dontrelle Willis DET 5 12 151 4.49 1.43 Best days may be behind him.
Scott Baker MIN 5 13 118 4.17 1.37 Strike-thrower ready for more strides.
Barry Zito SF 5 10 142 4.32 1.36 Not helped by move to NL.
Jered Weaver LAA 5 13 132 4.35 1.34 Still overvalued after '06 production.
Kevin Slowey MIN 5 12 130 4.00 1.23 With Matt Garza gone, has a rotation spot.
Homer Bailey CIN 5 11 135 3.99 1.29 Healthy and primed to start fulfilling potential.
Clay Buchholz BOS 5 10 130 3.89 1.28 He's ready; only obstacle is opportunity
Franklin Morales COL 5 11 122 4.33 1.41 Showed toughness in postseason, ready to shine.
Boof Bonser MIN 4 11 144 4.30 1.34 Up-and-comer offers strikeout potential.
Tom Gorzelanny PIT 4 13 143 4.08 1.34 Regression more likely than progress.
Randy Wolf SD 4 12 149 3.92 1.33 Cheap source of Ks when healthy.
Andy Pettitte NYY 4 13 143 4.28 1.41 Steady vet to receive steady support.
Matt Garza TB 3 8 122 4.15 1.42 Diamond in the rough.
Shaun Marcum TOR 3 11 136 4.37 1.33 Capable mixed-leaguer.
Rich Harden OAK 2 7 102 3.37 1.32 Injuries cloud ace potential.
Chuck James ATL 2 12 148 4.32 1.34 Likely to need more seasoning before making leap.
Wandy Rodriguez HOU 2 11 146 4.06 1.36 Enticing sleeper play.
Jason Schmidt LAD 2 6 83 4.49 1.41 Expect rust upon return from shoulder surgery.
Mark Buehrle CWS 1 12 115 4.21 1.34 Innings starting to pile up for vet.
Greg Maddux SD 2 13 107 3.95 1.26 Not ready to ride off into sunset yet.
Doug Davis ARI 2 12 153 4.42 1.44 Strands too many baserunners for comfort.
Nate Robertson DET 1 12 126 4.46 1.41 Numbers leave plenty to be desired.
Ubaldo Jimenez COL 1 10 161 4.98 1.50 High-risk/high-reward option.
Andy Sonnanstine TB 1 11 135 4.44 1.33 Deep sleeper with control ability.
Hiroki Kuroda LAD 1 11 121 4.28 1.33 Worth speculating on.
Orlando Hernandez NYM 1 7 99 4.33 1.42 Useful across-the-board contributor when healthy.
Micah Owings ARI 1 11 136 4.35 1.38 Set to build upon first full season.
Jake Westbrook CLE 1 14 107 4.33 1.39 Servicable starter gets boost from lineup.
Shawn Hill WAS 1 7 79 3.70 1.28 All that separates him from breakthrough is health.
Jeremy Guthrie BAL 1 8 107 4.31 1.38 Could prove '07 success was no fluke.
Chris Carpenter STL 1 4 46 3.91 1.33 Worth tucking away if you have roster space.
Dave Bush MIL 1 9 114 4.22 1.27 One adjustment away from breakthrough.
Jon Garland LAA 1 12 104 4.51 1.35 Mid-rotation vet offers win potential.
Mike Mussina NYY 1 10 103 4.52 1.36 Starting skills slipping away.
Mark Prior SD 1 7 91 3.81 1.31 Second lease on life in San Diego.
Brian Bannister KC 1 10 84 4.45 1.33 Luck likely to take turn for worse.
Jarrod Washburn SEA 1 10 106 4.46 1.38 Innings eater not flashy.
Roger Clemens FA 1 7 56 4.03 1.27 Little reason to hope for another comeback.
Tim Wakefield BOS 1 12 104 4.86 1.38 Vet continues to chug along.
Jeff Suppan MIL 1 12 109 4.48 1.46 Serviceable reserve with win potential.
Adam Loewen BAL 1 5 102 4.15 1.43 Impressive talent coming off elbow surgery.
Carlos Silva SEA 1 11 81 4.59 1.36 Offers more value in 4x4 play.
John Danks CWS 1 8 122 4.76 1.40 Likely to suffer more lumps this year.
Carlos Villanueva MIL 1 10 115 4.29 1.42 Swingman on wait list for rotation duty.
Ervin Santana LAA 1 8 88 4.69 1.39 No place like home.
Johnny Cueto CIN 1 5 91 4.19 1.36 Will form quite the duo with Homer Bailey.
Gio Gonzalez OAK 1 8 118 4.55 1.42 Trade to OAK could open door.
Ian Kennedy NYY 1 4 82 4.12 1.36 Command artist may be shuttled in and out of rotation.
Tom Glavine ATL 1 10 97 5.02 1.48 Leaving Queens could spell trouble.
Kenny Rogers DET 1 11 81 4.56 1.43 Ancient vet hoping run support will be enough.
Kevin Millwood TEX 1 9 131 4.60 1.50 Value squashed by road struggles.
Scott Olsen FLA 1 10 152 4.66 1.51 Steer clear after troubling sophomore slump.
Chris Capuano MIL 1 9 97 4.19 1.34 Turnaround possible with a rotation spot.
Cliff Lee CLE 1 8 84 4.79 1.40 Faces tough battle for starting gig.
Jon Lester BOS 1 5 61 4.17 1.43 Starting spot not guaranteed.
Paul Byrd CLE 1 13 91 4.73 1.45 Too much risk for drop-off.
Miguel Batista SEA 1 12 110 4.67 1.52 Unpredictable, except for sketchy WHIP.
Edinson Volquez CIN 1 10 93 4.80 1.48 Success hinges on improved command.
Anthony Reyes STL 1 7 100 4.62 1.30 Rebound candidate.
Jason Bergmann WAS 1 7 133 4.54 1.34 Could surprise in strikeout department.
Andrew Miller FLA 1 6 112 4.96 1.49 Prospect may need more time at Triple-A.
Aaron Cook COL 1 12 81 4.11 1.36 Abundance of grounders keeps him relevant.
Kyle Kendrick PHI 1 10 80 4.48 1.37 Sophomore slump more likely than not.
Noah Lowry SF 1 5 81 4.68 1.54 Overrated lefty sidelined until late April.
Sergio Mitre FLA 1 10 110 4.37 1.41 Decent spot starter in deeper leagues.
Joel Pineiro STL 1 10 101 4.44 1.39 Cards' latest reclaimation project?
Kyle Lohse STL 1 8 108 4.52 1.44 Will benefit from move to STL.
Chad Gaudin OAK 1 5 85 4.33 1.50 May start slowly after offseason surgery.
Jesse Litsch TOR 1 7 65 4.49 1.42 Prime candidate to drop off.
Kason Gabbard TEX 1 8 84 4.64 1.49 End-game option could surprise.
Braden Looper STL 1 9 75 4.72 1.41 Workload may take toll on former reliever.
Matt Morris PIT 1 9 104 4.70 1.45 Will miss AT&T Park.
Joe Saunders LAA 1 6 61 4.51 1.48 Value hinges on starting spot.
Brandon McCarthy TEX 1 5 67 4.65 1.42 Shaky potential even if healthy.
Jonathan Sanchez SF 1 6 134 4.54 1.38 Could dominate once control is in check.
Aaron Laffey CLE 1 8 90 4.35 1.38 Ground-ball lefty could join CLE rotation.
Paul Maholm PIT 1 10 97 4.38 1.36 Control artists struggles on road.
Jason Hirsh COL 1 8 109 5.01 1.41 Fly-ball pitcher in Colorado spells trouble.
Julian Tavaraz BOS 1 4 46 4.04 1.49 Starting chances near zero.
Cha Seung Baek SEA 1 4 47 4.66 1.40 Command may not be enough.
J.P. Howell TB 1 4 64 4.80 1.47 Deep sleeper potential.
Vicente Padilla TEX 1 8 95 4.92 1.49 Unlikely to rebound much from '07.
Dan Meyer OAK 1 4 42 4.43 1.48 Young talent looking to overcome shoulder problems.
Bartolo Colon BOS 1 5 82 4.76 1.32 Former ace looking to rebound in Boston.
Daniel Cabrera BAL 1 7 133 5.18 1.54 May eventually be ticketed for 'pen.
Edwin Jackson TB 1 6 106 4.94 1.53 Still raw, but talent is intriguing.
Zach Duke PIT 1 7 88 4.49 1.46 Luster of rookie campaign all but gone.
Matt Belisle CIN 1 7 90 4.77 1.48 Would benefit from change of scenery.
Mark Mulder STL 1 6 60 4.91 1.43 Cracking 100 IP would be an accomplishment.
Buddy Carlyle ATL 1 6 56 4.61 1.36 Late bloomer worth looking into.
Esteban Loaiza LAD 1 5 55 4.84 1.47 Bound for 'pen once Jason Schmidt is healthy.
Livan Hernandez MIN 1 8 113 5.11 1.55 Durable vet headed for rude welcome to AL.
Freddy Garcia FA 1 3 41 4.56 1.41 Shell of former self after shoulder surgery.
Jeff Weaver FA 1 4 66 5.04 1.45 Struggles to get lefties out.
Jeremy Sowers CLE 1 3 21 4.89 1.43 Soft tosser looking for rotation spot.
Gustavo Chacin TOR 1 4 45 5.18 1.44 Comes with too much risk.
Gavin Floyd CWS 1 2 61 4.90 1.52 Still looking to make good on potential.
Lenny DiNardo OAK 1 2 23 4.86 1.51 Best suited for long relief.
Josh Towers COL 1 1 28 5.29 1.43 Long shot to succeed at Coors.
Kei Igawa NYY 1 4 49 5.44 1.57 Too few strikes, too many HR.
Jose Contreras CWS 1 5 77 5.02 1.48 No longer able to put hitters away.
Rick VandenHurk FLA 1 6 101 5.14 1.45 Power arm needs polish.
Jon Lieber CHC 1 8 75 4.63 1.35 Double-digit wins possible if secures rotation spot.
Mike Pelfrey NYM 1 6 81 4.58 1.45 One El Duque injury away from rotation spot.
Anibal Sanchez FLA 1 4 52 4.21 1.48 Will likely start season on DL.
Jamie Moyer PHI 1 8 101 4.97 1.50 Crafty lefty could have enough left for surprise campaign.
Radhames Liz BAL 1 3 80 4.85 1.49 Should make 'pen, could see SVO.
Jo-Jo Reyes ATL 1 3 45 4.94 1.52 Deserves rotation spot but likely will have to wait
Adam Miller CLE 1 7 93 4.86 1.33 Has ace potential if he stays healthy
Luke Hochevar KC 1 4 89 4.68 1.35 Former No. 1 pick competing for starting spot.
Philip Humber MIN 1 5 60 4.68 1.41 Darkhorse for fifth rotation spot.
Josh Fogg CIN 1 9 92 4.88 1.51 Back-end starter in NL-only play at best.
Manny Parra MIL 1 4 68 3.91 1.28 Power lefty has keeper value as starter.
Mark Hendrickson FLA 1 6 78 4.64 1.41 Probably better suited for relief role.
Jason Marquis CHC 1 9 92 5.07 1.49 Prime example of why not to chase wins.
Adam Eaton PHI 1 8 84 5.18 1.54 Hurt by cozy home park.
Claudio Vargas MIL 1 7 87 4.42 1.42 Long shot to make rotation.
Sean Marshall CHC 1 6 76 4.61 1.41 Potential is there, but what about a rotation spot?
Eric Hurley TEX 1 4 91 4.82 1.64 Power pitcher could help rotation in '08.
Jair Jurrjens ATL 1 5 82 4.22 1.44 Ready but will have to bide time in Triple-A.
Woody Williams HOU 1 7 81 5.37 1.48 Homers "R" Us.
Jeff Niemann TB 1 3 60 4.78 1.46 Big righty will compete for rotation spot.
Max Scherzer ARI 1 2 60 4.55 1.43 Has future as starter or reliever.
Chris Volstad FLA 1 3 55 4.40 1.38 Ground-ball artist could be ready this year.
Carlos Carrasco PHI 1 3 42 4.56 1.52 Probably a year away but has top starter stuff.
Billy Buckner ARI 1 3 47 4.77 1.39 Swingman has value only as SP.
Garrett Olson BAL 1 7 90 4.51 1.32 Lefty is better than big league debut indicates.
Brett Tomko KC 1 5 76 5.09 1.45 AL Central could eat him alive.
Matt Chico WAS 1 7 80 5.03 1.57 Expect more growing pains.
Jamey Wright FA 1 1 16 5.19 1.50 Likely to lapse back to career norms.
Dallas Braden OAK 1 2 30 5.66 1.54 Faces uphill battle for rotation spot.
Odalis Perez WAS 1 5 66 4.86 1.51 Years removed from last quality campaign.
John Patterson FA 1 6 86 4.83 1.51 Stock down after Nats cut him loose.
Pat Misch SF 1 3 65 4.21 1.36 Will have to return to Minors, wait for call.
Wade Davis TB 1 2 40 4.58 1.36 Will be fantasy stud when he gets to the bigs.
Kameron Loe TEX 1 3 34 5.17 1.56 May be too hittable to survive in bigs.
Robinson Tejeda TEX 1 3 50 5.35 1.65 In tough environment to succeed.
Horacio Ramirez SEA 1 3 27 5.59 1.61 Ill-suited to face AL lineups.
Kyle Davies KC 1 5 87 5.60 1.67 Too inconsistent to warrant flier.
Jorge De La Rosa KC 1 4 71 5.81 1.68 Needs to harness good stuff.
Nick Adenhart LAA 1 1 10 4.87 1.44 Will be ready for rotation spot by '09.
Chuck Lofgren CLE 1 2 30 4.62 1.58 Athletic lefty could see CLE rotation by year's end.
Virgil Vasquez DET 1 3 43 4.72 1.33 Deserves shot but has to wait behind vets.
Ross Detwiler WAS 1 3 65 4.07 1.50 First-rounder making beeline to bigs.
Clayton Kershaw LAD 1 1 24 4.29 1.40 Fast tracked lefty is ace of the future
Jacob McGee TB 1 1 29 4.73 1.25 K machine will be ready by '09 at the latest.
David Price TB 1 1 17 4.38 1.60 No. 1 pick won't take long to arrive in TB.
Jaime Garcia STL 1 2 65 4.87 1.54 Healthy and back on sleeper lists.
Jack Egbert CWS 1 3 65 4.95 1.40 Workhorse could help back of rotation in time.
Justin Masterson BOS 1 0 6 5.27 1.73 Heavy sinker helps get lots of outs.
Dallas Trahern FLA 1 3 32 5.01 1.42 Innings eater with hard sinker could debut in '08.
Ryan Tucker FLA 1 1 28 4.76 1.56 Big arm needs breaking pitch to excel.
Scott Elbert LAD 1 0 5 5.87 2.75 Likely to be big league ready in '09.
Michael Bowden BOS 1 0 3 5.84 1.86 A shade behind Clay Buchholz; will be ready in '09.
Will Inman SD 1 0 24 4.87 1.40 Command and competitive nature allow him to excel.
Brett Anderson OAK 1 -- -- -- -- Young lefty likely to hit bigs in '09.
Alan Horne NYY 1 -- -- -- -- Lost behind the Big 3 but has plenty of arm.
Burke Badenhop FLA 1 -- -- -- -- Sinkerballer knows how to pitch.
Joe Savery PHI 1 -- -- -- -- Should progress quickly with full focus on pitching.
Troy Patton BAL 1 -- -- -- -- Sidelined until 2009 due to shoulder surgery.

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