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2008 Fantasy Preview: NL-Only Starters
02/04/2008 3:25 PM ET
Below is a chart of every National League starting pitcher 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 NL-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.    
NL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed SP | AL SP
 Starters TM $$ W SO ERA WHIP Notes
Johan Santana NYM 41 20 251 2.81 1.02 Still the best in business.
Jake Peavy SD 34 17 220 3.08 1.17 Challenging Johan for No. 1 starter spot.
Brandon Webb ARI 29 17 187 3.42 1.23 Consummate ground-ball pitcher.
Dan Haren ARI 27 17 192 3.33 1.20 Here to stay after standout year.
Aaron Harang CIN 26 15 210 3.68 1.24 Only Peavy and Johan have more Ks in past two years.
Cole Hamels PHI 22 14 180 3.35 1.20 Stud lefty needs to overcome health woes.
Rich Hill CHC 22 15 203 3.61 1.18 Underrated lefty an excellent source of Ks.
Roy Oswalt HOU 22 16 161 3.54 1.27 Don't rely on K from stable workhorse.
Yovani Gallardo MIL 21 15 177 3.46 1.18 Knee surgery could delay start of phenom's season.
Tim Lincecum SF 21 12 199 3.73 1.21 Last chance to buy low.
John Smoltz ATL 21 13 174 3.59 1.23 Not your average 40-year-old.
Chris Young SD 20 13 173 3.55 1.19 Injury-free season would vault him to elite.
Brett Myers PHI 20 13 181 4.02 1.28 Aspiring ace can put relief nightmares behind him.
Jeff Francis COL 19 16 168 4.12 1.29 Not affected by Coors Field.
Carlos Zambrano CHC 19 14 180 4.26 1.31 Workload a major concern.
Ben Sheets MIL 18 13 154 3.71 1.19 Must show he can remain healthy.
Matt Cain SF 18 11 184 3.94 1.26 Could fly under radar after unlucky sophomore year.
Ted Lilly CHC 18 14 163 4.15 1.27 NL brings out best in power lefty.
Ian Snell PIT 16 13 192 3.54 1.29 Great value pick.
Chad Billingsley LAD 16 12 171 3.77 1.31 Immense upside but might not fully bloom until '09.
Tim Hudson ATL 15 16 125 3.81 1.28 Only if you can stomach the lack of Ks.
John Maine NYM 15 15 188 4.01 1.32 Won't catch anyone by surprise this year.
Pedro Martinez NYM 14 12 141 3.62 1.25 Possible bargain, but don't count on 200 IP.
Brad Penny LAD 14 13 140 3.95 1.34 Likely to be overvalued.
Oliver Perez NYM 13 12 201 4.31 1.38 Ks come with risk.
Derek Lowe LAD 12 14 145 3.79 1.30 Steady, solid role player.
Randy Johnson ARI 11 11 146 4.15 1.33 Injury risk may cause him to slip.
Bronson Arroyo CIN 11 12 154 3.86 1.29 Better than his record shows.
Adam Wainwright STL 11 13 149 3.92 1.34 Got hang of starting in second half last year.
Barry Zito SF 10 10 142 4.32 1.36 Not helped by move to NL.
Homer Bailey CIN 9 11 135 3.99 1.29 Healthy and primed to start fulfilling potential.
Franklin Morales COL 9 11 122 4.33 1.41 Showed toughness in postseason, ready to shine.
Tom Gorzelanny PIT 9 13 143 4.08 1.34 Regression more likely than progress.
Randy Wolf SD 9 12 149 3.92 1.33 Cheap source of Ks when healthy.
Chuck James ATL 6 12 148 4.32 1.34 Likely to need more seasoning before making leap.
Wandy Rodriguez HOU 6 11 146 4.06 1.36 Enticing sleeper play.
Jason Schmidt LAD 6 6 83 4.49 1.41 Expect rust upon return from shoulder surgery.
Greg Maddux SD 6 13 107 3.95 1.26 Not ready to ride off into sunset yet.
Doug Davis ARI 6 12 153 4.42 1.44 Strands too many baserunners for comfort.
Ubaldo Jimenez COL 5 10 161 4.98 1.50 High-risk/high-reward option.
Hiroki Kuroda LAD 5 11 121 4.28 1.33 Worth speculating on.
Orlando Hernandez NYM 4 7 99 4.33 1.42 Useful across-the-board contributor when healthy.
Micah Owings ARI 4 11 136 4.35 1.38 Set to build upon first full season.
Shawn Hill WAS 4 7 79 3.70 1.28 All that separates him from breakthrough is health.
Chris Carpenter STL 4 4 46 3.91 1.33 Worth tucking away if you have roster space.
Dave Bush MIL 4 9 114 4.22 1.27 One adjustment away from breakthrough.
Mark Prior SD 3 7 91 3.81 1.31 Second lease on life in San Diego.
Jeff Suppan MIL 3 12 109 4.48 1.46 Serviceable reserve with win potential.
Carlos Villanueva MIL 3 10 115 4.29 1.42 Swingman on wait list for rotation duty.
Tom Glavine ATL 2 10 97 5.02 1.48 Leaving Queens could spell trouble.
Scott Olsen FLA 2 10 152 4.66 1.51 Steer clear after troubling sophomore slump.
Chris Capuano MIL 2 9 97 4.19 1.34 Turnaround possible with a rotation spot.
Edinson Volquez CIN 2 10 93 4.80 1.48 Success hinges on improved command.
Anthony Reyes STL 2 7 100 4.62 1.30 Rebound candidate.
Jason Bergmann WAS 2 7 133 4.54 1.34 Could surprise in strikeout department.
Andrew Miller FLA 2 6 112 4.96 1.49 Prospect may need more time at Triple-A.
Aaron Cook COL 2 12 81 4.11 1.36 Abundance of grounders keeps him relevant.
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 10 80 4.48 1.37 Sophomore slump more likely than not.
Noah Lowry SF 2 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.
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.
Jonathan Sanchez SF 1 6 134 4.54 1.38 Could dominate once control is in check.
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.
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.
Freddy Garcia FA 1 3 41 4.56 1.41 Shell of former self after shoulder surgery.
Josh Towers COL 1 1 28 5.29 1.43 Long shot to succeed at Coors.
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.
Jo-Jo Reyes ATL 1 3 45 4.94 1.52 Deserves rotation spot but likely will have to wait
Josh Fogg CIN 1 9 92 4.88 1.51 Back-end starter in NL-only play at best.
Johnny Cueto CIN 1 5 91 4.19 1.36 Will form quite the duo with Homer Bailey.
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?
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.
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.
Matt Chico WAS 1 7 80 5.03 1.57 Expect more growing pains.
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.
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
Jaime Garcia STL 1 2 65 4.87 1.54 Healthy and back on sleeper lists.
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.
Will Inman SD 1 0 24 4.87 1.40 Command and competitive nature allow him to excel.
Burke Badenhop FLA 1 -- -- -- -- Sinkerballer knows how to pitch.
Joe Savery PHI 1 -- -- -- -- Should progress quickly with full focus on pitching.

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