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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only Starters
02/06/2008 12:11 PM ET
Below is a chart of every American 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 AL-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.    
AL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed SP | NL SP
 Starters TM $$ W SO ERA WHIP Notes
Erik Bedard SEA 28 15 212 3.22 1.22 Change in scenery big boost to ace lefty.
C.C. Sabathia CLE 28 17 186 3.40 1.17 Cy Cy to continue at elite level.
Josh Beckett BOS 27 17 190 3.45 1.20 Don't be afraid to invest in repeat.
Justin Verlander DET 26 18 193 3.37 1.26 Fireballer poised for next step forward.
Felix Hernandez SEA 25 16 190 3.44 1.27 On doorstep of greatness.
Scott Kazmir TB 24 15 231 3.32 1.26 Could miss all of April with left elbow strain.
Roy Halladay TOR 24 15 144 3.36 1.16 Reliable vet keeps runs off board.
James Shields TB 23 14 188 3.80 1.18 Control artist may be overlooked.
Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS 23 17 206 3.65 1.28 Set to shine after adjustment year.
Javier Vazquez CWS 22 13 197 4.16 1.20 Quietly effective in 5x5 play.
John Lackey LAA 20 15 166 3.51 1.27 Triceps injury drops him out of elite class.
A.J. Burnett TOR 19 13 174 3.71 1.23 Power arm comes with injury risk.
Fausto Carmona CLE 18 15 124 3.62 1.30 Unlikely to drop off much after '07 breakthrough.
Kelvim Escobar LAA 17 13 149 3.71 1.26 Frontline starter often banged up.
Dustin McGowan TOR 16 12 152 4.05 1.28 Set to build on promising second half.
Francisco Liriano MIN 16 10 135 3.46 1.33 Big talent coming back from big injury.
Joba Chamberlain NYY 15 12 170 3.86 1.17 Golden arm expected to ease back into rotation.
Jeremy Bonderman DET 14 14 158 4.09 1.34 Risky pick given health concerns.
Chien-Ming Wang NYY 14 16 90 3.77 1.33 Could struggle if more grounders find holes.
Curt Schilling BOS 12 11 140 4.06 1.26 Don't overpay for glory years.
Zack Greinke KC 12 12 150 3.89 1.36 Primed for breakthough year.
Phil Hughes NYY 12 12 130 4.02 1.28 Future ace needs only experience.
Gil Meche KC 12 12 143 4.06 1.37 Strong KC debut earned little fanfare.
Joe Blanton OAK 12 10 121 4.19 1.31 Rock-solid innings eater.
Dontrelle Willis DET 11 12 151 4.49 1.43 Best days may be behind him.
Scott Baker MIN 11 13 118 4.17 1.37 Strike-thrower ready for more strides.
Jered Weaver LAA 11 13 132 4.35 1.34 Still overvalued after '06 production.
Kevin Slowey MIN 11 12 130 4.00 1.23 With Matt Garza gone, has a rotation spot.
Clay Buchholz BOS 11 10 130 3.89 1.28 He's ready; only obstacle is opportunity
Boof Bonser MIN 10 11 144 4.30 1.34 Up-and-comer offers strikeout potential.
Andy Pettitte NYY 10 13 143 4.28 1.41 Steady vet to receive steady support.
Matt Garza TB 9 8 122 4.15 1.42 Diamond in the rough.
Shaun Marcum TOR 9 11 136 4.37 1.33 Capable mixed-leaguer.
Rich Harden OAK 6 7 102 3.37 1.32 Injuries cloud ace potential.
Mark Buehrle CWS 5 12 115 4.21 1.34 Innings starting to pile up for vet.
Nate Robertson DET 5 12 126 4.46 1.41 Numbers leave plenty to be desired.
Andy Sonnanstine TB 5 11 135 4.44 1.33 Deep sleeper with control ability.
Jake Westbrook CLE 4 14 107 4.33 1.39 Servicable starter gets boost from lineup.
Jeremy Guthrie BAL 4 8 107 4.31 1.38 Could prove '07 success was no fluke.
Jon Garland LAA 4 12 104 4.51 1.35 Mid-rotation vet offers win potential.
Mike Mussina NYY 4 10 103 4.52 1.36 Starting skills slipping away.
Brian Bannister KC 4 10 84 4.45 1.33 Luck likely to take turn for worse.
Jarrod Washburn SEA 4 10 106 4.46 1.38 Innings eater not flashy.
Roger Clemens FA 3 7 56 4.03 1.27 Little reason to hope for another comeback.
Tim Wakefield BOS 3 12 104 4.86 1.38 Vet continues to chug along.
Adam Loewen BAL 3 5 102 4.15 1.43 Impressive talent coming off elbow surgery.
Carlos Silva SEA 3 11 81 4.59 1.36 Offers more value in 4x4 play.
John Danks CWS 3 8 122 4.76 1.40 Likely to suffer more lumps this year.
Ervin Santana LAA 3 8 88 4.69 1.39 No place like home.
Gio Gonzalez OAK 2 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.
Kenny Rogers DET 2 11 81 4.56 1.43 Ancient vet hoping run support will be enough.
Kevin Millwood TEX 2 9 131 4.60 1.50 Value squashed by road struggles.
Cliff Lee CLE 2 8 84 4.79 1.40 Faces tough battle for starting gig.
Jon Lester BOS 2 5 61 4.17 1.43 Starting spot not guaranteed.
Paul Byrd CLE 2 13 91 4.73 1.45 Too much risk for drop-off.
Miguel Batista SEA 2 12 110 4.67 1.52 Unpredictable, except for sketchy WHIP.
Chad Gaudin OAK 2 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.
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.
Aaron Laffey CLE 1 8 90 4.35 1.38 Ground-ball lefty could join CLE rotation.
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.
Livan Hernandez MIN 1 8 113 5.11 1.55 Durable vet headed for rude welcome to AL.
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.
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.
Radhames Liz BAL 1 3 80 4.85 1.49 Should make 'pen, could see SVO.
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.
Eric Hurley TEX 1 4 91 4.82 1.64 Power pitcher could help rotation in '08.
Jeff Niemann TB 1 3 60 4.78 1.46 Big righty will compete for rotation spot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Bowden BOS 1 0 3 5.84 1.86 A shade behind Clay Buchholz; will be ready in '09.
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.
Michael Bowden BOS 1 0 3 5.84 1.86 A shade behind Clay Buchholz; will be ready in '09.
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.
Troy Patton BAL 1 -- -- -- -- Sidelined until 2009 due to shoulder surgery.

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