Where to begin? With so many pitchers out there, how do you decide which ones to take? I think the best strategy is to go for value picks. The strategy here is to pick younger pitchers who had a good 2010 season, but are now old enough to have their breakout season. Guys like Gallardo last year. In the earlier rounds, you should target Tommy Hanson, Yovani Gallardo, and David Price. Price is a must have this year, so don’t be afraid to take him a round early.

In the middle rounds, guys like Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, and Madison Bumgarner are flying under the radar.  And in the late rounds, you need to go after Jeremy Hellickson and Brett Cecil. Hellickson is this year’s rookie pitcher that you need to have. In 2009 it was Hanson, and in 2010 it was Strasburg or Bumgarner.

Take the following rankings with a grain of salt. It’s very difficult to predict playing time, especially for pitchers. The ERA and WHIP are worth looking at, but the counting stats and totals aren’t going to be terribly accurate. But if you follow the guidelines I gave you above, you should be in great shape.

Read on for our Starting Pitcher rankings and projections for 2011:

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Tim Young is a Civil Engineer away from MLBSoup, but at the site he heads the pre-season fantasy baseball draft guide and reviews each week in the big leagues with his weekly round-up report. His heavily math-based background shows up in his writing, as he likes to keep a focus on numbers, and dig deeper than the usual surface scratching.

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