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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Top 15 Starting Pitchers Heading Into Week 4

Top 15 Starting Pitchers

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Week three of the MLB season is already in the books and we are almost one full month through the regular season -- it seems like Opening Day was just yesterday, doesn't it?

With fantasy baseball taking over some people's lives heading into the dog days of summer, it's time to start looking at the top fantasy performers at each position. Who are the top 15 starting pitchers from week three and who should you pick up in week four?

15. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

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15. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

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The White Sox know they will get at least one solid start every five days. Chris Sale is the guy who can either stop the bleeding or start a hot streak. If you have him as a fantasy owner, you won't ever have to worry about him struggling.

Week 3 Stats: 7.0 innings, 1.29 ERA, 1 W, 0.57 WHIP, 10 SO

14. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

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14. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

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The reigning AL Cy Young winner has been above average to start the 2014 season for the Tigers. He's racking up strikeouts, as always, and will be a finalist for CY Young once again in 2014.

Week 3 Stats: 7.0 innings, 1.29 ERA, 1 W, 0.71 WHIP, 9 SO

13. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

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13. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

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The Royals are climbing up the standings in the AL Central -- sitting in second place behind the Tigers. Why are they experiencing so much success? A solid, young team as well as the strong pitching of James Shields.

Week 3 Stats: 8.0 innings, 1.13 ERA, 1 W, 0.75 WHIP, 12 SO

12. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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12. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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Jose Fernandez is one of the young pitching studs in MLB. The second-year player is fresh off a Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and he's pitching like he wants to win MVP in 2014.

Week 3 Stats: 7.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 0 W, 0.57 WHIP, 10 SO

11. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

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11. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

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Everyone is waiting for Cliff Lee to get back to his old self. Well, week three was a big step in the right direction as the 35-year-old recorded his 29th career complete game and allowed just one run.

Week 3 Stats: 9.0 innings, 1.00 ERA, 0 W, 1.33 WHIP, 13 SO

10. Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins

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10. Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins

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Henderson Alvarez isn't even then most talented pitcher on the Marlins' roster and, yet, you would hate to see your team go up against the young phenom. If you don't have Alvarez, chances are he's a free agent in your league. I would suggest scooping him up before someone else does.

Week 3 Stats: 9.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 0.22 WHIP, 4 SO

9. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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9. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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Tanaka came over from Japan this offseason and people were hyping him up as the next big star international pitcher. He has gotten off to a blazing start in MLB thus far -- especially dominating in week three.

Week 3 Stats: 8.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 0.38 WHIP, 10 SO

8. Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers

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8. Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Beckett hasn't had a solid season in quite some time and the Dodgers are getting some surprise help in the absence of Clayton Kershaw. Beckett is looking to return to his Boston Red Sox form and not continue falling off the map like he has been.

Week 3 Stats: 10.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 0 W, 1.00 WHIP, 11 SO

7. Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres

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7. Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres

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The Padres have Andrew Cashner and now Tyson Ross to anchor what is looking like one of the best young pitching staffs in baseball.

Week 3 Stats: 8.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 0.63 WHIP, 9 SO

6. Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics

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6. Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics

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Haven't heard of Jesse Chavez? Well, you're not alone. The 30-year-old is on his fifth team in six MLB seasons -- and finally succeeding. Chavez is yet another solid pitcher on the staff on the Athletics -- who seem to always have a top pitching unit.

Week 3 Stats: 13.0 innings, 1.38 ERA, 1 W, 0.85 WHIP, 15 SO

5. Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves

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5. Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves

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Harang could be a solid pick-up for anyone looking to add another starter as a fifth or sixth option. The veteran has been great this season and there looks to be no end in sight to his success. Pick him up and maybe sell him after another one or two solid starts.

Week 3 Stats: 7.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 0.86 WHIP, 5 SO

4. Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals

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4. Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals

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What a surprise, the Cardinals have one of the best records in baseball right now. Like the Athletics, the Cardinals always have a top-notch pitching staff and 2014 has been a perfect example of that. Shelby Miller continues to show the league that he's for real.

Week 3 Stats: 11.1 innings, 0.79 ERA, 1 W, 1.32 WHIP, 14 SO

3. Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves

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3. Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves

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Santana was a hot commodity in the offseason, but little did the Braves know, he was going to be one of the best pitchers in the league to start 2014. He is owned in all fantasy leagues, and there's a good reason for that.

Week 3 Stats: 13.0 innings, 1.38 ERA, 1 W, 1.08 WHIP, 18 SO

2. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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2. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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Homer Bailey was expected to be "the guy" on the Reds' pitching staff this season, but Johnny Cueto has risen to the occasion to become the ace of the staff thus far. If you have him, he's most likely the ace of your staff as well.

Week 3 Stats: 9.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 0.33 WHIP, 12 SO

1. Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals

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1. Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals

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Surprise -- it's another Cardinals pitcher. The staff that is loaded with young talent produces the best fantasy starter from week three. Lance Lynn had the most wins of any pitcher in week three and he was one of the best in each category as well.

Week 3 Stats: 12.2 innings, 0.71 ERA, 2 W, 1.11 WHIP, 16 SO

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