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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Top 20 Starting Pitchers Heading Into Week 5

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Top 20 Fantasy Starting Pitchers From Week 4

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Just one month into the season, fantasy owners everywhere are looking for some starting pitchers to fill the final holes on their roster. There are many that are still free agents, but most of the guys on this list are already on a roster.

If any of these guys are available, I would suggest making a move for them right away. Here are the top 20 fantasy starters from week four.

20. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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20. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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People are just waiting for Strasburg to turn up his production this season and he did so last week. Although he has been struggling mightily, the young pitcher shut out opponents in week four and recorded a ton of strikeouts.

Week 4 Stats: 7.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 11 SO, 1.29 WHIP

19. Martin Perez, Texas Rangers

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19. Martin Perez, Texas Rangers

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Martin Perez isn't exactly a big name, but the Rangers' starter shut out his opponents in week four, allowing no runs and recording a win in nine innings of play.

Week 4 Stats: 9.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 3 SO, 0.56 WHIP

18. John Lackey, Boston Red Sox

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18. John Lackey, Boston Red Sox

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John Lackey is picking up right where he left off in 2013. If he continues his solid pace, the Red Sox might have a chance to repeat.

Week 4 Stats: 8.0 innings, 1.13 ERA, 1 W, 11 SO, 0.88 WHIP

17. Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves

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17. Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves' pitching staff is pretty stellar and a young Alex Wood is no exception.

Week 4 Stats: 8.0 innings, 1.13 ERA, 11 SO, 0.50 WHIP

16. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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16. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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Tanaka has taken America by storm this season. He has the lowest ERA on this list, but he also had the second-most strikeouts in baseball in week four.

Week 4 Stats: 13.2 innings, 2.63 ERA, 1 W, 18 SO, 1.17 WHIP

15. Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals

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15. Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals

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If you have Yordano Ventura on your fantasy roster, then you are a risk-taker. The young Royals pitcher had a heck of a week four performance and if he keeps it up, he will be owned in all leagues.

Week 4 Stats: 8.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 8 SO, 1.13 WHIP

14. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

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14. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

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The Cleveland Indians don't exactly have a scary pitching staff, but Corey Kluber made a mark on the American League in week four.

Week 4 Stats: 9.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 11 SO, 0.44 WHIP

13. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

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13. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

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Cliff Lee is back with a vengeance in 2014 and people are saying he's starting to look like his old self. If he gets back his velocity and old control, watch out.

Week 4 Stats: 14.0 innings, 1.93 ERA, 1 W, 12 SO, 1.00 WHIP

12. Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres

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12. Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres

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Ian Kennedy and Brian Cashner make quite the one-two combo in the pitching rotation. Both guys are off to great starts in 2014 and if they keep it up, no one will want to face the Padres.

Week 4 Stats: 13.0 innings, 1.38 ERA, 1 W, 14 SO, 0.77 WHIP

11. Dillon Gee, New York Mets

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11. Dillon Gee, New York Mets

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Dillon Gee is a big-time sleeper pick-up. This guy is one of the better lesser owned pitchers in baseball right now -- just look at what he did last week.

Week 4 Stats: 14.0 innings, 1.29 ERA, 1 W, 10 SO, 1.07 WHIP

10. A.J. Burnett, Philadelphia Phillies

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10. A.J. Burnett, Philadelphia Phillies

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Notching his first win with the Phillies not too long ago was great for the veteran pitcher, but judging by his week four stats, Burnett is far from done.

Week 4 Stats: 14.2 innings, 1.23 ERA, 1 W, 13 SO, 0.82 WHIP

9. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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9. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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Jose Fernandez has been a strikeout machine this season and no offense wants to see this young ace on the mound.

Week 4 Stats: 8.0 innings, 1 W, 14 SO, 0.38 WHIP

8. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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8. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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Yet another Braves pitcher on this list. Is anyone really that surprised. No one wants to face Julio Teheran this season.

Week 4 Stats: 15.0 innings, 0.60 ERA, 0 W, 13 SO, 0.73 WHIP

7. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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7. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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Johnny Cueto may be the best pitcher in baseball this year. Just check the stats.

Week 4 Stats: 17.0 innings, 0.53 ERA, 1 W, 15 SO, 0.71 WHIP

6. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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6. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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If the Nationals want to be World Series contenders this season, guys like Tanner Roark need to step up.

Week 4 Stats: 15.2 innings, 0.00 ERA, 1 W, 13 SO, 0.83 WHIP

5. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

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5. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

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The Kansas City Royals are one of the best young teams in baseball for a reason. James Shields is somewhat of a veteran on a young staff.

Week 4 Stats: 13.0 innings, 2.08 ERA, 2 W, 15 SO, 0.92 WHIP

4. Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies

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4. Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies

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The Rockies don't usually have a great pitching staff because they play in a hitter-friendly park, but De La Rosa is one exception.

Week 4 Stats: 12.0 innings, 1.50 ERA, 2 W, 8 SO, 1.17 WHIP

3. Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs

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3. Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs

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People think Jeff Samardzija is the only solid starter on the Cubs' staff, but that's far from the truth.

Week 4 Stats: 14.0 innings, 0.64 ERA, 2 W, 11 SO, 0.64 WHIP

2. Collin McHugh, Houston Astros

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2. Collin McHugh, Houston Astros

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The Houston Astros have a few solid pitchers that get fans excited for the future. As for right now, however, they will have to keep dreaming.

Week 4 Stats: 15.1 innings, 0.59 ERA, 2 W, 19 SO, 0.52 WHIP

1. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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1. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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Adam Wainwright is, no surprise, No. 1 on the list this week after a stellar shutout performance in week four.

Week 4 Stats: 15.0 innings, 0.00 ERA, 2 W, 10 SO, 0.60 WHIP

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