Fantasy Baseball Friday: Top Five Pitchers in 2015 AL Central

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Feb 28, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher

Jeff Samardzija

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SP Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox

After posting three pitchers in the top 10, there is a bit of a drop off to the next pitcher on our list, but Samardzija has to be a target for any owners who decides to wait a few rounds on starting pitcher.

The 30-year-old has never done well at collecting victories, he went just 7-13 last season with the Chicago Cubs and Oakland, but he did post a 2.99 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 219.2 innings.

Owners also don’t have to worry about Samardzija leaving the pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum because he actually had a lower ERA with the Cubs than with the Athletics in 2014.

Right now, Samardzija’s ADP has him going in drafts right behind Mets’ Matt Harvey and Rangers’ Yu Darvish. If owners want a safer pick at starting pitcher in about the sixth round, Samardzija is the man.