Fantasy Baseball: Chicago Cubs 2014 Starting Rotation Preview

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Feb 19, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) stretches during a workout at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

This article is part of a series previewing the starting rotations of all the teams in the Major Leagues. Click here, for other articles in this preview series.   At Fansided’s Fantasy Baseball page, you can find a number of great resources to help you succeed in your league this season.

The Cubs 66-96 record was a five-game improvement from 2012 and there are a few nice pieces that they’ve found to build around who can also be considered for fantasy baseball usage.  The Cubs starting rotation as a unit wasn’t the best or the worst in the National League.  Cubs starters actually finished middle-of-the-pack in ERA and innings pitched but were in the bottom five in the Major Leagues in wins.

As you fill out your fantasy rotation, the Cubs have some intriguing options, but don’t rely on them for wins.  During the offseason, GM Theo Epstein added some depth to the Cubs options adding Jason Hammel and James McDonald, but the top of the Cubs rotation remains in tact from the end of last year and definitely has some options that can be used in the right matchups as streaming options. The rotation looks a bit thinner at the top than the beginning last year after the trade of Matt Garza, but Chicago will count on the continued development of their prospects to carry them through the season.

Here are the starters projected to break camp in the rotation with their stats from last season and a quick look at what to expect from a fantasy perspective for this season:

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