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Category Power Rankings: Week 10

Colin Ward gives his power rankings for each fantasy-relevant category.

Another week of baseball in the books, which means another fresh edition of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
2 Tim Anderson CWS SS +2
3 Michael Brantley HOU OF -2
4 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +2
5 Trea Turner WSH SS
6 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B -3
7 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +4
8 Juan Soto WSH OF
9 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +8
10 Jesse Winker CIN OF +2
11 Nolan Arenado STL 3B -2
12 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -5
13 Mookie Betts LAD OF -3
14 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF -1
15 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
16 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF +2
17 Nelson Cruz MIN UT -3
18 Alex Verdugo BOS OF -2
19 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B +1
20 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +1
21 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +3
22 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B -3
23 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -1
24 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF Unranked
25 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS

 

Off the list: Justin Turner

Over his last 30 games, Bryan Reynolds is slashing .303/.402/.569. The switch-hitting outfielder is enjoying a nice resurgence after a down 2020 as he has posted a .291 AVG on the year to go along with 27 RBI.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Pavin Smith ARZ 1B Unranked
2 Garrett Cooper MIA 1B/OF +4
3 Josh Rojas ARZ 2B/SS/OF -1
4 Corey Dickerson MIA OF
5 Jeimer Candelario DET 1B/3B
6 Josh Harrison WSH 2B/3B -3
7 Harold Ramirez CLE OF Unranked
8 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B Unranked
9 Edmundo Sosa STL SS
10 Brad Miller PHI 1B/2B/3B/OF

 

Off the list: Nick Madrigal (ownership), Andrew Benintendi (ownership), Kolten Wong (injury)

With a .327 AVG over the past month, Pavin Smith has been one of the nicest surprises in baseball and in fantasy. His plate discipline is not quite where you would like it to be, or where it was in the minors, but one cannot ague with the results thus far. Only owned in 58% of Yahoo leagues and 64% of CBS leagues, Smith should get a longer look from fantasy owners.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
2 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
3 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
4 Bo Bichette TOR SS +1
5 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
6 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +3
7 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
8 Mookie Betts LAD OF -2
9 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
10 Trea Turner WSH SS -3
11 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +4
12 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +1
13 Nick Castellanos CIN OF -1
14 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B -3
15 Jesse Winker CIN OF +6
16 Tim Anderson CWS SS
17 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -2
18 Bryce Harper PHI OF
19 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
20 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF +2
21 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
22 Aaron Judge NYY OF -5
23 Juan Soto WSH OF -3
24 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B +1
25 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Alex Verdugo

Jose Altuve has really silenced a lot of nay-sayers through the first two months of the year. He has looked a lot like the Altuve of old with a .306/.373/.461 slash to go along with 38 runs scored and 26 RBI. He may not steal the bases he used to, but Altuve looks to be one of the premiere bats at the keystone position for fantasy purposes.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Pavin Smith ARZ 1B/OF +4
2 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF Unranked
3 Robbie Grossman DET OF -1
4 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B -1
5 Josh Rojas ARZ 2B/SS/OF -4
6 Freddy Galvis BAL 2B/SS +2
7 Jorge Polanco MIN 2B/SS Unranked
8 Avisaíl García MIL OF Unranked
9 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF Unranked
10 Jeimer Candelario DET 1B/3B -4

 

Off the list: Nick Madrigal (ownership), Enrique HernándezAdam EatonJurickson Profar

With 10 runs over the past two weeks, Freddy Galvis is now up to 28 on the year. That number puts Galvis on an 86 run full-season pace. He has been batting in the top third of the Orioles lineup and should continue to at least be a decent source of runs with a little bit of pop thrown in, as we have seen in the past.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
2 Aaron Judge NYY OF
3 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +5
4 Matt Olson OAK 1B +1
5 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +5
6 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP -2
7 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -4
8 José Ramírez CLE 3B -1
9 Nick Castellanos CIN OF
10 Nelson Cruz MIN UT -4
11 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
12 Joey Gallo TEX OF
13 Adolis García TEX OF +3
14 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
15 Nolan Arenado STL 3B -1
16 Jesse Winker CIN OF +8
17 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF -4
18 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +3
19 Javier Báez CHC SS -1
20 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF -3
21 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
22 Bryce Harper PHI OF -3
23 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
24 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -4
25 Austin Meadows TB OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Eugenio Suárez

There are few better hitters in baseball over the past few weeks than Austin Meadows. He has slugged seven homers across his last 20 games and is up to 14 on the year to go with 48 RBI. His AVG is not where you would like it to be, but it doesn’t matter. Meadows has rewarded those who patiently held onto him through the first month and change.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B/3B +1
2 Justin Upton LAA OF +1
3 Jonathan Schoop DET 2B Unranked
4 Avisaíl García MIL OF +2
5 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B/3B Unranked
6 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B/OF Unranked
7 Kyle Schwarber WSH OF -3
8 Josh Bell WSH 1B Unranked
9 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF Unranked
10 Freddy Galvis BAL 2B/SS -2

 

Off the list: Tyler O’Neill (ownership), Evan Longoria (injury), Mike Zunino, Adam DuvallHunter Renfroe

Those who dropped Ryan Mountcastle are kicking themselves. The 24-year old has a 1.060 OPS over his last 15 games, including five home runs. It looks like the former top prospect just needed time to get his swing down so if he is available in your league still, I wouldn’t hesitate.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
2 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
3 José Abreu CWS 1B
4 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
5 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +2
6 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
7 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF -2
8 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
9 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF +4
10 Nick Castellanos CIN OF
11 Nelson Cruz MIN UT -2
12 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
13 José Ramírez CLE 3B -2
14 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B
15 Matt Olson OAK 1B
16 Adolis García TEX OF +4
17 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +2
18 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -1
19 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF +2
20 Juan Soto WSH OF -4
21 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
22 Bryce Harper PHI OF -4
23 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 2B/3B +1
24 Austin Meadows TB OF Unranked
25 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B

 

Off the list: Aaron Judge

Despite spending some time on the injured list, Fernando Tatis Jr. is still not far off from the league leaders in RBI. Tatis has 39 in 42 games which is an insane 151-RBI pace across a full season. He really is a joy to watch play.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Avisaíl García MIL OF +1
2 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B/3B +2
3 Justin Upton LAA OF
4 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B/OF Unranked
5 Garrett Cooper MIA 1B/OF +1
6 Manuel Margot TB OF +1
7 Jonathan Schoop DET 2B Unranked
8 Willy Adames MIL SS Unranked
9 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF Unranked
10 Josh Bell WSH 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Tyler O’Neill (ownership), Evan Longoria (injury), Raimel Tapia (ownership), Robbie Grossman, Adam Duvall

Crazy to think Jonathan Schoop is still just 29 years old. The former all-star is absolutely mashing over the past two weeks to the tune of a .396 AVG, six dingers, and 12 RBI. His season-long total is up to 26 and Schoop has put himself back on the radar in at least 12-team leagues or for those in need of some pop or a middle infielder.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
2 Trea Turner WSH SS
3 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
4 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF +1
5 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +2
6 José Ramírez CLE 3B
7 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF +2
8 Bo Bichette TOR SS -1
9 Tim Anderson CWS SS +1
10 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS +1
11 Javier Báez
CHC SS +1
12 Andrew Benintendi KC OF +3
13 Adalberto Mondesi KC SS -9
14 Randy Arozarena TB OF +6
15 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS +2
16 Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX C/3B/SS +2
17 Robbie Grossman DET OF -1
18 Mookie Betts LAD OF -4
19 Niko Goodrum DET 1B/2B/SS/OF +5
20 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP -1
21 Ramón Laureano OAK OF -8
22 Tommy Pham SD OF Unranked
23 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +2
24 Jean Segura PHI 2B/3B/SS Unranked
25 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF -2

 

Off the list: Trevor Story (injury), Trent Grisham (injury)

After stealing five bags across his last ten games, Jean Segura now has a six-pack of swipes on the year. Segura is enjoying a nice season at the dish for the Phils and if he continues to run like he has of late, he will become an even hotter commodity for fantasy owners.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Robbie Grossman DET OF
2 Niko Goodrum DET 1B/2B/SS/OF +1
3 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF -1
4 Jonathan Villar NYM 2B/3B/SS +1
5 Victor Robles WSH OF Unranked
6 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -2
7 Odúbel Herrera PHI 2B/OF +2
8 Jon Berti MIA 2B/3B/SS/OF -2
9 Akil Baddoo DET OF Unranked
10 Jarred Kelenic SEA OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Kolten Wong (injury), Lorenzo Cain (injury), Manuel Margot

Not a ton that is noteworthy here. If someone dropped Victor Robles in your league (which there is a very good chance they did), he may be worth a look in the deepest of formats. He has stolen a pair of bags since returning from injury and has 20-25 SB potential when healthy.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
2 Juan Soto WSH OF
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +3
4 Mookie Betts LAD OF -1
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -1
6 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B +2
7 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
8 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -3
9 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
10 Bryce Harper PHI OF
11 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
12 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -1
13 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF
14 Jesse Winker CIN OF +1
15 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +2
16 Carlos Santana KC 1B
17 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF -3
18 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF +2
19 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B
20 Yoán Moncada CWS 3B +5
21 Nelson Cruz MIN UT -3
22 Austin Riley ATL 3B/OF +2
23 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF Unranked
24 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B -3
25 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B -2

 

Off the list: Joey Gallo

Since May 8th, Aaron Judge is slashing .341/.440/.604 with a 21:16 K:BB ratio. The strikeouts usually come with the walks for Judge but he is currently striking out at the best rate of his career and walking at a 14% clip. Judge currently has an OBP of .390, which is also his exact career mark, so expect more of the same from the big guy.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B
2 C.J. Cron COL 1B +3
3 Pavin Smith ARZ 1B/OF Unranked
4 Odúbel Herrera PHI 2B/OF Unranked
5 Josh Rojas ARZ 2B/SS/OF +1
6 Robbie Grossman DET OF -4
7 Josh Harrison WSH 2B/3B -4
8 Willy Adames MIL SS Unranked
9 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF Unranked
10 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Andrew Benintendi (ownership), Nick Madrigal (ownership), Kolten Wong (injury), Jeimer Candelario, Corey Dickerson

Personal feelings aside, Odúbel Herrera has looked pretty good over the past month. During that span he has gotten on base at a .383 clip.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +1
5 Trevor Bauer LAD SP +1
6 Yu Darvish SD SP +1
7 José Berríos MIN SP +2
8 Max Scherzer WSH SP
9 Lucas Giolito CWS SP +1
10 Aaron Civale CLE SP +3
11 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
12 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
13 Lance Lynn CWS SP +2
14 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
15 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
16 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
17 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +4
18 Carlos Rodón CWS SP +2
19 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
20 Kevin Gausman SF SP +5
21 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
22 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP Unranked
23 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP Unranked
24 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP Unranked
25 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jack Flaherty (injury), John Means (injury), Eduardo RodriguezTrevor Rogers

Kyle Hendricks has now won five straight and six of his last seven starts. After just an awful start to the year, the veteran righty has looked a lot more like the uber-consistent arm we have come to expect, and appears to be trustworthy once again.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Steven Matz TOR SP +2
2 Luis Garcia HOU SP +8
3 Brad Keller KC SP Unranked
4 Martín Pérez BOS SP Unranked
5 John Gant STL SP/RP -1
6 Garrett Richards BOS SP +1
7 Alex Cobb LAA SP Unranked
8 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP Unranked
9 Tarik Skubal DET SP Unranked
10 Johnny Cueto SF SP -2

 

Off the list: Nick Pivetta (ownership), Rich Hill (ownership), Germán Márquez (ownership), Jon Gray (injury), Carlos Martínez

The 24-year old righty, Luis Garcia, has reeled off five consecutive wins for Houston. He has completed at least five innings in all five outings and is making a strong statement to stay in the rotation once the Stros’ arms get fully healthy.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Yu Darvish SD SP
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
6 Walker Buehler LAD SP
7 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
8 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
9 Max Scherzer WSH SP
10 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP
11 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +2
12 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
13 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +3
14 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP
15 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
16 Lance Lynn CWS SP +3
17 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
18 Kevin Gausman
SF SP +4
19 Marcus Stroman NYM SP +2
20 José Berríos MIN SP
21 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +2
22 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP +2
23 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +2
24 Trevor Rogers MIA SP Unranked
25 Pablo López MIA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jack Flaherty (injury), John Means (injury)

Marcus Stroman has now lowered his ERA to 2.41 and has allowed only five earned runs across his last four starts combined. Stroman has enjoyed a nice first full season in Queens and after opting out and resting his arm in 2020, he has looked better than ever.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Robbie Ray TOR SP +1
2 Casey Mize DET SP +2
3 Martín Pérez BOS SP +7
4 Kris Bubic KC SP +2
5 Garrett Richards BOS SP +4
6 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP Unranked
7 Matthew Boyd DET SP -4
8 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP Unranked
9 Tarik Skubal DET SP Unranked
10 Antonio Senzatela COL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Rich Hill (ownership), Spencer Turnbull (injury), Nick Pivetta (ownership), Zack Davies

Tarik Skubal has been downright dominant over his last four starts. The young lefty has posted a 2.14 ERA and 37 K’s across 21 innings during that span. These are the kind of numbers we were hoping for when everyone was drafting him in March.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shane Bieber CLE SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
5 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP
7 Yu Darvish SD SP
8 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
9 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
10 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +3
11 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
12 Lance Lynn CWS SP -1
13 Freddy Peralta MIL SP +1
14 Blake Snell SD SP -2
15 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +5
16 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
17 Kevin Gausman SF SP +4
18 José Berríos MIN SP
19 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
20 Walker Buehler LAD SP -4
21 Carlos Rodón CWS SP +1
22 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +1
23 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +2
24 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
25 Robbie Ray TOR SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jack Flaherty (injury)

With another 13 K’s this past weekend, Corbin Burnes now has 94 across 59.1 innings this year. In case you were wondering, that’s good for a 14.26 K/9. Not exactly sure what is in the water in Milwaukee but that rotation as THE best swing and miss stuff.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Robbie Ray TOR SP
2 Mike Minor KC SP +7
3 Jameson Taillon NYY SP +3
4 Tarik Skubal DET SP Unranked
5 Dane Dunning TEX SP -1
6 Luis Garcia HOU SP Unranked
7 Andrew Heaney LAA SP
8 Steven Matz TOR SP
9 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP +1
10 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Rich Hill (ownership), Germán Márquez (ownership), Nick Pivetta (ownership)

Veteran left-hander Mike Minor is now up to 73 punchouts across 67 innings. Minor is at the very least a streamer in deeper leagues, but don’t expect more than decent strikeout numbers.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Liam Hendriks CWS RP +1
2 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP -1
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP
4 Josh Hader MIL RP
5 Mark Melancon SD RP
6 Alex Reyes STL RP
7 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP
8 Brad Hand WSH RP
9 Ryan Pressly HOU RP
10 Edwin Díaz NYM RP
11 Matt Barnes BOS RP
12 Héctor Neris PHI RP
13 Ian Kennedy TEX RP +1
14 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP -1
15 Will Smith ATL RP
16 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP
17 Yimi García MIA RP
18 Tyler Rogers SF RP
19 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP
20 James Karinchak CLE RP
21 Richard Rodríguez PIT RP
22 Lou Trivino OAK RP +1
23 Paul Fry BAL RP Unranked
24 Tejay Antone CIN SP/RP +1
25 Daniel Bard COL RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jake Diekman, César Valdez

The César Valdez experiment appears to be over in Baltimore. While it may not be the most desirable situation for fantasy owners, it is worth noting that Paul Fry is now the guy for the O’s. Those in desperate need of some saves, by all means, go grab him.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-Team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Tyler Rogers SF RP
2 Lou Trivino OAK RP +1
3 Paul Fry BAL RP Unranked
4 Tejay Antone CIN SP/RP +1
5 Daniel Bard COL RP +1
6 Rafael Montero SEA RP +3
7 Taylor Rogers MIN RP
8 Hansel Robles MIN RP
9 Jake Diekman OAK RP -5
10 Lucas Sims CIN SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: César Valdez, Jordan Romano

Daniel Bard has locked it down over the past month posting a 0.64 ERA across 11 appearances, converting four saves. He may be a pretty “bottom of the barrel” option for the category but he is still getting consistent run in the ninth for the Rockies.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
4 Yu Darvish SD SP
5 Shane Bieber CLE SP
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP +1
7 Walker Buehler LAD SP -1
8 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
9 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
10 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +6
11 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +2
12 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP -2
14 Aaron Civale CLE SP
15 Joe Musgrove SD SP
16 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +3
17 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
18 Lance Lynn CWS SP +3
19 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP +1
20 Kevin Gausman SF SP +3
21 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +3
22 José Berríos MIN SP
23 Marcus Stroman NYM SP +2
24 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP Unranked
25 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jack Flaherty (injury), John Means (injury)

“Old reliable” or Zack Greinke as he is also known, has been exactly that once again for the Astros and fantasy owners. Over his last five outings, Greinke has a WHIP of 0.84 and has lowered his season long mark to 1.09. One has to wonder when/if he will ever start to slow down.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Robbie Ray TOR SP +1
2 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP +1
3 Casey Mize DET SP +4
4 Luis Garcia HOU SP Unranked
5 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP Unranked
6 Matthew Boyd DET SP -5
7 Martín Pérez BOS SP Unranked
8 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked
9 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP
10 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP -1

 

Off the list: Spencer Turnbull (injury), Justin Dunn (injury), Rich Hill (ownership), Carlos Martínez

The swingman himself, Ryan Yarbrough has dazzled over the past month, posting a 3.14 ERA and a minuscule 0.81 WHIP. You can typically rely on Yarbrough to give you innings, whether it be starting or following an opener, and a low WHIP as his career 1.14 mark suggests.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shane Bieber CLE SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP
7 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
8 Yu Darvish SD SP
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
11 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
12 Zack Greinke HOU SP +2
13 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP
14 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +3
15 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
16 José Berríos MIN SP
17 Kevin Gausman SF SP +3
18 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
19 Aaron Civale CLE SP
20 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
21 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +2
22 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +3
23 Zach Eflin PHI SP +1
24 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP Unranked
25 Kyle Gibson TEX SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jack Flaherty (injury), John Means (injury)

With six consecutive quality starts and 11 in his last 12 starts, it’s safe to say Trevor Bauer has enjoyed his first two months in Los Angeles. Bauer is an absolute horse and one of the most reliable arms in the game right now. It feels good to have one of those on your fantasy teams.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP
2 Casey Mize DET SP +1
3 Matthew Boyd DET SP -1
4 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP +5
5 Robbie Ray TOR SP Unranked
6 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP Unranked
7 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP Unranked
8 Garrett Richards BOS SP Unranked
9 Luis Garcia HOU SP Unranked
10 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP

 

Off the list: Rich Hill (ownership), Carlos Martínez, Jon Gray (injury), Spencer Turnbull (injury), Mike Foltynewicz

Jordan Montgomery has posted four quality starts across his last six turns in the Yankees’ rotation, including an 11 strikeout performance against the White Sox. JorMont has been a pretty solid contributor across the board for fantasy purposes. He has an ERA under 4.00, a WHIP at 1.12, and a strikeout per inning. Not too shabby so far.

 

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Colin Ward

Colin currently resides in the Buffalo, NY area and studied at SUNY Fredonia earning a degree in Sport Management. He is a former Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at the collegiate level. Baseball is his passion and he bleeds Pinstripes.

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