Category Power Rankings: Week 11

Time for your weekly dose of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF
2 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
3 Michael Brantley HOU OF +2
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
5 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -2
6 Mike Trout LAA OF
7 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
8 Justin Turner LAD 3B +2
9 Mookie Betts BOS OF -2
10 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +2
11 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF
12 Jean Segura PHI SS -3
13 Jorge Polanco MIN SS +1
14 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +3
15 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
16 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
17 DJ Lemahieu NYY 2B/3B +1
18 Josh Bell PIT 1B +1
19 David Peralta ARZ OF +1
20 David Dahl COL OF +1
21 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF +3
22 Tommy Pham TB OF
23 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +2
24 Austin Meadows TB OF Unranked
25 Francisco Lindor CLE SS Unranked

Off the List: Paul DeJong

 

Austin Meadows is quietly putting together an MVP-caliber season so far, even with an IL stint at the end of April mixed in. Meadows has done it all for the Rays, but his AVG has been the biggest surprise. It does seem sustainable, however, as Meadows is a former top prospect for the Pirates and is currently making that Chris Archer trade look more and more embarrassing for the Bucs.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josh Reddick HOU OF +1
2 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +2
3 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B Unranked
4 Avisail Garcia TB OF +4
5 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B/OF Unranked
6 Jose Iglesias CIN SS -1
7 Melky Cabrera PIT OF
8 Gio Urshela NYY 3B/SS -2
9 Leury Garcia CHW OF Unranked
10 Colin Moran PIT 3B Unranked

Off the List: Shin-Soo Choo (ownership), Brian Goodwin, Neil Walker (injury)

 

Never thought I would see the day that Miguel Cabrera would find himself on a “deep league/underowned” list of fantasy players. But that is where the 36-year-old finds himself with his sapped power and run production. The one tool he has not lost is his ability to hit for a good batting average. He is available in a good majority of leagues and you could do a lot worse if you need a little boost in AVG.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF
2 Mookie Betts BOS OF
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
4 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
5 Mike Trout LAA OF
6 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
7 Trevor Story COL SS +2
8 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
9 George Springer HOU OF -2
10 Jean Segura PHI SS +1
11 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF +2
12 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF
13 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +5
14 Mitch Haniger SEA OF +1
15 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
16 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +4
17 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -3
18 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +1
19 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +3
20 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -3
21 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
22 Rafael Devers BOS 3B Unranked
23 Paul DeJong STL SS
24 Josh Bell PIT 1B +1
25 Francisco Lindor CLE SS Unranked

Off the List: Andrew McCutchen (injury), Joey Gallo (injury)

 

Rafael Devers has shown much improved plate discipline this year and not only is he seeing the ball well, he is crushing it. He is among the league leaders in hard hit rate and exit velocity and is the current major league leader in balls hit 95 mph or harder. He has also chipped in eight unexpected steals which has delighted fantasy owners.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Leury Garcia CHW OF +1
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B +1
3 Adam Eaton WSH OF +4
4 Gregory Polanco PIT OF +2
5 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +4
6 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF -2
7 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF +1
8 Kole Calhoun LAA OF Unranked
9 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 2B/SS/OF +1
10 Ramon Laureano OAK OF Unranked

Off the List: Shin-Soo Choo (ownership), Hunter Pence (ownership)

 

Kole Calhoun has always shown good plate discipline which will always help generate runs. He has chipped in 13 HRs on top of his solid numbers in the runs column.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
2 Nolan Arenado COL 3B +1
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +1
4 Mike Trout LAA OF +2
5 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B
6 Pete Alonso NYM 1B +5
7 Khris Davis OAK OF
8 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
9 Gary Sanchez NYY C +4
10 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
11 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -2
12 Trevor Story COL SS
13 Marcell Ozuna STL OF +1
14 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +2
15 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
16 Matt Chapman OAK 3B +3
17 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +3
18 Bryce Harper PHI OF
19 George Springer HOU OF -2
20 Mike Moustakas MIL 2B/3B +3
21 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
22 Josh Bell PIT 1B
23 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
24 Joey Gallo TEX 1B/OF -23
25 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF -1

Off the List: None

 

The oblique injury to Joey Gallo certainly shook things up a bit here. Francisco Lindor is on a 41-HR pace right now and really has not missed a beat after spending the first couple weeks of the season on the IL.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Franmil Reyes SD OF
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
3 Hunter Renfroe SD OF +2
4 Jorge Soler KC OF -1
5 C.J. Cron MIN 1B -1
6 Jay Bruce PHI 1B/OF +4
7 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B -1
8 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
9 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
10 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B Unranked

Off the List: Derek Dietrich (ownership)

 

The quintessential all-or-nothing hitter at this point in his career, Jay Bruce makes the move to Philly and has already gotten off to a nice start in his new home. The ballpark change should benefit Bruce immensely. As long as he gets regular playing time, he should most definitely be a solid source of power.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
2 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
3 Christian Yelich MIL OF
4 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
5 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B
6 Marcell Ozuna STL OF
7 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
8 Jose Abreu CHW 1B +5
9 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -2
10 Khris Davis OAK OF -1
11 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
12 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +3
13 Bryce Harper PHI OF -3
14 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
15 Josh Bell PIT 1B +6
16 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
17 Trevor Story COL SS +1
18 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
19 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -2
20 Juan Soto WSH OF
21 Eddie Rosario MIN OF +3
22 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS +1
23 Domingo Santana SEA OF +2
24 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS Unranked
25 Ronald Acuna Jr.  ATL OF -3

Off the List: Joey Gallo (injury)

 

I am a little hesitant to move Eddie Rosario too far up this list. The past two seasons, Rosario has been a one-half hitter. Last year, he only totaled 17 RBI in the second half of the season. While in 2018, Rosario had just 26 RBI in the first half but then exploded for 52 down the stretch. Until I am able to see consistency out of Rosario, when considering a rest-of-season outlook, it is difficult to move him too far up right now.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jorge Soler KC OF
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
3 C.J. Cron MIN 1B +2
4 Jay Bruce PHI 1B/OF Unranked
5 Gregory Polanco PIT OF -2
6 Dansby Swanson ATL SS
7 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B +1
8 Justin Smoak TOR 1B +2
9 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B/OF Unranked
10 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/3B -1

Off the List: Derek Dietrich (ownership), Hunter Pence (ownership)

 

The human Swiss Army knife, Howie Kendrick, has been one of the few bright spots for the struggling Nationals. He has shown good power so far and has squared the ball up better than he ever has before. Expect some regression, but ride it out while you can.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS
2 Tim Anderson CHW SS
3 Billy Hamilton KC OF
4 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B
5 Mallex Smith SEA OF +3
6 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF -1
7 Jonathan Villar BAL 2B/SS +1
8 Victor Robles WSH OF -2
9 Trea Turner WSH SS
10 Starling Marte PIT OF
11 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF
12 Christian Yelich MIL OF +3
13 Byron Buxton MIN OF -1
14 Trevor Story COL SS
15 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/SS/OF -2
16 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
17 Mike Trout LAA OF
18 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF
19 Mookie Betts BOS OF +1
20 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +5
21 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF
22 Tommy Pham TB OF -3
23 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
24 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF
25 Jean Segura PHI SS -3

Off the List: None

 

Mallex Smith has hit the ground running since being recalled from AAA. He has eight SBs since returning and his bat is starting to come around as well. He is currently in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mallex Smith SEA OF
2 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF
3 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF
4 Delino DeShields TEX OF
5 Kolten Wong STL 2B +1
6 Amed Rosario NYM SS +2
7 Leury Garcia CHW OF -2
8 Ramon Laureano OAK OF Unranked
9 JaCoby Jones DET OF Unranked
10 Kevin Pillar SF OF -3

Off the List: Nicky Lopez, Danny Santana

 

This list becomes more and more difficult to build and more and more disgusting to look at.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Christian Yelich MIL OF
3 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
4 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
5 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
6 Mookie Betts BOS OF +1
7 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
8 Tommy Pham TB OF +3
9 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
10 Bryce Harper PHI OF
11 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -4
12 Juan Soto WSH OF
13 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
14 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
15 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
16 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B +2
17 Jorge Polanco MIN SS +3
18 Michael Conforto NYM OF +3
19 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
20 Josh Bell PIT 1B +3
21 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF Unranked
22 Austin Meadows TB OF Unranked
23 Paul DeJong STL SS -1
24 George Springer HOU OF
25 Joey Votto CIN 1B

Off the List: Joey Gallo (injury), Andrew McCutchen (injury)

 

Alex Bregman has a 15% walk rate and a sub-13% strikeout rate. He is developing into one of the most difficult at-bats for any pitcher.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B +1
2 Josh Reddick HOU OF +1
3 Justin Smoak TOR 1B +2
4 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/OF +2
5 Kolten Wong STL 2B -1
6 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +1
7 Dexter Fowler STL OF Unranked
8 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF Unranked
9 Avisail Garcia TB OF Unranked
10 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B Unranked

Off the List: Shin-Soo Choo (ownership), Neil Walker (injury), Nicky Lopez

 

If there is one thing Dexter Fowler has done throughout his somewhat-underachieving career, it is get on base. The 33-year-old is currently sporting a .371 OBP and is getting fairly regular run in the St. Louis lineup as well. You could probably do worse in deeper five-outfielder leagues.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Max Scherzer WSH SP
3 Zack Greinke ARZ SP
4 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP -1
6 Jose Berrios MIN SP
7 Blake Snell TB SP
8 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
9 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP
11 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
12 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +2
13 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
14 German Marquez COL SP +1
15 Chris Sale BOS SP +1
16 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +2
17 Walker Buehler LAD SP
18 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
19 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP +4
20 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
21 Domingo German NYY SP/RP
22 Jake Odorizzi MIN SP +3
23 James Paxton NYY SP +1
24 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -2
25 Lucas Giolito CHW SP Unranked

Off the List: Carlos Carrasco (injury)

 

Lucas Giolito has reeled off seven consecutive victories and is up to nine on the year. He has been by far the biggest surprise of the season.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP
2 Lance Lynn TEX SP
3 Zach Davies MIL SP
4 John Means BAL SP/RP +2
5 Jordan Lyles PIT SP -1
6 Wade Miley HOU SP +2
7 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +2
8 Brett Anderson OAK SP -1
9 Martin Perez MIN SP -4
10 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked

Off the List: Tanner Roark

 

Merrill Kelly has been wildly inconsistent this year. But he has shown flashes of what brought him back to the states from overseas. He is far from matchup proof, but against the right lineups, you can definitely throw him out there.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Max Scherzer WSH SP
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Trevor Bauer CLE SP
5 Blake Snell TB SP
6 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
7 Chris Sale BOS SP
8 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
9 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
10 Gerrit Cole HOU SP -2
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Charlie Morton TB SP
13 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +2
14 Zack Greinke ARZ SP
15 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +2
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP
17 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
18 James Paxton NYY SP +6
19 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -1
20 German Marquez COL SP
21 Lucas Giolito CHW SP Unranked
22 Jake Odorizzi MIN SP Unranked
23 Chris Paddack SD SP -1
24 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
25 Mike Soroka ATL SP Unranked

Off the List: Carlos Carrasco (injury), Caleb Smith (injury), Domingo German

 

With the unfortunate non-baseball related injury to Carlos Carrasco sidelining him for an uncertain amount of time, it is difficult to rank him accordingly. For now, he is off any remaining lists until we hear about a timetable.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Spencer Turnbull DET SP
2 Zach Davies MIL SP
3 Wade Miley HOU SP +2
4 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP +2
5 Chris Bassitt OAK SP -1
6 Jordan Lyles PIT SP/RP +2
7 Trevor Richards MIA SP Unranked
8 Martin Perez MIN SP -1
9 Zach Plesac CLE SP Unranked
10 Dakota Hudson STL SP/RP Unranked

Off the List: Matt Strahm (injury), Brett Anderson, Tanner Roark

 

Trevor Richards is on a nice little run of late. He has won three of his last five starts while surrendering three earned runs or fewer in all of them. 

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP
2 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
3 Justin Verlander HOU SP
4 Chris Sale BOS SP +1
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP -1
6 Blake Snell TB SP
7 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
8 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
9 Matt Boyd DET SP +3
10 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
13 James Paxton NYY SP +3
14 German Marquez COL SP
15 Aaron Nola PHI SP
16 Zack Wheeler NYM SP +5
17 Robbie Ray ARZ SP +1
18 Shane Bieber CLE SP +5
19 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -2
20 Jose Berrios MIN SP
21 Caleb Smith MIA SP -2
22 Zack Greinke ARZ SP
23 Lucas Giolito CHW SP Unranked
24 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP Unranked
25 Jack Flaherty STL SP -1

Off the List: Carlos Carrasco (injury), Madison Bumgarner

 

Robbie Ray is such a one-trick pony. While his ERA is respectable at 3.62, his WHIP of nearly 1.40 leaves such a sour taste in fantasy owners’ mouths. He never goes deep enough into games to register quality starts, but the one trick he does have is always going to be pretty elite. His strikeouts had been down in the early going, but he has racked up 61 Ks over his last 42.1 IP.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
2 Lance Lynn TEX SP Unranked
3 Tyler Mahle CIN SP
4 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -2
5 Martin Perez MIN SP -1
6 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP -1
7 Trent Thornton TOR SP -1
8 Jordan Lyles PIT SP/RP -1
9 Tanner Roark CIN SP
10 Dylan Bundy BAL SP -2

Off the List: Julio Teheran

 

Lance Lynn has been a very solid source of wins, quality starts, and strikeouts this year. Over his last four starts, the veteran righty has totaled 36 punch outs across 25.1 IP.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kirby Yates SD RP
2 Kenley Jansen LAD RP +1
3 Roberto Osuna HOU RP +1
4 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP +1
5 Edwin Diaz NYM RP -3
6 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
7 Brad Hand CLE RP
8 Josh Hader MIL RP
9 Blake Treinen OAK RP
10 Ken Giles TOR RP +1
11 Shane Greene DET RP +1
12 Jordan Hicks STL RP -2
13 Sean Doolittle WSH RP
14 Will Smith SF RP +1
15 Hector Neris PHI RP +2
16 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP
17 Greg Holland ARZ RP -2
18 Wade Davis COL RP +1
19 Alex Colome CHW RP -1
20 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP Unranked
21 Blake Parker MIN RP -1
22 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP -1
23 Luke Jackson ATL RP -1
24 Pedro Strop CHC RP Unranked
25 Jose Alvarado TB RP -1

Off the List: Steve Cishek, Diego Castillo

 

Hector Neris has pretty much solidified himself as the Phillies closer. Neris has been absolutely nails since taking over for David Robertson. He has an 88% LOB rate which is the same as Kirby Yates and better than Felipe Vazquez, Aroldis Chapman, and Roberto Osuna. Neris has been a pretty elite so far.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Blake Parker MIN RP
2 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP
3 Luke Jackson ATL RP
4 Pedro Strop CHC RP Unranked
5 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP
6 Jose Leclerc TEX RP Unranked
7 Hansel Robles LAA RP -1
8 Ryan Brasier BOS RP
9 Matt Barnes BOS RP
10 Cody Allen LAA RP Unranked

Off the List: Steve Cishek, Shawn Kelley, Scott Oberg

 

It is looking more and more likely that Jose Leclerc will be reclaiming his spot in the ninth inning for the Rangers in short order. He has done a nice job regaining the trust of manager Chris Woodward. Cody Allen could find himself back in the closer’s role in Anaheim soon as well. Over his last 11 appearances, Allen has a 1.50 ERA and a .196 BAA.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Max Scherzer WSH SP
3 Blake Snell TB SP
4 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
6 Zack Greinke ARZ SP +2
7 Chris Sale BOS SP
8 Trevor Bauer CLE SP -2
9 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
10 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
11 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +2
12 Luis Castillo CIN SP
13 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
14 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -4
15 Aaron Nola PHI SP
16 Matt Boyd DET SP +6
17 Chris Paddack SD SP
18 Shane Bieber CLE SP +3
19 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
20 German Marquez COL SP -2
21 James Paxton NYY SP Unranked
22 David Price BOS SP +1
23 Walker Buehler LAD SP Unranked
24 Caleb Smith MIA SP -5
25 Mike Soroka ATL SP Unranked

Off the List: Domingo German, Carlos Carrasco (injury), Noah Syndergaard

 

Mike Soroka is too legit to quit. There isn’t any doubt in my mind that he is going to be a stud for many years to come. The only issue I see with him right now is how far the Braves are willing to push him. They just signed Dallas Keuchel to eat up some innings, so their plans with Soroka might be evident in the very near future. Until then, keep starting him and reap all the benefits.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP
2 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
3 Wade Miley HOU SP +2
4 Jordan Lyles PIT SP/RP
5 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +2
6 Pablo Lopez MIA SP Unranked
7 Tyler Mahle CIN SP -1
8 Zach Davies MIL SP +2
9 Trevor Richards MIA SP Unranked
10 Zach Plesac CLE SP Unranked

Off the List: Matt Strahm (injury), Mike Fiers, Jeff Samardzija

 

I had mentioned the run Trevor Richards has been on earlier in the rankings, well his teammate Pablo Lopez has also had it going on lately. Three of Lopez’s last four starts have been quality starts and he has only allowed one run combined in those three turns, including blanking the Brewers on the road his last time out.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP
2 Justin Verlander HOU SP
3 Zack Greinke ARZ SP
4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
5 Blake Snell TB SP
6 Trevor Bauer CLE SP
7 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
8 Chris Sale BOS SP
9 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
11 Jose Berrios MIN SP
12 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
13 Matt Boyd DET SP +3
14 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
15 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +2
16 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
17 Madison Bumgarner SF SP +3
18 German Marquez COL SP
19 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP
20 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
21 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
22 Shane Bieber CLE SP Unranked
23 James Paxton NYY SP +2
24 Zack Wheeler NYM SP Unranked
25 Caleb Smith MIA SP -1

Off the List: Carlos Carrasco (injury), Yusei Kikuchi

 

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s performance this year. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any start and of his 12 starts he has posted a QS in ten of them. He is, in my eyes, the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young to this point in the season.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Lance Lynn TEX SP +5
2 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -1
3 Wade Miley HOU SP
4 Chris Bassitt OAK SP -2
5 Trevor Richards MIA SP Unranked
6 Jordan Lyles PIT SP/RP -1
7 Pablo Lopez MIA SP Unranked
8 Brett Anderson OAK SP
9 Zach Plesac CLE SP Unranked
10 Martin Perez MIN SP -3

Off the List: Matt Strahm (injury), Mike Leake, Dakota Hudson

 

Zach Plesac has been excellent since being called up by the Tribe. He has posted back-to-back quality starts including one of which against the Yankees. The young right-hander has good velocity in the mid 90s to go with a hard tight slider. With all he injuries to the Indians’ rotation, Please will get every opportunity to keep his spot.

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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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