Category Power Rankings: Week 12

The newest Category Power Rankings are here as Colin Ward gives his take heading into Week 12 of the fantasy season.

Time for your weekly dose of CPR!


Batting Average (AVG)


Top 25

1Christian YelichMILOF
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
3Michael BrantleyHOUOF
4Freddie FreemanATL1B
5J.D. MartinezBOSOF
6Mike TroutLAAOF
7Anthony RendonWSH3B
8Justin TurnerLAD3B
9Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
10Jorge PolancoMINSS+3
11Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
12Mookie BettsBOSOF-3
13Jean SeguraPHISS-1
14Xander BogaertsBOSSS
15Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
16Elvis AndrusTEXSS
17DJ LemahieuNYY2B/3B
18Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF+3
19Josh BellPIT1B-1
20David DahlCOLOF
21David PeraltaARZOF-2
22Austin MeadowsTBOF+2
23Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
24Tommy PhamTBOF-2
25Francisco LindorCLESS

Off the List: None

Any way you slice it, Mookie Betts is having a disappointing season offensively thus far. In terms of batting average, his .279 BABIP suggests there should be some positive regression coming. He is far too talented of a hitter to remain in the .260s for long.


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

1Josh ReddickHOUOF
2David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF
3Miguel CabreraDET1B
4Avisail GarciaTBOF
5Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF
6Jose IglesiasCINSS
7Bryan ReynoldsPITOFUnranked
8Nick MarkakisATLOFUnranked
9Gio UrshelaNYY3B/SS-1
10Leury GarciaCHWOF-1

Off the List: Melky Cabrera

Batting average is very difficult to find on the wire. Avisail Garcia is enjoying a nice little year offensively so far. He has pretty much stuffed the stat sheet with an AVG over .300, 11 HRs, and 6 SBs.


Runs (R)


Top 25

1Christian YelichMILOF
2Mookie BettsBOSOF
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Mike TroutLAAOF
6Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
7Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-1
8Freddie FreemanATL1B
9George SpringerHOUOF
10Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+1
11Jean SeguraPHISS-1
12Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
13Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF-1
14Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
15Bryce HarperPHIOF
16Xander BogaertsBOSSS+3
17J.D. MartinezBOSOF
18Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
19Josh BellPIT1B+5
20Lorenzo CainMILOF
21Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
22Francisco LindorCLESS+3
23Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-2
24Edwin EncarnacionSEA1BUnranked
25Mitch HanigerSEAOF-11

Off the List: Paul DeJong

It is unclear right now how much time Mitch Haniger will be missing, so he is still hanging onto that 25th spot for now. But a ruptured testicle? I would probably retire.


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

1Leury GarciaCHWOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3Adam EatonWSHOF
4David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF+1
5Nick MarkakisATLOFUnranked
6Brandon LoweTB2B/OF
7Kyle SchwarberCHCOF
8Gregory PolancoPITOF-4
9Kole CalhounLAAOF-1
10Ramon LaureanoOAKOF

Off the List: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Nick Markakis continues to be an overall solid offensive player, even this late in his career. He has been a key cog in the middle of the Braves lineup the past two years and should still be useful in deeper leagues.


Home Runs (HR)


Top 25

1Christian YelichMILOF
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Mike TroutLAAOF
5Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B
6Pete AlonsoNYM1B
7Khris DavisOAKOF
8Gary SanchezNYYC+1
9Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-1
10Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
11Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
12Marcell OzunaSTLOF+1
13Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-2
14Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
15Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B+5
16J.D. MartinezBOSOF-1
17Francisco LindorCLESS
18Matt ChapmanOAK3B-2
19Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
20Josh BellPIT1B+2
21Anthony RizzoCHC1B
22George SpringerHOUOF-3
23Freddie FreemanATL1B
24Eddie RosarioMINOFUnranked
25Joey GalloTEX1B/OF-1

Off the List: Kris Bryant

Mike Moustakas has an otherworldly .320 ISO right now and is crushing the baseball. He is also carrying a 25% HR/FB rate and is reaping all the benefits of hitting in the Milwaukee lineup and ballpark.


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

1Franmil ReyesSDOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3Hunter RenfroeSDOF
4Jorge SolerKCOF
5C.J. CronMIN1B
6Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+1
7Renato NunezBAL1B/3B+3
8Kole CalhounLAAOFUnranked
9Justin SmoakTOR1B
10Gregory PolancoPITOF-2

Off the List: Jay Bruce (ownership)

How Daniel Vogelbach is still only a little over 50% owned is surprising. The guy has loads of power and is a huge asset in OBP leagues. He’s getting on base at nearly a 40% clip right now.


Runs Batted In (RBI)


Top 25

1Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
2Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
3Christian YelichMILOF
4Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
5Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B
6Marcell OzunaSTLOF
7Anthony RizzoCHC1B
8Jose AbreuCHW1B
9Freddie FreemanATL1B+2
10Khris DavisOAKOF
11Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
12J.D. MartinezBOSOF-3
13Josh BellPIT1B+2
14Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
16Pete AlonsoNYM1B
17Trevor StoryCOLSS
18Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
19Eddie RosarioMINOF+2
20Juan SotoWSHOF
21Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS+1
22Domingo SantanaSEAOF+1
23Xander BogaertsBOSSS+1
24Eduardo EscobarARZ3B/SSUnranked
25Ronald Acuna Jr. ATLOF

Off the List: Paul Goldschmidt

We are halfway into June and Eduardo Escobar is third in the majors in RBI. Exactly how we drew it up. All jokes aside, Escobar has been on another level the past two months or so slugging .654 since April 16th.


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

1Jorge SolerKCOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3C.J. CronMIN1B
4Dansby SwansonATLSS+2
5Justin SmoakTOR1B+3
6Gregory PolancoPITOF-1
7Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
8Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF+1
9Renato NunezBAL1B/3BUnranked
10Brandon LoweTB2B/3B

Off the List: Jay Bruce (ownership)

Renato Nunez won’t provide much in the way of AVG or OBP, but he seems to have a decent nose for producing runs with some pop. He should stick in the middle of the meager Orioles’ lineup.


Stolen Bases (SB)


Top 25

1Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS
2Mallex SmithSEAOF+3
3Tim AndersonCHWSS-1
4Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B
5Billy HamiltonKCOF-2
6Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
7Jonathan VillarBAL2B/SS
8Trea TurnerWSHSS+1
9Starling MartePITOF+1
10Jarrod DysonARZOF+1
11Christian YelichMILOF+1
12Victor RoblesWSHOF-4
13Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF+2
14Byron BuxtonMINOF-1
15Elvis AndrusTEXSS+1
16Trevor StoryCOLSS-2
17Mike TroutLAAOF
18Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
19Francisco LindorCLESS+1
20Mookie BettsBOSOF-1
21Lorenzo CainMILOF
22Tommy PhamTBOF
23Andrew BenintendiBOSOF
24Kevin KiermaierTBOF
25Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSSUnranked

Off the List: Jean Segura

Christian Yelich is well on his way to setting a new career high in SBs. He currently leads the NL in swipes, and pretty much everything else, and is turning into one of the most well-rounded players in the game.


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

1Mallex SmithSEAOF
2Jarrod DysonARZOF
3Kevin KiermaierTBOF
4Delino DeShieldsTEXOF
5Kolten WongSTL2B
6Ramon LaureanoOAKOF+2
7Leury GarciaCHWOF
8Amed RosarioNYMSS-2
9JaCoby JonesDETOF
10Danny SantanaTEX1B/2B/OFUnranked

Off the List: Kevin Pillar

Not much to be said here. If you need speed, it is probably best that you seek out a trade for the guys on the top 25 list.


On-Base Percentage (OBP)


Top 25

1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Freddie FreemanATL1B
4Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
5Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
6Mookie BettsBOSOF
7Anthony RendonWSH3B
8Tommy PhamTBOF
9Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
10Bryce HarperPHIOF
11J.D. MartinezBOSOF
12Juan SotoWSHOF
13Kris BryantCHC3B/OF
14Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
15Anthony RizzoCHC1B
16Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B
17Jorge PolancoMINSS
18Michael ConfortoNYMOF
19Josh BellPIT1B+1
20Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF-1
21Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF
22Austin MeadowsTBOF
23George SpringerHOUOF+1
24Justin TurnerLAD3BUnranked
25Luke VoitNYY1BUnranked

Off the List: Paul DeJong, Joey Votto

Not a ton of change here. Luke Voit is having an excellent second year in pinstripes. He has been an integral part of the Yankees success so far and has shown an excellent ability to get on base.


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

1Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
2Josh ReddickHOUOF
3Justin SmoakTOR1B
4David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OF
5Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+1
6Dexter FowlerSTLOF+1
7Brandon BeltSF1B/OF+1
8Avisail GarciaTBOF+1
9Kolten WongSTL2B-4
10Miguel CabreraDET1B

Off the List: None

Justin Smoak is hitting under .230, so the fact that he is posting a nearly .370 OBP is pretty remarkable. He will give you some decent power but in OBP leagues he is very much worth starting.


Wins (W)


Top 25

1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Max ScherzerWSHSP
3Zack GreinkeARZSP
4Gerrit ColeHOUSP
5Trevor BauerCLESP
6Jose BerriosMINSP
7Blake SnellTBSP
8Jacob deGromNYMSP
9Clayton KershawLADSP+2
10Aaron NolaPHISP
11Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+1
12Patrick CorbinWSHSP-3
13Luis CastilloCINSP
14Charlie MortonTBSP+4
15Chris SaleBOSSP
16Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
17Walker BuehlerLADSP
18German MarquezCOLSP-4
19Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP
20Jake OdorizziMINSP+2
21Masahiro TanakaNYYSP-1
22Kyle HendricksCHCSPUnranked
23James PaxtonNYYSP
24Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
25Lucas GiolitoCHWSP

Off the List: Domingo German (injury)

What a roll Charlie Morton has been on. The vet has won his last four decisions and is now 8-0 on the year with a 2.10 ERA.


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

1Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
2Lance LynnTEXSP
3Zach DaviesMILSP
4John MeansBALSP/RP
5Wade MileyHOUSP+1
6Kyle GibsonMINSP+1
7Merrill KellyARZSP+3
8Brett AndersonOAKSP
9Mike LeakeSEASPUnranked
10Ryan YarbroughTBSP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Jordan Lyles (injury), Martin Perez

Ryan Yarbrough is back in the “rotation” for the Rays. Three of his four outings since being recalled have been excellent and despite having an ugly ERA at the moment, his 1.09 WHIP suggests he has been a tad unlucky.


Earned Run Average (ERA)


Top 25

1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Max ScherzerWSHSP
3Jacob deGromNYMSP
4Trevor BauerCLESP
5Blake SnellTBSP
6Chris SaleBOSSP+1
7Clayton KershawLADSP+2
8Jose BerriosMINSP
9Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+4
10Patrick CorbinWSHSP-4
11Gerrit ColeHOUSP-1
12Charlie MortonTBSP
13Luis CastilloCINSP-2
14Zack GreinkeARZSP
15Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
16Walker BuehlerLADSP+1
17Aaron NolaPHISP-1
18Lucas GiolitoCHWSP+3
19James PaxtonNYYSP-1
20Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-1
21German MarquezCOLSP-1
22Jake OdorizziMINSP
23Mike SorokaATLSP+2
24Kyle HendricksCHCSPUnranked
25Shane BieberCLESP-1

Off the List: Chris Paddack

Since a seven-run outing at the end of April, Kyle Hendricks has gone 6-0 with a 1.99 ERA. His numbers look much more Hendricks-like now.


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

1Spencer TurnbullDETSP
2Zach DaviesMILSP
3Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP+1
4Wade MileyHOUSP-1
5Chris BassittOAKSP
6Trevor RichardsMIASP+1
7Brett AndersonOAKSPUnranked
8Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP+2
9Zach PlesacCLESP
10Merrill KellyARZSPUnranked

Off the List: Jordan Lyles (injury), Martin Perez

Wade Miley continues to be so incredibly consistent. I really don’t know what is in the water in Houston, but they can do no wrong with their pitchers.


Strikeouts (K)


Top 25

1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP
4Chris SaleBOSSP
5Trevor BauerCLESP
6Blake SnellTBSP
7Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
8Jacob deGromNYMSP
9Matt BoydDETSP
10Patrick CorbinWSHSP
11Luis CastilloCINSP
12Charlie MortonTBSP
13Zack WheelerNYMSP+3
14James PaxtonNYYSP-1
15Aaron NolaPHISP
16German MarquezCOLSP-2
17Robbie RayARZSP
18Shane BieberCLESP
19Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
20Jose BerriosMINSP
21Lucas GiolitoCHWSP+2
22Zack GreinkeARZSP
23Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP+1
24Jack FlahertySTLSP+1
25Mike MinorTEXSPUnranked

Off the List: Caleb Smith

Mike Minor has been sensational. His SwStr% is higher than it was when he rejuvenated his career in the Kansas City bullpen a couple years ago. If he gets traded to a contender, he could be a league winner for fantasy owners.


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

1Lance LynnTEXSP+1
2Chris BassittOAKSP-1
3Tyler MahleCINSP
4Spencer TurnbullDETSP
5Trent ThorntonTORSP+2
6Kyle GibsonMINSPUnranked
7Joey LucchesiSDSPUnranked
8Anthon DesclafaniCINSP-2
9Tanner RoarkCINSP
10Martin PerezMINSP-5

Off the List: Dylan Bundy, Jordan Lyles (injury)

Joey Lucchesi will always be a solid source of Ks. He has tallied 34 over his last 31 IP including four quality starts over that span.


Saves (SV)


Top 25

1Kirby YatesSDRP
2Kenley JansenLADRP
3Roberto OsunaHOURP
4Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
5Felipe VazquezPITRP+1
6Edwin DiazNYMRP-1
7Brad HandCLERP
8Josh HaderMILRP
9Blake TreinenOAKRP
10Shane GreeneDETRP+1
11Sean DoolittleWSHRP+2
12Jordan HicksSTLRP
13Will SmithSFRP+1
14Hector NerisPHIRP+1
15Raisel IglesiasCINRP+1
16Ken GilesTORRP-6
17Alex ColomeCHWRP+2
18Wade DavisCOLRP
19Greg HollandARZRP-2
20Craig KimbrelCHCRP
21Luke JacksonATLRP+2
22Sergio RomoMIASP/RP
23Blake ParkerMINRP-2
24Pedro StropCHCRP
25Jose AlvaradoTBRP

Off the List: None

Those who have patiently waited and kept Craig Kimbrel on their rosters, unlike me, are about to be rewarded. Kimbrel should return to his elite status after shaking off some initial rust. 


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

1Luke JacksonATLRP+2
2Sergio RomoMIASP/RP
3Blake ParkerMINRP-2
4Pedro StropCHCRP
5Jose LeclercTEXRP+1
6Diego CastilloTBRP-1
7Hansel RoblesLAARP
8Joe BiaginiTORRPUnranked
9Matt BarnesBOSRP
10Cody AllenLAARP

Off the List: Ryan Brasier

If Jose Leclerc was dropped in your league, and you are in need of saves, you may want to scoop. He has not exactly dominated since earning higher-leverage opportunities, but we know what he’s capable of. Too much upside to pass up.


WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)


Top 25

1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Max ScherzerWSHSP
3Blake SnellTBSP
4Gerrit ColeHOUSP
5Clayton KershawLADSP
6Zack GreinkeARZSP
7Chris SaleBOSSP
8Trevor BauerCLESP
9Jacob deGromNYMSP
10Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+1
11Jose BerriosMINSP-1
12Luis CastilloCINSP
13Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
14Matt BoydDETSP+2
15Charlie MortonTBSP+4
16Aaron NolaPHISP-1
17Patrick CorbinWSHSP-3
18Shane BieberCLESP+3
19David PriceBOSSP+3
20German MarquezCOLSP
21Walker BuehlerLADSP+2
22James PaxtonNYYSP-1
23Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
24Mike SorokaATLSP+1
25Kyle HendricksCHCSPUnranked

Off the List: Chris Paddack, Caleb Smith

Since the beginning of May, Walker Buehler has been absolutely nails. He has a sub-1.00 WHIP and a 2.15 ERA over that time. Yeah, he’s really good.


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

1Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
2Chris BassittOAKSP
3Wade MileyHOUSP
4Kyle GibsonMINSP+1
5Pablo LopezMIASP+1
6Trevor RichardsMIASP+3
7Joey LucchesiSDSPUnranked
8Tyler MahleCINSP-1
9Zach DaviesMILSP-1
10Zach PlesacCLESP

Off the List: Jordan Lyles (injury)

Kyle Gibson is 4-1 over his last five starts with a 1.00 WHIP and 2.16 ERA. He should be a solid innings eater for the Twins and has a knack for keeping guys off base.


Quality Starts (QS)


Top 25

1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Zack GreinkeARZSP
4Jacob deGromNYMSP
5Blake SnellTBSP
6Trevor BauerCLESP
7Gerrit ColeHOUSP
8Chris SaleBOSSP
9Clayton KershawLADSP
10Jose BerriosMINSP+1
11Aaron NolaPHISP-1
12Patrick CorbinWSHSP
13Matt BoydDETSP
14Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
15Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP
16Luis CastilloCINSP
17Madison BumgarnerSFSP
18Charlie MortonTBSP+2
19German MarquezCOLSP-1
20Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-1
21Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
22Shane BieberCLESP
23James PaxtonNYYSP
24Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
25Zack WheelerNYMSP-1

Off the List: Caleb Smith (injury)

Not much movement here. Max Scherzer has proven critics from early on wrong and has now posted 10 straight quality starts with a 2.01 ERA over that span. He is still the best going right now.


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

1Lance LynnTEXSP
2Spencer TurnbullDETSP
3Wade MileyHOUSP
4Chris BassittOAKSP
5Trevor RichardsMIASP
6Pablo LopezMIASP+1
7Brett AndersonOAKSP+1
8Brad KellerKCSP/RPUnranked
9Zach PlesacCLESP
10Merrill KellyARZSPUnranked

Off the List: Jordan Lyles (injury), Martin Perez

Brad Keller is far from exciting of a name to add, but he has notched four quality starts in his last five turns. He is definitely matchup-dependent but you could do a lot worse.


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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.

  • Avatar KrazyIvan says:

    I enjoy your lists but I have one question. Why is Walker Buehler so low or missing entirely on most of these list week after week? Are you not impressed with his performance or believe he gets an inning cap?

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