Category Power Rankings: Week 13

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

Off the List: Austin Meadows

Charlie Blackmon has been on another planet the past two weeks. The hottest hitter in baseball right now, Blackmon has seen his average jump from .299 to .338 since returning from the injured list on June 8. He is looking like the guy we were taking within the top three picks of fantasy drafts in 2018.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +1
2 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B +1
3 Scott Kingery PHI 3B/SS/OF Unranked
4 Josh Reddick HOU OF -3
5 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B/OF
6 Jose Iglesias CIN SS
7 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
8 Avisail Garcia TB OF -4
9 Nick Markakis ATL OF -1
10 Gio Urshela NYY 3B/SS -1

Off the List: Leury Garcia

Finally getting regular at-bats, Scott Kingery has made the most of them. He doesn’t qualify for the batting title just yet, but if he did he would be fifth in the majors in batting average. While it would be foolish to expect that average to stay where it is, he should still remain a very solid fantasy option and needs to be owned.

 

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 +1
7 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
8 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF +2
9 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +5
10 Kris Bryant CHC 2B/OF +2
11 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +5
12 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +1
13 Trevor Story COL SS -7
14 Jean Segura PHI SS +2
15 George Springer HOU OF -6
16 Bryce Harper PHI OF -1
17 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +1
18 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
19 Josh Bell PIT 1B
20 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF
21 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
22 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
23 Edwin Encarnacion NYY 1B +1
24 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B Unranked
25 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS Unranked

Off the List: Mitch Haniger, Paul Goldschmidt

Carlos Santana is really enjoying his return to Cleveland. He is almost walking at a higher clip than he ever has, and this is coming from a guy who has a career 15% walk rate. He is consistently batting third in the Indians lineup and is on a 112-run pace.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Leury Garcia CHW OF
2 Nick Markakis ATL OF +3
3 Adam Eaton WSH OF
4 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B -2
5 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF -1
6 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF +1
7 Kole Calhoun LAA OF +2
8 Ramon Laureano OAK OF +2
9 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B/OF Unranked
10 Jorge Soler KC OF Unranked

Off the List: Brandon Lowe (ownership), Gregory Polanco

Over his last 31 ballgames, Ramon Laureano is hitting .314 with seven HRs, 21 RBI, five SBs, and 19 R. His plate discipline is abysmal. But you could do a lot worse if you are in need of some instant offense in deeper roto leagues.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: George Springer

Freddie Freeman had 23 home runs in 707 plate appearances last season. He has 21 dingers in 339 plate appearances this year. Freeman’s power had been frustrating last season after such a hot start, but he has certainly regained his stroke in 2019. He remains one of the elite hitters in all of fantasy and real-life baseball.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hunter Renfroe SD OF +2
2 Franmil Reyes SD OF -1
3 Jorge Soler KC OF +1
4 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B -2
5 C.J. Cron MIN 1B
6 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B
7 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF Unranked
8 Kole Calhoun LAA OF
9 Derek Dietrich CIN 2B/3B/OF Unranked
10 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B -3

Off the List: Gregory Polanco, Justin Smoak (injury)

Jorge Soler is sporting a 27% HR/FB rate, which is eighth-highest in the majors. We always knew he had the pop; it was just a matter of time before he put it all together. While his plate discipline remains lackluster, Soler should remain a very 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 Edwin Encarnacion NYY 1B +1
5 Marcell Ozuna STL OF +1
6 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF -2
7 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
8 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -1
9 Jose Abreu CHW 1B -1
10 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
11 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
12 Khris Davis OAK OF -2
13 Josh Bell PIT 1B
14 Pete Alonso NYM 1B +2
15 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
16 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +2
17 Mike Trout LAA OF Unranked
18 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
19 Bryce Harper PHI OF -5
20 Eddie Rosario MIN OF -1
21 Gary Sanchez NYY C Unranked
22 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 3B/SS +2
23 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
24 Juan Soto WSH OF -4
25 Ronald Acuna Jr.  ATL OF

Off the List: Trevor Story (injury), Adalberto Mondesi (injury)

It can be argued that Gary Sanchez is in the mix for AL MVP. He has been an offensive force for the injury-riddled, but first-place, Yankees. We really have not seen such an offensive juggernaut come from the catcher position in a long time. Where are all those J.T. Realmuto truthers 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
4 Dansby Swanson ATL SS
5 Hunter Renfroe SD OF Unranked
6 Franmil Reyes SD OF Unranked
7 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B
8 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B/OF
9 Colin Moran PIT 2B/3B Unranked
10 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B -1

Off the List: Brandon Lowe (ownership), Gregory Polanco, Justin Smoak (injury)

While he may not be having an outstanding season, Colin Moran does deserve a little more love in fantasy leagues. The former first-round pick is on a 94-RBI pace for the last-place Pirates and at the very least should be owned in any roto leagues with corner infield and middle infield spots.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: None

The recent IL trip for Adalberto Mondesi dethrones him from the top spot…for now. He has such a good sized lead on the rest of the field that even when he does return, it would be surprising if he fell out of the top five in steals.

 

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 Kolten Wong STL 2B +1
5 Delino DeShields TEX OF -1
6 Ramon Laureano OAK OF
7 Amed Rosario NYM SS +1
8 Leury Garcia CHW OF -1
9 Danny Santana TEX 1B/2B/OF +1
10 Brett Gardner NYY OF Unranked

Off the List: JaCoby Jones

Kolten Wong has certainly fallen from grace since his torrid start to the year, but he has made up with it with some speed. The Cards’ second baseman has 13 swipes and has yet to be caught.

 

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 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
7 Tommy Pham TB OF +1
8 Mookie Betts BOS OF -2
9 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
10 Juan Soto WSH OF +2
11 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
12 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +1
13 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B +3
14 Bryce Harper PHI OF -4
15 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -1
16 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -1
17 Jorge Polanco MIN SS
18 Michael Conforto NYM OF
19 Josh Bell PIT 1B
20 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
21 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF
22 Luke Voit NYY 1B +3
23 Justin Turner LAD 3B +1
24 Charlie Blackmon COL OF Unranked
25 George Springer HOU OF -2

Off the List: Austin Meadows

Juan Soto is not walking at the incredible rate he did during his rookie year, but he’s still well above average—especially when you consider he is still only 20 years old. The kid is really good and has the approach of a player who has been in the league for seven or eight years.

 

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

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

Off the List: Justin Smoak (injury)

Adam Eaton is doing a little bit of everything, which is kind of what we expect from the veteran outfielder when he is healthy. He is walking at a 10% clip and should hit for a decent enough average to have an OBP somewhere between .360 and .380. Again, health permitting.

 

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

Off the List: Kyle Hendricks (injury), Noah Syndergaard (injury)

While he may not be as dominant as he once was, Clayton Kershaw is still very much one of the elite when he takes the hill. Even after missing some time to start the year, Kershaw has already tallied seven wins and has only given up more than three earned runs in one start.

 

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 Wade Miley HOU SP +1
5 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +1
6 Brett Anderson OAK SP +2
7 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP
8 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
9 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP +1
10 Mike Fiers OAK SP Unranked

Off the List: John Means (injury)

After a great start to the year, Marco Gonzales fell on some hard times. The lefty has bounced back recently, posting three consecutive victories, including two quality starts.

 

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 Chris Sale BOS SP +2
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
6 Trevor Bauer CLE SP -2
7 Blake Snell TB SP -2
8 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +1
9 Jose Berrios MIN SP -1
10 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
11 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
12 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -2
13 Luis Castillo CIN SP
14 Zack Greinke ARZ SP
15 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
16 Walker Buehler LAD SP
17 Aaron Nola PHI SP
18 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
19 James Paxton NYY SP
20 Jake Odorizzi MIN SP +2
21 German Marquez COL SP
22 Mike Soroka ATL SP +1
23 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP Unranked
24 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
25 Matt Boyd DET SP Unranked

Off the List: Kyle Hendricks (injury), Noah Syndergaard (injury)

Masahiro Tanaka had been struggling heading into his last start against the Rays, but he turned things around by spinning a complete-game shutout. Tanaka’s ERA sits at 3.23, which is pretty impressive considering he had allowed four runs in each of his previous three starts.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP +2
2 Zach Davies MIL SP
3 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -2
4 Wade Miley HOU SP
5 Trevor Richards MIA SP +1
6 Chris Bassitt OAK SP -1
7 Brett Anderson OAK SP
8 Zach Plesac CLE SP +1
9 Dakota Hudson STL SP -1
10 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP

Off the List: None

Not much change here. Zach Plesac continues to impress having now posted four good starts out of his first five. And he has done it against good lineups such as the Red Sox, Yankees, and the Rangers in Arlington. What he is doing appears to be legit and with all the injuries to the Indians rotation, he should stick. It is time for you to buy in.

 

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
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP
6 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
7 Blake Snell TB SP -1
8 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
9 Matt Boyd DET SP
10 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Charlie Morton TB SP
13 Zack Wheeler NYM SP
14 Shane Bieber CLE SP +4
15 Aaron Nola PHI SP
16 James Paxton NYY SP -2
17 Robbie Ray ARZ SP
18 German Marquez COL SP -2
19 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
20 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +1
21 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP +2
22 Zack Greinke ARZ SP
23 Jack Flaherty STL SP +1
24 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -5
25 Mike Minor TEX SP

Off the List: None

Remember when Chris Sale wasn’t striking anybody out in his first few starts of the year? Yeah, me neither. Since April 23, Sale has 124 Ks across 77.1 innings.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Lance Lynn TEX SP
2 Tyler Mahle CIN SP +1
3 Chris Bassitt OAK SP -1
4 Trent Thornton TOR SP +1
5 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +1
6 Joey Lucchesi SD SP +1
7 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -3
8 Tanner Roark CIN SP +1
9 Dylan Bundy BAL SP Unranked
10 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP -2

Off the List: Martin Perez

Dylan Bundy has 46 Ks over his last 39.2 innings and a 3.86 ERA during that span. Not too bad.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Blake Parker

Sergio Romo is what he is at this point in his career. His ERA is creeping up toward 5.00, but if you need saves, he is only 44% owned in Yahoo leagues and 18% owned in ESPN. He is 14-for-15 in save chances so far for Miami.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP +1
2 Hansel Robles LAA RP +5
3 Luke Jackson ATL RP -2
4 Pedro Strop CHC RP
5 Jose Alvarado TB RP Unranked
6 Diego Castillo TB RP
7 Shawn Kelley TEX RP Unranked
8 Jose Leclerc TEX RP -3
9 Taylor Rogers MIN RP Unranked
10 A.J. Minter ATL RP Unranked

Off the List: Cody Allen, Joe Biagini, Matt Barnes, Blake Parker

A.J. Minter has looked pretty good since being recalled from the minors after a bit of a meltdown early on in the season. Luke Jackson has done an admirable job as the closer for the Braves, but I highly doubt he is the ideal guy they want in the role. If Minter continues to make progress, he could find himself earning save opportunities before too long.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Kyle Hendricks (injury)

Blake Snell has allowed 30 baserunners over his last 14 innings to the tune of a 10.29 ERA. Not what we have come to expect from Snell. Still, he has a 3.14 xFIP, so I would just chalk this up to being a rough patch for the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.

 

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
4 Joey Lucchesi SD SP +3
5 Trevor Richards MIA SP +1
6 Kyle Gibson MIN SP -2
7 Zach Plesac CLE SP +3
8 Tyler Mahle CIN SP
9 Mike Fiers OAK SP Unranked
10 Zach Davies MIL SP -1

Off the List: Pablo Lopez (injury)

Since April 26th, Mike Fiers has a 2.84 ERA and a sub-1.00 WHIP. He has reeled off eight quality starts during that time across 10 outings. Fiers is NOT a sexy name, but he is on a very nice roll.

 

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 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +2
6 Trevor Bauer CLE SP
7 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
8 Blake Snell TB SP -3
9 Chris Sale BOS SP -1
10 Jose Berrios MIN SP
11 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
12 Matt Boyd DET SP +1
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP -2
14 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
15 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP
16 Luis Castillo CIN SP
17 Madison Bumgarner SF SP
18 Charlie Morton TB SP
19 Shane Bieber CLE SP +3
20 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP +1
21 German Marquez COL SP -2
22 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +2
23 James Paxton NYY SP
24 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -4
25 Mike Minor TEX SP Unranked

Off the List: Zack Wheeler

How crazy is it to think that at this moment the top five in the AL Cy Young race could very well be Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Lucas Giolito, Jake Odorizzi, and Charlie Morton. Exactly how we thought it would pan out three months into the year, right?

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Lance Lynn TEX SP
2 Wade Miley HOU SP +1
3 Trevor Richards MIA SP +2
4 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -2
5 Chris Bassitt OAK SP -1
6 Zach Plesac CLE SP +3
7 Mike Fiers OAK SP Unranked
8 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP +2
9 Brett Anderson OAK SP -2
10 Marco Gonzales ARZ SP Unranked

Off the List: Pablo Lopez (injury), Brad Keller

Despite falling a little on this list, Brett Anderson has turned in four quality starts over his last five outings. The veteran lefty is still pretty useful in deeper leagues, especially in good matchups at home.

 

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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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