Category Power Rankings: Week 13

Week 13 of the fantasy season is here, and Colin Ward has his latest take in the Category Power Rankings

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
8Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
9Jorge PolancoMINSS+1
10Charlie BlackmonCOLOF+5
11Justin TurnerLAD3B-3
12Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-1
13Mookie BettsBOSOF-1
14Xander BogaertsBOSSS
15Elvis AndrusTEXSS+1
16DJ LemahieuNYY2B/3B+1
17Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF+1
18Jean SeguraPHISS-5
19David DahlCOLOF+1
20Josh BellPIT1B-1
21David PeraltaARZOF
22Tommy PhamTBOF+2
23Juan SotoWSHOFUnranked
24Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
25Francisco LindorCLESS

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)

1David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF+1
2Miguel CabreraDET1B+1
3Scott KingeryPHI3B/SS/OFUnranked
4Josh ReddickHOUOF-3
5Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF
6Jose IglesiasCINSS
7Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
8Avisail GarciaTBOF-4
9Nick MarkakisATLOF-1
10Gio UrshelaNYY3B/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

1Christian YelichMILOF
2Mookie BettsBOSOF
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Mike TroutLAAOF
6Charlie BlackmonCOLOF+1
7Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
8Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+2
9Anthony RendonWSH3B+5
10Kris BryantCHC2B/OF+2
11Xander BogaertsBOSSS+5
12Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+1
13Trevor StoryCOLSS-7
14Jean SeguraPHISS+2
15George SpringerHOUOF-6
16Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
17Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+1
18J.D. MartinezBOSOF-1
19Josh BellPIT1B
20Lorenzo CainMILOF
21Rafael DeversBOS3B
22Francisco LindorCLESS
23Edwin EncarnacionNYY1B+1
24Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3BUnranked
25Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSSUnranked

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)

1Leury GarciaCHWOF
2Nick MarkakisATLOF+3
3Adam EatonWSHOF
4Daniel VogelbachSEA1B-2
5David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF-1
6Kyle SchwarberCHCOF+1
7Kole CalhounLAAOF+2
8Ramon LaureanoOAKOF+2
9Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OFUnranked
10Jorge SolerKCOFUnranked

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

1Christian YelichMILOF
2Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
4Mike TroutLAAOF
5Edwin EncarnacionNYY1B
6Pete AlonsoNYM1B
7Gary SanchezNYYC+1
8Khris DavisOAKOF-1
9Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
10Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
11Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B+4
12Marcell OzunaSTLOF
13Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+1
14J.D. MartinezBOSOF+2
15Francisco LindorCLESS+2
16Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-3
17Freddie FreemanATL1B+6
18Josh BellPIT1B+2
19Anthony RizzoCHC1B+2
20Matt ChapmanOAK3B-2
21Trevor StoryCOLSS-10
22Bryce HarperPHIOF-3
23Eddie RosarioMINOF+1
24Hunter RenfroeSDOFUnranked
25Joey GalloTEX1B/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)

1Hunter RenfroeSDOF+2
2Franmil ReyesSDOF-1
3Jorge SolerKCOF+1
4Daniel VogelbachSEA1B-2
5C.J. CronMIN1B
6Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
7Kyle SchwarberCHCOFUnranked
8Kole CalhounLAAOF
9Derek DietrichCIN2B/3B/OFUnranked
10Renato NunezBAL1B/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

1Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
2Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
3Christian YelichMILOF
4Edwin EncarnacionNYY1B+1
5Marcell OzunaSTLOF+1
6Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-2
7Freddie FreemanATL1B+2
8Anthony RizzoCHC1B-1
9Jose AbreuCHW1B-1
10Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
11J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
12Khris DavisOAKOF-2
13Josh BellPIT1B
14Pete AlonsoNYM1B+2
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
16Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+2
17Mike TroutLAAOFUnranked
18Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
19Bryce HarperPHIOF-5
20Eddie RosarioMINOF-1
21Gary SanchezNYYCUnranked
22Eduardo EscobarARZ3B/SS+2
23Xander BogaertsBOSSS
24Juan SotoWSHOF-4
25Ronald Acuna Jr. ATLOF

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)

1Jorge SolerKCOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3C.J. CronMIN1B
4Dansby SwansonATLSS
5Hunter RenfroeSDOFUnranked
6Franmil ReyesSDOFUnranked
7Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
8Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF
9Colin MoranPIT2B/3BUnranked
10Renato NunezBAL1B/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

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

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

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

1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Freddie FreemanATL1B
4Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
5Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
6Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
7Tommy PhamTBOF+1
8Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
9Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
10Juan SotoWSHOF+2
11J.D. MartinezBOSOF
12Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
13Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B+3
14Bryce HarperPHIOF-4
15Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
16Anthony RizzoCHC1B-1
17Jorge PolancoMINSS
18Michael ConfortoNYMOF
19Josh BellPIT1B
20Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
21Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF
22Luke VoitNYY1B+3
23Justin TurnerLAD3B+1
24Charlie BlackmonCOLOFUnranked
25George SpringerHOUOF-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)

1Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
2Adam EatonWSHOFUnranked
3Brandon BeltSF1B/OF+4
4David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OF
5Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
6Nick MarkakisATLOFUnranked
7Josh ReddickHOUOF-5
8Miguel CabreraDET1B+2
9Avisail GarciaTBOF-1
10Dexter FowlerSTLOF-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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

1Lance LynnTEXSP
2Tyler MahleCINSP+1
3Chris BassittOAKSP-1
4Trent ThorntonTORSP+1
5Kyle GibsonMINSP+1
6Joey LucchesiSDSP+1
7Spencer TurnbullDETSP-3
8Tanner RoarkCINSP+1
9Dylan BundyBALSPUnranked
10Anthony DesclafaniCINSP-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

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

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)

1Sergio RomoMIASP/RP+1
2Hansel RoblesLAARP+5
3Luke JacksonATLRP-2
4Pedro StropCHCRP
5Jose AlvaradoTBRPUnranked
6Diego CastilloTBRP
7Shawn KelleyTEXRPUnranked
8Jose LeclercTEXRP-3
9Taylor RogersMINRPUnranked
10A.J. MinterATLRPUnranked

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

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

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

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

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)

1Lance LynnTEXSP
2Wade MileyHOUSP+1
3Trevor RichardsMIASP+2
4Spencer TurnbullDETSP-2
5Chris BassittOAKSP-1
6Zach PlesacCLESP+3
7Mike FiersOAKSPUnranked
8Merrill KellyARZSP+2
9Brett AndersonOAKSP-2
10Marco GonzalesARZSPUnranked

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.

  • Avatar Charles Dunda says:

    Rendon not worthy of HR. The way he has hit this year. Plus the way he’s hit doubles. And the juiced ball

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