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Category Power Rankings: Week 14

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 Michael Brantley HOU OF
2 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
4 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +2
5 Trea Turner WSH SS
6 Tim Anderson CWS SS -2
7 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
8 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF +1
9 Jesse Winker CIN OF -1
10 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
11 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
12 Juan Soto WSH OF
13 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B +1
14 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +3
15 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF -2
16 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
17 Nolan Arenado STL 3B -2
18 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +3
19 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +1
20 Alex Verdugo BOS OF -2
21 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +1
22 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +1
23 Justin Turner LAD 3B Unranked
24 Carlos Correa HOU SS +1
25 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Ketel Marte (injury), Kris Bryant

Over his last 30 games, Justin Turner has a healthy slash line of .343/.432/.537. After hitting just .267 leading up to that point, Turner has raised his season-long AVG to .296, which is much more in line with his career .293 mark. Turner has always been a sure bet for batting average and solid RBI numbers as long as he is healthy.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF
2 J.P. Crawford SEA SS +2
3 Yonathan Daza COL OF
4 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B +1
5 Steven Duggar SF OF +1
6 Pavin Smith ARZ 1B/OF -4
7 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B
8 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +2
9 Akil Baddoo DET OF
10 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -2

 

Off the list: None

For the past month now, J.P. Crawford has been a hitting machine. A .363 AVG during that span has boosted his season-long mark up to .291 and has put himself in the mixed league mix.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: DJ LeMahieu

What Shohei Ohtani is doing right now is pretty unprecedented. At the dish for the past month, Ohtani has an OPS of 1.437, 15 HRs, 26 RBI, and 23 runs. Offensively, he is currently on a full-season pace of 64 HRs, 141 RBI, and 124 runs. He is, quite literally, the modern-day Babe Ruth.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B
2 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B +4
3 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF -1
4 Luis Urías MIL 2B/3B/SS Unranked
5 Steven Duggar SF OF -2
6 Odúbel Herrera PHI 2B/OF -2
7 J.P. Crawford SEA SS +2
8 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -3
9 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF Unranked
10 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF -2

 

Off the list: Tony KempRobbie Grossman

Luis Urías has done a nice job for the Brew Crew since taking over full-time at third base. Urías is up to ten dingers on the year and has scored 21 runs over his last 26 games. Even when Travis Shaw returns, one would have to assume Urías will remain the starter based on his better overall production.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Kyle Schwarber (injury)

With eight homers over his last 19 games, Marcus Semien now has more round-trippers than some of the most prolific sluggers such as Joey Gallo, Aaron Judge, and Nelson Cruz. Semien has been a multi-category contributor in fantasy this year and is well-deserving of the starting nod for the All-Star Game at second base.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Duvall MIA OF
2 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B +4
3 C.J. Cron COL 1B
4 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B/3B -2
5 Nate Lowe TEX 1B +4
6 Josh Bell WSH 1B +1
7 Avisaíl García MIL OF +1
8 Willy Adames MIL SS +2
9 Mike Zunino TB C Unranked
10 Joc Pederson CHC 1B/OF -5

 

Off the list: Andrew McCutchen (ownership)

Mike Zunino has five homers over his last eight games, giving him 18 on the year which ranks him second among catchers in the category. Zunino has always presented his raw power when given the opportunity and this year is no exception. If you can take the hit in batting average, Zunino is still only owned in 36% of Yahoo leagues and 27% of ESPN leagues.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Kyle Tucker

Only one player has driven in more runs over the past month than Ozzie Albies. The second baseman has been a major run producer since being put into the three spot in the Atlanta order, hitting .313/.360/.578 with 33 RBI spanning 33 games. With Marcell Ozuna’s future very much up in the air, Atlanta is in need of some help in the middle of the order and Albies has more than delivered.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Duvall MIA OF
2 Avisaíl García MIL OF +1
3 Manuel Margot TB OF +3
4 Willy Adames MIL SS Unranked
5 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF +2
6 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B +2
7 Jake Fraley SEA OF Unranked
8 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B/3B -3
9 C.J. Cron COL 1B
10 Josh Bell WSH 1B

 

Off the list: Andrew McCutchen (ownership), Joc Pederson

Jake Fraley has been impressive through 32 games, posting a .982 OPS as well as 14 combined HRs and SBs and 21 RBI. Fraley has driven in 17 of those runs over his last 23 games and is looking like a real bright spot for the upstart Mariners.

 

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 Starling Marte MIA OF
5 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
6 Tim Anderson CWS SS
7 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF
8 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +7
9 Bo Bichette TOR SS
10 Garrett Hampson
COL 2B/SS/OF -2
11 Randy Arozarena TB OF
12 Trevor Story COL SS
13 Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX C/3B/SS
14 Jazz Chisholm
MIA 2B/SS -4
15 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS +1
16 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B +6
17 Tommy Pham SD OF
18 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF +2
19 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
20 Javier Báez CHC SS -2
21 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF
22 José Ramírez CLE 3B -8
23 Akil Baddoo DET OF Unranked
24 Robbie Grossman DET OF
25 Raimel Tapia COL OF

 

Off the list: Mookie Betts

Adding to his huge breakout year, Cedric Mullins is 15-for-19 in SB attempts so far and is successful in his last nine. He has done it all for fantasy owners and, realistically, should be starting the All-Star Game.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF
2 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF
3 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF
4 Akil Baddoo DET OF +3
5 Robbie Grossman DET OF -1
6 Steven Duggar SF OF -1
7 Jake Fraley SEA OF Unranked
8 Manuel Margot TB OF +1
9 Victor Robles WSH OF -3
10 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF -2

 

Off the list: Brett Phillips

Not much to write home about here.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Ketel Marte (injury)

Xander Bogaerts is posting a career-high OBP to this point in the year and has a .418 mark over his last 25 games. He has blossomed into one of the most underrated hitters in all of baseball and even in fantasy. Bogaerts is as reliable as they come and a contributor in several categories across just about any format.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B +1
2 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B -1
3 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B +1
4 Jake Fraley SEA OF Unranked
5 C.J. Cron COL 1B -2
6 Nate Lowe TEX 1B +1
7 J.P. Crawford SEA SS +2
8 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF Unranked
9 Steven Duggar SF OF Unranked
10 Yonathan Daza COL OF -2

 

Off the list: Andrew McCutchen (ownership), Tony Kemp, Robbie Grossman

After just an abysmal May, Nate Lowe has bounced back over the past month, posting a .310/.385/.500 slash line. Lowe has shown the ability that made him a top prospect in the Tampa Bay organization, but it has just been inconsistent. That may be the story for the rest of the year until he gets enough playing time at the big league level.

 

**As we enter the pitching section, I just wanted to chime in here in regards to Trevor Bauer. With his future very much up in the air as this investigation continues, I felt that it was best to just remove him from the lists altogether until more details come forth and a final decision is made.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Trevor Bauer

Germán Márquez has gone 4-1 over his last five turns including a complete-game shutout in his most recent outing. Going back a little further, the right-hander is 6-2 over his last nine starts. We know what to expect out of Márquez at this point in his career. He is an innings eater who will give his team every chance to win. We may be seeing him pitching for a contender starting in August, which would be very interesting.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Tarik Skubal DET SP
2 Drew Smyly ATL SP +3
3 Johnny Cueto SF SP -1
4 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP
5 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP +3
6 Zach Davies CHC SP -3
7 Adrian Houser MIL SP/RP
8 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP +1
9 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -3
10 Jake Odorizzi HOU SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Griffin Canning (demotion)

Jake Odorizzi has now won three of his last four starts. Odorizzi has done a nice job of limiting baserunners as well to the tune of a 0.97 WHIP. He may not go deep into games but with the powerful Houston lineup behind him, there is always an opportunity for a victory.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Trevor Bauer

With a 1.73 ERA over his last six starts, Sandy Alcantara has now lowered his overall figure to under 3.00. He seems to be well on his way to another All-Star selection and deservedly so. The Marlins have a nice three-headed monster, along with Trevor Rogers and Pablo López, in that rotation to look forward to for years to come.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP
2 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP +2
3 Joe Ross WSH SP/RP
4 Tarik Skubal DET SP -2
5 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP +1
6 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP -1
7 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP +1
8 JT Brubaker PIT SP -1
9 Caleb Smith ARZ SP/RP Unranked
10 Logan Gilbert SEA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Matt Manning, Zach Davies

While he can’t buy a win pitching for the Diamondbacks, Caleb Smith has a 2.73 ERA over his last five starts. Smith now holds a 3.08 ERA on the year, and while that may not last due to him being an extreme fly-ball pitcher, he deserves to be streamed in most mixed leagues.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Trevor Bauer

Over his last eight starts, Sean Manaea has 54 K’s across 48.2 innings to go with a 1.85 ERA. The lefty is posting the best strikeout numbers of his career and that is due in large part to his sinker/changeup combo which has been a revelation.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Tarik Skubal DET SP
2 Andrew Heaney LAA SP
3 Caleb Smith ARZ SP
4 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP
5 Dane Dunning TEX SP
6 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP
7 Logan Gilbert SEA SP +1
8 Shane McClanahan TB SP/RP +1
9 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP Unranked
10 Mike Minor KC SP -3

 

Off the list: Jake Odorizzi

The only thing Eduardo Rodriguez has had going for him this year are the K’s. E-Rod is striking out 10.52 batters per nine innings. He has, however, posted three consecutive quality starts, so he may be turning the corner.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: José Alvarado

Edwin Díaz has been excellent for the past month or so. He has converted his last eight save opportunities and has a 1.74 ERA during that span. The 27-year old stopper has earned the unfortunate nickname in some circles of Ed-LOSE Díaz since joining the Mets but he has been pretty darn good dating back to 2020.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Tyler Rogers SF RP +1
2 Kendall Graveman SEA RP +1
3 Daniel Bard COL RP +1
4 Taylor Rogers MIN RP +1
5 Ranger Suárez PHI RP Unranked
6 José Alvarado PHI RP Unranked
7 Amir Garrett CIN RP -1
8 José Cisnero DET RP -1
9 Cole Sulser BAL RP
10 J.P. Feyereisen TB RP

 

Off the list: Ian Kennedy (ownership), Paul Fry

The Phillies’ bullpen is a dumpster fire right now. In his first couple attempts at handling closing duties, José Alvarado completely flopped. Ranger Suárez has been effective all year and appears to be next up after converting the last save opportunity for Joe Girardi. Regardless, it is a situation to avoid for most fantasy owners.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Trevor Bauer

Since June 9th, Taijuan Walker has lowered his WHIP to 1.01 as he has posted a 0.94 mark during that span. The right-hander has been one of the year’s best free-agent signings and it has been nice to see the 28-year old finally put it all together.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP
2 James Kaprielian OAK SP
3 Logan Gilbert SEA SP
4 Joe Ross WSH SP/RP
5 Jake Odorizzi HOU SP Unranked
6 JT Brubaker PIT SP -1
7 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP +2
8 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP -2
9 Kolby Allard TEX SP/RP Unranked
10 Mike Minor KC SP

 

Off the list: Tarik SkubalPatrick Corbin

Kolby Allard has done a nice job of limiting baserunners all year long and especially since he joined the Texas rotation. With a 1.08 WHIP to go along with a very respectable 3.46 ERA, Allard is firmly entrenched among the very good streaming options in mixed leagues.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
3 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +2
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
6 Yu Darvish SD SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP +1
8 Kevin Gausman SF SP +1
9 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +1
10 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
11 Zack Greinke HOU SP +3
12 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +2
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
14 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +4
15 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -2
16 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +1
17 Kyle Gibson TEX SP/RP +1
18 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
19 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +3
20 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP +4
21 Germán Márquez COL SP Unranked
22 Marcus Stroman NYM SP +1
23 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP Unranked
24 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP -8
25 Framber Valdez HOU SP/RP

 

Off the list: Trevor Bauer, José Berríos

Is it possible Max Scherzer is getting better with age? Since the beginning of May, Scherzer has seven quality starts and a microscopic 1.68 ERA. There were some who doubted Mad Max coming into this year, but we haven’t heard from those folks for quite some time.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP +4
2 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP
3 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP
4 Tarik Skubal DET SP -3
5 Joe Ross WSH SP/RP +1
6 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP +1
7 JT Brubaker PIT SP -3
8 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP Unranked
9 Johnny Cueto SF SP +1
10 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -2

 

Off the list: Vladimir Gutierrez

James Kaprielian continues to impress for the Athletics. He has quality starts in four of his last five starts and now boasts a 2.84 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. His luck may run out eventually but you need to ride this out as long as you can because he is getting the job done right now.

 

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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.

  • Dave says:

    Colin, what is it you don’t like about Pablo Lopez? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him on any of your pitcher lists. Yet, he has been an excellent pitcher all season (much better than a lot of the pitchers you list in most SP categories). Or, has this been an erroneous omission?

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