Category Power Rankings: Week 14

With week 14 of the fantasy baseball season upon us, Colin Ward breaks down his latest Category Power Rankings

Time for your weekly dose of CPR!

Batting Average (AVG)

Top 25

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

Off the List: None
Mike Trout has hit .341 in the month of June including a stretch of hitting .425 over his last ten games. Trout is proving that he is every bit worth that 1.1 selection.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+6
2Scott KingeryPHI3B/SS/OF+2
3David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF-2
4Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF+1
5Miguel CabreraDET1B-2
6Josh ReddickHOUOF-2
7Alex VerdugoLADOFUnranked
8Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3BUnranked
9Jose IglesiasCINSS-3
10Avisail GarciaTBOF-2

Off the List: Gio Urshela, Nick Markakis
Hanser Alberto has hit .356 in June and has fround himself in the leadoff spot in the Orioles lineup. Alberto has shown a good ability to hit for a high average throughout the minors so this could be pretty legit.

Runs (R)

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Christian YelichMILOF
2Mookie BettsBOSOF
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Mike TroutLAAOF+1
5Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
6Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
7Freddie FreemanATL1B
8Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
9Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-1
10Kris BryantCHC2B/OF
11Xander BogaertsBOSSS
12Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
13George SpringerHOUOF+2
14Jean SeguraPHISS
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+2
16Josh BellPIT1B+3
17Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
18J.D. MartinezBOSOF
19Trevor StoryCOLSS-6
20Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
21Francisco LindorCLESS+1
22DJ LeMahieuNYY2B/3BUnranked
23Edwin EncarnacionNYY1B
24Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B
25Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSS

Off the List: Lorenzo Cain
DJ LeMahieu has been invaluable for the Yankees thus far. The veteran infielder will be starting the All-Star game for the junior circuit and for good reason. LeMahieu is on a 127-run pace right now.

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

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

Off the List: Howie Kendrick
Now regularly hitting second, Bryan Reynolds is looking like a real viable play in all mixed leagues. He has not slowed down since being recalled.

Home Runs (HR)

Top 25

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

Off the List: Bryce Harper
Aaron Judge is back for the Bronx Bombers and has appeared to regain his stroke over the last couple games. There is no doubt once he shakes the rust off, he will be right back towards the top of this list with the elite power hitters in the game.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Franmil ReyesSDOF+1
2Jorge SolerKCOF+1
3C.J. CronMIN1B+2
4Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
5Kyle SchwarberCHCOF+2
6Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
7Rowdy TellezTOR1BUnranked
8Yandy DiazTB1B/3BUnranked
9Kole CalhounLAAOF-1
10Derek DietrichCIN2B/3B/OF-1

Off the List: Hunter Renfroe (ownership), Renato Nunez
Yandy Diaz was just activated from the injured list and he is more than likely available in your league. The remarkably strong corner infielder was enjoying a nice first season in Tampa Bay before a hamstring strain sidelined him. He has the ability and strength to be a real force at the dish.

Runs Batted In (RBI)

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
2Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
3Christian YelichMILOF
4Marcell OzunaSTLOF+1
5Freddie FreemanATL1B+2
6Edwin EncarnacionNYY1B-2
7Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-1
8Anthony RizzoCHC1B
9Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
10Jose AbreuCHW1B-1
11J.D. MartinezBOSOF
12Khris DavisOAKOF
13Josh BellPIT1B
14Pete AlonsoNYM1B
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
16Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
17Mike TroutLAAOF
18Eddie RosarioMINOF+2
19Bryce HarperPHIOF
20Gary SanchezNYYC+1
21Eduardo EscobarARZ3B/SS+1
22Joey GalloTEX1B/OFUnranked
23Xander BogaertsBOSSS
24Juan SotoWSHOF
25Ronald Acuna Jr. ATLOF

Off the List: Trevor Story (injury)
While he has gone through a fair share of hot streaks so far, Marcell Ozuna has consistently driven in runs. He has 62 RBI and is on a pace for 131 currently. *

*Article written prior to IL annoucement.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jorge SolerKCOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3C.J. CronMIN1B
4Dansby SwansonATLSS
5Franmil ReyesSDOF+1
6Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF+2
7Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
8Asdrubal CabreraTEX2B/3B/SSUnranked
9Colin MoranPIT2B/3B
10Renato NunezBAL1B/3B

Off the List: Hunter Renfroe (ownership)
Howie Kendrick deserves to be an All-Star. Whether he gets the nod or not, the guy is enjoying somewhat of a career resurgence. He is doing it all for the Nationals and with multi-position eligibility, Kendrick needs to be owned in more leagues.

Stolen Bases (SB)

Top 25

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

Off the List: None
Fernando Tatis Jr. has been as advertised. He is looking like a five-category fantasy stud for many many years to come. The rookie phenom is now up to 12 steals in 15 attempts and has a legit shot at a 20/20 year.

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

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

Off the List: Brett Gardner
Manuel Margot has been getting a little bit more run in the San Diego outfield of late. The 24-year old has ten swipes so far and if he gets more regular playing time, he could be looking at a 30-steal season.

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

Top 25

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

Off the List: None
Currently walking around 17% of the time, Rhys Hoskins is becoming one of the best all around hitters in the game. His profile is similar to that of Anthony Rizzo, albeit with a few more strikeouts. He is going to be good for a long time.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
2Adam EatonWSHOF
3Brandon BeltSF1B/OF
4Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+1
5Miguel CabreraDET1B+3
6Nick MarkakisATLOF
7David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OF-3
8Jason HeywardCHCOFUnranked
9Dexter FowlerSTLOF+1
10Alex VerdugoLADOFUnranked

Off the List: Josh Reddick, Avisail Garcia
Alex Verdugo has done an exceptional job at making contact. He doesn’t walk a ton, but he also strikes out less than 10% of the time. That’s pretty remarkable.

Wins (W)

Top 25

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

Off the List: Cole Hamels (injury)
Lance Lynn has recorded six wins over his last ten starts along with a 2.94 ERA during that time. Lynn is on an exceptional run right now and if he keeps it up, he will be a nice trade chip for the Rangers at the deadline.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Kyle GibsonMINSP+4
2Wade MileyHOUSP+2
3Marco GonzalesSEASP+5
4Merrill KellyARZSP+3
5Ryan YarbroughTBSP/RP+4
6Zach DaviesMILSP-3
7Mike FiersOAKSP+3
8John MeansBALSP/RPUnranked
9Brett AndersonOAKSP-3
10Mike LeakeSEASPUnranked

Off the List: Yonny Chirinos (ownership), Lance Lynn (ownership)
Ryan Yarbrough is beginning to find his groove. Over his last five appearances, the southpaw has three victories and a 2.45 ERA.

Earned Run Average (ERA)

Top 25

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

Off the List: None
Aaron Nola may finally be turning the corner. He has not won a decision since the end of May, but he has allowed one run over his last two starts to go with 20 K’s across 15 IP. He has had some walk and home run issues but things may be looking up.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Wade MileyHOUSP+3
2Zach DaviesMILSP
3John MeansBALSPUnranked
4Trevor RichardsMIASP+1
5Chris BassittOAKSP+1
6Zach PlesacCLESP+2
7Brett AndersonOAKSP
8Dakota HudsonSTLSP+1
9Sandy AlcantaraMIASPUnranked
10Merrill KellyARZSP

Off the List: Yonny Chirinos (ownership), Spencer Turnbull (injury)
John Means lowered his ERA to 2.50 on Friday. While there is definitely some expected regression, the Orioles southpaw is looking like a breakout so far in 2019.

Strikeouts (K)

Top 25

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

Off the List: Zack Greinke
Walker Buehler has struck out 46 K’s over his last 36.2 innings. The Dodgers may try to limit his innings down the stretch, but he seems about as solid as they come.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trent ThorntonTORSP+2
2Tyler MahleCINSP
3Chris BassittOAKSP
4Joey LucchesiSDSP+2
5Kyle GibsonMINSP
6Dylan BundyBALSP+3
7Sonny GrayCINSP/RPUnranked
8Tanner RoarkCINSP
9Jordan YamamotoMIASPUnranked
10Elieser HernandezMIASP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Lance Lynn (ownership), Spencer Turnbull (injury), Anthony Desclafani
Despite a little bit of a blow up this weekend, Jordan Yamamoto has been excellent since joining the Marlins rotation. He is averaging a strikeout per inning and he has posted great strikeout numbers at all levels of the minors, so there is reason to believe that he will remain a great source of K’s.

Saves (SV)

Top 25

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

Off the List: Jordan Hicks (injury), Pedro Strop
Craig Kimbrel is back. He has officially rejoined the Cubs and Joe Madden did not hesitate throwing him right back into the ninth inning role. Expect Kimbrel to be one of the best closers in baseball as the season rolls on.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Sergio RomoMIASP/RP
2Luke JacksonATLRP+1
3Hansel RoblesLAARP-1
4Ian KennedyKCSP/RPUnranked
5Shawn KelleyTEXRP+2
6Jose AlvaradoTBRP-1
7Emilio PaganTBRPUnranked
8Taylor RogersMINRP+1
9A.J. MinterATLRP+1
10Jose LeclercTEXRP-2

Off the List: Pedro Strop, Diego Castillo (injury)
Save chances are not going to be prevalent in Kansas City, but Ian Kennedy has done a nice job in the closer’s role. He is 10-for-12 in save chances now. His fastball velocity is up a couple notches now coming out of the bullpen. If you are someone who lost Jordan Hicks for the year without snagging a replacement in the Cardinals’ pen, you could do worse than Kennedy.

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

Top 25

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

Off the List: None
German Marquez has allowed 45 baserunners across his last 30 innings pitched. Marquez has shown signs of his dominance from 2018 but he ultimately has been done in by Coors Field. Tough matchups at home are starting to look like they need to be avoided with Marquez.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Wade MileyHOUSP+2
2Joey LucchesiSDSP+2
3Chris BassittOAKSP-1
4Trevor RichardsMIASP+1
5Kyle GibsonMINSP+1
6Zach PlesacCLESP+1
7Mike FiersOAKSP+2
8Tyler MahleCINSP
9Michael PinedaMINSPUnranked
10Sonny GrayCINSP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Yonny Chirinos (ownership), Zach Davies
Michael Pineda has always done a great job at limiting baserunners, as evident by his 1.19 career WHIP. Pineda has a WHIP just a hair over 1.00 across his last nine starts.

Quality Starts (QS)

Top 25

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

Off the List: James Paxton
Mike Minor has more quality starts than Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, and Aaron Nola. Pretty remarkable year for the assumed soon-to-be-traded Rangers lefty.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Wade MileyHOUSP+1
2Mike FiersOAKSP+5
3Trevor RichardsMIASP
4Merrill KellyARZSP+4
5Zach PlesacCLESP+1
6Chris BassittOAKSP-1
7Brett AndersonOAKSP+2
8Jordan YamamotoMIASPUnranked
9Marco GonzalesSEASP+1
10Mike LeakeSEASPUnranked

Off the List: Lance Lynn (ownership), Spencer Turnbull (injury)
There are only six pitchers in all of baseball who have more quality starts than Mike Fiers. The veteran righty is turning into a very solid source of not only QS but also WHIP and he’s tallied eight wins thus far.
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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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