Category Power Rankings: Week 15

Colin Ward gives his updated Category Power Rankings for week 15 of the fantasy season as we head into the second half of the year

After a week off for the holiday and as we head into the second half of the season, we are back with your weekly dose of CPR!


Batting Average (AVG)


Top 25


1Christian YelichMILOF
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
3Michael BrantleyHOUOF
4Freddie FreemanATL1B
5Mike TroutLAAOF
6Anthony RendonWSH3B
7J.D. MartinezBOSOF
8Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
9Jorge PolancoMINSS
10Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
11Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF+1
12Justin TurnerLAD3B-1
13Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
14DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+2
15Elvis AndrusTEXSS
16Xander BogaertsBOSSS-2
17David DahlCOLOF+1
18Mookie BettsBOSOF-1
19Josh BellPIT1B
20Juan SotoWSHOF+2
21David PeraltaARZOF-1
22Francisco LindorCLESS+3
23Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+1
24Kris BryantCHC3B/OFUnranked
25Jean SeguraPHISS-4

Off the List: Tommy Pham

DJ LeMahieu has turned in a legit MVP-caliber season to this point and is not slowing down. The former batting champion is currently leading the AL in AVG and has mashed his way to a .365 clip over his last 30 games.


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


1Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
2Scott KingeryPHI3B/SS/OF
3Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B+5
4Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF
5Miguel CabreraDET1B
6Alex VerdugoLADOF+1
7David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF-4
8Miguel RojasMIA1B/2B/3B/SSUnranked
9Josh ReddickHOUOF-3
10Leury GarciaCHWOFUnranked

Off the List: Avisail Garcia, Jose Iglesias

It would be easy to overlook Miguel Rojas as he plays for the Marlins, but he is on quite a tear. Rojas has hit .354 since June 1st and has shown a great ability to make contact and rarely strikes out. Might as well ride this out.

Runs (R)


Top 25


1Mookie BettsBOSOF+1
2Mike TroutLAAOF+2
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Christian YelichMILOF-3
5Charlie BlackmonCOLOF+1
6Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-2
8Anthony RendonWSH3B
9Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
10Kris BryantCHC2B/OF
11Xander BogaertsBOSSS
12Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
13George SpringerHOUOF
14Trevor StoryCOLSS+5
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
16Josh BellPIT1B
17J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
18Jean SeguraPHISS-4
19Bryce HarperPHIOF-2
20Rafael DeversBOS3B
21Francisco LindorCLESS
22DJ LeMahieuNYY2B/3B
23Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSS+2
24Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B
25Edwin EncarnacionNY1B-2

Off the List: None

Trevor Story is currently on a 144-run pace. Pretty remarkable when you consider that the Rockies shortstop missed about two weeks due to injury.


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


1Leury GarciaCHWOF
2Nick MarkakisATLOF
3Adam EatonWSHOF
4Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
5Kole CalhounLAAOF
6Ramon LaureanoOAKOF+1
7Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+2
8Kyle SchwarberCHCOF
9David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF-3
10Yandy DiazTB1B/3BUnranked

Off the List: Jorge Soler

Over his last 22 games, Adam Eaton has hit .333 and scored 13 runs. It is no coincidence that the Nationals recent hot streak as a team has gone hand in hand with Eaton’s great play in recent weeks.


Home Runs (HR)


Top 25


1Christian YelichMILOF
2Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
3Mike TroutLAAOF+1
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
5Pete AlonsoNYM1B
6Joey GalloTEX1B/OF+8
7Gary SanchezNYYC
8Edwin EncarnacionNYY1B-2
9Khris DavisOAKOF-1
10Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B
11Aaron JudgeNYYOF+6
12Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-3
13Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-2
14Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS-2
15Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
16J.D. MartinezBOSOF-1
17Josh BellPIT1B+1
18Matt ChapmanOAK3B
19Trevor StoryCOLSS+6
20Francisco LindorCLESS-1
21Hunter RenfroeSDOF+3
22Anthony RizzoCHC1B-1
23Eddie RosarioMINOF
24Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-2
25Max MuncyLAD1B/2B/3BUnranked

Off the List: Marcell Ozuna

Max Muncy has slugged five HRs over his last ten games. The multi-position eligible slugger has shown that 2018 was no fluke with 22 bombs in the first half.


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


1Franmil ReyesSDOF
2Jorge SolerKCOF
3Daniel VogelbachSEA1B+1
4Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+2
5Kyle SchwarberCHCOF
6Yandy DiazTB1B/3B+2
7Christian WalkerARZ1BUnranked
8Kole CalhounLAAOF+1
9Renato NunezBAL1B/3BUnranked
10Ramon LaureanoOAKOFUnranked

Off the List: C.J. Cron (injury), Derek Dietrich, Rowdy Tellez

Christian Walker has gone though his ups and downs this season. He is currently back on the upswing with six dongs across his last 19 games.


Runs Batted In (RBI)


Top 25


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

Off the List: Marcell Ozuna (injury), Ronald Acuna Jr.

In the 13 games since returning from injury, Aaron Judge has beenwell, Aaron Judge. He is getting on base, he is dropping bombs, and he is driving in runs. When fully healthy, Judge is as an elite of a run producer as there is.

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


1Jorge SolerKCOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3Franmil ReyesSDOF+2
4Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF+2
5Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+2
6Renato NunezBAL1B/3B+4
7Colin MoranPIT2B/3B+2
8Bryan ReynoldsPITOFUnranked
9Asdrubal CabreraTEX2B/3B/SS-1
10Nick MarkakisATLOFUnranked

Off the List: C.J. Cron (injury), Dansby Swanson (ownership)

Why isn’t Bryan Reynolds universally owned yet? It boggles my mind. The dude will not stop hitting and is still only 32% owned on Yahoo. 


Stolen Bases (SB)


Top 25


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

Off the List: None

While, overall, Trea Turner‘s season has felt like a disappointment due to injuries, he has been excellent when on the field. The uber dynamic shortstop is on a 56-steal pace currently and should be an elite fantasy asset moving forward. Health permitting, of course.


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


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

Off the List: None

Not much change here.


On-Base Percentage (OBP)


Top 25


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

Off the List: None

Jeff McNeil is really shaping up to be one of the best pure hitters in baseball. The guy does not strike out, and while he does not walk a ton, his hitting tool is so strong that he will always be a strong source of OBP due to his incredible AVG.


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


1Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
2Adam EatonWSHOF
3Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+1
4Miguel CabreraDET1B+1
5Brandon BeltSF1B/OF-2
6Nick MarkakisATLOF
7Jason HeywardCHCOF+1
8David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OF-1
9Alex VerdugoLADOF+1
10Justin SmoakTOR1BUnranked

Off the List: Dexter Fowler

Jason Heyward has enjoyed a nice season so far. While Heyward may never live up to the expectations that were set for him when he was initially called up as a top prospect in the Braves system, he is showing signs of why he was so highly touted. Heyward has a .412 OBP over his last 13 games and remains a solid play in deeper OBP leagues.


Wins (W)


Top 25


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

Off the List: None

Trevor Bauer has tallied three consecutive victories and four in his last five starts. He has had his share of inconsistency this year, but Bauer still remains a top tier SP and should see better results in the second half. There is too much talent here.


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


1Wade MileyHOUSP+1
2Marco GonzalesSEASP+1
3Kyle GibsonMINSP-2
4Mike FiersOAKSP+3
5Merrill KellyARZSP-1
6Zach DaviesMILSP
7John MeansBALSP/RP+1
8Brett AndersonOAKSP+1
9Andrew CashnerBALSPUnranked
10Mike LeakeSEASP

Off the List: Ryan Yarbrough

Three consecutive wins, five straight quality starts, an IPS across that span of 6.4 and an ERA of 1.41. Pretty nice run, right? That is what Andrew Cashner has been up to recently. Yes, that Andrew Cashner.


Earned Run Average (ERA)


Top 25


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

Off the List: German Marquez

Shane Bieber had turned in five straight solid starts before the All-Star break to the tune of a 2.06 ERA during that span. He is shaping up to be a legit top-15 SP right now.


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


1Wade MileyHOUSP
2John MeansBALSP+1
3Sonny GrayCINSPUnranked
4Zach DaviesMILSP-2
5Dakota HudsonSTLSP+3
6Brett AndersonOAKSP+1
7Chris BassittOAKSP-2
8Sandy AlcantaraMIASP+1
9Andrew CashnerBALSPUnranked
10Trevor RichardsMIASP-6

Off the List: Zach Plesac

It has gone somewhat unnoticed that Sonny Gray is enjoying an excellent bounce-back season so far. He was selected to the All-Star game for the second time in his career and deservedly so. He should be universally owned but yet is still only 40% owned in ESPN leagues.


Strikeouts (K)


Top 25


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

Off the List: Mike Minor

Despite being mind-numbingly inconsistent, Yu Darvish will always rack up the K’s. He is up to 119 on the year and has shown some signs of the old Darvish lately. Here’s to hoping he finds his groove because when he is going right, he has always been a fun arm to watch pitch.


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


1Sonny GrayCINSP+6
2Trent ThorntonTORSP-1
3Kyle GibsonMINSP+2
4Tyler MahleCINSP-2
5Jordan YamamotoMIASP+4
6Tanner RoarkCINSP+2
7Chris BassittOAKSP-4
8Chase AndersonMILSP/RPUnranked
9Jordan LylesPITSP/RPUnranked
10Dylan BundyBALSP-4

Off the List: Joey Lucchesi (ownership), Elieser Hernandez

Kyle Gibson has posted a career-high K% and SwStr% this year. He is a solid innings-eater for fantasy owners and, if he can maintain this strikeout rate, a good source of punch outs.


Saves (SV)


Top 25


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

Off the List: Jose Alvarado

Carlos Martinez is the fill-in closer for the Cardinals right now. I say “fill-in” because there is a decent chance the Cardinals add a bullpen piece that could potentially fill that closer’s role. Regardless, Martinez should be owned if you are in need of saves.


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


1Sergio RomoMIASP/RP
2Luke JacksonATLRP
3Hansel RoblesLAARP
4Ian KennedyKCSP/RP
5Shawn KelleyTEXRP
6Emilio PaganTBRP+1
7Taylor RogersMINRP+1
8Diego CastilloTBSP/RPUnranked
9Roenis EliasSEASP/RPUnranked
10A.J. MinterATLRP-1

Off the List: Jose Alvarado (injury), Jose Leclerc

Hansel Robles has been a nice surprise for the Halos so far. Once Cody Allen collapsed as the closer, Robles slid into the role and has done a nice job. Whether he is long for the role is still questionable, but he should be owned until further notice.


WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)


Top 25


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

Off the List: German Marquez

Yonny Chirinos has been a must-start pitcher over the last couple months. He owns a sub-1.00 WHIP on the year and a 2.93 ERA across his last seven starts. He is one of the best SP/RP options for points leagues and appears to be pretty legit.


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


1Wade MileyHOUSP
2Mike FiersOAKSP+5
3Sonny GrayCINSP+7
4Kyle GibsonMINSP+1
5Tyler MahleCINSP+3
6Michael PinedaMINSP+3
7Jordan YamamotoMIASPUnranked
8Andrew CashnerBALSPUnranked
9Chris BassittOAKSP-6
10Jeff SamardzijaSFSPUnranked

Off the List: Joey Lucchesi (ownership), Zach Plesac, Trevor Richards

With each passing week, Mike Fiers, somehow, becomes more and more must-own. Fiers owns a WHIP under 1.00 over his last 12 starts and his numbers are looking very respectable at the moment. He won’t strike anyone out, but quality starts have become automatic.


Quality Starts (QS)


Top 25


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

Off the List: Noah Syndergaard

Jon Gray has looked much more like the pitcher we thought he was a couple of years ago. He now has 11 quality starts and is actually pitching tremendously at the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.


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


1Mike FiersOAKSP+1
2Wade MileyHOUSP-1
3Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RPUnranked
4Merrill KellyARZSP
5Brett AndersonOAKSP+2
6Andrew CashnerBALSPUnranked
7Marco GonzalesSEASP+2
8Jordan YamamotoMIASP
9Chris BassittOAKSP-3
10Mike LeakeSEASP

Off the List: Zach Plesac, Trevor Richards

Nine of Dakota Hudson‘s last twelve starts have been of the quality variety. Things may come crashing down for the 24-year old as he does not miss many bats and puts WAY too many guys on base. But if you need a decent start in a good matchup, give him a look.

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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 J says:

    Glad to see him finally make the rankings, but I really think you just massively underrate Hendricks in general. He was a top 25 pitcher by ERA and a top 30 pitcher by WHIP every year since 2016. There are not that many pitchers that consistent. Since 2016 he’s 6th in ERA and 10th in WHIP. Yeah he’s not gonna kill the strikeout numbers, but he’s top 10 in ratios.

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