Category Power Rankings: Week 16

The Week 16 edition of the Category Power Rankings is here as Colin Wards gives his take.

Time for your weekly dose of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Christian YelichMILOF
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
3Michael BrantleyHOUOF
4Freddie FreemanATL1B
5Mike TroutLAAOF
6Anthony RendonWSH3B
7Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
8J.D. MartinezBOSOF-1
9Jorge PolancoMINSS
10Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF+1
11Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-1
12DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+2
13Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
14Justin TurnerLAD3B-2
15Xander BogaertsBOSSS+1
16Elvis AndrusTEXSS-1
17David DahlCOLOF
18Mookie BettsBOSOF
19Josh BellPIT1B
20Juan SotoWSHOF
21Rafael DeversBOS3BUnranked
22Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+2
23Francisco LindorCLESS-1
24Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
25Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OFUnranked

Off the List: David Peralta (injury), Jean Segura

Ketel Marte is in the midst of an exceptional breakout season. He has shown a great knack for making contact and appears to be a legit asset in the batting average department based on his .295 xBA. It’s the power that I don’t think anyone saw coming.

 

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

 

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

Off the List: Miguel Rojas

Alex Verdugo is currently in the top 3% of the league in strikeout rate. He is enjoying a nice season and is getting a lot of run atop the Dodgers lineup, even against lefties. He is looking like a future multi-category fantasy star in the making.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mookie BettsBOSOF
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Christian YelichMILOF
5Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
6Freddie FreemanATL1B
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
8Anthony RendonWSH3B
9Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
10Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+2
11Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-2
12Xander BogaertsBOSSS-1
13Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
14George SpringerHOUOF-1
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
16Josh BellPIT1B
17J.D. MartinezBOSOF
18Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
19Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
20DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+2
21Francisco LindorCLESS
22Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSS+1
23Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B+1
24Alex BregmanHOU3B/SSUnranked
25Edwin EncarnacionNY1B

Off the List: Jean Segura

Ronald Acuna Jr. has avoided the dreaded sophomore slump thus far. He is on a 30-30 pace and 124 runs. It goes without saying, the kid is stud and hitting atop the Braves lineup has worked wonders for his fantasy value.

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Leury GarciaCHWOF
2Nick MarkakisATLOF
3Adam EatonWSHOF
4Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
5Kole CalhounLAAOF
6Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+1
7Kyle SchwarberCHCOF+1
8Yandy DiazTB1B/3B+2
9David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF
10Brandon BeltSF1B/OFUnranked

Off the List: Ramon Laureano (ownership)

Brandon Belt may not give you much in the way of power and run production, but he has always been a good source of OBP and is currently on a 94-run pace.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Christian YelichMILOF
2Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
3Mike TroutLAAOF
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Pete AlonsoNYM1B
6Joey GalloTEX1B/OF
7Edwin EncarnacionNYY1B+1
8Aaron JudgeNYYOF+3
9Gary SanchezNYYC-2
10Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B
11Khris DavisOAKOF-2
12Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
13Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
14Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
15Freddie FreemanATL1B
16J.D. MartinezBOSOF
17Josh BellPIT1B
18Matt ChapmanOAK3B
19Trevor StoryCOLSS
20Hunter RenfroeSDOF+1
21Max MuncyLAD1B/2B/3B+4
22Anthony RizzoCHC1B
23Francisco LindorCLESS-3
24Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
25Manny MachadoSD3B/SSUnranked

Off the List: Eddie Rosario

Lots of Yankees towards the top half of this list. Imagine if they had a healthy Giancarlo Stanton, too…

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Franmil ReyesSDOF
2Jorge SolerKCOF
3Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
4Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
5Christian WalkerARZ1B+2
6Yandy DiazTB1B/3B
7Kyle SchwarberCHCOF-2
8Renato NunezBAL1B/3B+1
9C.J. CronMIN1BUnranked
10Ramon LaureanoOAKOF

Off the List: Jay Bruce (injury)

C.J. Cron is on a 36 HR and 109 RBI pace. He is a guy who dropped 30 bombs a year ago, so if you are in need of power and he was dropped in your league, he is most certainly worth a look.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: None

Pete Alonso has a legitimate shot at breaking Aaron Judge‘s rookie record for home runs in a single season. He is on pace for 54 HRs and 122 RBI and has not slowed down yet. He won’t help in AVG and strikes out a ton, but the power and run production is beyond legit.

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jorge SolerKCOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3Franmil ReyesSDOF
4Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B/OF
5Colin MoranPIT2B/3B+1
6Renato NunezBAL1B/3B
7Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B-2
8Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
9C.J. CronMIN1BUnranked
10Nick MarkakisATLOF

Off the List: Asdrubal Cabrera

As steady as they come, Nick Markakis continues to produce. Atlanta has been the fountain of youth for veterans such as Markakis and Josh Donaldson. Markakis has driven in 53 runs which is good for a pace of 87 RBI and should, at the very least, be owned in five-outfielder leagues.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: Andrew Benintendi

Over his last nine games, Victor Robles has slashed .361/.378/.669 with a pair of HRs and three swipes. While he has taken his lumps this year and his plate discipline needs much improvement, Robles is shaping up to be an elite power/speed combo that will be a fantasy star for years to come.

 

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

 

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

Off the List: Leury Garcia

Oscar Mercado‘s bat has come alive in recent weeks and he is up to nine steals on the year as well. His speed is his calling card and is currently swiping bags at a 30 SB pace.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Freddie FreemanATL1B
4Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
5Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
6Anthony RendonWSH3B
7Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
8Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B
9Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
10Juan SotoWSHOF+1
11Tommy PhamTBOF-2
12Mookie BettsBOSOF
13Anthony RizzoCHC1B+2
14Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
15J.D. MartinezBOSOF-2
16Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF
17Bryce HarperPHIOF
18Josh BellPIT1B
19Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF+1
20George SpringerHOUOF+1
21Luke VoitNYY1B+4
22Justin TurnerLAD3B
23DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3BUnranked
24Josh DonaldsonATL3BUnranked
25Jorge PolancoMINSS-6

Off the List: Michael Conforto, Charlie Blackmon

Josh Donaldson has earned every bit of that “prove it” 1-year/$23 million contract he signed with the Braves this past offseason. He clearly still has plenty of game left and has been a force at the dish. Donaldson is walking at a near 25% clip.

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
2Brandon BeltSF1B/OF+3
3Adam EatonWSHOF-1
4Bryan ReynoldsPITOF-1
5Miguel CabreraDET1B-1
6Nick MarkakisATLOF
7Jason HeywardCHCOF
8Alex VerdugoLADOF+1
9Justin SmoakTOR1B+1
10David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OF-2

Off the List: None

Daniel Vogelbach is looking like an offensive centerpiece for the Mariners for years to come. His on-base abilities continue to impress with an OBP of .372, especially considering he is batting under .240. 

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: James Paxton

Now healthy, Domingo German continues to rack up victories. He certainly benefits having the stout Yankees offense putting runs on the board for him, but he has been nails. His recent IL stint may actually work in his fantasy owners favor by prolonging his season and limiting his innings.

 

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

 

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

Off the List: Merrill Kelly, Mike Leake

Ryan Yarbrough has gotten right back on track. He was demoted for about a month at the end of April and since returning he has pitched to a 2.75 ERA and a 6-2 record. He is easily one of the most valuable SP/RP eligible pitchers in fantasy.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: German Marquez

Kyle Hendricks owns a career 3.11 ERA. He goes unnoticed pretty often due to his unspectacular strikeout numbers, but the guy is as steady as can be.

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Wade MileyHOUSP
2John MeansBALSP/RP
3Sonny GrayCINSP/RP
4Zach DaviesMILSP
5Mike FiersOAKSPUnranked
6Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP-1
7Chris BassittOAKSP
8Brett AndersonOAKSP-2
9Kyle GibsonMINSPUnranked
10Zach PlesacCLESPUnranked

Off the List: Andrew Cashner, Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Richards

After a brief stint in AAA, Zach Plesac was brought back up to the big club and looked sharp in a rain shortened start against the Tigers. Plesac has pretty good stuff, and while it has not translated in big strikeout numbers at the major league level yet, he should remain a viable fantasy arm. 

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: Zack Wheeler (injury), Noah Syndergaard

Yu Darvish is finally turning things around. He has 45 Ks across his last 36.2 IP to go with a 3.44 ERA. Here’s to hoping he is figuring things out.

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trent ThorntonTORSP+1
2Kyle GibsonMINSP+1
3Jordan YamamotoMINSP+2
4Chase AndersonMILSP/RP+4
5Tanner RoarkCINSP+1
6Jakob JunisKCSPUnranked
7Chris BassittOAKSP
8Jordan LylesPITSP/RP+1
9Anthony DesclafaniCINSPUnranked
10Griffin CanningLAASPUnranked

Off the List: Sonny Gray (ownership), Dylan Bundy (injury), Tyler Mahle

With 39 Ks over his last 36 innings, Jakob Junis has gotten his season total up to 115. That is a number better than that of Jose Berrios, David Price, and Chris Archer.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: None

Brad Hand is establishing himself as the best closer in the American League. He has a 14.2 K/9 and a 2.2 BB/9 right now. Insane.

 

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

 

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

Off the List: None

Not much change here.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: James Paxton

Stephen Strasburg has posted his lowest walk rate and best K:BB ratio since 2015. The ERA may fluctuate between the low to upper 3.00, but the strikeouts and WHIP numbers are going to be near elite.

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Wade MileyHOUSP
2Mike FiersOAKSP
3Sonny GrayCINSP
4Kyle GibsonMINSP
5Michael PinedaMINSP+1
6Jordan YamamotoMIASP+1
7Jeff SamardzijaSFSP+3
8Andrew CashnerBOSSP
9Chris BassittOAKSP
10Griffin CanningLAASPUnranked

Off the List: Tyler Mahle

Jeff Samardzija is on a nice run over his last four. He has gone 3-1 with a sub-1.00 WHIP and a 2.70 ERA. We’ve seen “Shark” limit baserunners at an elite level before so it is no surprise that he is helping fantasy owners in this category again this year.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

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

Off the List: German Marquez

Max Scherzer has not made a start since July 6th and is still tied for the major league lead in quality starts. Sure, the All-Star Break was thrown in there, but Mad Max is just a notch above.

 

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

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike FiersOAKSP
2Wade MileyHOUSP
3Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP
4Brett AndersonOAKSP+1
5Merrill KellyARZSP-1
6Andrew CashnerBOSSP
7Mike LeakeSEASP+3
8Jordan YamamotoMIASP
9Marco GonzalesSEASP-2
10Zach PlesacCLESPUnranked

Off the List: Chris Bassitt

Mike Leake was nearly perfect in his last start, but still tallied a CG shutout. It was his 12th QS of the year which ranks higher than Chris Sale, Aaron Nola, and Walker Buehler.

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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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