Category Power Rankings: Week 18

After a week away, we are back with the latest edition of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF
2 Michael Brantley HOU OF +1
3 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -1
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
5 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
6 Mike Trout LAA OF -1
7 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
8 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF +2
9 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +3
10 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +1
11 Jorge Polanco MIN SS -2
12 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -4
13 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF
14 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
15 David Dahl COL OF +2
16 Justin Turner LAD 3B -2
17 Elvis Andrus TEX SS -1
18 Mookie Betts BOS OF
19 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +2
20 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +2
21 Juan Soto WSH OF -1
22 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +1
23 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/SS/OF +2
24 Josh Bell PIT 1B -5
25 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF Unranked

 

Off the List: Javier Baez

Xander Bogaerts is enjoying a career season and is shaping up to flirt with the first round entering draft season in 2020. He is currently hitting .311 and has gotten better as the year has gone on.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
2 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B
3 Alex Verdugo LAD OF
4 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +3
5 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B/OF -1
6 Leury Garcia CHW SS/OF +2
7 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B -2
8 Nick Markakis ATL OF +2
9 Miguel Rojas HOU OF Unranked
10 Jose Martinez STL 1B/OF Unranked

 

Off the List: Scott Kingery, Josh Reddick

All Hanser Alberto does is hit. He is currently fourth in the AL in batting average and is hitting .328 since the start of June. That is a pretty good sample size of just pure raking.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mookie Betts BOS OF
2 Mike Trout LAA OF
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
4 Christian Yelich MIL OF
5 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
7 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +2
8 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
9 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +1
10 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -3
11 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
12 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF -1
13 Trevor Story COL SS
14 George Springer HOU OF
15 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +4
16 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS -1
17 Josh Bell PIT 1B -1
18 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +2
19 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +2
20 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +2
21 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -4
22 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +2
23 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B
24 Bryce Harper PHI OF -6
25 Starling Marte PIT OF Unranked

 

Off the List: Edwin Encarnacion

Fernando Tatis Jr.‘s 162-game pace right now is 43 home runs, 102 RBI, 122 runs, and 32 stolen bases. While those numbers may not be completely attainable for the Padres phenom over a full season, he sure is shaping up to be a complete fantasy stalwart for many years to come.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Leury Garcia CHW OF
2 Nick Markakis ATL OF
3 Adam Eaton WSH OF
4 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +1
6 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF +1
7 Kole Calhoun LAA OF -2
8 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +1
9 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF +1
10 Christian Walker ARZ 1B Unranked

 

Off the List: Yandy Diaz (injury)

Leury Garcia has put together a decent little season. He has managed to hit for a solid average all year, steal some bases, and has scored more runs than the likes of J.D. Martinez, Manny Machado, and Bryce Harper.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF
2 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF -1
4 Pete Alonso NYM 1B +1
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -1
6 Edwin Encarnacion NYY 1B +1
7 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
8 Mike Moustakas MIL 2B/3B +2
9 Khris Davis OAK OF +2
10 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +3
11 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +3
12 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
13 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
14 Hunter Renfroe SD OF +6
15 Josh Bell PIT 1B +2
16 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
17 Matt Chapman OAK 3B +1
18 Trevor Story COL SS +1
19 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B +2
20 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +3
21 Max Kepler MIN OF Unranked
22 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +2
23 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B Unranked
24 Nelson Cruz MIN UT Unranked
25 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS

 

Off the List: Anthony Rizzo, Joey Gallo (injury), Gary Sanchez (injury)

I am holding strong by keeping Khris Davis in the top 10. I just have a gut feeling he is going to have a very strong finish to the year to get his numbers back up to respectable levels. And, of course, bump his average up to around .247 or so.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Franmil Reyes CLE OF
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B +1
3 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B +1
4 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B +4
5 Christian Walker ARZ 1B
6 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF +1
7 Kole Calhoun LAA OF Unranked
8 Justin Smoak TOR 1B Unranked
9 Nomar Mazara TEX OF Unranked
10 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF Unranked

 

Off the List: Jorge Soler (ownership), Yandy Diaz (injury), C.J. Cron (injury), Ramon Laureano (injury)

Mark Canha has hit his way into an everyday role for the Athletics, and deservedly so. He is now up to 17 home runs and should be, at the very least, on your AL-only league radars.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
2 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
3 Christian Yelich MIL OF
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
5 Josh Bell PIT 1B
6 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
7 Mike Trout LAA OF +5
8 Edwin Encarnacion NYY 1B
9 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -3
10 Jose Abreu CHW 1B
11 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
12 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF -3
13 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
14 Khris Davis OAK OF -1
15 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
16 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
17 Trevor Story COL SS
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +4
19 Bryce Harper PHI OF -1
20 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
21 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 3B/SS -2
22 Rafael Devers BOS 3B Unranked
23 Eddie Rosario MIN OF +1
24 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B Unranked
25 Juan Soto WSH OF

 

Off the List: Joey Gallo (injury), Gary Sanchez (injury)

Eugenio Suarez‘s first four months of the year or so could be classified as disappointing, but he has made up for it over the past couple of weeks. Suarez has tallied six home runs and 13 RBI over the past two weeks and is fruitfully rewarding fantasy owners who stuck with him all year long.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B +1
2 Franmil Reyes CLE OF +1
3 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B +3
4 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +4
5 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B +1
6 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B +1
7 Nick Markakis ATL OF +3
8 Colin Moran PIT 2B/3B -3
9 Nomar Mazara TEX OF Unranked
10 Kole Calhoun LAA OF Unranked

 

Off the List: Jorge Soler (ownership), C.J. Cron (injury)

If you play in a 10-team league or even some standard 12-team leagues, there is a pretty good chance Nomar Mazara is available on your waiver wire. Mazara, once a very highly touted prospect for the Rangers, has still yet to break through that glass ceiling and reach those heights that scouts provided him before even reaching The Show. Still only 24 years old, there is a good chance Mazara turns into a legit all-around hitter some day, but until then, you could do a lot worse if you are in need of some run production.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mallex Smith SEA OF +1
2 Trea Turner WSH SS +2
3 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B
4 Jonathan Villar BAL 2B/SS +1
5 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS -3
6 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
7 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF +2
8 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF
9 Elvis Andrus TEX SS +1
10 Billy Hamilton KC OF -4
11 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +4
12 Starling Marte PIT OF
13 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
14 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
15 Victor Robles WSH OF +1
16 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/SS/OF -5
17 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF +2
18 Tim Anderson CHW SS -1
19 Trevor Story COL CC +1
20 Yasiel Puig CLE OF +4
21 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF +1
22 Mookie Betts BOS OF +1
23 Mike Trout LAA OF -2
24 Tommy Pham TB OF +1
25 Byron Buxton MIN OF -7

 

Off the List: None

As expected, Ronald Acuna Jr. has been a fantasy stud this year. The only question coming into the season was how much Brian Snitker would have him run. Once he was firmly entrenched in the leadoff spot, Acuna’s value boomed. He has stolen 12 bags across his past 19 games and is currently third in the majors with 25 swipes. He is really, really good.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mallex Smith SEA OF
2 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF
3 Billy Hamilton KC OF Unranked
4 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF -1
5 Manuel Margot SD OF
6 Kolten Wong STL 2B -2
7 Amed Rosario NYM SS +1
8 Ramon Laureano OAK OF -1
9 Oscar Mercado CLE OF -3
10 Danny Santana TEX 1B/2B/OF -1

 

Off the List: Delino DeShields

The fact that Mallex Smith still qualifies for this list is kind of crazy. He is still only 52% owned in Yahoo leagues. He is a better hitter than Billy Hamilton was during his 50-plus steal seasons, and Hamilton was almost universally owned. Yes, I know, those 50-steal seasons are a thing of the past now, but as the best (healthy) base stealer in the game, he should be more appreciated.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Christian Yelich MIL OF
3 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
4 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +1
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -2
6 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
7 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
8 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B
9 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
10 Juan Soto WSH OF
11 Mookie Betts BOS OF +1
12 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
13 Tommy Pham TB OF -2
14 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
15 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
16 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF
17 Bryce Harper PHI OF
18 George Springer HOU OF +2
19 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
20 Josh Bell PIT 1B -2
21 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +2
22 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS Unranked
23 Josh Donaldson ATL 3B +1
24 Justin Turner LAD 3B -2
25 Nelson Cruz MIN UT Unranked

 

Off the List: Jorge Polanco, Luke Voit (injury)

The adjustments Cody Bellinger has made at the dish this year are career altering. He has cut his strikeout rate down 8% and increased his walk rate about 4%. If he can maintain this approach, he will evolve into one of the best all around hitters in the game. And he is still only 24.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
2 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF
3 Adam Eaton WSH OF
4 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
5 Jason Heyward CHC OF +2
6 Justin Smoak TOR 1B +3
7 Alex Verdugo LAD OF +1
8 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B -3
9 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +1
10 Kolten Wong STL 2B Unranked

 

Off the List: Nick Markakis (injury)

Jason Heyward has low-key enjoyed a nice little season. He is getting on base (.353), he has hit for some pop (16 home runs), and has run a little (six stolen bases). Maybe his career with the Cubs is taking a turn for the better.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +2
3 Zack Greinke HOU SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
5 Jose Berrios MIN SP +2
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP -4
7 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -2
8 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +1
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
10 Jacob deGrom NYM SP -2
11 Charlie Morton TB SP
12 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
13 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
14 Luis Castillo CIN SP
15 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
16 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
17 Lance Lynn TEX SP +4
18 Domingo German NYY SP/RP +6
19 Shane Bieber CLE SP Unranked
20 German Marquez COL SP +2
21 Jake Odorizzi MIN SP -1
22 Chris Sale BOS SP -4
23 Mike Minor TEX SP
24 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP Unranked
25 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the List: Blake Snell (injury), Brandon Woodruff (injury), Masahiro Tanaka

Jose Berrios has won his past two decisions, giving him 10 victories on the year. That now makes three straight seasons the right-hander has tallied double digit wins. He appears to be getting better with each passing year, and he still only just turned 25.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP +8
2 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +1
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP -1
4 Dakota Hudson STL SP/RP +1
5 Brett Anderson OAK SP +3
6 Zach Davies MIL SP +1
7 Jeff Samardzija SF SP Unranked
8 Jason Vargas PHI SP
9 Andrew Cashner BOS SP +1
10 Aaron Sanchez HOU SP Unranked

 

Off the List: Wade Miley (ownership), Mike Fiers (ownership), John Means (injury)

I know, I know: Aaron Sanchez is 4-14; how on earth could he help you in the win column? Well, a deadline trade to the Astros certainly helps. The Houston coaching staff has worked wonders with pitchers over the years and always manages to get the best out of their arms. Six no-hit innings in his Astros debut is certainly a good sign for the ERA champion of 2016. Just keep tabs on him.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +1
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
4 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +1
5 Max Scherzer WSH SP -3
6 Charlie Morton TB SP
7 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
8 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
9 Luis Castillo CIN SP +2
10 Zack Greinke HOU SP +2
11 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -4
12 Chris Sale BOS SP -2
13 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
14 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
15 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
17 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
18 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
19 Mike Soroka ATL SP +1
20 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
21 Wade Miley HOU SP Unranked
22 Marcus Stroman NYM SP Unranked
23 Matt Boyd DET SP +2
24 Mike Minor TEX SP Unranked
25 Jake Odorizzi MIN SP -3

 

Off the List: Blake Snell (injury), Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton

Speaking of pitchers who have had their careers reborn in Houston, Wade Miley has been remarkable this year. He holds a 2.09 ERA over his [ast seven starts and has lowered his mark to 3.05 on the season.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Zach Plesac CLE SP +9
2 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +7
3 Zach Davies MIL SP +1
4 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +3
5 Jeff Samardzija SF SP Unranked
6 Dakota Hudson STL SP/RP
7 Zac Gallen ARZ SP Unranked
8 Brett Anderson OAK SP
9 Tanner Roark OAK SP Unranked
10 Taylor Clarke ARZ SP Unranked

 

Off the List: Wade Miley (ownership), Mike Fiers (ownership), John Means (injury), Sonny Gray (ownership)

Whether it has been on the farm or in The Show, Zac Gallen has impressed all year long. He was shaping up to be a mainstay in the Marlins rotation until a deadline deal sent him to Arizona. He should have no problem carving out a rotation spot for many years to come for the Diamondbacks.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
2 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
3 Chris Sale BOS SP +1
4 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +1
5 Max Scherzer WSH SP -4
6 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
7 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
8 Matt Boyd DET SP +1
9 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
10 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
11 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
12 Robbie Ray ARZ SP +3
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
14 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
15 Walker Buehler LAD SP +3
16 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
17 James Paxton NYY SP
18 Lance Lynn TEX SP +6
19 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
20 Yu Darvish CHC SP +3
21 German Marquez COL SP +1
22 Zack Wheeler NYM SP Unranked
23 Mike Minor TEX SP +2
24 Mike Clevinger CLE SP Unranked
25 Madison Bumgarner SF SP Unranked

 

Off the List: Blake Snell (injury), Brandon Woodruff (injury)

Aaron Nola has found his groove from a year ago and has been on quite a roll over the past six weeks. Across his past nine starts, Nola has a 1.91 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 61.1 innings. While his command has not been as good as it was in 2018, his strikeout rate has increased, and he is still looking like the ace we thought he was.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +1
2 Jordan Yamamoto MIA SP +1
3 Chase Anderson MIL SP/RP +1
4 Jacob Junis KC SP +2
5 Trent Thornton TOR SP -4
6 Tanner Roark OAK SP -1
7 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
8 Jordan Lyles MIL SP/RP
9 Aaron Sanchez HOU SP Unranked
10 Reynaldo Lopez CHW SP Unranked

 

Off the List: Griffin Canning (injury), Anthony Desclafani

Jordan Lyles has definitely had his share of ups and downs this year. But he now finds himself back on the Brewers, the place he pitched a year ago and pitched well enough to earn himself a contract with the Pirates. Things could be back on the rise for Lyles with a return to Milwaukee if he can regain his success he found in 2018.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kirby Yates SD RP
2 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP +1
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP -1
4 Roberto Osuna HOU RP
5 Brad Hand CLE RP
6 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
7 Josh Hader MIL RP
8 Shane Greene ATL RP
9 Sean Doolittle WSH RP +1
10 Will Smith SF RP +1
11 Edwin Diaz NYM RP -2
12 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP +1
13 Alex Colome CHW RP +1
14 Hector Neris PHI RP +1
15 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP +2
16 Ken Giles TOR RP
17 Liam Hendriks OAK SP/RP Unranked
18 Greg Holland ARZ RP +1
19 Ian Kennedy KC SP/RP +4
20 Hansel Robles LAA RP +2
21 Carlos Martinez STL SP/RP +3
22 Emilio Pagan TB RP Unranked
23 Jose Leclerc TEX RP Unranked
24 Taylor Rogers MIN RP Unranked
25 Scott Oberg COL RP Unranked

 

Off the List: Wade Davis, Luke Jackson, Sergio Romo, Shawn Kelley (injury), Blake Treinen

The trade deadline caused a lot of movement here. Although a move that was not related to a trade may be the biggest story here as Wade Davis was removed from the closer’s role in Colorado. Scott Oberg has been named the replacement as he has been above and beyond the Rockies best reliever this year. He needs to be owned in all formats right now.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Emilio Pagan TB RP +5
2 Jose Leclerc TEX RP Unranked
3 Taylor Rogers MIN RP +4
4 Scott Oberg COL RP Unranked
5 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP +4
6 Anthony Bass SEA RP Unranked
7 Brandon Workman BOS RP Unranked
8 Sergio Romo MIN SP/RP -7
9 Mychal Givens BAL RP Unranked
10 Wade Davis COL RP Unranked

 

Off the List: Hansel Robles (ownership), Ian Kennedy (ownership), Luke Jackson, Shawn Kelley (injury), Roenis Elias, A.J. Minter

This is a pretty ugly list.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP -2
5 Zack Greinke HOU SP
6 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +2
7 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
8 Chris Sale BOS SP -2
9 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
10 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
13 Shane Bieber CLE SP +5
14 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -5
15 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
17 Matt Boyd DET SP -1
18 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
19 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +6
20 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
21 Mike Soroka ATL SP
22 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP +1
23 Wade Miley HOU SP Unranked
24 Mike Clevinger CLE SP Unranked
25 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the List: Blake Snell (injury), Masahiro Tanaka, David Price

Gerrit Cole is 9-0 across his past 13 starts with a WHIP of 0.93, 116 strikeouts, and a 1.91 ERA. He may just take the AL Cy Young.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +6
2 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +7
3 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +1
4 Jordan Yamamoto MIA SP +2
5 Brett Anderson OAK SP Unranked
6 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
7 Mike Leake ARZ SP Unranked
8 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP Unranked
9 Taylor Clarke ARZ SP Unranked
10 Andrew Cashner BOS SP -2

 

Off the List: Wade Miley (ownership), Mike Fiers (ownership), Sonny Gray (ownership), Michael Pineda (injury), Griffin Canning (injury)

Mike Leake has posted a sub-1.00 WHIP across his past three starts. Now in Arizona, we will see if he can keep the good times rolling in a more hitter-friendly ballpark.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
2 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +1
4 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
5 Max Scherzer WSH SP -4
6 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
7 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
8 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
9 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -3
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
11 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +2
12 Chris Sale BOS SP -2
13 Matt Boyd DET SP +1
14 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +1
15 Shane Bieber CLE SP +3
16 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
17 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
18 Walker Buehler LAD SP +3
19 Madison Bumgarner SF SP
20 Lance Lynn TEX SP +4
21 Lucas Gioito CHW SP +1
22 Mike Minor TEX SP +1
23 Mike Clevinger CLE SP Unranked
24 Marcus Stroman NYM SP Unranked
25 Kyle Hendricks COL SP

 

Off the List: Blake Snell (injury), Jon Gray

Mike Clevinger has been sensational since returning from the IL. He has posted four straight quality starts to go along with 34 strikeouts across 26.1 innings during that span.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brett Anderson OAK SP +3
2 Dakota Hudson STL SP/RP +1
3 Zach Plesac CLE SP +7
4 Mike Leake ARZ SP +3
5 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +4
6 Andrew Cashner BOS SP
7 Zac Gallen ARZ SP Unranked
8 Jordan Yamamoto MIA SP
9 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP -4
10 Brad Keller KC SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the List: Mike Fiers (ownership), Wade Miley (ownership)

The quality start machine, Brett Anderson, has now posted a quality start in nine of his past 13 outings, including five in his past six.

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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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Comments


Leo

I’m very confused why Marcus Semien isn’t in your top 25 Runs Category? He plays every day and bats leadoff in a decent lineup. He is 8th on the year for Runs, and has the 3rd most Runs since the All-Star Break. What don’t you like about him, he has way more runs than so many more people on that list?

Dave

I noticed Matt Olson isn’t on your HR list, not even your deep league. Why not? He has 22 HRs in only 292 ABs. Thanks.

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