Category Power Rankings: Week 2

Each fantasy category broken down for your guidance by Colin Ward

It’s time for your weekly dose of CPR!

Before you indulge, I would like to address the fact that there will not be a ton of changes amongst the overall rankings for each category. Even in a 60-game season, it is smart to stay true to your studs after only one week. That being said, the leash needs to be shortened.

Let’s dive in…

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
2 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF
3 Michael Brantley HOU OF
4 Christian Yelich MIL OF
5 Nolan Arendao COL 3B
6 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
7 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
8 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
9 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
10 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
11 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
12 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
13 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/SS/OF +1
14 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +1
15 Rafael Devers BOS 3B -2
16 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
17 Justin Turner LAD 3B
18 Mookie Betts LAD OF +1
19 Trea Turner WSH SS -1
20 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF +2
21 Jorge Polanco MIN SS -1
22 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +1
23 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF Unranked
24 Nick Castellanos CIN OF Unranked
25 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS

 

Off the list: Tim Anderson (injury), Juan Soto

The bulk of the movement here is moreso based off of my own adjustments since last week than actual results thus far. Nick Castellanos has been an absolute monster in his new Cincy threads thus far. Personally, I fully expect him to continue to produce in that favorable ballpark especially being able to feast on rotations such as the Tigers, Royals, etc.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
2 Daniel Murphy COL 1B +1
3 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B +2
4 Nick Madrigal CHW 2B/SS
5 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +1
6 Corey Dickerson MIA OF +1
7 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B +1
8 Gio Urshela NYY 3B Unranked
9 Miguel Andujar NYY UT -7
10 Shogo Akiyama CIN OF

 

Off the list: Kolten Wong

Hanser Alberto can flat out hit. The Orioles’ infielder is off to a tremendous start at the dish hitting safely in eight of his first nine games and at a sizzling .400 clip thus far. Alberto is coming off a 2019 campaign where he hit .305 across 139 games. Don’t sleep on him.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Juan Soto

Fernando Tatis Jr. is putting all the doubt that surrounded him heading into 2020 to rest thus far. The 21-year-old is doing it all and has already crossed home plate seven times in his first nine games.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
2 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B
3 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF
4 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF +1
5 Brett Gardner NYY OF -1
6 Shogo Akiyama CIN OF +1
7 Trent Grisham SD OF Unranked
8 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF Unranked
9 Yoshi Tsutsugo TB 3B/OF
10 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Joey Votto (ownership), Kole Calhoun, Miguel Andujar

The Giants offense is nothing impressive, but Mike Yastrzemski has stood out in the early going. Little Yaz has an OPS north of 1.300 and has already scored 10 runs in the first week-plus.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
3 Christian Yelich MIL OF
4 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
6 Aaron Judge NYY OF +3
7 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
8 Joey Gallo TEX OF
9 Jorge Soler KC OF -3
10 Matt Olson OAK 1B +1
11 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
12 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF +1
13 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF -1
14 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
15 Matt Chapman OAK 3B
16 Mike Moustakas CIN 2B/3B +1
17 Trevor Story COL SS +1
18 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B -2
19 George Springer HOU OF
20 Gary Sanchez NYY C
21 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B Unranked
22 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF Unranked
23 Franmil Reyes CLE OF
24 Javier Baez CHC SS Unranked
25 Bryce Harper PHI OF

 

Off the list: Yordan Alvarez, Juan Soto, Josh Donaldson

As I am writing this, Aaron Judge has hit a home run in five consecutive games. I think we tend to forget what exactly Judge is capable of due to his inability to stay on the field. The man is an absolute force at the plate and he can legitimately carry your entire fantasy team.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hunter Renfroe TB OF
2 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF
3 Willie Calhoun TEX OF
4 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF
5 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B
6 Colin Moran PIT 2B/3B Unranked
7 C.J. Cron DET 1B
8 Ian Happ CHC 2B/3B/OF Unranked
9 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF Unranked
10 Randal Grichuk TOR OF -2

 

Off the list: Sam Hilliard, Michael Chavis, Austin Riley

As I am writing this, Colin Moran leads the league in dingers. Might as well ride the hot hand!

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
2 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
5 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
6 Mike Trout LAA OF
7 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +1
8 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
9 Christian Yelich MIL OF
10 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
11 Jose Abreu CHW 1B +1
12 Bryce Harper PHI OF -1
13 Trevor Story COL SS +5
14 Josh Bell PIT 1B +1
15 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS -1
16 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF
17 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
18 Jorge Soler KC OF +2
19 Juan Soto WSH OF -6
20 Joey Gallo TEX OF +5
21 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF Unranked
22 Gleyber Torres NYY SS +1
23 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +1
24 Aaron Judge NYY OF Unranked
25 Rafael Devers BOS 3B -4

 

Off the list: Yordan Alvarez

Since last season, Marcell Ozuna has driven in runs at an elite pace. His per-162 RBI numbers are over 110 since the beginning to 2019 and he’s already off to a solid start to 2020. As long as he can stay in the lineup, Ozuna will produce runs.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Donovan Solano SF 2B/SS Unranked
2 David Peralta ARZ OF
3 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B
4 C.J. Cron DET 1B +1
5 Hunter Renfroe TB OF +1
6 Kyle Seager SEA 3B +2
7 Colin Moran PIT 2B/3B Unranked
8 Yoshi Tsutsugo TB 3B/OF +2
9 Jonathan Schoop DET 2B Unranked
10 Miguel Andujar NYY UT -3

 

Off the list: Eric Hosmer (injury), Nomar Mazara (injury), Yoenis Cespedes

What a weird season this has been so far. No fans, crazy rule changes, Donovan Solano leads the league in RBI with 13 in nine games… I could go on forever.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS
2 Trea Turner WSH SS
3 Mallex Smith SEA OF
4 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF
5 Jonathan Villar MIA 2B/SS
6 Starling Marte ARZ OF +1
7 Victor Robles WSH OF -1
8 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
9 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +1
10 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B +1
11 Dee Gordon SEA 2B -1
12 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF
13 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
14 Luis Robert CHW OF +2
15 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
16 Billy Hamilton NYM OF -3
17 Mookie Betts LAD OF +1
18 Tommy Pham SD OF Unranked
19 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +1
20 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF +1
21 Jon Berti MIA 3B/SS/OF -2
22 Byron Buxton MIN OF
23 Trevor Story COL SS +2
24 Trent Grisham SD OF Unranked
25 Nick Madrigal CHW 2B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Tim Anderson (injury), Lorenzo Cain (opted out), Jarrod Dyson

The Padres offense has performed pretty well in the early going, and it is due in large part to Tommy Pham. He has done it all hitting in both the three and four holes for the Friars so far and the fact that he still has had the green light hitting in those spots is huge for his fantasy value. The 32-year-old has already swiped five bags in his first 11 contests.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dee Gordon SEA 2B
2 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF Unranked
3 Billy Hamilton NYM OF -1
4 Jon Berti MIA 3B/SS/OF -1
5 Nick Madrigal CHW 2B/SS
6 Trent Grisham SD OF +3
7 Jarrod Dyson PIT OF -3
8 Shed Long Jr. SEA 2B/OF Unranked
9 Nick Senzel CIN OF -1
10 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF

 

Off the list: Manuel Margot, Kevin Kiermaier

Speaking of the Padres, Trent Grisham is off to a hot start as well. He has shown some nice power and speed and has enough of a pedigree to warrant some attention in all mixed leagues.

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
4 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
5 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
6 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
7 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
8 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
9 Mookie Betts LAD OF +1
10 Juan Soto WSH OF -2
11 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +2
12 George Springer HOU OF
13 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF -2
14 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
15 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF
16 Bryce Harper PHI OF
17 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
19 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
20 Tommy Pham SD OF +2
21 Aaron Judge NYY OF +3
22 Josh Donaldson MIN 3B -2
23 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/SS/OF
24 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B Unranked
25 Yasmani Grandal CHW C/1B

 

Off the list: Yordan Alvarez

Even though Rhys Hoskins has only been able to play three games due to COVID-19 running rampant through the NL East, he already has a 7:1 walk to strikeout ratio. Hoskins led the league in walks a year ago and as long as he can keep his average around a respectable level, he will be a very solid source of OBP.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
2 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF
3 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +1
4 Ji-Man Choi TB 1B +2
5 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B
6 David Fletcher LAA  2B/3B/SS/OF +3
7 Aaron Hicks NYY OF Unranked
8 Tommy La Stella LAA 2B/3B Unranked
9 Jason Heyward CHC OF +1
10 Kolten Wong STL 2B -3

 

Off the list: Joey Votto (injury), Carson Kelly

David Fletcher has already flashed his hit tool to us, but this year he has been walking a lot more. He currently has a 8:6 walk to strikeout ratio and a .458 OBP. Here’s to hoping this lasts because if so, Fletcher can be a very useful fantasy option.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP +3
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP +1
5 Zack Greinke HOU SP -1
6 Jose Berrios MIN SP +5
7 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +1
8 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
9 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +3
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP +2
12 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP -5
13 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +3
14 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
15 Jack Flaherty STL SP
16 Blake Snell TB SP +1
17 Lance Lynn TEX SP +4
18 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +5
19 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP Unranked
20 Sonny Gray CIN SP Unranked
21 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP +3
22 Charlie Morton TB SP Unranked
23 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +2
24 Chris Paddack SD SP Unranked
25 Zack Wheeler PHI SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Justin Verlander, Eduardo Rodriguez, Corey Kluber, Mike Soroka, James Paxton

The bulk of the movement here is due primarily to injuries. Coming off of his breakout in 2019, was hard to believe Shane Bieber could top it. Honestly, he has so far. The man has yet to allow a run over his first two starts, spanning 14 innings, and has two victories to show for it.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 J.A. Happ NYY SP +1
2 Jon Gray COL SP +1
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +2
4 Rich Hill MIN SP
5 Steven Matz NYM SP +1
6 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
7 Rick Porcello NYM SP -6
8 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP +1
9 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP Unranked
10 Griffin Canning LAA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Alex Wood (injury), Dakota Hudson

Despite the early struggles from the BoSox, Nathan Eovaldi has done a nice job through his first two starts. Eovaldi has put his team in position to win in both outings and has one win to show for it. Once this Red Sox lineup starts to click, the wins will come.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP +1
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP +1
5 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
6 Jack Flaherty STL SP +1
7 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +2
8 Shane Bieber CLE SP +3
9 Zack Greinke HOU SP -1
10 Luis Castillo CIN SP
11 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +3
12 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +5
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
14 Chris Paddack SD SP +4
15 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP -3
16 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
17 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
18 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +2
19 Sonny Gray CIN SP +4
20 Jose Berrios MIN SP +2
21 Hyun-Jin Ryu TOR SP
22 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP Unranked
23 Zac Gallen ARZ SP Unranked
24 Frankie Montas OAK SP +1
25 Yu Darvish CHC SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Justin Verlander, Mike Soroka, Corey Kluber

Brandon Woodruff has built off of his breakout in 2019 thus far. With two good starts in the books, Woodruff looks like a decent bet for this shortened season and a solid number two option for any fantasy staff.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Aaron Civale CLE SP
2 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +1
3 Rich Hill MIN SP -1
4 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP
5 Zach Plesac CLE SP Unranked
6 Matt Shoemaker TOR SP
7 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP Unranked
8 Garrett Richards SD SP Unranked
9 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP Unranked
10 Spencer Howard PHI SP

 

Off the list: Miles Mikolas (injury), Nate Pearson (ownership), Anibal Sanchez

What a start for the Cleveland rotation. Zach Plesac is no exception to that as he has looked fantastic through two starts into 2020, only allowing three earned runs across his first 15 innings.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +2
3 Max Scherzer WSH SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
5 Jack Flaherty STL SP
6 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +1
7 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
8 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
9 Yu Darvish CHC SP +3
10 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +4
11 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
12 Luis Castillo CIN SP +3
13 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP -4
14 Matt Boyd DET SP -3
15 Dinelson Lamet SD SP +1
16 Lance Lynn TEX SP +2
17 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
18 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
19 Blake Snell TB SP +2
20 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
21 Sonny Gray CIN SP +2
22 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP Unranked
23 Robbie Ray ARZ SP +1
24 German Marquez COL SP Unranked
25 Tyler Glasnow TB SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, James Paxton

The inspiring story of Carlos Carrasco continues. “Cookie” has looked like the Carrasco of old so far through a pair of starts in 2020. If he is fully healthy and back to the pitcher he was from 2015-2018, he is a borderline ace.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jon Gray COL SP
2 Rich Hill MIN SP
3 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
4 Zach Plesac CLE SP Unranked
5 Aaron Civale CLE SP Unranked
6 Tyler Chatwood CHC SP/RP Unranked
7 Spencer Turnbull DET SP +2
8 Garrett Richards SD SP Unranked
9 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP -4
10 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP -6

 

Off the list: Mitch Keller (injury), Reynaldo Lopez, Steven Matz, J.A. Happy

Tyler Chatwood has been lights out so far. This pace is pretty unsustainable but having the privilege of facing the lesser teams in the AL Central will certainly help. You need to pick him up and ride this out if he’s available in your league.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josh Hader MIL RP +1
2 Kirby Yates SD RP -1
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP +1
4 Brad Hand CLE RP +2
5 Edwin Diaz NYM RP
6 Liam Hendriks OAK RP +2
7 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP
8 Taylor Rogers MIN RP +2
9 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP
10 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP +3
11 Hector Neris PHI RP +1
12 Archie Bradley ARZ RP +2
13 Brandon Workman BOS RP +3
14 Mark Melancon ATL RP +3
15 Alex Colome CHW RP
16 Joe Jimenez DET RP +8
17 Zack Britton NYY RP +8
18 Daniel Hudson WSH RP Unranked
19 Nick Anderson TB RP
20 Ian Kennedy KC RP
21 Hansel Robles LAA RP
22 Sean Doolittle WSH RP -4
23 Ryan Pressly HOU RP Unranked
24 Kwang Hyun Kim STL RP Unranked
25 Cole Sulser BAL RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Roberto Osuna, Ken Giles, Jose Leclerc, Giovanny Gallegos

With Roberto Osuna being sidelined for the foreseeable future, one would have to assume that Dusty Baker will appoint Ryan Pressly as defacto closer. Pressly has dealt with his own issues with a cut on his finger, but he appears to be over it. If you are an Osuna owner or are in need of saves, a speculative add of Pressly might not be a bad idea.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Hudson WSH RP +1
2 Ryan Pressly HOU RP Unranked
3 Kwang Hyun Kim STL RP Unranked
4 Cole Sulser BAL RP Unranked
5 Greg Holland KC RP Unranked
6 Drew Pomeranz SD SP/RP Unranked
7 Trevor Gott SF RP Unranked
8 Jairo Diaz COL RP Unranked
9 Oliver Drake TB RP Unranked
10 Taylor Williams SEA RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Zack Britton (ownership), Brandon Kintzler, Wade Davis (injury), Kyle Crick, Tony Watson, Hunter Harvey, Mychal Givens, Matt Magill, Austin Adams

There is a much clearer picture this week. Cole Sulser has emerged as the favorite for saves in Baltimore it appears. While those saves will be few and far between, those in super deep leagues in need of saves should maybe give him a look.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +1
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP +1
5 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
6 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
7 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
8 Jack Flaherty STL SP +1
9 Luis Castillo CIN SP +2
10 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
11 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +2
12 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +2
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
14 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +3
15 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
16 Yu Darvish CHC SP +1
17 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP -7
18 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +3
19 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
20 Sonny Gray CIN SP +5
21 Trevor Bauer CIN SP Unranked
22 Lance Lynn TEX SP Unranked
23 German Marquez COL SP Unranked
24 Matt Boyd DET SP -1
25 Hyun-Jin Ryu TOR SP -1

 

Off the list: Justin Verlander (injury), Corey Kluber (injury), James Paxton

Lance Lynn has continued his string of success from 2019 and has yet to allow a run in 2020. This run he is currently on is as elite as it gets. 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP +1
2 Aaron Civale CLE SP +1
3 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +1
4 Griffin Canning LAA SP +2
5 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP +2
6 Rich Hill MIN SP -5
7 Zach Plesac CLE SP Unranked
8 Kyle Freeland COL SP Unranked
9 Jon Lester CHC SP Unranked
10 Spencer Howard PHI SP

 

Off the list: Alex Wood (injury), Nate Pearson (ownership), Miles Mikolas (injury)

Don’t look now, but Jon Lester has allowed only one run across his first two starts and a mere six baserunners have reached base against him. I am not saying he is a must-add by any means but he should be considered for streaming purposes given the right matchup.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP +1
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +1
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP +2
5 Zack Greinke HOU SP
6 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
7 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
8 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +3
9 Jack Flaherty STL SP -2
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP +3
12 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP -2
13 Walker Buehler LAD SP
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
15 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +1
16 Sonny Gray CIN SP +4
17 Chris Paddack SD SP +4
18 Yu Darvish CHC SP +1
19 Lance Lynn TEX SP +4
20 Madison Bumgarner ARZ SP -3
21 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +3
22 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +3
23 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP Unranked
24 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP Unranked
25 Zack Wheeler PHI SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Justin Verlander (injury), Corey Kluber (injury), Mike Soroka (injury)

Chris Paddack is two-for-three in quality starts in 2020. With his leash being loosened this year in a shortened season, he is shaping up to be a borderline ace.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Steven Matz NYM SP
2 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP
3 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP
4 Aaron Civale CLE SP +2
5 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP +1
6 Marco Gonzales SEA SP -2
7 Zach Plesac CLE SP Unranked
8 Jon Gray COL SP
9 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
10 Rick Porcello NYM SP -1

 

Off the list: Alex Wood (injury), Miles Mikolas (injury)

Merrill Kelly is back on fantasy radars after two quality starts against two difficult opponents in the Dodgers and Rangers. Consider Kelly a higher-end streamer in the right matchups.

 

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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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