Category Power Rankings: Week 2

Colin Ward gives his power rankings for each fantasy-relevant category.

Another week of baseball in the books, which means another fresh edition of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
2 Michael Brantley HOU OF +1
3 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
4 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +1
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
6 Tim Anderson CWS SS -4
7 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF -1
8 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
9 Mookie Betts LAD OF -1
10 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
11 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF
12 Trea Turner WSH SS
13 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
14 Mike Trout LAA OF
15 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
16 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF
17 Corey Seager LAD SS +1
18 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF +3
19 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +3
20 Alec Bohm PHI 1B/3B
21 Alex Verdugo BOS OF -2
22 Bo Bichette TOR SS +3
23 Jose Abreu CWS 1B +1
24 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF Unranked
25 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -2

 

Off the list: Ketel Marte (injury)

I am convinced that Nelson Cruz is going to play forever. The guy didn’t even play the first three games of the season and he has already mashed four homers and nine RBI. “Boomstick” is currently hitting .458 through eight games and his average exit velo sits in the 98th percentile. Simply put: Nelson Cruz is not slowing down anytime soon.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +8
2 Donovan Solano SF 2B/3B/SS -1
3 Hanser Alberto KC 2B/3B +1
4 Willi Castro DET 3B/SS +1
5 Ha-seong Kim SD 2B/SS +2
6 José Iglesias LAA SS
7 Alex Dickerson SF OF -4
8 Andrelton Simmons MIN SS Unranked
9 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B Unranked
10 Nick Madrigal CWS 2B Unranked

 

Off the list: David Peralta, César Hernández, Raimel Tapia

Those in deeper leagues should consider giving Andrelton Simmons a look. The veteran shortstop is a .285 hitter across the past three seasons and he is off to a hot start in 2021 batting .435. Simmons has always had a good profile of making consistent contact without striking out so if you are in need of AVG in deep leagues, you could do a lot worse.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mookie Betts LAD OF
2 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
3 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
4 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
5 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +1
6 Trea Turner WSH SS +1
7 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
8 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS -5
9 Bryce Harper PHI OF +2
10 Aaron Judge NYY OF
11 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +4
12 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
13 José Ramírez CLE 3B
14 Trevor Story COL SS +2
15 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +3
16 Juan Soto WSH OF Unranked
17 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS
18 Francisco Lindor NYM SS +1
19 Tim Anderson CWS SS -10
20 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
21 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B -1
22 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
23 Marcus Semien TOR SS
24 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B +1
25 Starling Marte MIA OF -1

 

Off the list: George Springer (injury)

Personal opinions aside, Jose Altuve is of to a nice start at the plate this year. Currently leading the league in runs scored, there have been only two contests thus far that Altuve has not come across to score. As long as he is hitting atop that Houston order, he should produce for fantasy managers.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Aaron Hicks NYY OF
2 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +7
3 Mitch Haniger SEA OF -1
4 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
5 César Hernández CLE 2B -2
6 Adam Eaton CWS OF Unranked
7 Tyler Naquin CIN OF Unranked
8 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -1
9 Nick Senzel CIN OF Unranked
10 David Peralta ARZ OF -4

 

Off the list: Joc Pederson, Carlos Santana, Joey Votto

If you haven’t picked up the white hot Tyler Naquin in your league yet, it is probably too late. Naquin has shown promise in the past but staying healthy has always been an issue. This pace he is on is certainly unsustainable but you might as well ride this hot streak out while you can.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +1
3 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
4 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +2
5 Eugenio Suárez CIN 3B
6 Christian Yelich MIL OF -2
7 Juan Soto WSH OF
8 Aaron Judge NYY OF
9 Matt Olson OAK 1B +1
10 Joey Gallo TEX OF +2
11 José Ramírez CLE 3B +2
12 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF -3
13 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
14 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF +1
15 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS -4
16 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS
17 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
18 Franmil Reyes CLE OF +3
19 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
20 Matt Chapman OAK 3B
21 Mookie Betts LAD OF +1
22 Mike Moustakas CIN 1B/2B/3B Unranked
23 José Abreu CWS 1B
24 Nick Castellanos CIN OF Unranked
25 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B

 

Off the list: George Springer (injury), Trevor Story

Nick Castellanos is looking like the hitter we were hoping to get last year in his first year with Cincinnati. He is barreling up the ball really well so far and as long as everything continues to go right, we could be looking at a 30+ HR season from Castellanos.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Tyler Naquin CIN OF Unranked
2 Kyle Seager SEA 3B +4
3 C.J. Cron COL 1B -2
4 Justin Upton LAA OF +1
5 Evan Longoria SF 3B Unranked
6 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 2B/3B Unranked
7 Mitch Haniger SEA OF +3
8 Adam Duvall MIA OF -5
9 Joc Pederson CHC 1B/OF -7
10 Randal Grichuk TOR OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Bobby Dalbec, Rowdy Tellez, Carlos Santana, Austin Riley

How fun is it to see guys like Evan Longoria looking like the Longo of old? He already has three round trippers through his first seven games. The veteran third baseman has not been fantasy relevant in a few years but he is worth keeping an eye on just in case.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Juan Soto WSH OF
3 José Abreu CWS 1B
4 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B +1
5 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -1
6 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
7 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
8 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF
9 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +3
10 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
11 Eugenio Suárez CIN 3B
12 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +3
13 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
14 José Ramírez CLE 3B -1
15 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
16 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS -7
17 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +2
18 Trevor Story COL SS -1
19 Mookie Betts LAD OF -1
20 Corey Seager LAD SS +3
21 Aaron Judge NYY OF -1
22 Matt Olson OAK 1B -1
23 Nick Castellanos CIN OF Unranked
24 J.D. Martinez BOS OF Unranked
25 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B

 

Off the list: Alex Bregman, Mike Moustakas

After a slow start to the year, Rafael Devers has four homers and nine RBI in his last three games. As long as the 24-year old is hitting around the likes of Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez, he will be given every opportunity to be an elite run producer.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
2 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B +8
3 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B Unranked
4 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B +1
5 Mitch Haniger SEA OF +2
6 Tyler Naquin CIN OF Unranked
7 Maikel Franco BAL 3B Unranked
8 Ty France SEA 2B/3B
9 C.J. Cron COL 1B -7
10 Aaron Hicks NYY OF -1

 

Off the list: Bobby Dalbec, Carlos Santana, Brian Anderson

Jonathan India has carried his great spring into the regular season thus far. A former first round pick in 2018, India has driven in 11 runs so far through his first eight career games. He has shown poor plate discipline to this point at the Major League level so expectations should be tempered a bit, but India should be owned across the board right now based on his upside alone.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trea Turner WSH SS +1
2 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +1
3 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF +1
4 Luis Robert CWS OF +2
5 Trevor Story COL SS
6 Starling Marte MIA OF +1
7 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
8 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF Unranked
9 Mookie Betts LAD OF +4
10 Bo Bichette TOR SS +2
11 Jon Berti MIA 2B/3B/SS/OF +3
12 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF +3
13 Christian Yelich MIL OF +5
14 Victor Robles WSH OF +3
15 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS -6
16 Leody Taveras TEX OF -6
17 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF Unranked
18 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF +2
19 Tommy Pham SD OF +3
20 Byron Buxton MIN OF +3
21 Tim Anderson CWS SS -5
22 Trent Grisham SD OF +3
23 Jonathan Villar NYM 2B/SS -12
24 Andrés Giménez CLE 2B/3B/SS -5
25 Manuel Margot TB OF -1

 

Off the list: Adalberto Mondesi (injury), Francisco Lindor

Not a lot of substantial stuff here. The majority of the movement is based off of injuries. 

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF +4
2 Jon Berti MIA 2B/3B/SS/OF
3 Leody Taveras TEX OF -2
4 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -1
5 Manuel Margot TB OF -1
6 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS +3
7 Elvis Andrus OAK SS -1
8 Nick Senzel CIN OF
9 Ha-seong Kim SD 2B/SS +1
10 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF -3

 

Off the list: None

Ditto for this list. Garrett Hampson appears to be getting everyday run at the leadoff position for the Rockies which should lead to many opportunities for swipes. We have all been waiting for that.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Juan Soto WSH OF
3 Mookie Betts LAD OF
4 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B +1
5 Christian Yelich MIL OF -1
6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
8 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS -1
9 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
10 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
11 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
12 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF +1
13 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +2
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF
15 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +3
16 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
17 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +3
18 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
19 Justin Turner LAD 3B +2
20 Michael Brantley HOU OF +2
21 Michael Conforto NYM OF +2
22 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF -5
23 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +2
24 Carlos Santana KC 1B
25 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B Unranked

 

Off the list: George Springer (injury)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. showed great plate discipline during spring training and he has carried it into the regular season. This kid is still figuring it out at the dish and that really is scary to think about.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
2 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +1
3 Carlos Santana KC 1B -1
4 Aaron Hicks NYY OF +1
5 Andrelton Simmons MIN SS Unranked
6 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF Unranked
7 Jason Heyward CHC OF +1
8 César Hernández CLE 2B +1
9 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF -3
10 Joey Votto CIN 1B -6

 

Off the list: Hunter Dozier, Andrew Vaughn

One of the most underrated hitters in all of baseball, Mark Canha is an absolute stud in OBP leagues. Over the past three seasons, Canha owns a .393 OBP and is already sitting at .391 in the early going this year.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP -2
5 Aaron Nola PHI SP
6 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
9 Yu Darvish SD SP
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP
11 José Berríos MIN SP +1
12 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -1
13 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
14 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
15 Max Fried ATL SP
16 Blake Snell SD SP
17 Jack Flaherty STL SP
18 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
19 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP +2
20 Charlie Morton ATL SP
21 Chris Paddack SD SP -3
22 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
23 Zach Plesac CLE SP
24 Joe Musgrove SD SP Unranked
25 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jesús Luzardo, Marco Gonzales

One run given up across 14 IP so far through two starts, yet zero wins to show for it. Yep, you guessed it, that could only be one Jacob deGrom‘s misfortune. We are witnessing one of the greats do what he does best night in and night out and he is getting no run support. There is a decent chance deGrom finishes with a Hall of Fame caliber career but yet compiles only around 100 wins. Absolute shame.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Michael Pineda MIN SP
2 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP
3 Adam Wainwright STL SP
4 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP
5 Jake Arrieta CHC SP Unranked
6 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP +1
7 Taijuan Walker NYM SP +1
8 Matt Shoemaker MIN SP Unranked
9 Matthew Boyd DET SP Unranked
10 Johnny Cueto SF SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Zach Davies (ownership), Brady Singer, Justus Sheffield, Carlos Martínez

Turning back the clock in his last outing, Johnny Cueto looked as good as ever. As long as good health is on his side, Cueto should be able to eat a ton of innings for the Giants and thus leading to a handful of wins.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP +1
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP -1
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Walker Buehler LAD SP
6 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Yu Darvish SD SP
9 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
11 Blake Snell SD SP +1
12 Luis Castillo CIN SP -2
13 Lucas Giolito CWS SP +1
14 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +1
15 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -2
16 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +2
17 Charlie Morton ATL SP
18 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +3
19 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
20 Jack Flaherty STL SP
21 Lance Lynn CWS SP +2
22 Joe Musgrove SD SP Unranked
23 José Berríos MIN SP Unranked
24 Zack Greinke HOU SP Unranked
25 Max Fried ATL SP

 

Off the list: Zac Gallen (injury), Sonny Gray (injury), Sixto Sánchez

On the heels of a no hitter, Joe Musgrove is making the entire fantasy community smile from ear to ear. We have been waiting for this version of Musgrove, and by this version of Musgrove I mean the version that does not rely on his heater as much. He is looking more and more like a massive breakout in his first season in San Diego.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Michael Pineda MIN SP Unranked
2 Taijuan Walker NYM SP +1
3 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +4
4 Dane Dunning TEX SP +4
5 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP +4
6 Steven Matz TOR SP Unranked
7 Matthew Boyd DET SP Unranked
8 Johnny Cueto SF SP Unranked
9 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP Unranked
10 Adrian Houser MIL SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Zach Davies (ownership), Freddy Peralta (ownership), Elieser Hernandez (injury), Brad Keller, Justus Sheffield, Nate Pearson

Through two starts with Toronto, Steven Matz is off and running with a 2-0 record and a 1.46 ERA. It will certainly get tougher in terms of matchups, but you could do a lot worse right now seeing as Matz is owned in merely 55% oh Yahoo leagues and 51% on ESPN.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Shane Bieber CLE SP
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP
5 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
6 Aaron Nola PHI SP
7 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
8 Yu Darvish SD SP
9 Lance Lynn CWS SP
10 Luis Castillo CIN SP
11 Walker Buehler LAD SP
12 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
13 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
14 Blake Snell SD SP
15 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +1
16 José Berríos MIN SP +1
17 Jack Flaherty STL SP -2
18 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
19 Charlie Morton ATL SP +1
20 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP +4
21 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +4
22 Germán Márquez COL SP
23 Zack Wheeler PHI SP Unranked
24 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP Unranked
25 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -4

 

Off the list: Robbie Ray, Sonny Gray (injury)

While he may be unable to go deep into games and begin to wear down as the summer months come around, Corbin Burnes is still looking like an elite source of punch outs. For the time being, expect a double digit K/9 while pitching in one of the weaker hitting divisions in baseball.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Robbie Ray TOR SP
2 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
3 Matthew Boyd DET SP
4 Rich Hill TB SP
5 Trevor Rogers MIA SP
6 Mike Minor KC SP
7 Elieser Hernandez MIA SP
8 Tarik Skubal DET SP
9 Kris Bubic KC SP
10 Drew Smyly ATL SP

 

Off the list: N/A

It has been announced that Freddy Peralta will get a shot in the rotation to start the year for the Brewers, much to the delight of fantasy players. Peralta has absolutely wipeout stuff. He finally began to lay off his fastball as he was up to almost 80% usage with it in 2019. The increased use of his slider has spiked his strikeout numbers and has fantasy owners salivating over the potential if he is able to stick in the rotation.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
2 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP
4 Josh Hader MIL RP
5 Brad Hand WSH RP +1
6 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP +1
7 Ryan Pressly HOU RP +1
8 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP +4
9 Edwin Díaz NYM RP
10 James Karinchak CLE RP
11 Mark Melancon SD RP Unranked
12 Amir Garrett CIN RP +2
13 Julian Merryweather TOR SP/RP Unranked
14 Rafael Montero SEA RP -1
15 Daniel Bard COL RP
16 Alex Reyes STL RP Unranked
17 Alex Colomé MIN RP
18 Héctor Neris PHI RP +2
19 Will Smith ATL RP
20 Jake McGee SF RP +3
21 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP +4
22 Ian Kennedy TEX RP Unranked
23 César Valdez BAL RP
24 Matt Barnes BOS RP Unranked
25 Yimi García MIA RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Trevor Rosenthal (injury), Jordan Romano, Archie Bradley, Jordan Hicks, Joakim Soria, Anthony Bass

While it may not last long, it certainly is fun to finally watch Alex Reyes pitch in meaningful games and in important spots for the Cardinals as closer. Jordan Hicks seems poised to take over the role as soon as Reyes slips up, but here’s to hoping we never see that day come.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Bard COL RP
2 Ian Kennedy TEX RP Unranked
3 César Valdez BAL RP Unranked
4 Matt Barnes BOS RP Unranked
5 Yimi García MIA RP Unranked
6 Richard Rodríguez PIT RP Unranked
7 Scott Barlow KC RP Unranked
8 Bryan Garcia DET RP Unranked
9 Wade Davis KC RP Unranked
10 Corey Knebel LAD RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Anthony Bass, Héctor Neris (ownership), Emilio Pagán, Jake McGee (ownership), Joakim Soria, Diego Castillo (ownership), Pete Fairbanks (injury), Greg Holland, Adam Ottavino

The bulk of these guys are super low end closing options and/or insurance policies for upper end closers.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
6 Yu Darvish SD SP
7 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
8 Aaron Nola PHI SP
9 Jack Flaherty STL SP
10 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
11 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP
12 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
13 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
14 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
15 Chris Paddack SD SP -1
16 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +7
17 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
18 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
19 Zach Plesac CLE SP +1
20 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP +2
21 Lance Lynn CWS SP Unranked
22 Corey Kluber NYY SP -3
23 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
24 Joe Musgrove SD SP Unranked
25 Pablo López MIA SP

 

Off the list: Zac Gallen (injury), Sonny Gray (injury)

Fresh off his breakout 2020, Zach Plesac is looking like it was not a fluke 55 innings a year ago. One thing Plesac has done throughout his pro carer is limit baserunners. Through two starts he owns a shiny 0.85 WHIP.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Drew Smyly ATL SP +2
2 Johnny Cueto SF SP +2
3 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +4
4 Michael Pineda MIN SP Unranked
5 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP Unranked
6 Matt Shoemaker MIN SP Unranked
7 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP Unranked
8 Mike Minor KC SP +1
9 Matthew Boyd DET SP Unranked
10 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Freddy Peralta (ownership), John Means (ownership), Elieser Hernandez (injury), Madison Bumgarner, Rich Hill, Nate Pearson

Yusei Kikuchi has steadily improved each year since coming to the states. Two starts in and the lefty has limited baserunners to the tune of a 1.17 WHIP. Kikuchi may not be must-own but he needs to be considered in the right matchup for streaming purposes.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
6 Trevor Bauer LAD SP -1
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Zack Greinke HOU SP
9 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
10 Lance Lynn CWS SP
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Jack Flaherty STL SP
13 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP
14 Yu Darvish SD SP
15 José Berríos MIN SP
16 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
17 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP +2
18 Charlie Morton ATL SP
19 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
20 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
21 Zach Plesac CLE SP +4
22 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP Unranked
23 Dylan Bundy LAA SP +1
24 Tyler Glasnow TB SP Unranked
25 Max Fried ATL SP -2

 

Off the list: Zac Gallen (injury), Sixto Sánchez

Tyler Glasnow had three total quality starts all of last year. Through two starts in 2021 the talented righty already has a pair of them.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Michael Pineda MIN SP +1
2 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP +7
3 Drew Smyly ATL SP +5
4 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +6
5 Steven Matz TOR SP Unranked
6 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP Unranked
7 Jake Arrieta CHC SP Unranked
8 Matt Shoemaker MIN SP Unranked
9 Matthew Boyd DET SP Unranked
10 Taijuan Walker NYM SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Carlos Martínez, John Means (ownership), Adam Wainwright, Brad Keller, Griffin Canning

The Jake Arrieta reunion in Chicago has gone pretty well so far. Jake has two quality starts in as many turns and appears to be a decent streaming option against weaker lineups. Just don’t get too greedy.

 

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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 Nick says:

    Are these ROS rankings? Where are Arozarena and Laureano on the SB ranks? Hard to imagine guys like Berti and Villar finishing ahead of either one with part time roles. Also, Mondesi is removed for injury but Tatis isn’t?

  • Avatar Dave says:

    I’m surprised not to see JD Martinez on any of the offense rankings except #24 in RBIs. Why is that? All indications are that the COVID shortened season was an outlier and he currently either leads the league or is in in the top 3 in most of these categories.

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