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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 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS
2 Tim Anderson CWS SS
3 Juan Soto WSH OF
4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B +1
5 Michael Brantley HOU OF -1
6 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
7 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
8 Starling Marte NYM OF
9 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/OF
10 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
11 Mike Trout LAA OF
12 Nick Castellanos PHI OF
13 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
14 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
15 Bo Bichette TOR SS -1
16 Wander Franco TB 3B/SS
17 Luis Robert CWS OF
18 Corey Seager TEX SS
19 Alex Verdugo BOS OF +1
20 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B -1
21 Justin Turner LAD 3B
22 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
23 Jean Segura PHI 2B
24 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
25 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B

 

Off the list: None

After a week and a half of baseball, it would be foolish to jump to conclusions and rearrange these lists. That being said, there are some takeaways from the first handful of games of the season. Like the fact that Rafael Devers is really good. The 25-year-old third baseman has gotten a hit in each of his first eight games to start the year and is batting .353 to kick off 2020. Expect Devers to pay massive dividends across four categories all year long.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
2 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/OF
3 Garrett Cooper MIA 1B/OF +2
4 Connor Joe COL 1B/OF Unranked
5 J.P. Crawford SEA SS Unranked
6 Adam Frazier SEA 2B/OF
7 José Iglesias COL SS
8 Nicky Lopez KC 2B/SS Unranked
9 Frank Schwindel CHC 1B
10 Cesar Hernandez WSH 2B Unranked

 

Off the list: David Fletcher (injury), Nick Madrigal, Kolten Wong, Yandy Díaz

Now entrenched in the leadoff spot for the Rockies, Connor Joe is transforming from preseason sleeper to must-own player. Joe is slashing .344/.447/.656 through his first eight games and as long as he continues to hit, he should remain at the top of the order in Denver and on your fantasy team.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS
2 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF
3 Juan Soto WSH OF
4 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
5 Bo Bichette TOR SS -1
6 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
7 Tim Anderson CWS SS
8 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B +1
9 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
10 Jose Altuve HOU 2B -2
11 José Ramírez CLE 3B
12 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
13 George Springer TOR OF
14 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
15 Nick Castellanos PHI OF
16 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +1
17 Wander Franco TB 3B/SS +1
18 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF -2
19 Aaron Judge NYY OF
20 Marcus Semien TEX 2B/SS
21 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
22 Jonathan India CIN 2B
23 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
24 Mike Trout LAA OF
25 Starling Marte NYM OF

 

Off the list: N/A

Starling Marte has tallied eight runs across his last five games, setting the tone towards the top of the Mets’ revamped lineup. Marte figures to contribute in all categories but most importantly in the ones that are hard to fill (runs, steals, and batting average).

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Connor Joe COL 1B/OF Unranked
2 Kiké Hernández BOS 2B/OF +6
3 Adam Frazier SEA 2B/OF
4 Austin Hays BAL OF +1
5 Cesar Hernandez WSH 2B +4
6 J.P. Crawford SEA SS Unranked
7 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF
8 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF -7
9 Mark Canha NYM OF -5
10 Elvis Andrus OAK SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Spencer Torkelson (ownership), Myles Straw (ownership), Akil Baddoo

Cesar Hernandez is the resident lead-off hitter for the Nationals these days and so far, so good for the veteran middle infielder. Hernandez has scored eight runs across his last eight contests. The Washington lineup is not the best, but as long as Hernandez sees regular run at the top of it, he should remain somewhat relevant in deep leagues.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
3 Matt Olson ATL 1B
4 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
5 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
6 Aaron Judge NYY OF -1
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF
8 Joey Gallo NYY OF
9 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
10 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF +1
11 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B +1
12 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
13 Manny Machado SD 3B +1
14 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
15 Teoscar Hernández TOR OF -6
16 Salvador Perez KC C
17 Kyle Schwarber PHI 1B/OF
18 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
19 Franmil Reyes CLE OF
20 Nick Castellanos PHI OF
21 George Springer TOR OF
22 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
23 Juan Soto WSH OF
24 Adam Duvall ATL OF
25 Kris Bryant COL 1B/3B/OF

 

Off the list: None

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has picked up right where he left off last year. Vlad already leads the league in HRs and nobody doubts his ability to remain in that spot throughout the summer. He is one of only a handful of guys who could push for the triple crown.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B
2 Randal Grichuk COL OF
3 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B/3B
4 Eugenio Suárez SEA 3B/SS Unranked
5 Brandon Belt SF 1B +3
6 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B/3B/OF -2
7 Gary Sánchez MIN C Unranked
8 Mike Zunino TB C -3
9 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B/2B +1
10 Ji-Man Choi TB 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Spencer Torkelson (ownership), Mike YastrzemskiMike Moustakas

Eugenio Suárez only has five hits this year, but four of them have gone for extra bases, including a pair of homers. The guy has serious contact issues, but when he does hit, he makes it count. He is a pretty sure thing for 30+ HRs.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
2 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
3 José Abreu CWS 1B
4 Matt Olson ATL 1B
5 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
6 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B +1
7 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
8 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B +1
9 Pete Alonso NYM 1B +2
10 Teoscar Hernández TOR OF -5
11 Kyle Tucker HOU OF -1
12 Manny Machado SD 3B
13 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
14 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
15 Bryce Harper PHI OF
16 Aaron Judge NYY OF
17 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF
18 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
19 Salvador Perez KC C
20 Mike Trout LAA OF
21 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
22 Nick Castellanos PHI OF
23 Eloy Jiménez CWS OF
24 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF Unranked
25 Carlos Correa MIN SS

 

Off the list: Bo Bichette

Despite only hitting .229, Pete Alonso has knocked in a dozen runs across ten games. The Mets’ lineup is improved and should only provide more RBI opportunities for the slugger and the entire middle of the order.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B
2 Randal Grichuk COL OF
3 Eric Hosmer SD 1B
4 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B/3B
5 Jesús Sánchez MIA OF +1
6 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B +3
7 Frank Schwindel CHC 1B
8 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B
9 Ji-Man Choi TB 1B Unranked
10 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B/2B

 

Off the list: Spencer Torkelson (ownership)

Nathaniel Lowe has gotten off to a nice start to the year, showing a decent nose for driving in runs. Lowe is a former top prospect who could very well be the type of post-hype guy you might want to take a flier on this year.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adalberto Mondesi KC 3B/SS
2 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS
3 Starling Marte NYM OF
4 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
5 José Ramírez CLE 3B
6 Cedric Mullins BAL OF
7 Bo Bichette TOR SS
8 Trevor Story BOS SS
9 Myles Straw CLE OF
10 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS
11 Tommy Edman STL 2B/OF
12 Luis Robert CWS OF
13 Tim Anderson CWS SS
14 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
15 Bobby Witt Jr. KC SS
16 Byron Buxton MIN OF
17 Randy Arozarena TB OF +1
18 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF -1
19 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
20 Jonathan Villar CHC 2B/3B/SS +1
21 Akil Baddoo DET OF -1
22 Francisco Lindor NYM SS +1
23 Kyle Tucker HOU OF -1
24 Trent Grisham SD OF
25 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF

 

Off the list: N/A

Not a ton of movement here. Myles Straw is looking like a must-own and must-start player in roto leagues. He is looking like a younger Whit Merrifield but with better plate discipline. And if that is the case, he will be a draft-day steal this year (no pun intended).

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jonathan Villar CHC 2B/3B/SS +2
2 Akil Baddoo DET OF
3 Nicky Lopez KC SS +1
4 Isiah Kiner-Falefa NYY SS +2
5 Jorge Mateo BAL 2B/SS/OF Unranked
6 Tommy Pham CIN OF +2
7 Raimel Tapia TOR OF
8 Kolten Wong MIL 2B -3
9 Rafael Ortega CHC OF
10 Andrés Giménez CLE 2B/SS

 

Off the list: Myles Straw (ownership)

These are the bottom of the barrel right here. Only in the deepest of leagues should you be considering these guys.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Juan Soto WSH OF
2 Mike Trout LAA OF
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF
4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
5 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
6 Alex Bregman HOU 3B +1
7 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF -1
8 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
9 Yasmani Grandal CWS C/1B +1
10 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF -2
11 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
12 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B
13 Matt Olson ATL 1B
14 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
15 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF
16 Kris Bryant COL 1B/3B/OF
17 Corey Seager TEX SS
18 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
19 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
20 Jesse Winker SEA OF
21 Justin Turner LAD 3B
22 Christian Yelich MIL OF
23 Michael Brantley HOU OF
24 Carlos Correa MIN SS
25 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP

 

Off the list: N/A

With 12 walks in 11 games, Juan Soto is already looking like a surefire bet to lead the league in walks and OBP. It is important to remember that it’s a long season, but it is also important to remember that Soto may just be the best all-around hitter in baseball.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Belt SF 1B +3
2 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B
3 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +3
4 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B +4
5 Tommy Pham CIN OF +2
6 Connor Joe COL 1B/OF Unranked
7 Daniel Vogelbach PIT 1B -2
8 Ji-Man Choi TB 1B Unranked
9 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF -8
10 Mark Canha NYM OF -7

 

Off the list: 

Ji-Man Choi is well below average against lefties but is starting every day against right-handed pitchers and for good reason. He is mashing right now and has an OBP of .613. He could be useful in deep leagues for those in need of a corner infielder.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Julio Urías LAD SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Max Scherzer NYM SP
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
6 Max Fried ATL SP +1
7 Corbin Burnes MIL SP +1
8 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
9 José Berríos TOR SP
10 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +1
11 Adam Wainwright STL SP +1
12 Charlie Morton ATL SP +2
13 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
14 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +2
15 Yu Darvish SD SP +2
16 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -10
17 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
18 Framber Valdez HOU SP +1
19 Justin Verlander HOU SP +3
20 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +1
21 Robbie Ray SEA SP +2
22 Aaron Nola PHI SP -2
23 Sean Manaea SD SP +1
24 Chris Bassitt NYM SP Unranked
25 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Lance Lynn (injury), Aaron Civale

Chris Bassitt has looked excellent so far through two starts with his new ball club. The righty has a pair of wins in those two starts and a minuscule 0.75 ERA. Other teams are probably beating themselves up for not getting him this past offseason.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
2 Steven Matz STL SP +2
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +3
4 Kyle Gibson PHI SP +3
5 Yusei Kikuchi TOR SP -3
6 Jameson Taillon NYY SP +3
7 Zach Eflin PHI SP +3
8 Paul Blackburn OAK SP Unranked
9 Cole Irvin OAK SP Unranked
10 Chris Flexen SEA SP -2

 

Off the list: Jon Gray (injury), Wade Miley (injury)

Paul Blackburn has posted back-to-back starts of five innings each and has given up a combined two runs allowed. With a start against the Orioles coming up next, now might be the time to pick him up.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Walker Buehler LAD SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
6 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
7 Shane Bieber CLE SP
8 Julio Urías LAD SP
9 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
10 Robbie Ray SEA SP
11 Carlos Rodón SF SP
12 Justin Verlander HOU SP +2
13 Charlie Morton ATL SP
14 Logan Webb SF SP +2
15 Max Fried ATL SP
16 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +1
17 Shohei Ohtani LAA SP/UT +3
18 Trevor Rogers MIA SP
19 Frankie Montas OAK SP +3
20 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -8
21 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +3
22 Freddy Peralta MIL SP +3
23 Aaron Nola PHI SP
24 Chris Bassitt NYM SP Unranked
25 Mike Clevinger SD SP -6

 

Off the list: Lance Lynn (injury)

Clayton Kershaw put all the naysayers to rest again in his 2022 debut, hurling seven scoreless, no-hit innings. The future Hall of Famer, albeit not the same pitcher he was seven or eight years ago, is still an elite arm in fantasy as well as real life.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Corey Kluber TB SP
2 Joe Ryan MIN SP
3 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
4 Nestor Cortes Jr. NYY SP/RP +6
5 Jameson Taillon NYY SP -1
6 Steven Matz STL SP +2
7 Zack Greinke KC SP +2
8 Michael Pineda DET SP -2
9 Paul Blackburn OAK SP Unranked
10 Cole Irvin OAK SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jon Gray (injury), Hunter Greene (ownership)

“Nasty” Nestor Cortes Jr. has posted over nine scoreless innings to open the year, including a five-inning, 12 strikeout performance on Sunday. Cortes has been the Yankees’ best starter through two turns in the rotation so expect him to stick around.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Robbie Ray SEA SP
6 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
7 Freddy Peralta MIL SP +1
8 Yu Darvish SD SP +1
9 Dylan Cease CWS SP +4
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP
11 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
12 Kevin Gausman TOR SP
13 José Berríos TOR SP +1
14 Justin Verlander HOU SP +3
15 Walker Buehler LAD SP
16 Charlie Morton ATL SP +2
17 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -10
18 Carlos Rodón SF SP +1
19 Joe Musgrove SD SP +2
20 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP
21 Shohei Ohtani LAA SP/UT +1
22 Frankie Montas OAK SP +1
23 Tyler Mahle CIN SP Unranked
24 Eduardo Rodriguez DET SP +1
25 Chris Bassitt NYM SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Lance Lynn (injury), Luis Castillo (injury)

Joe Musgrove owns a 14/0 K/BB ratio through two starts panning across 12.2 IP. After posting his first career 200-strikeout season in 2021, Musgrove looks poised to post his second.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josiah Gray WSH SP
2 Carlos Carrasco NYM SP +8
3 Jameson Taillon NYY SP +2
4 Joe Ryan MIN SP +4
5 Matt Brash SEA SP Unranked
6 Corey Kluber TB SP
7 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
8 Kyle Wright ATL SP Unranked
9 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
10 Bailey Ober MIN SP -1

 

Off the list: Hunter Greene (ownership), Tylor Megill (ownserhip), Jon Gray (injury)

Matt Brash has put together consecutive starts working into the sixth inning, including a win in his most recent outing. Brash is one of the Mariners’ top prospects after punching out 142 batters across 97 innings in the minors last year. He needs to be owned across all formats.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
2 Josh Hader MIL RP
3 Kenley Jansen ATL RP
4 Craig Kimbrel LAD RP
5 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
6 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP
7 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP
8 Edwin Díaz NYM RP +1
9 Jordan Romano TOR RP +1
10 Giovanny Gallegos STL RP +1
11 Scott Barlow KC RP +2
12 Ryan Pressly HOU RP -4
13 Jake McGee SF RP -2
14 Taylor Rogers SD RP +1
15 Mark Melancon ARZ RP -1
16 Corey Knebel PHI SP/RP
17 Jake Diekman BOS RP Unranked
18 Lou Trivino OAK RP
19 Tanner Rainey WSH RP Unranked
20 Camilo Doval SF RP +1
21 Daniel Bard COL RP Unranked
22 Andrew Kittredge TB SP/RP
23 David Bednar PIT RP
24 David Robertson CHC RP Unranked
25 Anthony Bender MIA RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Matt Barnes, Dylan Floro, Rowan Wick, Gregory Soto, Kyle Finnegan

Jordan Romano, who was a very popular name during draft season, has now converted his first six save opportunities of the season. He is pushing himself into the most reliable tiers of closers and it’s only been a week and a half into the year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jake Diekman BOS RP Unranked
2 Tanner Rainey WSH RP Unranked
3 Daniel Bard COL RP Unranked
4 David Robertson CHC RP Unranked
5 Anthony Bender MIA RP Unranked
6 Gregory Soto DET RP -1
7 Drew Steckenrider SEA RP +1
8 Diego Castillo SEA RP Unranked
9 Joe Barlow TEX RP -3
10 Paul Sewald SEA RP -3

 

Off the list: Kyle Finnegan, Dylan Floro, Rowan Wick, Andrew Kittredge (ownership), Garrett Whitlock, Alex Colomé

Tanner Rainey has nailed down the last two save chances for the Nationals. Those who just had Ryan Pressly go down for them need to go pick up the flame-throwing Rainey.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
6 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
7 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
8 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
9 Justin Verlander HOU SP +3
10 Yu Darvish SD SP +1
11 Julio Urías LAD SP +2
12 Robbie Ray SEA SP +2
13 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +2
14 Max Fried ATL SP +2
15 Carlos Rodón SF SP +2
16 Joe Musgrove SD SP +2
17 Charlie Morton ATL SP +2
18 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -9
19 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
20 Chris Bassitt NYM SP Unranked
21 José Berríos TOR SP
22 Adam Wainwright STL SP +3
23 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked
24 Sean Manaea SD SP Unranked
25 Freddy Peralta MIL SP -1

 

Off the list: Lance Lynn (injury), John Means (injury), Mike Clevinger

Sean Manaea has made himself at home in his new San Diego threads. The lefty has put together two nice starts of seven and six innings all while posting a 0.54 WHIP. An impending free agent after the season, Manaea is looking like a guy who might cash in on a contract year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Joe Ryan MIN SP
2 Zach Plesac CLE SP +2
3 Zack Greinke KC SP +2
4 Carlos Carrasco NYM SP +4
5 Nestor Cortes Jr. NYY SP/RP +5
6 Jameson Taillon NYY SP
7 Cal Quantrill CLE SP/RP
8 Corey Kluber TB SP Unranked
9 Michael Pineda DET SP -7
10 Kyle Wright ATL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Bailey Ober, Taijuan Walker (injury)

Zach Plesac has worked into the sixth inning in both of his first two outings, tallying a 1.00 WHIP. Since getting to the majors, Plesac has always done a nice job of limiting baserunners with a career 1.13 WHIP, so I would expect more of the same.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
6 Max Fried ATL SP
7 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
8 Corbin Burnes MIL SP +3
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP
10 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
11 Adam Wainwright STL SP +2
12 Robbie Ray SEA SP +2
13 José Berríos TOR SP +2
14 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +2
15 Frankie Montas OAK SP +2
16 Yu Darvish SD SP +2
17 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -9
18 Logan Webb SF SP +2
19 Charlie Morton ATL SP
20 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
21 Framber Valdez HOU SP +2
22 Germán Márquez COL SP
23 Joe Musgrove SD SP Unranked
24 Sean Manaea SD SP Unranked
25 Chris Bassitt NYM SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Lance Lynn (injury), Luis Castillo (injury), Kyle Hendricks

After one mediocre start to open the year, Corbin Burnes followed up with a sterling, seven scoreless inning start (say that five times fast). Burnes is the perfect blend of strikeouts and a low walk rate that makes an upper echelon ace.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Zack Greinke KC SP
2 Kyle Gibson PHI SP
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP
4 Brad Keller KC SP Unranked
5 Jameson Taillon NYY SP
6 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
7 Joe Ryan MIN SP Unranked
8 Yusei Kikuchi TOR SP -4
9 Chris Flexen SEA SP +1
10 Michael Pineda DET SP -2

 

Off the list: Jon Gray (injury)

There may not be anyone who has performed better through two starts than Brad Keller. The guy has pitched 13 innings to the tune of a 1.38 ERA and two quality starts. He will not maintain these numbers, but he should remain on the streaming radar through much of the season.

 

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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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