Category Power Rankings: Week 2

Colin Ward breaks down his Category Power Rankings heading into Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season

Week 1 of the fantasy baseball season is just about in the books, and wow, there is a lot to take in. The first week was riddled with significant injuries, underachieving and overachieving, but also a lot of exciting developments. Whether it be young talent flashing potential or players performing well seemingly out of nowhere, the first week of the fantasy campaign was one to behold.

That being said, it is also still just Week 1. The majority of the numbers we have to go by from the past 10 days are not exactly the stats we can hang our hats on moving forward. Therefore, this is a disclaimer: With the exception of movements due to injuries or ownership increases, there will not be a ton of drastic changes to this week’s edition of the CPR.

One of the biggest mistakes fantasy baseball players make is overreacting to early results. As I said last week, it is a long year, and the majority of these slow starts will be turned around before you know it. Patience is a virtue, my friends.

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jose AltuveHOU2BN/A
2Mookie BettsBOSOFN/A
3Mike TroutLAAOF+1
4J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
5Joey VottoCIN1B-2
6Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+1
8Christian YelichCOLOF+1
9Jean SeguraPHISS+2
10Justin TurnerLAD3BN/A
11Michael BrantleyHOUOF+1
12Charlie BlackmonCOLOF+1
13Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B+4
14Lorenzo CainMILOF+1
15Robinson CanoNYM2B-1
16Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+2
17Buster PoseySFC/1B-1
18Xander BogaertsBOSSS+1
19Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
20Alex BregmanHOU3B/SSN/A
21Jose AbreuCHW1B+1
22Bryce HarperPHIOFUnranked
23Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+1
24David DahlCOLOFUnranked
25Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B-2

Off the List: Daniel Murphy (injury), Trea Turner (injury)

The majority of the changes on this list are due to the removal of both Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner because of their hand-related injuries and expected extended absence. Bryce Harper makes this ranking one week after being unranked, as I was on the fence about including him in the top 25. Harper has shown inconsistencies in the average department in the past, but he is showing every reason why the Phillies locked him up for the remaining years of his career.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jeff McNeilNYM2BN/A
2DJ LemahieuNYY2BN/A
3Yandy DiazTB1B/3B/DH+6
4Kolten WongSTL2BUnranked
5Andrelton SimmonsLAASSN/A
6Willians AstudilloMINc/3B-3
7Gerardo ParraSFOFN/A
8Jeimer CandelarioDET3BUnranked
9Starlin CastroMIA2BUnranked
10Jesse WinkerCINOFUnranked

Off the List: Matt Duffy (injury), Joey Wendle (injury), Nick Markakis, Ramon Laureano

It took a slow start and a couple of benchings for Jesse Winker to make this list, ironically. The fact is, now that he has been dropped in many leagues, it would be wise to keep an eye on him. I am a firm believer in “the cream always rises to the top,” and I feel like it will only be a matter of time before he overtakes Matt Kemp in the Reds lineup. Also, Kolten Wong can’t be ignored. While this stretch may not be sustainable, it cannot go unnoticed.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Charlie BlackmonCOLOFN/A
2Mookie BettsBOSOFN/A
3Mike TroutLAAOFN/A
4Christian YelichMILOFN/A
5George SpringerHOUOFN/A
6J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+1
8Jose AltuveHOU2B+1
9Bryce HarperPHIOF+5
10Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+5
11Andrew McCutchenPHIOF+5
12Aaron JudgeNYYOFN/A
13Jean SeguraPHISS+6
14Tommy PhamTBOF+7
15Matt CarpenterSTL1B/2B/3B+2
16Andrew BenintendiBOSOF-5
17Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+1
18Lorenzo CainMILOFUnranked
19Juan SotoWSHOF+3
20Adam EatonWSHOFUnranked
21Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
22Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B+1
23Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
24Joey VottoOAK3BUnranked
25Matt ChapmanOAK3BUnranked

Off the List: Francisco Lindor (injury), Trea Turner (injury), Giancarlo Stanton (injury)

Adam Eaton was barely an exclusion last week, but with a couple of guys dropping off the list, he is now firmly entrenched in the top 20 while hitting atop the Nationals lineup. The top five stays put, but Christian Yelich could find himself creeping up to the top of this list soon if he keeps up this pace.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Brett GardnerNYYOFN/A
2Joc PedersonLADOF+5
3Kolten WongSTL2BUnranked
4Ian KinslerSD2B-1
5Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF-3
6Kole CalhounLAAOF-2
7Trey ManciniBAL1B/OF+3
8Jorge PolancoMINSSUnranked
9Ben ZobristCHC2B/OFUnranked
10Jeimer CandelarioDET3B-2

Off the List: Brian Anderson, Jake Bauers, Curtis Granderson

Brett Gardner still leads the charge here with the surplus of injuries to the Yankees lineup, which only reassure his playing time. Jorge Polanco is a guy who should be owned in many more leagues, and those who need a replacement for Trea Turner should give him a long look, as he his consistently hitting in the 2-hole of the Minnesota lineup.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Khris DavisOAKOFN/A
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3BN/A
3J.D. MartinezBOSOF+2
4Aaron JudgeNYYOFN/A
5Mike TroutLAAOF+1
6Joey GalloTEX1B/OF+1
7Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
8Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B+2
9Nelson CruzMINUTN/A
10Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+4
11Edwin EncarnacionSEA1BN/A
12Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OFN/A
13Manny MachadoSD3B/SSN/A
14Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+2
15Trevor StoryCOLSSN/A
16Christian YelichMILOFUnranked
17Mookie BettsBOSOFN/A
18Jose RamirezCLE2B/3BN/A
19Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B+4
20Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+4
21Matt ChapmanOAK3BUnranked
22Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-2
23Anthony RizzoCHC1B+2
24Jesus AguilarMIL1B-2
25Freddie FreemanATL1BUnranked

Off the List: Giancarlo Stanton (injury), Francisco Lindor (injury), Justin Upton (injury)

The stagnant ranking of Aaron Judge and his leapfrogging by J.D. Martinez is merely a result of the injuries in the Yankees lineup. With Judge being the biggest bopper in the New York lineup, he will likely be worked around more than a fair share until the Bronx Bombers get back to full health. Matt Chapman debuts on the home run rankings, as he is off to a scorching start, showing that his offseason shoulder surgery is firmly behind him. A 35-homer season could be in the cards for the slick-fielding third baseman.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Randal GrichukTOROF+2
2C.J. CronMIN1B-1
3Maikel FrancoPHI3B+6
4Trey ManciniBAL1B/OF+4
5Hunter RenfroeSDOFUnranked
6Jay BruceSEA1B/OFN/A
7Ryan ZimmermanWSH1BUnranked
8Adam JonesARZOFUnranked
9Rowdy TellezTOR1BUnranked
10Christian WalkerARZ1BUnranked

Off the List: Pete Alonso, Franmil Reyes, Tyler White, Daniel Palka, Domingo Santana

There are a handful of new faces on the power front. Maikel Franco‘s hot start is coinciding with the Phillies’ hot start, as he could be a valuable power source hitting behind those big bats in the middle of the Philadelphia lineup. Hunter Renfroe is an exciting one, as his path to playing time may become a little more clear with Franmil Reyes struggling mightily. Rowdy Tellez is a big, lumbering lefty slugger who looks like he could just fall into about 25+ home runs with regular playing time. And with Kendrys Morales now in Oakland, it looks like Tellez will be getting every opportunity to keep the first base job.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Nolan ArenadoCOL3BN/A
2J.D. MartinezBOSOFN/A
3Bryce HarperPHIOF+2
4Khris DavisOAKOF+2
5Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B-1
6Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B+3
7Manny MachadoSD3B/SSN/A
8Nelson CruzMINUTN/A
9Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+1
10Juan SotoWSHOF+1
11Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
12Anthony RizzoCHC1B+1
13Christian YelichMILOF+2
14Aaron JudgeNYYOFN/A
15Freddie FreemanATL1B+2
16Alex BregmanHOU3B/SSN/A
17Mookie BettsBOSOF+1
18Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+3
19Mike TroutLAAOF+3
20Jesus AguilarMIL1B-1
21Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOFUnranked
22Anthony RendonWSH3B+3
23Charlie BlackmonCOLOFN/A
24Jose AbreuCHW1BUnranked
25Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B-5

Off the List: Giancarlo Stanton (injury), Francisco Lindor (injury)

Ronald Acuna Jr. officially cracks the top 25 after opening the season hitting cleanup in a solid Atlanta offense. He should be getting plenty of RBI opportunities with on-base machines Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman hitting in front of him. Jose Ramirez is on the verge of falling off this list, as the Indians offense looks helpless, so there really is no reason for pitchers to pitch to him. And I do not see that changing until Francisco Lindor returns.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Randal GrichukTOROFUnranked
2Ryan ZimmermanWSH1BUnranked
3C.J. CronMIN1B-2
4Josh BellPIT1B-1
5Jay BruceSEA1B/OF+4
6Maikel FrancoPHI3BUnranked
7Hunter RenfroeSDOFUnranked
8Mitch MorelandBOS1B-1
9Ryon HealySEA1BUnranked
10Albert PujolsLAA1B-8

Off the List: Pete AlonsoJake Bauers, Nick Markakis, Jake Lamb, Yonder Alonso

The recent signee of a five-year extension, Randal Grichuk got off to a slow start but has picked it up and appears to be a mainstay hitting in the upper third of the Jays’ lineup. Ryan Zimmerman seems to be healthy and hitting in the middle of the still potent Washington offense. Health has always been the issue for Zimmerman, but he had some pretty favorable Statcast data last season, so keep an eye on him, as he is only two years removed from driving in 108 runs.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+1
2Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS+1
3Mallex SmithSEAOF+1
4Jonathan VillarBAL2B/SS+2
5Billy HamiltonKCOFN/A
6Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF+1
7Starling MartePITOFUnranked
8Mookie BettsBOSOFN/A
9Jose AltuveHOU2BN/A
10Mike TroutLAAOFN/A
11Lorenzo CainMILOFN/A
12Victor RoblesWSHOFN/A
13Jose PerazaCINSS+1
14Jean SeguraPHISS+1
15Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B-2
16Tim AndersonCHWSS+1
17Ender InciarteATLOF-1
18Andrew BenintendiBOSOFN/A
19Tommy PhamTBOF+6
20Elvis AndrusTEXSSUnranked
21Byron BuxtonMINOFN/A
22Christian YelichMILOF+1
23Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
24Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF-4
25Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SSUnranked

Off the List: Trea Turner (injury), Francisco Lindor (injury), Garrett Hampson

As it was pointed out to me in the comments in last week’s CPR, I completely overlooked Starling Marte for whatever reason. He is firmly in the top 10 among base thieves, as he is about as sure of a bet for 30 swipes as anyone. With the injury to Trea Turner, there is a new No. 1 in Whit Merrifield, who is about as safe as they come when it comes to steals.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Delino DeShieldsTEXOF+2
2Garrett HampsonCOL2B/SS-1
3Eduardo NunezBOS2B/3BUnranked
4Brett GardnerNYYOFN/A
5Jarrod DysonARZOFN/A
6Anthony AlfordTOROFUnranked
7Greg AllenCLEOF-5
8Kolten WongSTL2BUnranked
9Kevin KiermaierTBOF-3
10Ramon LaureanoOAKOF-2

Off the List: Adam EngelKevin Pillar, Jackie Bradley Jr.

With the trade of Kevin Pillar to San Francisco, Toronto proceeded to call up former top prospect Anthony Alford to take his place. Alford is not a great hitter, but his speed is definitely worth a place on this list for those in need. While Eduardo Nunez is seeing fairly regular playing time at second base for the BoSox, he is worth a look for some steals, but this may change as soon as Dustin Pedroia finally returns.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike TroutLAAOFN/A
2Joey VottoCIN1BN/A
3Bryce HarperPHIOFN/A
4Aaron JudgeNYYOFN/A
5Freddie FreemanATL1BN/A
6Paul GoldschmidtSTL1BN/A
7Alex BregmanHOU3B/SSN/A
8Kris BryantCHC3B/OFN/A
9Mookie BettsBOSOFN/A
10Jose AltuveHOU2BN/A
11J.D. MartinezBOSOFN/A
12Lorenzo CainMILOF+1
13Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
14Christian YelichMILOF+4
15Matt CarpenterSTL1B/2B/3B+2
16Juan SotoWSHOF-4
17Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B-2
18Anthony RizzoCHC1B+1
19Andrew McCutchenPHIOF+1
20Brandon NimmoNYMOF-4
21Shin-Soo ChooTEXOFN/A
22Nolan ArenadoCOL3BN/A
23Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OFN/A
24Travis ShawMIL1B/2B/3BUnranked
25Josh DonaldsonATL3B-1

Off the List: Michael Conforto

I haven’t seen a whole lot in this first week-and-a-half to feel the need to shake up my top 10 or even the majority of this list. Travis Shaw just missed this list in the first week but has shown a whole new level of patience so far on the young season.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Ben ZobristCHC2B/OF+1
2Brett GardnerNYYOF+2
3Joc PedersonLADOFUnranked
4Maikel FrancoPHI3BUnranked
5Nick MarkakisATLOF-3
6Josh BellPIT1B-5
7Niko GoodrumDET1B/2B/3B/SS/OFUnranked
8Yonder AlonsoCHW1BUnranked
9Curtis GrandersonMIAOFN/A
10Domingo SantanaSEAOFUnranked

Off the List: Justin Bour, Brian AndersonJake Bauers, Jed Lowrie, Jeimer Candelario

Joc Pederson needed a strong start to get regular playing time against right-handed pitching, and he has certainly done that. He has always been a good source of OBP, so if he can solidify the playing time, he could turn into a legitimate fantasy asset. 

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP+1
3Corey KluberCLESP-1
4Aaron NolaPHISPN/A
5Carlos CarrascoCLESPN/A
6Blake SnellTBSP+1
7Trevor BauerCLESP+1
8Jacob deGromNYMSP+2
9Chris SaleBOSSP-3
10Gerrit ColeHOUSP-1
11Patrick CorbinWSHSPN/A
12James PaxtonNYYSP+1
13Noah SyndergaardNYMSP+1
14Miles MikolasSTLSP-2
15German MarquezCOLSP+2
16Jameson TaillonPITSPN/A
17Zack GreinkeARZSP-2
18Kyle FreelandCOLSP+3
19Walker BuehlerLADSPN/A
20Jose BerriosMINSP+2
21J.A. HappNYYSP-3
22Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
23Jon LesterCHCSP+2
24Stephen StrasburgWSHSPUnranked
25Luis SeverinoNYYSP-5

Off the List: Rick Porcello

There were no major changes to this ranking. German Marquez has picked up right where he left off in the second half of 2018 and looks primed to pick up a good amount of wins with the stout Colorado offense backing him up. With Chris Sale‘s recent struggles and question marks surrounding his velocity, he drops a few spots this week. No need to panic just yet, as he very well might be saving his bullets for later in the year, but if this continues without any explanation, Boston may have no choice but to place him on the IL.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Marco GonzalesSEASPUnranked
2Jhoulys ChacinMILSP+1
3Matthew BoydDETSP+1
4Zach EflinPHISP+1
5Ryan YarboroughTBSP/RP+1
6Marcus StromanTORSPUnranked
7Matt StrahmSDSP/RP-5
8Matt ShoemakerTORSPUnranked
9Mike FiersOAKSPUnranked
10Collin McHughHOUSP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Gio Gonzalez, Sean Newcomb, Sonny Gray, Tanner Roark

It is very difficult to ignore Marco Gonzales, who, as I am writing this, has racked up three victories. He is at the very least a respectable streamer. Also, Matt Shoemaker?! He has looked like an absolute waiver wire steal to this point, and while he has had a couple of easy matchups, he should absolutely be owned until the wheels fall off.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jacob deGromNYMSP+1
2Max ScherzerWSHSP-1
3Chris SaleBOSSPN/A
4Trevor BauerCLESP+1
5Justin VerlanderHOUSP+1
6Blake SnellTBSP+2
7Corey KluberCLESP-3
8Aaron NolaPHISP-1
9Gerrit ColeHOUSPN/A
10Noah SyndergaardNYMSP+1
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP-1
12Walker BuehlerLADSPN/A
13Kyle HendricksCHCSP+3
14Miles MikolasSTLSP-1
15Mike ClevingerCLESP+6
16Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
17Jameson TaillonPITSP+2
18James PaxtonNYYSPN/A
19Zack WheelerNYMSP+1
20Clayton KershawLADSP-6
21Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
22Luis SeverinoNYYSP-7
23German MarquezCOLSPUnranked
24Zack GreinkeARZSP-1
25Charlie MortonTBSPUnranked

Off the List: David Price, Jack Flaherty

The flip-flop at the top of the list is more so a nod to Jacob deGrom‘s start to the season as it is a slight to Max Scherzer. They are 1 and 1A to me.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSP+1
2Marco GonzalesSEASPUnranked
3Matthew BoydDETSPN/A
4Marcus StromanTORSPUnranked
5Matt StrahmSDSP/RP-4
6Matt ShoemakerTORSPUnranked
7Brad KellerKCSP+2
8Eric LauerSDSPN/A
9Dereck RodriguezSFSP-3
T10Caleb Smith, Pablo Lopez, Sandy Alcantara, Trevor RichardsMIASPUnranked

Off the List: Alex Wood, Alex Reyes, Ryan Yarborough, Brandon Woodruff

It was very difficult to rank the four young arms of the Marlins, so I took the easy way out. They are all worthy of a look in 12-team leagues, with an edge toward Caleb Smith and Pablo Lopez. Also, Marcus Stroman has looked awfully sharp in his first two starts of the year, sitting with a 1.42 ERA. Another good start and it may be too late to find him on your wire in shallower leagues.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Jacob deGromNYMSP+2
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP-1
4Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
5Trevor BauerCLESP+1
6Chris SaleBOSSP-3
7James PaxtonNYYSPN/A
8Blake SnellTBSPN/A
9Carlos CarrascoCLESP+1
10Corey KluberCLESP-1
11Noah SyndergaardNYMSP+1
12German MarquezCOLSP+1
13Patrick CorbinWSHSP-2
14Aaron NolaPHISPN/A
15Walker BuehlerLADSPN/A
16Jose BerriosMINSP+1
17Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
18Charlie MortonTBSP+1
19Robbie RayARZSP+2
20Jack FlahertySTLSPN/A
21Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+2
22Zack GreinkeARZSPN/A
23Chris ArcherPITSP+1
24Luis CastilloCINSPUnranked
25Luis SeverinoNYYSP-9

 Off the List: Nick Pivetta

I may be a little quick to pull the trigger on Luis Castillo in the top 25, but I don’t care. I love him and his filthy changeup. Corey Kluber has had a concerning start to the year. He has gotten hit hard and isn’t getting the K’s you would like out of your ace. He could very well be one of those strikeout accumulators from here on, who tallies a bunch of innings and by default will have a high total come season’s end. It is still too early to speculate too much, though.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Matthew BoydDETSP+7
2Corbin BurnesMILSP/RP+5
3Freddy PeraltaMILSPN/A
4Matt StrahmSDSP/RP-3
5Collin McHughHOUSP/RPN/A
6Brad PeacockHOUSP/RPN/A
7Dylan BundyBALSP-3
8Zack GodleyARZSP-6
9Caleb SmithMIASPUnranked
10Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP-1

Off the List: Reynaldo Lopez

Remember last week when I said I was high on Matthew Boyd because of his Patrick Corbin-like repertoire? Well, I never thought he would be leapfrogging Corbin and going right into Randy Johnson territory. He is striking out everyone, and that slider is looking like a serious weapon. The young Milwaukee arms cannot be overlooked at the moment, either. If Corbin Burnes can keep the ball in the ballpark, his upside is through the roof.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Edwin DiazNYMRPN/A
2Blake TreinenOAKRP+1
3Kenley JansenLADRP+2
4Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP-2
5Roberto OsunaHOURP-1
6Brad HandCLERP+1
7Felipe VazquezPITRP-1
8Jose LeclercTEXRPN/A
9Kirby YatesSDRPN/A
10Josh HaderMILRP+15
11Sean DoolittleWSHRPN/A
12Wade DavisCOLRPN/A
13Ken GilesTORRP+2
14Jordan HicksSTLRPN/A
15Greg HollandARZRP+7
16Craig KimbrelFARP-6
17Jose AlvaradoTBRP+7
18Alex ColomeCHWRP+2
19Cody AllenLAARP-1
20Raisel IglesiasCINRP-7
21Arodys VizcainoATLRPN/A
22Will SmithSFRP+1
23David RobertsonPHIRP-7
24Pedro StropCHCRP-5
25Shane GreeneDETRPUnranked

Off the List: Hunter Strickland (injury)

Yes, I know, Shane Greene leads the majors in saves. But I just cannot place him any higher yet. I am not sold that he won’t be on most waiver wires come June. Josh Hader is the big mover here. He is firmly entrenched as the Brewers closer, and if I knew with confidence that he would keep that job once Jeremy Jeffress returns, he would at least be in the top three. Please, Milwaukee, do the right thing.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Blake ParkerMINRPUnranked
2Anthony SwarzakSEARPUnranked
3A.J. MinterATLRP+4
4Michael GivensBALRP+1
5Sergio RomoMIASP/RP+1
6Ian KennedyKCSP/RPUnranked
7Jeremy JeffressMILRP+2
8Seranthony DominguezPHIRPUnranked
9Brandon MorrowCHCRP+1
10Ryan BrasierBOSRP-2

Off the List: Hunter Strickland (injury), Greg Holland, Shane Greene, Trevor May

A.J. Minter was just activated from the injured list and figures to factor into the mix for saves in Atlanta. He was super effective last year closing in place of Arodys Vizcaino, so take a long look at him if you are in short supply of the category. With the terrible struggles of David Robertson to begin the year, Seranthony Dominguez makes for an interesting speculative add in most formats. Another bad outing for Robertson, and Dominguez very well may get the next save opportunity.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Jacob deGromNYMSPN/A
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP+1
4Chris SaleBOSSP-1
5Blake SnellTBSP+1
6Gerrit ColeHOUSP+2
7Trevor BauerCLESP+2
8Corey KluberCLESP-3
9Aaron NolaPHISP-2
10Carlos CarrascoCLESP+4
11James PaxtonNYYSP+1
12Zack GreinkeARZSP-1
13Clayton KershawLADSP-3
14Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
15Mike ClevingerCLESP+3
16Jameson TaillonPITSP+1
17Jose BerriosMINSP+3
18Luis SeverinoNYYSP-5
19Kyle HendricksCHCSPN/A
20Masahiro TanakaNYYSP+1
21German MarquezCOLSP+4
22Zack WheelerNYMSPN/A
23Miles MikolasSTLSP-7
24Charlie MortonTBSPUnranked
25David PriceBOSSP-2

Off the List: Jack Flaherty

Jose Berrios continues to limit baserunners and is looking like the stud he was poised to be when he was a top prospect in the Twins system. If he can maintain the low walk rate and improved swinging-strike rate, he could be in for a big year.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSPUnranked
2Marco GonzalesSEASPN/A
3Jhoulys ChacinMILSP+2
4Matthew BoydDETSP+4
5Jakob JunisKCSP-2
6Zach EflinPHISP+3
7Matt ShoemakerTORSPUnranked
8Mike MinorTEXSP-4
9Matt StrahmSDSP/RP-8
10Pablo LopezMIASPN/A

Off the List: Anibal Sanchez, Joe Musgrove

As boring as Trevor Williams is, he just gets the job done. He is the quintessential streamer and always borders on “should be owned.” Zach Eflin is another guy who manages to limit free passes and misses enough bats to keep his WHIP at a more than respectable level. 

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Jacob deGromNYMSPN/A
3Justin VerlanderHOUSPN/A
4Trevor BauerCLESP+2
5Corey KluberCLESP-1
6Chris SaleBOSSP-1
7Aaron NolaPHISPN/A
8Gerrit ColeHOUSPN/A
9Blake SnellTBSP+1
10Zack GreinkeARZSP-1
11Carlos CarrascoCLESPN/A
12Noah SyndergaardNYMSP+1
13Jameson TaillonPITSP+2
14James PaxtonNYYSPN/A
15Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
16Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
17Jose BerriosMINSP+8
18German MarquezCOLSP+3
19Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
20Clayton KershawLADSP-8
21Zack WheelerNYMSP+1
22Kyle FreelandCOLSP+1
23Miles MikolasSTLSP-5
24Charlie MortonTBSPN/A
25Madison BumgarnerSFSPUnranked

Off the List: Luis Severino

Madison Bumgarner is proving a lot of critics wron in the early season, posting back-to-back quality starts—albeit in losing efforts. He could still prove to be a decent buy from an owner who may not be a total believer just yet. 

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Marco GonzalesSEASPUnranked
2Matthew BoydDETSP+2
3Marcus StromanTORSPUnranked
4Matt ShoemakerTORSPUnranked
5Mike LeakeSEASPN/A
6Matt StrahmSDSP/RP4
7Mike MinorTEXSPUnranked
8Steven MatzNYMSPN/A
9Jakob JunisKCSPN/A
10Jordan ZimmermanDETSPUnranked

Off the List: Dylan Bundy, Tanner Roark, Julio Teheran, Kyle Gibson, Reynaldo Lopez

Holy cow, that is a lot of names that start with M!

Featured Image by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

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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