Category Power Rankings: Week 2

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jose Altuve HOU 2B N/A
2 Mookie Betts BOS OF N/A
3 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
4 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
5 Joey Votto CIN 1B -2
6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
7 Nolan Arenado COL 3B +1
8 Christian Yelich COL OF +1
9 Jean Segura PHI SS +2
10 Justin Turner LAD 3B N/A
11 Michael Brantley HOU OF +1
12 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +1
13 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +4
14 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF +1
15 Robinson Cano NYM 2B -1
16 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +2
17 Buster Posey SF C/1B -1
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
19 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +2
20 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS N/A
21 Jose Abreu CHW 1B +1
22 Bryce Harper PHI OF Unranked
23 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF +1
24 David Dahl COL OF Unranked
25 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B N/A
2 DJ Lemahieu NYY 2B N/A
3 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B/DH +6
4 Kolten Wong STL 2B Unranked
5 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS N/A
6 Willians Astudillo MIN c/3B -3
7 Gerardo Parra SF OF N/A
8 Jeimer Candelario DET 3B Unranked
9 Starlin Castro MIA 2B Unranked
10 Jesse Winker CIN OF Unranked

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Charlie Blackmon COL OF N/A
2 Mookie Betts BOS OF N/A
3 Mike Trout LAA OF N/A
4 Christian Yelich MIL OF N/A
5 George Springer HOU OF N/A
6 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
7 Nolan Arenado COL 3B +1
8 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +1
9 Bryce Harper PHI OF +5
10 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +5
11 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF +5
12 Aaron Judge NYY OF N/A
13 Jean Segura PHI SS +6
14 Tommy Pham TB OF +7
15 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B +2
16 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF -5
17 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
18 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF Unranked
19 Juan Soto WSH OF +3
20 Adam Eaton WSH OF Unranked
21 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +1
22 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +1
23 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
24 Joey Votto OAK 3B Unranked
25 Matt Chapman OAK 3B Unranked

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brett Gardner NYY OF N/A
2 Joc Pederson LAD OF +5
3 Kolten Wong STL 2B Unranked
4 Ian Kinsler SD 2B -1
5 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF -3
6 Kole Calhoun LAA OF -2
7 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF +3
8 Jorge Polanco MIN SS Unranked
9 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF Unranked
10 Jeimer Candelario DET 3B -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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Khris Davis OAK OF N/A
2 Nolan Arenado COL 3B N/A
3 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +2
4 Aaron Judge NYY OF N/A
5 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
6 Joey Gallo TEX 1B/OF +1
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
8 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +2
9 Nelson Cruz MIN UT N/A
10 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +4
11 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B N/A
12 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF N/A
13 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS N/A
14 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +2
15 Trevor Story COL SS N/A
16 Christian Yelich MIL OF Unranked
17 Mookie Betts BOS OF N/A
18 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B N/A
19 Mike Moustakas MIL 2B/3B +4
20 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +4
21 Matt Chapman OAK 3B Unranked
22 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -2
23 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +2
24 Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B -2
25 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B Unranked

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Randal Grichuk TOR OF +2
2 C.J. Cron MIN 1B -1
3 Maikel Franco PHI 3B +6
4 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF +4
5 Hunter Renfroe SD OF Unranked
6 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF N/A
7 Ryan Zimmerman WSH 1B Unranked
8 Adam Jones ARZ OF Unranked
9 Rowdy Tellez TOR 1B Unranked
10 Christian Walker ARZ 1B Unranked

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B N/A
2 J.D. Martinez BOS OF N/A
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF +2
4 Khris Davis OAK OF +2
5 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B -1
6 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +3
7 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS N/A
8 Nelson Cruz MIN UT N/A
9 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF +1
10 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
11 Trevor Story COL SS +1
12 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
13 Christian Yelich MIL OF +2
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF N/A
15 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
16 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS N/A
17 Mookie Betts BOS OF +1
18 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +3
19 Mike Trout LAA OF +3
20 Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B -1
21 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF Unranked
22 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +3
23 Charlie Blackmon COL OF N/A
24 Jose Abreu CHW 1B Unranked
25 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Randal Grichuk TOR OF Unranked
2 Ryan Zimmerman WSH 1B Unranked
3 C.J. Cron MIN 1B -2
4 Josh Bell PIT 1B -1
5 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF +4
6 Maikel Franco PHI 3B Unranked
7 Hunter Renfroe SD OF Unranked
8 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B -1
9 Ryon Healy SEA 1B Unranked
10 Albert Pujols LAA 1B -8

Off the List: Pete Alonso, Jake 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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF +1
2 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS +1
3 Mallex Smith SEA OF +1
4 Jonathan Villar BAL 2B/SS +2
5 Billy Hamilton KC OF N/A
6 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/SS/OF +1
7 Starling Marte PIT OF Unranked
8 Mookie Betts BOS OF N/A
9 Jose Altuve HOU 2B N/A
10 Mike Trout LAA OF N/A
11 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF N/A
12 Victor Robles WSH OF N/A
13 Jose Peraza CIN SS +1
14 Jean Segura PHI SS +1
15 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B -2
16 Tim Anderson CHW SS +1
17 Ender Inciarte ATL OF -1
18 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF N/A
19 Tommy Pham TB OF +6
20 Elvis Andrus TEX SS Unranked
21 Byron Buxton MIN OF N/A
22 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
23 Trevor Story COL SS +1
24 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF -4
25 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS Unranked

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Delino DeShields TEX OF +2
2 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS -1
3 Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B/3B Unranked
4 Brett Gardner NYY OF N/A
5 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF N/A
6 Anthony Alford TOR OF Unranked
7 Greg Allen CLE OF -5
8 Kolten Wong STL 2B Unranked
9 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF -3
10 Ramon Laureano OAK OF -2

Off the List: Adam Engel, Kevin 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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF N/A
2 Joey Votto CIN 1B N/A
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF N/A
4 Aaron Judge NYY OF N/A
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B N/A
6 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B N/A
7 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS N/A
8 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF N/A
9 Mookie Betts BOS OF N/A
10 Jose Altuve HOU 2B N/A
11 J.D. Martinez BOS OF N/A
12 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF +1
13 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
14 Christian Yelich MIL OF +4
15 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B +2
16 Juan Soto WSH OF -4
17 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B -2
18 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
19 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF +1
20 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF -4
21 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF N/A
22 Nolan Arenado COL 3B N/A
23 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF N/A
24 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/2B/3B Unranked
25 Josh Donaldson ATL 3B -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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF +1
2 Brett Gardner NYY OF +2
3 Joc Pederson LAD OF Unranked
4 Maikel Franco PHI 3B Unranked
5 Nick Markakis ATL OF -3
6 Josh Bell PIT 1B -5
7 Niko Goodrum DET 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Unranked
8 Yonder Alonso CHW 1B Unranked
9 Curtis Granderson MIA OF N/A
10 Domingo Santana SEA OF Unranked

Off the List: Justin Bour, Brian Anderson, Jake 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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
3 Corey Kluber CLE SP -1
4 Aaron Nola PHI SP N/A
5 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP N/A
6 Blake Snell TB SP +1
7 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +1
8 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +2
9 Chris Sale BOS SP -3
10 Gerrit Cole HOU SP -1
11 Patrick Corbin WSH SP N/A
12 James Paxton NYY SP +1
13 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +1
14 Miles Mikolas STL SP -2
15 German Marquez COL SP +2
16 Jameson Taillon PIT SP N/A
17 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -2
18 Kyle Freeland COL SP +3
19 Walker Buehler LAD SP N/A
20 Jose Berrios MIN SP +2
21 J.A. Happ NYY SP -3
22 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
23 Jon Lester CHC SP +2
24 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP Unranked
25 Luis Severino NYY SP -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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
2 Jhoulys Chacin MIL SP +1
3 Matthew Boyd DET SP +1
4 Zach Eflin PHI SP +1
5 Ryan Yarborough TB SP/RP +1
6 Marcus Stroman TOR SP Unranked
7 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -5
8 Matt Shoemaker TOR SP Unranked
9 Mike Fiers OAK SP Unranked
10 Collin McHugh HOU SP/RP Unranked

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +1
2 Max Scherzer WSH SP -1
3 Chris Sale BOS SP N/A
4 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +1
5 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
6 Blake Snell TB SP +2
7 Corey Kluber CLE SP -3
8 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
9 Gerrit Cole HOU SP N/A
10 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +1
11 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP -1
12 Walker Buehler LAD SP N/A
13 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +3
14 Miles Mikolas STL SP -1
15 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +6
16 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
17 Jameson Taillon PIT SP +2
18 James Paxton NYY SP N/A
19 Zack Wheeler NYM SP +1
20 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -6
21 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
22 Luis Severino NYY SP -7
23 German Marquez COL SP Unranked
24 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -1
25 Charlie Morton TB SP Unranked

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP +1
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
3 Matthew Boyd DET SP N/A
4 Marcus Stroman TOR SP Unranked
5 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -4
6 Matt Shoemaker TOR SP Unranked
7 Brad Keller KC SP +2
8 Eric Lauer SD SP N/A
9 Dereck Rodriguez SF SP -3
T10 Caleb Smith, Pablo Lopez, Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Richards MIA SP Unranked

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +2
3 Justin Verlander HOU SP -1
4 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +1
6 Chris Sale BOS SP -3
7 James Paxton NYY SP N/A
8 Blake Snell TB SP N/A
9 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP +1
10 Corey Kluber CLE SP -1
11 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +1
12 German Marquez COL SP +1
13 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -2
14 Aaron Nola PHI SP N/A
15 Walker Buehler LAD SP N/A
16 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
17 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
18 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
19 Robbie Ray ARZ SP +2
20 Jack Flaherty STL SP N/A
21 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +2
22 Zack Greinke ARZ SP N/A
23 Chris Archer PIT SP +1
24 Luis Castillo CIN SP Unranked
25 Luis Severino NYY SP -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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Matthew Boyd DET SP +7
2 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +5
3 Freddy Peralta MIL SP N/A
4 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -3
5 Collin McHugh HOU SP/RP N/A
6 Brad Peacock HOU SP/RP N/A
7 Dylan Bundy BAL SP -3
8 Zack Godley ARZ SP -6
9 Caleb Smith MIA SP Unranked
10 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Edwin Diaz NYM RP N/A
2 Blake Treinen OAK RP +1
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP +2
4 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP -2
5 Roberto Osuna HOU RP -1
6 Brad Hand CLE RP +1
7 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP -1
8 Jose Leclerc TEX RP N/A
9 Kirby Yates SD RP N/A
10 Josh Hader MIL RP +15
11 Sean Doolittle WSH RP N/A
12 Wade Davis COL RP N/A
13 Ken Giles TOR RP +2
14 Jordan Hicks STL RP N/A
15 Greg Holland ARZ RP +7
16 Craig Kimbrel FA RP -6
17 Jose Alvarado TB RP +7
18 Alex Colome CHW RP +2
19 Cody Allen LAA RP -1
20 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP -7
21 Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP N/A
22 Will Smith SF RP +1
23 David Robertson PHI RP -7
24 Pedro Strop CHC RP -5
25 Shane Greene DET RP Unranked

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Blake Parker MIN RP Unranked
2 Anthony Swarzak SEA RP Unranked
3 A.J. Minter ATL RP +4
4 Michael Givens BAL RP +1
5 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP +1
6 Ian Kennedy KC SP/RP Unranked
7 Jeremy Jeffress MIL RP +2
8 Seranthony Dominguez PHI RP Unranked
9 Brandon Morrow CHC RP +1
10 Ryan Brasier BOS RP -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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP N/A
3 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
4 Chris Sale BOS SP -1
5 Blake Snell TB SP +1
6 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +2
7 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +2
8 Corey Kluber CLE SP -3
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP -2
10 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP +4
11 James Paxton NYY SP +1
12 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -1
13 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -3
14 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
15 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +3
16 Jameson Taillon PIT SP +1
17 Jose Berrios MIN SP +3
18 Luis Severino NYY SP -5
19 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP N/A
20 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP +1
21 German Marquez COL SP +4
22 Zack Wheeler NYM SP N/A
23 Miles Mikolas STL SP -7
24 Charlie Morton TB SP Unranked
25 David Price BOS SP -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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP Unranked
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP N/A
3 Jhoulys Chacin MIL SP +2
4 Matthew Boyd DET SP +4
5 Jakob Junis KC SP -2
6 Zach Eflin PHI SP +3
7 Matt Shoemaker TOR SP Unranked
8 Mike Minor TEX SP -4
9 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -8
10 Pablo Lopez MIA SP N/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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP N/A
3 Justin Verlander HOU SP N/A
4 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +2
5 Corey Kluber CLE SP -1
6 Chris Sale BOS SP -1
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP N/A
8 Gerrit Cole HOU SP N/A
9 Blake Snell TB SP +1
10 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -1
11 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP N/A
12 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +1
13 Jameson Taillon PIT SP +2
14 James Paxton NYY SP N/A
15 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
16 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
17 Jose Berrios MIN SP +8
18 German Marquez COL SP +3
19 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
20 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -8
21 Zack Wheeler NYM SP +1
22 Kyle Freeland COL SP +1
23 Miles Mikolas STL SP -5
24 Charlie Morton TB SP N/A
25 Madison Bumgarner SF SP Unranked

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
2 Matthew Boyd DET SP +2
3 Marcus Stroman TOR SP Unranked
4 Matt Shoemaker TOR SP Unranked
5 Mike Leake SEA SP N/A
6 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP 4
7 Mike Minor TEX SP Unranked
8 Steven Matz NYM SP N/A
9 Jakob Junis KC SP N/A
10 Jordan Zimmerman DET SP Unranked

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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