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Category Power Rankings: Week 20

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 Michael Brantley HOU OF
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
3 Trea Turner LAD SS
4 Adam Frazier SD 2B/OF +1
5 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -1
6 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B
7 Tim Anderson CWS SS
8 Jesse Winker CIN OF
9 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +3
10 Nick Castellanos CIN OF
11 Juan Soto WSH OF
12 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -3
13 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +1
14 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF -1
15 Nelson Cruz TB UT
16 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
17 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF
18 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
19 Justin Turner LAD 3B
20 Bo Bichette TOR SS
21 Jean Segura PHI 2B/3B/SS
22 Bryce Harper PHI OF
23 Starling Marte OAK OF Unranked
24 Brandon Crawford SF SS Unranked
25 Teoscar Hernández TOR OF Unranked

Off the list: Jeff McNeil, Jose AltuveCarlos Correa

The plate discipline still leaves little to be desired, but Teoscar Hernández has figured a way around that to post a very solid AVG this year. We know about the power he possesses, but it has been the batting average that has set him apart this year and his .376 BABIP may have something to do with it. Tough to say he will be able to keep this up in the future but as for 2021, there is no reason to expect anything less during the final weeks.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
2 Josh Harrison OAK 2B/3B/OF
3 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B +1
4 Miguel Rojas MIA SS +1
5 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B/SS +1
6 Harrison Bader STL OF -3
7 Jeimer Candelario SET 1B/3B +2
8 Rafael Ortega CHC OF Unranked
9 Kyle Farmer CIN C/1B/2B/3B/SS -2
10 Frank Schwindel CHC 1B/OF Unranked

Off the list: Nicky LopezJ.P. Crawford

Ty France has put together a very solid season with his slash line now up to .288/.362/.444. France was a hot name among the fantasy community coming into the season and has turned it up over his last 30 days hitting .349.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Bo Bichette TOR SS
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
3 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
5 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS
6 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF
7 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
8 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
9 José Ramírez CLE 3B -2
10 Jesse Winker CIN OF
11 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
12 Trea Turner LAD SS
13 Carlos Correa HOU SS +1
14 Jake Cronenworth SD 1B/2B/SS +2
15 Tim Anderson CWS SS
16 Starling Marte OAK OF +1
17 Mookie Betts LAD OF -4
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
19 Fernando Tatis Jr.
SD SS
20 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
21 Bryce Harper PHI OF -1
22 Matt Olson OAK 1B
23 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
24 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
25 George Springer TOR OF -1

Off the list: None

Starling Marte was already having a nice offensive season before being traded to Oakland but he has stepped it up even more since being dealt. Marte is slashing .397/.433/.556 with 10 steals and 12 runs in 14 games during his time with his new squad.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Cèsar Hernández CWS 2B
2 Robbie Grossman DET OF
3 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
4 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF Unranked
5 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B +1
6 Abraham Toro SEA 2B/3B -1
7 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B/SS +2
8 Miguel Rojas MIA SS +2
9 Enrique Hernández BOS 2B/SS/OF Unranked
10 Jeimer Candelario DET 1B/3B Unranked

Off the list: Akil Baddoo (injury), Kyle Farmer, J.P. Crawford

Hitting leadoff for the Red Sox, Enrique Hernández has been excellent over the past month. With 20 runs scored during that time, Kiké is on a full-season pace of over 100 runs. As long as he remains in that position of the order, he will be worth rostering in deeper leagues.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
3 Matt Olson OAK 1B
4 Joey Gallo NYY OF
5 Aaron Judge NYY OF
6 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
7 Nelson Cruz TB UT
8 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
9 Adolis García TEX OF -1
10 José Ramírez CLE 3B
11 Pete Alonso NYM 1B +1
12 Franmil Reyes CLE OF +4
13 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
14 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +4
15 Jesse Winker CIN OF -2
16 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
17 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS
18 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
19 Javier Báez NYM SS -8
20 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B +1
21 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF -1
22 Mitch Haniger SEA OF +1
23 Salvador Perez KC C Unranked
24 Joey Votto CIN 1B Unranked
25 George Springer TOR OF -3

Off the list: Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton

Is Joey Votto back? After about three-plus years of mediocrity, Votto has been the hottest hitter on the planet over the past month and has catapulted himself back into relevancy. The former MVP now owns a .282/.374/.580 slash line with 26 HRs and 75 RBI across only 88 games. The veteran first baseman has launched 15 bombs over his last 26 games and will be an interesting name on draft boards next year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Duvall ATL OF
2 C.J. Cron COL 1B +2
3 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B/3B +3
4 Jorge Soler ATL OF -2
5 Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B -2
6 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF Unranked
7 Max Kepler MIN OF +1
8 Lewis Brinson MIA OF Unranked
9 Abraham Toro SEA 2B/3B
10 Mike Zunino TB C -5

Off the list: Sam HilliardBrad Miller

It was not all that long ago that Lewis Brinson was a top prospect in baseball. The now 27-year old outfielder has four home runs and 17 RBI over his last 13 games and now has seven dingers across 138 at-bats. His pedigree warrants an add in deeper leagues.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
2 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
3 José Abreu CWS 1B
4 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
5 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS
6 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
7 Matt Olson OAK 1B
8 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
9 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B +3
10 Adolis García TEX OF -1
11 Nelson Cruz TB UT
12 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
13 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
14 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B +1
15 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
16 Adam Duvall ATL OF +1
17 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +3
18 Austin Meadows TB OF +1
19 Bo Bichette TOR SS +2
20 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF -5
21 Eduardo Escobar MIL 2B/3B -3
22 Teoscar Hernández TOR OF +2
23 Joey Votto CIN 1B Unranked
24 Austin Riley ATL 3B/OF Unranked
25 Jesse Winker CIN OF Unranked

Off the list: Xander Bogaerts, Yuli Gurriel, Marcus Semien

What a breakout campaign for Austin Riley. The 24-year old has driven in 27 runs in as many games over the past month and now owns a line of .294/.369/.527 with 25 HRs and 72 RBI.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Duvall ATL OF
2 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF
3 C.J. Cron COL 1B
4 Jeimer Candelario DET 1B/3B +4
5 Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B -1
6 Lewis Brinson MIA OF Unranked
7 Harrison Bader STL OF
8 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B -2
9 Rafael Ortega CHC OF Unranked
10 LaMonte Wade Jr. SF 1B/OF Unranked

Off the list: Miguel CabreraJoc Pederson, Dominic Smith

Hunter Renfroe has quietly had a very productive year. Over his last 27 games, Renfroe has driven in 22 runs and now has 70 on the year.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Starling Marte OAK OF
2 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
3 Trea Turner LAD SS
4 Cedric Mullins BAL OF
5 Tim Anderson CWS SS
6 Bo Bichette TOR SS
7 Trevor Story COL SS
8 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
9 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +2
10 Dylan Moore
SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF
11 Myles Straw CLE SS/OF +3
12 Raimel Tapia COL OF -4
13 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF -1
14 Randy Arozarena
TB OF -1
15 Tommy Pham SD OF
16 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B +3
17 José Ramírez CLE 3B +4
18 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF -1
19 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
20 Javier Báez NYM SS -4
21 Akil Baddoo DET OF -3
22 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS +1
23 Robbie Grossman DET OF +1
24 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS +1
25 Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX C/3B/SS -3

Off the list: None

Myles Straw has been successful on his last eight SB attempts. The 26-year old is now 20-for-25 on the year. If he can figure it out at the dish, he would become a very intriguing fantasy asset. 

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF
2 Myles Straw CLE SS/OF
3 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF
4 Akil Baddoo DET OF
5 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS Unranked
6 Robbie Grossman DET OF -1
7 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
8 Jonathan Villar NYM 2B/3B/SS -2
9 Harrison Bader STL OF -1
10 Tyler Wade NYY 2B/3B/SS/OF Unranked

Off the list: Amed RosarioMiguel Rojas

Tyler Wade has played his way into some regular run with the Yankees, especially with all of their injuries. Wade is successful in eight of his last nine SB attempts and as long as Gleyber Torres is out, Wade remains relevant in deep leagues until he cools off.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Juan Soto WSH OF
2 Bryce Harper PHI OF +2
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B -1
4 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B -1
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
6 Jesse Winker CIN OF +1
7 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
8 Aaron Judge NYY OF +2
9 Joey Gallo NYY OF
10 Mookie Betts LAD OF -4
11 Adam Frazier SD 2B/OF
12 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +3
13 Justin Turner LAD 3B +3
14 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF
15 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B +3
16 Yoán Moncada CWS 3B -4
17 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B +2
18 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +2
19 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +4
20 Michael Brantley HOU OF +4
21 Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B -4
22 Nelson Cruz TB UT -1
23 Christian Yelich MIL OF +2
24 Joey Votto CIN 1B Unranked
25 Kris Bryant SF 1B/3B/OF -3

Off the list: J.D. Martinez

Jesse Winker’s strong breakout continues. Over the last month, Winker owns a .347/.451/.663 line and has driven in 21 runs. Winker has always shown a great approach and elite profile in OBP leagues. This year, he has been elite in any league.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
2 Josh Harrison OAK 2B/3B/OF +1
3 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +1
4 Jeimer Candelario DET 1B/3B +4
5 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B -4
6 C.J. Cron COL 1B +1
7 Robbie Grossman DET OF -3
8 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B +1
9 Myles Straw CLE SS/OF +1
10 Rafael Ortega CHC OF Unranked

Off the list: Nathaniel Lowe

Jeimer Candelario has posted a .412 OBP over the past 30 days and has boosted his season-long mark up to .363. That is higher than Rafael Devers, Carlos Correa, and J.D. Martinez.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Walker Buehler LAD SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP +1
3 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +2
4 Max Scherzer LAD SP
5 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP -4
6 Kevin Gausman SF SP
7 Lance Lynn CWS SP
8 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
9 José Berríos TOR SP
10 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +2
11 Zack Greinke HOU SP +3
12 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP +3
13 Robbie Ray TOR SP +5
14 Germán Márquez COL SP +2
15 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +7
16 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -6
17 Yu Darvish SD SP -6
18 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
19 Joe Musgrove SD SP
20 Carlos Rodón CWS SP -7
21 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +2
22 Charlie Morton ATL SP +2
23 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP -3
24 Adam Wainwright STL SP +1
25 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP -4

Off the list: None

With four wins over his last six starts, including two complete games, Zack Wheeler now has ten victories on the year. The veteran right-hander somehow has seven losses despite a pristine 2.56 ERA. He is going to be one of the first arms off the board in drafts next year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Vladimir Gutierrez CIN SP +2
2 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP -1
3 Shane McClanahan TB SP/RP Unranked
4 Madison Bumgarner ARZ SP
5 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP +1
6 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
7 Tarik Skubal DET SP Unranked
8 Kyle Freeland COL SP Unranked
9 Brent Suter MIL SP/RP Unranked
10 J.A. Happ STL SP Unranked

Off the list: Kwang Hyun Kim (injury), Merrill Kelly (COVID), Johnny Cueto (injury), Jon Gray, Jaime Barria, Brett Anderson

You might be seeing Brent Suter’s name and thinking “but isn’t Suter a relief pitcher?”; you would be right. But the lefty has vultured his way to 11 victories out of the pen. That is more than Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, and Lucas Giolito, among other studs. Deeper leagues should give him a look as he is not only tallying up wins, but he has pitched very effectively for the Brew Crew.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
2 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -1
3 Kevin Gausman SF SP -1
4 Lance Lynn CWS SP
5 Max Scherzer LAD SP +1
6 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +2
7 Gerrit Cole NYY SP -2
8 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -1
9 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
10 Kyle Gibson PHI SP/RP +2
11 Marcus Stroman NYM SP +5
12 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
13 Robbie Ray TOR SP +5
14 Trevor Rogers MIA SP -3
15 José Berríos TOR SP +2
16 Yu Darvish SD SP -6
17 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP -2
18 Chris Bassitt
OAK SP +6
19 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +3
20 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
21 Carlos Rodón CWS SP -7
22 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -2
23 Luis Castillo CIN SP
24 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP -5
25 Wade Miley CIN SP Unranked

Off the list: Jacob deGrom (injury)

Marcus Stroman has allowed more than three earned runs in only three starts this year. After opting out of 2020, there was some skepticism surrounding Stroman and his effectiveness, but the right-hander has put that to sleep all season long.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP +3
2 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP +5
3 Cal Quantrill CLE SP/RP +2
4 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP -1
5 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP -4
6 Logan Gilbert SEA SP
7 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
8 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked
9 Shane McClanahan TB SP/RP Unranked
10 Madison Bumgarner ARZ SP Unranked

Off the list: Kwang Hyun Kim (injury), Jon Gray, Brett Anderson, Austin Gomber

Since May 11th, Logan Webb has had a 1.53 ERA across ten starts. There are few in the game with a lower mark, and not only is Webb limiting damage, but he is striking out more than a batter per inning on the year. With a 2.96 ERA over 17 games, if Webb is somehow floating around on your wire, go pick him up NOW.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
3 Max Scherzer LAD SP
4 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
5 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
6 Robbie Ray TOR SP
7 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
8 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
9 Kevin Gausman SF SP +1
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
11 Lance Lynn CWS SP +3
12 Walker Buehler LAD SP +4
13 Joe Musgrove SD SP
14 Carlos Rodón CWS SP -6
15 Tyler Mahle CIN SP
16 Yu Darvish SD SP -5
17 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
18 Charlie Morton ATL SP +2
19 Dylan Cease CWS SP +3
20 José Berríos TOR SP +1
21 Germán Márquez COL SP +3
22 Trvor Rogers MIA SP -3
23 Blake Snell SD SP
24 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP -6
25 Frankie Montas OAK SP

Off the list: None

Corbin Burnes is in the thick of things for the NL Cy Young award. Burnes has a 1.89 ERA over his last five starts and has K’d 48 batters over 33.1 innings during that span. Burnes will be a hot name coming off of draft boards next spring.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP
2 Andrew Heaney NYY SP
3 Tarik Skubal DET SP
4 Shane McClanahan TB SP/RP +1
5 Nick Pivetta BOS SP/RP +2
6 Logan Gilbert SEA SP -2
7 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked
8 Josiah Gray WSH SP Unranked
9 Elieser Hernandez MIA SP/RP Unranked
10 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP -2

Off the list: Eduardo Rodriguez (ownership), Tylor Megill, Eli Morgan

Elieser Hernandez was activated off the IL this past weekend and made what was just his third start of the year. Hernandez is the forgotten part of that young core of arms that the Marlins have and he impressed in his first start back from a quad injury. The 26-year old has shown the ability to miss bats so he should be scooped up for the stretch run.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mark Melancon SD RP
2 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
3 Alex Reyes STL RP +2
4 Josh Hader MIL RP
5 Kenley Jansen LAD RP -2
6 Edwin Díaz NYM RP
7 Matt Barnes BOS RP
8 Jake McGee SF RP
9 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP +1
10 Ryan Pressly HOU RP -1
11 Will Smith ATL RP
12 Lou Trivino OAK RP +2
13 Ian Kennedy PHI RP +2
14 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP +4
15 Diego Castillo SEA SP/RP +2
16 Jordan Romano TOR RP +4
17 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP -5
18 Daniel Bard COL RP +1
19 Alex Colomé MIN RP +4
20 Craig Kimbrel CWS RP -4
21 Gregory Soto DET RP
22 Paul Sewald SEA RP +2
23 Brad Hand TOR RP -10
24 Chad Green NYY SP/RP +1
25 Mychal Givens CIN RP Unranked

Off the list: James Karinchak

Over the past month, Gregory Soto has the most saves in baseball going a perfect 8-for-8. While there is not a ton of stock to put in that, especially closing for Detroit, Soto is still only owned in 57% of Yahoo leagues and less than 40% of ESPN leagues.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Bard COL RP
2 Alex Colomé MIN RP +2
3 Gregory Soto DET RP
4 Paul Sewald SEA RP +1
5 Chad Green NYY SP/RP +1
6 Mychal Givens CIN RP Unranked
7 Kyle Finnegan WSH RP +1
8 Dylan Floro MIA RP Unranked
9 Scott Barlow KC RP
10 Tyler Clippard ARZ SP/RP

Off the list: Jordan Romano (ownership), Heath Hembree

The Red’s closing carousel continues! Mychal Givens appears to be the next guy up… I think? The veteran reliever has converted all three save opportunities since joining the Cincinnati pen. He is only relevant in the deepest of leagues.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
2 Max Scherzer LAD SP +1
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
4 Gerrit Cole NYY SP -2
5 Kevin Gausman SF SP
6 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
7 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
8 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
9 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
10 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
11 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +3
12 Robbie Ray TOR SP +4
13 Yu Darvish SD SP -4
14 José Berríos TOR SP +1
15 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +3
16 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP -4
17 Carlos Rodón CWS SP -4
18 Charlie Morton ATL SP +2
19 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -2
20 Adam Wainwright STL SP +5
21 Marcus Stroman NYM SP
22 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
23 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
24 Germán Márquez COL SP
25 Trevor Rogers MIA SP -6

Off the list: None

Chris Bassitt may very well finish in the top three for the AL Cy Young award. The right-hander owns a 3.06 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP for the year to go along with ten wins. Bassitt has been one of the best fantasy draft picks of 2021.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked
2 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP
3 Madison Bumgarner AR SP
4 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP +6
5 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP
6 Jake Odorizzi HOU SP +1
7 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
8 Logan Gilbert SEA SP -7
9 Elieser Hernandez MIA SP/RP Unranked
10 Josiah Gray WSH SP Unranked

Off the list: Kwang Hyun Kim (injury), Merrill Kelly (COVID), Ryan Yarbrough (injury), JT Brubaker

Josiah Gray has been getting a regular turn in the rotation for the rebuilding Nationals since being acquired in the Trea Turner/Max Scherzer deal. Gray has shown real effectiveness and the ability to miss bats and limit damage. He appears to be a future building block for that Washington rotation.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Walker Buehler LAD SP
2 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
3 Kevin Gausman SF SP +1
4 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +2
5 Max Scherzer LAD SP
6 Gerrit Cole NYY SP -4
7 Lance Lynn CWS SP
8 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +1
9 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +3
10 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +1
11 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP -1
12 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
13 Kyle Gibson PHI SP/RP +3
14 Germán Márquez COL SP +1
15 Robbie Ray TOR SP +2
16 Yu Darvish SD SP -8
17 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP +1
18 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -4
19 Luis Castillo CIN SP
20 Adam Wainwright STL SP +2
21 Charlie Morton ATL SP +2
22 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP -1
23 Frankie Montas OAK SP +2
24 Aaron Nola PHI SP -4
25 Sean Manaea OAK SP -1

Off the list: None

The veteran soft-tosser, Zack Greinke, has reeled off three QS over his last four outings. and his season total is now up to 13 on the year. Greinke has consistently been towards the top of this category over the last several years due to his ability to eat innings and great command. He is about as reliable as they come.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Cal Quantrill CLE SP/RP +4
2 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP
3 Vladimir Gutierrez CIN SP +1
4 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP -3
5 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP -1
6 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked
7 Madison Bumgarner ARZ SP
8 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP +1
9 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
10 Kyle Freeland COL SP Unranked

Off the list: Kwang Hyun Kim (injury), Merrill Kelly (COVID), Jon Gray

Marco Gonzales has gotten his season back on track over his last five outings turning in three consecutive QS during that time. Gonzales will not miss bats, but as we saw last year, he has shown he can be a decent, reliable option on most fantasy benches. 

 

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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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