Category Power Rankings: Week 20

Week 20 Category Power Rankings are here as Colin Ward gives his take on all the major categories in fantasy baseball.

It is time for your weekly dose of CPR!


Batting Average (AVG)


Top 25


1Christian YelichMILOF
2Michael BrantleyHOUOF
3Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
4DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+3
5Freddie FreemanATL1B-1
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-3
7Mike TroutLAAOF-1
8Charlie BlackmonCOLOF+2
9Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
10J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
11Xander BogaertsBOSSS+2
12Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
13Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF-5
14Rafael DeversBOS3B+2
15Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+3
16Jose AltuveHOU2BUnranked
17Mookie BettsBOSOF
18Jorge PolancoMINSS-4
19Justin TurnerLAD3B+1
20Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF+1
21Juan SotoWSHOF-2
22Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+3
23Francisco LindorCLESS-1
24Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
25Andrew BenintendiBOSOFUnranked


Off the list: David Dahl, Elvis Andrus

After just a wretched start to the year peppered with injuries, Jose Altuve is back to being Jose Altuve. At least with the stick. He may not be running like he used to (or at all for that matter), but he sure is raking. Over the past month, Altuve is hitting a scorching .371 and is even tapping into some power to make up for the lack of speed with 10 bombs during that span.


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


1Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
2Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B
3J.D. DavisNYM1B/3B/OF
4Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF+3
5Adam EatonWSHOF+3
6Leury GarciaCHWSS/OF-2
7Corey DickersonPHIOF-1
8David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF+1
9Kolten WongSTL2BUnranked
10Amed RosarioNYMSS


Off the list: Miguel Cabrera

Remember that crazy-hot start Kolten Wong got off to at the beginning of the year? Well, it has not been all sunshines and rainbows since then. But Wong has hit .375 over the past month of games and does look like a viable option in deep roto leagues if you are in need of a middle infielder to help with average and some speed.


Runs (R)


Top 25


1Mookie BettsBOSOF
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+3
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF-1
5Freddie FreemanATL1B-1
6Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-1
7Christian YelichMILOF
8Xander BogaertsBOSSS+2
9Anthony RendonWSH3B
10Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-2
11Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
12Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
13Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-2
14DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+3
15Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-2
16George SpringerHOUOF-1
17Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+3
18Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-2
19Francisco LindorCLESS
20J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
21Starling MartePITOF+3
22Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B+3
23Marcus SemienOAKSS
24Josh BellPIT1B-2
25Jose AltuveHOU2BUnranked


Off the list: Fernando Tatis Jr. (injury)

Starling Marte has done it all for fantasy owners this year, especially over the past month or so. Marte is hitting .330 with 24 runs scored over his past 27 contests and has already matched his home run total from a year ago in almost 100 fewer at-bats. He is shaping up to be an early-round selection in drafts next year once again.


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


1Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
2Adam EatonWSHOF+1
3Leury GarciaCHWSS/OF-1
4Christian WalkerARZ1B
Kyle SchwarberCHCOF
6Brian AndersonMIA3B/OF+1
7Kole CalhounLAAOF-1
8J.D. DavisNYM1B/3B/OF
9Manuel MargotSDOF+1
10Kevin PillarSFOFUnranked


Off the list: Daniel Vogelbach

Kevin Pillar is on one hell of a tear right now. Over his past 11 games, he has scored 13 runs and has mashed four homers with 11 RBI. All while slashing a cool .500/.543/.949.


Home Runs (HR)


Top 25


1Christian YelichMILOF
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
4Pete AlonsoNYM1B-1
5Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
6Jorge SolerKCOF+5
7Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
8Aaron JudgeNYYOF-2
9Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
10Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B-2
11Freddie FreemanATL1B-1
12J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
13Hunter RenfroeSDOF-1
14Max MuncyLAD1B/2B/3B
15Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+5
16Matt ChapmanOAK3B+1
17Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
18Eugenio SuarezCINSS+1
19Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-3
20Josh BellPIT1B+1
21Matt OlsonOAK1B+3
22Yordan AlvarezHOU1B/OFUnranked
23Max KeplerMINOF-1
24Francisco LindorCLESS-1
25Manny MachadoSD3B/SS


Off the list: Khris Davis

Jorge Soler is finally having that year we have been waiting for for what feels like forever. He is closing in on 40 home runs and 100 RBI, and that is the type of hitter he has been poised to be for years now.


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


1Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+1
2Franmil ReyesCLEOF-1
3Christian WalkerARZ1B
4Kyle SchwarberCHCOF+2
5Renato NunezBAL1B/3B
6Daniel VogelbachSEA1B-2
7Brian AndersonMIA3B/OF
8Mike YastrzemskiSFOFUnranked
9Teoscar HernandezTOROF-1
10Kole CalhounLAAOF


Off the list: Aristides Aquino (ownership)

The grandson of the late, great Carl Yastrzemski, Mike Yastrzemski has flashed some impressive power in his rookie campaign. He now has 16 round-trippers in 245 at-bats including a three-homer game this past Friday. He needs to be owned across the board.


Runs Batted In (RBI)


Top 25


1Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Mike TroutLAAOF+1
5Christian YelichMILOF-1
6Anthony RendonWSH3B
7Pete AlonsoNYM1B
8Jose AbreuCHW1B+1
9Josh BellPIT1B+2
10J.D. MartinezBOSOF
11Anthony RizzoCHC1B-3
12Xander BogaertsBOSSS+1
13Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+2
14Rafael DeversBOS3B+4
15Eduardo EscobarARZ3B/SS+2
16Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-2
17Trevor StoryCOLSS-1
18Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
19Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-7
20Eugenio SuarezCIN3B+1
21Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+2
22Aaron JudgeNYYOF-2
23Jorge SolerKCOFUnranked
24Eddie RosarioMINOF
25Juan SotoWSHOF


Off the list: Khris Davis

Bryce Harper is heating up, and that’s bad news for the rest of the league. He has driven in 18 runs over his past 14 games and is up to 90 on the year. Barring some catastrophic collapse, Harper will reach the 100 RBI plateau for the second consecutive season.


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


1Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+1
2Franmil ReyesCLEOF+1
3Brian AndersonMIA3B/OF+2
4Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
5Daniel VogelbachSEA1B-4
6Kyle SchwarberCHCOF
7Kyle SeagerSEA3BUnranked
8Mike YastrzemskiSFOFUnranked
9Kole CalhounLAAOF-1
10Mike TauchmanNYYOF-1


Off the list: Aristides Aquino (ownership), Renato Nunez

It has been a rejuvenation for Kyle Seager over the past couple of weeks. The veteran third baseman has smashed six home runs and driven in 13 runs over his past 11 contests. He has a history of being a solid run producer, so now fully healthy, he is worth a look in deeper formats.


Stolen Bases (SB)


Top 25


1Mallex SmithSEAOF
2Trea TurnerWSHSS
3Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+2
4Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B-1
5Jonathan VillarBAL2B/SS-1
6Christian YelichMILOF
7Jarrod DysonARZOF
8Elvis AndrusTEXSS
9Starling MartePITOF+3
10Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
11Billy HamiltonKCOF
12Victor RoblesWSHOF+3
13Francisco LindorCLESS
14Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS-5
15Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF+2
16Kevin KiermaierTBOF
17Tim AndersonCHWSS+1
18Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
19Manuel MargotSDOF+3
20Yasiel PuigCLEOF
21Lorenzo CainMILOF
22Mookie BettsBOSOF+1
23Kolten WongSTL2BUnranked
24Tommy PhamTBOF
25Amed RosarioNYMSSUnranked


Off the list: Fernando Tatis Jr. (injury), Mike Trout

Did not think I would be removing Mike Trout from any offensive category list this year, but here we are. He simply is not running like he used to as he has only attempted 12 steals.


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


1Mallex SmithSEAOF
2Jarrod DysonARZOF
3Billy HamiltonKCOF
4Kevin KiermaierTBOF
5Manuel MargotSDOF
6Kolten WongSTL2B
7Amed RosarioNYMSS
8Leury GarciaCHWSS/OF
9Adam EatonWSHOF
10Jon BertiMIA2B/3B/OF


Off the list: None

No change here. Steals are hard to come by, especially at this point in the year.


On-Base Percentage (OBP)


Top 25


1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
5Freddie FreemanATL1B
6Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B+1
7Anthony RendonWSH3B-1
8Juan SotoWSHOF+1
9Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
10Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-2
11Mookie BettsBOSOF
12Anthony RizzoCHC1B
13George SpringerHOUOF+3
14DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+4
15J.D. MartinezBOSOF
16Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
17Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-3
18Xander BogaertsBOSSS+3
19Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF-6
20Michael BrantleyHOUOF+3
21Josh DonaldsonATL3B+1
22Rafael DeversBOS3BUnranked
23Justin TurnerLAD3B+1
24Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF-5
25Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF


Off the list: Tommy Pham

Kris Bryant may not be driving in runs at a pace we would have hoped, but he is doing a tremendous job at getting on base and scoring runs. He has 25 homers to go with a .391 OBP and 88 runs scored. He is one of the best all-around hitters in the game even without the big RBI numbers.


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


1Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3J.D. DavisNYM1B/3B/OF
4Adam EatonWSHOF
5Jason HeywardCHCOF
6Kolten WongSTL2B+2
7Mark CanhaOAK1B/OF-1
8Christian WalkerARZ1B+1
9Justin SmoakTOR1BUnranked
10David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OFUnranked


Off the list: Manuel Margot, Miguel Cabrera

Justin Smoak is going to kill you in average, but his OBP is pretty remarkable considering his batting average is barely hovering above .200 for the season. His OBP sits at .355, and he still has a good amount of pop to be helpful in the power department as well.


Wins (W)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Zack GreinkeHOUSP
5Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+2
6Aaron NolaPHISP+2
7Jose BerriosMINSP-2
8Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+3
9Max ScherzerWSHSP
10Charlie MortonTBSP
11Trevor BauerCINSP-5
12Walker BuehlerLADSP+1
13Shane BieberCLESP+2
14Luis CastilloCINSP
15Jacob deGromNYMSP-3
16Patrick CorbinWSHSP
17Lance LynnTEXSP
18Domingo GermanNYYSP/RP+1
19Lucas GiolitoCHWSP-1
20Jake OdorizziMINSP
21Mike MinorTEXSP
22Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
23Ryan YarbroughTBSP/RP+2
24Max FriedATLSP/RPUnranked
25Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP-1


Off the list: Chris Sale (injury)

Max Fried has won each of his past five outings, pitching to a 1.95 ERA during that time. His ERA and WHIP are not all that impressive on the year, but with the Braves offense backing him, he will rack up is share of victories as he is now at 14 for the season.


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


1Kyle GibsonMINSP+1
2Jeff SamardzijaSFSP+1
3Marco GonzalesSEASP+1
4Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP+1
5Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP+4
6Brett AndersonOAKSP
7Zach EflinPHISPUnranked
8Zach PlesacCLESP
9Aaron SanchezHOUSP-2
10Ivan NovaCHWSPUnranked


Off the list: Ryan Yarbrough (ownership), Jakob Junis

With the season-ending injury to Jake Arrieta, Zach Eflin will get another shot in the Phillies rotation. His first outing did not go all that well, but we have seen flashes of brilliance from Eflin before. He might be worth a shot again if he sticks in the rotation.


Earned Run Average (ERA)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP
5Gerrit ColeHOUSP
6Charlie MortonTBSP
7Max ScherzerWSHSP
8Luis CastilloCINSP
9Zack GreinkeHOUSP
10Walker BuehlerLADSP+1
11Shane BieberCLESP+2
12Jose BerriosMINSP-2
13Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
14Mike SorokaATLSP+3
15Aaron NolaPHISP+1
16Stephen StrasburgWSHSP-1
17Trevor BauerCINSP-5
18Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
19Kyle HendricksCHCSP+1
20Wade MileyHOUSP+1
21Mike MinorTEXSP+2
22Sonny GrayCINSP/RP+3
23Jake OdorizziMINSP+1
24Marcus StromanNYMSP-2
25Jack FlahertySTLSPUnranked


Off the list: Chris Sale (injury)

Across Jack Flaherty‘s past seven starts, the talented righty owns a 0.79 ERA. It took a while for him to get going, but he is rewarding his patient fantasy owners at just the right time.


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


1Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
2Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP+3
3Zac GallenARZSP+3
4Zach PlesacCLESP-2
5Chris BassittOAKSP-1
6Kyle GibsonMINSP-3
7Ivan NovaCHWSPUnranked
8Brett AndersonOAKSP+1
9Logan WebbSFSPUnranked
10Dustin MayLADSPUnranked


Off the list: Ryan Yarbrough (ownership), Reynaldo Lopez

Logan Webb impressed in his debut for the Giants this past weekend. Webb dominated the minors en route to The Show, and if he sticks around in the rotation, he is more than worth a pickup.


Strikeouts (K)


Top 25


1Gerrit ColeHOUSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Trevor BauerCINSP+1
4Jacob deGromNYMSP+2
5Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
6Max ScherzerWSHSP+1
7Shane BieberCLESP+2
8Charlie MortonTBSP+2
9Matt BoydDETSP-1
10Chris SaleBOSSP-7
11Patrick CorbinCLESP
12Robbie RayARZSP
13Aaron NolaPHISP
14Luis CastilloCINSP
15Walker BuehlerLADSP
16Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
17James PaxtonNYYSP
18Lance LynnTEXSP
19Yu DarvishCHCSP
20Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
21Zack WheelerNYMSP-1
22Mike MinorTEXSP+1
23German MarquezCOLSP+1
24Jack FlahertySTLSP+1
25Sonny GrayCINSP/RPUnranked


Off the list: Jose Berrios

While he has an uninspiring 3.93 ERA during this time, Lucas Giolito has tallied 57 strikeouts over his past 36.2 innings. Giolito has struck out nearly 11.5 batters per nine this year and will be a hot name on draft boards next year.


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


1Dinelson LimetSDSP
2Chris ArcherPITSP
3Zac GallenARZSP+1
4Jordan LylesMILSP/RP+2
5Jordan YamamotoMIASP-2
6Trent ThorntonTORSP-1
7Kyle GibsonMINSP
8Chris BassittOAKSP
9Jakob JunisKCSP+1
10Aaron SanchezHOUSP-1


Off the list: None

Chris Archer has certainly fallen from grace. He was a borderline ace only a couple of short years ago, and now he is pitching to an ERA over five and is only about 50% owned in fantasy leagues. The one trick he can still pull off is his ability to pile up strikeouts. Archer has 141 strikeouts in 118.2 innings and at the very least is an OK streamer against weaker lineups if you need some punch outs.


Saves (SV)


Top 25


1Kirby YatesSDRP
2Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
3Brad HandCLERP+2
4Roberto OsunaHOURP
5Kelley JansenLADRP-2
6Josh HaderMILRP
7Will SmithSFRP+1
8Edwin DiazNYMRP+2
9Felipe VazquezPITRP
10Alex ColomeCHWRP+1
11Raisel IglesiasCINRP+1
12Hector NerisPHIRP+1
13Ian KennedyKCSP/RP+2
14Liam HendriksOAKSP/RP+2
15Ken GilesTORRP+2
16Hansel RoblesLAARP+2
17Carlos MartinezSTLSP/RP+2
18Taylor RogersMINRP+2
19Emilio PaganTBRP+2
20Mark MelanconATLRPUnranked
21Archie BradleyARZRP+2
22Pedro StropCHCRP+3
23Jose LeclercTEXRP+1
24Daniel HudsonWSHRPUnranked
25Shane GreeneATLRP-11


Off the list: Sean Doolittle (injury), Scott Oberg (injury)

After an absolute implosion on Saturday night followed by a trip to the injured list, Sean Doolittle is out as the Nationals’ closer. Manager Dave Martinez said the team will be playing the matchups when it comes to the ninth inning. One would have to believe Daniel Hudson will have the inside track to saves, though, as he has been the best reliever in the Washington pen.


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


1Emilio PaganTBRP
2Mark MelanconATLRP+4
3Archie BradleyARZRP
4Pedro StropCHCRP+1
5Jose LeclercTEXSP/RP-1
6Daniel HudsonWSHRPUnranked
7Brandon WorkmanBOSRP
8Joe JimenezDETRPUnranked
9Anthony BassSEARP-1
10Mychal GivensBALRP


Off the list: Scott Oberg (injury), Derek Law

Emilio Pagan has quietly had an excellent season for the Rays. The right-hander is striking out about 13 batters per nine with an astronomical 0.84 WHIP. He appears to have a firm grasp on the ninth inning role in Tampa Bay.


WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Zack GreinkeHOUSP
5Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP
6Max ScherzerWSHSP
7Jacob deGromNYMSP
8Shane BieberCLESP+2
9Charlie MortonTBSP
10Walker BuehlerLADSP+4
11Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+2
12Luis CastilloCINSP-1
13Jose BerriosMINSP-1
14Kyle HendricksCHCSP+3
15Aaron NolaPHISP+1
16Matt BoydDETSP+1
17Mike SorokaATLSP+3
18Trevor BauerCINSP-3
19Patrick CorbinWSHSP
20Lucas GiolitoCHWSP+1
21Mike ClevingerCLESP+1
22Madison BumgarnerSFSPUnranked
23Wade MileyHOUSP
24Sonny GrayCINSP/RP
25Jack FlahertySTLSP


Off the list: Chris Sale (injury)

Trevor Bauer has had a bit of an up-and-down start to his career with the Reds. He has posted two duds and one good start. Thus far with Cincinnati, Bauer has a WHIP of nearly 1.60.


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


1Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
2Chris BassittOAKSP+2
3Zach PlesacCLESP
4Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP+1
5Zac GallenARZSP+2
6Kyle GibsonMINSP
7Jordan YamamotoMIASP+2
8Michael PinedaMINSPUnranked
9Ivan NovaCHWSPUnranked
10Aaron SanchezHOUSP


Off the list: Ryan Yarbrough (ownership), Gio Gonzalez

Chris Bassitt has been quietly effective this year for the Athletics pitching staff. Over his past 11 starts, Bassitt has a 2.36 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He gets enough strikeouts and limits baserunners to be a useful fantasy option.


Quality Starts (QS)


Top 25


1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Jacob deGromNYMSP
4Clayton KershawLADSP+1
5Zack GreinkeARZSP-1
6Jose BerriosMINSP
7Patrick CorbinWSHSP
8Aaron NolaPHISP
9Max ScherzerWSHSP
10Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
11Shane BieberCLESP+1
12Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+2
13Charlie MortonTBSP+3
14Trevor BauerCINSP-4
15Luis CastilloCINSP
16Walker BuehlerLADSP+1
17Lance LynnTEXSP+3
18Madison BumgarnerSFSP+1
19Mike ClevingerCLESP+2
20Matt BoydDETSP-2
21Lucas GiolitoCHWSP+1
22Mike MinorTEXSP+1
23Mike SorokaATLSPUnranked
24Marcus StromanNYMSP
25Kyle HendricksCOLSP


Off the list: Chris Sale (injury)

Mike Soroka continues his sensational rookie campaign as he has reeled off four straight quality starts, bringing him up to 15 on the year. He may not have the big-time strikeout numbers as some of the other aces, but his ability to limit baserunners and generate weak contact makes him pretty elite.


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


1Brett AndersonOAKSP
2Zac GallenARZSP+1
3Jeff SamardzijaSFSP+1
4Zach PlesacCLESP-2
5Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP+1
6Marco GonzalesSEASP+1
7Jakob JunisKCSP+3
8Chris BassittOAKSPUnranked
9Steven MatzNYMSPUnranked
10Ivan NovaCHWSPUnranked


Off the list: Jordan Yamamoto, Reynaldo Lopez, Brad Keller

Steven Matz has been on a nice little run of late. Over the past month or so, Matz has 2.87 ERA and has put together four quality starts in that time. With how well the Mets have played lately, those quality starts could very well turn into wins for the lefty. Give him a look.

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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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