Category Power Rankings: Week 20

It is time for your weekly dose of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF
2 Michael Brantley HOU OF
3 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +2
4 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +3
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -1
6 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -3
7 Mike Trout LAA OF -1
8 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +2
9 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
10 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
11 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +2
12 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF
13 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF -5
14 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +2
15 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +3
16 Jose Altuve HOU 2B Unranked
17 Mookie Betts BOS OF
18 Jorge Polanco MIN SS -4
19 Justin Turner LAD 3B +1
20 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/SS/OF +1
21 Juan Soto WSH OF -2
22 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +3
23 Francisco Lindor CLE SS -1
24 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF
25 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF Unranked

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
2 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B
3 J.D. Davis NYM 1B/3B/OF
4 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/SS/OF +3
5 Adam Eaton WSH OF +3
6 Leury Garcia CHW SS/OF -2
7 Corey Dickerson PHI OF -1
8 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF +1
9 Kolten Wong STL 2B Unranked
10 Amed Rosario NYM SS

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mookie Betts BOS OF
2 Mike Trout LAA OF
3 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +3
4 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF -1
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -1
6 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -1
7 Christian Yelich MIL OF
8 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +2
9 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
10 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF -2
11 Trevor Story COL SS +1
12 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
13 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF -2
14 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +3
15 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -2
16 George Springer HOU OF -1
17 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +3
18 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS -2
19 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
20 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
21 Starling Marte PIT OF +3
22 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B +3
23 Marcus Semien OAK SS
24 Josh Bell PIT 1B -2
25 Jose Altuve HOU 2B Unranked

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
2 Adam Eaton WSH OF +1
3 Leury Garcia CHW SS/OF -1
4 Christian Walker ARZ 1B
Kyle Schwarber CHC OF
6 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF +1
7 Kole Calhoun LAA OF -1
8 J.D. Davis NYM 1B/3B/OF
9 Manuel Margot SD OF +1
10 Kevin Pillar SF OF Unranked

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF
2 Mike Trout LAA OF
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +1
4 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
6 Jorge Soler KC OF +5
7 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
8 Aaron Judge NYY OF -2
9 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
10 Mike Moustakas MIL 2B/3B -2
11 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -1
12 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
13 Hunter Renfroe SD OF -1
14 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B
15 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +5
16 Matt Chapman OAK 3B +1
17 Trevor Story COL SS +1
18 Eugenio Suarez CIN SS +1
19 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF -3
20 Josh Bell PIT 1B +1
21 Matt Olson OAK 1B +3
22 Yordan Alvarez HOU 1B/OF Unranked
23 Max Kepler MIN OF -1
24 Francisco Lindor CLE SS -1
25 Manny Machado SD 3B/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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B +1
2 Franmil Reyes CLE OF -1
3 Christian Walker ARZ 1B
4 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF +2
5 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B
6 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B -2
7 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF
8 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF Unranked
9 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF -1
10 Kole Calhoun LAA OF

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
2 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -1
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
4 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
5 Christian Yelich MIL OF -1
6 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
7 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
8 Jose Abreu CHW 1B +1
9 Josh Bell PIT 1B +2
10 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
11 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -3
12 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
13 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +2
14 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +4
15 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 3B/SS +2
16 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS -2
17 Trevor Story COL SS -1
18 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
19 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF -7
20 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B +1
21 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +2
22 Aaron Judge NYY OF -2
23 Jorge Soler KC OF Unranked
24 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
25 Juan Soto WSH OF

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B +1
2 Franmil Reyes CLE OF +1
3 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF +2
4 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
5 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B -4
6 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF
7 Kyle Seager SEA 3B Unranked
8 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF Unranked
9 Kole Calhoun LAA OF -1
10 Mike Tauchman NYY OF -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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mallex Smith SEA OF
2 Trea Turner WSH SS
3 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +2
4 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B -1
5 Jonathan Villar BAL 2B/SS -1
6 Christian Yelich MIL OF
7 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF
8 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
9 Starling Marte PIT OF +3
10 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF
11 Billy Hamilton KC OF
12 Victor Robles WSH OF +3
13 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
14 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS -5
15 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/SS/OF +2
16 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF
17 Tim Anderson CHW SS +1
18 Trevor Story COL SS +1
19 Manuel Margot SD OF +3
20 Yasiel Puig CLE OF
21 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF
22 Mookie Betts BOS OF +1
23 Kolten Wong STL 2B Unranked
24 Tommy Pham TB OF
25 Amed Rosario NYM SS Unranked

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mallex Smith SEA OF
2 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF
3 Billy Hamilton KC OF
4 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF
5 Manuel Margot SD OF
6 Kolten Wong STL 2B
7 Amed Rosario NYM SS
8 Leury Garcia CHW SS/OF
9 Adam Eaton WSH OF
10 Jon Berti MIA 2B/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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Christian Yelich MIL OF
3 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
4 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
6 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B +1
7 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B -1
8 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
9 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +1
10 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF -2
11 Mookie Betts BOS OF
12 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
13 George Springer HOU OF +3
14 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +4
15 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
16 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
17 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -3
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +3
19 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF -6
20 Michael Brantley HOU OF +3
21 Josh Donaldson ATL 3B +1
22 Rafael Devers BOS 3B Unranked
23 Justin Turner LAD 3B +1
24 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF -5
25 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
3 J.D. Davis NYM 1B/3B/OF
4 Adam Eaton WSH OF
5 Jason Heyward CHC OF
6 Kolten Wong STL 2B +2
7 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF -1
8 Christian Walker ARZ 1B +1
9 Justin Smoak TOR 1B Unranked
10 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF Unranked

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
4 Zack Greinke HOU SP
5 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +2
6 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
7 Jose Berrios MIN SP -2
8 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +3
9 Max Scherzer WSH SP
10 Charlie Morton TB SP
11 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -5
12 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
13 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
14 Luis Castillo CIN SP
15 Jacob deGrom NYM SP -3
16 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
17 Lance Lynn TEX SP
18 Domingo German NYY SP/RP +1
19 Lucas Giolito CHW SP -1
20 Jake Odorizzi MIN SP
21 Mike Minor TEX SP
22 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
23 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP +2
24 Max Fried ATL SP/RP Unranked
25 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP -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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Gibson MIN SP +1
2 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +1
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +1
4 Dakota Hudson STL SP/RP +1
5 Cal Quantrill SD SP/RP +4
6 Brett Anderson OAK SP
7 Zach Eflin PHI SP Unranked
8 Zach Plesac CLE SP
9 Aaron Sanchez HOU SP -2
10 Ivan Nova CHW SP Unranked

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
4 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP
5 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
6 Charlie Morton TB SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Luis Castillo CIN SP
9 Zack Greinke HOU SP
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
11 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
12 Jose Berrios MIN SP -2
13 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
14 Mike Soroka ATL SP +3
15 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
16 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP -1
17 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -5
18 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
19 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
20 Wade Miley HOU SP +1
21 Mike Minor TEX SP +2
22 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP +3
23 Jake Odorizzi MIN SP +1
24 Marcus Stroman NYM SP -2
25 Jack Flaherty STL SP Unranked

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jeff Samardzija SF SP
2 Cal Quantrill SD SP/RP +3
3 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +3
4 Zach Plesac CLE SP -2
5 Chris Bassitt OAK SP -1
6 Kyle Gibson MIN SP -3
7 Ivan Nova CHW SP Unranked
8 Brett Anderson OAK SP +1
9 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked
10 Dustin May LAD SP Unranked

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
2 Justin Verlander HOU SP
3 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +1
4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +2
5 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP +1
7 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
8 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
9 Matt Boyd DET SP -1
10 Chris Sale BOS SP -7
11 Patrick Corbin CLE SP
12 Robbie Ray ARZ SP
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP
14 Luis Castillo CIN SP
15 Walker Buehler LAD SP
16 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
17 James Paxton NYY SP
18 Lance Lynn TEX SP
19 Yu Darvish CHC SP
20 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
21 Zack Wheeler NYM SP -1
22 Mike Minor TEX SP +1
23 German Marquez COL SP +1
24 Jack Flaherty STL SP +1
25 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP Unranked

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dinelson Limet SD SP
2 Chris Archer PIT SP
3 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +1
4 Jordan Lyles MIL SP/RP +2
5 Jordan Yamamoto MIA SP -2
6 Trent Thornton TOR SP -1
7 Kyle Gibson MIN SP
8 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
9 Jakob Junis KC SP +1
10 Aaron Sanchez HOU SP -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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kirby Yates SD RP
2 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
3 Brad Hand CLE RP +2
4 Roberto Osuna HOU RP
5 Kelley Jansen LAD RP -2
6 Josh Hader MIL RP
7 Will Smith SF RP +1
8 Edwin Diaz NYM RP +2
9 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
10 Alex Colome CHW RP +1
11 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP +1
12 Hector Neris PHI RP +1
13 Ian Kennedy KC SP/RP +2
14 Liam Hendriks OAK SP/RP +2
15 Ken Giles TOR RP +2
16 Hansel Robles LAA RP +2
17 Carlos Martinez STL SP/RP +2
18 Taylor Rogers MIN RP +2
19 Emilio Pagan TB RP +2
20 Mark Melancon ATL RP Unranked
21 Archie Bradley ARZ RP +2
22 Pedro Strop CHC RP +3
23 Jose Leclerc TEX RP +1
24 Daniel Hudson WSH RP Unranked
25 Shane Greene ATL RP -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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Emilio Pagan TB RP
2 Mark Melancon ATL RP +4
3 Archie Bradley ARZ RP
4 Pedro Strop CHC RP +1
5 Jose Leclerc TEX SP/RP -1
6 Daniel Hudson WSH RP Unranked
7 Brandon Workman BOS RP
8 Joe Jimenez DET RP Unranked
9 Anthony Bass SEA RP -1
10 Mychal Givens BAL RP

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
4 Zack Greinke HOU SP
5 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP
7 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
8 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
9 Charlie Morton TB SP
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP +4
11 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +2
12 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
13 Jose Berrios MIN SP -1
14 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +3
15 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
16 Matt Boyd DET SP +1
17 Mike Soroka ATL SP +3
18 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -3
19 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
20 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +1
21 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
22 Madison Bumgarner SF SP Unranked
23 Wade Miley HOU SP
24 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP
25 Jack Flaherty STL SP

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jeff Samardzija SF SP
2 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +2
3 Zach Plesac CLE SP
4 Cal Quantrill SD SP/RP +1
5 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +2
6 Kyle Gibson MIN SP
7 Jordan Yamamoto MIA SP +2
8 Michael Pineda MIN SP Unranked
9 Ivan Nova CHW SP Unranked
10 Aaron Sanchez HOU SP

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Justin Verlander HOU SP
2 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
5 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -1
6 Jose Berrios MIN SP
7 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
8 Aaron Nola PHI SP
9 Max Scherzer WSH SP
10 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
11 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
12 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +2
13 Charlie Morton TB SP +3
14 Trevor Bauer CIN SP -4
15 Luis Castillo CIN SP
16 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
17 Lance Lynn TEX SP +3
18 Madison Bumgarner SF SP +1
19 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +2
20 Matt Boyd DET SP -2
21 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +1
22 Mike Minor TEX SP +1
23 Mike Soroka ATL SP Unranked
24 Marcus Stroman NYM SP
25 Kyle Hendricks COL SP

 

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)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brett Anderson OAK SP
2 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +1
3 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +1
4 Zach Plesac CLE SP -2
5 Dakota Hudson STL SP/RP +1
6 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +1
7 Jakob Junis KC SP +3
8 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked
9 Steven Matz NYM SP Unranked
10 Ivan Nova CHW SP Unranked

 

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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