Category Power Rankings: Week 23

Colin Ward gives his take for the final time in 2019 with his Category Power Rankings

It’s time for your weekly and final dose of CPR!


Batting Average (AVG)


Top 25


1DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B+1
2Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
3Michael BrantleyHOUOF-2
4Christian YelichMILOF
5Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
8Freddie FreemanATL3B
9Mike TroutLAAOF
10J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
11Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF-1
12Rafael DeversBOS3B
13Xander BogaertsBOSSS
14Jose AltuveHOU2B
15Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF+1
16Bryan ReynoldsPITOF+2
17Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-2
18Justin TurnerLAD3B-1
19Jorge PolancoMINSS+2
20Trea TurnerWSHSS+3
21Tim AndersonCHWSSUnranked
22Francisco LindorCLESS
23Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B+1
24Mookie BettsBOSOF-5
25Juan SotoWSHOF


Off the list: Kris Bryant

Don’t look now, but Tim Anderson is the current AL leader in batting average. After missing about a month of time, Anderson has gotten his at-bats back up to the minimum needed to contend for the batting title as he sits at .334 on the year. Despite making some improvements on his strikeout rate, Anderson’s plate discipline is still absolutely horrendous. He owns a 93:11 K/BB ratio in 107 games. I really do not believe a ton in this mirage of an average, and you probably will not find me investing much draft stock in the former top prospect going into 2020.


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


1Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B+1
2Corey DickersonPHIOF+1
3Kolten WongSTL2B+1
4J.D. DavisNYM1B/3B/OF+1
5Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF+4
6David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF
7Victor ReyesDETOFUnranked
8Colin MoranPIT2B/3BUnranked
9Brian GoodwinLAAOFUnranked
10Amed RosarioNYMSS


Off the list: Bryan Reynolds (ownership), Jake Cave, Howie Kendrick

While his plate discipline leaves little to be desired, Victor Reyes has quietly been one of the best hitters in baseball over thepast month or so. Reyes is hitting .363 since Aug. 5, and even more recently, he is hitting .455 over his past 10, seven of which being multi-hit games. Might as well ride this one out through your playoff run.


Runs (R)


Top 25


1Mookie BettsBOSOF
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
5Freddie FreemanATL1B
6Rafael DeversBOS3B+3
7Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-1
8Anthony RendonWSH3B
9Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+4
10Xander BogaertsBOSSS-3
11Christian YelichMILOF-1
12Trevor StoryCOLSS-1
13DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B-1
14Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
15Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF-1
16Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
17George SpringerHOUOF
18Marcus SemienOAKSS+4
19J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
20Starling MartePITOF+1
21Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B+2
22Francisco LindorCLESS-4
23Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OFUnranked
24Jose AltuveHOU2B+1
25Juan SotoWSHOFUnranked


Off the list: Javier Baez (injury), Adam Eaton

Alex Bregman is shaping up to be a first-round selection in 2020. He is currently on a full-season pace of 41 home runs, 119 RBI, and 129 runs. Factor in his near-.300 average, and you’ve got yourself an elite four-category stud.


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


1Adam EatonWSHOF
2Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
3Kevin NewmanPIT2B/SS+3
4Jon BertiMIA2B/3B/SS/OF+1
J.D. DavisNYM1B/3B/OF-1
6Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B+1
7Leury GarciaCHWSS/OF-4
8Kevin PillarSFOF
9Kole CalhounLAAOF+1
10Tommy EdmanSTL2B/3B/SS/OFUnranked


Off the list: Bryan Reynolds (ownership), Christian Walker

Over the past month, Kevin Newman has more runs scored than his teammate Starling Marte, as well as Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman. Newman is hitting .343 with a .928 OPS during that span.


Home Runs (HR)


Top 25


1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Pete AlonsoNYM1B
3Christian YelichMILOF
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
5Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
6Jorge SolerKCOF
7Freddie FreemanATL1B
8Aaron JudgeNYYOF
9Eugenio SuarezCIN3B+7
10J.D. MartinezBOSOF
11Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
12Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS-3
13Nelson CruzMINUT+1
14Matt ChapmanOAK3B+1
15Trevor StoryCOLSS+2
16Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B-3
17Matt OlsonOAK1B+1
18Yordan AlvarezHOUOF+1
19Josh BellPIT1B+1
20Gary SanchezNYYC+3
21Max KeplerMINOF
22Josh DonaldsonATL3B
23Edwin EncarnaionNYY1BUnranked
24Juan SotoWSHOFUnranked
25Anthony RendonWSH3BUnranked


Off the list: Javier Baez (injury), Hunter Renfroe, Francisco Lindor

Eugenio Suarez has mashed 12 home run over the past month of games to pull within three of the major league lead and all of a sudden make this four-man race to the top into a five-piece. After a very slow first half of the year, Suarez has come roaring back and has been an elite power source since July.


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


1Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
2Kyle SchwarberCHCOF+2
3Franmil ReyesCLEOF-1
4Willie CahounTEXOF-1
5Kyle SeagerSEA3B+2
6Mike YastrzemskiSFOF
7Mark CanhaOAK1B/OF+1
8Ryan McMahonCOL1B/2B/3B
9Anthony SantanderBALOFUnranked
10Christian WalkerARZ1B


Off the list: Renato Nunez

Kyle Seager has turned what was shaping up to be a forgettable season into a respectable one. He has 10 home runs across his past 24 games and is now up to 21 in just 87 games.


Runs Batted In (RBI)


Top 25


1Freddie FreemanATL1B
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
5Mike TroutLAAOF-1
6Josh BellPIT1B
7Pete AlonsoNYM1B
8Jose AbreuCHW1B
9J.D. MartinezBOSOF
10Christian YelichMILOF
11Rafael DeversBOS3B+1
12Xander BogaertsBOSSS-1
13Eduardo EscobarARZ3B/SS
14Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
15Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
16Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+1
17Anthony RizzoCHC1B-2
18Juan SotoWSHOF+2
19Trevor StoryCOLSS
20Eugenio SuarezCIN3B+2
21Yordan AlvarezHOUOF
22Jorge SolerKCOF+2
23Aaron JudgeNYYOF
24Nelson CruzMINUTUnranked
25Yuli GurrielHOU1B/2B/3BUnranked


Off the list: Javier Baez (injury), Eddie Rosario

In his first season in Philadelphia, Bryce Harper has posted his second consecutive 100-RBI season in more than 20 fewer games. Despite all the negative feedback and ups and downs he has faced, Harper has been an overall productive hitter in 2019.


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


1Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B
2Kyle SeagerSEA3B+2
3Kyle SchwarberCHCOF+2
4Justin UptonLAAOFUnranked
5Mike YastrzemskiSFOF+2
6Willie CalhounTEXOF
7Starlin CastroMIA2B/3BUnranked
8Kole CalhounLAAOF
9Asdrubal CabreraWSH2B/3B/SSUnranked
10Franmil ReyesCLEOF-8


Off the list: Bryan Reynolds (ownership), Ronny Rodriguez

Asdrubal Cabrera has 24 RBI over his past month of games. Yes, that Asdrubal Cabrera. And he has done so, remarkably, in only 67 total at-bats during this span.


Stolen Bases (SB)


Top 25


1Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS+5
2Mallex SmithSEAOF-1
3Trea TurnerWSHSS-1
4Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF-1
5Jonathan VillarBAL2B/SS-1
6Jarrod DysonARZOF-1
7Christian YelichMILOF+1
8Elvis AndrusTEXSS-1
9Starling MartePITOF
10Victor RoblesWSHOF
11Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
12Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF
13Francisco LindorCLESS
14Kevin KiermaierTBOF+1
15Billy HamiltonATLOF-1
16Manuel MargotSDOF
17Trevor StoryCOLSS
18Tim AndersonCHWSS
19Kolten WongSTL2B
20Yasiel PuigCLEOF+1
21Tommy PhamTBOF+3
22Amed RosarioNYMSS+1
23Lorenzo CainMILOF-3
24Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
25Ozzie AlbiesATL2B


Off the list: None

What a follow-up campaign for Christian Yelich after his MVP year in 2018. He has become only the 12th player in major league history to record a 40-home run/30-stolen base season. He could very well take home his second consecutive MVP award.


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


1Mallex SmithSEAOF
2Jarrod DysonARZOF
3Kevin KiermaierTBOF+1
4Billy HamiltonATLOF-1
5Manuel MargotSDOF
6Kolten WongSTL2B
7Amed RosarioNYMSS
8Jon BertiMIA2B/3B/SS/OF+2
9Kevin NewmanPIT2B/SSUnranked
10Wil MyersSD3B/OFUnranked


Off the list: Leury Garcia, Adam Eaton

Across his past 10 games, Wil Myers has turned it up a bit, mashing three home runs and swiping four bags. There is still so much talent here that it was only a matter of time before Myers got going. He can be a legit power/speed threat for you and should be worth a look at this point in the year.


On-Base Percentage (OBP)


Top 25


1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
4Anthony RendonWSH3B
5Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B
6Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
7Freddie FreemanATL1B
8Juan SotoWSHOF
9Anthony RizzoCHC1B
10Mookie BettsBOSOF+1
11Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
12Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-2
13George SpringerHOUOF
14DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B
15Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF+2
16J.D. MartinezBOSOF-1
17Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
18Xander BogaertsBOSSS
19Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
20Josh DonaldsonATL3B+1
21Michael BrantleyHOUOF-1
22Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF+2
23Nelson CruzMINUTUnranked
24Tommy PhamTBOFUnranked
25Yordan AlvarezHOUOF


Off the list: Rafael Devers, Justin Turner

Tommy Pham has improved upon his already solid walk rate from 2018, upping it from 11.8% to 12.9%. When healthy, Pham is a very good multi-category contributor in fantasy and even more valuable in OBP leagues with his new and improved plate vision.


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


1Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF+1
2Kolten WongSTL2B+1
3Mark CanhaOAK1B/OF+2
4J.D. DavisNYM2B/3B/OF
5Jurickson ProfarOAK1B/2B/3B/SS/OFUnranked
6Kyle SeagerSEA3B+2
7Justin SmoakTOR1B
8Luis ArraezMIN2B/3B/OFUnranked
9Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B
10Dexter FowlerSTLOF


Off the list: Bryan Reynolds (ownership), Christian Walker

Jurickson Profar would certainly classify as a bust for 2019 considering how much interest he was garnering heading into the season. A former top prospect, Profar had an excellent 2018 and has turned his season around to an extent in the second half, posting a .910 OPS. Over the past 28 games, he has a .408 OBP and can help you at any position, so he is definitely worth a look over these final weeks.


Wins (W)


Top 25


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


Off the list: None

Over his past nine turns in the rotation, Max Fried is 7-0 with a 3.02 ERA. His ERA for the year sits at a decent 3.86, but as long as he has that high-powered Braves offense backing him, he will be in line for a victory more often than not. He now has 16 wins on the year.


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


1Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP
2Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
3Chris BassittOAKSP+2
4Steven MatzNYMSP+7
5Zach EflinPHISP+1
6Marco GonzalesSEASP+1
7Jordan LylesMILSP/RPUnranked
8Rick PorcelloBOSSP
9Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP-5
10Kolby AllardTEXSPUnranked


Off the list: Michael Pineda (suspended), Zach Plesac

Jordan Lyles has had a real up and down year, but he finds himself in the midst of a solid little run right now. Lyles has won his past three outings, sporting a 1.53 ERA during that time and is now up to 10 wins on the year.


Earned Run Average (ERA)


Top 25


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


Off the list: None

Not much change here.


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


1Zac GallenARZSP+2
2Jeff SamardzijaSFSP-1
3Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP+1
4Chris BassittOAKSP+1
5Sean ManaeaOAKSP+3
6Anthony DesclafaniCINSP
7Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP-5
8Adrian HouserMILSP/RP+1
9J.A. HappNYYSPUnranked
10Logan WebbSFSP


Off the list: Ivan Nova

J.A. Happ hasn’t allowed a run over his past two starts which, spans 12.1 innings. Happ has only allowed three measly hits over that time, and his command has just looked lightyears better. He may be in for a nice final stretch for his fantasy owners who have faithfully stuck with him.


Strikeouts (K)


Top 25


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


Off the list: None

There was definitely some worry about Walker Buehler‘s workload from 2018 after a deep postseason run as well as some time spent in the minors. But Buehler has put all that to rest his year posting a 10.7 K/9 and a 3.28 ERA over 159.1 innings.


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


1Dinelson LimetSDSP
2Andrew HeaneyLAASP
3Zac GallenARZSP
4Jordan LylesMILSP/RP+1
5Chris BassittOAKSP+2
6Mike FoltynewiczATLSP+2
7Anthony DesclafaniCINSP+2
8Steven MatzNYMSP-4
9Kolby AllardTEXSP+1
10J.A. HappNYYSPUnranked


Off the list: Mike Montgomery

Zac Gallen has put up some really good strikeout numbers during his stint in the majors this year. He currently is punching guys out at a nearly 11 K/9 clip. Gallen is looking like a real target in drafts heading into 2020.


Saves (SV)


Top 25


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


Off the list: Craig Kimbrel (injury)

Not much change here. Craig Kimbrel‘s rough 2019 continues with another trip to the IL. It would appear Pedro Strop would resume the closing duties in Chicago.


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


1Mark MelanconATLRP
2Jose LeclercTEXSP/RP+1
3Pedro StropCHCRPUnranked
4Seth LugoNYMSP/RP
5Matt MagillSEARP+1
6Joe JimenezDETRP-1
7Wade DavisCOLRP
8Mychal GivensBALRP
9Jairo DiazCOLRPUnranked
10Austin AdamsSEARP-1


Off the list: Brandon Workman (ownership), Daniel Hudson

Jairo Diaz recorded the most recent save for the Rockies. Not a lot to go by there, but it’s worth something. It is a situation worth monitoring at this point in the year, but don’t put too much stock in the Rockies’ ninth-inning role


WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)


Top 25


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


Off the list: None

Mike Clevinger has been sensational since returning from injury back in June. Over his past four starts, he has a 1.05 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He is looking like a top-15 starting pitcher off the board in next year’s drafts.


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


1Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
2Chris BassittOAKSP+2
3Sean ManaeaOAKSP+2
4Tony GonsolinLADSP+4
5Zac GallenARZSP+2
6Pablo LopezMIASP+4
7Anthon DesclafaniCINSPUnranked
8Cal QuantrillSDSP/RP-6
9Alex YoungARZSPUnranked
10Zach EflinPHISPUnranked


Off the list: Michael Pineda (suspended), Ivan Nova, Zach Plesac

Alex Young has been pretty excellent for the Diamondbacks this year. He sports a nice 3.38 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. The 25-year-old lefty is coming off a stellar 12 -punchout performance against the Reds in his most recent start.


Quality Starts (QS)


Top 25


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


Off the list: Trevor Bauer

Nine of Noah Syndergaard‘s past 10 starts have been of the quality variety. He may not be striking guys out at the rate we had hoped, but he is still more than effective and has been much better since the All-Star break.


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


1Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
2Dakota HudsonSTLSP/RP
3Joe MusgrovePITSP+1
4Andrew HeaneyLAASP+3
5Brett AndersonOAKSP
6Zach EflinPHISP+2
7Aaron CivaleCLESP+2
8Marco GonzalesSEASP+2
9Steven MatzNYMSP-3
10Chris BassittOAKSPUnranked


Off the list: Michael Pineda (suspended)

Dakota Hudson‘s breakout 2019 continues as he has four quality starts over his past five outings. He may not rack up strikeouts, but he generates ground balls better than just about anyone in the bigs. There is something to be said for that.

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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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