Category Power Rankings: Week 3

Colin Ward breaks down each fantasy category heading into week 3

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Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
2 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF
3 Michael Brantley HOU OF
4 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +2
5 Christian Yelich MIL OF -1
6 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -1
7 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
8 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B -1
9 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
10 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
11 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
12 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/SS/OF +1
13 Jose Altuve HOU 2B -1
14 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
15 Mookie Betts LAD OF +3
16 Justin Turner LAD 3B +1
17 Rafael Devers BOS 3B -2
18 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF +2
19 Trea Turner WSH SS
20 Jorge Polanco MIN SS +1
21 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +1
22 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +2
23 Juan Soto WSH OF Unranked
24 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
25 Austin Meadows TB OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Luis Arraez, Bryan Reynolds

After missing his teams first six games due to a positive test for COVID-19, Austin Meadows is back in action. Coming off a huge breakout year in 2019 where the 25-year old slashed .291/.364/.558, Meadows looks to be a fixture atop the upper third of the Tampa Bay lineup. I like Meadows to be a contributor in several categories, but AVG should be a sure thing coming from a guy who was a consistent .300 hitter across all levels of the minors as well.

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B +2
2 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF -1
3 Daniel Murphy COL 1B -1
4 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B +3
5 Alex Verdugo BOS OF Unranked
6 Corey Dickerson MIA OF
7 David Peralta ARZ OF Unranked
8 Starlin Castro WSH 2B/3B Unranked
9 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B Unranked
10 Tommy La Stella LAA 2B/3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Shogo Akiyama, Nick Madrigal (injury), Gio Urshela (ownership), Miguel Andujar (demotion), David Fletcher (ownership)

Miguel Cabrera is back in the Tigers lineup and while his season-long numbers are not too appealing, Miggy has swung the stick pretty well of late. He may not be someone to target in traditional 12-team leagues, but he is worth a look in roto leagues with corner infield spots and deeper rosters.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Carlos Santana

Despite being one of the most prolific power hitters in the entire game, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone insists on keeping Aaron Judge in the two-hole of the Bombers’ lineup. Judge’s ability to get on base is obviously a huge factor and it has paid off as Judge is currently tied for the major league lead in runs scored.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B +1
2 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF +2
3 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF
4 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF -3
5 J.P. Crawford SEA SS Unranked
6 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B Unranked
7 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +3
8 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B Unranked
9 Kyle Seager SEA 3B Unranked
10 Brett Gardner NYY OF -5

 

Off the list: Mike Yastrzemski (ownership), Trent Grisham (ownership), Yoshi Tsutsugo, Shogo Akiyama

In what feels like decades, the wait for the J.P. Crawford breakout might be over. He has settled in nicely atop the Mariners’ order and currently has 12 runs scored in 15 games to this point in the season. Mix in some speed, and Crawford finds himself among the most underowned guys potentially on your wire right now.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
3 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
4 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
6 Aaron Judge NYY OF
7 Joey Gallo TEX OF +1
8 Nelson Cruz MIN UT -1
9 Jorge Soler KC OF
10 Matt Olson OAK 1B
11 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +2
12 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
13 Matt Chapman OAK 3B +2
14 Trevor Story COL SS +3
15 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -1
16 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B +2
17 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B +4
18 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF +4
19 Bryce Harper PHI OF +6
20 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS Unranked
21 Franmil Reyes CLE OF +2
22 George Springer HOU OF -3
23 Juan Soto WSH OF Unranked
24 Javier Baez CHC SS
25 Nick Castellanos CIN OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Giancarlo Stanton (injury), Mike Moustakas (injury), Gary Sanchez

Juan Soto returning for the Nationals could not have come at a better time as the team is struggling to find their footing in the early going. Soto has already come out of the gates hot and there is no reason to believe he won’t be atop several of these offensive lists very, very soon.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hunter Renfroe TB OF
2 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF
3 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +1
4 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B +1
5 C.J. Cron DET 1B +2
6 Colin Moran PIT 2B/3B
7 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B Unranked
8 Ian Happ CHC 2B/3B/OF
9 Jesus Aguilar MIA 1B Unranked
10 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF -1

 

Off the list: Willie Calhoun, Randal Grichuk

Jesus Aguilar is only two years removed from belting 35 bombs. He now finds himself batting in the middle of the Marlins lineup and if he keeps up the early success, he may get dealt to a contender and be a part of a stronger lineup. He needs to be owned more.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
2 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
3 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
4 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B -2
5 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +2
6 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
7 Mike Trout LAA OF -1
8 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
9 Christian Yelich MIL OF
10 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
11 Jose Abreu CHW 1B
12 Trevor Story COL SS +1
13 Bryce Harper PHI OF -1
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF +10
15 Juan Soto WSH OF +4
16 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF
17 Josh Bell PIT 1B -3
18 Jorge Soler KC OF
19 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS -4
20 Joey Gallo TEX OF
21 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B -3
22 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF -1
23 Nick Castellanos CIN OF Unranked
24 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS Unranked
25 Matt Olson OAK 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Rafael Devers, Paul GoldschmidtGleyber Torres

Matt Olson‘s batting average has been less than desirable, but the power and run production has certainly been there. He currently finds himself among the league leaders in RBI and as long as he is healthy, Olson will produce.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Seager SEA 3B +5
2 Renato Nunez BAL 1B/3B +1
3 Daniel Murphy COL 1B Unranked
4 C.J. Cron DET 1B
5 David Peralta ARZ OF -3
6 Colin Moran PIT 2B/3B +1
7 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B Unranked
8 Hunter Renfroe TB OF -3
9 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF Unranked
10 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Donovan Solano (ownership), Miguel Andujar (demotion), Yoshi Tsutsugo, Jonathan Schoop

Batting behind the likes of Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland has been a run producing machine. He has 12 RBI and 7 over the past week of games.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS
2 Trea Turner WSH SS
3 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +1
4 Jonathan Villar MIA 2B/SS +1
5 Starling Marte ARZ OF +1
6 Mallex Smith SEA OF -4
7 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF +1
8 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +1
9 Victor Robles WSH OF -2
10 Luis Robert CHW OF +4
11 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B -1
12 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF
13 Christian Yelich MIL OF
14 Elvis Andrus TEX SS +1
15 Tommy Pham SD OF +3
16 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF -5
17 Mookie Betts LAD OF
18 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +1
19 Billy Hamilton NYM OF -3
20 Jon Berti MIA 3B/SS/OF +1
21 Trevor Story COL SS +2
22 Byron Buxton MIN OF
23 Trent Grisham SD OF +1
24 Shed Long Jr. SEA 2B/OF Unranked
25 Bo Bichette TOR SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Nick Madrigal (injury), Tommy Edman

Luis Robert has been as advertised so far in 2020. The young phenom is showing the power-speed skills that he displayed in the minors and already has four swipes in the early going. He is going to be fun to watch.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF +1
2 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF -1
3 Billy Hamilton NYM OF
4 Jon Berti MIA 3B/SS/OF
5 Shed Long Jr. SEA 2B/OF +3
6 Jarrod Dyson PIT OF +1
7 Mike Tauchman NYY OF Unranked
8 Austin Slater SF 1B/OF Unranked
9 Ender Inciarte ATL OF Unranked
10 J.P. Crawford SEA SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Nick Madrigal (injury), Will Myers (ownership), Trent Grisham (ownership), Nick Senzel

With the injury to Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Tauchman will surely see an uptick in playing time, and deservedly so. Tauchman has been very solid for the Yankees and has even chipped in four steals already. He was a stolen base threat in the Rockies’ minor league system and even had six in about half of a season in 2019.

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 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
5 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
7 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF -1
8 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
9 Mookie Betts LAD OF
10 Juan Soto WSH OF
11 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
12 Bryce Harper PHI OF +4
13 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF +2
14 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
15 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF -2
16 George Springer HOU OF -4
17 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B +7
18 Nelson Cruz MIN UT -1
19 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -1
20 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
21 Tommy Pham SD OF -1
22 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -3
23 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/SS/OF
24 Yasmani Grandal CHW C/1B +1 
25 Matt Olson OAK 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Josh Donaldson (injury)

Bryce Harper‘s ability to get on base doesn’t need to be spotlighted, but I am going to anyway. He is currently at a 1:1 K:BB ratio. I had him pegged for a monster season in his second season in Philly, so I am expecting big things from the 27-year old.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +1
2 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF -1
3 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF Unranked
4 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF -1
5 Tommy La Stella LAA 2B/3B +3
6 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B -1
7 Aaron Hicks NYY OF
8 Eric Sogard MIL 2B/OF Unranked
9 Ian Happ CHC 2B/3B/OF Unranked
10 J.P. Crawford SEA SS Unranked

 

Off the list: David Fletcher (ownership), Jason Heyward, Kolten Wong, Ji-Man Choi

Ian Happ has been excellent thus far in 2020, to the tune of a 1.031 OPS. Despite batting towards the lower third of the Cubs’ lineup, Happ has done a great job of getting on base and turning the order over. The 25-year old has all the tools to be a fantasy asset in all formats. 

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP
5 Zack Greinke HOU SP
6 Jose Berrios MIN SP
7 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
8 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP -2
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
13 Mike Clevinger CLE SP
14 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
15 Lance Lynn TEX SP +2
16 Blake Snell TB SP
17 Sonny Gray CIN SP +3
18 Trevor Bauer CIN SP
19 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
20 Chris Paddack SD SP +4
21 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP
22 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
23 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +2
24 Jack Flaherty STL SP -9
25 Yu Darvish CHC SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Charlie Morton (injury)

Despite a poor outing in his most recent start, Sonny Gray has been sensational so far for the Reds. He won his first three starts all while allowing a mere two earned runs across those turns.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +2
2 Spencer Turnbull DET SP Unranked
3 Jon Gray COL SP -1
4 Griffin Canning LAA SP +6
5 Randy Dobnak MIN SP Unranked
6 Dylan Cease CHW SP Unranked
7 Rick Porcello NYM SP
8 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP +1
9 Zach Davies SD SP Unranked
10 Alec Mills CHC SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Rich Hill (injury), Yonny Chirinos (injury), Sandy Alcantara (COVID), J.A. Happ, Steven Matz

Dylan Cease still has not quite harnessed his ability and put it all together, but he does have a pair of wins over his last two starts. There is enough of a pedigree here to keep a close eye.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP
5 Shane Bieber CLE SP +3
6 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
7 Walker Buehler LAD SP -2
8 Shane Bieber CLE SP +3
9 Zack Greinke HOU SP
10 Luis Castillo CIN SP
11 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
12 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP
14 Chris Paddack SD SP
15 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
16 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
17 Sonny Gray CIN SP +2
18 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
19 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +3
20 Jose Berrios MIN SP
21 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +2
22 Frankie Montas OAK SP +2
23 Yu Darvish CHC SP +2
24 Lance Lynn TEX SP Unranked
25 Hyun-Jin Ryu TOR SP -4

 

Off the list: Charlie Morton (injury)

Frankie Montas has picked up right where he left off before his suspension in  2019. He has a 1.57 ERA and has managed to allow only one earned run over his last 14 IP. He is beginning to earn “Ace” status.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Spencer Turnbull DET SP Unranked
2 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP +5
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
4 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
5 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked
6 Randy Dobnak MIN SP Unranked
7 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +2
8 Kyle Freeland COL SP Unranked
9 Pablo Lopez MIA SP Unranked
10 Jon Lester CHC SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Rich Hill (injury), Sandy Alcantara (COVID), Yonny Chirinos (injury), Zach Plesac (ownership), Aaron Civale (ownership), Matt Shoemaker, Garrett Richards, Spencer Howard

Having not allowed more than two earned runs in a start so far, Spencer Turnbull has a 2.00 ERA through three starts. While that may not be sustainable, Turnbull has shown the ability to be worthy of a roster spot.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
3 Max Scherzer WSH SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +1
6 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
7 Yu Darvish CHC SP +2
8 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +2
9 Dinelson Lamet SD SP +6
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
12 Lance Lynn TEX SP +4
13 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
14 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +3
15 Sonny Gray CIN SP +6
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP +4
17 Matt Boyd DET SP -4
18 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
19 Jack Flaherty STL SP -14
20 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP +2
21 Blake Snell TB SP -2
22 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +3
23 German Marquez COL SP +1
24 Zac Gallen ARZ SP Unranked
25 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Charlie Morton (injury), Robbie Ray

Jack Flaherty finds himself falling down these lists due to no part of his own. The Cardinals have been stricken by the virus and have not played a game in over two weeks. Very unfortunate turn of events for those who invested early draft capital in the young right-hander.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jon Gray COL SP
2 Spencer Turnbull DET SP +5
3 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP Unranked
4 Kevin Gausman SF SP/RP Unranked
5 Tyler Chatwood CHC SP/RP +1
6 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP Unranked
7 Griffin Canning LAA SP Unranked
8 Garrett Richards SD SP
9 Brady Singer KC SP Unranked
10 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP

 

Off the list: Rich Hill (injury), Zach Plesac (ownership), Aaron Civale (ownership), Freddy Peralta, Sandy Alcantara (COVID)

The “Ace” of the Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi, has been racking up the K’s over his last couple starts. The right-hander has 16 over his last 11 IP.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josh Hader MIL RP
2 Kenley Jansen LAD RP +1
3 Brad Hand CLE RP +1
4 Liam Hendriks OAK RP +2
5 Taylor Rogers MIN RP +3
6 Edwin Diaz NYM RP -2
7 Kirby Yates SD RP -5
8 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP +1
9 Hector Neris PHI RP +2
10 Brandon Workman BOS RP +3
11 Archie Bradley ARZ RP +1
12 Alex Colome CHW RP +3
13 Mark Melancon ATL RP +1
14 Zack Britton NYY RP +3
15 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP -5
16 Joe Jimenez DET RP
17 Daniel Hudson WSH RP +1
18 Nick Anderson TB RP +1
19 Seth Lugo NYM RP Unranked
20 Trevor Rosenthal KC RP Unranked
21 Ryan Pressly HOU RP +2
22 Anthony Bass TOR RP Unranked
23 Rafael Montero TEX RP Unranked
24 Kwang Hyun Kim STL RP
25 Cole Sulser BAL RP

 

Off the list: Craig Kimbrel, Ian Kennedy, Hansel Robles, Sean Doolittle

The closing landscape has been an absolute mess this year. The perceived studs heading into the season have not performed and you have guys like Trevor Rosenthal resurfacing and dominating once again.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Hudson WSH RP
2 Trevor Rosenthal KC RP Unranked
3 Ryan Pressly HOU RP -1
4 Anthony Bass TOR RP Unranked
5 Rafael Montero TEX RP Unranked
6 Kwang Hyun Kim STL RP -3
7 Cole Sulser BAL RP -3
8 Rowan Wick CHC RP Unranked
9 Trevor Gott SF RP -2
10 Taylor Williams SEA RP

 

Off the list: Greg Holland, Drew Pomeranz, Oliver Drake (injury), Jairo Diaz

Musical chairs continues to be played across the entire league in the ninth innings. Rowan Wick appears to have supplanted the struggling Craig Kimbrel for the Cubbies. Kimbrel may figure things out and get the job back at some point, but in a shortened season, teams cannot afford to wait around.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +2
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -2
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
5 Max Scherzer WSH SP -1
6 Zack Greinke HOU SP
7 Walker Buehler LAD SP
8 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
9 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +2
10 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +2
11 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
12 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
13 Sonny Gray CIN SP +7
14 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +7
15 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
16 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
17 Yu Darvish CHC SP -1
18 Jack Flaherty STL SP -10
19 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -1
20 Lucas Giolito CHW SP -1
21 Lance Lynn TEX SP +1
22 German Marquez COL SP +1
23 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP Unranked
24 Frankie Montas OAK SP Unranked
25 Chris Paddack SD SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Charlie Morton (injury), Matt Boyd, Hyun-Jin Ryu

Chris Paddack is just exceptional at limiting baserunners. Coming off of a season in which he posted a sub-1.00 WHIP, he has come out this year and put up an even 1.00. Even in his games where he is less than effective, Paddack has a great ability to keep the bases empty. 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +2
2 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP +3
3 Griffin Canning LAA SP +1
4 Marco Gonzales SEA SP Unranked
5 Pablo Lopez MIA SP Unranked
6 Spencer Turnbull DET SP Unranked
7 Kyle Freeland COL SP +1
8 Jon Lester CHC SP +1
9 Randy Dobnak MIN SP Unranked
10 Zach Davies SD SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Yonny Chirinos (injury), Rich Hill (injury), Aaron Civale (ownership), Zach Plesac (ownership), Spencer Howard

Randy Dobnak, handlebar mustache and all, has been a revelation. He currently sports a 0.87 WHIP across four starts including three victories for the Twins.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP
5 Zack Greinke HOU SP
6 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
7 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -1
8 Mike Clevinger CLE SP
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
10 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
11 Sonny Gray CIN SP +5
12 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
13 Walker Buehler LAD SP
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP
15 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
16 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +5
17 Chris Paddack SD SP
18 Jack Flaherty STL SP -9
19 Lance Lynn TEX SP
20 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +2
21 Yu Darvish CHC SP -3
22 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP +1
23 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
24 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +1
25 German Marquez COL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Madison Bumgarner (injury)

After a super disappointing 2019, Trevor Bauer is back on his 2018 grind. And by that I mean he has returned to being a top five pitcher in baseball. The man has three quality starts in three outings and is striking out nearly 15 batters per nine innings. He is going to get paid this offseason.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP +8
2 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP +1
3 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP +2
4 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +2
5 Kyle Freeland COL SP Unranked
6 Spencer Turnbull DET SP Unranked
7 Jon Gray COL SP +1
8 Alec Mills CHC SP/RP Unranked
9 Griffin Canning LAA SP Unranked
10 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Aaron Civale (ownership), Zach Plesac (ownership), Rick Porcello, Steven Matz, Sandy Alcantara (COVID)

Chris Bassitt continues to be a severely overlooked pitcher. The righty has allowed only two earned runs this year so far through three starts, and while he has just one quality start, he has done an excellent job of limiting damage. He is at the very least a strong streaming option in 12 team leagues.

 

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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.

One response to “Category Power Rankings: Week 3”

  1. I think Jesse Winker is an underrated OBP asset for deep leagues. Could see him turning into Joey Votto lite with that plate discipline and juicy lineup.

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