Category Power Rankings: Week 3

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 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
2 Michael Brantley HOU OF
3 Juan Soto WSH OF
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
5 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -1
6 Tim Anderson CWS SS
7 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
8 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF -1
9 Mookie Betts LAD OF
10 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
11 Trea Turner WSH SS +1
12 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF -1
13 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
14 Mike Trout LAA OF
15 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
16 Corey Seager LAD SS +1
17 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF +1
18 J.D. Martinez BOS OF Unranked
19 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
20 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF -4
21 Bo Bichette TOR SS +1
22 Alex Verdugo BOS OF -1
23 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +1
24 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS +1
25 Justin Turner LAD 3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Alec Bohm, José Abreu

Last season is looking more and more like a fluke for J.D. Martinez with each passing plate appearance. Anyone who took advantage of the discount on the 33-year old slugger this year is surely reaping the rewards thus far. Martinez appears to be someone who benefitted from using video tape to watch his at-bats and study pitchers’ tendencies, therefore having that luxury back this year is already showing massive results for Martinez. I expect him to be the elite contributor of old moving forward.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
2 Donovan Solano SF 2B/3B/SS
3 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF Unranked
4 Andrelton Simmons MIN SS +4
5 Hanser Alberto KC 2B/3B -2
6 José Iglesias LAA SS
7 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B Unranked
8 Ha-seong Kim SD 2B/SS -3
9 Cedric Mullins BAL OF Unranked
10 Nick Madrigal CWS 2B

 

Off the list: Yuli Gurriel (ownership), Alex Dickerson, Willi Castro

Mets fans are certainly scratching their heads on this one: Jed Lowrie is off to a .360/.439/.560 start to the 2021 season with the Athletics. After not even collecting a single hit during his two years spent under contract with the Metropolitans, the 37-year old has tallied six consecutive multi-hit efforts and has also contributed 12 RBI on the young season. Health permitting, Lowrie is looking like a viable option in most mixed leagues at a position that a lot of managers are looking for help.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mookie Betts LAD OF
2 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
3 Mike Trout LAA OF
4 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +1
5 Trea Turner WSH SS +1
6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
7 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +1
8 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +3
9 Bryce Harper PHI OF
10 Aaron Judge NYY OF
11 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +1
12 Juan Soto WSH OF +4
13 José Ramírez CLE 3B
14 Christian Yelich MIL OF -10
15 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
16 Trevor Story COL SS -2
17 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS
18 Tim Anderson CWS SS +1
19 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
20 Francisco Lindor NYM SS -1
21 Starling Marte MIA OF +4
22 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B -1
23 Bo Bichette TOR SS Unranked
24 J.D. Martinez BOS OF Unranked
25 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Charlie Blackmon, Anthony Rendon (injury), Marcus Semien

In his first full season since taking his talents to South Beach, Starling Marte has looked as good as ever. Batting consistently in the two-hole, Marte has scored 11 runs across his last six contests and finds himself third in the majors in the category.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Eaton CWS OF +5
2 Ty France SEA 2B/3B Unranked
3 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B Unranked
4 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
5 Aaron Hicks NYY OF -4
6 Nick Solak TEX 2B/3B/OF Unranked
7 Nick Senzel CIN OF +2
8 César Hernández CLE 2B -3
9 Tyler Naquin CIN OF -2
10 Joey Wendle TB 2B/3B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Mark Canha (ownership), Mitch Haniger (ownership), Lorenzo Cain (injury), David Peralta

As long as Adam Eaton is hitting at or near the top of the White Sox order, he is going to be a reliable fantasy outfielder. As soon as Eloy Jiménez went down, that opened the door for Eaton, who really strikes me as a Tony La Russa guy. A player who doesn’t do one thing at an elite level, but does a lot of things well. Expect a good OBP, solid run numbers, a handful of swipes, and a respectable AVG from the veteran outfielder.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
3 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +1
4 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
5 Aaron Judge NYY OF +3
6 Eugenio Suárez CIN 3B/SS -1
7 Juan Soto WSH OF
8 Matt Olson OAK 1B +1
9 Joey Gallo TEX OF +1
10 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
11 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
12 Christian Yelich MIL OF -6
13 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF +1
14 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +3
15 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
16 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS
17 J.D. Martinez BOS OF Unranked
18 Franmil Reyes CLE OF
19 Matt Chapman OAK 3B +1
20 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF -1
21 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +3
22 Mike Moustakas CIN 1B/2B/3B
23 Mookie Betts LAD OF -2
24 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B +1
25 José Abreu CWS 1B -1

 

Off the list: Cody Bellinger (injury)

Nolan Arenado has really silenced his haters to this point by hitting to a .291/.350/.564 clip in his first season with St. Louis. The All-Star third baseman has also dropped four bombs to go with ten RBI so far. Sometimes you just have to trust the talent.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Seager SEA 3B +1
2 Evan Longoria SF 3B +3
3 Wilson Ramos DET C Unranked
4 Adam Duvall MIA OF +4
5 Justin Upton LAA OF -1
6 Tyler Naquin CIN OF -5
7 Nate Lowe TEX 1B Unranked
8 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS Unranked
9 C.J. Cron COL 1B -6
10 Randal Grichuk TOR OF

 

Off the list: Mitch Haniger (ownership), Joc Pederson, Eduardo Escobar (ownership)

While I do not really believe in the power pace that Wilson Ramos is currently on, he needs to be rostered in all leagues. At such an abysmal position like catcher, anyone with a pulse and a starting job needs to be owned—meanwhile, Ramos is available in nearly half of Yahoo and ESPN leagues. This is a former All-Star backstop who was a consensus top five option at the position heading into last year.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Juan Soto WSH OF
3 José Abreu CWS 1B
4 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS +1
5 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
6 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +3
7 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +3
8 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF
9 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -2
10 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +2
11 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +2
12 Eugenio Suárez CIN 3B/SS -1
13 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B -9
14 José Ramírez CLE 3B
15 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +1
16 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +8
17 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF -2
18 Corey Seager LAD SS +2
19 Aaron Judge NYY OF +2
20 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -3
21 Trevor Story COL SS -3
22 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
23 Matt Olson OAK 1B -1
24 Mookie Betts LAD OF -5
25 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B

 

Off the list: None

Over the past week, Ronald Acuña Jr. has driven in ten runs and is now second in the league in RBI, all while batting in the leadoff spot. He was being taken atop fantasy drafts for a reason and he is rewarding his owners in the early going. The kid is special, plain and simple.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
2 Nate Lowe TEX 1B Unranked
3 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B
4 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B
5 Maikel Franco BAL 3B +2
6 Zach McKinstry LAD OF Unranked
7 Tyler Naquin CIN OF -1
8 Ty France SEA 2B/3B
9 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B -7
10 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Mitch Haniger (ownership), C.J. Cron, Aaron Hicks

With the injury to Cody Bellinger putting the former MVP on the shelf for the forseeable future, that presents a huge opportunity for one Zach McKinstry. A pretty solid prospect, McKinstry is going to see a lot of run in the middle of that stout Dodgers order with the absence of Bellinger. McKinstry was already off to a torrid start at the dish and now with a clear path to playing time, he looks like a must-add right now, especially for Bellinger owners.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trea Turner WSH SS
2 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
3 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
4 Starling Marte MIA OF +2
5 Luis Robert CWS OF -1
6 Trevor Story COL SS -1
7 José Ramírez CLE 3B
8 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF
9 Ramón Laureano OAK OF Unranked
10 Bo Bichette TOR SS
11 Mookie Betts LAD OF -2
12 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF
13 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +2
14 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF +3
15 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF +3
16 Leody Taveras TEX OF
17 Tim Anderson CWS SS +4
18 Christian Yelich MIL OF -5
19 Tommy Pham SD OF
20 Byron Buxton MIN OF
21 Victor Robles WSH OF -7
22 Trent Grisham SD OF
23 Andrew Benintendi KC OF Unranked
24 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS Unranked
25 Javier Báez CHC SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Jon Berti, Jonathan Villar, Andrés Giménez, Manuel Margot

You may not realize it, but Ramón Laureano is leading the league in stolen bases. The talented centerfielder for the Athletics has eight swipes including three this past week. Laureano has never run like this in his career, so it is a bit surprising to see, but certainly a welcomed sight. Let’s hope Oakland continues to let him run.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF +3
2 Leody Taveras TEX OF +1
3 Andrew Benintendi KC OF Unranked
4 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS +2
5 Manuel Margot TB OF
6 Andrés Giménez CLE 2B/3B/SS Unranked
7 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF Unranked
8 Ha-seong Kim SD 2B/SS +1
9 Robbie Grossman DET OF Unranked
10 Cedric Mullins BAL OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Garrett Hampson (ownership), Jon Berti, Elvis Andrus, Nick Senzel, Kevin Kiermaier

Despite getting off to a very underwhelming start in his first year in Kansas City, Andrew Benintendi has stolen three bags in five attempts. The fact he has attempted a steal five times is a promising sight that once (if) the bat comes around, he could return to must-start status.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Juan Soto WSH OF
3 Mookie Betts LAD OF
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
5 Bryce Harper PHI OF +2
6 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +3
7 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +3
8 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B -4
9 Christian Yelich MIL OF -4
10 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B +1
11 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +4
12 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS -4
13 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +3
14 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +3
15 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF -3
16 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -3
17 Aaron Judge NYY OF -3
18 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
19 Justin Turner LAD 3B
20 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +3
21 Michael Brantley HOU OF -1
22 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B Unranked
23 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +2
24 Michael Conforto NYM OF -3
25 Joey Gallo TEX OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Cody Bellinger (injury), Carlos Santana

Max Muncy has always had a knack for getting on base, as his .363 career OBP indicates. But Muncy is seeing the ball really well right now. The slugging lefty has walked 13 times to only ten strikeouts and is posting a .469 OBP thus far.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
2 Carlos Santana KC 1B +1
3 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B Unranked
4 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS Unranked
5 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF Unranked
6 Robbie Grossman DET OF Unranked
7 Andrelton Simmons MIN SS -2
8 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF Unranked
9 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF Unranked
10 Adam Eaton CWS OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Mark Canha (ownership), Chris Taylor (ownership), Jason Heyward, César Hernández, Joey Votto, Brandon Belt, Aaron Hicks

Adam Frazier has a .389 OBP over the past week and his mark currently sits up over .400 on the year. The Pirates’ Swiss Army Knife typically bats at the top of the order and if that continues we have seen Frazier be a useful fantasy asset before to justify him maintaining his success.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP -1
4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
5 Aaron Nola PHI SP
6 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
9 Yu Darvish SD SP
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP
11 José Berríos MIN SP
12 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
13 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -1
14 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
15 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
16 Jack Flaherty STL SP +1
17 Blake Snell SD SP -1
18 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP +1
19 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +3
20 Charlie Morton ATL SP
21 Joe Musgrove SD SP +3
22 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +3
23 Zack Greinke HOU SP Unranked
24 Aaron Civale CLE SP Unranked
25 Chris Paddack SD SP -4

 

Off the list: Max Fried (injury), Zach Plesac

Aaron Civale is tied for the most wins in baseball right now with three. Civale has been dealing through three starts with a 2.18 ERA and 0.73 WHIP to go with the trio of victories.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Matthew Boyd DET SP +8
2 Jake Arrieta CHC SP +3
3 Kyle Gibson TEX SP Unranked
4 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP +2
5 Matt Shoemaker MIN SP +3
6 Taijuan Walker NYM SP +1
7 Wade Miley CIN SP Unranked
8 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP Unranked
9 Dane Dunning TEX SP Unranked
10 JT Brubaker PIT SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Michael Pineda (ownership), Yusei Kikuchi, Johnny Cueto (injury), Nathan Eovaldi (ownership), Adam Wainwright

Anthony DeSclafani has been superb to start the year with his new team in San Francisco. He has only managed one victory through three starts so far but if he keeps up the efficiency the wins will come.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Walker Buehler LAD SP
6 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Yu Darvish SD SP
9 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP
11 Lucas Giolito CWS SP +2
12 Blake Snell SD SP -1
13 Luis Castillo CIN SP -2
14 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
15 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +1
16 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -1
17 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
18 Jack Flaherty STL SP +2
19 Charlie Morton ATL SP -2
20 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
21 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -2
22 Joe Musgrove SD SP
23 José Berríos MIN SP
24 Tyler Glasnow TB SP Unranked
25 Zack Greinke HOU SP -1

 

Off the list: Max Fried (injury)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Tyler Glasnow looks like a top of the line, elite starter. The 27-year old has an ERA under 1.00 through four starts and with improved control from a year ago, will we finally see Glasnow take that next step?

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Taijuan Walker NYM SP +1
2 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP Unranked
3 Dane Dunning TEX SP +1
4 Matthew Boyd DET SP +3
5 Wade Miley CIN SP Unranked
6 Kyle Gibson TEX SP Unranked
7 Jake Arrieta CHC SP Unranked
8 Brady Singer KC SP Unranked
9 Taylor Widener ARZ SP/RP Unranked
10 Adrian Houser MIL SP/RP

 

Off the list: Michael Pineda (ownership), Trevor Rogers (ownership), Johnny Cueto (injury), Nathan Eovaldi (ownership), Steven Matz (ownership), Ryan Yarbrough

Dane Dunning has allowed only a single run through three starts. He has worked his way through the AL East in those starts so it does not look like anything to balk at. While the innings may not be there for Dunning, he is still worthy of a roster spot in 12-team leagues.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP -1
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP
5 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
6 Aaron Nola PHI SP
7 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
8 Yu Darvish SD SP
9 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +3
10 Lance Lynn CWS SP -1
11 Walker Buehler LAD SP
12 Luis Castillo CIN SP -2
13 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
14 Blake Snell SD SP
15 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
16 José Berríos MIN SP
17 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
18 Jack Flaherty STL SP -1
19 Charlie Morton ATL SP
20 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP
21 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP +3
22 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +1
23 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP Unranked
24 Germán Márquez COL SP -2
25 Joe Musgrove SD SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Stephen Strasburg (injury), Patrick Corbin

With his velocity up a tick from last year, Sandy Alcantara has also cut his walk rate down thus far through four starts in 2021. He owns a 4.00 K/BB ratio and is really looking like a serious breakout candidate for the Marlins young talented pitching staff.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Matthew Boyd DET SP +2
2 Robbie Ray TOR SP -1
3 Huascar Ynoa ATL SP Unranked
4 JT Brubaker PIT SP Unranked
5 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP Unranked
6 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP Unranked
7 Brady Singer KC SP Unranked
8 Rich Hill TB SP -4
9 Dane Dunning TEX SP Unranked
10 Dylan Cease CWS SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Freddy Peralta (ownership), Drew Smyly (injury), Kris Bubic, Tarik Skubal, Trevor Rogers (ownership), Mike Minor

While he was never a top prospect, Huascar Ynoa has always shown very good strikeout stuff. This has carried into the majors in 2021 as well as a lessened walk rate which has helped him immensely. Ynoa currently has 20 K’s to just three walks across 16 innings. He is definitely on the streaming radar in mixed leagues.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
2 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP
4 Josh Hader MIL RP
5 Brad Hand WSH RP
6 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP
7 Ryan Pressly HOU RP
8 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP
9 Edwin Díaz NYM RP
10 Mark Melancon SD RP +1
11 Amir Garrett CIN RP +1
12 Jake McGee SF RP +8
13 Alex Reyes STL RP +3
14 Daniel Bard COL RP +1
15 Héctor Neris PHI RP +3
16 Will Smith ATL RP +3
17 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP +4
18 Alex Colomé MIN RP -1
19 Ian Kennedy TEX RP +3
20 Matt Barnes BOS RP +4
21 Yimi García MIA SP +4
22 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP Unranked
23 César Valdez BAL RP
24 Kendall Graveman SEA RP Unranked
25 Lou Trivino OAK RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Julian Merryweather (injury), James Karinchak, Rafael Montero

With three saves over this past week, it is looking like the unfortunate truth that James Karinchak is not the preferred closing option in Cleveland. The Emmanuel Clase era has begun. While Clase certainly has the ability to close and has been prepped for this role, Karinchak was looking like an absolute stud closer in the making. Oh well.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Bard COL RP
2 Ian Kennedy TEX RP
3 César Valdez BAL RP
4 Yimi García MIA RP +1
5 Kendall Graveman SEA RP Unranked
6 Lou Trivino OAK RP Unranked
7 Bryan Garcia DET RP +1
8 Richard Rodríguez PIT RP -2
9 Corey Knebel LAD RP +1
10 Rafael Dolis TOR RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Matt Barnes (ownership), Scott Barlow, Wade Davis

Kendall Graveman is now the established closing option in Seattle. Let that sink in for a minute. The closer carousel across the league really just causes so much stress and frustration.                                                                                                        

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
4 Walker Buehler LAD SP -1
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
6 Yu Darvish SD SP
7 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
8 Aaron Nola PHI SP
9 Jack Flaherty STL SP
10 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
11 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
12 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP -1
13 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
14 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -1
15 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +1
16 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +1
17 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP +3
18 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
19 Chris Paddack SD SP -4
20 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
21 Joe Musgrove SD SP +3
22 Aaron Civale CLE SP Unranked
23 José Berríos MIN SP Unranked
24 Pablo López MIA SP +1
25 Marcus Stroman NYM SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Corey Kluber, Stephen Strasburg (injury), Zach Plesac

Hyun Jin Ryu continues to be one of the most underrated starters in baseball. He has established himself as one of the most elite pitchers in terms of run prevention and limiting baserunners. Ryu currently holds a WHIP of 0.89.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Wade Miley CIN SP Unranked
2 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP +3
3 Matthew Boyd DET SP +6
4 Luke Weaver ARZ SP Unranked
5 Brett Anderson MIL SP Unranked
6 Matt Shoemaker MIN SP
7 Kyle Gibson TEX SP Unranked
8 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP -1
9 Kohei Arihara TEX SP Unranked
10 JT Brubaker PIT SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Drew Smyly (injury), Johnny Cueto (injury), Michael Pineda (ownership), Trevor Rogers (ownership), Nathan Eovaldi (ownership), Mike Minor

The biggest thing separating Matthew Boyd from insane mediocrity and fantasy relevance has been his inability to keep the ball in the park. Through four starts in 2021, Boyd has allowed only one home run to this point. While the strikeouts have not been quite where we would expect them for the lefty, he has limited baserunners to the tune of a 0.98 WHIP.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Aaron Nola PHI SP
6 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Zack Greinke HOU SP
9 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
10 Lance Lynn CWS SP
11 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP +2
12 Jack Flaherty STL SP
13 Luis Castillo CIN SP -2
14 Yu Darvish SD SP
15 José Berríos MIN SP
16 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
17 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP
18 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
19 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
20 Charlie Morton ATL SP -2
21 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +1
22 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +2
23 Dylan Bundy LAA SP
24 Zac Gallen ARZ SP Unranked
25 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Max Fried (injury), Zach Plesac

Innings are going to be a question with Walker Buehler, but he is 3-for-3 in quality starts in 2021. The strikeouts have oddly not been there for the talented right-hander, but it appears manager Dave Roberts will not have a problem sending Buehler out there into the sixth or seventh inning. And that can only be a good thing for us fantasy owners.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Matthew Boyd DET SP +8
2 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
3 Matt Shoemaker MIN SP +6
4 Kyle Gibson TEX SP Unranked
5 Jake Arrieta CHC SP +2
6 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP Unranked
7 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP -1
8 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP Unranked
9 Danny Duffy KC SP Unranked
10 Taijuan Walker NYM SP

 

Off the list: Michael Pineda (ownership), Drew Smyly (injury), Trevor Rogers (ownership), Steven Matz (ownership)

Pitching in one of the weaker divisions in baseball, Danny Duffy is back on the streaming radar. He has two quality starts to begin the season to go along with a pair of wins and a 0.75 ERA as well.

 

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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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