Category Power Rankings: Week 3

Hitting. Hitting. Hitting.

That pretty much sums up the first couple weeks of baseball. If you are like me, your pitching staff has been completely battered and bruised through not only ineffectiveness, but injury as well.

It is very difficult to stick to your guns when your guns are looking very much like a Super Soaker that has a giant crack in the chamber and is leaking water everywhere. That’s right, a Super Soaker reference. I live Buffalo so I cannot help but dream about nice weather and all that comes with it.

That being said, while the fantasy baseball picture is beginning to take shape, it is still such a minuscule sample size. While there are certainly some changes to these rankings, no drastic measures need to be taken just yet.

Unless you own Chris Sale

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jose Altuve HOU 2B N/A
2 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
3 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
4 Mookie Betts BOS OF -2
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
6 Joey Votto CIN 1B -1
7 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
8 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -1
9 Jean Segura PHI SS N/A
10 Justin Turner LAD 3B N/A
11 Michael Brantley HOU OF N/A
12 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF +2
13 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -1
14 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +5
15 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +1
16 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +4
17 Robinson Cano NYM 1B/2B -2
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS N/A
19 Goldschmidt STL 1B -6
20 Bryce Harper PHI OF +2
21 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF +2
22 David Peralta ARZ OF Unranked
23 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/SS/OF Unranked
24 Jose Abreu CHW 1B -3
25 Elvis Andrus TEX SS Unranked

Off the List: Buster Posey, Jose Ramirez, David Dahl (injury)

Jose Altuve was on thin ice at that top spot after about a week or so, but he has reassured us over the last handful of games just why he is so elite when it comes to batting average. I almost kept David Dahl on the bottom of the list as he is claiming he will be activated off the injured list when he is first eligible, but a core injury scares me a tad moving forward, so he got bumped off. Elvis Andrus is crushing the ball right now. In fact, he is hitting the ball harder than ever before. He has always been a steady source of AVG, but if he maintains this hard contact rate, he could be a difference maker in that department.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B N/A
2 Jorge Polanco MIN SS Unranked
3 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B/DH N/A
4 Willians Astudillo MIN C/3B +2
5 Nick Markakis ATL OF Unranked
6 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF Unranked
7 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF Unranked
8 Starlin Castro MIA 2B +1
9 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS -3
10 Jesse Winker CIN OF N/A

Off the List: Gerardo Parra, Jeimer Candelario, D.J. LeMahieu (ownership), Kolten Wong (ownership)

This is do or die for Jesse Winker this week. He is consistently batting leadoff for the Reds and it is just a matter of time before their lineup clicks. But he is running out of patience from fantasy owners. Adam Frazier is a guy who in deeper leagues is developing into a nice source of AVG. He has hit very well at all levels of the minors and has shown very good ability to make contact, all the while hitting atop the Pirates lineup.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mookie Betts BOS OF +1
2 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
3 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
4 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -3
5 George Springer HOU OF N/A
6 J.D. Martinez BOS OF N/A
7 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +1
8 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -1
9 Bryce Harper PHI OF N/A
10 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF N/A
11 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF N/A
12 Jean Segura PHI SS +1
13 Aaron Judge NYY OF -1
14 Tommy Pham TB OF N/A
15 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B N/A
16 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF +2
17 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS N/A
18 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
19 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B Unranked
20 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +3
21 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF -5
22 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF Unranked
23 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -1
24 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF -3
25 Adam Eaton WSH OF -5

Off the List: Joey Votto, Matt Chapman

Cody Bellinger has been the fantasy MVP through the first couple weeks of the year. And while his numbers to this point are not entirely sustainable, he’s realizing his prospect potential as an elite all around offensive player. The rearranging at the top of the list is nothing major, just a result of the early struggles of Charlie Blackmon and the Rockies lineup as a whole.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brett Gardner NYY OF N/A
2 Jorge Polanco MIN SS +6
3 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF Unranked
4 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF Unranked
5 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF +4
6 Dansby Swanson ATL SS Unranked
7 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF -2
8 Leury Garcia CHW OF Unranked
9 Joc Pederson LAD OF -7
10 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked

Off the List: Kolten Wong (ownership), Trey Mancini (ownership), Ian Kinsler, Kole Calhoun, Jeimer Candelario

Yandy Diaz just crushes the baseball. And while he has been moved all around the order by manager Kevin Cash, he has primarily remained towards the top, and deservedly so.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Khris Davis OAK OF N/A
2 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
3 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
4 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -2
5 Mike Trout LAA OF N/A
6 Joey Gallo TEX 1B/OF N/A
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF N/A
8 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +2
9 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -1
10 Nelson Cruz MIN UT -1
11 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF +1
12 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B -1
13 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS N/A
14 Christian Yelich MIL OF +2
15 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS -1
16 Trevor Story COL SS -1
17 Mookie Betts BOS OF N/A
18 Matt Chapman OAK 3B +3
19 Mike Moustakas MIL 2B/3B N/A
20 Gary Sanchez NYY C Unranked
21 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF -1
22 Pete Alonso NYM 1B Unranked
23 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B N/A
24 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -2
25 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B N/A

Off the List: Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez

Mets’ first baseman Pete Alonso continues to impress at the big league level. Even with the inevitable AVG regression, Alonso has unquestioned power and appears to be a very solid source of dingers. Gary Sanchez has also looked like the guy we were buying in the first couple rounds of fantasy drafts heading into 2018 and may just very well run away with the top spot at the catching position. His power is on another level for the position, and even compared to the entire league is very much legitimate.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF +5
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B Unranked
3 Hunter Renfroe SD OF +2
4 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B Unranked
5 Randal Grichuk TOR OF -4
6 Max Kepler MIN OF Unranked
7 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
8 Rowdy Tellez TOR 1B +1
9 Kike Hernandez LAD 1B/2B/SS/OF Unranked
10 Clint Frazier NYY OF Unranked

Off the List: Ryan Zimmerman, Christian Walker, Trey Mancini (ownership), Adam Jones (ownership), C.J. Cron, Maikel Franco (ownership)

Daniel Vogelbach has been a revelation. With Jay Bruce dealing with an achilles issue, it only solidifies Vogelbach’s playing time. As if his mashing hasn’t done it enough for him. The Statcast wonder boy Max Kepler has been seriously heating up and continues to hit the ball super hard, so keep an eye on him if he was dropped in your league.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Khris Davis OAK OF +3
2 J.D. Martinez BOS OF N/A
3 Nolan Arenado COL 3B -2
4 Bryce Harper PHI OF -1
5 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B N/A
6 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B N/A
7 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF +2
8 Nelson Cruz MIN UT N/A
9 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -2
10 Christian Yelich MIL OF +3
11 Juan Soto WSH OF -1
12 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +3
13 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -1
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF N/A
15 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF Unranked
16 Trevor Story COL SS -5
17 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS -1
18 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
19 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS -1
20 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +2
21 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF N/A
22 Mookie Betts BOS OF -5
23 Pete Alonso NYM 1B Unranked
24 Jose Abreu CHW 1B N/A
25 Gary Sanchez NYY C Unranked

Off the List: Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, Charlie Blackmon

Khris Davis overtakes the top spot, for the time being, as he has powered his way through these first couple weeks, but ultimately it is nitpicking differentiating those top four guys. Really loving what I’m seeing from Rhys Hoskins to this point. Hitting behind an on-base machine like Bryce Harper appears to be really benefitting the 26-year-old first baseman.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF +4
2 Josh Bell PIT 1B +2
3 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B Unranked
4 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +4
5 Randal Grichuk TOR OF -4
6 Hunter Renfroe SD OF +1
7 Ryan Zimmerman WSH 1B -5
8 Ryon Healy SEA 1B/3B +1
9 Chad Pinder OAK 2B/3B/OF Unranked
10 Dansby Swanson ATL SS Unranked

Off the List: Albert Pujols, Maikel Franco (ownership), C.J. Cron

Dansby Swanson is hitting his way up the Braves lineup and currently finds himself in the sixth spot in the order. This is a former No. 1 overall pick so he very well may be in the midst of a post-hype breakout. Just keep tabs on him.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF N/A
2 Mallex Smith SEA OF +1
3 Adalberto Mondesi KC 2B/SS -1
4 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/SS/OF +2
5 Jonathan Villar BAL 2B/SS -1
6 Billy Hamilton KC OF -2
7 Starling Marte PIT OF N/A
8 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF +3
9 Jose Altuve HOU 2B N/A
10 Mike Trout LAA OF N/A
11 Mookie Betts BOS OF -3
12 Victor Robles WSH OF N/A
13 Tim Anderson CHW SS +3
14 Tommy Pham TB OF +5
15 Byron Buxton MIN OF +6
16 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B -1
17 Jean Segura PHI SS -3
18 Jose Peraza CIN SS -5
19 Elvis Andrus TEX SS +1
20 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF -2
21 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
22 Ender Inciarte ATL OF -5
23 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +2
24 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF N/A
25 Trevor Story COL SS -2

Off the List: None

Tommy Pham is a big mover this week as he continues his great start to the season. It seems as if he has the green light any chance he’s on base so another 25-steal season is a real possibility, especially considering his ability to get on base.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Delino DeShields TEX OF N/A
2 Leury Garcia CHW OF Unranked
3 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF Unranked
4 Brett Gardner NYY OF N/A
5 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF +4
6 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF -1
7 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B Unranked
8 Kevin Pillar SF OF Unranked
9 Ramon Laureano OAK OF +1
10 Josh Harrison DET 2B Unranked

Off the List: Garrett Hampson, Eduardo Nunez, Anthony Alford, Kolten Wong (ownership), Greg Allen

Honestly, this is a pretty gross list. It is very difficult to find sources for SBs as you have to take into account ability and playing time. And a lot of guys available in deeper leagues are not worth rostering because they are so inept in other areas. Leury Garcia is the most interesting for me on this list. Garcia is a guy who is hitting leadoff for the White Sox and is only a couple years removed from a 30-steal season in the minors. He also had a 51-steal season in the minor leagues, albeit nine years ago.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF N/A
2 Joey Votto CIN 1B N/A
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF N/A
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
5 Aaron Judge NYY OF -1
6 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
7 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +3
8 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +3
9 Mookie Betts BOS OF N/A
10 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF -2
11 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +2
12 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF N/A
13 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -7
14 Christian Yelich MIL OF +4
15 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
16 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B -1
17 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
18 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF +1
19 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF +4
20 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF +1
21 Nolan Arenado COL 3B +1
22 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B Unranked
23 Michael Conforto NYM OF Unranked
24 Tommy Pham TB OF Unranked
25 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF Unranked

Off the List: Brandon Nimmo, Jose Ramirez, Josh Donaldson

Anthony Rendon just continues to produce without any sort of fanfare behind him, and I am not sure why. He is just so underappreciated and one of the best all-around players in the game. 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF N/A
2 Brett Gardner NYY OF N/A
3 Niko Goodrum DET 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF +4
4 Joc Pederson LAD OF -1
5 Yonder Alonso CHW 1B +3
6 Nick Markakis ATL OF -1
7 Josh Bell PIT 1B -1
8 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
9 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/OF Unranked
10 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF Unranked

Off the List: Maikel Franco (ownership), Domingo Santana (ownership), Curtis Granderson

Niko Goodrum is getting on base at a rate that he has never even sniffed before. He has had decent on-base skills throughout his career in the minors, but he is seeing the ball really well at the moment so you might as well ride this one out. 

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Justin Verlander HOU SP N/A
3 Corey Kluber CLE SP N/A
4 Blake Snell TB SP +2
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +2
6 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +2
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP -3
8 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP -3
9 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
10 Chris Sale BOS SP -1
11 Patrick Corbin WSH SP N/A
12 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +1
13 James Paxton NYY SP -1
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP +6
15 German Marquez COL SP N/A
16 Jameson Taillon PIT SP N/A
17 Zack Greinke ARZ SP N/A
18 Kyle Freeland COL SP N/A
19 Miles Mikolas STL SP -5
20 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP Unranked
21 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP Unranked
22 Walker Buehler LAD SP -3
23 Charlie Morton TB SP Unranked
24 Luis Castillo CIN SP Unranked
25 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP -1

Off the List: Jon Lester (injury), Luis Severino (injury), Mike Clevinger (injury), J.A. Happ

Jose Berrios continues to impress so far on the young season and looks like he has improved upon his HR and BB rates. A few more good starts and we may be talking about him in the “ace” tier. Luis Castillo makes the list this week despite the Cincinnati Reds early struggles as a team. Castillo has given his team every opportunity to win thus far and is looking more and more like the breakout we wanted heading into last year.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Marco Gonzales SEA SP N/A
2 Zach Eflin PHI SP +2
3 Jhoulys Chacin MIL SP -1
4 Marcus Stroman TOR SP +2
5 Max Fried ATL SP/RP Unranked
6 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP -1
7 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP Unranked
8 Frankie Montas OAK SP Unranked
9 Brett Anderson OAK SP Unranked
10 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -3

Off the List: Matthew Boyd (ownership), Collin McHugh (ownership), Matt Shoemaker (ownership), Mike Fiers

Zach Eflin has looked superb to this point, yet we’ve seen this version of him before. This is the same guy who had a 3.15 ERA and about a strikeout per inning in the first half of last season. Hopefully it can stick, so keep riding this out knowing the wheels could fall off. Max Fried is also super interesting. He began as a fill-in starter for the Braves but has pitched himself into the rotation longterm. His velocity is up on his fastball, and while it hasn’t resulted in the Ks we would like, he has been very effective.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP N/A
2 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
3 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +1
4 Blake Snell TB SP +2
5 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
6 Chris Sale BOS SP -3
7 Corey Kluber CLE SP N/A
8 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +1
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
10 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP N/A
11 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP N/A
12 Jameson Taillon PIT SP +5
13 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +3
14 Walker Buehler LAD SP -2
15 James Paxton NYY SP +3
16 Jose Berrios MIN SP Unranked
17 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +3
18 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -5
19 Charlie Morton TB SP +6
20 German Marquez COL SP +3
21 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP N/A
22 Miles Mikolas STL SP -8
23 Luis Castillo CIN SP Unranked
24 Jack Flaherty STL SP Unranked
25 Shane Bieber CLE SP Unranked

Off the List: Mike Clevinger (injury), Luis Severino (injury), Zack Wheeler, Zack Greinke

I am becoming a “Belieber.” Shane Bieber has been stellar and is incorporating his slider far more than last year. The results have been excellent to this point, so I do not see any reason why he would mix things up. Expect Bieber to pitch like a top-30 SP.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP N/A
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP N/A
3 Marcus Stroman TOR SP +1
4 Brad Keller KC SP/RP +3
5 Max Fried ATL SP/RP Unranked
6 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
7 Jeff Samardzija SF SP Unranked
8 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -3
9 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP Unranked
10 Trevor Richards MIA SP N/A

Off the List: Matthew Boyd (ownership), Eric Lauer, Caleb SmithPablo Lopez, Sandy Alcantara

I was admittedly not too high on Merrill Kelly heading into draft season and really did not have him on my radar whatsoever, but he’s looked pretty solid so far. He is able to work his fastball with some arm-side run as well as cut it away from right-handed hitters, and it works nicely with his changeup. 

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP N/A
3 Justin Verlander HOU SP N/A
4 Gerrit Cole HOU SP N/A
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP N/A
6 Blake Snell TB SP +2
7 James Paxton NYY SP N/A
8 Chris Sale BOS SP -2
9 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP N/A
10 Corey Kluber CLE SP N/A
11 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP N/A
12 German Marquez COL SP N/A
13 Patrick Corbin WSH SP N/A
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP +2
15 Charlie Morton TB SP +3
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP -2
17 Walker Buehler LAD SP -2
18 Robbie Ray ARZ SP +1
19 Jack Flaherty STL SP +1
20 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
21 Chris Archer PIT SP +2
22 Zack Greinke ARZ SP N/A
23 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
24 Jon Gray COL SP Unranked
25 Matthew Boyd DET SP Unranked

Off the List: Mike Clevinger (injury), Luis Severino (injury)

Not a ton of change here as all the big K guys have been producing their usual share of strikeouts. Matthew Boyd makes the list as he is striking out everyone right now. Obviously his 40% strikeout rate is not sustainable, but if he can keep it in the upper 20% area, he will be a very solid source of Ks all year.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Freddy Peralta MIL SP +2
2 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP N/A
3 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP +7
4 Jakob Junis KC SP Unranked
5 Derek Holland SF SP Unranked
6 Caleb Smith MIA SP +3
7 Dylan Bundy BAL SP N/A
8 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -4
9 Carlos Rodon CHW SP Unranked
10 Zack Godley ARZ SP -2

Off the List: Matthew Boyd (ownership), Collin McHugh (ownership), Brad Peacock

Pick a Brewer, any Brewer! All three of the young Milwaukee arms have not exactly been lights out, but they are all high end bat-missers.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Edwin Diaz NYM RP N/A
2 Blake Treinen OAK RP N/A
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP N/A
4 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP N/A
5 Roberto Osuna HOU RP N/A
6 Brad Hand CLE RP N/A
7 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP N/A
8 Kirby Yates SD RP +1
9 Josh Hader MIL RP +1
10 Jose Leclerc TEX RP -2
11 Sean Doolittle WSH RP N/A
12 Ken Giles TOR RP +1
13 Wade Davis COL RP -1
14 Jordan Hicks STL RP N/A
15 Greg Holland ARZ RP N/A
16 Alex Colome CHW RP +2
17 Jose Alvarado TB RP N/A
18 Cody Allen LAA RP +1
19 Will Smith SF RP +3
20 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP N/A
21 Shane Greene DET RP +4
22 Pedro Strop CHC RP +2
23 Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP -2
24 A.J. Minter ATL RP Unranked
25 David Robertson PHI RP -2

Off the List: Craig Kimbrel

Until Craig Kimbrel signs somewhere, which is looking increasingly likely to be after the draft in June, I cannot put him on this list.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 A.J. Minter ATL RP +2
2 Blake Parker MIN RP -1
3 Anthony Swarzak SEA RP -1
4 Ryan Brasier BOS RP +6
5 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP N/A
6 Mychal Givens BAL RP -2
7 Brandon Morrow CHC RP +2
8 Jeremy Jeffress MIL RP -1
9 Seranthony Dominguez PHI RP -1
10 Richard Lovelady KC RP Unranked

Off the List: Ian Kennedy

Brandon Morrow and Jeremy Jeffress are both nearing activation, with the latter returning sooner. Both are worth a stash if you are in need of some speculative saves once they return to their respective bullpens. Richard Lovelady is not just a sexy name, but an interesting guy to keep an eye on in Kansas City. Their bullpen is an absolute mess right now and Lovelady has been lights out at every level of the minors, so it’s worth monitoring his usage in the coming weeks.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP N/A
3 Blake Snell TB SP +2
4 Justin Verlander HOU SP -1
5 Chris Sale BOS SP -1
6 Trevor Bauer CLE SP +1
7 Gerrit Cole HOU SP -1
8 Corey Kluber CLE SP N/A
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP N/A
10 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP N/A
11 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
12 James Paxton NYY SP -1
13 Jameson Taillon PIT SP +3
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP +3
15 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -1
16 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -4
17 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP +3
18 German Marquez COL SP +3
19 Charlie Morton TB SP +5
20 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -1
21 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP Unranked
22 Madison Bumgarner SF SP Unranked
23 Luis Castillo CIN SP Unranked
24 Miles Mikolas STL SP -1
25 Shane Bieber CLE SP Unranked

Off the List: Mike Clevinger (injury), Luis Severino (injury), Zack Wheeler, David Price

Madison Bumgarner has done a nice job limiting baserunners so far this year, which is a pleasant sight a year removed from posting the highest WHIP since his rookie year.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP N/A
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP N/A
3 Jhoulys Chacin MIL SP N/A
4 Jeff Samardzija SF SP Unranked
5 Zach Eflin PHI SP +1
6 Jakob Junis KC SP -1
7 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP Unranked
8 Mike Minor TEX SP N/A
9 Steven Matz NYM SP Unranked
10 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP -1

Off the List: Matthew Boyd (ownership), Pablo LopezMatt Shoemaker (ownership)

Remember Jeff Samardzija? The veteran right-hander has looked very sharp in the early going and as recently as 2017 posted a 1.14 WHIP. He is able to limit free passes and plays in a great pitchers park.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP N/A
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP N/A
3 Justin Verlander HOU SP N/A
4 Trevor Bauer CLE SP N/A
5 Corey Kluber CLE SP N/A
6 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +2
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP N/A
8 Chris Sale BOS SP -2
9 Blake Snell TB SP N/A
10 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +2
11 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP N/A
12 Jameson Taillon PIT SP +1
13 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -3
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP +3
15 James Paxton NYY SP -1
16 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
17 German Marquez COL SP +1
18 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
19 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP N/A
20 Charlie Morton TB SP +4
21 Madison Bumgarner SF SP +4
22 Kyle Freeland COL SP N/A
23 Luis Castillo CIN SP Unranked
24 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP Unranked
25 Miles Mikolas STL SP -2

Off the List: Mike Clevinger (injury), Zack Wheeler

Amidst all of the injuries and early season struggles in the Bronx, Masahiro Tanaka has stepped up and looked brilliant. Until Luis Severino returns and James Paxton shows some consistency, the Yankees will have no choice but to rely on Tanaka to eat innings.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Marco Gonzales SEA SP N/A
2 Marcus Stroman TOR SP +1
3 Trevor Williams PIT SP Unranked
4 Trevor Richards MIA SP Unranked
5 Steven Matz NYM SP +3
6 Max Fried ATL SP/RP Unranked
7 Mike Minor TEX SP N/A
8 Jordan Zimmermann DET SP +2
9 Mike Leake SEA SP -3
10 Brad Keller KC SP/RP Unranked

Off the List: Matthew Boyd (ownership), Matt Shoemaker (ownership), Matt Strahm, Jakob Junis

Brad Keller is the furthest thing from a name you come across on your waiver wire and thing “Ah yes! The hidden gem!”. But the guy continues to limit damage. The Royals need guys to eat up some innings and Keller will get every opportunity to do so. While you cannot expect much in the strikeout department, he is a pretty solid bet for a matchup-dependent QS in just about any league.

 

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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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