Category Power Rankings: Week 3

Colin Ward gives his most recent edition of the Category Power Rankings ahead of Week 3 of the fantasy season.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jose AltuveHOU2BN/A
2Mike TroutLAAOF+1
3J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
4Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
5Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
6Joey VottoCIN1B-1
7Christian YelichMILOF+1
8Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
9Jean SeguraPHISSN/A
10Justin TurnerLAD3BN/A
11Michael BrantleyHOUOFN/A
12Lorenzo CainMILOF+2
13Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-1
14Anthony RendonWSH3B+5
15Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+1
16Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+4
17Robinson CanoNYM1B/2B-2
18Xander BogaertsBOSSSN/A
19GoldschmidtSTL1B-6
20Bryce HarperPHIOF+2
21Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+2
22David PeraltaARZOFUnranked
23Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OFUnranked
24Jose AbreuCHW1B-3
25Elvis AndrusTEXSSUnranked

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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jeff McNeilNYM2BN/A
2Jorge PolancoMINSSUnranked
3Yandy DiazTB1B/3B/DHN/A
4Willians AstudilloMINC/3B+2
5Nick MarkakisATLOFUnranked
6Ben ZobristCHC2B/OFUnranked
7Adam FrazierPIT2B/OFUnranked
8Starlin CastroMIA2B+1
9Andrelton SimmonsLAASS-3
10Jesse WinkerCINOFN/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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mookie BettsBOSOF+1
2Mike TroutLAAOF+1
3Christian YelichMILOF+1
4Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-3
5George SpringerHOUOFN/A
6J.D. MartinezBOSOFN/A
7Jose AltuveHOU2B+1
8Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
9Bryce HarperPHIOFN/A
10Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOFN/A
11Andrew McCutchenPHIOFN/A
12Jean SeguraPHISS+1
13Aaron JudgeNYYOF-1
14Tommy PhamTBOFN/A
15Matt CarpenterSTL1B/2B/3BN/A
16Lorenzo CainMILOF+2
17Alex BregmanHOU3B/SSN/A
18Juan SotoWSHOF+1
19Anthony RendonWSH3BUnranked
20Freddie FreemanATL1B+3
21Andrew BenintendiBOSOF-5
22Cody BellingerLAD1B/OFUnranked
23Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-1
24Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-3
25Adam EatonWSHOF-5

Off the List: Joey VottoMatt 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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Brett GardnerNYYOFN/A
2Jorge PolancoMINSS+6
3Adam FrazierPIT2B/OFUnranked
4Jay BruceSEA1B/OFUnranked
5Ben ZobristCHC2B/OF+4
6Dansby SwansonATLSSUnranked
7Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF-2
8Leury GarciaCHWOFUnranked
9Joc PedersonLADOF-7
10Yandy DiazTB1B/3BUnranked

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Khris DavisOAKOFN/A
2J.D. MartinezBOSOF+1
3Aaron JudgeNYYOF+1
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-2
5Mike TroutLAAOFN/A
6Joey GalloTEX1B/OFN/A
7Bryce HarperPHIOFN/A
8Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+2
9Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-1
10Nelson CruzMINUT-1
11Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+1
12Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B-1
13Manny MachadoSD3B/SSN/A
14Christian YelichMILOF+2
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
16Trevor StoryCOLSS-1
17Mookie BettsBOSOFN/A
18Matt ChapmanOAK3B+3
19Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3BN/A
20Gary SanchezNYYCUnranked
21Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-1
22Pete AlonsoNYM1BUnranked
23Anthony RizzoCHC1BN/A
24Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-2
25Freddie FreemanATL1BN/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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jay BruceSEA1B/OF+5
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1BUnranked
3Hunter RenfroeSDOF+2
4Mitch MorelandBOS1BUnranked
5Randal GrichukTOROF-4
6Max KeplerMINOFUnranked
7Yandy DiazTB1B/3BUnranked
8Rowdy TellezTOR1B+1
9Kike HernandezLAD1B/2B/SS/OFUnranked
10Clint FrazierNYYOFUnranked

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Khris DavisOAKOF+3
2J.D. MartinezBOSOFN/A
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-2
4Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
5Edwin EncarnacionSEA1BN/A
6Paul GoldschmidtSTL1BN/A
7Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+2
8Nelson CruzMINUTN/A
9Manny MachadoSD3B/SS-2
10Christian YelichMILOF+3
11Juan SotoWSHOF-1
12Freddie FreemanATL1B+3
13Anthony RizzoCHC1B-1
14Aaron JudgeNYYOFN/A
15Cody BellingerLAD1B/OFUnranked
16Trevor StoryCOLSS-5
17Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS-1
18Mike TroutLAAOF+1
19Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
20Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
21Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOFN/A
22Mookie BettsBOSOF-5
23Pete AlonsoNYM1BUnranked
24Jose AbreuCHW1BN/A
25Gary SanchezNYYCUnranked

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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jay BruceSEA1B/OF+4
2Josh BellPIT1B+2
3Daniel VogelbachSEA1BUnranked
4Mitch MorelandBOS1B+4
5Randal GrichukTOROF-4
6Hunter RenfroeSDOF+1
7Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B-5
8Ryon HealySEA1B/3B+1
9Chad PinderOAK2B/3B/OFUnranked
10Dansby SwansonATLSSUnranked

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OFN/A
2Mallex SmithSEAOF+1
3Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS-1
4Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF+2
5Jonathan VillarBAL2B/SS-1
6Billy HamiltonKCOF-2
7Starling MartePITOFN/A
8Lorenzo CainMILOF+3
9Jose AltuveHOU2BN/A
10Mike TroutLAAOFN/A
11Mookie BettsBOSOF-3
12Victor RoblesWSHOFN/A
13Tim AndersonCHWSS+3
14Tommy PhamTBOF+5
15Byron BuxtonMINOF+6
16Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B-1
17Jean SeguraPHISS-3
18Jose PerazaCINSS-5
19Elvis AndrusTEXSS+1
20Andrew BenintendiBOSOF-2
21Christian YelichMILOF+1
22Ender InciarteATLOF-5
23Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+2
24Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOFN/A
25Trevor StoryCOLSS-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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Delino DeShieldsTEXOFN/A
2Leury GarciaCHWOFUnranked
3Adam FrazierPIT2B/OFUnranked
4Brett GardnerNYYOFN/A
5Kevin KiermaierTBOF+4
6Jarrod DysonARZOF-1
7David FletcherLAA2B/3BUnranked
8Kevin PillarSFOFUnranked
9Ramon LaureanoOAKOF+1
10Josh HarrisonDET2BUnranked

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike TroutLAAOFN/A
2Joey VottoCIN1BN/A
3Bryce HarperPHIOFN/A
4Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
5Aaron JudgeNYYOF-1
6Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+1
7Jose AltuveHOU2B+3
8J.D. MartinezBOSOF+3
9Mookie BettsBOSOFN/A
10Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-2
11Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
12Lorenzo CainMILOFN/A
13Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-7
14Christian YelichMILOF+4
15Juan SotoWSHOF+1
16Matt CarpenterSTL1B/2B/3B-1
17Anthony RizzoCHC1B+1
18Andrew McCutchenPHIOF+1
19Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+4
20Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF+1
21Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+1
22Edwin EncarnacionSEA1BUnranked
23Michael ConfortoNYMOFUnranked
24Tommy PhamTBOFUnranked
25Cody BellingerLAD1B/OFUnranked

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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Ben ZobristCHC2B/OFN/A
2Brett GardnerNYYOFN/A
3Niko GoodrumDET1B/2B/3B/SS/OF+4
4Joc PedersonLADOF-1
5Yonder AlonsoCHW1B+3
6Nick MarkakisATLOF-1
7Josh BellPIT1B-1
8Yandy DiazTB1B/3BUnranked
9Jeff McNeilNYM2B/OFUnranked
10Adam FrazierPIT2B/OFUnranked

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Justin VerlanderHOUSPN/A
3Corey KluberCLESPN/A
4Blake SnellTBSP+2
5Trevor BauerCLESP+2
6Jacob deGromNYMSP+2
7Aaron NolaPHISP-3
8Carlos CarrascoCLESP-3
9Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
10Chris SaleBOSSP-1
11Patrick CorbinWSHSPN/A
12Noah SyndergaardNYMSP+1
13James PaxtonNYYSP-1
14Jose BerriosMINSP+6
15German MarquezCOLSPN/A
16Jameson TaillonPITSPN/A
17Zack GreinkeARZSPN/A
18Kyle FreelandCOLSPN/A
19Miles MikolasSTLSP-5
20Clayton KershawLADSPUnranked
21Masahiro TanakaNYYSPUnranked
22Walker BuehlerLADSP-3
23Charlie MortonTBSPUnranked
24Luis CastilloCINSPUnranked
25Stephen StrasburgWSHSP-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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Marco GonzalesSEASPN/A
2Zach EflinPHISP+2
3Jhoulys ChacinMILSP-1
4Marcus StromanTORSP+2
5Max FriedATLSP/RPUnranked
6Ryan YarbroughTBSP/RP-1
7Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RPUnranked
8Frankie MontasOAKSPUnranked
9Brett AndersonOAKSPUnranked
10Matt StrahmSDSP/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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jacob deGromNYMSPN/A
2Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
3Trevor BauerCLESP+1
4Blake SnellTBSP+2
5Justin VerlanderHOUSP+1
6Chris SaleBOSSP-3
7Corey KluberCLESPN/A
8Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
9Aaron NolaPHISP-1
10Noah SyndergaardNYMSPN/A
11Carlos CarrascoCLESPN/A
12Jameson TaillonPITSP+5
13Patrick CorbinWSHSP+3
14Walker BuehlerLADSP-2
15James PaxtonNYYSP+3
16Jose BerriosMINSPUnranked
17Clayton KershawLADSP+3
18Kyle HendricksCHCSP-5
19Charlie MortonTBSP+6
20German MarquezCOLSP+3
21Stephen StrasburgWSHSPN/A
22Miles MikolasSTLSP-8
23Luis CastilloCINSPUnranked
24Jack FlahertySTLSPUnranked
25Shane BieberCLESPUnranked

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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSPN/A
2Marco GonzalesSEASPN/A
3Marcus StromanTORSP+1
4Brad KellerKCSP/RP+3
5Max FriedATLSP/RPUnranked
6Merrill KellyARZSPUnranked
7Jeff SamardzijaSFSPUnranked
8Matt StrahmSDSP/RP-3
9Sonny GrayCINSP/RPUnranked
10Trevor RichardsMIASPN/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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Jacob deGromNYMSPN/A
3Justin VerlanderHOUSPN/A
4Gerrit ColeHOUSPN/A
5Trevor BauerCLESPN/A
6Blake SnellTBSP+2
7James PaxtonNYYSPN/A
8Chris SaleBOSSP-2
9Carlos CarrascoCLESPN/A
10Corey KluberCLESPN/A
11Noah SyndergaardNYMSPN/A
12German MarquezCOLSPN/A
13Patrick CorbinWSHSPN/A
14Jose BerriosMINSP+2
15Charlie MortonTBSP+3
16Aaron NolaPHISP-2
17Walker BuehlerLADSP-2
18Robbie RayARZSP+1
19Jack FlahertySTLSP+1
20Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
21Chris ArcherPITSP+2
22Zack GreinkeARZSPN/A
23Luis CastilloCINSP+1
24Jon GrayCOLSPUnranked
25Matthew BoydDETSPUnranked

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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Freddy PeraltaMILSP+2
2Corbin BurnesMILSP/RPN/A
3Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP+7
4Jakob JunisKCSPUnranked
5Derek HollandSFSPUnranked
6Caleb SmithMIASP+3
7Dylan BundyBALSPN/A
8Matt StrahmSDSP/RP-4
9Carlos RodonCHWSPUnranked
10Zack GodleyARZSP-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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Edwin DiazNYMRPN/A
2Blake TreinenOAKRPN/A
3Kenley JansenLADRPN/A
4Aroldis ChapmanNYYRPN/A
5Roberto OsunaHOURPN/A
6Brad HandCLERPN/A
7Felipe VazquezPITRPN/A
8Kirby YatesSDRP+1
9Josh HaderMILRP+1
10Jose LeclercTEXRP-2
11Sean DoolittleWSHRPN/A
12Ken GilesTORRP+1
13Wade DavisCOLRP-1
14Jordan HicksSTLRPN/A
15Greg HollandARZRPN/A
16Alex ColomeCHWRP+2
17Jose AlvaradoTBRPN/A
18Cody AllenLAARP+1
19Will SmithSFRP+3
20Raisel IglesiasCINRPN/A
21Shane GreeneDETRP+4
22Pedro StropCHCRP+2
23Arodys VizcainoATLRP-2
24A.J. MinterATLRPUnranked
25David RobertsonPHIRP-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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1A.J. MinterATLRP+2
2Blake ParkerMINRP-1
3Anthony SwarzakSEARP-1
4Ryan BrasierBOSRP+6
5Sergio RomoMIASP/RPN/A
6Mychal GivensBALRP-2
7Brandon MorrowCHCRP+2
8Jeremy JeffressMILRP-1
9Seranthony DominguezPHIRP-1
10Richard LoveladyKCRPUnranked

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Jacob deGromNYMSPN/A
3Blake SnellTBSP+2
4Justin VerlanderHOUSP-1
5Chris SaleBOSSP-1
6Trevor BauerCLESP+1
7Gerrit ColeHOUSP-1
8Corey KluberCLESPN/A
9Aaron NolaPHISPN/A
10Carlos CarrascoCLESPN/A
11Clayton KershawLADSP+2
12James PaxtonNYYSP-1
13Jameson TaillonPITSP+3
14Jose BerriosMINSP+3
15Patrick CorbinWSHSP-1
16Zack GreinkeARZSP-4
17Masahiro TanakaNYYSP+3
18German MarquezCOLSP+3
19Charlie MortonTBSP+5
20Kyle HendricksCHCSP-1
21Noah SyndergaardNYMSPUnranked
22Madison BumgarnerSFSPUnranked
23Luis CastilloCINSPUnranked
24Miles MikolasSTLSP-1
25Shane BieberCLESPUnranked

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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSPN/A
2Marco GonzalesSEASPN/A
3Jhoulys ChacinMILSPN/A
4Jeff SamardzijaSFSPUnranked
5Zach EflinPHISP+1
6Jakob JunisKCSP-1
7Sonny GrayCINSP/RPUnranked
8Mike MinorTEXSPN/A
9Steven MatzNYMSPUnranked
10Matt StrahmSDSP/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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSPN/A
2Jacob deGromNYMSPN/A
3Justin VerlanderHOUSPN/A
4Trevor BauerCLESPN/A
5Corey KluberCLESPN/A
6Gerrit ColeHOUSP+2
7Aaron NolaPHISPN/A
8Chris SaleBOSSP-2
9Blake SnellTBSPN/A
10Noah SyndergaardNYMSP+2
11Carlos CarrascoCLESPN/A
12Jameson TaillonPITSP+1
13Zack GreinkeARZSP-3
14Jose BerriosMINSP+3
15James PaxtonNYYSP-1
16Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
17German MarquezCOLSP+1
18Clayton KershawLADSP+2
19Stephen StrasburgWSHSPN/A
20Charlie MortonTBSP+4
21Madison BumgarnerSFSP+4
22Kyle FreelandCOLSPN/A
23Luis CastilloCINSPUnranked
24Masahiro TanakaNYYSPUnranked
25Miles MikolasSTLSP-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)

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Marco GonzalesSEASPN/A
2Marcus StromanTORSP+1
3Trevor WilliamsPITSPUnranked
4Trevor RichardsMIASPUnranked
5Steven MatzNYMSP+3
6Max FriedATLSP/RPUnranked
7Mike MinorTEXSPN/A
8Jordan ZimmermannDETSP+2
9Mike LeakeSEASP-3
10Brad KellerKCSP/RPUnranked

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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