Category Power Rankings: Week 4

The Category Power Rankings are here as Colin Ward is here to guide you

It’s time for your weekly dose of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Rafael Devers

Don’t look now, but as I am writing this, Bryce Harper is hitting .364 on the season. The former MVP is on an eight-game hitting streak in which he is slashing a robust .480/.567/.880. The talent has never been a question for Harper, it was just a matter of consistency, and he looks like he is back on that MVP level.

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B
2 Daniel Murphy COL 1B +1
3 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF -1
4 Jesse Winker CIN OF Unranked
5 David Peralta ARZ OF +2
6 Alex Verdugo BOS OF -1
7 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B -3
8 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
9 Nick Solak TEX 2B/3B/OF Unranked
10 Tommy La Stella LAA 2B/3B

 

Off the list: Corey Dickerson, Starlin Castro (injury), Miguel Cabrera

Nick Solak is hitting .429 over his last seven games and his AVG sits at .299 for the year thus far. As long as Solak is getting regular playing time, he should be a fine mixed league option for AVG to go along with some pop and some speed.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: DJ LeMahieu (injury)

Trevor Story has developed into such a solid all-around hitter. His walk rate has increased over the last two years and, in comparison, his strikeout rate has nearly been cut in half so far in 2020. Hitting in front of Charlie Blackmon, who is hitting nearly .450, and Nolan Arenado certainly will lead to a ton of runs scored.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B3B +7
2 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +1
3 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +4
4 J.P. Crawford SEA SS +1
5 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF -4
6 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B -5
7 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF Unranked
8 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF -4
9 Kole Calhoun ARZ OF Unranked
10 Willy Adames TB SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Renato Nunez (ownership), Kyle Seager (ownership), Brett Gardner

The Diamondbacks have scored more runs than teams such as the Cubs, Red Sox, and Phillies, and Kole Calhoun has been a big contributor. The veteran outfielder has been hitting atop the D’Backs lineup after previously hitting in the two spot, so expect the runs to continue.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Javier Baez

Matt Olson only has 15 hits this year, eight of them have left the yard. That is the definition of “all or nothing”.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF +9
2 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF
3 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF
4 Rio Ruiz BAL 1B/3B Unranked
5 Dominic Smith NYM 1B/OF Unranked
6 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +1
7 Colin Moran PIT 2B/3B -1
8 Ian Happ CHC 2B/3B/OF
9 Hunter Renfroe TB OF -8
10 Jesus Aguilar MIA 1B -1

 

Off the list: Renato Nunez (ownership), C.J. Cron (injury)

Dominic Smith is finally getting regular run in the Mets lineup. After being considered a top prospect within their system, Smith has never gotten more than a platoon’s chance to produce. That has changed thus far in this abbreviated season, and should be owned in more leagues right now.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Josh Bell, Eugenio Suarez, Ronald Acuna Jr. (injury)

With five homer and seven RBI over the past week, Anthony Rendon appears to be back on track since returning from injury to start the year. A hitter the caliber of Rendon hitting behind Mike Trout is going to be fun to watch for many years to come.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Stephen Piscotty OAK OF Unranked
2 David Peralta ARZ OF +3
3 Daniel Murphy COL 1B
4 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +3
5 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +4
6 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF +4
7 Dominic Smith NYM 1B/OF Unranked
8 Hunter Renfroe TB OF
9 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF Unranked
10 Kole Calhoun ARZ OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Kyle Seager (ownership), C.J. Cron (injury), Renato Nunez (ownership)

Batting cleanup regularly for the (Buffalo) Blue Jays, Teoscar Hernandez has a trio of dingers and seven RBI over the past week. His season total of RBI is up to 14 as I am writing this, and even his batting average is over .300. He is definitely worth the add.

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Tommy Pham (injury), Bo Bichette (injury), Ronald Acuna Jr. (injury)

Lot of movement on this list due to a lot of unfortunate injuries. Andres Gimenez is getting enough playing time to warrant a look in most leagues. If you are in need of some speed from a guy who has some decent contact skills, you could do a lot worse.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mallex Smith SEA OF Unranked
2 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF -1
3 Jon Berti MIA 3B/SS/OF +1
4 Victor Robles WSH OF Unranked
5 Billy Hamilton NYM OF -2
6 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF Unranked
7 Andres Gimenez NYM SS Unranked
8 Trent Grisham SD OF Unranked
9 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF Unranked
10 Shed Long Jr. SEA 2B/OF -5

 

Off the list: Jarrod Dyson, Mike Tauchman, Austin Slater, Ender Inciarte, J.P. Crawford

Stolen bases are just a lost art these days.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
3 Christian Yelich MIL OF -1
4 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
5 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF +5
8 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF -1
9 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -1
10 Mookie Betts LAD OF -1
11 Juan Soto WSH OF -1
12 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF +1
13 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
14 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B +3
15 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
16 George Springer HOU OF
17 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +1
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
19 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/SS/OF +4
20 Nolan Arenado COL 3B +2
21 Tommy Pham SD OF -1
22 Michael Conforto NYM OF Unranked
23 Trevor Story COL SS Unranked
24 Jesse Winker CIN OF Unranked
25 Joey Votto CIN 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Tommy Pham (injury), DJ LeMahieu (injury), Matt Olson, Yasmani Grandal

After a slow start, Alex Bregman has turned it around at the dish. Over his last seven contests, Bregman is slashing .381/.552/.619. He is as elite as they get when it comes to getting on base.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jesse Winker CIN OF Unranked
2 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF -1
3 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
4 Aaron Hicks NYY OF +3
5 Tommy La Stella LAA 2B/3B
6 Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF +3
7 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
8 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF -6
9 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF -5
10 Robbie Grossman OAK OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Eric Sogard, Howie Kendrick, J.P. Crawford

Despite a .216 AVG, a near 24% walk rate has boosted Aaron Hicks‘ OBP up to .403. Hicks has always shown a good approach at the plate, and if he can improve his batting average, he could become a real asset in OBP leagues.

 

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 Jacob deGrom NYM SP +2
6 Zack Greinke HOU SP -1
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
8 Jose Berrios MIN SP -2
9 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -1
10 Lance Lynn TEX SP +5
11 Walker Buehler LAD SP -1
12 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
13 Sonny Gray CIN SP +4
14 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
15 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +3
16 Blake Snell TB SP
17 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP +2
18 Mike Clevinger CLE SP -5
19 Chris Paddack SD SP +1
20 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +2
21 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +2
22 Yu Darvish CHC SP +3
23 Frankie Montas OAK SP Unranked
24 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP Unranked
25 German Marquez COL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Stephen Strasburg (injury), Jack Flaherty, Ryan Yarbrough

While he didn’t register a victory in either of his first two starts, Aaron Nola has secured a win in each of his last two turns. Nola has been sensational this year posting a 2.05 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
2 Spencer Turnbull DET SP
3 Dylan Cease CHW SP +3
4 David Peterson NYM SP Unranked
5 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP Unranked
6 Marco Gonzales SEA SP -5
7 Zach Davies SD SP +2
8 Cristian Javier HOU SP Unranked
9 Pablo Lopez MIA SP Unranked
10 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Randy Dobnak (ownership), Rick Porcello, Alec MillsNathan Eovaldi, Griffin Canning, Jon Gray

Three of Cristian Javier‘s four starts have been very solid, with two of which resulting in wins. He has been a revelation for the depleted Astros starting rotation and, with his track record of domination throughout all levels of the minors, needs to be owned in just about all leagues.

 

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 +2
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -1
5 Max Scherzer WSH SP -1
6 Aaron Nola PHI SP +7
7 Walker Buehler LAD SP
8 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
9 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
10 Chris Paddack SD SP +4
11 Lance Lynn TEX SP +13
12 Mike Clevinger CLE SP -6
13 Sonny Gray CIN SP +4
14 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -3
15 Tyler Glasnow TB SP -3
16 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +2
17 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +2
18 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +3
19 Frankie Montas OAK SP +3
20 Yu Darvish CHC SP +3
21 Trevor Bauer CIN SP Unranked
22 Lucas Giolito CHW SP -6
23 Dinelson Lamet SD SP Unranked
24 Max Fried ATL SP Unranked
25 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Stephen Strasburg (injury), Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jose Berrios

Max Fried has allowed only two earned runs over his last four starts and has lowered his ERA to 1.24 on the year. With the season-ending injury to Mike Soroka, Fried has filled in nicely as the Braves new ace and he is a must start pitcher no matter the matchup right now.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Spencer Turnbull DET SP
2 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP +2
3 Pablo Lopez MIA SP +6
4 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +1
5 Marco Gonzales SEA SP -2
6 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP -4
7 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked
8 Jon Lester CHC SP +2
9 Garrett Richards SD SP Unranked
10 Casey Mize DET SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Randy Dobnak (ownership), Corbin Burnes, Kyle Freeland

The time has finally come. Former first overall pick in the 2018 draft, Casey Mize, has gotten the call to come up to the big club in Detroit. Mize has been very good throughout the minor leagues, and as an older, more polished college prospect, Mize could very easily hit the ground running and not look back. Go pick him up.

 

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
6 Yu Darvish CHC SP +1
7 Dinelson Lamet SD SP +2
8 Lance Lynn TEX SP +4
9 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -2
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +2
13 Sonny Gray CIN SP +2
14 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
15 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP +5
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP +4
17 Matt Boyd DET SP
18 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
19 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +5
20 Blake Snell TB SP +1
21 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +1
22 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +3
23 Mike Clevinger CLE SP -15
24 German Marquez COL SP -1
25 Dylan Bundy LAA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Stephen Strasburg (injury)

I would have to believe that even the most optimistic of Dylan Bundy‘s fans did not see this type of season coming. While there is still about two-thirds of the year to go, Bundy is off to races in his new threads, posting a 1.57 ERA while averaging nearly 11 K/9.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kevin Gausman SF SP/RP +3
2 Spencer Turnbull DET SP
3 Josh Lindblom MIL SP/RP Unranked
4 Griffin Canning LAA SP +3
5 Danny Duffy KC SP Unranked
6 Cristian Javier HOU SP Unranked
7 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP -4
8 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP -2
9 Framer Valdez HOU SP/RP Unranked
10 Tarik Skubal DET SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Tyler Chatwood (injury), Jon Gray, Anthony DeSclafani, Garrett Richards, Brady Singer

While the numbers on the surface are not pretty for Josh Lindblom, the guy has been racking up the K’s. The 33-year old is averaging over 14 K/9 and if he can figure things out, he could be a very attractive add in mixed leagues.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Kirby Yates (injury), Zack Britton, Edwin Diaz, Kwang-Hyun Kim

With the uncertainty surrounding Kirby Yates‘ season, Drew Pomeranz is now a must own reliever if you are either a Yates owner or in need of saves. 

 

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
3 Ryan Pressly HOU RP
4 Anthony Bass TOR RP
5 Sergio Romo MIN RP Unranked
6 Ty Buttrey LAA RP Unranked
7 Rowan Wick CHC RP +1
8 Rafael Montero TEX RP -3
9 Cole Sulser BAL RP -2
10 Kwang-Hyun Kim STL RP -4

 

Off the list: Trevor Gott, Taylor Williams

Finding closers has been an absolute crapshoot this year. The majority of these guys are pretty bottom of the barrel.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Stephen Strasburg (injury)

Through five starts, Kyle Hendricks has a WHIP below 1.00. Hendricks has a career WHIP of 1.11 so it would not be farfetched to see the veteran right-hander finish the shortened season with a sub-1.00.

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
2 Pablo Lopez MIA SP +3
3 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked
4 Marco Gonzales SEA SP
5 Spencer Turnbull DET SP +1
6 Jon Lester CHC SP +2
7 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
8 Danny Duffy KC SP Unranked
9 Framber Valdez HOU SP Unranked
10 Kevin Gausman SF SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Randy Dobnak (ownership), Anthony DeSclafani, Griffin Canning, Kyle Freeland, Zach Davies

Kevin Gausman is a name that many in the fantasy community can never quit. Here we are again, another year where Gausman is off to a great start and I am ready to buy in. The splitter is working and he currently sports a 1.17 WHIP.

 

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 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
6 Zack Greinke HOU SP -1
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
8 Sonny Gray CIN SP +3
9 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +7
10 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -3
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP -1
12 Lance Lynn TEX SP +7
13 Walker Buehler LAD SP
14 Mike Clevinger CLE SP -6
15 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
16 Jose Berrios MIN SP -2
17 Chris Paddack SD SP
18 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +2
19 Yu Darvish CHC SP +2
20 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +3
21 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP +1
22 Zack Wheeler PHI SP/RP +2
23 German Marquez COL SP +2
24 Jack Flaherty STL SP -6
25 Dylan Bundy LAA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Stephen Strasburg (injury)

Yu Darvish sensational second half of 2019 has continued into this shortened 2020 season. He has turned in three consecutive quality starts and currently holds a 1.88 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP
2 Kyle Freeland COL SP +3
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +1
4 Spencer Turnbull DET SP +2
5 Framber Valdez HOU SP Unranked
6 Dylan Cease CHW SP Unranked
7 Antonio Senzatela COL SP Unranked
8 Alec Mills CHC SP/RP
9 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +1
10 Cristian Javier HOU SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Griffin Canning, Anthony DeSclafani, Nathan Eovaldi, Jon Gray

Back to back quality starts has mad Framber Valdez a top add on most waiver wires. He is still only 50% owned in Yahoo leagues, yet the man has posted an ERA of 1.90 across 23.2 IP. Valdez has had success at the big league level before and should definitely be more owned with starting pitching being at such a premium.

 

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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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