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Category Power Rankings: Week 4

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 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS
2 Tim Anderson CWS SS
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B +1
4 Juan Soto WSH OF -1
5 Michael Brantley HOU OF
6 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
7 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
8 Mike Trout LAA OF +3
9 Starling Marte NYM OF -1
10 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF
11 Nick Castellanos PHI OF +1
12 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/OF -3
13 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
14 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
15 Wander Franco TB 3B/SS +1
16 Bo Bichette TOR SS -1
17 Corey Seager TEX SS +1
18 Luis Robert CWS OF -1
19 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +3
20 Alex Verdugo BOS OF -1
21 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B -1
22 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +2
23 Justin Turner LAD 3B -2
24 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B +1
25 Manny Machado SD 3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Jean Segura

Through the first three weeks of the year, Ty France is looking like a draft day steal. France is slashing .337/.411/.554 along with 21 RBI, good for second in the majors. The 27-year old has the prospect pedigree to make this breakout very believable and has the early makings of a league winning-type player.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
2 Eric Hosmer SD 1B Unranked
3 José Iglesias COL 2B/SS +4
4 Sheldon Neuse OAK 2B/3B Unranked
5 Joey Wendle MIA 2B/3B/SS Unranked
6 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B Unranked
7 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
8 Austin Hays BAL OF Unranked
9 Frank Schwindel CHC 1B
10 Cesar Hernandez WSH 2B

 

Off the list: Jeff McNeil (ownership), Connor Joe (ownership), J.P. Crawford (ownership), Garrett Cooper, Nicky Lopez, Adam Frazier

How about Eric Hosmer, huh? I think we all know the type of hitter Eric Hosmer is at age 32, but that doesn’t take away the fact he is super hot right now at the dish. Hosmer is leading the league in AVG with a robust .389 mark. Pick him up now and ride it out while you can.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF +1
2 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS -1
3 Juan Soto WSH OF
4 Bryce Harper PHI OF
5 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B +1
6 Bo Bichette TOR SS -1
7 Tim Anderson CWS SS
8 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
9 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
10 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
11 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +1
12 George Springer TOR OF +1
13 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B +1
14 Nick Castellanos PHI OF +1
15 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +1
16 Jose Altuve HOU 2B -6
17 Wander Franco TB 3B/SS
18 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
19 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +2
20 Marcus Semien TEX 2B/SS
21 Mike Trout LAA OF +3
22 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
23 Starling Marte NYM OF +2
24 Manny Machado SD 3B Unranked
25 Jonathan India CIN 2B -3

 

Off the list: Whit Merrifield

Manny Machado has been scorching hot of late and has been excellent through three weeks. Machado is slashing .386/.453/.614 with 15 RBI and a league leading 20 runs scored.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Frazier SEA 2B/OF +2
2 Kiké Hernández BOS 2B/OF
3 Cesar Hernandez WSH 2B +2
4 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +4
5 Thairo Estrada SF 2B/SS/OF Unranked
6 Ha-Seong Kim SD 2B/3B/SS Unranked
7 Austin Hays BAL OF -3
8 Isiah Kiner-Falefa NYY SS Unranked
9 Jeremy Peña HOU SS Unranked
10 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B/3B/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Connor Joe (ownership), J.P. Crawford (ownership), Mike Yastrzemski (COVID), Mark CanhaElvis Andrus

Ha-Seong Kim has taken full advantage of the absence of Fernando Tatis Jr. getting just about full time run in the Padres starting nine. Kim has a .927 OPS along with 13 runs scored in 16 games played. There isn’t much long-term value here but a good amount of short-term value and is definitely worth owning for the time being.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B +1
2 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
3 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
4 Aaron Judge NYY OF +2
5 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
6 Matt Olson ATL 1B -3
7 Mike Trout LAA OF +2
8 Bryce Harper PHI OF -1
9 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF +1
10 Joey Gallo NYY OF -2
11 Manny Machado SD 3B +2
12 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
13 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
14 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B -3
15 Salvador Perez KC C +1
16 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +2
17 Kyle Schwarber PHI 1B/OF
18 George Springer TOR OF +3
19 Franmil Reyes CLE OF
20 Nick Castellanos PHI OF
21 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
22 Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B Unranked
23 Byron Buxton MIN OF Unranked
24 Juan Soto WSH OF -1
25 José Ramírez CLE 3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Teoscar Hernández (injury), Kris Bryant (injury), Adam Duvall

Current home run leader, Anthony Rizzo, has taken full advantage of his first full season of hitting in Yankee Stadium. Rizzo has mashed seven of his nine HRs in the Bronx and while this pace will be impossible to uphold, Rizzo should thrive on the Yankees and remain a very solid source of power throughout the summer.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Randal Grichuk COL OF +1
2 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B/3B/OF +4
3 Max Kepler MIN OF Unranked
4 Eric Hosmer SD 1B Unranked
5 Gary Sánchez MIN C +2
6 Sheldon Neuse OAK 2B/3B Unranked
7 Austin Hays BAL OF Unranked
8 Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B Unranked
9 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B/2B +1
10 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B/3B -7

 

Off the list: Eugenio Suárez (ownership), Brandon Belt (COVID), Ji-Man Choi (injury), Mike Zunino, Miguel Sanó

With four homers across his last five games, Max Kepler looks like a decent add in deeper leagues or five outfielder formats. We are only a couple years removed from the 29-year-old smacking 36 HRs in 2019. If you are looking for a little jolt in power, Kepler is as streaky as they come, so jump on it.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
2 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B +3
4 Matt Olson ATL 1B
5 José Abreu CWS OF -2
6 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
7 Juan Soto WSH OF -2
8 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
9 Manny Machado SD 3B +3
10 José Ramírez CLE 3B +3
11 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -2
12 Kyle Tucker HOU OF -1
13 Bryce Harper PHI OF +2
14 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
15 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
16 Giancarlo Statnon NYY OF +1
17 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
18 Mike Trout LAA OF +2
19 Salvador Perez KC C
20 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +1
21 Nick Castellanos PHI OF +1
22 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF +2
23 Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B Unranked
24 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B Unranked
25 Carlos Correa MIN SS

 

Off the list: Teoscar Hernández (injury), Eloy Jiménez (injury)

Aaron Judge has been on a tear of late, driving in 12 runs across his last two weeks of play. Pretty impressive when you consider the fact that Judge hits exclusively in the two-hole of the Yankees’ lineup. Judge will almost certainly finish towards the top of the league lead in HRs, but fantasy owners would love an uptick in RBI for the slugger.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Eric Hosmer SD 1B +2
2 Randal Grichuk COL OF
3 Jesús Aguílar MIA 1B -2
4 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B +2
5 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B/3B/OF Unranked
6 Alec Bohm PHI 3B Unranked
7 Austin Hays BAL OF Unranked
8 Max Kepler MIN OF Unranked
9 Thairo Estrada SF 2B/SS/OF Unranked
10 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B -2

 

Off the list: Jesús Sánchez (ownership), Ji-Man Choi (injury), Bobby DalbecJonathan SchoopFrank Schwindel

With 10 RBI over as many games, Alec Bohm is back in mixed league relevancy. Bohm was a hot name coming in to 2021 but completely flopped to the tune of a .647 OPS. Bohm’s ability has never been in question, so he might be someone to keep an eye on and maybe even pounce now before it is too late.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS +1
2 Starling Marte NYM OF +1
3 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF +1
4 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
5 Myles Straw CLE OF +4
6 Cedric Mullins BAL OF
7 Bo Bichette TOR SS
8 Tommy Edman STL 2B/OF +3
9 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS +1
10 Trevor Story BOS 2B/SS -2
11 Luis Robert CWS OF +1
12 Tim Anderson CWS SS +1
13 Julio Rodríguez SEA OF Unranked
14 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
15 Bobby Witt Jr. KC 3B/SS
16 Byron Buxton MIN OF
17 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +1
18 Randy Arozarena TB OF -1
19 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
20 Harrison Bader STL OF Unranked
21 Francisco Lindor NYM SS +1
22 Kyle Tucker HOU OF +1
23 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF +2
24 Tyler O’Neill STL OF Unranked
25 Jorge Mateo BAL 2B/SS/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Adalbert Mondesi (injury), Akil Baddoo, Trent GrishamJonathan Villar

One of the hottest prospects in baseball, Julio Rodríguez has gotten off to a relatively mild start at the plate. But, as slow as he has been in the box, he has been that great on the base paths so far. A guy who has shown good speed in the minors, Rodríguez has gone 9-for-9 in SB attempts through the first three weeks of his MLB career. Once his bat comes alive, the young outfielder has all the tools to become a five-category fantasy stud.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Harrison Bader STL OF Unranked
2 Jorge Mateo BAL 2B/SS/OF +3
3 Jonathan Villar CHC 2B/3B/SS -2
4 Akil Baddoo DET OF -2
5 Tommy Pham CIN OF +1
6 Nicky Lopez KC SS -3
7 Isiah Kiner-Falefa NYY SS -3
8 Kolten Wong MIL 2B
9 Raimel Tapia TOR OF -2
10 Andrés Giménez CLE 2B/SS

 

Off the list: Rafael Ortega

These are the bottom of the barrel right here. Only in the deepest of leagues should you be considering these guys. Harrison Bader has picked it up with the bat lately hitting .350 over the past week with a pair of steals, pushing his season long total up to six.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Juan Soto WSH OF
2 Mike Trout LAA OF
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF
4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
5 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
6 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
7 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF
8 Aaron Judge NYY OF
9 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +1
10 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +1
11 Matt Olson ATL 1B +2
12 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B +2
13 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B -1
14 Yasmani Grandal CWS C/1B -5
15 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF
16 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +3
17 Jesse Winker SEA OF +3
18 Corey Seager TEX SS -1
19 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF -1
20 Michael Brantley HOU OF +3
21 Justin Turner LAD 3B
22 Christian Yelich MIL OF
23 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS Unranked
24 Manny Machado SD 3B Unranked
25 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP

 

Off the list: Kris Bryant (injury), Carlos Correa

Despite his numbers being pretty terrible to start the season, Jesse Winker does lead the AL in walks. Winker’s ability to get on base has always been his biggest strength, so if he can figure it out at the dish, Winker should come around sooner rather than later. Don’t give up on him just yet.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B +1
2 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +1
3 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +6
4 Mark Canha NYM OF +6
5 Daniel Vogelbach PIT 1B +2
6 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B -2
7 Jesús Aguílar MIA 1B Unranked
8 Eric Hosmer SD 1B Unranked
9 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/OF Unranked
10 Garrett Cooper MIA 1B/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Brandon Belt (COVID), Ji-Man Choi (injury), Connor Joe (ownership), Tommy Pham

Daniel Vogelbach is off to a very nice start for the Pirates slashing .311/.373/.508 through his first 17 games. The big first baseman has always possessed good power and on-base ability so here’s to hoping he can stick in the Pittsburgh lineup and put together a solid year.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Julio Urías LAD SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Max Scherzer NYM SP
5 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
6 Max Fried ATL SP
7 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
8 Shane Bieber CLE SP
9 José Berríos TOR SP
10 Adam Wainwright STL SP +1
11 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -1
12 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +1
13 Joe Musgrove SD SP +4
14 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
15 Yu Darvish SD SP
16 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
17 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +3
18 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
19 Alek Manoah TOR SP Unranked
20 Framber Valdez HOU SP -2
21 Chris Bassitt NYM SP +3
22 Logan Webb SF SP +3
23 Sean Manaea SD SP
24 Aaron Nola PHI SP -2
25 Robbie Ray SEA SP -4

 

Off the list: Charlie Morton

Alek Manoah has won each of his first four outings to start his sophomore season. If I didn’t know any better, my first reaction would be “well, Toronto has a great offense; it’s pretty easy to get wins”. Except Manoah has been nails in all four starts. The 24-year old has gone at least six innings in each start and has allowed two runs or less, and three of the four performances has been against the Yankees, Houston, and Boston.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP Unranked
2 Steven Matz STL SP
3 Paul Blackburn OAK SP +5
4 Dylan Bundy MIN SP Unranked
5 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP -4
6 Jameson Taillon NYY SP
7 Cole Irvin OAK SP +2
8 James Kaprielian OAK SP Unranked
9 Adrian Houser MIL SP Unranked
10 Chris Flexen SEA SP

 

Off the list: Kyle Gibson (ownership), Yusei Kikuchi, Marco Gonzales, Zach Eflin

Chad Kuhl is quickly becoming a must add in mixed leagues. Through four starts, the righty has a sparkly 1.90 ERA and 0.85 WHIP to go along with three wins.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Walker Buehler LAD SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
6 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
7 Julio Urías LAD SP +1
8 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -2
9 Carlos Rodón SF SP +2
10 Justin Verlander HOU SP +2
11 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -2
12 Robbie Ray SEA SP -2
13 Logan Webb SF SP +1
14 Max Fried ATL SP +1
15 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +1
16 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +5
17 Shohei Ohtani LAA SP/UT
18 Charlie Morton ATL SP -5
19 Lucas Giolito CWS SP +1
20 Chris Bassitt NYM SP +4
21 Pablo López MIA SP Unranked
22 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
23 Frankie Montas OAK SP -4
24 Mike Clevinger SD SP +1
25 Trevor Rogers MIA SP -7

 

Off the list: Freddy Peralta

Pablo López has been absolutely money through four turns in the rotation. The righty has only allowed one earned run to this point and has probably helped many fantasy owners win a week or two to this point.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Corey Kluber TB SP
2 Zack Greinke KC SP +5
3 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
4 Michael Pineda DET SP +4
5 Jameson Taillon NYY SP
6 Cole Irvin OAK SP +4
7 Paul Blackburn OAK SP +2
8 Madison Bumgarner ARZ SP Unranked
9 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP Unranked
10 Eric Lauer MIL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Nestor Cortes Jr. (ownership), Joe Ryan (ownership), Steven Matz

If you haven’t picked up Eric Lauer yet, stop reading this and do so. But it more than likely too late. Lauer has been downright dominant thus far for the Brew Crew posting a 1.93 ERA with 34 Ks across 23.1 innings.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Robbie Ray SEA SP
6 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
7 Freddy Peralta MIL SP
8 Yu Darvish SD SP
9 Dylan Cease CWS SP
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP
11 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +1
12 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
13 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
14 José Berríos TOR SP -1
15 Lucas Giolito CWS SP +2
16 Walker Buehler LAD SP -1
17 Charlie Morton ATL SP -2
18 Carlos Rodón SF SP
19 Joe Musgrove SD SP
20 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP
21 Shohei Ohtani LAA SP/UT
22 Frankie Montas OAK SP
23 Shane McClanahan TB SP Unranked
24 Tyler Mahle CIN SP -1
25 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Eduardo RodriguezChris Bassitt

Shane McClanahan has been racking up the K’s at an insane rate. With 42 punchouts across 27 innings, the young lefty is striking out 14 batters per nine innings. It’s tough to tell how far the Rays will let their talented arm go into the season but until they determine that, enjoy the ride.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josiah Gray WSH SP
2 Eric Lauer MIL SP Unranked
3 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP +6
4 Steven Matz STL SP Unranked
5 Dane Dunning TEX SP Unranked
6 Corey Kluber TB SP
7 Jameson Taillon NYY SP -4
8 Matt Brash SEA SP -3
9 Vince Velasquez CWS SP Unranked
10 Dylan Bundy MIN SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Carlos Carrasco (ownership), Joe Ryan (ownership), Bailey OberKyle Wright (ownership), Jordan Montgomery

Not a ton of noteworthy names here, in all honesty.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josh Hader MIL RP +1
2 Liam Hendriks CWS RP -1
3 Kenley Jansen ATL RP
4 Craig Kimbrel LAD RP
5 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
6 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP
7 Jordan Romano TOR RP +2
8 Edwin Díaz NYM RP
9 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP -2
10 Giovanny Gallegos STL RP
11 Taylor Rogers SD RP +3
12 Corey Knebel PHI SP/RP +4
13 Camilo Doval SF RP +7
14 Andrew Kittredge TB SP/RP +8
15 David Robertson CHC RP +9
16 Tanner Rainey WSH RP +3
17 Daniel Bard COL RP +4
18 Mark Melancon ARZ RP -3
19 Anthony Bender MIA RP +6
20 Ryan Pressly HOU RP -8
21 Scott Barlow KC RP -10
22 David Bednar PIT RP +1
23 Lou Trivino OAK RP -5
24 Jake Diekman BOS RP -7
25 Jorge López BAL SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jake McGee

David Robertson has been pretty unhittable as the newly appointed closer for the Cubs. And when I say “pretty unhittable,” I mean it—Robertson has only allowed one hit and no runs across 11 IP thus far. He is also 5-for-5 in save chances to top it all off.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Tanner Rainey WSH RP +1
2 Anthony Bender MIA RP +3
3 Lou Trivino OAK RP Unranked
4 Jake Diekman BOS RP -3
5 Jorge López BAL SP/RP Unranked
6 Gregory Soto DET RP
7 Dany Jiménez OAK RP Unranked
8 Ian Kennedy ARZ RP Unranked
9 Joe Barlow TEX RP
10 Josh Staumont KC RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Daniel Bard (ownership), David Robertson (ownership), Drew Steckenrider, Diego Castillo, Paul Sewald

Jorge López has had somewhat of a career resurgence in the O’s bullpen so far this year. The righty, who has seen a nice uptick in his velocity, has posted a 1.59 ERA across 11.1 innings and has nailed down four saves. 

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
6 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
7 Justin Verlander HOU SP +2
8 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
9 Julio Urías LAD SP +2
10 Yu Darvish SD SP
11 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +2
12 Robbie Ray SEA SP
13 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -6
14 Max Fried ATL SP
15 Carlos Rodón SF SP
16 Joe Musgrove SD SP
17 Lucas Giolito CWS SP +1
18 Logan Webb SF SP +5
19 Aaron Nola PHI SP
20 Chris Bassitt NYM SP
21 José Berríos TOR SP
22 Adam Wainwright STL SP
23 Sean Manaea SD SP
24 Charlie Morton ATL SP -7
25 Pablo López MIA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Freddy Peralta

Kevin Gausman has not missed a beat since joining the Blue Jays this year. With a 2.27 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, Gausman has still yet to walk a batter this year. Many felt the 31-year old would be subject to some negative regression moving back to the AL East, but so far so good for Gausman.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Zack Greinke KC SP +2
2 Cal Quantrill CLE SP/RP +5
3 Michael Pineda DET SP +6
4 Corey Kluber TB SP +4
5 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP Unranked
6 Brad Keller KC SP Unranked
7 Miles Mikolas STL SP Unranked
8 Eric Lauer MIL SP Unranked
9 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP Unranked
10 Jameson Taillon NYY SP -4

 

Off the list: Joe Ryan (ownership), Nestor Cortes Jr. (ownership), Carlos Carrasco (ownership), Kyle Wright (ownership), Zach Plesac

Since his first start, Miles Mikolas has looked outstanding through four turns. The veteran righty has a lovely 0.84 WHIP, three quality starts, and should be owned across all formats.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Max Fried ATL SP +1
6 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -1
7 Corbin Burnes MIL SP +1
8 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP
10 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -3
11 Adam Wainwright STL SP
12 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +2
13 José Berríos TOR SP
14 Robbie Ray SEA SP -2
15 Logan Webb SF SP +3
16 Yu Darvish SD SP
17 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
18 Frankie Montas OAK SP -3
19 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
20 Joe Musgrove SD SP +3
21 Framber Valdez HOU SP
22 Charlie Morton ATL SP -3
23 Sean Manaea SD SP +1
24 Chris Bassitt NYM SP +1
25 Alek Manoah TOR SP Unranked

 

Off the list: German Márquez

With four consecutive quality starts, the reigning NL Cy Young award winner, Corbin Burnes, has picked up right where he left off. Burned has also posted double digits strikeouts over his last three outings as well. The guy is filthy.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brad Keller KC SP +3
2 Eric Lauer MIL SP Unranked
3 Zack Greinke KC SP -2
4 Miles Mikolas STL SP Unranked
5 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP Unranked
6 Chris Flexen SEA SP +3
7 Cole Irvin OAK SP Unranked
8 Michael Pineda DET SP +2
9 Marco Gonzales SEA SP -6
10 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP -4

 

Off the list: Kyle Gibson (ownership), Joe Ryan (ownership), Jameson Taillon, Yusei Kikuchi

Chris Flexen has posted three consecutive quality starts, including two against Houston and Tampa Bay. After his breakout in 2021, Flexen has followed that up with a nice little stretch here to open the season to prove he may not have been a product of a fluky year. That still remains to be seen, though.

 

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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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