Category Power Rankings: Week 4

Colin Ward dishes out his updated Category Power Rankings heading into Week 4 of the fantasy season.

When is the appropriate time to panic about a particular player? Is there an exact date where you begin to think you’ve made an enormous mistake? Or maybe it is a certain amount of mediocre at-bats or innings pitched that triggers worry?

These are legitimate questions that fantasy owners wonder about, but these questions have no legitimate answers. I wish I was able to point to the calendar and proclaim that if this guy does not turn it around significantly by this date, I am done. It just isn’t that simple.

We are still at a point in the season where pitchers’ arms are not completely warmed up due to the cold weather and/or limited Spring Training, and hitters bats haven’t woken up because they were forced to face minor league-caliber pitchers all spring. While there have been some encouraging and horribly discouraging performances, the last thing we want to do is sell off our studs before they catch fire.

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jose AltuveHOU2B
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3J.D. MartinezBOSOF
4Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
5Christian YelichMILOF+2
6Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
7Joey VottoCIN1B-1
8Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
9Jean SeguraPHISS
10Justin TurnerLAD3B
11Michael BrantleyHOUOF
12Lorenzo CainMILOF
13Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
14Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-1
15Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+1
16Xander BogaertsBOSSS+2
17Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+4
18Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-3
19Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
20Bryce HarperPHIOF
21David PeraltaARZOF+1
22Robinson CanoNYM1B/2B-5
23Elvis AndrusTEXSS+2
24Andrew BenintendiBOSOFUnranked
25Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF-2

Off the List: Jose Abreu

Whit Merrifield just continues to hit and is returning the early round draft value. On the other hand, Mookie Betts continues his early season slide as he has simply not caught fire just yet. He is hitting the ball pretty softly so far this season and has an alarmingly low BABIP, so expect him to turn it around pretty quickly.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jeff McNeilNYM2B
2Jorge PolancoMINSS
3Nick MarkakisATLOF+2
4Alex GordonKCOFUnranked
5Avisail GarciaTBOFUnranked
6Jason HeywardCHCOFUnranked
7Ben ZobristCHC2B/OF
8Manuel MargotSDOFUnranked
9Adam FrazierPIT2B/OF-1
10Jesse WinkerCINOF

Off the List: Andrelton Simmons, Starlin Castro, Willians Astudillo, Yandy Diaz

I know what you are thinking: Nick Markakis, Alex Gordon, and Jason Heyward? What is this 2012? Well, these vets are off to excellent starts and it has gone on long enough to where you should consider making a move now if you need a little help in the AVG department.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mookie BettsBOSOF
2Mike TroutLAAOF
3Christian YelichMILOF
4George SpringerHOUOF+1
5Jose AltuveHOU2B+2
6J.D. MartinezBOSOF
7Charlie BlackmonCOLOF-3
8Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
9Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+1
10Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-2
11Andrew McCutchenPHIOF
12Jean SeguraPHISS
13Aaron JudgeNYYOF
14Lorenzo CainMILOF+2
15Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+7
16Matt CarpenterSTL1B/2B/3B-1
17Tommy PhamTBOF-3
18Anthony RendonWSH3B+1
19Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
20Juan SotoWSHOF-2
21Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B+2
22Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS-5
23Adam EatonWSHOF+2
24Mitch HanigerSEAOFUnranked
25Andrew BenintendiBOSOF-4

Off the List: Kris Bryant

The Rockies’ terrible start has tempered Charlie Blackmon‘s fantasy outlook. He is not getting on base and the team is struggling to produce runs, so he does need to be dropped a tad on this list. Still, he plays half of his games in Coors Field and that is the ultimate fantasy equalizer. His production should get better.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Brett GardnerNYYOF
2Jorge PolancoMINSS
3Alex GordonKCOFUnranked
4Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF+3
5Adam FrazierPIT2B/OF-2
6Kevin KiermaierTBOFUnranked
7Jason HeywardCHCOFUnranked
8Dwight Smith Jr.BALOFUnranked
9Jay BruceSEA1B/OF-5
10Leury GarciaCHWOF-2

Off the List: Yandy Diaz, Ben Zobrist, Joc Pederson (ownership), Dansby Swanson (ownership)

Kevin Kiermaier is an interesting guy to monitor. He does not hit at the top of the Rays’ order, but here he is getting on base and scoring more runs than some of the elite sources of the category. He will also chip in a decent amount of power and speed so he makes for a nice little pickup.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Khris DavisOAKOF
2J.D. MartinezBOSOF
3Aaron JudgeNYYOF
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Mike TroutLAAOF
6Joey GalloTEX1B/OF
7Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
8Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
9Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
10Christian YelichMILOF+4
11Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
12Nelson CruzMINUT-2
13Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B-1
14Manny MachadoSD3B/SS-1
15Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
16Trevor StoryCOLSS
17Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B+2
18Matt ChapmanOAK3B
19Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
20Marcell OzunaSTLOFUnranked
21Pete AlonsoNYM1B+1
22Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOFUnranked
23Gary SanchezNYYC-3
24Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-3
25Anthony RizzoCHC1B-2

Off the List: Charlie Blackmon, Freddie Freeman

After he broke out in 2017 but disappointed in his first year in St. Louis, Marcell Ozuna is looking like an MVP candidate once again. With each dinger, the concerns about his shoulder coming into this season continue to wash away.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jay BruceSEA1B/OF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3Hunter RenfroeSDOF
4Mitch MorelandBOS1B
5Randal GrichukTOROF
6Max KeplerMINOF
7Hunter DozierKC1B/3BUnranked
8Christian WalkerARZ1BUnranked
9Yandy DiazTB1B/3B-2
10Clint FrazierNYYOF

Off the List: Rowdy Tellez, Kike Hernandez, 

Clint Frazier is hitting his way into everyday at-bats at the moment, and with the plethora of injuries to the Yankees starting lineup, there’s no reason to think that he will lose any playing time.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Khris DavisOAKOF
2J.D. MartinezBOSOF
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
4Christian YelichMILOF+6
5Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B
6Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+9
7Bryce HarperPHIOF-3
8Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF-1
9Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-3
10Nelson CruzMINUT-2
11Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
12Juan SotoWSHOF-1
13Manny MachadoSD3B/SS-4
14Aaron JudgeNYYOF
15Anthony RendonWSH3B+5
16Anthony RizzoCHC1B-3
17Trevor StoryCOLSS-1
18Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+3
19Mike TroutLAAOF-1
20Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
21Marcell OzunaSTLOFUnranked
22Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS-5
23Pete AlonsoNYM1B
24Mookie BettsBOSOF-2
25Domingo SantanaSEAOFUnranked

Off the List: Gary Sanchez (injury), Jose Abreu

The insane start to the season for Domingo Santana is getting very difficult to write off. He is currently on pace for about 180 RBI. Obviously we cannot expect that but he should remain a very good source of the category now having an everyday role in Seattle.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jay BruceSEA1B/OF
2Josh BellPIT1B
3Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
4Mitch MorelandBOS1B
5Justin SmoakTOR1BUnranked
6Hunter RenfroeSDOF
7Randal GrichukTOROF-2
8Dansby SwansonATLSS+2
9Chad PinderOAK2B/3B/OF
10Jorge SolerKCOFUnranked

Off the List: Ryon Healy, Ryan Zimmerman

Justin Smoak missed some time with a neck issue but has been solid since returning. This is a guy who has driven in 167 runs over the past two years and hits in the middle of the Blue Jays’ order making him their biggest run producer. Even though Toronto is not exactly the best lineup in the league, the middle-of-the-order bats on the worst teams are even worth a look if you need help with RBI.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF
2Mallex SmithSEAOF
3Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS
4Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF
5Jonathan VillarBAL2B/SS
6Starling MartePITOF+1
7Tim AndersonCHWSS+6
8Billy HamiltonKCOF-2
9Lorenzo CainMILOF-1
10Victor RoblesWSHOF+2
11Tommy PhamTBOF+3
12Jose AltuveHOU2B-3
13Mike TroutLAAOF-3
14Mookie BettsBOSOF-3
15Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B+1
16Byron BuxtonMINOF-1
17Elvis AndrusTEXSS+2
18Jean SeguraPHISS-1
19Delino DeShieldsTEXOFUnranked
20Christian YelichMILOF+1
21Trevor StoryCOLSS+4
22Andrew BenintendiBOSOF-2
23Ender InciarteATLOF-1
24Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS-1
25Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF-1

Off the List: Jose Peraza

Tim Anderson‘s wickedly hot start has been quite the story over the first couple weeks of the regular season, due in large part to his speed. Anderson is a former top prospect who has a 40-steal season under his belt in the minor leagues. While his batted ball data to this point is not sustainable, if he can manage to improve his on-base skills from his first three seasons in the majors, he could finish at the top of the list in swipes come season’s end.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Delino DeShieldsTEXOF
2Leury GarciaCHWOF
3Kevin KiermaierTBOF+2
4Brett GardnerNYYOF
5Jarrod DysonARZOF+1
6Kevin PillarSFOF+2
7David FletcherLAA2B/3B
8Adam FrazierPIT2B/OF-5
9Garrett HampsonCOL2B/SSUnranked
10Dwight Smith Jr.BALOFUnranked

Off the List: Ramon Laureano, Josh Harrison

Garrett Hampson keeps finding himself on and off this list due to varying reasons. But it appears he is now getting full-time ABs and has speed that definitely plays.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Bryce HarperPHIOF+1
3Joey VottoCINOF-1
4Freddie FreemanATL1B
5Aaron JudgeNYYOF
6Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
7Jose AltuveHOU2B
8J.D. MartinezBOSOF
9Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
10Christian YelichMILOF+4
11Lorenzo CainMILOF+1
12Mookie BettsBOSBOS-3
13Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-7
14Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+11
15Juan SotoWSHOF+1
16Andrew McCutchenPHIOF+2
17Kris BryantCHC3B/OF-7
18Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+1
19Matt CarpenterSTL1B-3
20Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+1
21Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF-1
22Anthony RizzoCHC1B-5
23Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B-1
24Tommy PhamTBOF
25Michael ConfortoNYMOF-2

Off the List: None

The apparent changes that Cody Bellinger has made to his approach are paying major dividends. If he can even somewhat maintain this type of plate discipline, he will be a first round selection in drafts next year.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Ben ZobristCHC2B/OF
2Brett GardnerNYYOF
3Shin-Soo ChooTEXOFUnranked
4Joc PedersonLADOF
5Nick MarkakisATLOF+1
6Josh BellPIT1B+1
7Yonder AlonsoCHW1B-2
8Jeff McNeilNYM2B/OF+1
9Dansby SwansonATLSSUnranked
10Niko GoodrumDET1B/2B/3B/SS/OF-7

Off the List: Yandy Diaz, Adam Frazier

Shin-Soo Choo has always been a great source of OBP in his career and he’s off to a great start to begin the season. As long as he continues to hit, and even when he inevitably regresses, he is always going to be useful in OBP leagues.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Corey KluberCLESP
4Blake SnellTBSP
5Trevor BauerCLESP
6Jacob deGromNYMSP
7Carlos CarrascoCLESP+1
8Aaron NolaPHISP-1
9Gerrit ColeHOUSP
10Chris SaleBOSSP
11Patrick CorbinWSHSP
12James PaxtonNYYSP+1
13Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-1
14Jose BerriosMINSP
15German MarquezCOLSP
16Zack GreinkeARZSP+1
17Jameson TaillonPITSP-1
18Clayton KershawLADSP+2
19Kyle FreelandCOLSP-1
20Masahiro TanakaNYYSP+1
21Walker BuehlerLADSP+1
22Luis CastilloCINSP+2
23Charlie MortonTBSP
24Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
25Tyler GlasnowTBSP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Miles Mikolas

Not a ton of change here this week, especially at the top of the list. Tyler Glasnow is the newest addition to the top 25 as he has looked like every bit of the high-end prospect that we have been talking about for years now. He has greatly improved his control and if he can keep that up, sky’s the limit.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike MinorTEXSPUnranked
2Frankie MontasOAKSP+6
3Max FriedATLSP/RP+2
4Zach EflinPHISP-2
5Brett AndersonOAKSP+4
6Marcus StromanTORSP-2
7Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
8Ryan YarbroughTBSP/RP-2
9Domingo GermanNYYSP/RPUnranked
10Jhoulys ChacinMILSP-7

Off the List: Matt Strahm, Marco Gonzales (ownership)

Mike Minor is becoming more than just a streamer in mixed leagues right now. His velocity has looked good and he’s generating a lot more swinging strikes in the early going. He is definitely going to be a trade candidate as the season moves on and could move to a contender, so his outlook in terms of earning more victories could improve if he continues to pitch well.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jacob deGromNYMSP
2Max ScherzerWSHSP
3Trevor BauerCLESP
4Blake SnellTBSP
5Justin VerlanderHOUSP
6Chris SaleBOSSP
7Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
8Corey KluberCLESP-1
9Aaron NolaPHISP
10Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP
12Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
13Jameson TaillonPITSP-1
14Jose BerriosMINSP+2
15James PaxtonNYYSP
16Clayton KershawLADSP+1
17Walker BuehlerLADSP-3
18Charlie MortonTBSP+1
19German MarquezCOLSP+1
20Kyle HendricksCHCSP-2
21Luis CastilloCINSP+2
22Shane BieberCLESP+3
23Stephen StrasburgWSHSP-2
24Tyler GlasnowTBSP/RPUnranked
25Madison BumgarnerSFSPUnranked

Off the List: Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty

As I am typing this, it has been reported that Jacob deGrom is experiencing a bit of discomfort in his elbow and will be sent for an MRI early next week. While that does not sound great for the Mets and fantasy owners alike, we do not have enough info to jump to any conclusions at the moment. So, for the time being, he remains at the top. But this could change very quickly.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSP
2Marcus StromanTORSP+1
3Brad KellerKCSP/RP+1
4Max FriedATLSP/RP+1
5Mike MinorTEXSPUnranked
6Jeff SamardzijaSFSP+1
7Sonny GrayCINSP/RP+2
8Trevor RichardsMIASP+2
9Merrill KellyARZSP-3
10Frankie MontasOAKSPUnranked

Off the List: Matt StrahmMarco Gonzales (ownership)

The fact that Marcus Stroman is still unowned in about 35-40% of leagues (Yahoo! and ESPN) is pretty silly. Even if his sub-2.00 ERA is not sustainable, he is very much looking like the 3.50 ERA guy his xFIP indicates.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP
4Gerrit ColeHOUSP
5Trevor BauerCLESP
6Blake SnellTBSP
7James PaxtonNYYSP
8Chris SaleBOSSP
9Carlos CarrascoCLESP
10Corey KluberCLESP
11Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
12Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
13German MarquezCOLSP-1
14Jose BerriosMINSP
15Charlie MortonTBSP
16Aaron NolaPHISP
17Walker BuehlerLADSP
18Robbie RayARZSP
19Jack FlahertySTLSP
20Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
21Chris ArcherPITSP
22Luis CastilloCINSP
23Zack GreinkeARZSP-1
24Matthew BoydDETSP+1
25Clayton KershawLADSPUnranked

Off the List: Jon Gray

Minimal movement here. Haven’t seen much over the past week to make any huge moves to the overall top 25. Clayton Kershaw breaks into the top 25 after returning to the mound this past week with an overall encouraging start. Obviously health is a huge question for the veteran southpaw, but he should remain around a strikeout per inning as long as he is on the bump.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP+2
2Derek HollandSFSP+3
3Caleb SmithMIASP+3
4Jakob JunisKCSP
5Carlos RodonCHWSP+4
6Spencer TurnbullDETSPUnranked
7Domingo GermanNYYSP/RPUnranked
8Luke WeaverARZSP/RPUnranked
9Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
10Dylan BundyBALSP-3

Off the List: Corbin Burnes, Zack GodleyMatt Strahm, Freddy Peralta (injury)

Some of the names on this list are not the most desirable, but offer good strikeout numbers. With the right matchups, guys like Dylan Bundy and Lucas Giolito are going to at the very least give you solid Ks.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Edwin DiazNYMRP
2Blake TreinenOAKRP
3Kenley JansenLADRP
4Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
5Roberto OsunaHOURP
6Brad HandCLERP
7Felipe VazquezPITRP
8Kirby YatesSDRP
9Jose LeclercTEXRP+1
10Sean DoolittleWSHRP+1
11Ken GilesTORRP+1
12Josh HaderMILRP-3
13Jordan HicksSTLRP+1
14Wade DavisCOLRP-1
15Greg HollandARZRP
16A.J. MinterATLRP+8
17Alex ColomeCHWRP-1
18Jose AlvaradoTBRP-1
19Cody AllenLAARP-1
20Shane GreeneDETRP+1
21Will SmithSFRP-2
22Raisel IglesiasCINRP-2
23Blake ParkerMINRPUnranked
24Pedro StropCHCRP-2
25Anthony SwarzakSEARPUnranked

Off the List: Arodys Vizcaino (injury), David Robertson (injury)

With the season-ending injury to Arodys Vizcaino, A.J. Minter now becomes a must-own. He is somehow available in 50 percent or more of leagues in both Yahoo! and ESPN.

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

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

Off the List: Seranthony Dominguez

With David Robertson sidelined for the near future, and struggling to start the year before the injury, Hector Neris could run away with the closing job. Neris is definitely worth a speculative add if you are in need of some saves, especially with the Phillies having a full schedule next week.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Blake SnellTBSP
4Justin VerlanderHOUSP
5Trevor BauerCLESP+1
6Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
7Chris SaleBOSSP-2
8Corey KluberCLESP
9Aaron NolaPHISP
10Carlos CarrascoCLESP
11Clayton KershawLADSP
12James PaxtonNYYSP
13Jose BerriosMINSP+2
14Patrick CorbinWSHSP-1
15Jameson TaillonPITSP-1
16Zack GreinkeARZSP
17German MarquezCOLSP+1
18Masahiro TanakaNYYSP-1
19Luis CastilloCINSP+4
20Charlie MortonTBSP-1
21Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
22Kyle HendricksCHCSP-2
23Shane BieberCLESP+2
24David PriceBOSSPUnranked
25Madison BumgarnerSFSP-3

Off the List: Miles Mikolas

The ease at which German Marquez limits baserunners is pretty remarkable. Not only is he avoiding putting guys on, but hitters just aren’t able to square him up right now. He is turning into the exception to the rule of “don’t trust Rockies’ pitchers.”

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSP
2Mike MinorTEXSP+6
3Jeff SamardzijaSFSP+1
4Max FriedATLSP/RPUnranked
5Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RPUnranked
6Sonny GrayCINSP/RP+1
7Frankie MontasOAKSPUnranked
8Brad KellerKCSPUnranked
9Zach EflinPHISP-4
10Domingo GermanNYYSP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Marco Gonzales (ownership), Steven MatzMatt Strahm, Jhoulys Chacin, Jakob Junis

Yonny Chirinos has looked pretty legit. He is getting a lot of soft contact while keeping his walk rate under 6%. If he can maintain this uptick in velocity too, we might be looking at a top 40 SP even with him only making a handful of starts this year.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Jacob deGromNYMSP
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP
4Trevor BauerCLESP
5Gerrit ColeHOUSP+1
6Corey KluberCLESP-1
7Aaron NolaPHISP
8Chris SaleBOSSP
9Blake SnellTBSP
10Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP
12Jameson TaillonPITSP
13Zack GreinkeARZSP
14Jose BerriosMINSP
15Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
16German MarquezCOLSP+1
17James PaxtonNYYSP-2
18Clayton KershawLADSP
19Luis CastilloCINSP+4
20Stephen StrasburgWSHSP-1
21Charlie MortonTBSP-1
22Madison BumgarnerSFSP-1
23Masahiro TanakaNYYSP+1
24Tyler GlasnowTBSP/RPUnranked
25Kyle FreelandCOLSP-3

Off the List: Miles Mikolas

Patrick Corbin has picked up right where he left off last year in terms of overall results. He is, however, throwing his slider less than he did a year ago but it appears to still be enough to be effective. Corbin is looking as safe as they come moving forward.

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

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Trevor WilliamsPITSP+2
2Marcus StromanTORSP
3Mike MinorTEXSP+4
4Trevor RichardsMIASP
5Mike LeakeSEASP+4
6Max FriedATLSP/RP
7Frankie MontasOAKSPUnranked
8Steven MatzNYMSP-3
9Brett AndersonOAKSPUnranked
10Brad KellerKCSP/RP

Off the List: Marco Gonzales (ownership), Jordan Zimmermann

This is certainly a mixed bag of arms; some intriguing and some boring. But that is pretty much what you need to look for when searching for quality starts. You need a guy you can expect to be efficient enough to get through six innings, and have the stuff and ability to limit and strand baserunners. The majority of these names fit that bill.

 

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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.

  • Avatar Joseph says:

    With Tatis now leading off, when is he gonna make that runs list?

    • Avatar Colin Ward says:

      Hey Joseph,

      As I was writing this, Tatis had only the one game hitting leadoff under his belt. Therefore I was a tad apprehensive to put him in there. But obviously if this is something that will stick, and there is no reason it shouldn’t, I could see him firmly being in there as soon as next week.

      He’s the perfect fit for the top of that lineup. Good on-base skills and an aggressive baserunner. He’s fun to watch!

  • Avatar Terry Bennett says:

    Hey Colin,
    Great work here very helpful. Interested in your views on Vogelbach for ROS? I have him in my Farm system in Dynasty League and wondering if I should promote him now and start his 4 year salary clock? I will have to promote or lose him at the end of the year anyway. I already have Carpenter and Olsen at 1b but kind of hate seeing his production go to waste! Thoughts?
    Thanks!

    • Avatar Colin Ward says:

      Hey Terry,

      I appreciate the feedback, thanks! And as for Vogelbach, I would probably feel the same way. Don’t want to let this possible breakout slip away. If I am you I would pull the trigger on him. The way I look at it.. the Mariners have gotten off to a pretty improbable start to the season. Due in large part to the team not really having anything to lose after trading away so many pieces in the offseason. I think the big dude is gonna stick in this lineup for as long as seemingly possible because… well, Seattle just doesn’t have anything to lose.

      I know he has had his share of stops n starts in his career but he looks like he will be given every opportunity to stay in that lineup.

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