Category Power Rankings: Week 4

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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B
2 Jorge Polanco MIN SS
3 Nick Markakis ATL OF +2
4 Alex Gordon KC OF Unranked
5 Avisail Garcia TB OF Unranked
6 Jason Heyward CHC OF Unranked
7 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF
8 Manuel Margot SD OF Unranked
9 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF -1
10 Jesse Winker CIN OF

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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brett Gardner NYY OF
2 Jorge Polanco MIN SS
3 Alex Gordon KC OF Unranked
4 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF +3
5 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF -2
6 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF Unranked
7 Jason Heyward CHC OF Unranked
8 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF Unranked
9 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF -5
10 Leury Garcia CHW OF -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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
3 Hunter Renfroe SD OF
4 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
5 Randal Grichuk TOR OF
6 Max Kepler MIN OF
7 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B Unranked
8 Christian Walker ARZ 1B Unranked
9 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B -2
10 Clint Frazier NYY OF

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

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

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)

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

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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Delino DeShields TEX OF
2 Leury Garcia CHW OF
3 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF +2
4 Brett Gardner NYY OF
5 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF +1
6 Kevin Pillar SF OF +2
7 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B
8 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF -5
9 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS Unranked
10 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF Unranked

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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF
2 Brett Gardner NYY OF
3 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF Unranked
4 Joc Pederson LAD OF
5 Nick Markakis ATL OF +1
6 Josh Bell PIT 1B +1
7 Yonder Alonso CHW 1B -2
8 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/OF +1
9 Dansby Swanson ATL SS Unranked
10 Niko Goodrum DET 1B/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

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

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Minor TEX SP Unranked
2 Frankie Montas OAK SP +6
3 Max Fried ATL SP/RP +2
4 Zach Eflin PHI SP -2
5 Brett Anderson OAK SP +4
6 Marcus Stroman TOR SP -2
7 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP
8 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP -2
9 Domingo German NYY SP/RP Unranked
10 Jhoulys Chacin MIL SP -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

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

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP
2 Marcus Stroman TOR SP +1
3 Brad Keller KC SP/RP +1
4 Max Fried ATL SP/RP +1
5 Mike Minor TEX SP Unranked
6 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +1
7 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP +2
8 Trevor Richards MIA SP +2
9 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP -3
10 Frankie Montas OAK SP Unranked

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

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

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP +2
2 Derek Holland SF SP +3
3 Caleb Smith MIA SP +3
4 Jakob Junis KC SP
5 Carlos Rodon CHW SP +4
6 Spencer Turnbull DET SP Unranked
7 Domingo German NYY SP/RP Unranked
8 Luke Weaver ARZ SP/RP Unranked
9 Lucas Giolito CHW SP Unranked
10 Dylan Bundy BAL SP -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

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

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)

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

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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP
2 Mike Minor TEX SP +6
3 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +1
4 Max Fried ATL SP/RP Unranked
5 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP Unranked
6 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP +1
7 Frankie Montas OAK SP Unranked
8 Brad Keller KC SP Unranked
9 Zach Eflin PHI SP -4
10 Domingo German NYY SP/RP Unranked

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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP +2
2 Marcus Stroman TOR SP
3 Mike Minor TEX SP +4
4 Trevor Richards MIA SP
5 Mike Leake SEA SP +4
6 Max Fried ATL SP/RP
7 Frankie Montas OAK SP Unranked
8 Steven Matz NYM SP -3
9 Brett Anderson OAK SP Unranked
10 Brad Keller KC SP/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.

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Comments


Colin Ward

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!

Terry Bennett

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!

Colin Ward

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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