Category Power Rankings: Week 5

Week 5 Category Power Rankings brought to you by Colin Ward

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Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Alex Bregman

Jose Abreu is the hottest hitter on the planet over the past two weeks. He is hitting a robust .420 over that span to go along with eight homers and 19 RBI. While that pace may not be sustainable, Abreu has an entire career’s worth of a track record in which the slugger has a .294 AVG.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B
2 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/2B +6
3 Jesse Winker CIN OF +1
4 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF -1
5 Daniel Murphy COL 1B -3
6 Wilmer Flores SF 1B/2B Unranked
7 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B
8 Robbie Grossman OAK OF Unranked
9 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B Unranked
10 Nick Solak TEX 2B/3B/OF -1

 

Off the list: David Peralta (ownership), Alex Verdugo (ownership), Tommy La Stella

The lefty masher Wilmer Flores is hitting .368 over the past week and .318 over the past two weeks. With the DH in the National League for the shortened season, Flores is getting everyday run in the Giants’ lineup and is definitely on the mixed league radar if he hasn’t been scooped up already.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuna Jr., Kris Bryant (injury), Alex Bregman (injury), George Springer

Brandon Lowe is coming off of a stretch that saw him score a run in ten straight games and 16 overall during that span. Coming off an injury-shortened, albeit all-star season in 2019, Lowe is looking more and more like the real deal hitting in the upper third of the Rays’ lineup.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +2
2 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B -1
3 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF -2
4 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B +2
5 J.P. Crawford SEA SS -1
6 Kole Calhoun ARZ OF +3
7 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF -2
8 Kevin Pillar BOS OF Unranked
9 Randal Grichuk TOR OF Unranked
10 Willy Adames TB SS

 

Off the list: Mark Canha (ownership), Shin-Soo Choo

Brandon Nimmo has been the hitter we had hoped he’d be in 2019 thus far. The 27-year old has been an on-base machine and it has led to 19 runs scored through 26 games. That is a 119 run pace over 162 games. 

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuna Jr., George Springer, Eugenio Suarez

Over the last week, Manny Machado has looked every bit of a $300M man. He is hitting .393 with a trio of dingers and is up to eight on the year. The entire Padre lineup is firing on all cylinders and Machado is no exception.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Wilmer Flores SF 1B/2B Unranked
2 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +1
3 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +3
4 Rio Ruiz BAL 1B/3B
5 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF -3
6 Randal Grichuk TOR OF Unranked
7 Ryan McMahon COL 1B/2B/3B Unranked
8 Colin Moran PIT 1B/2B/3B -1
9 Jesse Winker CIN OF Unranked
10 Hunter Renfroe TB OF -1

 

Off the list: Teoscar Hernandez (ownership), Ian Happ (ownership), Dominic Smith (ownership), Jesus Aguilar

Smacking five HRs this past week, Randal Grichuk is back on mixed league radars. Grichuk’s power has never been a question, as it has always been health and consistency.

 

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
4 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
5 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
6 Mike Trout LAA OF
7 Christian Yelich MIL OF
8 Jose Abreu CHW 1B +4
9 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -1
10 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
11 Trevor Story COL SS
12 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -3
13 Bryce Harper PHI OF
14 Juan Soto WSH OF
15 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
16 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
17 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF +3
18 Joey Gallo TEX OF +1
19 Jorge Soler KC OF -1
20 Matt Chapman OAK 3B +3
21 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +1
22 Matt Olson OAK 1B -1
23 Mookie Betts LAD OF Unranked
24 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS Unranked
25 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Alex Bregman (injury), Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez

Despite batting leadoff on a daily basis, Mookie Betts still finds himself sixth in all the majors in RBI. He is doing it all in his first season in L.A. and is definitely in the early MVP considerations.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Stephen Piscotty OAK OF
2 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +2
3 Jesus Aguilar MIA 1B Unranked
4 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +1
5 Kole Calhoun ARZ OF +5
6 Eric Hosmer SD 1B Unranked
7 Wilmer Flores SF 1B/2B Unranked
8 Hunter Renfroe TB OF
9 Daniel Murphy COL 1B -6
10 Ryan McMahon COL 1B/2B/3B Unranked

 

Off the list: David Peralta (ownership), Dominic Smith (ownership), Teoscar Hernandez (ownership), Daniel Murphy

As boring of a fantasy option as he is, there is one Eric Hosmer does well, and that is drive in runs. The first baseman has averaged 92 RBI over the past five years and he currently has 18 in 18 games thus far in 2020. If you are lagging behind in RBI, while Hosmer isn’t the sexiest pick up, he is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Mallex Smith, Andres Gimenez (COVID), Nick Solak

The Tigers have moved Victor Reyes into their leadoff spot, and for good reason. He has enjoyed some early season success thus far including being 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. One would have to assume hitting at the top of the order would lead to more SB opportunities.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF +1
2 Jon Berti MIA 3B/SS/OF +1
3 Trent Grisham SD OF +5
4 Victor Reyes DET OF Unranked
5 Billy Hamilton NYM OF
6 Shed Long Jr. SEA 2B/OF +4
7 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF -1
8 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF +1
9 Robbie Grossman OAK OF Unranked
10 Jarrod Dyson PIT OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Victor Robles (ownership), Mallex Smith

The majority of these guys are not the most offensively helpful, but are worth a look if you are desperate for swipes.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Tommy Pham (injury), Kris Bryant (injury), Joey Votto

While the Cardinals haven’t played as many games as the rest of the league, Paul Goldschmidt is still off to an outstanding start. The veteran slugger is slashing .368/.507/.561 in 18 games and is walking at a 22% clip so far.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jesse Winker CIN OF
2 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +1
3 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF -1
4 Aaron Hicks NYY OF
5 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B +2
6 Robbie Grossman OAK OF +4
7 Tommy La Stella LAA 1B/2B/3B -2
8 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B Unranked
9 Trent Grisham SD OF Unranked
10 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Ian Happ (ownership), Luis Arraez, Shin-Soo Choo

Yandy Diaz has walked 22 times in 28 games and boasts a .432 OBP. The guy is a physically imposing individual, and when he is going right it is fun to watch. Let’s hope he can maintain this pace.

 

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

 

Off the list: German Marquez

Despite having a rather light workload to this point in the shortened season, Kenta Maeda has earned four victories for his new club. Finally getting a regular gig as a starter for the Twins, Maeda has been excellent, and with the high scoring ability of the Minnesota offense he should be able to rack up a few more W’s this year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dylan Cease CHW SP +2
2 Pablo Lopez MIA SP +7
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +3
4 Zach Davies SD SP +3
5 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
6 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -5
7 Framber Valdez HOU SP/RP Unranked
8 Alec Mills CHC SP/RP Unranked
9 Cristian Javier HOU SP -1
10 Taijuan Walker SEA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Merrill Kelly (injury), David Peterson (injury), Adam Wainwright

Taijuan Walker has won two of his last four starts and has posted a quality start in three of them. Walker has looked great after tallying only 14 innings over the last two years due to a myriad of injuries. He will for sure be a popular name come the trade deadline for teams in need of pitching depth.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Carlos Carrasco

After a long layoff, Jack Flaherty has been stretched out in his past two starts and reached 64 pitches in his previous outing. He should be capped at around 85-90 pitches in his next turn and thus be let loose from here on out. Flaherty has all the tools to finish as one of the top ERA leaders in the league.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Pablo Lopez MIA SP +2
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +3
3 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +1
4 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -3
5 Garrett Richards SD SP +4
6 Adam Wainwright STL SP +1
7 Framber Valdez HOU SP/RP Unranked
8 Dylan Cease CHW SP Unranked
9 Zach Davies SD SP Unranked
10 Kyle Freeland COL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Merrill Kelly (injury), Anthony DeSclafani, Jon Lester, Casey Mize

Across his last five outings, Framber Valdez has a 1.85 ERA and has a 2.35 overall for the year. Valdez has been a savior for the Astros rotation and needs to be owned in all formats right now.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP -1
5 Trevor Bauer CIN SP
6 Yu Darvish CHC SP
7 Dinelson Lamet SD SP
8 Lance Lynn TEX SP
9 Luis Castillo CIN SP +2
10 Walker Buehler LAD SP
11 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +1
12 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -3
13 Sonny Gray CIN SP
14 Aaron Nola PHI SP
15 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP
16 Matt Boyd DET SP +1
17 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +2
18 Blake Snell TB SP +2
19 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -1
20 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +1
21 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
22 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +1
23 Dylan Bundy LAA SP +2
24 German Marquez COL SP
25 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP

 

Off the list: None

Lucas Giolito has racked up 26 K’s across his last two starts, one of which being a truly dominating no-hitter. The 26-year old is on another level right now.

 

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

 

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

 

Off the list: Spencer Turnbull, Griffin Canning

The Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff is just filled with bat missers. Freddy Peralta makes for an interesting add in many formats due to his 16 K/9 and his eligibility at SP and RP. Peralta has been working out of the pen, but tends to work multiple innings every few days and thus is able to rack up as many strikeouts as most starting pitchers.

 

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 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP +2
7 Alex Colome CHW RP
8 Brandon Workman PHI RP +1
9 Raise Iglesias CIN RP -3
10 Archie Bradley ARZ RP
11 Mark Melancon ATL RP +2
12 Daniel Hudson WSH RP +4
13 Joe Jimenez DET RP -1
14 Drew Pomeranz SD RP +1
15 Seth Lugo NYM RP -1
16 Trevor Rosenthal KC RP +1
17 Ryan Pressly HOU RP +2
18 Keone Kela PIT RP Unranked
19 Rowan Wick CHC RP +4
20 Ty Buttrey LAA RP +2
21 Daniel Bard COL RP Unranked
22 Brandon Kintzler MIA RP Unranked
23 Matt Barnes BOS RP Unranked
24 Rafael Montero TEX RP
25 Cole Sulser BAL RP

 

Off the list: Nick Anderson (injury), Hector Neris, Anthony Bass, Sergio Romo

What an unbelievable story it has been for Daniel Bard. This is a guy who in 2014 in A-ball had given up 13 earned runs, nine walks, and seven HBP in just 2/3 of an inning across four outings. Yes, those numbers are real. His career appeared to be completely over. Fast forward six years and Bard finds himself as the current closer for the Rockies and on the fantasy radar once again.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ryan Pressly HOU RP +2
2 Keone Kela PIT RP Unranked
3 Rowan Wick CHC RP +4
4 Ty Buttrey LAA RP +2
5 Daniel Bard COL RP Unranked
6 Brandon Kintzler MIA RP Unranked
7 Matt Barnes BOS RP Unranked
8 Rafael Montero TEX RP
9 Cole Sulser BAL RP
10 Jordan Romano TOR RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Daniel Hudson (ownership), Trevor Rosenthal (ownership), Anthony Bass, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Sergio Romo

Keone Kela‘s health has always stood in between him being an elite closer at the major league level. He is currently dealing with some forearm discomfort but appears to be okay and should be the closer for the Pirates for the foreseeable future.

 

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
8 Luis Castillo CIN SP
9 Walker Buehler LAD SP
10 Trevor Bauer CIN SP +1
11 Sonny Gray CIN SP +1
12 Lance Lynn TEX SP +1
13 Yu Darvish CHC SP +3
14 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
15 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
16 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
17 Tyler Glasnow TB SP -7
18 Lucas Giolito CHW SP +2
19 Mike Clevinger CLE SP +3
20 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP -2
21 Frankie Montas OAK SP
22 Jak Flaherty STL SP +2
23 Chris Paddack SD SP
24 Dinelson Lamet SD SP +1
25 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: German Marquez

After violating team policies and not starting a game since early August, Mike Clevinger is slated to return this week, much to the delight of fantasy owners. Clev’s WHIP is a tad high in his small sample size in 2020, but he owns a 1.11 over the last two years so I would expect the Ace to be back on his game down the stretch.

 

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 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +1
4 Framber Valdez HOU SP/RP +5
5 Adam Wainwright STL SP -2
6 Kevin Gausman SF SP/RP +4
7 Danny Duffy KC SP +1
8 Alec Mills CHC SP Unranked
9 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -4
10 Kyle Freeland COL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Merrill Kelly (injury), Jon Lester

The ageless one, Adam Wainwright, has done a tremendous job at limiting baserunners. The veteran right-hander has a 0.83 WHIP across four starts to this point and at the very least is a solid streaming option.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP +2
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -1
5 Max Scherzer WSH SP -1
6 Zack Greinke HOU SP
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP
8 Sonny Gray CIN SP
9 Trevor Bauer CIN SP
10 Lance Lynn TEX SP +2
11 Luis Castillo CIN SP
12 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
13 Patrick Corbin WSH SP -3
14 Mike Clevinger CLE SP
15 Lucas Giolito CHW SP
16 Jose Berrios MIN SP
17 Yu Darvish CHC SP +2
18 Zac Gallen ARZ SP
19 Chris Paddack SD SP -2
20 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
21 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +1
22 Jack Flaherty STL SP +2
23 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP Unranked
24 Dylan Bundy LAA SP +1
25 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP/RP -4

 

Off the list: German Marquez

Walker Buehler is a generational talent with all the tools. And while the young righty has gotten off to a rocky start, his most recent outing showed exactly why we were drafting him in the second round heading into this season. He tossed six innings of one-run ball while striking out 11. Do not be surprised if he goes on a major run to close this truncated year. Try and buy low if you still can.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Freeland COL SP +1
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +1
3 Framber Valdez HOU SP/RP +2
4 Dylan Cease CHW SP +2
5 Antonio Senzatela COL SP +2
6 Taijuan Walker SEA SP Unranked
7 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +2
8 Pablo Lopez MIA SP Unranked
9 Cristian Javier HOU SP +1
10 Justus Sheffield SEA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Merrill Kelly (injury), Spencer Turnbull, Alec Mills

Kyle Freeland is looking a lot like the 2018 version of the lefty and not so much the 2019 version. He has thrown at least six innings in each of his last six starts and all of which have been quality.

 

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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.

2 responses to “Category Power Rankings: Week 5”

  1. Avatar Firtree baseball says:

    Castellanos isn’t on the Cubs anymore. LeMahieu is hurt. Is the article fully updated?

  2. Avatar Dave says:

    Under “Runs” Deep League Off The List, it lists Mark Canha due to ownership. Yet, he is still on the list as well as many other lists… ?

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