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Category Power Rankings: Week 5

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 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
2 Michael Brantley HOU OF
3 Tim Anderson CWS SS
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
5 Xander Bogaerts BOS OF
6 Mike Trout LAA OF +6
7 Mookie Betts LAD OF +1
8 Juan Soto WSH OF -2
9 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
10 Trea Turner WSH SS +1
11 Charlie Blackmon COL OF -4
12 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +2
13 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF -3
14 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +2
15 Corey Seager LAD SS
16 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B +1
17 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF -4
18 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
19 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +1
20 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -1
21 Justin Turner LAD 3B +2
22 Alex Verdugo BOS OF
23 Bo Bichette TOR SS -2
24 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B Unranked
25 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -1

 

Off the list: Luis Arraez

Trea Turner is beginning to heat up, batting .400 over this past week to raise his season AVG to .308 to go along with six dingers and seven swipes. He is justifying his first-round draft position through April as he is currently on a 40/40 pace.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
2 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
3 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +1
4 Nick Madrigal CWS 2B +3
5 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +3
6 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF +4
7 Raimel Tapia COL OF +2
8 Kolten Wong MIL 2B Unranked
9 David Peralta ARZ OF Unranked
10 Nico Hoerner CHC 2B/3B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Donovan Solano (injury), Jed Lowrie, José Iglesias

It may be too late to pick him up in a lot of competitive leagues, but Kolten Wong is hitting .412 since returning from injury. For the most part, we already know who Wong is as an offensive talent at this point in his career. The move to Miller Park, however, is definitely worth monitoring when it comes to Wong because as we have seen over the years, left-handed bats certainly benefit.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
2 Mookie Betts LAD OF
3 Mike Trout LAA OF
4 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +1
5 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B -1
6 Trea Turner WSH SS
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
8 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +1
9 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -2
10 José Ramírez CLE 3B +2
11 Aaron Judge NYY OF -1
12 Jose Altuve HOU 2B -1
13 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
14 Trevor Story COL SS +1
15 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -1
16 Tim Anderson CWS SS +1
17 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
18 Juan Soto WSH OF -2
19 Bo Bichette TOR SS
20 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
21 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF
22 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
23 Alex Verdugo BOS OF +1
24 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS Unranked
25 Carlos Correa HOU SS

 

Off the list: Francisco Lindor

After returning from the injured list, the dynamic Fernando Tatis Jr. has 15 runs scored across 14 games and has 19 in as many games on the season. His plate discipline needs some polishing, but the kid is a game-changer at the dish. As long as the Padres keep him in the leadoff spot, Tatis should be looking at 120+ runs this year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +4
2 Adam Eaton CWS OF -1
3 Enrique Hernández BOS 2B/SS/OF +1
4 David Peralta ARZ OF +2
5 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF -2
6 Nick Madrigal CWS 2B +4
7 Andrew Benintendi KC OF Unranked
8 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF
9 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B Unranked
10 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B -8

 

Off the list: Nick Senzel, Aaron Hicks

After an abysmal start for Andrew Benintendi, the former first-round pick has slashed .367/.457/.700 over his last nine games and has scored nine runs during that span. Benintendi is a former top prospect as well as a former fantasy stud, so for him to return to form at the age of 26 is not outside the realm of possibility. Keep tabs on him.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
3 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
4 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
5 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
6 Matt Olson OAK 1B -1
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF
8 José Ramírez CLE 3B
9 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +3
10 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +3
11 Eugenio Suárez CIN 3B/SS -2
12 Juan Soto WSH OF -2
13 Joey Gallo TEX OF -2
14 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
15 Franmil Reyes CLE OF
16 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +2
17 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF
18 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
19 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -3
20 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
21 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +2
22 Javier Báez CHC SS
23 Matt Chapman OAK 3B -2
24 Byron Buxton MIN OF Unranked
25 José Abreu CWS 1B -1

 

Off the list: Max Muncy

Is this it?! Are we finally witnessing the potential of Byron Buxton on display? If so, strap in and enjoy the ride. The former number one prospect has had a myriad of injuries over his now seven-year career which has derailed his path to stardom and filled his name with “what if’s”. As long as health permits for the now 27-year-old, Buxton’s power should continue to impress.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B Unranked
2 Kyle Seager SEA 3B -1
3 Randal Grichuk TOR OF +1
4 C.J. Cron COL 1B +3
5 Justin Upton LAA OF +1
6 Adolis García TEX OF -4
7 Tyler O’Neill STL OF Unranked
8 Jordan Luplow CLE OF
9 Alex Kirilloff MIN OF Unranked
10 Josh Rojas ARZ 2B/SS/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Carlos Santana (ownership), Carson Kelly, Wilson Ramos, Adam Duvall

Josh Rojas has homered now in three straight games for the Diamondbacks. Rojas gained a ton of steam towards the end of spring training in the fantasy community as he was absolutely mashing in the preseason. A slow start to the year and inconsistent playing time caused many to grow cold on Rojas, but with multi-position eligibility across most formats and a track record of being a power/speed threat in the minors, Rojas needs to be back on managers’ radars.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 José Abreu WSH OF
3 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
4 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +2
5 Bryce Harper PHI OF
6 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS -2
7 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
8 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +1
9 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
10 Pete Alonso NYM 1B -2
11 José Ramírez CLE 3B +2
12 Juan Soto WSH OF -1
13 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +1
14 Eugenio Suárez CIN 3B/SS -2
15 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
16 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
17 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF -1
18 Corey Seager LAD SS
19 Nick Castellanos CIN OF
20 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
21 Matt Olson OAK 1B -1
22 Justin Turner LAD 3B +1
23 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +1
24 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -2
25 Aaron Judge NYY OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Trevor Story

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is showing exactly why he was a once-in-a-generation prospect. The guy is absolutely crushing the baseball and is looking like a four-category fantasy stalwart. Those who invested in him at the rich price he was being drafted in the preseason could not be happier right now. Vlad is currently on a 46-HR, 130-RBI pace.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B +1
2 Kyle Seager SEA 3B -1
3 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B +1
4 Randal Grichuk TOR OF +3
5 Colin Moran PIT 1B/2B/3B Unranked
6 Maikel Franco BAL 3B -3
7 David Peralta ARZ OF Unranked
8 Carlos Santana KC 1B
9 Adam Eaton CWS OF
10 C.J. Cron COL 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Tyler Naquin, Jonathan India, Jed Lowrie

In the first month plus of the year, Colin Moran has 19 RBI while slashing .297/.356/.495. Moran has driven in more runs than Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman, and Manny Machado. Being in such a mediocre lineup, one would have to assume his numbers will plateau and normalize, but those in need of a middle infielder or corner infielder in a roto league should ride it out.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trea Turner WSH SS
2 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
3 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
4 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
5 Luis Robert CWS OF -1
6 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF
7 Ramón Laureano OAK OF
8 Bo Bichette TOR SS +1
9 Trevor Story COL SS -1
10 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +3
11 Mookie Betts LAD OF
12 Tim Anderson CWS SS +4
13 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF -1
14 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF
15 Starling Marte MIA OF -5
16 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -1
17 Trent Grisham SD OF +1
18 Andrew Benintendi KC OF +1
19 Byron Buxton MIN OF +1
20 Javier Báez CHC SS +4
21 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS +2
22 Eddie Rosario CLE OF +3
23 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS -2
24 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF Unranked
25 Tommy Pham SD OF -3

 

Off the list: Leody Taveras

The bat has cooled off a tad for Whit Merrifield, but the pleasant sight of five stolen bases over the past week has surely made up for it. He is now tied for the league lead in swipes and is currently on a 50-SB pace.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF
2 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -1
3 Andrew Benintendi KC OF +1
4 Tommy Pham SD OF Unranked
5 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF +2
6 Austin Slater SF 1B/OF +3
7 Manuel Margot TB OF -2
8 Cedric Mullins BAL OF
9 Robbie Grossman DET OF Unranked
10 Andrés Giménez CLE 2B/3B/SS -4

 

Off the list: Leody Taveras, Elvis Andrus

Jurickson Profar’s career high in SBs is 10 and yet here he is halfway there through 28 games. The former top prospect is playing all over the diamond for San Diego but is getting regular run as their left fielder, so he is worth a look if you are lacking in the speed column—as long as he continues to run, that is.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Mookie Betts LAD OF
3 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
4 Bryce Harper PHI OF
5 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
6 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
7 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +2
8 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B
9 Juan Soto WSH OF -2
10 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS
11 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B
12 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
13 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF
15 Justin Turner LAD 3B
16 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
17 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF +2
18 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
19 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +4
20 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -3
21 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +4
22 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B
23 Joey Gallo TEX OF +1
24 Michael Brantley HOU OF -3
25 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF -5

 

Off the list: None

Over his past 11 games, Aaron Judge is slashing .343/.489/.686. Judge is looking like the near-MVP caliber hitter we have only seen flashes of since his break out in 2017. He will have his share of strikeouts but he will also get on base a ton, a seen with his .390 career OBP.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
2 Carlos Santana KC 1B
3 Austin Riley ATL 3B/OF Unranked
4 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B
5 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF
6 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +4
7 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF -1
8 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B
9 C.J. Cron COL 1B Unranked
10 Nick Madrigal CWS 2B Unranked

 

Off the list: Omar Narváez (injury), Adam Eaton, Jed Lowrie

Austin Riley is walking at a career high 11.2% so far in 2021 and either it is a fluke or Riley has turned a new leaf at the major league level. The slugging Bravo has shown decent discipline in the minors before but it had not translated in the bigs just yet. Here’s to hoping it is here to stay because if so, Riley looks like a nice multi-category bat in fantasy.

 

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 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
5 Trevor Bauer LAD SP +1
6 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
7 Yu Darvish SD SP +1
8 Max Scherzer WSH SP -1
9 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
10 Jack Flaherty STL SP +3
11 José Berríos MIN SP -1
12 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
13 Walker Buehler LAD SP -2
14 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +1
15 Joe Musgrove SD SP +2
16 Aaron Civale CLE SP +5
17 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP -1
18 Blake Snell SD SP +1
19 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
20 Luis Castillo CIN SP -2
21 Zack Greinke HOU SP +3
22 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -7
23 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP +2
24 Charlie Morton ATL SP -2
25 Kenta Maeda MIN SP/RP -2

 

Off the list: None

With quality starts in his last five outings, Clayton Kershaw has four wins during that span. The now-33-year old has not slowed down and is still an elite SP that will contribute his fair share of victories on the best team in baseball.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Madison Bumgarner ARZ SP Unranked
2 Wade Miley CIN SP
3 Alex Wood SF SP/RP +1
4 Kyle Gibson TEX SP +7
5 Jon Gray COL SP
6 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP +2
7 Nick Pivetta BOS SP/RP Unranked
8 Jake Arrieta CHC SP -7
9 Taijuan Walker NYM SP -1
10 JT Brubaker PIT SP -1

 

Off the list: Kohei Arihara, Dane Dunning

While the numbers for the season are pretty unsightly, over his last three starts, Madison Bumgarner has reeled off three consecutive wins. MadBum’s peripherals show he has pitched better than his 5.58 ERA, and while he may never be the Bumgarner of old, if he can keep this up he will be worth a pick-up.

 

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
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Walker Buehler LAD SP
6 Yu Darvish SD SP +2
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Trevor Bauer LAD SP +1
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
10 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP -4
11 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +1
12 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -1
13 Blake Snell SD SP
14 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +1
15 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
16 Luis Castillo CIN SP -2
17 Jack Flaherty STL SP
18 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
19 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +1
20 José Berríos MIN SP +1
21 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
22 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -4
23 Marcus Stroman NYM SP +2
24 Lance Lynn CWS SP Unranked
25 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -1

 

Off the list: Charlie Morton

Outside of a lone start against the Nationals, Marcus Stroman has allowed a mere two earned runs combined over 25 innings spanning four starts. Stroman appears to be an excellent number two behind Jacob deGrom in the Mets’ rotation.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Taijuan Walker NYM SP +1
2 Kyle Gibson TEX SP +4
3 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP
4 Matthew Boyd DET SP
5 Brady Singer KC SP +3
6 Alex Wood SF SP/RP Unranked
7 J.A. Happ MIN SP Unranked
8 Domingo Germán NYY SP Unranked
9 Wade Miley CIN SP -4
10 Robbie Ray TOR SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Danny Duffy (ownership), Jake Arrieta, Dane Dunning, JT Brubaker

Since returning to the Yankees’ rotation, Domingo Germán has shown drastic improvements en route to allowing only two earned runs across two starts. Whether it is the changing of the guard behind the dish for the Bombers or Germán making some adjustments while at their alternate site, he deserves to be owned in all leagues until further notice.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shane Bieber CLE SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
5 Tyler Glasnow TB SP +1
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP -1
7 Yu Darvish SD SP
8 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP
10 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
11 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP -1
12 Blake Snell SD SP
13 Walker Buehler LAD SP
14 Luis Castillo CIN SP
15 José Berríos MIN SP
16 Lance Lynn CWS SP
17 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
18 Jack Flaherty STL SP
19 Joe Musgrove SD SP
20 Freddy Peralta MIl SP/RP +1
21 Charlie Morton ATL SP -1
22 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP
23 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
24 Trevor Rogers MIA SP Unranked
25 Germán Márquez COL SP -1

 

Off the list: Kenta Maeda

If you aren’t on the Trevor Rogers hype train, then you’re missing out. The 23-year old’s velocity is up a tick from last year and he is utilizing his fastball to his benefit. Rogers has 44 K’s through six starts which is a higher total than Lucas Giolito and Aaron Nola. It is a small sample but the lefty is looking like a solid fantasy contributor the rest of the year, barring any innings restrictions.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Robbie Ray TOR SP
2 Brady Singer KC SP
3 Huascar Ynoa ATL SP +1
4 JT Brubaker PIT SP -1
5 Domingo Germán NYY SP Unranked
6 Jameson Taillon NYY SP Unranked
7 Logan Webb SF SP Unranked
8 Dylan Cease CWS SP +2
9 Dane Dunning TEX SP
10 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Michael Kopech (ownership), Jon Gray, Jordan Montgomery

Adam Wainwright has been out since last week due to being exposed to COVID-19, but it sounds like he will be back early this week. Waino has turned back the clock this year, and even dating back to last year, as he has been getting more strikeouts than he has ever before. He has 31 K’s across his last 26 innings. He might be worth an add if any impatient owners in your league dropped the veteran right-hander.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
2 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP
4 Josh Hader MIL RP
5 Brad Hand WSH RP
6 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP +2
7 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP -1
8 Mark Melancon SD RP +2
9 Ryan Pressly HOU RP -2
10 Edwin Díaz NYM RP -1
11 Jake McGee SF RP
12 Alex Reyes STL RP
13 Héctor Neris PHI RP
14 Daniel Bard COL RP
15 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP
16 Will Smith ATL RP
17 Matt Barnes BOS RP
18 Ian Kennedy TEX RP
19 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP +4
20 Taylor Rogers MIN RP +1
21 Lou Trivino OAK RP +4
22 Yimi García MIA RP -3
23 César Valdez BAL RP +1
24 Kendall Graveman SEA RP Unranked
25 Richard Rodríguez PIT RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Alex Colomé, Amir Garrett

While there was a lot of questioning over who would close for the Padres this year, Mark Melancon has made it pretty clear so far. The veteran reliever now has a league-leading nine saves and a sparkling 0.69 ERA and 0.38 WHIP.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Bard COL RP
2 Ian Kennedy TEX RP
3 Taylor Rogers MIN RP
4 Lou Trivino OAK RP +2
5 Kendall Graveman SEA RP +2
6 Richard Rodríguez PIT RP +4
7 Josh Staumont KC RP +1
8 Gregory Soto DET RP Unranked
9 Rafael Dolis TOR RP Unranked
10 Tejay Antone CIN SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: César Valdez (ownership), Amir Garrett, Greg Holland

Lou Trivino has been nails since taking over the closer role in Oakland. The Athletics went out and got Trevor Rosenthal this past offseason with full intentions of him being the ninth inning stopper but an injury put that plan on the shelf. Trivino is 4-for-4 in save opportunities and is boasting a 1.20 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Yu Darvish SD SP +1
6 Walker Buehler LAD SP -1
7 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
8 Aaron Nola PHI SP
9 Max Scherzer WSH SP
10 Jack Flaherty STL SP
11 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
12 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
13 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
14 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
15 Zack Greinke HOU SP -1
16 Joe Musgrove SD SP
17 Aaron Civale CLE SP
18 José Berríos MIN SP
19 Marcus Stroman NYM SP +2
20 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +4
21 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
22 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP -7
23 Pablo López MIA SP +1
24 Lance Lynn CWS SP Unranked
25 John Means BAL SP

 

Off the list: Kenta Maeda, Kyle Hendricks

Julio Urías has proven himself to be a master at limiting baserunners, as evident by his 1.08 WHIP over the last three years. He has cut his walks down each year during that span including this season thus far. As he continues to sharpen his command, Urías is looking like a very special arm.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Wade Miley CIN SP
2 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP Unranked
3 Kyle Gibson TEX SP
4 Huascar Ynoa ATL SP +1
5 Matthew Boyd DET SP Unranked
6 Brady Singer KC SP
7 JT Brubaker PIT SP -5
8 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP Unranked
9 Jon Gray COL SP +1
10 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Kohei Arihara, Luke Weaver, Taylor Widener, Jake Arrieta

Anthony DeSclafani has found a home in San Francisco and the fantasy community is rejoicing because of it. There have been flashes from DeSclafani of brilliance and underlying numbers that showed promise, but all it took was a move out of Great American Ballpark. Makes sense. DeSclafani has a sub-1.00 WHIP through six starts and does not look like he is slowing down.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane Bieber CLE SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
5 Aaron Nola PHI SP
6 Trevor Bauer LAD SP
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Zack Greinke HOU SP
9 Jack Flaherty STL SP +1
10 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -1
11 Yu Darvish SD SP +1
12 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +4
13 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +2
14 José Berríos MIN SP -1
15 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP -4
16 Luis Castillo CIN SP -2
17 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
18 Lance Lynn CWS SP +2
19 Tyler Glasnow TB SP
20 Aaron Civale CLE SP +3
21 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP -4
22 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
23 Zac Gallen ARZ SP +2
24 Dylan Bundy LAA SP Unranked
25 Kevin Gausman SF SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Kenta Maeda

Can you believe Kevin Gausman is in the midst of putting together back-to-back great seasons? He has built off of his impressive 2020 and through five starts owns an ERA a hair over 2.00 and has posted four quality starts. Like DeSclafani, Gausman appears to have found a home in SanFran.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kyle Gibson TEX SP
2 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP +4
3 Jose Ureña DET SP/RP Unranked
4 Austin Gomber COL SP/RP -2
5 Domingo Germán NYY SP Unranked
6 Mike Foltynewicz TEX SP Unranked
7 Jon Gray COL SP -4
8 Wade Miley CIN SP
9 JT Brubaker PIT SP -4
10 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Joe Ross, Chris Flexen, Taijuan Walker, Jake Arrieta

Jose Ureña has now tallied four straight quality starts. Pretty impressive feat, considering three of them were against the Yankees, White Sox, and Athletics. The Tigers righty looks to be firmly on the streaming radar and if he can continue to get the whiffs he has been generating, he will creep into must-own territory.

 

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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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