Category Power Rankings: Week 6

Colin Ward gives his Category Power Rankings for week 6

It’s time for your weekly dose of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Jose Altuve, Nick Castellanos, Austin Meadows

I will be the first to admit that I was wrong about Tim Anderson. I had zero faith that the former top prospect was the type of hitter he was in 2019, but he has followed his batting title-winning season with an equally as impressive line thus far. Anderson is batting .343 through 24 games and while he will rarely walk, the man continues to defy the odds and be an elite source of 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/3B
3 David Peralta ARZ OF Unranked
4 Howie Kendrick WSH 1B/2B/3B +3
5 Evan Longoria SF 3B Unranked
6 Willy Adames TB SS Unranked
7 Wilmer Flores SF 1B/2B -1
8 Nick Solak TEX 2B/3B/OF +1
9 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF -5
10 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B -1

 

Off the list: Jesse Winker (ownership), Daniel Murphy, Robbie Grossman

Hey, remember Evan Longoria? The veteran has been virtually nonexistent in fantasy since 2016 but has been a solid contributor through 30 games so far in 2020. The soon-to-be 35-year old is currently slashing .299/.339/.495 which means you could do a lot worse in deeper roto leagues, especially those that have corner infield spots.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Aaron Judge (injury), Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez

The rookie sensation Kyle Lewis has been a four-category stud in 2020. The 25-year old is currently sixth in the majors in runs scored, and he has not shown signs of slowing down. Lewis had the pedigree of a decent prospect coming up through the minors, but he has made it look downright easy at the major league level.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
2 Hanser Alberto BAL 2B/3B
3 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B +1
4 Victor Reyes DET OF Unranked
5 Kole Calhoun ARZ OF +1
6 Evan Longoria SF 3B Unranked
7 Christian Walker ARZ 1B Unranked
8 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF -2
9 J.P. Crawford SEA SS -4
10 Eric Hosmer SD 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Kevin Pillar, Randal Grichuk (ownership), Willy Adames

Victor Reyes continues to produce atop the Tigers lineup. He has scored seven runs across his last nine contests and 18 in his 31 games this year. That comes out to be around a 95 run pace over 162 games.

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Aaron Judge (injury)

With an all-star team worth of injuries, Luke Voit has stepped up and has been the focal point of the Yankees lineup. Voit now has 13 home runs and continues to carry the Bronx Bombers’ on his broad shoulders.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Wilmer Flores SF 1B/2B Unranked
2 Mitch Moreland SD 1B +1
3 Jonathan Schoop DET 2B Unranked
4 Kole Calhoun ARZ OF Unranked
5 Austin Riley ATL 3B/OF Unranked
6 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF -1
7 Aristides Aquino CIN OF Unranked
8 Ryan McMahon COL 1B/2B/3B -1
9 Edwin Encarnacion CHW 1B Unranked
10 Justin Upton LAA OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Mark Canha (ownership), Randal Grichuk (ownership), Jesse Winker (ownership), Colin Moran, Rio Ruiz, Hunter Renfroe

Pretty crazy to see established names like Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Upton on this list. Both vets have gotten off to horrible starts but have turned the corner recently. The track record for both of them is there, so if you need a little power, now might be the time to pick one of them up.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: None

Is Nelson Cruz ever going to decline? Maybe once he hits 50 years of age? The Twins’ DH is having another excellent year as he is tied for the league lead in HRs and is fourth in RBI all the while slashing .319/.409/.681. He is not slowing down in the slightest.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Stephen Piscotty OAK OF
2 Eric Hosmer SD 1B +4
3 David Peralta ARZ OF Unranked
4 Christian Walker ARZ 1B Unranked
5 Mitch Moreland SD 1B -3
6 Wilmer Flores SF 1B/2B +1
7 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF Unranked
8 Kole Calhoun ARZ OF -3
9 Jonathan Schoop DET 2B Unranked
10 Goo Urshela NYY 3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Mark Canha (ownership), Jesus Aguilar, Hunter Renfroe, Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMahon

Jonathan Schoop has been superb so far this year. With the majority of the elite second baseman down due to injury or disappointing thus far, Schoop finds himself towards the top of the 2B rankings in fantasy this year. He has driven in nine runs over his last eight and is up to 19 on the year.

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Mallex Smith, Byron Buxton, Dee Gordon

Jonathan Villar finally dethrones Adalberto Mondesi at the top of this list as he currently leads the majors in swipes. Villar, who got traded to the Blue Jays at the deadline, finds himself hitting in a much better lineup and in a much better ballpark. The steals should remain and here’s to hoping Villar can add some more pop to his already reliable speed production.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jon Berti MIA 3B/SS/OF +1
2 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF -1
3 Elvis Andrus TEX SS Unranked
4 Nick Madrigal CHW 2B/SS Unranked
5 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF +3
6 Victor Reyes DET OF -2
7 Shed Long Jr. SEA 2B/OF -1
8 Raimel Tapia COL OF Unranked
9 Billy Hamilton NYM OF -4
10 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF -3

 

Off the list: Trent Grisham (ownership),  Jarrod Dyson, Robbie Grossman

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

 

Off the list: Alex Bregman

Juan Soto might very well be the next best hitter to Mike Trout in all of baseball. The young phenom is currently slugging .744 with a .444 OBP. He is way beyond his years and will be super fun to watch over the next decade plus.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +1
2 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B +3
3 Aaron Hicks NYY OF +1
4 Tommy La Stella OAK 1B/2B/3B +3
5 Robbie Grossman OAK OF +1
6 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B +2
7 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF +3
8 Christian Walker ARZ 1B Unranked
9 Joey Votto CIN 1B Unranked
10 Josh Reddick HOU OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Jesse Winker (ownership), Mark Canha (ownership), Trent Grisham (ownership)

Robbie Grossman currently has the 11th best OBP in all of baseball, due in large part to his 16.5% walk rate. The Athletics always manage to find guys who get the job done and get on base and Grossman has been no exception so far this year.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Frankie Montas

Max Fried has won his last three starts and six of his last seven. The 26-year old lefty is currently firmly in the mix for the NL Cy Young award as he has not allowed more than two earned runs in any start this year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dylan Cease CHW SP
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP +1
3 Pablo Lopez MIA SP -1
4 Mike Fiers OAK SP Unranked
5 Cristian Javier HOU SP +4
6 Spencer Turnbull DET SP
7 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP -2
8 Taiwan Walker TOR SP +2
9 Michael Pineda MIN SP Unranked
10 David Peterson NYM SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Framber Valdez (ownership), Alec Mills, Zach Davies (ownership)

Michael Pineda has joined the Twins’ starting rotation this week after finishing up his suspension and is very much worth an add in mixed leagues in you are in need of pitching. Before the suspension, Pineda was on a roll down the stretch in 2019 and with the Twins offense, he could be in line for some W’s over the final weeks of this truncated season.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Frankie Montas

Lucas Giolito has allowed a mere two earned runs across his las three starts spanning 21 IP. The righty has lowered his ERA from 4.88 to 3.14 over that time, firmly establishing himself as a true ace and one of the very best arms in the American League.

 

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

 

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

 

Off the list: Zach Davies (ownership), Framer Valdez (ownership)

Despite mediocre underlying numbers, Dakota Hudson did post a 3.35 ERA a year ago. Hudson has looked lightyears better in 2020 and has allowed a measly four earned runs over his last four turns. He has the upside and stuff to warrant a look in most leagues.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: None

Well, that’s three-for-three for Shane Bieber atop the pitchers rankings. The guy is the runaway favorite right now in the AL for the Cy Young and is on another planet at the moment.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kevin Gausman SF SP/RP
2 Robbie Ray TOR SP +4
3 Josh Lindblom MIL SP/RP
4 Danny Duffy KC SP
5 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
6 Zach Eflin PHI SP Unranked
7 Cristian Javier HOU SP -1
8 Dane Dunning CHW SP Unranked
9 Devin Williams MIL RP Unranked
10 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP -1

 

Off the list: Framber Valdez (ownership), Nathan Eovaldi (injury), Tarik Skubal

On this list a week ago, I spoke about the Brewers and their big bat missers, and there are none bigger than Devin Williams right now. And while he may just be a reliever, he is very much worthy of a roster spot due to his absurd 18.64 K/9.

 

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 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP +1
6 Taylor Rogers MIN RP -1
7 Alex Colome CHW RP
8 Brandon Workman PHI RP
9 Mark Melancon ATL RP +2
10 Daniel Hudson WSH RP +2
11 Ryan Pressly HOU RP +6
12 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP -3
13 Archie Bradley CIN RP -3
14 Drew Pomeranz SD RP
15 Trevor Rosenthal SD RP +1
16 Brandon Kintzler MIA RP +6
17 Jeremy Jeffress CHC RP Unranked
18 Rafael Montero TEX RP +6
19 Edwin Diaz NYM RP Unranked
20 Matt Barnes BOS RP +3
21 Daniel Bard COL RP -1
22 Gregory Soto DET RP Unranked
23 Cole Sulser BAL RP +2
24 Ty Buttrey LAA RP -4
25 Scott Barlow KC RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Keone Kela (injury), Rowan Wick, Seth Lugo, Joe Jimenez

With all the pieces being moved before the trade deadline, the closing landscape is still a little unclear. I have placed a lot of the newly acquired arms and the pre-existing closers near each other until there is a litter more certainty.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Daniel Hudson WSH RP Unranked
2 Ryan Pressly HOU RP -1
3 Brandon Kintzler MIA RP +3
4 Jeremy Jeffress CHC RP Unranked
5 Matt Barnes BOS RP +2
6 Daniel Bard COL RP -1
7 Gregory Soto DET RP Unranked
8 Cole Sulser BAL RP +1
9 Ty Buttrey LAA RP -5
10 Scott Barlow KC RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Rafael Montego (ownership), Keone Kela (injury), Rowan Wick, Jordan Romano

With the departure of Trevor Rosenthal, the Royals have some options for the ninth inning for the remaining couple weeks of the year. Scott Barlow has been their most effective receiver over the past two years, and has the type of strikeout stuff that you want from a closer.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: Frankie Montas

With a WHIP just barely over 1.00 across the past six years, it should be no surprise to see Zack Greinke in the top five of this list. The veteran uses his smoke-n-mirrors approach to keep guys off base at an absolute elite level.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Wainwright STL SP +4
2 Pablo Lopez MIA SP
3 Marco Gonzales SEA SP
4 Chris Bassitt OAK SP/RP -4
5 Kevin Gausman SF SP/RP +1
6 Danny Duffy KC SP +1
7 Johnny Cueto SF SP Unranked
8 Triston McKenzie CLE SP Unranked
9 Justin Dunn SEA SP Unranked
10 Dakota Hudson STL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Framber Valdez (ownership), Kyle Freeland, Spencer Turnbull, Alec Mills

Indians young right-hande Triston McKenzie has lived up to the hype so far. The man they call Dr. Sticks (probably because the kid looks like he weighs 97 lbs) has the ability to overpower hitters and is looking years ahead of his time so far in the early going of his career.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

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

 

Off the list: None

San Diego is clearly going for it this year and adding an arm like Mike Clevinger makes that pretty apparent. Already an established innings eater, the Padres now have an absolute horse to ride into the playoffs in Clevinger. With the team pushing for a championship, Clevinger will be given every opportunity to pitch deep into games and thus rack up a few quality starts down the stretch.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Taijuan Walker TOR SP +5
2 Marco Gonzales SEA SP
3 Dylan Cease CHW SP +1
4 Kyle Freeland COL SP -3
5 Pablo Lopez MIA SP +3
6 Michael Pineda MIN SP Unranked
7 Cristian Javier HOU SP +2
8 Justin Dunn SEA SP Unranked
9 Antonio Senzatela COL SP -4
10 Justus Sheffield SEA SP

 

Off the list: Framer Valdez (ownership), Chris Bassitt

Justin Dunn has posted three quality starts over his last four outings, including back-to-back scoreless starts in his last two. Dunn was one of the key pieces that came over to Seattle in the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal and has a pretty good track record in the minors. He is looking like a pretty decent streaming option moving forward.

 

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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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