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Category Power Rankings: Week 6

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 Tim Anderson CWS SS +1
2 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS -1
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
4 Juan Soto WSH OF
5 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +2
6 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
7 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
8 Michael Brantley HOU OF -3
9 Nick Castellanos PHI OF +2
10 Starling Marte NYM OF -1
11 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +3
12 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
13 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF -3
14 Wander Franco TB 3B/SS +1
15 Luis Robert CWS OF +3
16 Ketel Marte ARZ 2B/OF -4
17 Luis Arraez MIN 1B/2B/3B/OF +2
18 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +4
19 Bo Bichette TOR SS -3
20 Corey Seager TEX SS -3
21 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B +3
22 Manny Machado SD 3B +3
23 Nolan Arenado STL 3B Unranked
24 Bryce Harper PHI OF Unranked
25 J.D. Martinez BOS OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Alex VerdugoJustin TurnerYuli Gurriel

Nobody has hit better over the past two weeks than Bryce Harper. The veteran outfielder is slashing .396/.434/.917, including six HRs and 13 RBI over his last 12 games. The reigning NL MVP has picked up right where he left off so far in 2022.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 1B/2B/3B/OF
2 José Iglesias COL 2B/SS +1
3 Alec Bohm PHI 3B Unranked
4 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF Unranked
5 Austin Hays BAL OF +3
6 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B Unranked
7 Ben Gamel PIT OF Unranked
8 Brandon Marsh LAA OF Unranked
9 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B Unranked
10 Cesar Hernandez WSH 2B

 

Off the list: Eric Hosmer (ownership), Joey Wendle (injury), Nathaniel LoweFrank Schwindel, Yandy DíazSheldon Neuse

Barring any injury, Luis Arraez will most likely remain at the top of this list for the entire season. Arraez is the king of empty batting average as he only has 63 extra-base hits across 271 career games, therefore he won’t provide you much else other than AVG.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF
2 Juan Soto WSH OF +1
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
4 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS -2
5 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
6 Tim Anderson CWS SS +1
7 Bo Bichette TOR SS -1
8 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
9 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
10 José Ramírez CLE 3B
11 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
12 George Springer TOR OF
13 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
14 Nick Castellanos PHI OF
15 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
16 Aaron Judge NYY OF +2
17 Wander Franco TB 3B/SS
18 Jose Altuve HOU 2B -2
19 Mike Trout LAA OF +2
20 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF -1
21 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
22 Manny Machado SD 3B +2
23 Starling Marte NYM OF
24 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP Unranked
25 Christian Yelich MIL OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Marcus SemienJonathan India (injury)

Christian Yelich is starting to show some signs of life. The 2018 NL MVP really has not replicated any of his success from 2018-2019 over the course of the last couple of years. This may be due to several lingering injuries that the veteran outfielder has sustained, so it is nice to see Yelich start turning it on over the last couple of weeks. Yelich has a .961 OPS along with 11 runs scored over his last dozen games.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +3
2 Adam Frazier SEA 2B/OF -1
3 Cesar Hernandez WSH 2B
4 Brandon Drury CIN 2B/3B/OF Unranked
5 Thairo Estrada SF 2B/SS/OF
6 Tommy Pham CIN OF Unranked
7 Jeremy Peña HOU SS +2
8 Kolten Wong MIL 2B Unranked
9 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B/SS Unranked
10 Austin Hays BAL OF -3

 

Off the list: Kiké HernándezHa-Seong Kim, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Patrick Wisdom

Brandon Drury has somehow found himself back into fantasy relevancy. Drury, now on the Reds, has been getting regular runs batting second on a very bad team but has made the most of it. The veteran infielder has ten runs scored over his last nine games to go along with seven HRs and 22 RBI.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
2 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
3 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
4 Aaron Judge NYY OF
5 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
6 Mike Trout LAA OF +1
7 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF +2
8 Bryce Harper PHI OF
9 Matt Olson ATL 1B -3
10 Manny Machado SD 3B +1
11 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +2
12 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
13 Joey Gallo NYY OF -3
14 Kyle Schwarber PHI 1B/OF +3
15 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +1
16 Salvador Perez KC C -1
17 George Springer TOR OF +1
18 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B -4
19 Franmil Reyes CLE OF
20 Byron Buxton MIN OF +3
21 Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B +1
22 José Ramírez CLE 3B +3
23 Nick Castellanos PHI OF -3
24 Juan Soto WSH OF
25 C.J. Cron COL 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Freddie Freeman

Giancarlo Stanton’s strikeout rate may be through the roof, but it has not slowed him down from absolutely crushing the baseball. Stanton has mashed six homers over his last 11 games for the best-record-in-baseball Yankees.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B Unranked
2 Randal Grichuk COL OF -1
3 Brandon Drury CIN 2B/3B/OF Unranked
4 Daniel Vogelbach PIT 1B Unranked
5 Jorge Soler MIA OF Unranked
6 Austin Hays BAL OF +1
7 Max Kepler MIN OF -4
8 Brad Miller TEX 1B/2B/3B/OF Unranked
9 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B/2B
10 Andrew Vaughn CWS 1B/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Eric Hosmer (ownership), Rowdy Tellez (ownership), Gary SánchezBobby Dalbec, Sheldon NeusePatrick Wisdom

Jesús Aguilar has clubbed four HRs over his last 12 games and has driven in 11 RBI during that span. Aguilar has gotten off to a solid start in 2022 for the Marlins and should be rostered in deeper mixed roto leagues.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF
2 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
4 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +2
5 Manny Machado SD 3B +4
6 José Ramírez CLE 3B +4
7 Matt Olson ATL 1B -3
8 Pete Alonso NYM 1B +3
9 José Abreu CWS 1B -4
10 Juan Soto WSH OF -3
11 Bryce Harper PHI OF +2
12 Kyle Tucker HOU OF
13 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B -5
14 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF +2
15 Aaron Judge NYY OF
16 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -2
17 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
18 Mike Trout LAA OF
19 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +1
20 Nick Castellanos PHI OF +1
21 Salvador Perez KC C -2
22 Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B +1
23 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B +1
24 C.J. Cron COL 1B Unranked
25 Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B Unranked

 

Off the list: Carlos Correa (injury), Seiya Suzuki

Pete Alonso has had quite the nose for the RBI thus far this season. Alonso has driven in 29 runs including 12 across his last 13 games. The Mets’ slugger has even been hitting for a higher AVG as well so here’s to hoping we see some shades of the 2019 Alonso that took the league by storm.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jesús Aguílar MIA 1B +2
2 Randal Grichuk COL OF
3 Alec Bohm PHI 3B +3
4 Brandon Drury CIN 2B/2B/OF Unranked
5 Maikel Franco WSH 3B Unranked
6 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B/SS Unranked
7 Austin Hays BAL OF
8 Colin Moran CIN 1B/3B Unranked
9 Brandon Marsh LAA OF Unranked
10 Andrés Giménez CLE 2B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Eric Hosmer (ownership), Miguel Sanó (injury), Nathaniel LowePatrick WisdomThairo EstradaMax Kepler

Colin Moran has driven in 15 runs over his last 13 games and now finds himself with more RBI than the likes of Freddie Freeman, Matt Olson, and Mike Trout. He is on the deep league radar now.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trea Turner LAD 2B/SS
2 Starling Marte NYM OF
3 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
4 José Ramírez CLE 3B
5 Myles Straw CLE OF
6 Cedric Mullins BAL OF
7 Bo Bichette TOR SS
8 Tommy Edman STL 2B/OF
9 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B/SS
10 Julio Rodríguez SEA OF +3
11 Luis Robert CWS OF
12 Tim Anderson CWS SS
13 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF +4
14 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP
15 Bobby Witt Jr. KC 3B/SS
16 Trevor Story BOS 2B/SS -6
17 Byron Buxton MIN OF -1
18 Harrison Bader STL OF +2
19 Randy Arozarena TB OF -1
20 Jorge Mateo BAL 2B/SS/OF +5
21 Kyle Tucker HOU OF +1
22 Francisco Lindor NYM SS -1
23 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B -4
24 Kolten Wong MIL 2B Unranked
25 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF -2

Off the list: Tyler O’Neill

In only ten games since returning from injury, Ronald Acuña Jr. has already tallied five swipes in as many chances. The young superstar is bound to be among the league leaders in HRs and SBs come years end, even with the late start to his 2022 campaign.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Harrison Bader STL OF Unranked
2 Jorge Mateo BAL 2B/SS/OF
3 Kolten Wong MIL 2B +5
4 Tommy Pham CIN OF +1
5 Jonathan Villar CHC 2B/3B/SS -2
6 Eli White TEX OF Unranked
7 Isiah Kiner-Falefa NYY SS
8 Thairo Estrada SF 2B/SS/OF Unranked
9 Raimel Tapia TOR OF
10 Andrés Giménez CLE 2B/SS

 

Off the list: Akil BaddooNicky Lopez

Jorge Mateo currently leads the league in stolen bases. Too early to tell if it is in fact… too early to tell if Mateo can keep this pace up, but, for now, he should be rostered in deeper mixed leagues.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Juan Soto WSH OF
2 Mike Trout LAA OF
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF
4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B
5 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
6 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
7 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF
8 Aaron Judge NYY OF
9 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF
10 Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL OF
11 Matt Olson ATL 1B
12 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B +4
13 Jesse Winker SEA OF +4
14 Manny Machado SD 3B +10
15 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF
16 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B -4
17 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B -4
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +5
19 Christian Yelich MIL OF +3
20 Michael Brantley HOU OF
21 Yasmani Grandal CWS C/1B -7
22 Justin Turner LAD 3B -1
23 Josh Bell WSH 1B Unranked
24 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B Unranked
25 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B Unranked

 

Off the list: Shohei OhtaniBryan ReynoldsCorey Seager

Josh Bell is enjoying a fantastic start to his 2022 contract year. Bell is slashing a robust .336/.428/.488 with 21 RBI. The switch-hitting first baseman is coming off of a very solid and overlooked 2021 and is looking to cash in this offseason.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF +2
2 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B -1
3 Luis Arraez MIN 1B/2B/3B/OF -1
4 Mark Canha NYM OF
5 Daniel Vogelbach PIT 1B
6 Brandon Belt SF 1B Unranked
7 Jesús Aguílar MIA 1B
8 Ben Gamel PIT OF Unranked
9 Austin Hays BAL OF Unranked
10 José Iglesias COL 2B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Eric Hosmer (ownership), Jeff McNeil (ownership), Nathaniel LoweGarrett Cooper

Ben Gamel has been on a roll of late. The Pirates outfielder enjoyed a decent little 111-game sample size last year with Pittsburgh and has picked up right where he left off in 2022. Over the past two weeks, Gamel is hitting .367/.426/.612.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Max Scherzer NYM SP +1
4 Julio Urías LAD SP -3
5 Max Fried ATL SP +1
6 Corbin Burnes MIL SP +1
7 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
8 Adam Wainwright STL SP +2
9 Joe Musgrove SD SP +4
10 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
11 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
12 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +5
13 Yu Darvish SD SP +2
14 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -9
15 Justin Verlander HOU SP +3
16 José Berríos TOR SP -7
17 Alek Manoah TOR SP +2
18 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -2
19 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -5
20 Chris Bassitt NYM SP +1
21 Logan Webb SF SP +1
22 Framber Valdez HOU SP -2
23 Sean Manaea SD SP
24 Aaron Nola PHI SP
25 Pablo López MIA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Robbie Ray

I think it is safe to say Justin Verlander is back. The 39-year-old is now 5-1 across seven starts including four in a row. Verlander also owns a microscopic 1.38 ERA.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Michael Lorenzen LAA SP/RP Unranked
2 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP -1
3 Paul Blackburn OAK SP
4 Jake Odorizzi HOU SP Unranked
5 Josiah Gray WSH SP Unranked
6 Jameson Taillon NYY SP
7 Ranger Suárez PHI SP/RP Unranked
8 Dakota Hudson STL SP Unranked
9 Adrian Houser MIL SP
10 Josh Winder MIN SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Jordan MontgomeryCole Irvin (injury), James KaprielianSteven Matz, Chris FlexenDylan Bundy

Former starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter, Michael Lorenzen, has been terrific for the Angels so far this year out of their rotation. Through six turns, the righty has four wins and a 3.57 ERA.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Walker Buehler LAD SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
4 Gerrit Cole NYY SP +1
5 Justin Verlander HOU SP +5
6 Julio Urías LAS SP +1
7 Carlos Rodón SF SP +2
8 Shane Bieber CLE SP -2
9 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +7
10 Max Fried ATL SP +4
11 Logan Webb SF SP +2
12 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -4
13 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
14 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -3
15 Shohei Ohtani LAA SP/UT +2
16 Robbie Ray SEA SP -4
17 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -13
18 Chris Bassitt NYM SP +2
19 Pablo López MIA SP +2
20 Aaron Nola PHI SP +2
21 Frankie Montas OAK SP +2
22 Alek Manoah TOR SP Unranked
23 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -4
24 Joe Musgrove SD SP Unranked
25 Nestor Cortes Jr. NYY SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Mike ClevingerTrevor RogersCharlie Morton

Corbin Burnes has really had some bad luck to this point. The reigning NL Cy Young has a 1.77 ERA through seven starts but only a lackluster 1-2 record to show for it. Over his last three starts, Burnes has a 1.80 ERA and an 0-2 record. One would have to imagine that the wins will start to fall for the righty.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Zack Greinke KC SP +1
2 Jameson Taillon NYY SP +3
3 Paul Blackburn OAK SP +4
4 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP +5
5 Madison Bumgarner ARZ SP +3
6 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP -3
7 Brad Keller KC SP Unranked
8 Corey Kluber TB SP -7
9 Bruce Zimmerman BAL SP Unranked
10 José Quintana PIT SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Michael Pineda (injury), Cole Irvin (injury), Eric Lauer (ownership)

Remember José Quintana? It has been a good five or six years since Quintana has been relevant in any sense of the word, but here we are in 2022 and the veteran lefty is back on fantasy radars. Quintana has allowed three runs or fewer in all seven of his starts and now sports a 2.19 ERA on the year.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Max Scherzer NYM SP
3 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Robbie Ray SEA SP
6 Dylan Cease CWS SP +3
7 Freddy Peralta MIL SP
8 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -2
9 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +2
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP
11 Yu Darvish SD SP -3
12 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
13 Justin Verlander HOU SP
14 Carlos Rodón SF SP +4
15 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
16 Joe Musgrove SD SP +3
17 Shohei Ohtani LAA SP/UT +4
18 Shane McClanahan TB SP +5
19 José Berríos TOR SP -5
20 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP
21 Walker Buehler LAD SP -5
22 Frankie Montas OAK SP
23 Sean Manaea SD SP Unranked
24 Charlie Morton ATL SP -7
25 Tyler Mahle CIN SP -1

 

Off the list: Clayton Kershaw

Despite an ugly 1-4 record, Aaron Nola has looked pretty good thus far. The right-hander has a 3.64 ERA and has struck out 55 batters across 47 innings.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josiah Gray WSH SP
2 Dane Dunning TEX SP +3
3 Hunter Greene CIN SP Unranked
4 George Kirby SEA SP Unranked
5 Steven Matz STL SP -1
6 Germán Márquez COL SP Unranked
7 Josh Winder MIN SP Unranked
8 Nick Pivetta BOS SP Unranked
9 Corey Kluber TB SP -3
10 Jameson Taillon NYY SP -3

 

Off the list: Eric Lauer (ownership), Merrill Kelly (ownership), Matt BrashVince Velasquez, Dylan Bundy

Lot of names here who can miss some bats but also can lose you a week.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Josh Hader MIL RP
2 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
3 Kenley Jansen ATL RP
4 Jordan Romano TOR RP +3
5 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
6 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP
7 Edwin Díaz NYM RP +1
8 Craig Kimbrel LAD RP -4
9 Taylor Rogers SD RP +2
10 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP -1
11 Giovanny Gallegos STL RP -1
12 Corey Knebel PHI SP/RP
13 Camilo Doval SF RP
14 Andrew Kittredge TB SP/RP
15 Daniel Bard COL RP +2
16 Ryan Pressly HOU RP +4
17 Anthony Bender MIA RP +2
18 Jorge López BAL SP/RP +7
19 David Robertson CHC RP -4
20 Joe Barlow TEX RP Unranked
21 Scott Barlow KC RP
22 David Bednar PIT RP
23 Emilio Pagán MIN RP Unranked
24 Mark Melancon ARZ RP -6
25 Lou Trivino OAK RP -2

 

Off the list: Jake DiekmanTanner Rainey

David Bednar is now 7-for-7 in save opportunities with a splendid 1.00 ERA and 0.61 WHIP. While he may not get many chances for the Pirates, he should still provide great ratios for fantasy owners.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Anthony Bender MIA RP +1
2 Jorge López BAL SP/RP +3
3 Emilio Pagán MIN RP Unranked
4 Lou Trivino OAK RP -1
5 Gregory Soto DET RP +1
6 Dany Jiménez OAK RP +1
7 Rowan Wick CHC RP Unranked
8 Ian Kennedy ARZ RP
9 Tanner Rainey WSH RP -8
10 Jake Diekman BOS RP -6

 

Off the list: Joe Barlow (ownership), Josh Staumont

Mark Melancon has been pretty horrendous in the closer’s role for Arizona, to the point where you have to wonder when the move will be made to replace him. Ian Kennedy filled in nicely for Melancon while he was on the shelf and has the experience to make sense as a serviceable replacement.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer NYM SP +1
2 Corbin Burnes MIL SP +3
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Gerrit Cole NYY SP -3
5 Justin Verlander HOU SP +2
6 Shane Bieber CLE SP -2
7 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +4
8 Julio Urías LAD SP +1
9 Carlos Rodón SF SP +6
10 Max Fried ATL SP +4
11 Yu Darvish SD SP -1
12 Joe Musgrove SD SP +4
13 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
14 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -6
15 Robbie Ray SEA SP -2
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP +3
17 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
18 Logan Webb SF SP
19 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -13
20 Chris Bassitt NYM SP
21 Pablo López MIA SP +4
22 Sean Manaea SD SP +1
23 Adam Wainwright STL SP -1
24 Alek Manoah TOR SP Unranked
25 Nestor Cortes Jr. NYY SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: José BerríosCharlie Morton

Pablo López has been downright excellent to this point in 2022. The 26-year-old has allowed more than one run only once across seven starts and has a sparkling 0.81 WHIP, good for third in the majors.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Zack Greinke KC SP
2 Brad Keller KC SP +4
3 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP +2
4 Jameson Taillon NYY SP +6
5 Paul Blackburn OAK SP Unranked
6 José Quintana PIT SP/RP Unranked
7 Corey Kluber TB SP -3
8 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP Unranked
9 Martín Pérez TEX SP/RP Unranked
10 Cal Quantrill CLE SP/RP -8

 

Off the list: Michael Pineda (injury), Miles Mikolas (ownership), Eric Lauer (ownership), Merrill Kelly (ownership)

One of the best pitchers in the American League to this point, Paul Blackburn has done an excellent job at limiting baserunners, to the tune of a 0.90 WHIP. He needs to be owned in more than two-thirds of leagues.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer NYM SP +1
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP -1
3 Walker Buehler LAD SP
4 Shane Bieber CLE SP
5 Max Fried ATL SP
6 Corbin Burnes MIL SP +1
7 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +1
8 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
9 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP -3
10 Kevin Gausman TOR SP +2
11 Adam Wainwright STL SP
12 Zack Wheeler PHI SP -2
13 Logan Webb SF SP +2
14 Justin Verlander HOU SP +5
15 Yu Darvish SD SP +1
16 Joe Musgrove SD SP +4
17 Robbie Ray SEA SP -3
18 Frankie Montas OAK SP
19 Sean Manaea SD SP +4
20 Alek Manoah TOR SP +5
21 Chris Bassitt NYM SP +3
22 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -5
23 Framber Valdez HOU SP -2
24 Zac Gallen ARZ SP Unranked
25 José Berríos TOR SP -12

 

Off the list: Charlie Morton

With four consecutive quality starts, Zac Gallen’s numbers improve to a 1.05 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. The right-hander has had some tough luck, though, compiling only two victories so far this year.

 

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

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brad Keller KC SP
2 Chad Kuhl COL SP/RP +3
3 Austin Gomber COL SP Unranked
4 José Quintana PIT SP/RP Unranked
5 Martín Pérez TEX SP/RP Unranked
6 Chris Flexen SEA SP
7 Michael Lorenzen LAA SP/RP Unranked
8 Ranger Suárez PHI SP/RP Unranked
9 Dakota Hudson STL SP Unranked
10 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP

 

Off the list: Eric Lauer (ownership), Miles Mikolas (ownership), Cole Irvin (injury), Michael Pineda (injury), Marco GonzalesZack Greinke

While inconsistent, Austin Gomber has still posted quality starts in four of his last five outings. Two of those four were in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field as well. Gomber is far from a must-own but he is a guy who can log a QS from time to time depending on the opponent. He is firmly on the streaming radar.

 

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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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