Category Power Rankings: Week 6

We are at the point in the year where we are getting an idea of exactly where we stand with the team that we drafted.

Whether you were a little too high on a player or maybe you happened to strike gold in the later rounds, your team has an identity. And if that identity is all speed and no power, a lot of strikeouts but poor ERA, or a bunch of pop but no average, I am here to help.

As we ring in May, let’s take a look at where we stand heading into week six of the fantasy season.

 

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 Christian Yelich MIL OF
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
6 Mookie Betts BOS OF
7 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
8 Jean Segura PHI SS
9 Michael Brantley HOU OF
10 Justin Turner LAD 3B +1
11 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +1
12 Joey Votto CIN 1B -2
13 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +1
14 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
15 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -2
16 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF
17 David Peralta ARZ OF +1
18 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -1
19 Robinson Cano NYM 1B/2B +2
20 Elvis Andrus TEX SS +3
21 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -2
22 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +3
23 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF Unranked
24 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
25 Bryce Harper PHI OF -5

Off the List: Kris Bryant

After an injury-riddled 2018, Elvis Andrus is looking a lot like his 2017 version. Even if he is unable to maintain his insane HR/FB rate, Andrus should still be able to give you a .300 average.

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 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF +1
4 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 3B/SS +1
5 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF Unranked
6 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/OF +2
7 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
8 Jesse Winker CIN OF -2
9 Brian Goodwin LAA OF Unranked
10 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF -3

Off the List: Nick Markakis (ownership), Adam Frazier

Brandon Lowe is still available in about 60% of ESPN leagues and is stuffing the stat sheet. Average should be his strongest category, along with a little bit of pop, so you probably need to go out and get him if he is somehow still on the wire.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Fernando Tatis Jr. (injury), Alex Bregman

The Rockies lineup appears to be finally turning the corner—at least their big bats are. Nolan Arenado has been otherworldly the past week-and-a-half, and it is not surprising that as he goes, so does Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, and the entire Colorado order. Look for all three to remain elite sources of runs throughout the season.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jorge Polanco MIN SS
2 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF +1
3 Brett Gardner NYY OF -1
4 Leury Garcia CHW OF +3
5 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF -1
6 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF +1
7 Max Kepler MIN OF Unranked
8 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF -2
9 Brian Goodwin LAA OF Unranked
10 Randal Grichuk TOR OF

Off the List: Adam Frazier, Nick Markakis (ownership)

Brian Goodwin has never been an exciting player, especially in the fantasy community, but he is performing at a higher level than he ever has. This could also be due in part to his recent promotion to the 3-hole in the Angles order right behind the all-mighty Mike Trout. But let’s give Goodwin some credit; he is showing some very good plate discipline, and if he continues to hit behind Trout, he could be a solid mixed-league option. Definitely give him a look in five outfielder leagues.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Charlie Blackmon

This might be the year. This might be the year Nelson Cruz doesn’t reach those elite power numbers we have come to expect from him. Yes, his overall numbers are still pretty good, and he is still on pace for over 30 home runs, but some of his underlying numbers are not as promising. His HR/FB rate so far is the lowest sine 2012. His strikeout rate is the highest of his career. He has an alarmingly high .377 BABIP. And while he is hitting the ball incredibly hard, he is making a career-low amount of contact. I have never been one to doubt Cruz from year to year, and he will more than likely prove me wrong, but could this be the year he finally falls off?

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Franmil Reyes SD OF
2 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B
3 Christian Walker ARZ 1B +2
4 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
5 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF -2
6 Max Kepler MIN OF +1
7 Rowdy Tellez TOR 1B +2
8 Eric Thames MIL 1B Unranked
9 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B +1
10 Asdrubal Cabrera TEX 2B/3B/SS -2

Off the List: Asdrubal Cabrera

Eric Thames is getting a good share of playing time in the Milwaukee lineup due in large part to the early struggles of Jesus Aguilar. Even with Aguilar picking it up of late, Thames figures to get his share of at-bats against righties, so he should be a decent bet for some pop when in the lineup.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Mookie Betts

After a slow start, which has become an annual routine for Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs first baseman has started to find his stroke. He is about as safe as they come in terms of run producers go, and he is on a 116-RBI pace.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dansby Swanson ATL SS +6
2 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +1
3 Justin Smoak TOR 1B +1
4 Rowdy Tellez TOR 1B +2
5 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF -4
6 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B Unranked
7 Jorge Soler KC OF +3
8 Chad Pinder OAK 2B/3B/OF
9 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
10 Randal Grichuk TOR OF -1

Off the List: Josh Bell (ownership), Ketel Marte (ownership)

We could be FINALLY witnessing the breakout of former No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson. The Braves have moved Swanson up in the order into the 2-hole this past week, and that is only going to benefit him. He is still available in nearly half of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, so you do not want to be the one who missed the boat on the post-hype breakout.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Mallex Smith, Fernando Tatis Jr. (injury)

Jose Altuve is starting to concern me. He has gotten on base plenty but has only attempted three steals. With a good chunk of his value coming from the speed department, this needs to be rectified quickly.

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

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

Off the List: Garrett Hampson

When one door closes, another one opens. With the demotion of Mallex Smith to Triple-A, as well as from the Top 25 list (for now), there is a good chance he was dropped in your league. We do not know just how long Smith will remain on the farm, but one has to imagine it will not be too long before he is back with the big club once he gets his stroke back. That being the case, if you have the roster flexibility and can afford to stash an elite base stealer, you might want to do so.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: None

As I am typing this, Mike Trout has more than double the amount of walks to strikeouts. Just let that sink in.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
2 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/OF +1
3 Brett Gardner NYY OF -1
4 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B +4
5 Josh Bell PIT 1B +1
6 Jorge Polanco MIN SS +1
7 Niko Goodrum DET 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF +3
8 Dansby Swanson ATL SS +1
9 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
10 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF -5

Off the List: Nick Markakis (ownership)

Jeff McNeil just flat out hits. It is not out of the realm of possibility that, as long as he continues to get everyday at-bats, he could win the batting title this year. And with that elite batting average comes a very good OBP.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Corey Kluber (injury)

We ar awaiting the official update on Corey Kluber‘s rest-of-season outlook after his forearm fractur Wednesday, but the initial reports do not sound promising. It appears it will be a lengthy absence for the former Cy Young Award winner.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Frankie Montas OAK SP
2 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP +1
3 Zach Eflin PHI SP +2
4 Brett Anderson OAK SP
5 Jordan Lyles PIT SP +1
6 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +2
7 Zach Davies MIL SP +3
8 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked
9 Martin Perez MIN SP Unranked
10 Dereck Rodriguez SF SP -1

Off the List: Mike Minor (ownership), Mike Leake

Martin Perez has been somewhat interesting this year, which puts him light-years ahead of where he has been the past couple of seasons. His velocity is up two MPH on average, and he has developed a cutter, which has yielded very good results. For now, he’s matchup-dependent, but keep an eye on him.

 

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 Justin Verlander HOU SP +1
5 Blake Snell TB SP -1
6 Chris Sale BOS SP
7 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
8 Aaron Nola PHI SP +1
9 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +1
10 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
11 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
12 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
13 James Paxton NYY SP +1
14 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
15 Jameson Taillon PIT SP
16 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
17 Luis Castillo CIN SP +2
18 German Marquez COL SP
19 Zack Greinke ARZ SP +6
20 Walker Buehler LAD SP
21 Shane Bieber CLE SP +1
22 Tyler Glasnow TB SP/RP +2
23 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP
24 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP Unranked
25 Cole Hamels CHC SP Unranked

Off the List: Corey Kluber (injury), Kyle Hendricks

Hyun-Jin Ryu is having a great year, and it is kind of going unnoticed. He has an xFIP of 2.50, which is lower than his ERA, and a SIERA of 2.80 to support just how dominant he has been. 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP
2 Frankie Montas OAK SP +1
3 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +3
4 Aaro Sanchez TOR SP +4
5 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP
6 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP +4
7 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP Unranked
8 Zach Eflin PHI SP Unranked
9 Martin Perez MIN SP Unranked
10 Brad Keller KC SP/RP -3

Off the List: Mike Minor (ownership), Caleb Smith (ownership), Trevor Richards

The underlying numbers behind Aaron Sanchez‘s start to the season are not flattering, but he is getting it done. Currently in the top 10 in ERA, Sanchez pitches in a tough division in a hitter’s park, but he is just a couple of years and a handful of blisters removed from his breakout in 2016.

 

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 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP +1
9 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
10 Chris Sale BOS SP -2
11 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP +2
12 German Marquez COL SP
13 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP
15 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +5
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP
17 Robbie Ray ARZ SP
18 Luis Castillo CIN SP +4
19 Jack Flaherty STL SP +2
20 Zack Greinke ARZ SP +3
21 Walker Buehler LAD SP -3
22 Chris Archer PIT SP -3
23 Matt Boyd DET SP +1
24 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +1
25 Cole Hamels CHC SP Unranked

Off the List: Corey Kluber (injury)

Stephen Strasburg has posted eight or more strikeouts in six of his seven starts this year. He is proving once again that, when healthy, he is as close to the elite tier as they come, especially when it comes to missing bats.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Vince Velasquez PHI SP +7
2 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP Unranked
3 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP
4 Luke Weaver ARZ SP/RP +2
5 Reynaldo Lopez CHW SP +4
6 Joey Lucchesi SD SP Unranked
7 Jordan Lyles PIT SP/RP Unranked
8 Pablo Lopez MIA SP
9 Spencer Turnbull DET SP -3
10 Dylan Bundy BAL SP

Off the List: Caleb Smith (ownership), Derek Holland, Jakob Junis

Anthony Desclafani has been a plus in the strikeout category this year, punching out at least six in four of his starts. We have been waiting for a fully healthy season out of Desclafani for what feels like forever, so here’s to hoping this might be it.

 

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 Roberto Osuna HOU RP
5 Brad Hand CLE RP
6 Kirby Yates SD RP +1
7 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP -1
8 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
9 Sean Doolittle WSH RP
10 Ken Giles TOR RP
11 Jordan Hicks STL RP
12 Josh Hader MIL RP
13 Greg Holland ARZ RP +2
14 Wade Davis COL RP
15 Shane Greene DET RP +2
16 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP +3
17 Ryan Brasier BOS RP +1
18 Will Smith SF RP +2
19 Alex Colome CHW RP +2
20 A.J. Minter ATL RP -4
21 Pedro Strop CHC RP +2
22 Hector Neris PHI RP +2
23 Blake Parker MIN RP +2
24 Jose Alvarado TB RP -2
25 Diego Castillo TB RP Unranked

Off the List: Jose Leclerc

The situation in Tampa Bay is a bit of a headache for fantasy owners, and more specifically those who invested draft capital in Jose Alvarado. Diego Castillo appears to be an alternative that manager Kevin Cash will turn to in certain matchups to close out ballgames, but I would still bet on Alvarado finishing the year with more saves.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 A.J. Minter ATL RP
2 Pedro Strop CHC RP
3 Hector Neris PHI RP
4 Blake Parker MIN RP
5 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP
6 Roenis Elias SEA SP/RP +1
7 Shawn Kelley TEX RP Unranked
8 Hansel Robles LAA RP Unranked
9 Ty Buttrey LAA RP Unranked
10 Jeremy Jeffress MIL RP -2

Off the List: Anthony Swarzak, Michael Givens, Brandon Morrow

Like Tampa Bay, the closing situation for the Angels is a little murky. Hansel Robles appears to be the favorite at first glance, but keep an eye on Ty Buttrey as he has been the Angels’ best reliever so far.

 

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
6 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
7 Chris Sale BOS SP
8 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +3
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP
10 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
11 Jose Berrios MIN SP +2
12 James Paxton NYY SP
13 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
14 Zack Greinke ARZ SP +1
15 German Marquez COL SP +2
16 Jameson Taillon PIT SP
17 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
18 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
19 David Price BOS SP +5
20 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP Unranked
21 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP -1
22 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -1
23 Shane Bieber CLE SP
24 Madison Bumgarner SF SP +1
25 Tyler Glasnow TB SP/RP Unranked

Off the List: Corey Kluber (injury), Kyle Hendricks

Clayton Kershaw has really impressed since returning from the injured list. Even with his declining velocity, the guy still pitches at a high level when he is on the bump. You can always count on outstanding ratios with the Dodger lefty.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP
2 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP +1
3 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP +2
4 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +3
5 Steven Matz NYM SP +5
6 Wade Miley HOU SP +2
7 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP Unranked
8 Frankie Montas OAK SP -2
9 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP Unranked
10 Zach Eflin PHI SP Unranked

Off the List: Mike Minor (ownership), Caleb Smith (ownership), Brad Keller

After a bit of a rough patch to begin the year, Matt Strahm has turned it around of late. While the velocity he was showing last year, or even in spring training, is not quite there, he ha been effective and has limited baserunners.

 

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
6 Blake Snell TB SP +1
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP
8 Chris Sale BOS SP +1
9 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP +2
10 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP
11 Jameson Taillon PIT SP +1
12 Jose Berrios MIN SP +2
13 Zack Greinke ARZ SP
14 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +4
15 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
16 German Marquez COL SP
17 James Paxton NYY SP
18 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
19 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
20 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
21 Tyler Glasnow TB SP/RP +2
22 Madison Bumgarner SF SP
23 Cole Hamels CHC SP +2
24 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
25 Jake Arrieta PHI SP Unranked

Off the List: Corey Kluber (injury)

Jake Arrieta has five quality starts, and Chris Sale has two. What a weird first month it has been.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP
2 Steven Matz NYM SP +4
3 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP +4
4 Frankie Montas OAK SP +3
5 Adam Wainwright STL SP Unranked
6 Jordan Lyles PIT SP/RP Unranked
7 Martin Perez MIN SP Unranked
8 Mike Leake SEA SP -5
9 Brett Anderson OAK SP
10 Brad Keller KC SP

Off the List: Mike Minor (ownership), Caleb Smith (ownership), Trevor Richards

Adam Wainwright has posted a quality start in four of his six starts this year. With that potent offense in St. Louis, even an aging arm such as Wainwright can be decent enough to pick up a quality start and possibly a win.

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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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