Category Power Rankings: Week 7

Time for your weekly dose of CPR!

Uh, no, not that type of CPR. But if you are anything like me and have been riddled with injuries or cannot escape the clutches of your studs’ poor starts to the season, I am here to breathe some fresh air into those fantasy lungs of yours.

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Christian Yelich MIL OF +3
2 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
3 Mike Trout LAA OF -1
4 Jose Altuve HOU 2B -3
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
6 Mookie Betts BOS OF
7 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
8 Michael Brantley HOU OF +1
9 Jean Segura PHI SS -1
10 Justin Turner LAD 3B
11 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
12 Charlie Blackmon COL OF +1
13 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS +1
14 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF +1
15 David Peralta ARZ OF +2
16 Elvis Andrus TEX SS +4
17 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF +6
18 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -3
19 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +3
20 Joey Votto CIN 1B -8
21 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS -3
22 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF +2
23 Jorge Polanco MIN SS Unranked
24 Robinson Cano NYM 2B -5
25 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -4

Off the List: Bryce Harper

A little bit of a shakeup for this list, specifically at the top. Jose Altuve was finally removed from the top spot as he is currently hitting under .240 through the first six weeks or so. I’m not fully convinced Altuve has just completely forgotten how to hit, but his struggles to this point do need to be addressed accordingly on this list. His .224 BABIP leads me to believe that he should bounce back, it’s just a matter of when.

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
4 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF +1
5 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B Unranked
6 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/OF
7 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
8 Brian Goodwin LAA OF +1
9 Leury Garcia CHW OF Unranked
10 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF

Off the List: Eduardo Escobar (ownership), Jesse Winker

Jorge Polanco is an interesting case in terms of ownership. He is only 58% owned in Yahoo leagues but over 75% in ESPN. And Brandon Lowe is the opposite. He is 74% owned in Yahoo and only 48% in ESPN formats. Not really sure of the correlation there, but until they are more widely owned across all platforms, they will remain on this list.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Tommy Pham, Juan Soto

The ageless one, Edwin Encarnacion, has benefitted greatly from the early season success of the Mariners’ lineup. Even though they appear to be coming back to earth recently, Encarnacion continues to produce and he is scoring a ton. He is currently on a 130-run pace.

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
3 Leury Garcia CHW OF +1
4 Brett Gardner NYY OF -1
5 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF +1
6 Max Kepler MIN OF +1
7 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF -2
8 Brian Goodwin LAA OF +1
9 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B Unranked
10 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF -2

Off the List: Randal Grichuk

Leury Garcia has been a nice little source of runs and steals so far this season. He is getting everyday run at the top of the ChiSox lineup and with Jose Abreu driving in runs the way he has so far, Garcia could flirt with 100 runs.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Mookie Betts

I have always been a big George Springer guy, so to see him produce so well the first several weeks of the year is a welcome sight. The power has always been legit for Springer and he’s one of the best leadoff men in baseball. When he is right, he is a multi-category stud and can carry you for weeks at a time. He is even running again this year! I am all in.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Franmil Reyes SD OF
2 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF +3
3 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +1
4 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B Unranked
5 Derek Dietrich CIN 1B/2B/OF Unranked
6 Max Kepler MIN OF
7 Rowdy Tellez MIN OF
8 Christian Walker ARZ 1B -5
9 Jorge Soler KC OF Unranked
10 Eric Thames MIL 1B -2

Off the List: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hunter Dozier (ownership), Yandy Diaz

As I am writing this, Derek Dietrich has more home runs than Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout. So … there’s that. 

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: None

Jose Abreu has looked much more like the slugger we saw consistently put up solid run production numbers from 2014 to 2017. After battling injuries lat year, he was somewhat cast aside as “washed up,” but I feel like that couldn’t be further from the truth. Expect Abreu to be as Abreu-like as he can moving forward posting his patented .290, 30 HRs and 100 RBI.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Dansby Swanson ATL SS
2 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
3 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
4 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF +1
5 Jorge Soler KC OF +2
6 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B Unranked
7 Rowdy Tellez TOR 1B -3
8 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF Unranked
9 Derek Dietrich CIN 1B/2B/OF Unranked
10 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B -1

Off the List: Hunter Dozier (ownership), Chad Pinder, Randal Grichuk

While Mitch Moreland‘s AVG leaves little to be desired, he is driving in his fair share of runs. Hitting around those big boppers in that BoSox lineup should provide him with plenty of RBI opportunities all year long.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Delino DeShields

Kevin Kiermaier has actually attempted more steals than Christian Yelich thus far. Health has always been an issue for the slick-fielding centerfielder, but when on the field his speed usually plays.

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

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

Off the List: Adam Frazier

Back-to-back weeks now we have lost a good source of steals to demotion. Delino DeShields is this week’s casualty, and while he really isn’t on the level of Mallex Smith in terms of stash-ability (yup, just made that word up), he still remains on this list because there just aren’t many good sources of SBs available. He should be back up with the big club relatively soon.

 

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 Christian Yelich MIL OF +3
6 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
7 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF +2
8 Jose Altuve HOU 2B -1
9 Mookie Betts BOS OF +2
10 Joey Votto CIN 1B -5
11 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +2
12 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF +3
13 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF -1
14 Juan Soto WSH OF
15 Tommy Pham TB OF +2
16 Nolan Arenado CHC 3B/OF +2
17 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +2
18 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -8
19 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF +1
20 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
21 Carlos Santana CLE 1B/3B +2
22 Michael Conforto NYM OF +2
23 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -7
24 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B +1
25 Joey Gallo TEX 1B/OF Unranked

Off the List: Matt Carpenter

Kris Bryant has been scorching hot over the past week or so and is finally starting to return some of that third or fourth round draft value. He is seeing the ball really well right now and is currently posting a career-high walk rate to this point in the season.

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
3 Jorge Polanco MIN SS +3
4 Kolten Wong STL 2B Unranked
5 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B +4
6 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF Unranked
7 Brett Gardner NYY OF -4
8 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B Unranked
9 Dansby Swanson ATL SS -1
10 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF

Off the List: Hunter Dozier (ownership), Josh Bell (ownership), Niko Goodrum

Amidst all of the great hitters in the Phillies’ lineup, Cesar Hernandez kind of gets lost in the shuffle. There was a lot of doubt heading into this season in regards to his production hitting towards the bottom of the lineup, but he’s done a nice job. Hernandez has always shown good plate discipline and that hasn’t changed this year.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Jameson Taillon (injury)

Max Scherzer currently sits at 1-4 on the season. Scherzer has pitched far better than his record indicates. His ERA is at a very un-Scherzer-like 3.78 while his FIP and xFIP stand at 1.95 and 2.52, respectively. Don’t bail on Mad Max, the wins will come.

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
3 Zach Eflin PHI SP
4 Brett Anderson OAK SP
5 Zach Davies MIL SP +2
6 Martin Perez MIN SP +3
7 Jordan Lyles PIT SP -2
8 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP Unranked
9 Adam Wainwright STL SP -1
10 Jeff Samardzija SF SP -4

Off the List: Dereck Rodriguez

Brandon Woodruff has turned it around significantly over his last three starts. The strikeout upside has always been there, and with that high-powered Brewers offense backing him, he should be in line for his fair share of wins.

 

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
5 Blake Snell TB SP
6 Chris Sale BOS SP
7 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
8 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +2
9 Aaron Nola PHI SP -1
10 Jose Berrios MIN SP +2
11 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
12 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
13 Luis Castillo CIN SP +4
14 Charlie Morton TB SP +2
15 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -6
16 Zack Greinke ARZ SP +3
17 Tyler Glasnow TB SP/RP +5
18 James Paxton NYY SP -5
19 German Marquez COL SP -1
20 Walker Buehler LAD SP
21 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP +3
22 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +1
23 Shane Bieber CLE SP -2
24 Chris Paddack SD SP Unranked
25 Cole Hamels CHC SP

Off the List: Jameson Taillon (injury)

Padres’ rookie Chris Paddack has been electric and as advertised thus far. His fastball currently has the second-highest pVAL of all pitchers and he’s shown he can dial it up when needed. Right, Pete Alonso? The only issue I see with him in regards to these power rankings are his inevitable restrictions that San Diego will put on him as the season carries on. But until then, continue to reap the benefits.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Spencer Turnbull DET SP Unranked
2 Frankie Montas OAK SP
3 Zack Davies SP Unranked
4 Trevor Williams PIT SP -3
5 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP +2
6 Zach Eflin PHI SP +2
7 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP -3
8 Martin Perez MIN SP +1
9 Jeff Samardzija SF SP -6
10 Sonny Gray CIN SP/RP -5

Off the List: Brad Keller, Merrill Kelly

Spencer Turnbull appears to be pretty legit. His slider has been very effective and he has good enough velocity to maintain relevancy in mixed leagues. He is available in almost 80% of ESPN leagues! 

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP
2 Gerrit Cole HOU SP +2
3 Justin Verlander HOU SP
4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP -2
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP
6 Blake Snell TB SP
7 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP +1
8 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
9 Chris Sale BOS SP +1
10 Charlie Morton TB SP +3
11 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +4
12 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -1
13 German Marquez COL SP -1
14 Jose Berrios MIN SP
15 James Paxton NYY SP -8
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP
17 Luis Castillo CIN SP +1
18 Robbie Ray ARZ SP -1
19 Matt Boyd DET SP +4
20 Jack Flaherty STL SP -1
21 Zack Greinke ARZ SP -1
22 Caleb Smith MIA SP Unranked
23 Cole Hamels CHC SP +2
24 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
25 Madison Bumgarner SF SP Unranked

Off the List: Chris Archer (injury), Walker Buehler

Patrick Corbin is throwing his slider less than he did last year, but the strikeouts continue to pile up. After his first start of the year, Corbin has posted at least 9.00 K/9 in every outing since.

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

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

Off the List: Dylan Bundy

Luke Weaver has been able to work his cutter and curveball effectively so far and has shown why the Diamondbacks wanted him in return for their franchise first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Edwin Diaz NYM RP
2 Kenley Jansen LAD RP +1
3 Kirby Yates SD RP +3
4 Roberto Osuna HOU RP
5 Brad Hand CLE RP
6 Blake Treinen OAK RP -4
7 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
8 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
9 Josh Hader MIL RP +3
10 Jordan Hicks STL RP +1
11 Ken Giles TOR RP -1
12 Sean Doolittle WSH RP -3
13 Greg Holland ARZ RP
14 Shane Greene DET RP +1
15 Wade Davis COL RP -1
16 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP
17 Will Smith SF RP +1
18 Ryan Brasier BOS RP -1
19 Alex Colome CHW RP
20 Hector Neris PHI RP +2
21 Blake Parker MIN RP +2
22 Matt Barnes BOS RP Unranked
23 Jose Alvarado TB RP +1
24 Diego Castillo TB RP +1
25 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP Unranked

Off the List: A.J. Minter, Pedro Strop (injury)

Kirby Yates has been arguably the best closer in baseball to this point. He leads the majors in saves and is striking out 43% of hitters. 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hector Neris PHI RP +2
2 Blake Parker MIN RP +2
3 Matt Barnes BOS RP Unranked
4 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP +1
5 Hansel Robles LAA RP +3
6 Mychal Givens BAL RP Unranked
7 Roenis Elias SEA SP/RP -1
8 Chris Martin TEX RP Unranked
9 Luke Jackson ATL RP Unranked
10 Ty Buttrey LAA RP -1

Off the List: A.J. Minter, Pedro Strop (injury), Shawn Kelley (injury), Jeremy Jeffress

It seemed as if Ryan Brasier had Alex Cora’s confidence in the ninth inning, but his recent struggles may have changed that. Matt Barnes has been Boston’s best reliever this year and he was already in the mix for saves. I don’t think Cora has completely given up on Brasier, but expect Barnes to be much more involved in this committee-style pen.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Max Scherzer WSH SP
2 Justin Verlander HOU SP +2
3 Blake Snell TB SP
4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP -2
5 Trevor Bauer CLE SP
6 Gerrit Cole HOU SP
7 Chris Sale BOS SP
8 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
9 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP +1
10 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
11 Zack Greinke ARZ SP +3
12 Aaron Nola PHI SP -3
13 Patrick Corbin WSH SP
14 Luis Castillo CIN SP +3
15 German Marquez COL SP
16 James Paxton NYY SP -4
17 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +3
18 Charlie Morton TB SP
19 Tyler Glasnow TB SP/RP +6
20 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP Unranked
21 Chris Paddack SD SP Unranked
22 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP
23 David Price BOS SP -4
24 Shane Bieber CLE SP -1
25 Madison Bumgarner SF SP -1

Off the List: Jameson Taillon (injury), Masahiro Tanaka

Carlos Carrasco‘s first three starts of the year put him in a hole. But over his last five he has looked much more like the “Cookie” we know and love. He has done an excellent job of limiting baserunners during that span, while also racking up 39 Ks.

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

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

Off the List: Steven Matz (injury)

Not a ton of change here from last week, but most of these guys should be owned in more leagues. They all have WHIPs around 1.20 or lower, which is difficult to find on the wire.

 

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
7 Aaron Nola PHI SP
8 Chris Sale BOS SP
9 Zack Greinke ARZ SP +4
10 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP -1
11 Jose Berrios MIN SP +1
12 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP +2
13 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP -3
14 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +1
15 German Marquez COL SP +1
16 Luis Castillo CIN SP +2
17 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP +2
18 Tyler Glasnow TB SP/RP +3
19 Charlie Morton TB SP +1
20 Matt Boyd DET SP Unranked
21 James Paxton NYY SP -4
22 Madison Bumgarner SF SP
23 Cole Hamels CHC SP
24 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
25 Jake Arrieta PHI SP

Off the List: Jameson Taillon (injury)

The sensation that is Matt Boyd continues. He has shown no signs of slowing down and has now thrown seven consecutive quality starts. If there is someone in your league who owns Boyd and might not be a believer, buy now.

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Trevor Williams PIT SP
2 Spencer Turnbull DET SP Unranked
3 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP Unranked
4 Frankie Montas OAK SP
5 Adam Wainwright STL SP
6 Martin Perez MIN SP +1
7 Jordan Lyles PIT SP/RP -1
8 Merrill Kelly ARZ SP -5
9 Brett Anderson OAK SP
10 Mike Leake SEA SP -2

Off the List: Steven Matz (injury), Brad Keller

I know I said it last week as well, but I really like the changes I have seen from Martin Perez. That cutter has been a revelation! He is under 50% owned in ESPN leagues and owned in only 60% of Yahoo leagues. He is looking more and more like a must-own as opposed to just a matchup-dependent streamer.

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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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