Category Power Rankings: Week 8

Time for your weekly dose of CPR! Or more commonly known as the Christian (Yelich) Power Rankings.

Once you get past the Brewers stud, you will find all of the top performers for each fantasy category to help guide you. While I have stayed firm on a lot of players, we are now two months into the season, and it is becoming more and more clear just what kind of numbers we can expect come September. Therefore, you will have noticed a good amount of movement over the past couple of weeks on these lists.

Although, it should be noted, things can always turn around. For instance, a guy like Matt Carpenter was hitting around .140 this time last year and ended up finishing in the top 10 in MVP voting. Once the weather starts to warm up, players’ arms and bats come alive. Don’t be the guy or gal who drops an MVP-caliber player and misses out on the elite production. There is no worse feeling in the world. NONE.

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Robinson Cano, Joey Votto

Carlos Correa is off to a very encouraging start after an injury-marred 2018. His BABIP sits at .356, which is very similar to his 2017 figure when he hit .315 in 109 games. Correa appears to be over his back injury, and as long as the stud shortstop can stay on the field, he should be a healthy source of AVG.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF +2
2 Jose Martinez STL 1B/OF Unranked
3 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B +2
4 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF
5 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS +2
6 Josh Reddick HOU OF Unranked
7 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/OF -1
8 Melky Cabrera PIT OF Unranked
9 Avisail Garcia TB OF Unranked
10 Brian Goodwin LAA OF -2

Off the List: Jeff McNeil (ownership), Jorge Polanco (ownership), Dwight Smith Jr., Leury Garcia

The hit tool for Jose Martinez has always been a plus. While he definitely fits the bill more so of a classic designated hitter, the Cardinals cannot help but keep his bat in the lineup because the guy can rake. As long as he continues to hit behind Paul Goldschmidt in the middle of that St. Louis lineup, he needs to be owned. Especially those who need a boost in batting average.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Adam Eaton

Trevor Story is ailing with a banged up knee, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious. The Rockies shortstop has been excellent and is on a 139-run pace. Hitting regularly in the two-hole of the Colorado lineup is always gonna do wonders for a player’s fantasy value.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF +1
2 Leury Garcia CHW OF +1
3 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF +2
4 Max Kepler MIN OF +2
5 Tommy La Stella LAA 2B/3B Unranked
6 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B +3
7 Brian Goodwin LAA OF +1
8 Brett Gardner NYY OF -4
9 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF -2
10 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B Unranked

Off the List: Jorge Polanco (ownership), Kevin Kiermaier

Tommy La Stella has been hitting leadoff for the Angels, and he is running with it. If he continues to hit and remains hitting leadoff, he should get plenty of run scoring opportunities hitting directly in front of Mike Trout.

 

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
6 Edwin Encarnacion SEA 1B +2
7 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
8 Mike Trout LAA OF -2
9 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF +1
10 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
11 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS +1
12 Trevor Story COL SS +1
13 Marcell Ozuna STL OF +2
14 Bryce Harper PHI OF -5
15 George Springer HOU OF +6
16 Matt Chapman OAK 3B -2
17 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS
18 Pete Alonso NYM 1B
19 Gary Sanchez NYY C +1
20 Francisco Lindor CLE SS +3
21 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS Unranked
22 Mike Moustakas MIL 2B/3B -3
23 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B +1
24 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B +1
25 Eddie Rosario MIN OF Unranked

Off the List: Ronald Acuna Jr., Nelson Cruz (injury)

As we are only half way through May, Alex Bregman has already smashed nine home runs this month. He had been steady through April, but has turned it on the last two weeks or so. He is a fantasy stud, but you already know this.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Franmil Reyes SD OF
2 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +1
3 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF -1
4 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
5 Jorge Soler KC OF +4
6 C.J. Cron MIN 1B Unranked
7 Derek Dietrich CIN 1B/2B/OF -2
8 Christian Walker ARZ 1B
9 Hunter Renfroe SD OF Unranked
10 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B Unranked

Off the List: Rowdy Tellez, Eric Thames, Max Kepler

Franmil Reyes was a popular name during draft season, but after a slow start to the year he was most likely given up on in most leagues. He has big-boy power, and as long as he plays regularly, he’ll be putting balls in the seats.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Manny Machado, Nelson Cruz (injury)

This list is becoming super difficult to sort when taking a rest-of-season outlook into consideration. I mean, a guy like Juan Soto dropped a couple spots and he is on a 122-RBI pace.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B +1
2 Jorge Soler KC OF +3
3 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B +3
4 Dansby Swanson ATL SS -3
5 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF +3
6 C.J. Cron MIN 1B Unranked
7 Jay Bruce SEA 1B/OF  -3
8 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B +2
9 Austin Riley ATL 3B Unranked
10 Miguel Sano MIN 1B/3B Unranked

Off the List: Rowdy Tellez, Derek Dietrich, Justin Smoak

Austin Riley was graded with a 70 hit tool as a prospect, so it’s no surprise that Atlanta will be thrusting him right into the middle of its order. It looks like he will be hitting around sixth in the early going for the Bravos, and he has a real nose for run production based on his impressive minor league numbers.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Ender Inciarte, Kevin Kiermaier, Jose Altuve (injury)

With the injuries to Jose Altuve and Elvis Andrus, the steals list gets a bit of a shake-up. Both middle infielders suffered hamstring injuries and   find themselves on the 10-day IL. The difference between Andrus remaining on the list and Altuve being removed is that Altuve simply was not running to begin with. A potential nagging hamstring injury is the absolute worst-case scenario for a player whose fantasy value relies largely on speed. On a more positive note, Mallex Smith has been recalled! If he was dropped in your league and you are in need of speed, go get him.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Mallex Smith SEA OF +3
2 Jarrod Dyson ARZ OF +4
3 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF -2
4 Leury Garcia CHW OF -2
5 Delino DeShields TEX OF
6 Kolten Wong STL 2B -3
7 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS Unranked
8 Nicky Lopez KC SS Unranked
9 Kevin Pillar SF OF -1
10 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF -3

Off the List: David Fletcher, Brett Gardner

Veteran speedster Jarrod Dyson is making some noise to the point of fantasy relevance. He has always had the ability to burn on the bases, but he is hitting a very respectable .290 and is batting leadoff for the D-backs.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Lorenzo Cain, Jose Altuve (injury)

I never thought I would see the day where Joey Votto is on the verge of not only falling out of the top 20, but I am also doing everything in me to not just remove him altogether. He really has shown zero signs of life to this point. He is striking out a career-high level and walking at nearly a career low. I know better than to count him out completely, but we may be looking at the start of a drastic decline.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B Unranked
3 Kolten Wong STL 2B +1
4 Yandy Diaz TB 1B/3B +1
5 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B +3
6 Josh Reddick HOU OF Unranked
7 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF -1
8 Brian Goodwin LAA OF Unranked
9 Melky Cabrera PIT OF Unranked
10 Nicky Lopez KC SS Unranked

Off the List: Jeff McNeil (ownership), Jorge Polanco (ownership), Ben Zobrist, Brett Gardner, Dansby Swanson

The Kolten Wong from the first couple of weeks of the year was never expected to be long for this world, but he has done one thing consistently: get on base. His strikeout-to-walk rate is at nearly 1:1, and he should probably be owned in deeper OBP leagues.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Marco Gonzales, Tyler Glasnow (injury)

Brandon Woodruff has been on a roll of late, winning four straight starts and five in his last six. With that stout Brewers lineup supporting him, wins should come easy for the 26-year-old righty.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP +7
2 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP
3 Martin Perez MIN SP +3
4 Zach Davies MIL SP +1
5 Frankie Montas OAK SP -4
6 Jordan Lyles PIT SP +1
7 John Means BAL SP/RP Unranked
8 Kyle Gibson MIN SP Unranked
9 Jeff Samardzija SF SP +1
10 Brett Anderson OAK SP -6

Off the List: Zach Eflin (ownership), Adam Wainwright

I am not sure if what John Means is doing is sustainable, but he is getting it done. And he has a filthy changeup. He at the very least should be started in favorable matchups until further notice.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Tyler Glasnow (injury)

Well, Chris Sale appears to be fine. Four straight (and you could argue five) very good starts have erased all concerns for the Boston lefty. His velocity has improved, and he is missing just a ton of bats, as he tends to do when he is on. The window to buy low has been emphatically slammed shut.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Spencer Turnbull DET SP
2 Frankie Montas OAK SP
3 Zach Davies MIL SP
4 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP +1
5 Martin Perez MIN SP +3
6 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked
7 Wade Miley HOU SP Unranked
8 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP Unranked
9 Tanner Roark CIN SP Unranked
10 Jeff Samardzija SF SP -1

Off the List: Zach Eflin (ownership), Sonny Gray, Trevor Williams (injury), Aaron Sanchez

Matt Strahm has given up two earned runs or fewer in every start this year since his disastrous first outing. His strikeouts have not been what we had hoped, but he has been able to work his offspeed pitches well and be effective.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Clayton Kershaw

Gerrit Cole has led the league in strikeouts for what seems like forever, but I still remain firm on Max Scherzer being the best source of Ks in all of baseball. I think when everything is all said and done, Scherzer will eclipse Cole in innings and thus best him in punchouts as well.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP
2 Luke Weaver ARZ SP/RP +1
3 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP -1
4 Spencer Turnbull DET SP +4
5 Reynaldo Lopez CHW SP
6 Tyler Mahle CIN SP +3
7 Martin Perez MIN SP Unranked
8 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked
9 Julio Teheran ATL SP Unranked
10 Joey Lucchesi SD SP -4

Off the List: Jordan Lyles, Vince Velasquez, Pablo Lopez

I wish Julio Teheran would just go away, yet he continues to remain relevant. Not only has he been relevant, but he is striking out guys at a career-high rate. His fastball has been effective the past two years, primarily because he has been throwing it less and less, but I cannot imagine this will last. He is a good option for a streamer.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Sergio Romo

Will Smith continues to be a tough guy to rank when considering rest-of-season analysis. He has been lights out this year. But the question remains whether he will be dealt before the trade deadline, as well as the possibility of him being dealt to a team where he will not take over closing duties. Might be a good idea to sell high now.

 

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

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

Off the List: Ty Buttrey, Roenis Elias

The Braves pen has been pretty “meh” so far. Luke Jackson is the preferred choice at the moment with Arodys Vizcaino going down with a season-ending injury and the demotion of A.J. Minter. But try not to put a ton of stock in Jackson. One would have to believe the Braves will have interest in a reunion with Craig Kimbrel. Or they may even try another internal option such as Dan Winkler in the closer’s role. He has been the better reliever, after all.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

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

Off the List: Tyler Glasnow (injury), Madison Bumgarner

Caleb Smith has only allowed more than six baserunners in a start once this year. The Marlins lefty has been sensational, striking out over 35% of hitters and walking less than 8%.

 

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP
2 Frankie Montas OAK SP +7
3 Jeff Samardzija SF SP
4 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP +1
5 Chris Bassitt OAK SP Unranked
6 Wade Miley HOU SP
7 Tyler Mahle CIN SP Unranked
8 Kyle Gibson MIN SP Unranked
9 Anthony Desclafani CIN SP -2
10 Zach Davies MIL SP Unranked

Off the List: Zach Eflin (ownership), Pablo Lopez, Trevor Williams (injury), Sonny Gray

Tyler Mahle is currently walking… no one. He is at a sub-5% walk rate, and besides Luis Castillo, he has been probably the best starter for the Reds this season. We have been waiting for Mahle to take the next step for a couple of years now, and it looks like he might be on the right track.

 

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

Off the List: Tyler Glasnow (injury), Jake Arrieta

Yusei Kikuchi has adjusted to the majors pretty well in his first 10 starts. While the Mariners will admittedly monitor his innings, he will still remain mixed-league viable and has already tallied six QS.

 

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

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

Off the List: Adam Wainwright, Trevor Williams (injury)

Chris Bassitt has been very interesting. He is generating a lot of soft contact, and his velocity is up a couple of ticks compared to last year. Pitching in that cavernous Oakland stadium, he has a good chance to remain relevant all year.

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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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