Category Power Rankings: Week 9

Colin Ward is here to guide you into Week 9 with his updated Category Power Rankings.

Time for your weekly dose of CPR!

As a reminder, these rankings are based off of current performance combined with a rest-of-season outlook. Each player’s ranking takes into consideration their recent production as well their track record. There are a number of factors that are taken into account when determining where to slot players, such as: injuries and injury concerns, lineup construction, changes to a player’s hitting/pitching profile, among other components.

With that said, let’s take a gander at this week’s rankings!


Batting Average (AVG)


Top 25

1Christian YelichMILOF
2J.D. MartinezBOSOF
3Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B+1
5Mike TroutLAAOF-2
6Michael BrantleyHOUOF
7Mookie BettsBOSOF
8Jean SeguraPHISS
9Anthony RendonWSH3B
10Charlie BlackmonCOLOF+1
11Justin TurnerLAD3B-1
12Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+2
13Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
14Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+3
15David PeraltaARZOF
16Jorge PolancoMINSS+2
17Carlos CorreaHOUSS+7
18Jose AltuveHOU2B-6
19Lorenzo CainMILOF
20Jeff McNeilNYM2B/OF-4
21Xander BogaertsBOSSS
22Elvis AndrusTEXSS-2
23DJ LemahieuNYY2B/3BUnranked
24Andrew BenintendiBOSOF-2
25Paul DeJongSTLSSUnranked

Off the List: Paul Goldschmidt, Dee Gordon (injury)

Paul DeJong is one name I did not think I would be including on the batting average list this year, but the Cardinals’ shortstop has made some drastic improvements to his approach. And it appears to be pretty legit. Expect to see him on some more lists moving forward.


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

1Jose MartinezSTL1B/OF+1
2Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF-1
3Josh ReddickHOUOF+3
4Brandon LoweTB2B/OF
5Melky CabreraPITOF+3
6David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OF+1
7Jose IglesiasCINSSUnranked
8Gio UrshelaNYY3B/SSUnranked
9Avisail GarciaTBOF
10Brian GoodwinLAAOF

Off the List: Cesar Hernandez (ownership), Andrelton Simmons (injury)

What Gio Urshela has meant to the Yankees over past several weeks is immeasurable. He has filled in for the injured Miguel Andujar and has been a revelation not only with the glove, which is what was expected, but with his bat as well. He is currently getting everyday at-bats, hitting .336, and is worth riding out until the wheels fall off.


Runs (R)


Top 25

1Christian YelichMILOF
2Mookie BettsBOSOF
3George SpringerHOUOF
4Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
5Mike TroutLAAOF
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
8Andrew McCutchenPHIOF
9Lorenzo CainMILOF
10Freddie FreemanATL1B+2
11Jean SeguraPHISS
12Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF+1
13J.D. MartinezBOSOF-3
14Trevor StoryCOLSS+1
15Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+4
16Bryce HarperPHIOF-2
17Mitch HanigerSEAOF-1
18Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
19Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+5
20Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-3
21Anthony RendonWSH3B+2
22Matt CarpenterSTL1B/2B/3B
23Paul DeJongSTLSSUnranked
24Joey GalloTEX1B/OFUnranked
25Ozzie AlbiesATL2B-5

Off the List: Jose Altuve

When I boldly predicted back in March that Joey Gallo would hit .230 this year, I never in my wildest dreams think he would be hitting .293 as we approach June! Gallo is putting together an all around stellar campaign and is on pace for almost 140 runs right now.


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

1Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
2Leury GarciaCHWOF
3Brandon LoweTB2B/OF
4Max KeplerMINOF
5Daniel VogelbachSEA1BUnranked
6Hunter PenceTEXOFUnranked
7Mitch MorelandBOS1BUnranked
8Brian GoodwinLAAOF-1
9Dwight Smith Jr.BALOF
10Brett GardnerNYYOF-2

Off the List: Tommy La Stella (ownership), Yandy Diaz (injury), Cesar Hernandez (ownership)

Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence is experiencing quite the career resurgence this year. He is making a ton of hard contact and has earned his way into the starting lineup for the Rangers. To this point, its hard to argue against him being the Comeback Player of the Year in the AL.

Home Runs (HR)


Top 25

1Joey GalloTEX1B/OF+2
2Christian YelichMILOF+3
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B-1
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
5Khris DavisOAKOF-4
6Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B
7Mike TroutLAAOF+1
8Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-1
9Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
10Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS+1
11George SpringerHOUOF+4
12J.D. MartinezBOSOF-2
13Trevor StoryCOLSS-1
14Marcell OzunaSTLOF-1
15Pete AlonsoNYM1B+3
16Bryce HarperPHIOF-2
17Gary SanchezNYYC+2
18Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS+3
19Francisco LindorCLESS+1
20Matt ChapmanOAK3B-4
21Manny MachadoSD3B/SS-4
22Anthony RizzoCHC1B+1
23Mike MoustakasMIL2B/3B-1
24Kris BryantCHC3B/OFUnranked
25Josh BellPIT1BUnranked

Off the List: Eddie Rosario, Eugenio Suarez

What in the world has gotten into Josh Bell? He has always been touted to have a great bat with developing power since he was a top hitting prospect in the Pittsburgh system. It appears that power has finally developed for the 26-year-old.


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

1Franmil ReyesSDOF
2Mitch MorelandBOS1B
3Daniel VogelbachSEA1B+1
4Jorge SolerKCOF+1
5C.J. CronMIN1B+1
6Jay BruceSEA1B/OF-3
7Hunter RenfroeSDOF+2
8Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+2
9Gregory PolancoPITOFUnranked
10Derek DietrichCIN1B/2B/OF-3

Off the List: Christian Walker

The power has been there for Miguel Sano since returning from the IL. Lack of pop has never been an issue for the slugger, and while his average will leave little to be desired, it always comes down to health. If he can stay on the field and stay focused, the upside is there.


Runs Batted In (RBI)


Top 25

1Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF+3
5Khris DavisOAKOF-1
6Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B
7J.D. MartinezBOSOF-2
8Marcell OzunaSTLOF
9Anthony RizzoCHC1B+1
10Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
11Freddie FreemanATL1B+1
12Joey GalloTEX1B/OF+1
13Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B-2
14Javier BaezCHC2B/3B/SS
15Anthony RendonWSH3B
16Jose AbreuCHW1B+3
17Pete AlonsoNYM1B+5
18Trevor StoryCOLSS-2
19Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF-2
20Juan SotoWSHOF-4
21George SpringerHOUOF+2
22Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS-1
23Josh BellPIT1B+1
24Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SSUnranked
25Domingo SantanaSEAOF

Off the List: Mike Trout

Adalberto Mondesi has returned his early-round draft value and then some so far. We expected him to be an elite speed asset in fantasy, but the RBI numbers are exceeding even the most optimistic of Mondesi truthers. 


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

1Mitch MorelandBOS1B
2Jorge SolerKCOF
3Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
4Gregory PolancoPITOFUnranked
5Dansby SwansonATLSS-1
6C.J. CronMIN1B
7Hunter PenceTEXOFUnranked
8Brandon LoweTB2B/OF-3
9Miguel SanoMIN1B/3B+1
10Jay BruceSEA1B/OF-3

Off the List: Yandy Diaz (injury), Austin Riley (ownership)

Not entirely sure how Gregory Polanco is still only owned in 47% of Yahoo leagues and 34% of ESPN leagues. The 27-year-old has been excellent since returning from offseason shoulder surgery and looks to have avoided any initial rust altogether.


Stolen Bases (SB)


Top 25

1Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS
2Tim AndersonCHWSS+1
3Billy HamiltonKCOF+1
4Whit MerrifieldKC1B/2B/OF+1
5Jose RamirezCLE2B/3B+2
6Dee GordonSEA2B/SS/OF-4
7Victor RoblesWSHOF-1
8Jonathan VillarBAL2B/SS
9Starling MartePITOF
10Trea TurnerWSHSSUnranked
11Jarrod DysonARZOF+6
12Byron BuxtonMINOF-2
13Tommy PhamTBOF-2
14Trevor StoryCOLSS-2
15Christian YelichMILOF
16Mallex SmithSEAOF-3
17Mike TroutLAAOF-3
18Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
19Lorenzo CainMILOF-3
20Mookie BettsBOSOF
21Jean SeguraPHISS+1
22Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF-1
23Andrew BenintendiBOSOF-4
24Yasiel PuigCINOF-1
25Elvis AndrusTEXSS-1

Off the List: Javier Baez

Trea Turner returned about a week ago and he really has not missed a beat. As long as he has a clean bill of health, he should return first-round value including plenty of SBs the rest of the way.


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

1Jarrod DysonARZOF+1
2Mallex SmithSEAOF-1
3Leury GarciaCHWOF+1
4Delino DeShieldsTEXOF+1
5Kevin KiermaierTBOF-2
6Kolten WongSTL2B
7Kevin PillarSFOF+2
8Nicky LopezKCSS
9Danny SantanaTEX1B/2B/OFUnranked
10Dwight Smith Jr.BALOF

Off the List: Andrelton Simmons (injury)

Not a ton to like on the bottom half of this list. Nicky Lopez has shown excellent plate discipline across all levels of the Royals’ system and has enough speed to be an asset in the steals department, but has yet to attempt a steal at the big league level.


On-Base Percentage (OBP)


Top 25

1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Freddie FreemanATL1B
4Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
5Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF+1
6J.D. MartinezBOSOF-1
7Mookie BettsBOSOF+1
8Bryce HarperPHIOF-1
9Anthony RendonWSH3B
10Rhys HoskinsPHI1B/OF
11Tommy PhamTBOF
12Juan SotoWSHOF
13Kris BryantCHC3B/OF+2
14Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
15Andrew McCutchenPHIOF-2
16Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
17Anthony RizzoCHC1B
18Joey GalloTEX1B/OF+1
19George SpringerHOUOF+2
20Carlos SantanaCLE1B/3B+2
21Jorge PolancoMINSSUnranked
22Paul DeJongSTLSSUnranked
23Michael ConfortoNYMOF-5
24Joey VottoCIN1B-4
25Edwin EncarnacionSEA1B

Off the List: Jeff McNeil (injury), Paul Goldschmidt

Told you DeJong would find himself on another list!


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

1Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
2Daniel VogelbachSEA1B
3Josh ReddickHOUOF+3
4Kolten WongSTL2B-1
5Justin SmoakTOR1BUnranked
6Brian GoodwinLAAOF+2
7Melky CabreraPITOF+2
8Nicky LopezKCSS+2
9Joe PanikSF2BUnranked
10David FletcherLAA2B/3B/OFUnranked

Off the List: Yandy Diaz (injury), Cesar Hernandez (ownership), Brandon Lowe

Justin Smoak has not delivered much in the AVG department, but he has a 1:1 strikeout to walk ratio which will always play in OBP leagues. He appears to be finding his power stroke lately, so now may be the time to strike if you are in need of a first baseman.


Wins (W)


Top 25

1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Max ScherzerWSHSP+1
3Zack GreinkeARZSP+4
4Trevor BauerCLESP-2
5Blake SnellTBSP-1
6Gerrit ColeHOUSP-1
7Jacob deGromNYMSP-1
8Jose BerriosMINSP+1
9Patrick CorbinWSHSP-1
10Aaron NolaPHISP
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP
12Clayton KershawLADSP+1
13Luis CastilloCINSP+1
14Chris SaleBOSSP-2
15German MarquezCOLSP
16Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+1
17Walker BuehlerLADSP
18Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
19Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-1
20Charlie MortonTBSP
21Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
22Domingo GermanNYYSP/RP+1
23Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP+1
24Cole HamelsCHCSPUnranked
25Miles MikolasSTLSP-2

Off the List: James Paxton

Domingo German has been a savior for the banged-up Yankees. He currently leads the majors in victories, but it’s difficult to move him up this list significantly. As the season rolls on, the inevitable returns of Luis Severino, James Paxton, and CC Sabathia clog up the rotation in the Bronx. German has certainly earned his spot in the rotation, but even if he isn’t the odd man out, the question of an innings limit still looms as well.


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

1Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP
2Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
3Martin PerezMINSP
4Zach DaviesMILSP
5Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
6Jordan LylesPITSP
7Lance LynnTEXSPUnranked
8John MeansBALSP/RP-1
9Kyle GibsonMINSP-1
10Brett AndersonOAKSP

Off the List: Frankie Montas (ownership), Jeff Samardzija

Are we finally witnessing the potential of Lucas Giolito that we had been promised for several years now? He is on a roll right now firing off four consecutive wins, including a stellar complete game shutout AT HOUSTON. He has been really good.


Earned Run Average (ERA)


Top 25

1Justin VerlanderHOUSP+2
2Max ScherzerWSHSP
3Jacob deGromNYMSP-2
4Trevor BauerCLESP
5Blake SnellTBSP
6Chris SaleBOSSP
7Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
8Gerrit ColeHOUSP-1
9Jose BerriosMINSP
10Clayton KershawLADSP
11Carlos CarrascoCLESP
12Luis CastilloCINSP+1
13Charlie MortonTBSP+1
14Zack GreinkeARZSP+1
15Aaron NolaPHISP-3
16Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+1
17Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-1
18Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+2
19Walker BuehlerLADSP-1
20German MarquezCOLSP-1
21Domingo GermanNYYSP/RP
22Chris PaddackSDSP+2
23Cole HamelsCHCSP-1
24Caleb SmithMIASPUnranked
25Shane BieberCLESP

Off the List: James Paxton

Like a fine wine, Justin Verlander continues to get better as he ages.


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

1Spencer TurnbullDETSP
2Zach DaviesMILSP+1
3Matt StrahmSDSP/RP+1
4Chris BassittOAKSP+2
5Martin PerezMINSP
6Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
7Wade MileyHOUSP
8Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
9Tanner RoarkCINSP
10Jeff SamardzijaSFSP

Off the List: Frankie Montas (ownership)

Tanner Roark has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his 10 starts this year. He has always been a fairly safe bet for ERA, and has shown this year that the switch to the extremely hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark has not changed that.

Strikeouts (K)


Top 25

1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Gerrit ColeHOUSP
3Justin VerlanderHOUSP
4Trevor BauerCLESP
5Chris SaleBOSSP+1
6Jacob deGromNYMSP-1
7Blake SnellTBSP
8Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
9Carlos CarrascoCLESP-1
10Patrick CorbinWSHSP-1
11Luis CastilloCINSP+1
12Matt BoydDETSP+3
13Charlie MortonTBSP-2
14German MarquezCOLSP-1
15Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-1
16Aaron NolaPHISP+1
17Robbie RayARZSP+1
18Jose BerriosMINSP-1
19Caleb SmithMIASP+1
20Jack FlahertySTLSP-1
21Zack GreinkeARZSP
22Zack WheelerNYMSP
23Shane BieberCLESPUnranked
24Cole HamelsCHCSP
25Madison BumgarnerSFSP

Off the List: James Paxton

Shane Bieber has racked up 54 Ks over his last six outings, including 25 over his last two. He is shaping up to be, maybe even when fully healthy, the second-best option in the Tribe’s rotation.

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

1Brandon WoodruffMILSP/RP
2Chris BassittOAKSP+6
3Anthony DesclafaniCINSP
4Spencer TurnbullDETSP
5Tyler MahleCINSP+1
6Martin PerezMINSP+1
7Jordan LylesPITSP/RPUnranked
8Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
9Julio TeheranATLSP
10Reynaldo LopezCHWSP-5

Off the List: Luke Weaver (ownership), Joey Lucchesi

Over the last two weeks, Jordan Lyles has more strikeouts than Stephen Strasburg, Blake Snell, and Luis Castillo.


Saves (SV)


Top 25

1Kirby YatesSDRP+2
2Edwin DiazNYMRP-1
3Kenley JansenLADRP-1
4Roberto OsunaHOURP
5Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP+2
6Felipe VazquezPITRP
7Brad HandCLERP-2
8Josh HaderMILRP
9Blake TreinenOAKRP
10Jordan HicksSTLRP
11Ken GilesTORRP
12Sean DoolittleWSHRP
13Greg HollandARZRP
14Shane GreeneDETRP
15Will SmithSFRP
16Raisel IglesiasCINRP+1
17Wade DavisCOLRP-1
18Alex ColomeCHWRP
19Hector NerisPHIRP
20Blake ParkerMINRP+1
21Luke JacksonATLRP+2
22Matt BarnesBOSRP-2
23Steve CishekCHCRPUnranked
24Jose AlvaradoTBRP
25Diego CastilloTBSP/RP

Off the List: Ryan Brasier

Steve Cishek looks like he is the preferred option for the Cubbies right now. Pedro Strop is looking like he will be back soon, but whether or not he jumps right back into the closer’s role is uncertain. Cishek has been more effective this year.


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

1Hector NerisPHIRP
2Blake ParkerLAARP+1
3Luke JacksonATLRP+2
4Matt BarnesBOSRP-2
5Diego CastilloTBSP/RP+1
6Shawn KelleyTEXRPUnranked
7Sergio RomoMIASP/RP
8Hansel RoblesLAARP
9Jose LeclercTEXRPUnranked
10Sean NewcombATLSP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Mychal Givens

Jose Leclerc has only allowed one hit and one run over his last nine innings pitched. He has struck out 16 batters over that span and appears to be back on the right track. Here’s hoping he gets another shot at closing for the Rangers soon.


WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)


Top 25

1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Max ScherzerWSHSP
3Blake SnellTBSP
4Gerrit ColeHOUSP
5Clayton KershawLADSP+3
6Trevor BauerCLESP-1
7Chris SaleBOSSP
8Zack GreinkeARZSP
9Jacob deGromNYMSP-3
10Jose BerriosMINSP
11Patrick CorbinWSHSP+1
12Luis CastilloCINSP+1
13Carlos CarrascoCLESP-2
14Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+1
15Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+2
16Aaron NolaPHISP-2
17German MarquezCOLSP-1
18Chris PaddackSDSP+1
19Caleb SmithMIASP+1
20Charlie MortonTBSP-2
21Shane BieberCLESP+1
22Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-1
23Matt BoydDETSPUnranked
24David PriceBOSSP-1
25Domingo GermanNYYSP/RPUnranked

Off the List: Miles Mikolas, James Paxton

Walks and home runs have been a bugaboo for Jacob deGrom so far this year, at least in comparison to his sensational 2018. He is also allowing a lot more hard contact and not getting nearly as many ground balls. I have full confidence that deGrom will return to form, I just don’t think that form is what we saw last year.


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

1Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
2Chris BassittOAKSP+3
3Matt StrahmSDSP/RP+1
4Jordan LylesPITSP/RPUnranked
5Jeff SamardzijaSFSP-2
6Tyler MahleCINSP+1
7Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
8Wade MileyHOUSP-2
9Kyle GibsonMINSP-1
10Zach DaviesMILSP

Off the List: Frankie Montas (ownership), Anthony Desclafani

There’s that man Giolito again! He has been trending on these pitching lists this week. Giolito has not allowed more than five baserunners in a start since the beginning of May, and has lowered his WHIP to an excellent 1.06.


Quality Starts (QS)


Top 25

1Max ScherzerWSHSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP+1
3Zack GreinkeARZSP+2
4Jacob deGromNYMSP-2
5Trevor BauerCLESP-1
6Blake SnellTBSP
7Gerrit ColeHOUSP
8Chris SaleBOSSP
9Aaron NolaPHISP
10Carlos CarrascoCLESP
11Jose BerriosMINSP
12Clayton KershawLADSP
13Patrick CorbinWSHSP
14Stephen StrasburgWSHSP+2
15Luis CastilloCINSP
16Matt BoydDETSP+2
17Noah SyndergaardNYMSP-3
18German MarquezCOLSP-1
19Hyun-Jin RyuLADSP+2
20Madison BumgarnerSFSP
21Masahiro TanakaNYYSP+2
22Cole HamelsCHCSP+1
23Charlie MortonTBSP-4
24Yusei KikuchiSEASP
25Caleb SmithMIASPUnranked

Off the List: James Paxton

Zack Greinke has reeled off 10 consecutive quality starts since his opening day disaster. Pretty remarkable for a guy whose velocity is declining by the day. He is just wizard out there on the bump.


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

1Spencer TurnbullDETSP
2Chris BassittOAKSP
3Martin PerezMINSP
4Wade MileyHOUSP+1
5Matt StrahmSDSP/RPUnranked
6Jordan LylesPITSP+1
7Lucas GiolitoCHWSPUnranked
8Mike LeakeSEASP
9Brett AndersonOAKSP
10Reynaldo LopezCHWSPUnranked

Off the List: Frankie Montas (ownership), Merrill Kelly, Anthony Desclafani

Matt Strahm has posted five quality starts in his last six outings. The strikeouts and whiffs are not quite where we would like, but Strahm is getting it done for the most part and it’s tough to complain about his performance thus far.


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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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