Category Power Rankings: Week 9

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

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

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)

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

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

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
5 Mike Trout LAA OF
6 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
7 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
8 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF
9 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF
10 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +2
11 Jean Segura PHI SS
12 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF +1
13 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -3
14 Trevor Story COL SS +1
15 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF +4
16 Bryce Harper PHI OF -2
17 Mitch Haniger SEA OF -1
18 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
19 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF +5
20 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B -3
21 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B +2
22 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
23 Paul DeJong STL SS Unranked
24 Joey Gallo TEX 1B/OF Unranked
25 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B -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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
2 Leury Garcia CHW OF
3 Brandon Lowe TB 2B/OF
4 Max Kepler MIN OF
5 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B Unranked
6 Hunter Pence TEX OF Unranked
7 Mitch Moreland BOS 1B Unranked
8 Brian Goodwin LAA OF -1
9 Dwight Smith Jr. BAL OF
10 Brett Gardner NYY OF -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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF
2 Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
3 Josh Reddick HOU OF +3
4 Kolten Wong STL 2B -1
5 Justin Smoak TOR 1B Unranked
6 Brian Goodwin LAA OF +2
7 Melky Cabrera PIT OF +2
8 Nicky Lopez KC SS +2
9 Joe Panik SF 2B Unranked
10 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/OF Unranked

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

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP/RP
2 Yonny Chirinos TB SP/RP
3 Martin Perez MIN SP
4 Zach Davies MIL SP
5 Lucas Giolito CHW SP Unranked
6 Jordan Lyles PIT SP
7 Lance Lynn TEX SP Unranked
8 John Means BAL SP/RP -1
9 Kyle Gibson MIN SP -1
10 Brett Anderson OAK SP

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kirby Yates SD RP +2
2 Edwin Diaz NYM RP -1
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP -1
4 Roberto Osuna HOU RP
5 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP +2
6 Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
7 Brad Hand CLE RP -2
8 Josh Hader MIL RP
9 Blake Treinen OAK RP
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
16 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP +1
17 Wade Davis COL RP -1
18 Alex Colome CHW RP
19 Hector Neris PHI RP
20 Blake Parker MIN RP +1
21 Luke Jackson ATL RP +2
22 Matt Barnes BOS RP -2
23 Steve Cishek CHC RP Unranked
24 Jose Alvarado TB RP
25 Diego Castillo TB SP/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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Hector Neris PHI RP
2 Blake Parker LAA RP +1
3 Luke Jackson ATL RP +2
4 Matt Barnes BOS RP -2
5 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP +1
6 Shawn Kelley TEX RP Unranked
7 Sergio Romo MIA SP/RP
8 Hansel Robles LAA RP
9 Jose Leclerc TEX RP Unranked
10 Sean Newcomb ATL SP/RP Unranked

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Spencer Turnbull DET SP
2 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
3 Martin Perez MIN SP
4 Wade Miley HOU SP +1
5 Matt Strahm SD SP/RP Unranked
6 Jordan Lyles PIT SP +1
7 Lucas Giolito CHW SP Unranked
8 Mike Leake SEA SP
9 Brett Anderson OAK SP
10 Reynaldo Lopez CHW SP Unranked

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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