Our weekly power rankings highlight the best and worst fantasy production over the past week.
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UP: Jason Heyward
Jason Heyward continues to produce. He has a hit in all but two games and leads the world champion Cubs with 16 RBI. The RBI are in large part due to Heyward’s .360 batting average with runners in scoring position. Considering he plays with Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, it’s a much-needed feather in his cap after a woeful 2016 campaign.
DOWN: Carlos Correa
Since Correa was hit in the hand by a pitch on April 15, he has just one hit and his batting average has dropped to .197. With just two extra base hits all season, Correa hasn’t been himself. Correa hit five doubles and three homers in April 2016 compared to no doubles and only two homers to-date.
UP: Charlie Blackmon
After his first five games, Blackmon has been knocking the ball all over the yard. He’s currently in the midst of a nine-game hit streak and banged three homers in his last four games. Blackmon’s three triples are good for second in the league and make him one of only four players in the league to hit at least three doubles and three triples this season.
DOWN: Rougned Odor
The good news: Rougned Odor is striking out less than he did last year. The bad news: he isn’t hitting anything. The Rangers second baseman is slashing a wobbly .190/.229/.367 and hasn’t hit a home run in two and a half weeks. His current BABIP is a career-low .197. At this point in the season, fantasy owners can take solace in abnormally low BABIPs because they are often an indicator of bad luck, great defense, or some combination of the two. Look for Odor to bounce back eventually.
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UP: Ryon Healy
Here comes Ryon Healy! Oakland’s third baseman has four multi-hit games in his last five, including three doubles and a triple. Owned in just 13.1 percent of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues, he also adds some daily fantasy intrigue with a gaudy .423 batting average against left-handed pitchers. Healy may also be on his way to earning 1B positional eligibility. He’s played six games at first base in addition to his time at third and designated hitter.
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DOWN: Jonathan Lucroy
Like Odor, Jonathan Lucroy isn’t striking out a ton. He’s also not drawing many walks. For a player considered to be one of the better offensive catchers in the game, this lack of production is concerning. The saving grace for Lucroy is that his .191 BABIP is well below his career mark of .309. If he keeps his strikeout percentage near his current 8.9 percent, he’ll be in good shape going forward.
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UP: Chris Sale
Sale is fanning opposing batters with reckless abandon. His most recent gem against Toronto on April 20 included 13 strikeouts and a staggering 80 of 102 pitches landed for strikes. With just one home run, a 0.91 ERA and a league best 42 strikeouts, it’s clear that Sale has been the league’s best pitcher through the first four weeks.
DOWN: Jonathan Villar
That slight breeze you feel is probably caused by Jonathan Villar striking out again. Villar’s 35.5 strikeout percentage is the third highest in the league behind the likes of Byron Buxton and Danny Espinosa. Not good company for a player ranked just behind Jose Altuve before the season started. If he can cut down on his prolific strikeout rate (12 games with multiple strikeouts), it would be a huge step in the right direction.
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UP: Miguel Gonzalez
After four tumultuous seasons in Baltimore, Miguel Gonzalez has reshaped himself into a respectable starter. His transformation has been especially apparent in recent weeks. Gonzalez is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. Eight innings pitched and no home runs in each of his last two starts is impressive work. He’s also keeping his walks down with two or less in three of his four outings.
DOWN: Kenta Maeda
Maeda has been nothing short of a dumpster fire this season and his most recent start was no different. Maeda was brutalized by the Diamondbacks who crushed four homers and hung six earned runs on Maeda in five innings. In addition, opposing hitters are smoking the ball when they have runners in scoring position at a .375 clip. His 1.53 WHIP and gargantuan 8.05 ERA might be why the Dodgers felt inclined to promote Julio Urias to the major league club.