The Short Term Outlook is Great for Jacob deGrom, Stephen Strasburg and Masahiro Tanaka

In our latest short term projection (today through 5/26) there are 26 starting pitchers whose short term projected rank is much better than their season to date rank. A couple starting pitchers who are projected to improve their short term ranking are Stephen Strasburg (#17) and Masahiro Tanaka (#25). But of all the starting pitchers with improved short term ranking, Jacob deGrom is the highest ranking one at #2, up from #40 season-to-date. There are 11 starting pitchers who are typically starting fantasy starting pitchers but are projected for fewer points than normal. Zach Eflin, for example, is projected to be just the #59 starting pitcher during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are a number of starting pitchers projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Mike Fiers, at #30, is the highest ranking starting pitcher of this waiver wire group.

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Season-to-Date

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
J. Verlander (HOU) 16 FP, 2 GPC. Carrasco (CLE) 8 FP, 2 GP +D. Price (BOS) 5 FP, 1 GP +
J. deGrom (NYM) 16 FP, 2 GP +Caleb Smith (MIA) 8 FP, 2 GP -T. Williams (PIT) 5 FP, 2 GP +
T. Bauer (CLE) 15 FP, 3 GP +R. Ray (ARI) 8 FP, 2 GP +W. LeBlanc* (SEA) 5 FP, 2 GP
Z. Greinke (ARI) 14 FP, 2 GPL. Castillo (CIN) 7 FP, 2 GP -S. Bieber (CLE) 4 FP, 2 GP
M. Scherzer (WAS) 14 FP, 2 GP +M. Tanaka (NYY) 7 FP, 2 GP +C. Martin* (HOU) 4 FP, 2 GP
G. Cole (HOU) 14 FP, 2 GPM. Gonzales (SEA) 7 FP, 2 GPM. Stroman (TOR) 4 FP, 3 GP +
Z. Wheeler (NYM) 13 FP, 3 GP +J. Happ (NYY) 7 FP, 2 GP +M. Perez (MIN) 4 FP, 2 GP -
D. German (NYY) 13 FP, 2 GPM. Mikolas (STL) 7 FP, 2 GP +J. Lester (CHC) 4 FP, 2 GP -
H. Ryu (LAD) 12 FP, 2 GPL. Weaver (ARI) 7 FP, 2 GPC. Kershaw (LAD) 4 FP, 1 GP
J. Berrios (MIN) 12 FP, 2 GPM. Fiers* (OAK) 6 FP, 2 GPM. Boyd (DET) 4 FP, 2 GP -
P. Corbin (WAS) 12 FP, 2 GPK. Hendricks (CHC) 6 FP, 2 GP +J. Chacin (MIL) 4 FP, 2 GP +
N. Syndergaard (NYM) 12 FP, 2 GP +C. Hamels (CHC) 6 FP, 2 GP -R. Hill (LAD) 4 FP, 2 GP +
W. Buehler (LAD) 10 FP, 2 GP +Z. Davies (MIL) 6 FP, 2 GPW. Miley (HOU) 4 FP, 2 GP
C. Paddack (SD) 9 FP, 2 GPJ. Odorizzi (MIN) 6 FP, 2 GP -M. Wacha* (STL) 4 FP, 1 GP
B. Snell (TB) 9 FP, 2 GP +C. Morton (TB) 6 FP, 2 GP -R. Stripling* (LAD) 4 FP, 8 GP
German Marquez (COL) 8 FP, 2 GP +M. Kelly* (ARI) 6 FP, 2 GPA. Nola (PHI) 4 FP, 2 GP +
S. Strasburg (WAS) 8 FP, 2 GP +M. Soroka (ATL) 6 FP, 2 GP -J. Arrieta (PHI) 4 FP, 2 GP +
M. Minor (TEX) 8 FP, 2 GP +T. Roark* (CIN) 5 FP, 2 GPF. Montas (OAK) 4 FP, 2 GP -
J. Quintana (CHC) 8 FP, 3 GP +C. Anderson* (MIL) 5 FP, 5 GPZ. Eflin (PHI) 4 FP, 3 GP -
C. Sale (BOS) 8 FP, 2 GP +C. Bassitt* (OAK) 5 FP, 2 GPK. Freeland (COL) 4 FP, 2 GP +

Top 30 Projected Catchers 5/16 to 5/26

If you need help at catcher there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in the short term. Jason Castro, at #8, is the highest ranking catcher of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 catchers whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Gary Sanchez, at #2, is the highest ranking catcher of this 'must start' group. There are only 5 catchers who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. James McCann, for example, is projected to be just the #29 catcher during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Willson Contreras (CHC) 28 FP, 11 GPR. Chirinos (HOU) 18 FP, 10 GP -D. Jansen* (TOR) 14 FP, 11 GP
G. Sanchez (NYY) 27 FP, 10 GP +Y. Grandal (MIL) 17 FP, 9 GP -C. Iannetta* (COL) 14 FP, 9 GP
Y. Molina (STL) 23 FP, 9 GPT. Flowers* (ATL) 16 FP, 11 GPY. Gomes* (WAS) 14 FP, 11 GP
W. Ramos (NYM) 23 FP, 11 GP +Pedro Severino* (BAL) 16 FP, 11 GPJ. Alfaro* (MIA) 13 FP, 9 GP
W. Astudillo (MIN) 23 FP, 10 GP +F. Cervelli* (PIT) 16 FP, 10 GPJ. Phegley* (OAK) 13 FP, 10 GP
J. Realmuto (PHI) 22 FP, 11 GPJ. Lucroy (LAA) 15 FP, 9 GP -N. Hundley* (OAK) 12 FP, 10 GP
B. Posey (SF) 22 FP, 10 GP +R. Perez* (CLE) 15 FP, 11 GPM. Maldonado* (KC) 12 FP, 9 GP
J. Castro* (MIN) 22 FP, 10 GPK. Suzuki* (WAS) 15 FP, 11 GPC. Vazquez* (BOS) 12 FP, 10 GP
W. Castillo* (CHW) 19 FP, 11 GPA. Hedges* (SD) 15 FP, 10 GPJ. McCann (CHW) 12 FP, 11 GP -
O. Narvaez (SEA) 19 FP, 10 GP -B. McCann* (ATL) 14 FP, 11 GPC. Kelly* (ARI) 12 FP, 9 GP

Top 30 Projected First Basemen 5/16 to 5/26

There are a number of first basemen projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Rowdy Tellez, at #13, is the highest ranking first baseman of this waiver wire group. There are 7 first basemen that you will want to make sure are starting for you because they are projected to be better over the next 10 days than their season-to-date rank. At #3, Nelson Cruz is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 first basemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Luke Voit, for example, is projected to be just the #20 first baseman. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
F. Freeman (ATL) 35 FP, 11 GPS. Choo (TEX) 28 FP, 10 GPM. Olson (OAK) 26 FP, 10 GP +
A. Rizzo (CHC) 33 FP, 11 GPJ. Martinez (BOS) 28 FP, 10 GP -K. Morales* (NYY) 25 FP, 10 GP
N. Cruz (MIN) 32 FP, 10 GP +R. Tellez* (TOR) 28 FP, 11 GPJ. Aguilar (MIL) 24 FP, 9 GP +
K. Davis (OAK) 32 FP, 10 GP +J. Smoak* (TOR) 28 FP, 11 GPR. Guzman* (TEX) 24 FP, 10 GP
C. Santana (CLE) 32 FP, 11 GP +P. Alonso (NYM) 28 FP, 11 GP -Y. Gurriel (HOU) 24 FP, 10 GP
C. Bellinger (LAD) 30 FP, 8 GPC. Walker (ARI) 28 FP, 9 GPJ. Bauers* (CLE) 24 FP, 11 GP
D. Vogelbach (SEA) 30 FP, 10 GPJ. Bell (PIT) 27 FP, 10 GP -Jose Martinez (STL) 24 FP, 9 GP
P. Goldschmidt (STL) 30 FP, 9 GPM. Carpenter (STL) 27 FP, 9 GP +C. Cron* (MIN) 24 FP, 10 GP
J. Abreu (CHW) 29 FP, 11 GPE. Hosmer (SD) 27 FP, 10 GPB. Belt* (SF) 23 FP, 10 GP
E. Encarnacion (SEA) 29 FP, 10 GPL. Voit (NYY) 27 FP, 10 GP -G. Stanton (NYY) 23 FP, 7 GP +

Top 30 Projected Second Basemen 5/16 to 5/26

If you need help at second baseman there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in the short term. Daniel Descalso, at #12, is the highest ranking second baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 3 second basemen whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Asdrubal Cabrera, at #2, is the highest ranking second baseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 4 second basemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Jose Altuve, for example, is projected to be just the #30 second baseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Baez (CHC) 30 FP, 11 GPK. Marte (ARI) 25 FP, 9 GP -H. Kendrick* (WAS) 21 FP, 11 GP
A. Cabrera (TEX) 30 FP, 10 GP +D. Descalso* (CHC) 24 FP, 11 GPS. Wilkerson* (BAL) 21 FP, 11 GP
Y. Moncada (CHW) 29 FP, 11 GPR. Odor* (TEX) 24 FP, 10 GPJ. Kipnis* (CLE) 20 FP, 11 GP
G. Torres (NYY) 28 FP, 10 GPJ. Villar (BAL) 24 FP, 11 GPN. Goodrum* (DET) 20 FP, 10 GP
O. Albies (ATL) 28 FP, 11 GPJ. Schoop (MIN) 24 FP, 10 GPJ. Panik* (SF) 19 FP, 10 GP
W. Merrifield (KC) 27 FP, 9 GPD. Murphy (COL) 23 FP, 9 GP +S. Castro* (MIA) 19 FP, 9 GP
R. Cano (NYM) 27 FP, 11 GP +K. Wong (STL) 23 FP, 9 GP -I. Kinsler* (SD) 18 FP, 10 GP
C. Hernandez (PHI) 26 FP, 11 GPD. Gordon (SEA) 22 FP, 10 GPK. Hiura* (MIL) 18 FP, 9 GP
D. LeMahieu (NYY) 26 FP, 10 GPB. Dozier* (WAS) 22 FP, 11 GPD. Fletcher* (LAA) 18 FP, 9 GP
J. McNeil (NYM) 25 FP, 11 GPB. Lowe (TB) 21 FP, 9 GP -J. Altuve (HOU) 18 FP, 6 GP -

Top 30 Projected Third Basemen 5/16 to 5/26

There are a number of third basemen projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Tommy La Stella, at #9, is the highest ranking third baseman of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 third basemen whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #1, Jose Ramirez is the highest ranking must start. There are only 6 third basemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Michael Chavis, for example, is projected to be just the #28 third baseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Ramirez (CLE) 37 FP, 11 GP +M. Sano* (MIN) 26 FP, 10 GPJ. Turner (LAD) 22 FP, 8 GP -
A. Bregman (HOU) 36 FP, 10 GPM. Moustakas (MIL) 26 FP, 9 GPT. Frazier* (NYM) 21 FP, 11 GP
A. Rendon (WAS) 35 FP, 11 GP +E. Suarez (CIN) 25 FP, 9 GP -J. Gyorko* (STL) 19 FP, 9 GP
K. Bryant (CHC) 32 FP, 11 GPY. Diaz (TB) 24 FP, 9 GPR. Nunez* (BAL) 19 FP, 11 GP
M. Chapman (OAK) 32 FP, 10 GPG. Urshela* (NYY) 23 FP, 10 GPJohan Camargo* (ATL) 19 FP, 11 GP
V. Guerrero Jr. (TOR) 31 FP, 11 GP +R. Ruiz* (BAL) 23 FP, 11 GPJ. Candelario* (DET) 18 FP, 10 GP
N. Arenado (COL) 31 FP, 9 GP -E. Longoria* (SF) 23 FP, 10 GPJ. Davis* (NYM) 18 FP, 11 GP
J. Donaldson (ATL) 29 FP, 11 GP +R. Devers (BOS) 23 FP, 10 GP -M. Chavis (BOS) 17 FP, 10 GP -
T. La Stella* (LAA) 27 FP, 9 GPD. Bote* (CHC) 23 FP, 11 GPC. Sanchez* (CHW) 16 FP, 11 GP
M. Franco (PHI) 26 FP, 11 GPE. Escobar (ARI) 22 FP, 9 GP -A. Riley* (ATL) 16 FP, 11 GP

Top 30 Projected Shortstops 5/16 to 5/26

If you need help at shortstop there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in the short term. Eric Sogard, at #6, is the highest ranking shortstop of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 shortstops whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Francisco Lindor, at #1, is the highest ranking shortstop of this 'must start' group. There are only 5 shortstops who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Fernando Tatis Jr., for example, is projected to be just the #29 shortstop during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
F. Lindor (CLE) 34 FP, 11 GP +J. Profar (OAK) 27 FP, 10 GP +N. Ahmed* (ARI) 20 FP, 9 GP
J. Polanco (MIN) 31 FP, 10 GPT. Anderson (CHW) 27 FP, 11 GPS. Kingery* (PHI) 19 FP, 10 GP
M. Semien (OAK) 30 FP, 10 GPA. Mondesi (KC) 25 FP, 9 GP -N. Lopez* (KC) 19 FP, 9 GP
T. Story (COL) 29 FP, 9 GPT. Turner (WAS) 24 FP, 9 GP +C. Seager (LAD) 19 FP, 8 GP -
J. Segura (PHI) 29 FP, 11 GP +A. Rosario* (NYM) 24 FP, 11 GPW. Adames* (TB) 18 FP, 9 GP
E. Sogard* (TOR) 29 FP, 11 GPD. Swanson (ATL) 24 FP, 11 GPH. Alberto* (BAL) 18 FP, 11 GP
C. Correa (HOU) 28 FP, 10 GPA. Simmons (LAA) 23 FP, 9 GP -R. Rodriguez* (DET) 17 FP, 10 GP
P. DeJong (STL) 28 FP, 9 GP -A. Diaz* (HOU) 22 FP, 10 GPO. Arcia* (MIL) 17 FP, 9 GP
X. Bogaerts (BOS) 28 FP, 10 GPT. Beckham* (SEA) 21 FP, 10 GPF. Tatis Jr. (SD) 17 FP, 6 GP -
M. Machado (SD) 27 FP, 10 GPJ. Crawford* (SEA) 20 FP, 10 GPB. Crawford* (SF) 17 FP, 10 GP

Top 60 Projected Outfielders 5/16 to 5/26

If you need help at outfielder there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 in the short term. At #18, Randal Grichuk is the highest ranking one. There are 11 outfielders that you will want to make sure are starting for you because they are projected to be better over the next 10 days than their season-to-date rank. At #16, Juan Soto is the highest ranking must start. There are 8 outfielders that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. David Peralta, for example, is projected to be just the #56 outfielder during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
M. Trout (LAA) 36 FP, 9 GPV. Robles (WAS) 27 FP, 11 GPG. Polanco (PIT) 24 FP, 10 GP +
G. Springer (HOU) 36 FP, 10 GPA. McCutchen (PHI) 27 FP, 11 GPN. Castellanos (DET) 24 FP, 10 GP
C. Yelich (MIL) 35 FP, 9 GPA. Eaton (WAS) 27 FP, 11 GP +D. Santana (SEA) 23 FP, 10 GP -
R. Hoskins (PHI) 35 FP, 11 GPM. Kepler (MIN) 27 FP, 10 GPL. Cain (MIL) 23 FP, 9 GP -
M. Betts (BOS) 34 FP, 10 GPA. Meadows (TB) 27 FP, 9 GP +B. Goodwin* (LAA) 23 FP, 9 GP
M. Haniger (SEA) 33 FP, 10 GPN. Mazara (TEX) 26 FP, 10 GP +F. Reyes (SD) 23 FP, 10 GP -
J. Gallo (TEX) 33 FP, 10 GPJ. Heyward (CHC) 26 FP, 11 GPS. Ohtani (LAA) 23 FP, 9 GP +
C. Blackmon (COL) 31 FP, 9 GPO. Herrera* (PHI) 25 FP, 11 GPD. Dahl (COL) 23 FP, 9 GP +
R. Acuna (ATL) 31 FP, 11 GPB. Nimmo* (NYM) 25 FP, 11 GPW. Myers (SD) 23 FP, 10 GP +
M. Ozuna (STL) 31 FP, 9 GPS. Piscotty (OAK) 25 FP, 10 GPH. Pence* (TEX) 23 FP, 10 GP
M. Conforto (NYM) 30 FP, 11 GPC. Frazier (NYY) 25 FP, 10 GP +R. Braun (MIL) 22 FP, 9 GP -
M. Brantley (HOU) 30 FP, 10 GPT. Mancini (BAL) 25 FP, 11 GP -A. Jones (ARI) 22 FP, 9 GP -
B. Harper (PHI) 30 FP, 11 GPA. Gordon (KC) 24 FP, 9 GP -O. Mercado* (CLE) 22 FP, 11 GP
E. Rosario (MIN) 29 FP, 10 GPT. Pham (TB) 24 FP, 9 GPR. Grossman* (OAK) 22 FP, 10 GP
N. Markakis (ATL) 29 FP, 11 GPS. Marte (PIT) 24 FP, 10 GP +K. Schwarber* (CHC) 22 FP, 11 GP
J. Soto (WAS) 29 FP, 11 GP +B. Gardner* (NYY) 24 FP, 10 GPD. Peralta (ARI) 21 FP, 9 GP -
D. Smith (BAL) 29 FP, 11 GPB. Buxton (MIN) 24 FP, 10 GPM. Gonzalez* (MIN) 21 FP, 10 GP
R. Grichuk* (TOR) 28 FP, 11 GPK. Calhoun* (LAA) 24 FP, 9 GPD. Dietrich* (CIN) 21 FP, 9 GP
A. Hicks (NYY) 28 FP, 10 GP +C. Stewart* (DET) 24 FP, 10 GPC. Maybin* (NYY) 21 FP, 10 GP
A. Benintendi (BOS) 27 FP, 10 GPL. Martin* (CLE) 24 FP, 11 GPH. Renfroe* (SD) 21 FP, 10 GP

Top 60 Projected Relievers 5/16 to 5/26

There are a number of relievers projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #9, Pedro Strop is the highest ranking one. There are only 3 relievers whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. Edwin Diaz, at #2, is the highest ranking reliever of this 'must start' group. There are only 4 relievers who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Alex Colome, for example, is projected to be just the #30 reliever. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
R. Osuna (HOU) 24 FP, 10 GPB. Parker* (MIN) 11 FP, 10 GPP. Neshek* (PHI) 3 FP, 11 GP
E. Diaz (NYM) 24 FP, 11 GP +W. Smith (SF) 11 FP, 10 GP -J. Miller* (WAS) 3 FP, 11 GP
S. Doolittle (WAS) 21 FP, 11 GP +R. Elias* (SEA) 11 FP, 10 GPC. Edwards* (CHC) 3 FP, 11 GP
B. Hand (CLE) 21 FP, 11 GPH. Robles* (LAA) 11 FP, 9 GPL. Trivino* (OAK) 3 FP, 10 GP
B. Treinen (OAK) 21 FP, 10 GP +R. Iglesias (CIN) 10 FP, 9 GPS. Dominguez* (PHI) 3 FP, 11 GP
J. Hader (MIL) 20 FP, 9 GPS. Greene (DET) 10 FP, 10 GP -T. Clippard* (CLE) 3 FP, 11 GP
A. Chapman (NYY) 19 FP, 10 GPS. Romo* (MIA) 9 FP, 9 GPT. May* (MIN) 3 FP, 10 GP
K. Giles (TOR) 19 FP, 11 GPH. Neris* (PHI) 9 FP, 11 GPJ. Soria* (OAK) 3 FP, 10 GP
P. Strop* (CHC) 18 FP, 10 GPM. Givens* (BAL) 8 FP, 11 GPS. Barlow* (KC) 3 FP, 9 GP
K. Yates (SD) 18 FP, 10 GPA. Colome (CHW) 8 FP, 11 GP -J. Jeffress* (MIL) 2 FP, 9 GP
W. Davis (COL) 16 FP, 9 GPT. Rogers* (MIN) 7 FP, 10 GPB. Workman* (BOS) 2 FP, 10 GP
F. Vazquez (PIT) 16 FP, 10 GPT. Buttrey* (LAA) 6 FP, 9 GPZ. Britton* (NYY) 2 FP, 10 GP
K. Jansen (LAD) 16 FP, 8 GP -R. Brasier* (BOS) 6 FP, 10 GPSeth Lugo* (NYM) 2 FP, 11 GP
S. Kelley* (TEX) 16 FP, 10 GPC. Martin* (TEX) 5 FP, 10 GPA. Ottavino* (NYY) 2 FP, 10 GP
J. Hicks (STL) 15 FP, 9 GPI. Kennedy* (KC) 5 FP, 9 GPY. Hirano* (ARI) 2 FP, 9 GP
L. Jackson* (ATL) 15 FP, 11 GPM. Walden* (BOS) 4 FP, 10 GPL. Hendriks* (OAK) 2 FP, 10 GP
D. Castillo* (TB) 14 FP, 9 GPH. Rondon* (HOU) 4 FP, 10 GPD. Floro* (LAD) 2 FP, 8 GP
G. Holland (ARI) 13 FP, 9 GPA. Bradley* (ARI) 4 FP, 9 GPY. Petit* (OAK) 2 FP, 10 GP
Jose Alvarado* (TB) 12 FP, 9 GPR. Pressly* (HOU) 3 FP, 10 GPM. Melancon* (SF) 2 FP, 10 GP
M. Barnes* (BOS) 12 FP, 10 GPJ. Familia* (NYM) 3 FP, 11 GPB. Brach* (CHC) 2 FP, 11 GP