This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
Across all of my fantasy leagues, the category in which I tend to perform best is strikeouts. What's my secret? Trying to win strikeouts.
That probably sounds overly simplistic, as everyone is generally trying to do as well as possible in every category (unless you're punting steals or saves). With strikeouts, however, the effort is most likely to be rewarded. The following table shows the correlation between the top of the leaderboard from one season to the next in the four typical fantasy categories for starting pitchers (using strikeout rate rather than strikeouts for a fairer representation of a pitcher's abilities):
|Category||Players in top 10 in 2017 who were in the top 20 in 2016||Players in top 10 in 2018 who were in the top 20 in 2017||Players in top 10 in 2018 who were in the top 20 in 2018|