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Fantasy Insider: The Mets’ Matt Harvey and Michael Conforto. Plus More NL East

Fantasy Insider: The Mets’ Matt Harvey and Michael Conforto. Plus More NL East premium
Scott Engel Managing Director March 8, 2018 8:24PM EDT
The King’s Fantasy Baseball Insider Series returns for the 2018 campaign. In 2017, the Insider Series won the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Award for Best Ongoing Series. Every preseason, I speak to key baseball insiders on the condition of anonymity to get their unfiltered views on key players for the upcoming season. I speak to players, front office personnel and top media members who cover the game and teams regularly from first-hand perspectives. So join me for this year’s first installment, as I deliver to you exclusive scouting reports from a former player who is now a broadcaster and keeps a very close watch on the New York Mets and the National League East.

Jeurys Familia: “He absolutely can have a bounce-back year. He’s showing a strong sinker and he is hell-bent on getting his splitter back. He can get back to 40-plus saves. He still has that stopper mentality. He is still the best guy on the team to keep the ball in the ballpark late in games and to finish off ballgames. He’s open to playing that Andrew Miller type role, as the new manager may try a few different things, but he will get most of the save opportunities.”

Engel’s Angle: Mickey Callaway may experiment early with using Familia in some non-save situations, but ultimately this source indicated that he will realize that Familia is clearly his best option to shut the door no matter what and could scrap a committee approach. Familia saved 51 games in his last full season of 2016 despite a rise in ERA and WHIP from the previous season, when he saved 43. He is healthy now and once Callaway decides it’s better to use him consistently as a finisher there should be no real Fantasy concerns about Familia. Familia’s current National Fantasy Baseball Championship Average Draft Position is 177.57, which is behind the likes of Hector Neris, Arodys Vizcaino and even the unsigned Greg Holland. It looks like there is a nice value opportunity on him right now based on perceptions that the Mets may use a sometimes-revolving approach at closer.

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