The Latest Fantasy Baseball Trends, and What You Should Do
What may be the hardest thing to do in a Fantasy Baseball season is knowing when to move on from a player or when to believe the hype and try to acquire him. We are in late April. The weather is starting to warm up in the northeast and that means the bats should also. It’s still early to make any kind of long-term prognostications for anyone who has been somewhat productive in their career, but anyone at the bottom of your roster who isn’t getting the job done can be moved on from. Those last couple of spots are meant to be churned.
- Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves: Albies hit his seventh HR of the season Wednesday night. Fantasy owners could have been happy if he hit double-digit bombs this season more or less reach that number at some point in May. It’s not all roses for Albies as some Fantasy owners, like myself, were hoping for more than one lousy stolen base at this point in time. Hopefully the thefts will come as the season progresses. Either way Albies has been one of the more positive surprises in the early going this year.
- Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics: The only reason Davis is never talked about as a Top 25 pick in Fantasy come draft time is because of his AVG. Since his trade to Oakland before the 2016 season, he has hit 92 HRs in 328 games. That’s impressive when you consider that he plays his home games in the Oakland Coliseum, which is far from a hitter’s paradise. The only negative is that his power is going to come with a sub .250 AVG which isn’t ideal, but not the end of the world either, as it is usually in the .247 range which won’t kill that category.
- Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox: When Moncada went from the Red to the White Sox, he did so as one of the top prospects in the game. Perhaps Chicago rushed him to the majors too quickly, which seemed to stunt his development, but he seems to have figured it out now. It’s a small sample size, everything at this point is, but in his last seven games he is batting .375, with three HRs, and he stole a bag (four on the season). Just think of what he might do in that ballpark once the weather warms up.
- Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles: Bundy has become a true ace in MLB. There, I said it. He may not quite be up there with the lines of Chris Sale or Max Scherzer, but he’s not that far away either. The only real concern with Bundy is whether or not he can maintain this excellence pitching a full season in Camden Yards and in the AL East. Fantasy owners should be buying in on Bundy, but not overpaying to acquire his services.
- Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees: The injury to Drury allowed Andujar to get extended playing time at 3B and he is showing that he will not be giving that job back to Drury without a fight. Andujar struggled at first, but now seem to be an extra base hit machine. His defense is a work in progress as he is no Graig Nettles, but it’s also not poor enough to be a liability. Torres was/is the top prospect in the Yankee system and they didn’t call him up just for a cup of coffee. He’s here to stay. He’s not a major power guy and likely never will be, but rather someone who can contribute in all the categories. Add Andujar if still available or acquire him to fill a hole.
- Brandon Drury/Neil Walker, New York Yankees: What does the emergence of Andujar and Torres mean for Drury and Walker? A bit more time riding the pine than expected. Drury could come off the DL next week, but it seems unlikely that he will reclaim the 3B job from Andujar. Walker is healthy but not hitting and with Torres entrenched at 2B, his best chance for playing time is likely as a left-handed complement to Tyler Austin at 1B, but that goes away when Greg Bird returns next month. The Yankees will have some tough roster decisions to make in the next couple of weeks.
- Matt Harvey, New York Mets: While it’s true that so many people don’t like Harvey because of his demeanor, it’s a shame that he will likely never be the SP he once was. When he first came up, he was must-watch TV, as he could’ve pitched a no-hitter or perfect game at any moment. That time has passed, and we have been robbed of possible greatness because of injuries. We preach patience quite a bit in this column, but it’s time to move on.
- Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: Chris is the other Davis, the much less productive one. He has little to no value in Fantasy. Power is more prevalent now than it was 5-10 years ago. There just isn’t a reason to keep him on your roster and you’re never starting him with an AVG that is currently sitting well south of the Mendoza line. The risk greatly outweighs the reward.
- Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates: A good deal of the production for Polanco seems to have occurred during the first 7-10 days of the season, but everything has plummeted since. He’s batting .205 overall and only .174 over his past 14 games. Should you be giving up on him? No, of course not, but an MVP-type season is not coming. He is the definition of a player that got off to a hot start but is now regressing back to the player we guy we expected him to be coming into this season.
- Carlos Santana, Philadelphia Phillies: Is it the switch in leagues that is hurting Santana’s numbers? Possibly, but he does have a criminally low BABIP. It stands at .191, when over his career it has been .268. That could indicate that Santana is just hitting into some bad luck and the good times are coming if you can remain patient.
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Miguel Andujar Featured Image: (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)