Could A Sophomore Slump Be In Rafael Devers Future? Don’t Be Surprised If He Disappoints In 2018

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Rafael Devers took one of the biggest leaps in value in ’17, forcing the Red Sox hand and emerging as the team’s starting third baseman after hitting .311 with 20 HR and 60 RBI over 358 PA between Double-A (320 PA) and Triple-A (38 PA).  That success carried over into the Majors, as he entrenched himself as the long-term solution in Boston:

222 At Bats
.284 Batting Average (63 Hits)
10 Home Runs
30 RBI
34 Runs
3 Stolen Bases
.338 On Base Percentage
.482 Slugging Percentage
.342 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Needless to say the hype machine is now in full force, but does the early MLB success mean he’s a lock to continue that production in 2018?  Or, could a sophomore slump be in his future?  Let’s dive in and take a look: Read more

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The 2018 Fantasy Baseball season is growing closer and it’s never too early to start planning for 2018. As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

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  • Top 40 “New” Dynasty Prospects
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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Carlos Gomez Hold Value In Tampa Bay?

by Ray Kuhn

Opportunity… Who knows exactly what Tampa Bay is doing, other than frustrating their fans, tanking and attempting to save money, but they still have to put a lineup on the field each day. That means there are ten players with some degree of fantasy value (their lineup + their starting pitcher).

Perhaps the best example of this is the Rays’ newest addition, Carlos Gomez. After the questionable decision to send Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza packing, the Rays added Gomez who is slated to have a key role in 2018.

The current iteration and projection for Tampa Bay’s lineup has Gomez batting cleanup. That should mean plenty of RBI opportunities for the outfielder who has struggled over the past few seasons. Despite those rough times, he has generally been a solid player and has the potential to produce big numbers once again. Read more

Spring Battle: Pirates’ Left Fielders: Dickerson Stabilizes Spot, At Least In Short-Term

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Pittsburgh Pirates insist that they aren’t “tanking”, despite jettisoning two of their best and most well-established players in the offseason (Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole).  Those moves opened opportunity, especially in the outfield, where there are a handful of options who could emerge and claim regular at bats.  After the team acquired Corey Dickerson yesterday the assumption is that he’ll claim the role, but that may not be guaranteed.  Is there someone else that fantasy owners should be pulling for?  Could any of them emerge as a fantasy sleeper?  Let’s look at the battle and figure it out:


Corey Dickerson
It was a surprise that he was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays, though he found a favorable landing spot.  He is coming off a year where he hit .282 with 27 HR (while adding 33 doubles and 4 triples).  The question is going to be if he can continue to make enough contact to tap into that power, considering his abysmal plate discipline:

  • SwStr% – 15.4%
  • O-Swing% – 45.6%

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2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers (#21-40): More Intriguing Names Worth Targeting

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week we took a look at the Top 20 starting pitchers (click here for the rankings), which was filled with some intriguing upside names.  Does that mean the next 20 is filled with “safer” options?  There are some, but the rankings continue to be filled with upside.  Let’s take a look:

21. Zack Godley – Arizona Diamondbacks
22. Justin Verlander – Houston Astros
23. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
24. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks
25. Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies
26. Jeff Samardzija – San Francisco Giants
27. David Price – Boston Red Sox Read more

Draft Day Decision: Will Matt Carpenter Rebound & Bring Value In 2018?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a lot of hype for Matt Carpenter heading into 2017, thanks to both his positional flexibility and potential at the plate.  A year later he enters 2018 with eligibility at just 1B (if your league requires 20 games played), which isn’t ideal considering the numbers he posted last year:

497 At Bats
.241 Batting Average (120 Hits)
23 Home Runs
69 RBI
91 Runs
2 Stolen Bases
.384 On Base Percentage
.451 Slugging Percentage
.274 Batting Average on Balls in Play

On the surface the only “issue” is really his average, though a 20-25 HR hitting first baseman isn’t a highly sought-after commodity.  In OBP formats it’s a slightly different story, as his consistently elevated walk rate helps him maintain nearly a Top 10 status, but even in standard formats there remains upside. Read more