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ADP Watch: At His Current ADP, Is Gary Sanchez Worth Drafting For 2017?

by Ray Kuhn

When preparing for your draft and the upcoming fantasy baseball season there are many things you can, and should, be doing. One is reviewing the ADP (average draft position) results from the NFBC; a highly competitive and high stakes fantasy baseball tournament.

While these results aren’t going to directly correspond to your rankings, and they shouldn’t, it will give you the best (early) look at how we can expect drafts to transpire. As you complete your rankings, taking a gander through the ADP’s could prove to be highly beneficial in identifying both values and potential busts.

This brings us to Gary Sanchez. We ran out of superlatives to describe Sanchez over the last two months of the 2016 season, but what can we expect of him in 2017?

Based on his early ADP, the answer appears to be quite a lot. Sanchez is coming off the board as the second catcher with an average selection of 47.33, being drafted as high as 36th while going as low as 59th. With a draft position like this, it will be pretty difficult for Sanchez just to meet his value. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Will Homer Bailey Return to Fantasy Relevance In 2017?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a time that Homer Bailey was viewed as a Top30ish fantasy starting pitcher.  Back in 2013 he posted a very impressive line, featuring an 8.57 K/9, 2.33 BB/9 and 46.1% groundball rate.  Since then things haven’t gone according to plan, including being limited to 34.0 innings in the Majors over the past two seasons.  Those questions, though, could lead to a buying opportunity for fantasy owners.

Obviously it wasn’t a big sample size, but the ability he showed to generate swings and misses with three different pitches is promising in regards to his strikeout rate (Whiff%):

  • Slider – 12.61%
  • Curbeball – 15.00%
  • Split-Finger – 10.17%

The split-finger was once his put away pitch (20.49% Whiff% back in ’13), and will be one of the keys to his success.  As it is opponents hit just .200 against the pitch last season, showing that the potential is still there.  If he fully gets the feel back for the pitch, he could produce 8+ K per nine innings. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Will Jason Castro Have Value In Minnesota?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one is going to argue that the Twins needed an upgrade behind the plate, but is Jason Castro really the answer to their problems?  At the end of the day the 3-year, $24.5 million contract they gave him isn’t an outrageous number, but what exactly are they buying?  His 2016 numbers would indicate not too much from an offensive standpoint:

329 At Bats
.210 Batting Average (69 Hits)
11 Home Runs
32 RBI
41 Runs
2 Stolen Bases
.307 On Base Percentage
.377 Slugging Percentage
.297 Batting Average on Balls in Play

He’s a career .232 hitter who has seen his strikeout rate consistently rise over the past few seasons.  Now we are taking him out of a favorable locale, so is there anything to actually like? Read more

The Ditch List: Is It Time To Cut Bait On Aaron Judge, Tyler Naquin & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this time of year any injury or setback could ultimately end a player’s season.  It’s extremely frustrating for fantasy owners, especially given the uncertainty, as we decide whether to hold a player or not.  Of course simple inability could give us a quick trigger as well, as every AB or IP is vital.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players we are ready to move on from (keep in mind this is geared towards those in redraft formats, and all stats are through Monday):

 

Tyler Naquin – Cleveland Indians – Outfielder
There was a time that he was among the hottest hitters in baseball, but that time feels like it’s long gone now.  He slashed just .193/.238/.351 in August and the recent acquisition of Coco Crisp could potentially lead to fewer AB if he doesn’t turn things around (Crisp did play 36 games in centerfield this season).  As it is Naquin has already showed that he’s a more of a platoon player than someone who deserves regular AB:

  • vs. RHP – .313
  • vs. LHP – .222

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Streaming Starters (2016): August 29 – September 4: Sticking With Musgrove, Weaver Worthy & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week, though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce (please note all stats are through Saturday, unless otherwise noted):

 

Monday, August 29
Joe Musgrove – Houston Astros – vs. Oakland
Musgrove has been miserable as of late, but this certainly represents an opportunity for him to get back on track.  Oakland has been one of the worst offenses in August, slashing .241/.297/.385 while scoring a league worst 85 runs.  He also brings strikeouts and control, so as long as he keeps the ball in the ballpark there shouldn’t be an issue. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 27, 2016: Cabrera Next Up?, Papelbon Out? & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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