With baseball season right around the corner, fantasy baseball drafts have been in full swing. I personally am super excited, I have done five season-long fantasy drafts so far. Four have been roto, and one has been head to head points. I have also been trying something new this season trying out the best ball drafts for baseball. Below, I am going to go over some my guys this year in fantasy. My guys are guys that I think are going to be stud fantasy baseball options this year they will all be top 100 guys, my sleepers list will come soon. Each guy will fall into a particular category depending on how/why I like them. These include fantasy baseball studs, fantasy baseball MVPs, my man crushes, Mr. Consistent, and values that are too good to pass up.
- (Man Crush/Stud/MVP) My first guy, the number one guy I am going after in all league formats is Trea Turner (NFBC ADP 4.59). I can’t get enough of Trea Turner, a real five-tool baseball player. He is the number one option at SS this season and can contribute in all categories, especially the ever so sought after stolen base category. I have no problem taking Turner anywhere from the 3rd pick to the 12th pick in a 12 team league, depending on how far he falls.
- (Man Crush/Stud) Number two is Trea Turner’s teammate, Bryce Harper (NFBC 8.61) who also going in the first round. If Turner is gone, Bryce is my guy. This is Bryce’s “contract year,” and I am expecting huge things from this guy. Still only 25, this guy has been around for six seasons already. Bryce wants that big payday and is going to play like it too. Bryce will for sure contribute in four categories, everything except for steals. It is hard to trust Bryce with steals, while he only had four steals in 2017, after 21 in 2016. Bryce has never had 100 RBIs in a season, but with a healthy Turner and Eaton all this season I see him eclipsing that 100 RBI number.
- (Value) The next guy I am targeting this season is Manny Machado (NFBC ADP 17.17), I love his price this season. Machado also going into this contract year, had a down season last year and he still hit 33 HRs with RBIs. Last seasons .259 batting average is 20 points lower than his career .279 average. After 20 steals in 2015, Machado doesn’t really run anymore with 9 SBs in 2016 and 2017 combined If Manny can get back to his 2016 season at .294 AVG, 37 HRs, 96 RBI, 100 Rs he will be well worth the 2nd round value.
- (Value) My first pitcher to make this list is Madison Bumgarner, I am expecting a big year from him, and to me, he is at a discounted price. He has the stuff to be in consideration with the Big Four of starting pitchers (Kershaw, Sale, Kluber, and Scherzer). But after missing a lot of time last due to the fluke injury, we are getting him at a discount. Bumgarner has been nothing but consistent his entire career, before last season he had six straight years of 200+ innings and four consecutive years of 200+ Ks. With his career 3.01 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He is a great four category pitcher that will be better than his early-third-round ADP. (Update 3/23, well a day after posting this Bumgarner broke his hand so that sucks…)
- (Man Crush/Stud/Value) As soon as Christian Yelich (NFBC ADP 48.48) became a Brewer, I knew immediately I needed him on my fantasy teams. Yelich gets a substantial positive park shift going from Miami to Milwaukee. He also has a huge positive line-up shift, going from the depressing Miami Marlins team to a young up-and-coming squad that is looking to contend. Yelich should be batting 2nd this season with Braun, Shaw, and Santana behind him. He can be a good producer in many categories, 20/20 season is definitely a possibility, with a .290-.300 average, and potentially 100 runs scored. I love him at his end of the 4th round ADP. I honestly could go on and on about many Brewers. Of course, I like Shaw, Cain, and Santana this season as well. But Yelich is my guy.
- (Stud) I firmly believe that closers on bad teams can still get 30+ saves, and I think that’s true for Felipe Rivero (NFBC ADP 86.88) too. This guys stuff it filthy and if he played on a good team he would be in the same conversation as Kimbrel and Jansen. Rivero was 21/23 last season in save opportunities after taking over the job in June. If he is given the opportunities, he is a top 5 closer and would rank him right after Jansen and Kimbrel.
- (Stud) Chris Taylor (NFBC ADP 93.71) has been one of my biggest targets this fantasy baseball season behind Christian Yelich. After a massive breakout season last year, he has 20/20 potential along with multi-position eligibility.
- I am getting very excited about Nick Castellanos (NFBC ADP 97.30) this season, after a break out season last season he posted career highs with 614 ABs, 26 HRs, and RBIs. He has multi-position eligibility with 3rd base and OF. His team sucks, but he is someone I am targeting in the 8th and 9th round.