Do you know how much easier it is to make fantasy predictions with almost no research to back it up? ESPN posted 53 bold predictions with almost zero facts explaining them, and it included the bogus Troy Tulowitzki will remain healthy for a majority of the year fact! It’s total BS and it’s beautiful, unlike the new ESPN format, but maybe I just hate change. I’m going to make a bunch of fantasy baseball predictions with very little facts to back me up and a ton of bias! Some of them might even be underlined instead of bolded!
Matt Harvey is a bust
He’s on an innings limit and if the Met’s aren’t in the playoff hunt I can see him getting shut down earlier than expected. He’s coming back from Tommy John surgery and I know he’s looked excellent in spring training, but spring training doesn’t mean too much. He has to carry the weight of all of New York’s expectations now that the Yankees stink, that’s too much pressure! He’s getting drafted in the 3rd/4th round now, so people are expecting ace numbers, but he hasn’t pitched a real game in more than a year. Also the Mets can’t have nice things.
Joey Votto finishes as a top 5 1B
He was a top 1B before and I like the Reds’ offense this year with Billy Hamilton likely improving, Todd Frazier and Marlon Byrd providing reliable power, and Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips can’t possible play as bad as they did last year. He’ll provide Freddie Freeman like numbers but for a 3 round discount. Bring on those sweet walks baby!
Somehow Clayton Kershaw is the 135th ranked overall player on Yahoo! After only 3 starts…which is somehow higher than Stephen Strasburg, Cliff Lee, and Madison Bumgarner. I know Kershaw is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but come on, he hasn’t been the one of the most valuable players in the fantasy game when he’s been sidelined for most of it. Give him at least a couple more starts before we crown him the prince of baseball again.
Special thanks to contributing writer James Boyce.
Potential Waiver Wire Adds
C – Kurt Suzuki and Josmil Pinto – Two Twins Cs who are doing well. They may not get the ABs of a 1st string Catcher but both are off to great starts. Suzuki has 19 RBIs and Pinto has 5 HRs and 17 Walks for those in OBP and counting W leagues.
1B- Adam LaRoche, usually known as a slow starter has gotten off to a great start with 4-category juice. Last year was a down year for him but the year before he went 30-100.
These are some of the players I ended up owning on multiple teams if you haven’t figured it out already…
Because I own them…they’ll do better!
Trevor Rosenthal – Well I never invest in “elite” closers, but somehow I landed this guy and I’m actually pretty happy about it. With the way that some of the lower tier closers are getting knocked around it feels good to have a guy who could end up as the most valuable closer in the league, even if he went undrafted in most leagues last year. Rosenthal is on a great team (both talent wise and managing wise), pitches in the NL, and strikes out a ton of guys. I think this is going to be a great relationship.
You might be thinking this is pretty much Matthew Berry’s bold predictions. Well what if I told you fantasy baseball doesn’t have too many writing themes and I’m not that original? What if I told you to keep reading because as long as it’s entertaining, do you even care? Rhetorical!
Strasburg wins the Cy Young Award. No way man! That’s also not bold enough. How about Bryce Harper wins the NL MVP?! Nah, that’s still pretty tame. How about Anthony Rendon finishes the year as a top 5 2B ? Meh, I guess that’ll work. I’m thinking there’s a bunch of questions marks towards the top of tier of 2B this year and it generally being a weak position. I think the Nationals move Rendon up in the line up after he tears it up early/someone gets injured. Seriously how long can they keep putting Denard Span as the leadoff hitter because he’s a little fast…he’s just so boring, and his OBP isn’t blowing anyone away…Rendon is a former #6 overall pick and if you take out his July numbers last year, he was pretty darn good for the young pup. Draft him. You’re welcome.
Joakim Soria is the closer for the Rangers. He’s a must add. Feliz was sent to the minors. He’s a drop.
J.J. Hoover is the default closer for the Reds with Chapman out. But I wouldn’t feel too good about owning Hoover.
Hoover dam…JJ Hoover…saves…there’s something there