Arizona Diamondbacks RP Archie Bradley
63 appearances 1.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 9.7 SO/9 25 Holds. Brad Boxberger was brought in and has closing experience. Bradley has better stuff and should slide into the 9th inning role.
Atlanta Braves SP Luiz Gohara
4.91 ERA with a 9.5 SO/9 in 5 starts last year for the Braves. There’s a bit of a logjam in rotation spots at the time of this post. Watch in spring training to see if Gohara breaks camp with the Braves. If not be prepared to track his minor league stats in preparation for a call up.
Chicago Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber
30 bombs last season with a batting average that was less than his playing weight last season. Ill-fated move to leadoff spot compounded matters. Schwarber will bounce back in a big way in 2018. Should be a target to go after regardless of position eligibility.
Cincinnati Reds SP Luis Castillo
Colorado Rockies 1B Ryan McMahon
Played 1B, 2B, and 3B in Double and Triple A last season. Slash rate of .355/.403/.583 in 519 plate appearances. Faces an uphill battle in spring training for playing time. Could force way into lineup with a hot spring. McMahon is a potential late round flier in deeper leagues.
Dodgers 2B Logan Forsythe
Was a popular mid round target last season with the move from the Rays to the Dodgers. Burned owners with a .224 avg, but actually posted a career high .351 OBP. In line to start again for the defending NL Champs. Should provide decent value as a backup infielder in fantasy leagues.
Miami Marlins RP Kyle Barraclough
10.4 SO/9, 22 Holds, 3.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP for the Marlins last season. I find it hard to believe the cost cutting Marlins will hold onto 38-year-old Brad Ziegler to be their closer for all of 2018.
Milwaukee Brewers OF Brett Phillips
.276/.351/.448 slash rate in 87 late season AB for the Crew last season. Creating playing time for Phillips is something to watch for in spring training. Has a rocket arm in the field and enough range to play CF over Keon Broxton. I live in Milwaukee, switch should have been made much sooner in 2017.
New York Mets SS Amed Rosario
I love Rosario’s skill set. I tried and failed to acquire him in a dynasty league. Looked overmatched in limited action last season, but I’m banking more on his minor league track record (.291/.336/.405) I hope to draft him in every league I play based off his speed and OBP.
Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Nola
12-11 3.54 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 9.9 SO/9 in 27 starts. Nola has taken his lumps in 60 major league starts. I plan to target him as a pitcher to help fill out my rotation. I believe Nola takes a step forward in 2018.
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jameson Taillon
8-7 4.44 ERA 1.481 WHIP in 25 starts in 2017. Also missed time after winning a bout vs. Testicular cancer. Taillon is a talented arm with 43 major league appearances. Pitching coach Ray Searage is one of the best in the business in my opinion. A healthy Taillon with another year of tutelage from Searage breaks out in 2018.
Padres SP Bryan Mitchell
Acquired in the deal that brought back Chase Headley to San Diego. Marshall didn’t get a chance to start in a crowded rotation in the Bronx. The Padres are lacking arms in the rotation and Marshall could be worth a late round flier.
San Francisco Giants SP Johnny Cueto
Huge bust on rosters last season with 8-8 record, 4.52 ERA, 1.45 WHIP. At age 32 it’s possible Cueto bounces back in 2018. If he falls far enough in drafts, I’ll gladly take a chance on a rebound.
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter
Had a .384 OBP despite a .241 avg. I find it hard to believe Carpenter hits .241 again. Weekly locking league owners may want to drop him down a bit on draft boards due to recurring back problems.
Washington Nationals LF Adam Eaton
Missed most of last season with an ACL tear. Career .358 OBP should play well batting leadoff for the loaded Nats lineup. Eaton easily could score 100 runs, steal 20 bags, and bat over .280. Owners in categories leads should target Eaton more so than points leagues.