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My Starting Pitching Targets

Starting Pitching is the most volatile position to draft in fantasy baseball in my opinion. I would rather spend an early draft choice or auction money on hitters since they play more and are less likely to suffer a season-ending injury.  Hitters don’t typically have Tommy John, Rotator Cuff, or Shoulder Labrum surgeries. I play in multiple leagues each season and tend to build up my lineup, then take pitchers on the upswing. Avoiding older pitchers is also a priority because they typically don’t go deep into games. WHIP and SO/9 are the metrics I pay attention to the most.  My viewpoint is based off what I believe they will do this year, not so much what they’ve done in the past. If my pitchers don’t pan out, the eject button is hit quickly for the next hot pickup. These are the pitchers that I will try to draft based off draft slot, auction price, and upside. Some of these pitchers are going to be late round lottery tickets.      

Yu Darvish

Luis Severino

Kyle Hendricks

Jacob deGrom

Aaron Sanchez

Noah Syndergaard

Gerrit Cole

Aaron Nola

Jose Berrios

Jose Quintana

Chase Anderson

Tyler Chatwood

David Price

Luis Castillo

Sonny Gray

Jon Gray

Kenta Maeda

Jameson Taillon

Luke Weaver

Miles Mikolas

Mike Minor

Matt Harvey

Johnny Cueto

Bryan Mitchell

Mike Clevinger

Daniel Mengden

2018 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust National League

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

http://thebaseballgenius.com/podcast/all-in-on-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.         

Fantasy Baseball Bombs

This list of players consists of early and middle round picks that blew a hole in your roster.  There’s a variety of reasons these players under-performed be it injuries, age, diminished skills.  In some cases it ends up being all three.   Just because these players didn’t perform in 2017 doesn’t mean to completely avoid all of them in 2018.  Each player is a case by case scenario.  *Some of these players I plan to target in 2018 because their value in drafts will be cheaper*.

C Jonathan Lucroy Rangers/Rockies
AVG  R   HR   RBI   SB
.265 45   6     40     1

1B Miguel Cabrera Tigers*
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.249  50  16   60     0

2B Logan Forsythe Dodgers
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.224  56   6     36     3

2B Jason Kipnis Indians
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.232  43  12    35     6

CI Ian Desmond Rockies
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.274  47   7     40    15

SS Addison Russell Cubs*
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.239  52  12    43     2

SS Aledmys Diaz Cardinals
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.259  31   7     20     4

MI Jonathan Villar Brewers
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.241  49  11    40    23

3B Maikel Franco Phillies
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.230  66  24    76     0

OF Jose Bautista Blue Jays
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.203  92  23    65     6

OF Mark Trumbo Orioles
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.234  79  23    65     1

OF Yoenis Cespedes Mets*
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.292  46  17    42     0

OF Stephen Piscotty Cardinals
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.235  40   9     39     3

Util Ryan Braun Brewers
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.268  58  17    52    12

Util Troy Tulowitzki
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.249  16   7      26    0

SP Noah Syndergaard Mets
W-L   K    ERA    WHIP
1-2   34   2.97    1.05

SP Danny Duffy Royals
W-L    K     ERA    WHIP
9-10  130  3.81    1.26

SP David Price Red Sox*
W-L   K    ERA    WHIP
6-3   76   3.38    1.19

SP Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays*
W-L    K    ERA    WHIP
1-3    24   4.25    1.72

SP Rick Porcello Red Sox
W-L      K      ERA    WHIP
11-17  181  4.65    1.40

SP Johnny Cueto Giants*
W-L     K      ERA    WHIP
8-8    136    4.52    1.45

RP Mark Melancon Giants
W-L    SV    K    ERA    WHIP
1-2      11  29   4.50    1.43

RP Seung-Hwan Oh Cardinals
W-L    SV    K    ERA    WHIP
1-6     20   54   4.10    1.40

RP Zach Britton Orioles
W-L    SV    K    ERA    WHIP
2-1      15  29   2.89    1.53