Listen to ME! Draft these Guys!

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If you’re into fantasy baseball then you have already been doing your research.  Some of you may have even had your draft already.  But for most fantasy owners, their draft will take place this weekend or next.  My draft is Sunday and it should be a very fun day.  Draft day is always a blast in and of itself, but when you add the St. Patrick’s Day element… let’s just say I cannot wait for Sunday. 

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Heading into the draft there are some players that I will be targeting very intently.  While prepping for the fantasy season I have seemed to get these players a lot in mock drafts.  Unfortunately for me I won’t be able to roster everyone, but I will do whatever I can to draft them.  I would recommend you do the same because I am certainly willing to vouch for these guys. 

I will be honest, I do not have insanely deep analytical data.  I don’t have the inside track on any information.  Some of the things I talk about are based off of my personal feelings.  But I know what I am talking about and I know fantasy baseball.  I love the game and understand what it takes to be competitive.  Whether you play in roto, head to head points, or category leagues, I believe these players will help you compete for a title.  And if these players bust in 2019, then I will be erasing this article off the internet. 

Kris Bryant
The 2016 National League MVP has so much value right now.  Kris Bryant is currently being drafted around pick 30.  Coming off an injury plagued 2018 season where Bryant only hit 13 home runs, Bryant has slid in most rankings.  He is healthy now and I think a bounce back season is on the horizon.  The Cubs have been delighted to watch Bryant take the field this spring.  Spring training stats are rarely indicators of what is to come in the regular season, but when the biggest question is health a solid spring means something.  Bryant has hit two home runs and has an OPS of 1.160 in the preseason and is showing he is ready to return to form.  After you take your first round stud, maybe with your second pick make sure to take Bryant.  I expect him to hit 35 home runs and drive in 100 RBI’s.  It doesn’t hurt that Bryant also has dual eligibility.  Being able to play him at third or in the outfield is a plus.  In fantasy sports you got to take studs, especially when their ADP falls.  That is called value.

Carlos Carrasco
This Cleveland Indians pitcher has been very consistent over his career.  I do not think that 2019 will be any different.  Carrasco finished as a top 12 pitcher last year thanks in large part to his 230 strikeouts.  He pitches with such elite control and has the ability to have double digit strikeout games.  A combination that is hard to find and you can typically draft him with the 36th overall selection.  With such a high floor Carrasco is the perfect player to add to your elite offensive players or high end pitching staff.  He is a guy who can really solidify the start to your draft. 

Josh Donaldson
Unfortunately for the teams who drafted Donaldson the last two years, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.  It wasn’t long ago that Josh Donaldson was a perennial MVP candidate.  This year he is supposed to be back and ready to produce.  Atlanta signed him to a one year deal so he can prove himself ready to receive another big pay day.  He has only had five at bats this spring, but all signs are pointing to Donaldson being ready for Opening Day.  The third baseman comes with some risk for sure, but that is baked into his draft price.  If Donaldson can return to form and give the Braves a full-ish season, drafting him around pick 100 is a no brainer. 

If you don’t end up with any of those three players do not hang your head.  I would also be targeting these players in the draft.  This will be like a lightning round…

Noah Syndergaard - Guy is a complete stud with electric stuff.  Actually looks like Thor, and if this is his healthy season, then he could finish as the best pitcher in fantasy. 

Gary Sanchez or JT Realmuto - The catcher position completely sucks in fantasy baseball.  Both guys can be real contributors and are part of elite lineups.  Believe me.  You’re going to want one of these backstops.

Daniel Murphy - Great hitter and will now play first base in Colorado.  J

Miguel Sano - Sano has insane power.  Your league must have IL spots, because he will start the year on the injured list.  But with one of your last picks in the entire draft his talent is worth gambling on.

You may have noticed that I didn’t mention a single Red Sox player.  Well, that was on purpose.  I saved my thoughts on Sox players for the end.

Obviously you are going to be happy if you draft Mookie Betts, JD Martinez, Andrew Benintendi or Chris Sale.  The best players on the Red Sox are some of the best in the entire league.  I want to mention some other names.

Chris Sale is a fantasy ace.  David Price and Rick Porcello will be drafted, but you already know what you are going to get from them.  What about Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez?  I think they should be on your fantasy radar as well.  Both pitchers have started throwing a cut fastball.   The cutter is supposedly what made Eovaldi so successful at the end of the year.  Boston should be one of the best teams in baseball again, so both pitchers should get extra wins.  E-Rod is being drafted around pick 150 and Eovaldi is going even later.  You won’t have to invest much on draft day for these two potential strikeout masters, so I would say they are worth the risk.   

I couldn’t write about my must draft list without mentioning Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.  I truly believe in a JBJ breakout season.  I mean, I did write about that very possibility a couple weeks ago .  He worked on his hitting approach and has had a good spring.  Bradley Jr. is usually good for about a month of the fantasy baseball season anyway.  I think 2019 is the year he has a complete season.  And he is going late enough in drafts that I do not feel like I am putting my team at major risk if he doesn’t pan out.  If you are in my draft Sunday stay away from JBJ!

Good luck in your upcoming drafts.  May the fantasy gods shine brightly upon your team. 


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