George Springer is setting the table for one of the best offenses in baseball, and delivering big time for fantasy owners.
Hicks went undrafted and was an afterthought in virtually all leagues entering the year, but he’s on pace to finish with a .323-90-25-94-22 line (and a 1.023 OPS). Hicks is absurdly still available in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues right now. Justin Bour: He’s hitting .292/.368/.589 with more homers (
After disappointing badly last season in which he entered as a sleeper, Luis Severino has been one of the most pleasant surprises in 2017. Severino flashes one of the best sliders in baseball and a fastball that’s averaged an MLB-high 97.2 mph this season (the next highest is 96.2). Severino pitches
Lucas Duda missed time with an elbow injury earlier in the year, but he’s quietly posting a .979 OPS with seven homers and 16 RBI over 91 at bats, and he’s recently been moved to cleanup in the Mets’ order. Duda is somehow owned in just 11 percent of leagues. If he qualified, his 17.1 BB% would rank
Devon Travis: He entered the league looking like a future star, but injuries and lack of production have since left him someone currently available in more than half of Yahoo leagues. It’s come with a 14:1 K:BB ratio, so it hasn’t been all good, but Travis actually leads all hitters in extra-base hits
From Vince Velasquez's ERA to Buster Posey's RBI output to Ian Happ's ownership percentage, we tackle some of fantasy's conundrums.
J.D. Martinez highlights this week’s look at recent fantasy risers and fallers. J.D. Martinez: Since returning from injury, he has five homers over 21 at-bats. Bradley Zimmer: He’s struck out in six of his first 10 at-bats, but Zimmer is a legit prospect who’s also slugged .600 over that span.
Zack Greinke looked done entering this year. Greinke has reinvented himself in an impressive way and has missed bats with decreased velo. Quick Hits: Cody Bellinger has struck out multiple times in each of his past five games, but he still has a 1.093 OPS on the year.
Despite it not being an even year, most projection systems had the Giants making the playoffs this season, albeit as a wild card behind the Dodgers. The Giants lost Will Smith to a torn UCL before the season and have since seen Madison Bumgarner go down with a shoulder injury thanks to a dirt-bike accident
Trevor Cahill: It’s been just five starts, and Cahill’s control remains something of an issue, but he has 37 strikeouts over 30.0 innings. Cahill is throwing his curveball at a far greater frequency than ever before with terrific results, and his 13.2 SwStr% would rank top-10 among starters (and among
Ryan Zimmerman was once thought of as a surefire future superstar, but injuries and later a lack of performance made him mostly an afterthought at draft tables entering 2017. Zimmerman remains an injury risk, but it sure helps batting in the middle of a lineup that’s scored nearly 30 more runs than
Dallas Keuchel highlights this week’s look at fantasy baseball risers and fallers. Dallas Keuchel: Early returns are encouraging after Keuchel was one of the most disappointing fantasy players in 2016, as he’s posted a 0.86 ERA and 0.62 WHIP over three starts. Keuchel’s Hard% is the second lowest in
If I had a do-over for 2017 drafts: I’d treat Max Scherzer as a top-five player, as he looks back to his normal self. Scherzer will no doubt be the common denominator of many winning fantasy teams this year…I’d also treat Wade Davis as a top-five closer, Raisel Iglesias as a top-15 closer, Jake Lamb
Matt Harvey leads this week’s look at fantasy risers and fallers. Matt Harvey: He impressed during his debut, allowing just three baserunners with a 4:0 K:BB ratio over 6.2 innings. Harvey was touched up for two solo homers to Matt Kemp, but it was a highly encouraging outing for someone making his
With the season finally underway, now's the time to pounce and be aggressive on the waiver wire. The Yahoo fantasy baseball crew is here to help identify the players to go after:
The biggest story from Sunday’s Opening Day was clearly Madison Bumgarner, who not only recorded an 11:0 K:BB ratio in one of the best hitter’s parks in baseball, but he became the first pitcher to ever homer twice on the first day of the season.
This week, Thursday’s Freak Show offers both fantasy and a modest helping of reality. Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don have gone on record with divisional picks and wild cards, as well as winners and finalists for MVP, Cy Young and various other achievements. [Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball: Get in
Bryce Harper is tied for the major league lead in homers this spring with six. He’s slugging .903 and has more walks (seven) than strikeouts (five). Everyone knows Harper is on a career trajectory to be a Hall of Famer given what he’s done at his age, but he’s also coming off a disappointing season in
Jose Bautista is 36 years old, but he’s one year removed from a season in which he went 108-40-114-8. To give reference it was 95.7 mph in 2015 (h/t Jeff Sullivan). Rogers Centre has increased home runs for right-handed batters by nine percent over the last three seasons, which is the second most in
The most I spent for someone was Corey Seager ($30). Seager is a legitimate threat to win the MVP award this season…I root for the Giants but keep loving Dodgers in fantasy drafts. Over the last three years, Justin Turner has a 138 wRC+, which ranks top-20 in MLB despite undergoing microfracture surgery
Buster Posey or Gary Sanchez, who do you got? DDD defends Sanchez: To be clear, I’m a huge Giants fan, and Buster Posey is easily one of my favorite players ever. Posey plays first base at times when lefties are facing the Giants, but Sanchez has the benefit of the DH when rest behind the plate is