It’s been a while since my last blog post, in fact this is my first post since Week 7 of the Fantasy Football season in late October. Life changes a bit when you have a child and plan/become a homeowner. I’m ready to hop back into the swing of things with the start of the MLB season and Fantasy Baseball starting back up.
On a weekly basis I’ll be providing a recap on the past week in Fantasy Baseball and the outlook for the upcoming week. Here’s your Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Recap and advice for Week 2.
1. Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers (Last Week: .417 AVG, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) April 6, 2017
Analysis: Nomar Mazara was dropped preseason in a keeper league of mine and I knew I’d be regret not making the waiver pickup in the near future. I already have a powerful outfield with Mark Trumbo, Khris Davis and Matt Kemp, but a waiver request should have been submitted. The 22-year-old Rangers OF had a solid rookie year with 20 home runs, 64 RBI and .266 average in 145 games and appears primed to take the next step in 2017 following a strong Week 1.
2. Miguel Sanó, 3B/OF, Twins (Last Week: .350 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 Runs, 0 SB, 4 BB)
Miguel Sano's average exit velocity right now is currently 100 MPH. Average is 87.7. He's crushing it right now.
— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) April 11, 2017
Analysis: Sanó is another big (6’4, 262), young position player with tons of potential. He’s off to a great start in 2017 and has the chance to hit 40+ home runs if he stays healthy. The 24-year-old 3B/OF hit 25 home runs last season to go along with 66 RBI and 57 runs scored in a season shortened by hamstring, elbow and back injuries. He’s healthy and tearing the cover off the ball as referenced in the Chris Towers of CBS Fantasy Baseball tweet above. In another recent tweet, Towers mentioned; “It’s still very, very early, but Miguel Sano’s swinging strike rate is down to 12%. If he can sustain that, he’s a star.”
3. Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros (Last Week: 14 IP, 1 W, 8K, 0.64 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 2 QS)
Dallas Keuchel 4th pitcher in MLB history to go 7+ innings and allow 2 hits or less in first 2 starts of season. Last: Nolan Ryan (1979)
— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) April 9, 2017
Analysis: Coming into the 2017 season Dallas Keuchel was a bit of a forgotten pitcher with a Fantasy Pros ADP of 127.8, putting him in the middle of the 11th round in 12-team leagues. He was forgotten for good reason due to his down 2016 campaign following his 2015 NL Cy Young Award winning season. In 2015 he went 20-8, with a 2.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 216:51 K:BB ratio, then followed up 2016 with 9-12, 4.55 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 144:48 K:BB. Keuchel made history in his first two starts and appears to have major bounce-back potential this year.
1. Nelson Cruz, OF, Mariners (Last Week: .080 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 Runs, 0 SB, 4 BB)
— Pitcher List (@ThePitcherList) April 9, 2017
Analysis: When it comes to aging stars you always worry about if this will be the year of a big drop off. Nelson Cruz has been a consistent power bat for the Orioles and Mariners over the past three years averaging 42 home runs, 102 RBI and 91 runs per season. The soon to be 37-year-old OF had a nice spring batting .367 with two home runs and nine RBI through 30 At-bats but had a rough first week of the regular season. It’s too early for fantasy owners to freak out but his first week doesn’t give off a lot of confidence.
2. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies (Last Week: .167 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— BSNDenver.com (@BSNDenver) April 10, 2017
Analysis: Each year in fantasy drafts Carlos Gonzalez seems to be a tempting pick in that 3rd-4th round range. The overall stats the last couple years aren’t too bad as he’s stayed healthy playing 153 games in 2015 and 150 games in 2016. In 2015 he finished with 40 home runs, 97 RBI while batting .271. Then in 2016 he hit 25 home runs, drove in 100 and batted .298. Gonzalez is a risky draft pick with injury history but hitting at Coors Field always looks appetizing. He’s off to a slow start in 2017, streaky and no longer steals bases. Owners should look to trade if possible.
3. Masahiro Tanaka, SP, Yankees (Last Week: 7.2 IP, 0 W, 8K, 11.74 ERA, 2.61 WHIP, 0 QS)
Analysis: Tanaka had a great Spring Training for the Yankees with a 0.38 ERA through 23.2 innings pitcher, 28:5 K:BB ratio and holding hitters to a .115 batting average. Through his first two regular season starts he’s been rocked by the Rays and Orioles as hitters have been batting .400 while giving up 10 earned runs through only 7.2 innings pitched. It’s still early and owners have to think Tanaka will turn it around, but certainly a rough couple starts to the season in a tough AL East.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 2:
Here’s a CBS Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 2. Two-start pitchers can be huge in head-to-head fantasy matchups, providing twice the opportunity to rack up wins, strikeouts and quality starts. Here are my thoughts on pitchers scheduled for two starts in Week 2.
- Three I like:
– Matt Harvey, NYM (@ PHI, @ MIA)
– Jeff Samardzija, SF (vs. ARI, vs. COL)
– Cole Hamels, TEX (@ LAA, vs. SEA)
- Three I don’t like:
– Dylan Bundy, BAL (@ BOS, vs. TOR)
– Taijuan Walker, ARI (@ SF, @ LAD)
– Alex Cobb, TB (@ NYY, @ BOS)