We’re through the first week of the MLB season and what a week it was! Between the crazy cold weather in the Northeast postponing games and outbreak performances by little known shortstops, it certainly appears we’re in store for a wild season. Jayson Stark of ESPN recently had a great article detailing on how insane the start to the season has been. 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. Trevor Story, SS, Rockies (Last week: .333, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 BB)
Analysis: If you were lucky enough to draft Trevor Story in the late rounds or make an early season free-agent pickup, you’re feeling great about your shortstop. The question now is, can he keep it up? Looking at his minor league stats, he was a first round compensation pick of the Rockies in 2011 and had a great 2015 between Double-A and Triple-A with a combined 20 home runs, 80 RBI, 22 steals and .279 batting average. Combining his tools with playing his home games at Coors Field in Colorado and you have a potential fantasy stud.
2. Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs (Last Week: 2 W, 12K, 1.93 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 2 QS)
Analysis: The reigning NL Cy Young award-winning Jake Arrieta is off to another great start to 2015. Arrieta was lights out in his first start with seven scoreless innings at the Angels and followed up that performance with another strong seven innings pitched. Although he gave up two home runs, Arrieta more than made up for it by hitting… wait for it…a 442 foot home run off Shelby Miller as shown in the video above. He earned a win in both games he started last week and appears to be towards the top of the NL yet again in 2016.
3. Eugenio Suárez, SS, Reds (Last Week: .435, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 9 Runs, 1 SB, 3 BB)
Eugenio Suarez is batting .435 with 4 HR and 9 RBIs to open his season ? pic.twitter.com/IChARXQxKH
— MLB Roundup (@MLB_Roundup) April 10, 2016
Analysis: If not for the ridiculous start to the season by the Rockies Trevor Story, we’d likely be hearing more about Reds shortstop Eugenio Suárez. Looking at the stats from last year, the 24-year-old had a nice rookie season for the Reds as he batted .280 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI over 97 games. Suárez is a nice free agent pickup at this point as he likely went undrafted in most fantasy leagues based on his 295.3 ADP on FantasyPros.
1. Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Last Week: .200, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 R, 4 BB, 0 SB)
Mike Trout (LAA): 0-8 to start the season, tied for his longest hitless streak to start a season in his career (also started 0-8 in 2012)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 6, 2016
Analysis: It’s a small sample size with only 20 plate appearances and Mike Trout is one of the best players in the game, he’ll come around. There’s nothing to worry about here, Trout should continue the ridiculous start to his MLB career and should be one of the top overall fantasy players in 2016.
2. Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Last Week, .231, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 0 SB)
— FantasyPros (@FantasyProsMLB) April 10, 2016
Analysis: Same with Mike Trout, Kris Bryant will get it going batting in the middle of what was expected to be a prolific Cubs offense. Bryant has struck out six times in 26 at-bats but does have three doubles and three walks. The talented Bryant will turn it around, it’s only a matter of time before he heats up big time.
3. Corey Kluber, SP, Indians (Last Week: 0 W, 5K, 2 BB, 6.75 ERA, 2.06 WHIP)
Popular sleeper MVP pick Mookie Betts takes Corey Kluber deep.
— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 5, 2016
Analysis: As I wrote in the Starting Pitcher Preview, Kluber was my bust pick at the SP position in 2016. He had a rough first start last week against Boston, giving up nine hits and only striking out five in 5.1 innings. Kluber’s fantasy value comes from solely from his strikeout total and if he’s not striking out double-digits he won’t live up to his top-10 preseason rank. He was being drafted on average over the likes of King Felix, Jose Fernandez and Dallas Keuchel, which Kluber owners will look back upon as a mistake.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 2:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two start 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:
– Gio Gonzalez, WAS (vs. ATL, @ PHI)
– Carlos Rodon, CWS (@ MIN, @ TB)
– Noah Syndergaard, NYM (vs. MIA, @ CLE)
- Three I don’t like
– Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA (vs. TEX, @ NYY)
– Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL (@ BOS, @ TEX)
– Michael Pineda, NYY (@ TOR, vs. SEA)