As Fantasy Baseball draft season is winding down, it’s time to look back and see who “My Guys” are this season. This year I cut back big time on the amount of leagues I am in, only competing in 4 redraft leagues…..still have 2 dynasty leagues. My intentions for cutting back this season was to allow myself to focus more on really being competitive and taking down leagues like the TGFBI and other really competitive, deeper leagues. In looking back at my 4 redraft rosters I found that I didn’t have any one player on all 4 teams. But I did have 6 players on 3 teams and 13 players on 2 of my teams. I won’t be going over the 13 players on 50% of my teams, but let take a look at the 6 players that I’ll be spending extra attention to on 75% of my redraft teams.

Leagues

B.A.R.F – 14 team ROTO (12th pick)

T.G.F.B.I. – 15 team ROTO (6th pick)

Fake Teams and Friends – 15 teams ROTO (5th pick)

TheQuantEdge Writers League – 10 teams H2H (6th pick)

“My Guys”

J.D. Martinez- Having the 5th/6th picks in 3 leagues left JUST DONGS landing on my fantasy teams over and over. It wasn’t as automatic of a pick as it may seem. Heck he’s been falling to the back end of the first round in a lot of late NFBC leagues. But for me J.D. Martinez sets up a fantasy team so nicely in 4 major roto categories. He is going to hit a very healthy .300+, he has 40+ home run potential and he has a great chance to combine for 250 runs/RBIs. Sure he doesn’t steal bags, and that’s where Ronald Acuña was tempting, but he does leave a fantasy team off to a great start and I just made it a point to grab steals later with guys like the next one on this list.

Jonathan Villar- Villar is 2 years removed from a 19 home run/62 stolen base season. A season where he won myself and many others fantasy titles. In a down 2017 he still managed 11 homers and 23 stolen bases. A down year, but a down year with 23 stolen bases. In 2018 we saw the return of Jonathan “Fantasy Base Stealing Machine” Villar. He was traded to the Orioles mid season and the running game was back in full force. He finished 2018 with 14 home runs and 35 stolen bases. Now with a full season in Baltimore, with nothing stopping him from running we should be in store for 15+ home runs and a player that could reach 40 stolen bases.

Josh Bell- Josh Bell was a popular name last draft season and he let many down. He was coming off a 26 home run season, but managed only 12 in 2018. The hit tools, the statcast metrics were still good, but the production took a hit. Bell has great plate discipline as well. Bell is projected to bat in the middle of the Pirates order and when that power arrives he’s going to be a fantasy star. He was going late late in drafts and is a solid CI option that I obviously am behind.

Matt Chapman- For those that have followed me or listened to my pods enough know my love of Matt Chapman. This may be one of the players with the biggest breakout potential in baseball. Some are saying he over achieved last season when he hit .278, maybe he did, but at worst he’s probably a .255-.260 hitter which is still fine. His 24 home runs last season is the stat I’d be more inclined to take a stand on, not batting average. Matt Chapman has legit 40+ home run skills. In 2018 he had a hard hit rate of 47.6%, but a FB% of only 25.5% (GB% 38.3%). If Chapman can improve on his 14.6 degree launch angle, that will lead to more fly balls and he’ll be in for a monster season and a Top 5 fantasy 3B season.

Merrill Kelly- Out of all these players Kelly is the most surprising to me. I was very intrigued with him entering draft season. Sure he pitched in Korea and pitched well, but how will it translate to the MLB? It’s a fair question, but I bought it at his near free draft day price. He has a spot locked down in the DBacks rotation. He’ll enjoy the humidor and some other pitcher friendly parks in the NL. Lastly, where he was going in drafts it was take a chance on Kelly or other dart throws that didn’t intrigue me.

Hunter Strickland- Oh Hunter Strickland. As a Giants fan I was scorned last season. As a TGFBI player that burned a ton of FAAB on him last season I was scorned. But the fact of the matter is Strickland has really good closer stuff. He’s going to be the guy in

Seattle. I was able to get him really really late in drafts as a 3rd or 4th closer. In a deep league that extra closer is extra special. I’ll roll the dice with Strickland and hope the issues between his ears stay under control.

Players on 50% of Teams- Ryan Zimmerman, Paul DeJong, Jackie Bradley Jr., Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez, Tommy Pham, Carlos Carrasco, Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Glasnow, Joe Musgrove, Steven Matz, Matt Boyd, Kirby Yates