As Fantasy Baseball season gears up, I’d like to present five names on the hitting side that I am going to target in the late rounds of my draft.
Ian Desmond OF
Last year was one to forget for Desmond, much like his 2015 walk-year with the Nationals. A broken hand suffered very early set him back, and upon returning the the friendly hitter confines of Coors field, Desmond was a complete dud.
But in between those 2015 and 2017 duds, was a fantasy stud. Hehe, dud, stud…rhymes..anyways…
2016 with Texas saw Desmond be a complete double threat for Fantasy, with 28 home runs and over 20 stolen bases. To top it off, Desmond hit for average that year as well, roughly .285 if my memory serves me well. I was all over Desmond last spring, and well, yeah….but now, his ADP price has plummeted to who knows what (my guess is he is often not even being rostered). We’ve seen this with Desy before. Because of the contract, he’s still lined up for serious at-bats in Coors. Nice shot in the dark for one of your last roster spots.
David Dahl/Ryan McMahon OF/1B (respectively)
I’m going to bunch these guys together, because it’s take your pick here. Both top minor league performers, Dahl offers enticing speed plus power. McMahon could be lined up for more playing time, has good pop, and less questions about his health. Anytime you can grab Coors field hitters late in a draft, and they have real talent, it’s a no-brainer.
Will Myers OF
Another guy I was high on last spring. I guess I just don’t want to admit I blew it. Myers was underwhelming last year, the lone star in a barren Padres lineup. Now with Hosmer present to take the pressure off, Myers should flourish again as he did during his breakout in 2016. It is rumored that Myers was not comfortable taking on the role of leader in the Padres club house last year. Sometimes we forget the human element in player performance. If Myers is more comfortable this year, he has the talent to hit for power and steal thirty bases. If he drops to the late-mid rounds, I like the gamble.
Ketel Marte SS
With Brandon Drury now in the Bronx, Ketel Marte should have no problem getting his at-bats in a very strong Arizona lineup. While the new humidor could dampen (get it?) offensive returns in Chase Field this year, hitters have long praised how well they see the ball in this stadium, so I am not overly concerned about offensive suppression. Meanwhile, Marte has potential to hit for a solid average, has some decent pop, and steal some bases. He broke out last year with a huge year in AAA, and continued it when called up to the big club. He is likely to be eligible at multiple infield positions to boot.
Do you have any sleepers of your own? Care to share? There I go rhymi…ok, I’m just gonna go now.