Today is the day you, loyal reader, have been waiting for. It is the day that I unveil 5 of my favorite Fantasy Baseball deep sleepers on the pitching side of things.
Zack Wheeler SP Mets
I know, Zack Wheeler feels like he’s been around forever. And yet, he’s never spent a full season as a Fantasy Baseball asset. But you don’t find talent like Wheeler’s sitting around in the scrapheaps of the Fantasy Baseball pitchers bargain bin for nothing. Wheels has always posted solid strikeout totals and the raw stuff is still intact. I’m talking very back-end of a roster here, but I still like the fantasy upside.
Dellin Betances RP Yankees
Betances is coming off of a sub-par year in 2017 after having his control completely abandon him down the stretch. Betances has reportedly lost significant weight in the off-season, in the hopes of helping him maintain the agility necessary to repeat his mechanics consistently, thus leading to improved control. There was enough track record before 2017 to imply a high probability that Betances returns to the Dellin of old. Which is to say, best-in-MLB K/9 rate. He’ll hurt you on the walks and he’s not too close to being in line for saves, but especially in a league that counts holds, Betances can still be a fantasy asset. Look to grab him late.
Steven Matz SP Mets
Sticking with the New York theme here, I cannot let go of high upside arms that have disappointed due to poor health. Matz is coming off of a disastrous 2017, where you can take his stats and pour them right out the window. Matz admitted to pitching through pain, and his season mercifully ended in August when he underwent the same ulnar nerve repositioning surgery that teammate Jacob Degrom successfully came back from last year. Matz has been on a normal throwing program and is slated to be ready for Opening Day at full health. Armed with a heavy fastball with late life and a polished change, Matz is capable of pitching high quality innings when healthy. He is another nice snag late in fantasy draft rounds.
Chris Stratton SP Giants
So we have two things working for Chris Stratton. He is slated to pitch in the most pitcher friendly park in MLB, San Francisco’s AT&T Field. And, he is armed with one of the very best curveballs in baseball. Another one of the spin-rate darlings, Stratton is a bit of a gamble, but he might just be the next Rich Hill. Largely still under the radar, Stratton should be available late in fantasy drafts, and represents another upside gamble.
Luiz Gohara SP Braves
Depending on how deep your redraft league is, you might not even have to draft the 21 year old lefty Gohara. I would recommend rostering him out of the gate if possible, as his strikeout stuff and minor league performance is too tough to ignore. The big lefty shows big-time strikeout potential, and has solid command of his pitches as well. Pitching with solid defenders behind him up the middle (Inciarte, Swanson, Albies), and in the national league east, where he can possibly feast on the young rebuilding lineups of the Marlins and Phillies, I think Gohara can absolutely bust out this year.
There you have it. 5 high-upside hurlers for all your Fantasy needs. Did I forget anyone? Let me know by commenting below.