Fantasy Sports Fix: 2016 baseball stock watch
I named this the stock watch because it’s time to take stock of where players are ranked right about now. What have the top picks brought to your team? Where would these players be picked now after we’ve had two months to see them perform?
Sometimes, you regret a pick you made because they’re not living up to the expectations you had for them at the beginning of the season. Other times, you might regret the pick simply because you could have gotten the same stats out of a player you could’ve picked later.
I’m going to start off with a couple players from my fantasy team and then go to the general pool of players where I’ll take a look at some of the top and mid-ranked players.
Victor Martinez, designated hitter, Detroit Tigers
With 30 RBIs and a .351 batting average, he currently has a seven-game hitting streak. All this from a 19th round pick. When I picked him, I just thought he was a tremendous value in the 19th round, so I took a shot and it’s paid off. If there was a re-draft, I could see Martinez going in the third or fourth round easily.
Daniel Murphy, second base, Washington Nationals
With multi-position eligibility, a talented lineup around him, and a great ballpark, what was not to like about this pick in the ninth round? He’s currently ranked between 28 and 30 depending on what website you use, so he’s already proven his worth to me. I was hoping for a solid batting average, but .387 is way beyond my expectations and I hope he keeps it up.
Nolan Arenado, third base, Colorado Rockies
I was not really sure what to expect from Arenado this season. After a 2015 that saw him knock in 130 RBIs and 42 home runs, I was somewhat sure he would have a down year, but it’s not happening, and that’s a great thing for his owners. He’s currently ranked third in RBIs among all players with 39, and he’s also ranked fifth in home runs. He would most likely go in the top five if you were to draft again today.
Joey Votto, first base, Cincinnati Reds
He might have 26 RBIs and seven home runs at this point, but he's also the owner of a .207 batting average. For many owners of Votto, they drafted him in the first five rounds of the draft. Now, they might consider taking him a few rounds later than they did back in March or April.
Robinson Cano, Second Base, Seattle Mariners
He’s already over halfway to his RBI total of last season in just two months of play. His batting average is also hovering around .300 for the first time since 2014. He was usually drafted in rounds four through seven this year, but he’s really performing like a first-rounder so far this year.
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