Fantasy Sports Fix: Surprises good and bad coming this season
July 7, 2015
When you draft a player, you’re hoping he lives up to his pre-draft hype. You’re hoping last year was a fluke and the player is actually better than what he has shown. Sometimes you hope too much and put too much stock in these players.
Case in point, this season I was hoping that several of the players I drafted would put aside their low draft status or blow away expectations coming off of sub-par years. Well, turns out, I was wrong, and most of the guys I was reluctantly hoping would have good seasons have been nothing more than wasted draft picks despite some good stretches this season.
Let’s start with my second round pick, Robinson Cano. I picked Cano because it seemed like he was the best available second baseman at that point in the draft. He has been absolutely horrible for my team this year. He only has five home runs and a weak .251 batting average. He hasn’t done much else to turn things around, although he has homered three times in his last seven games, it still hasn’t helped as he’s ranked in the lower 50’s for outfielders and is being outplayed by guys drafted several rounds later.
Now, Carlos Gonzalez may have been a seventh round pick, but his expectations were a little higher than that going into the draft earlier in the spring. We all know the potential for monster numbers is there, he’s done it before.
This season, not so much.
His OPS percentage is a measly .699, almost 160 points below his career average of .857. On top of that, he only has a .237 batting average with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. He could have gone a few rounds later for sure, but it looks as if I put too much faith in the former All-Star to turn thing around this season.
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Now, there were a couple gems that were picked later in the draft that have produced like higher round picks. I might even go as far to say that they have produced like they should have been picked in the first three rounds.
Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles is certainly out-producing this season’s 10th round pick. He has been superb this year with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs. This left-hander is also eligible at first base, third base and as a designated hitter. He’s ranked in the top 10 of first basemen so far this year, and the only knock on him is his .238 batting average.
Jason Kipnis, second baseman for the Cleveland Indians, had an average draft position of 73 this past spring. He has a .342 batting average, with 10 stolen bases and 55 runs scored. I picked him in the ninth round, and he’s been producing like a fourth or fifth round pick so far.
So, with all the struggles of my team and making bad picks such as in Gonzalez and Cano, there have been some good picks thrown in the mix. Here’s hoping to not making the same mistakes next year.