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These players have a great chance to outperform their DRAFT projection.
Bryce Harper – OF – Washington (DRAFT Projection: 9.9 FP)
In my opinion, Bryce Harper should be ranked top five in terms of hitter projections today. Instead, DRAFT gave him a 9.9 FP baseline that has him ranked tied for 14th among all hitters. This is a non-imposing matchup against NYM RHP Zack Wheeler, making me alter Harper’s projection closer to the 11.0 level just behind top picks like Stanton and Judge.
Gary Sanchez – IF – NY Yankees (DRAFT Projection: 9.2 FP)
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are “1a” and “1b” when it comes to hitter rankings today. There’s not too much debate surrounding that statement. However, teammate Gary Sanchez deserves to be in a similar conversation with the same, well-aligned matchup. Instead, he holds a 9.2 FP projection that probably deserves to be closer to 10.0 in all reality. Take note of that when setting your pre-draft rankings.
Patrick Corbin – P – Arizona (DRAFT Projection: 9.6 FP)
Corbin has been on fire this season, holding a 2.45 ERA with an impressive 29 strikeouts through 18.1 innings. The K-upside really boosts his fantasy potential, and he should be ranked somewhere near the top five among pitchers today – complete pitcher rankings the “overall strategy” section below. Corbin turned in a solid effort against the same San Francisco team he’ll see tonight, posting nine strikeouts through 5.1 innings with three earned runs one week ago.
*More underrated players listed in the “Overall Strategy” section.
These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.
If we drop down Zack Wheeler and Gio Gonzalez somewhere closer to projections of 9.4 FP, the pitcher rankings shake out pretty accurately from there. Gio is someone to consider as a late round filler in 10 person leagues, but he doesn’t deserve to be ranked fifth among pitchers, ahead of guys like Ohtani, McCullers, Price, Corbin, and Cueto … The same can be said for Wheeler, who I’m not even considering in 10 person leagues against this threatening Washington lineup. Once again, the complete pitcher rankings are listed in the “overall strategy” section below.
DRAFT must think Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin is some sort of slouch, while you could argue the opposite has been true this season. I understand that Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen are very good against left-handed pitching; however, they really don’t deserve to be ranked in the top five at their respective positions considering the caliber of Corbin. Cutch is listed as the first overall outfielder for crying out loud! He doesn’t even have good numbers against Corbin, so it’s not like this projection stems from BvP even. Posey is dealing with a thumb issue to boot, which could have an impact if he does return to the lineup.
Chase Field is a hitter-friendly ballpark, or at least somewhat of one with the humidor factor coming into play. However, it doesn’t garner this much of a boost for Arizona and San Francisco hitters, especially considering they are facing some quality starting pitching in Corbin and Cueto. Goldschmidt probably deserves to be listed around 10.0 alongside Freddie Freeman, Justin Smoak, Joey Votto, and Gary Sanchez of the infield … Pollock and Peralta get a firm downgrade to the 8.8 level alongside hitters like Gregory Polanco and Yasiel Puig.
Pitcher rankings. Here’s a list of my top ten pitchers, ranked and bundled into tiers:
- Corey Kluber – Tier 1
- Alex Wood – Tier 2
- Shohei Ohtani – Tier 2
- Masahiro Tanaka – Tier 2
- Patrick Corbin – Tier 2
- Lance McCullers – Tier 3
- David Price – Tier 3
- Jaime Garcia – Tier 4
- Johnny Cueto – Tier 4
- Gio Gonzalez – Tier 4
More underrated hitters. Looking deeper, I managed to peg Tyler Austin (8.1 FP), Matt Olson (9.0 FP), Lorenzo Cain (9.1 FP), and Yoenis Cespedes (8.1 FP) as underrated targets in deeper leagues. Austin has the platoon advantage tonight, part of a Yankee offense that represents far and away the highest projected scoring team … Olson has power upside going against Miguel Gonzalez’s .368 wOBA against left-handed hitters … The Brewers check in with the second-highest run scoring projection of the night, facing Sal Romano in hitter-friendly Miller Park. This is a prime opportunity for Cain and company to make some fantasy noise … Cespedes has been slumping lately, but he was rested yesterday and could come out focused this evening. He has a nice righty/lefty matchup vs Gio Gonzlaez, a pitcher he has had success against in the past.