Each week this column takes a look at some of the most added and most dropped players in fantasy leagues over the past week.
Check out some of the guys we’re seeing added and dropped this week.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP – LAD)
At 31, Ryu had become the forgotten man in the Dodgers’ rotation and in most fantasy leagues. I had considered him a solid streaming option but didn’t see this kind of performance early in the season. The K/9 is up to 10.72 and is ERA is nicely sitting at 1.99. The 2.69 FIP shows that this is not a fluky situation. The swinging strike rate is not up tremendously from the previous two seasons, but it is still above average at 11%. The velocity is up a tick and he’s cutting the hard contact down from his last couple of seasons. All the signs are there that Ryu could be a top 50 pitcher at worst and should be solid for most 10-12 team standard leagues.
Miguel Andujar (3B – NYY)
Andujar will likely contribute to batting average and could have about 15 home run power, but he doesn’t walk which limits his upside in points leagues. He also plays third, where those power numbers with no speed don’t really add up to much fantasy value. He has a 40% hard contact rate in his small sample in the majors this year, and he does have the prospect pedigree for a breakout. I’m not really a believer for 2018, but I can see where he’s worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues.
Gleyber Torres (2B – NYY)
Another big prospect that was likely drafted in most leagues, Torres finally is in the big leagues and plays a position that legitimately makes him worth rostering. He could provide double digit upside in HRs and SBs. That is worth something in the middle infield, so pick him up if you have a MI spot, and he is somehow not owned.
Matt Davidson (3B – CHW)
It sure didn’t take long for Davidson to find himself on the other side of this list. The problem is perception about what you believe Davidson should be. He’s not the big time star that he looked like the first week of the season, but he is going to provide potential 30 HR power. Unfortunately, that’s also going to come with a ton of strikeouts and a low batting average. In a roto league, he’s not a solid option. He’s also not worth much in a points league that penalizes strikeouts. If you need the power bad enough, he’s worth looking at, but there are better options for one category contributors.
Sonny Gray (SP- NYY)
Sonny Gray has been awful and there’s really no way around it. The velocity is down a bit and just about every statistical category looks horrid. The biggest pitch selection problem I see now is he is throwing his fastball 20% less than he did a year ago, and the fastball is not nearly effective as it was. This is concerning for sure. Unfortunately, if you owned Gray, you likely investing heavily. I think he has to be held right now. Scoop him up if he was cut in your league. I’m not a huge believer, but he has to be better than this.
Matt Harvey (SP- NYM)
There’s still some name recognition here, but Harvey hasn’t been an effective fantasy pitcher since 2015. It’s time to forget about him in standard leagues. The magic of the past is not coming back at this point. The Mets have even given up on him as a starter, and he has been relegated to the bullpen. NL-only leagues are the only format he is has any value, and that is minimal right now.
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