Pitchers tend to be more volatile than hitters, both in terms of performance and durability. For this reason, many handicappers each year who enjoy a rapid rise to fantasy fame have lineups locked in from the late postseason until the weather warms up.
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Here are nine great candidates for your fantasy title run from the later rounds of your draft (past pick 200).
Sandoval fits the profile of an effective starter, as he gets a lot of strikeouts (career 24.1 percent strikeout rate) and ground balls (lifetime 49.3 percent ground-ball rate). With a modest improvement to a 9.6 percent career walk rate that is already better than the cocky one, the left-hander could become the No. 2 mixed-league starter. Sandoval’s floor is still worth his current Yahoo ADP (Pick 227), as he logs a 3.17 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 2021-22.
Betting on the Dodgers to improve the production of their newly acquired fantasy starters is almost always a great move. Such is the case with Syndergaard, who showed enough to the Los Angeles brass last season posting a 3.94 ERA and 1.25 WHIP that they decided to add him in early December on a one-year contract. This right-hander is a great option at his current Yahoo ADP (Pick 235), as he could be this year’s draft Tyler AndersonWhich came out of nowhere in 2022 with Los Angeles posting a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Managers may think of Steele as a poor man’s version of Sandoval, as the 27-year-old has posted a lifetime 24.3 percent strikeout rate and 50.9 percent ground-ball rate. He took small steps in his walking rate in 2022 (9.8 percent), and another step in that area would turn him into a breakout starter. I’m happy to draft Steele at his current Yahoo ADP (Pick 257) and hope that final piece of the puzzle goes well.
My case for Ephlin is similar to Syndergaard’s. The Rays typically get the most out of their pitchers, and they must be confident that Eflin has the potential to take a big step forward, as he signed a three-year contract during the off-season. Many drafters will be turned off by Eflin’s 4.04 ERA last year, but I see the glass as half-full based on his 3.62 FIP and 1.12 WHIP. I’ll happily build him into my current yahoo adp (choose 241).
Brown is one full-time rotation spot away from being one of the biggest stories of the 2023 season. The 24-year-old can whiff at a great rate (career 11.7 K/9 rate in the minors). And with the support of Houston’s pitcher-friendly home park, productive lineup and shutdown bullpen, he could be the 2023 AL Rookie of the Year.
Brown just needed a chance, and he got it Lance McCullers Jr. Was out of Opening Day due to a right hamstring strain. Every manager should be happy to draft Brown over their current Yahoo ADP (Pick 216) and hope he is too good to remove him from Houston’s starting quintet.
The drafting of Whitlock is an example of following the longtime fantasy mantra of acquiring skills, not roles. The 26-year-old has undeniable potential, having recorded a lifetime 163:32 K:BB ratio in 151.2 innings. He’s competing for a spot in the rotation during spring training, and here’s estimating Whitlock grabs a one in five chance, either because of his immense talent or the oft-injured veterans ahead of him on the depth chart. because of something. for injuries. And if the right-hander opens 2023 as a bulk reliever, he could still justify his current Yahoo ADP (Pick 236).
Fantasy managers should take note of Jameson’s poor Triple-A numbers last season, as dealing with the Reno Aces home ballpark is a daunting task for any young pacer. The 25-year-old remains an iconic young starter, and he attracted attention by logging a 1.48 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and a 24:7 K:BB ratio in four starts down the stretch with Arizona. jameson is battling rhine nelson for the D-Backs’ final rotation spot, and he could end up in a similar situation to Brown, where an injury to a veteran gives him an extra opportunity. Going undrafted in several Yahoo leagues, Jameson is worth a late-round gamble.
Predictably, Phillips blossomed into an elite reliever once under the Dodgers’ tutelage for a full season, logging a 1.14 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in 2022. The right-hander is now arguably the best reliever in the Los Angeles bullpen, which makes him a great candidate to win a wide-open competition for the team’s closer role. At the very least, Phillips shares the ninth inning and justifies his current Yahoo ADP (Pick 205). And in a best-case scenario, he collects 35 saves and proves to be the best RP value pick of the 2023 draft.
Carlos Estevez (RP, Los Angeles Angels)
Estevez can thank Coors Field for his poor lifetime ratio (4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP), as he has a career 3.51 ERA and 1.26 WHIP when pitching at all other venues. The 30-year-old signed a two-year, $13.5 million contract with the Angels in the offseason and is now the leading candidate to anchor a bullpen that operated without a true ninth-inning man down the stretch last year. With a current Yahoo ADP of pick 235, Estevez makes sense as a late-round dart thrower who can be dropped in early April if he doesn’t get a save chance.