One of the most fun things a person can do to continue watching more of the sport is playing Fantasy Baseball. It makes you pay more attention from just one of the more popular teams. Today, we are going to dive into three different players that people should be targeting for their fantasy teams. This is talking more about dynasty, but a single season is also a great chance to strengthen your team after almost a month of action.
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Sandy Alcantara (Miami Marlins)
Sandy Alcantara is one of the players I love in fantasy baseball. He is just 26 years old and has dominated as the ace of the Miami Marlins. Just because the team is not known as a powerhouse does not mean to sleep on the pitchers.
One philosophy I gave is to build upon starting pitching because everyone needs it and it can be the difference between winning and losing in fantasy baseball.
He will eat up innings and rack up quality starts and strikeouts as two of his first three starts were quality starts (6+ innings allowing three or fewer runs) while striking out almost a batter per inning.
He should be able to pick up some big numbers throughout the year and in dynasty baseball, he will be a solid pitcher for the next decade as he has continued to solidify his standing in the pecking order of best starting pitchers in the game today.
Matt Chapman (Toronto Blue Jays)
This one could be a little easier to pick up in a trade as he is an older player and a position player feels easier to obtain compared to a pitcher. He is in a loaded lineup with the Blue Jays and is going to have a lot of opportunities to go to the plate with runners in scoring position.
Chapman is coming off a hip injury and looks completely locked in at the plate so far. Having a great chance to drive in runs and is still only 28 years old and is locked up for a while
Position players are easier to trade for as there are a lot of options that can help out and Chapman is going to be less valued as there are third basemen like Jose Ramirez and Manny Machado that have more of the name value associated with them while an All-Star level player in Chapman should be able to get for not as much in the trade market.
He also can slot into your utility spots if your league uses them and should be a great sign to have quality hitters. Matt Chapman is 14-for-52 with two home runs and nine RBI with five walks and 15 strikeouts and should add some more pop in AL East stadiums, which are typically hitter-friendly ballparks and that will really help him here.
Jurickson Profar (San Diego Padres)
Some players are doing incredible to begin the season but could be available in your free agency pool like Jurickson Profar. He is currently available in 17 percent of all Fantrax leagues as of this writing and is off to an incredible start. It’s easy to overlook him as San Diego has guys like Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr (when he recovers from injury), and Luke Voit but Profar has positional flexibility as he can play first base as well as all three outfield spots.
He also has dominated through 15 games as he is 11-for-46 with four homers and 11 RBI with nine walks and 11 strikeouts. He also has a stolen base under his belt so he will be continuously adding points in your lineup.
I love the positional flexibility that he provides as he can move around your lineup in four different positions. His pop off the bat this season is incredible and people are not aware of him as much because he is not known as a big-named player. Take the underrated guy and reap the benefits from it.