Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Team Preview - Atlanta Braves
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Team Preview - Atlanta Braves
March 3, 2014
Team Previews - Atlanta Braves
The Braves are absolutely loaded with fantasy relevant names on offense, but there pitchers are still a bit too young to be considered fantasy aces. Don't let their youth fool you though, the Braves starters had the 6th best ERA in the majors last year at 3.51. There is even a slight chance that every player in the Braves starting lineup is owned this year, that is if B.J, Upton and Dan Uggla find their old forms and Chris Johnson remains a constant hitter.
Can't Miss Picks: The Braves have at least two players that can be considered locks to have great seasons: Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman. Kimbrel is already considered the best closer in baseball, and Freeman is emerging as one of the best first basemen in the game.
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Sleepers and Value Picks: The Braves are loaded with players that fit this description, and they are mostly in the Braves Starting rotation. Mike Minor has been the first Braves pitcher drafted in fantasy drafts this spring, and he is being taken on average in the 8th round. Medlen (10th rd) and Tehran (12th rd) are going even later, while Brandon Beachy is not being drafted in most leagues. All four of these pitchers are very capable of outperforming their draft day values.
Breakouts: Again the Braves have several players that could fit this category and the two most under the fantasy radar players on this team at the moment are Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons. Gattis has tremendous power and it can easily argued that he will hit the most home runs from the catcher position this year since he will be getting regular playing time. Simmons has tremendous athleticism and his low strikeout rate should help him improve his low batting average this year.
Busts: It is hard to determine which player from this team could fit this catagory as none of the Braves players are overvalued on fantasy draft boards this year. However, one player that could disappoint in some categories is Jason Heyward if he is pencilled into the leadoff spot. Heyward will not steal enough bases to compensate for his loss of RBI if he hits leadoff this season, and that will have a big impact on his fantasy value.
Bounce Back Candidates: There are two former fantasy stars that fit this mold, and Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton are both capable of rebounding from their poor 2013 seasons. Uggla will be especially motivated this year because he was left off the Braves' postseason roster last year. It is hard to recommend drafting either of these players, but both have the ability to produce bounce back seasons.
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