Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Team Preview - Miami Marlins
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Team Preview - Miami Marlins
March 7, 2014
Team Previews - Miami Marlins
The Marlins are a team in the rebuilding process and they traded away all their fantasy stars over the past few seasons. Now the Marlins have a whole new look and they are being led by two young and powerful stars, Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. For a team that is not projected to do much this season, they have two of the most exciting players in fantasy baseball. Fernandez and Stanton may not be enough to get the Marlins out of the NL East cellar, but they are good enough to carry fantasy teams.
Can't Miss Picks: Jose Fernandez is entering only his second season, so it may seem like a stretch to consider a player in his sophomore season a "can't miss" draft pick. Well, it could be argued that he is the only player that could meet expectations, but the truth is, Fernandez is looking well worth a 3rd or 4th round pick. Fantasy owners were not hesitant to spend a high draft pick on Strasburg in his sophomore season, and so fantasy owners should not be hesitant to spend a high pick on Fernandez in 2014. Fernandez may regress some, but he will still be a dominant force on the mound and he will not disappoint fantasy owners that invest in him.
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Sleepers and Value Picks: Since the Marlins are still lacking in the talent department, it is a bit difficult to find potential fantasy worthy players on this roster. However, Marcell Ozuna could be a potential really deep sleeper that could end up being worthy of fantasy rosters in deeper leagues. Ozuna showed a bit of pop in the minors, but the Marlins home park is known to hamper power numbers. A very optimistic projection would be Ozuna having a 20/20 season, but that is a big reach at this point. Ozuna should be on the waiver wire when fantasy drafts have been completed, but he is a player to keep in mind as the season progresses.
Breakouts: Christian Yelich is the player receiving the most fantasy hype on this team not named Stanton or Fernandez. Yelich is a player that hits for average with some good speed and a little pop. Yelich got some major league experience last season and he did very well in his time with the Marlins. Perhaps the most impressive stat that Yelich posted last season was his .370 OBP or maybe it was the fact he stole 10 bases without getting caught. Yelich could be an great late round source of speed that comes with a high average and a few homers. Yelich is the player most likely to have a breakout season on the Marlins, and he is well worth a late round gamble.
Busts: N/A - Considering the fact that only two players on this team are being drafted in the first half of fantasy drafts this spring and neither of them will be bust this season, there are no players that qualify to have the title of bust on this team. However, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the Marlins player that is most likely to see a statistical regression in 2014.
Bounce Back Candidates: Giancarlo Stanton is the player on the Marlins that most resembles a player that could have a rebound season. Stanton missed some time last year, and his batting average took a major dive. That said, he still hit 24 home runs and had a .845 OPS. Stanton should be able to get back to hitting 35+ homers this season and improve his batting average despite the fact there is no protection for him in the Marlins lineup. Stanton appears to be very motivated as he has stated in interviews this spring that he hates to lose. It is going to take a lot more than just Stanton at his best to turn the Marlins into winners this season, but he sounds motivated to take on that challenge.
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