Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Team Preview - New York Mets
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Team Preview - New York Mets
March 6, 2014
Team Previews - New York Mets
The Mets have been carrying clouds over their heads for many seasons now, and this depressing team has produced very few fantasy stars. However, the Mets could be on the verge of shaking their Eeyore rain cloud thanks to the bright pitching prospects on the horizon. Unfortunately for Mets' fans and fantasy owners, the Mets' best pitcher, Matt Harvey, will not be a factor this season. However, the Mets' roster could produce some hidden fantasy gems this season, and fantasy owners should not look over the Mets on fantasy draft day.
Can't Miss Picks: This one is probably the easiest pick of any team due to the lack of fantasy power on the Mets. David Wright has been the face of the Mets franchise for years now, and he is also their best fantasy option. However, there is a rain cloud surrounding Wright's fantasy appeal this year because of his recent injury history and age, and as such, he is being overvalued. Despite Wright's recent injury risk status, he is still the most reliable fantasy asset on the New York Mets.
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Sleepers and Value Picks: Bobby Parnell was an under the radar closer that pitched very well last year posting 22 saves with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Parnell's season was cut short because of a neck injury, but he should be ready to go on opening day in 2014. Parnell is being drafted as the 25th relief pitcher in fantasy drafts and that is great value for him. Parnell is definitely capable of finishing as a top 20 fantasy closer, and he represents great value heading into the 2014 fantasy draft season.
Breakouts: Zach Wheeler is the prime candidate on the Mets to have a breakout season in 2014. Wheeler was overshadowed last year by all the great young pitchers that made their major league debuts, but he was very good for a rookie posting a 7-5 record with a 3.42 ERA. This year Wheeler will be locked into the bottom half of the Mets rotation and that is a great spot for him to excel. Wheeler will be facing weaker opposing pitchers and he will not be under a lot of pressure as a back of the rotation starter. Wheeler will be a nice late round pick in fantasy drafts this spring.
Busts: Bartolo Colon is the obvious choice to be a fantasy bust on this team because it is extremely unlikely that he will come anywhere close to his matching his 18-6 record from last year. Colon also posted the best ERA of his career last season at 2.65 which was well over a full run better than his career ERA of 3.94. With so many pitching options available all over the draft board, there are much safer picks that could be had several rounds after Colon. Fantasy owners should avoid Colon this year, and let him implode on a rival's fantasy roster.
Bounce Back Candidates: Curtis Granderson and Ike Davis are two potential bounce back candidates heading into 2014. Granderson has stated that he will change his approach this year by trying to hit more line drives and not concentrating on hitting as many homers. This is a good idea since he will be hitting in a bigger home ballpark and it could improve his batting average as well. Fantasy owners will surely be willing to trade 10 homers from Granderson for an increase of 20-30 points on his batting average. Granderson is locked into the cleanup spot for the Mets and if he can improve his batting average, he should be a solid run producer all season. Granderson batting cleanup could also benefit Davis, if he earns the first base job. Davis will no longer be looked at to carry the offense and that should help him relax more at the plate. Davis has great power potential and while he is not a fantasy favorite right now, he could become a great late round source of power.
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