Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: Starting Pitcher (SP) Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Trending Sleepers and Value Picks at SP in the 2016 Fantasy Draft
March 23, 2016
If you’ve been following along for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a position-by-position look at the notable sleepers and value picks in the 2016 fantasy baseball draft.
Today it’s time to check out starting pitchers, and SP is--as always--a very fertile spot for you to mine unseen talent. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who might make a good fit for the lower echelon of your roster.
Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners: This time last year, we were talking about Walker as a potential breakout candidate. He posted an up-and-down campaign, but did show flashes of his ceiling.
Walker put up 10 starts with one earned or less, with 11 wins along the way. In 2016, he should hit double-digit wins once again, and that’s a great mark for where he’s being drafted.
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Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs: If you want a relatively “safe” fantasy sleeper, Hendricks is your guy. He’s not flashy in any way, and is coming off a modest eight-win season in 2015.
That said, Hendricks should be an important part of the Cubs’ 2016 campaign, and with a little run support (which he should get) there’s no reason to think he won’t win 10 games with 140 strikeouts.
Rich Hill, Oakland Athletics: The aging Hill is already 36, but if he pitches like he did late last year, that will hardly matter. He’s coming off a very impressive handful of games in his last few appearances, carrying that momentum into the new year.
Hill will be more of a plug-and-play guy in deeper leagues, but the potential for 50 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.20 or so seems reachable.
Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks: Let’s head down to the desert and check out Corbin, who has found his way into this space at least a few times. He threw just 102 innings in 2015 after Tommy John surgery (16 starts) but did pretty well in those.
The team will likely be pretty careful with Corbin, but when he’s out there he makes a nice plug-in. Think nine wins with a 3.50 ERA and 100 strikeouts.
Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals: If Ventura is still there when it’s your turn to draft, make sure you pick him up. He’s got some big-time stuff in his arsenal, which he used to post 13 wins last season with 156 strikeouts.
2016 has the potential to be Ventura’s third straight 150-strikeout campaign, and we’d be surprised if he didn’t surpass 12 victories. The ERA will hang up near 4.00, but if you can deal with that he’s a must-have guy.
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