Spring training is underway and you know what that means…
Fantasy baseball is back.
As Opening Day on March 26th creeps closer and closer, fantasy baseball fanatics are preparing themselves for another long fantasy season.
While we all know Mike Trout is worth a top three selection every single year, will any Blue Jays players be worth their ADP?
Early round picks
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B/DH
The Blue Jays player with the highest ADP is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Vlad’s debut season didn’t live up to the sky high expectations but it wasn’t as bad as people seem to believe. Vladdy finished 2019 with 15 home runs and drove in 69 runs. He slashed .272/.339/.772 and struck out 91 times compared to 46 walks. A possible sign of what’s to come in 2020 was his August of last season, Vlad slashed .341/.406/.977 over 25 games.
Guerrero Jr.’s ADP is currently at 63. Among other eligible third baseman, an ADP of 63 puts him in between DJ LeMahieu at 61 and Eugenio Suarez (66). Picking based on projected upside is always a risk but if Vladdy builds on his rookie campaign he has the tools to finish as a top 50 player in fantasy.
Bo Bichette SS
Bo Bichette took off running last year after getting called up in July. In his 46 games played last year Bichette slashed a ridiculous .311/.358/.930. Bichette’s current ADP of 72 puts him between Jonathan Villar at 55 and Marcus Semien at 79.
If he can replicate what he did last year as a late sixth/early seventh round pick, Bichette will be a great value pick. Take him in the late 60s/early 70s and don’t think twice about it.
Hyun-Jin Ryu SP
Hyun-Jin Ryu, the biggest free agent splash in Toronto Blue Jays history, but will he pan out?
Ryu led the MLB in ERA last season, that can’t be ignored. But what also can’t be ignored is that he is joining the AL East. But his ADP reflects that. Currently at an ADP of 116 he is surrounded by Madison Bumgarner at 114 and Shohei Otani at 118.
Some people have been really pessimistic about Ryu’s future in Toronto but I am not one of them. But an ADP of 116 in his first year in the AL East has me weary. If he falls at all, take him, but at this ADP I can’t recommend it. There are safer options.
Ken Giles RP
Ken Giles was outstanding last season. Will he be able to replicate that this year? Maybe. For the sake of the Blue Jays success, he will have to. Looking to win more games this year there will be more chances at saves and there is no competition for his job.
Expect regression from Giles but he currently has an ADP of 124 below the likes of Taylor Rogers (111) and a declining Kenley Jansen (108). If he is still available in the 120s take him with confidence.
Cavan Biggio 2B/OF
Cavan Biggio impressed last season. The least anticipated of the three young guns Biggio went on to lead the Blue Jays in WAR with 2.8. (Marcus Stroman accumulated 3.2 WAR before he was shipped to the New York Mets. While a lot of people don’t have high expectations for Biggio because of his .234 batting average, all I have to look at is his .364 OBP to tell you he will be a part of the Blue Jays core for years to come.
Biggio’s ADP currently sits at 137. Which puts him in the range of Eduardo Escobar at an ADP of 110 and Gavin Lux at 151. I’m a strong believer in Biggio and in my opinion he should be hitting leadoff in front of Bichette. But that is up to Charlie Montoyo. I think you know what I’m going to say.
Late round fliers
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B/SS/OF
Gurriel started last year extremely poorly. Poor enough to be demoted to AAA and miss his own bobblehead day. But he made the move to the outfield and found his position for the foreseeable future. Gurriel has always been better offensively but he had the opportunity to show off his arm in left. He accumulated seven outfield assists in his first 45 games in left field. He also managed to bounce back offensively, ending the season with an OPS of .869.
At a current ADP of 163 you are into high upside picks. With the likes of Kyle Tucker (162) and Aristides Aquino (173) being picked in the same range, Gurriel is worth the risk. Looking like he is locked in as the 3rd or 4th hitter in the Jays lineup to start the season Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is well worth the selection.
Randal Grichuk OF
Randal Grichuk may be the highest paid player on the Blue Jays but he certainly isn’t the most valuable in fantasy baseball. Grichuk has consistently struggled with getting on base and striking out.
With a current ADP of 254 there are better power options like Nomar Mazara (252) and Mark Canha (259) to take a flier on.
Nate Pearson SP
Nate Pearson looks like a star in the making. And the hype has built a rapport with fantasy players. He currently has an ADP of 312. But it is unlikely we will see Pearson in Toronto until the second half of the season. There are better options.
Danny Jansen C
Danny Jansen was a prolific hitter in the minor leagues but struggled offensively in his first full year in the major leagues. He slashed a lowly, .207/.279/.640. Even if his offence improves, he seems to have Reese McGuire breathing down his neck for playing time.
There are better offensive catchers in his range, he is currently the 20th catcher being taken.
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