Fantasy Baseball: 3 Perfect Landing Spots

Trades and off season moves can make a big impact on the performance of fantasy baseball players. Here are 3 players on the move that have improved their stock after being traded.

Travis Shaw

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Shaw couldn’t have landed in a better spot for his skill set. After winning the job from Pablo Sandoval during spring training last year for the Red Sox, he was traded for reliever Tyler Thornburg. He has showcased his skill set this spring by hitting .476 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI and posting a 1.123 OPS. Last year he underwhelmed only hitting .245 with 16 home runs, 63 runs and 71 RBI. However, he is now hitting in a park that favors lefty power and he no longer has to worry about looking over his shoulder for playing time. Don’t be surprised to see a breakout from the 27-year-old.

Logan Forsythe

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After a trade from the Rays, Logan will now be the leadoff hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are projected to be one of the marquee offenses in the National League and he will be hitting in front of Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez. He is a great table setter and has a very high floor with some pop (20 homeruns last year). Ranked 174 on Yahoo, he can end up being a steal in your upcoming fantasy draft.

Mitch Haniger

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The hype around Mitch this year is real. Thanks to a superb spring (.406/.472/.719) he went from being owned in 1% of leagues to now being owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues. He has a solid pedigree, dominated the minor leagues and has a very professional approach at the plate. He also made adjustments to his swing to add power. Studying and watching tape of Josh Donaldson and then teammate A.J. Pollock. He also has some underrated speed and according to reports from the team he has the green light on the base paths. He has the potential to contribute in all 5 categories on a nightly basis. At the price he is going now in drafts, you should capitalize now before the young man becomes a must own fantasy stud and the price goes sky high.

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3 Bold Fantasy Baseball Predictions

Yamil Villegas

1.  Aledmys Diaz will be a top 30 fantasy player

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Aledmys ended up running away with the starting job last year in an impressive manner. Taking advantage of a thumb injury Johnny Peralta suffered last year, he ran away with the starting shortstop position. Last year he hit .300 with 17 home runs, 71 runs, 65 RBI’s with an OPS of .879 over 404 AB’s. His underlying metrics show this is no fluke. Striking out only 13% of the time, posting a hard hit rate of 31%, and an impressive ISO of .212.

2. Charlie Morton will be a top 20 fantasy starting pitcher

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Morton has all the tools to be successful this coming season. This spring his fastball has looked electric topping out at 97mph. He has posted a 27% strikeout rate and a 12% swinging strike rate. The spin rate on his curve ball is ranked top 5 in all of baseball among those that have thrown at least 50 curve balls in the whole league. Morton has always been good at preventing the long ball thanks to his patented sinker. Morton’s sinker will also continue forcing ground balls, helping him get out of jams and get double plays behind the elite defensive skills of BregmanCorrea, and Altuve.

3. Kendrys Morales will be a top 15 Fantasy player

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Kendrys just came off of hitting 30 home runs playing half of his games in one of the most pitcher friendly parks in the major leagues (Kauffman stadium). With him heading to a stacked lineup and the hitter friendly confines of Rogers Centre, his stock is trending way up. His strikeout rate jumped from 16% to 19% last year. I believe that is because he traded contact in exchange for power. Last year he posted a 19% home run per fly ball rate & 41% hard contact rate. This spring in 43 AB’s he has hit .372 with 2 home runs and a .994 OPS. Obviously this is just spring training but it proves he is seeing the ball really well. If he can get off to a hot start he can wreak havoc on the AL East and the rest of the league while becoming a fantasy baseball star in the process.