2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings: Those Damn Dodgers
After another great week of baseball, we are back with our 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
Similar to last week’s article, I want to open up by talking about a hot topic in baseball that also has relevance to Fantasy.
For this week, the topic that I wanted to talk about isn’t something that is all over the news, but it is something that everyone is thinking: the Dodgers are pretty dang scary.
Not only do they have the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw, but arguably the best closer in baseball in Kenley Jansen. They also have one of the games premier young offensive stars in Corey Seager, a supporting cast that is good enough to make them one of the best teams in baseball and owners who will spend a whole hell of a lot of cash. But now they have called up two more young stars that are already making a huge impact.
Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias are the new stars of the Dodgers, and they are already paying huge dividends. They should both blossom into stars, and when you add that to the Dodgers already great (and quite young) roster, their willingness to spend money, and a farm system that still has plenty of future impact players, it gets quite scary.
I will go over Bellinger and Urias more in depth in just a few moments, but I needed to vent all of this, especially as a Giants fan. The Giants now suck, and the Dodgers are not only very good, but have a very bright future ahead of them. Now, let’s get back into Fantasy and go over the players whose stock has changed over the past week of action.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
We start things off with Cody Bellinger, the aforementioned young first baseman for the Dodgers. Bellinger came into the year as the #7 ranked prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America, and was definitely MLB ready. He was blocked by Adrian Gonzalez at first base, and even though Bellinger can play outfield, the Dodgers decided to stay patient. However, after Gonzalez got hurt, the Dodgers knew that it was time to let the young star shine.
So far this season through 73 plate appearances, Bellinger is slashing .308/.384/.692 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored. If he is able to keep this up, he will surely be in the Rookie of the Year conversation. He should be a huge asset to his Fantasy owners for this year and many to come.
Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Julio Urias has long been considered a pitching prodigy. The Dodgers have managed him very carefully throughout his years in the minors. After a very good stint in the Majors last season, they decided that it was time to move him up to the Majors for good for this year.
So far, Urias has been fantastic. Outside of his Mother’s Day start in Colorado, he had given up two runs in 17 innings. Now, he did give up six runs in four IP against the Rockies, but it was in Colorado. This year, Colorado has been as high-scoring as ever, so I rule basically every start in Colorado as an outlier. Count on Urias to bounce back and continue to provide great starts for both the Dodgers and for Fantasy owners.
Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets
It has reached rock bottom for Matt Harvey. First it was the injuries, and now he is healthy but it is all about performance. The former ace looked to be back to himself after posting solid results in his first four starts. Since then, he has given up 17 runs in only 14 2/3 innings. Mets fans and Harvey owners alike are panicking, and for good reason. His stock has reached an all-time low. However, you have to remember that this is a stock report, not a stock evaluation.
While his stock is down, that doesn’t mean that I think it will stay that way forever. Sure, there is a possibility that he doesn’t bounce back. However, I believe that Harvey has way too much talent not to. I would buy low on Harvey right now and hope for the best, because at his current price I think that he is a very high-risk/high-reward trade target that is worth going after.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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