The 2015 Yankees overachieved as much as the 2014 Yankees underachieved, finishing with the league’s second best offense and 87 wins.
Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Brian McCann each looked like they could be top-five players at their respective positions at times in 2015 and both Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner made massive leaps in the first half.
However, the team wilted in the second half, with Teixeira, Ellsbury, and Gardner each dealing with injuries and were caught by the Blue Jays in the AL East after leading the division into August.
Young stars like Greg Bird and Luis Severino were major contributors for the 2015 Yankees and each showed that they can be a part of fantasy teams’ successes in future.
There are only a couple major moves for the Yankees leading into 2016, but additions of Starlin Castro and Aroldis Chapman are sure to effect both the Yankees and fantasy teams.
2016 New York Yankees Team Preview
2016 N.Y. Yankees Projected Lineup:
- CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
- LF: Brett Gardner
- RF: Carlos Beltran
- 1B: Mark Teixeira
- DH: Alex Rodriguez
- C: Brian McCann
- 3B: Chase Headley
- SS: Didi Gregorius
- 2B: Starlin Castro
This was the meat of the Yankees’ strength in 2015, as they finished second in baseball in runs behind the Blue Jays, but there are a lot of question marks leading into 2016. Ellsbury and Gardner were great in the first half of 2015, but injuries cut their production in the latter part of the season. Teixeira and Rodriguez were both sources of power in 2015, combining for 64 home runs, but only the biggest optimist would see those players post similar power numbers. The Yankees will still have a strong offense, but do not expect 2015 numbers.
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