Projected Starting Lineup
C Chris Hermann — Hermann surprised last year hitting .284 in 148 AB. Do I think he can do it again? Quite possibly--especially vs. RHP. Arizona signed Chris Iannetta in the off-season to hit primarily vs. LHP, so there will definitely be a platoon situation here.
1B Paul Goldschmidt (Roto) — I love him so much that he is a Fantasy Roto Child. In what I would call a so-so year for him, Goldschmidt still hit 24 HRs. By the way, check out his 32 stolen bases at first base — that is a huge separation from the rest of the other guys at that position.
2B Brandon Drury — The team has been talking about getting him regular playing time, and I think it will happen primarily at second base. Think of him as a young Neil Walker type hitter. (UPSIDE)
SS Chris Owings — I could easily have written Ketel Marte’s name here or even Nick Ahmed. I am not sold on Owings at all. In fact, I think that Marte will get the full-time job at SS and Owings will become a super utility player by June.
3B Jake Lamb — The sky's the limit for Lamb who will most likely see 600+ ABs for the first time in his career. While others are taking Evan Longoria at the draft, you will be smart and take Lamb. (BREAKOUT)
OF Yasmany Tomas — People doubted his hitting abilities, but they shouldn’t anymore. This guy can flat out rake. Yes, he is still a defensive liability, but his power is real, and he is a mainstay in the middle of this lineup.
OF A.J. Pollock — Pollock was a late first round pick last season before he got injured. Now I expect that he will go in the 3rd round of most drafts and I think there is a good chance he provides value at that spot. How many guys can go 30/30 anymore? Take a chance on Pollock this year; you will be glad you did.
OF David Peralta — Peralta is a hitting machine, especially against RHP. I love him in DFS too when he is healthy. I am not as sold on him in seasonal leagues as I just can’t trust that he gets 450+ ABs. (BUST)
SP Zack Greinke — Greinke disappointed so many people last year that I expect his draft value to plummet. That said, I think he has a good chance to rebound, and if I can get reasonable value for him (most likely as my SP2), I will be happy to take the chance that he returns to 2015 form.
SP Robbie Ray — He is a strikeout machine with a penchant for giving up home runs. I love him as your 5th starter in deep leagues as he could eclipse 200 Ks this season. (UPSIDE)
SP Taijuan Walker — He has yet to stay healthy, and there seems always to be another excuse as to why he didn’t pitch better the previous season. I am getting a little tired of waiting for him to breakout, but I am willing to give him one more chance as he moves to the NL.
SP Shelby Miller — A train wreck who will go down in baseball lore as being part of the most lopsided deal in baseball history one day (the team traded Dansby Swanson to get him).
SP Archie Bradley — Here’s another prospect who has never fulfilled his huge potential. I am going to pass on Bradley even though he is capable of putting up a nice outing every 4th or 5th start. I much rather pick my spots with him in DFS than worry about him pitching every 5th day on my seasonal team.
RP Jake Barrett — He looked good in September last year and even saved a handful of games for the team. He needs to work on his consistency and handling the pressure of late inning situations. If the team falls out of contention early, I can see them moving on from Rodney and giving Barrett a shot to close.
CL Fernando Rodney — He’s pushing 40, and his stuff is certainly hittable, but yet Rodney perseveres and continues to get opportunities to close. I won’t ever draft him, but if I was desperate for saves in an NL only league, I might be able to get 10-15 saves out of him in the first half of the season before he potentially loses his job. (BUST)