Team Previews in a Fantasy Nutshell: Atlanta Braves
Projected Starting Lineup
C: Tyler Flowers—I like him more in DFS than seasonal, but he has some power that can be useful in all formats.
1B: Freddie Freeman—Is this the year that Freeman wins the MVP? It’s not impossible. The lineup around him is better and he is in the prime of his career. (STUD)
2B: Brandon Phillips—Just traded from the Reds and holding 2B until Ozzie Albies is ready. Regardless, Phillips can still go 15/15 and you can get him in the 17-19th rounds of your draft.
SS: Dansby Swanson—I really love him and although his stats won’t blow you away (think 10-12 HR and 10-15 SB), he will continue to improve and is a must-get in dynasty formats. (UPSIDE)
3B: Adonis Garcia—Needs to show a bit more than he did last year. The Braves will be patient with him for as long as they can, unless they make a wild card run and then they will look for a more consistent power bat for their lineup.
OF: Matt Kemp—Underrated in Fantasy circles and still a great source of HR/RBI. Should be a lock for 30/100 again this year. (STUD)
OF: Nick Markakis—He’s just a guy I never roster as I look at him like empty calories. He fills up my roster but what does he really do for me? (BUST)
OF: Ender Inciarte—He’s the type of player who always seems to fly under the radar at drafts. He can hit .280 and steal 30 bases and score a bunch of runs too. He is a guy I really like in H2H leagues if I choose to tank the power categories. (SLEEPER)
SP: Julio Teheran—Doesn’t get the credit as one of the top starters in the NL, but he does a pretty good job as the team’s anchor. Tommy G loves using him at home in DFS.
SP: R.A. Dickey—Will never make any of my rosters.
SP: Bartolo Colon—See R.A. Dickey
SP: Jaime Garcia—I actually like the Braves getting Garcia in the offseason. Garcia is tremendous when healthy—which isn’t often. If he can somehow give them 25 starts he might win 12-14 games.
SP: Mike Foltynewicz—Watch him emerge as the year goes on. He struggled finding the plate early on in his career but I think he is becoming more of a pitcher than a thrower. Great end game pick. (SLEEPER)
RP: Mauricio Cabrera—Fireballer who is the setup man to start the season, but easily could be the closer by the All-Star Break.
Closer: Jim Johnson—I am only willing to roster him in NL-only formats and only if I can stash Cabrera too just in case Johnson implodes by Memorial Day.