Team Previews in a Fantasy Nutshell: Chicago White Sox
Projected Starting Lineup
C Omar Narvaez—If Omar Narvaez is the answer to a question, the question must be, “Who is my least favorite starting catcher in the AL?” I can safely say that I will have zero shares of Narvaez this year and I encourage you to do the same.
1B Jose Abreu—Doesn’t it seem like Abreu has gotten progressively worse with each passing season in the majors? I think 2017 might continue the downward spiral for Abreu as the team tries to rebuild. Look for about 25 HR and 90 RBIs from him at best.
2B Brett Lawrie—I remember the days when Lawrie was going as a 3rd round pick in Fantasy drafts. We all bought into the hype then and paid for it dearly. Now we all know Lawrie for what he is: an average replacement type player at the major league level who gets over-drafted based on name and not skills.
SS Tim Anderson—Anderson is my favorite player on the White Sox this season. I love his power/speed combination and think that he will take a major step forward in 2017. He could hit 10+ HR and steal 20+ bases easily.
3B Todd Frazier—Don’t be shocked to see Frazier on his way out of the Windy City at some point before the All-Star break. The team is in rebuilding mode, and they know that Frazier should be able to get them at least one more top flight minor leaguer. Those in AL-only formats should be careful drafting Frazier for that very reason. Those in mixed leagues should benefit from his 30+ HR power.
OF Avisail Garcia—Repeat after me, “I (state your name) will not get suckered into drafting Avisail Garcia on any of my teams this year.” Taking Garcia at your drafts is a bad life decision.
OF Charlie Tilson—Tilson reminds me of a poor man’s Ender Inciarte. He provides a little average, a little power, and a decent amount of speed. There is nothing wrong with taking him in the reserve rounds of deeper drafts.
OF Melky Cabrera—Here is another guy who won’t make it with the team past July. Be careful with drafting Melky. He might end up a part-time player on a playoff contender once he is dealt.
Minors Yoan Moncada—Moncada was the central piece in the Chris Sale trade and arguably the best overall minor leaguer in baseball. He will start the year in Triple-A, but I fully expect him to be up with the team by May 15. Once he arrives, look for his speed to kick in right away. The power will eventually come too, but that might need to wait until 2019 and beyond.
SP Jose Quintana—I continually undervalue this guy, but I am starting to think that is a major mistake. Quintana is as consistent as they come and offers pretty solid numbers across the board. Wins might be hard to obtain this year, but the rest is certainly a SP3 of any starting staff.
SP Carlos Rodon—I am waiting for Rodon to explode on the major league level for two years now and all he has done thus far has imploded. He started to figure some things out in the second half of last season, and I am hoping that he can build on that in 2017. He can anchor this rotation for the next decade once he resolves his control issues.
SP James Shields—He is just holding a spot in the rotation for when the team thinks that Lucas Giolito is ready. Giolito has been a top prospect in the Nationals system for the past couple of years and immediately becomes the White Sox best pitching prospect.
SP Miguel Gonzalez—Just a filler and not very useful in seasonal Fantasy leagues. Might be willing to roster him in DFS depending on the slate and how much he costs.
SP Derek Holland—He is holding a spot for Michael Kopech or Reynaldo Lopez to come along soon. Kopech throws close to 100 MPH but is still a bit away from the majors. Lopez is much closer and could be up full-time by June.
RP Nate Jones—He is the closer in waiting once the inevitable David Robertson trade occurs. Jones is 30 years old, but he seems to have earned the trust of the White Sox organization and is representing Team USA in the WBC. Jones could save 25+ games this year and will still go pretty late in your drafts.
Closer David Robertson—Robertson is on the trade block right now, and I don’t think he will start the season with the team. If he does break camp with the Pale Hose, look for him to be dealt for sure by June. Robertson has shown that he is a shutdown closer in the majors, so I doubt that his value takes a hit wherever he ends up.