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2017 Fantasy Baseball: San Diego Padres Preview

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Dr. Roto provides analysis on 2016's last place NL West MLB team. Can the Padres turn it around this season?

Daily Dr. Roto—March 16, 2017

Team Previews in a Fantasy Nutshell: San Diego Padres

Projected Starting Lineup

C Austin Hedges—Hedges’ minor league stats show promise (he hit over .300 and had 21 HR), so I might be willing to give him a shot as my number 1 catcher if I wait on the position. The Padres seem committed to playing him this season, and he is a whiz defensively which should guarantee him playing time.

1B Wil Myers—Myers finally showed Fantasy owners what he could do once healthy. Not only did he show way above average power, but he also stole 22 bases. Myers’ Fantasy value comes down to one word—health. If healthy, he has shown that he is a definite 4th or 5th round pick.

2B Ryan Schimpf—Padres Manager Andy Green is trying to decide whether to move Solarte to second base so that Schimpf can be the regular third baseman. Schimpf is slightly better defensively at third, but either way, he will be in the lineup due to his bat and not his defense. Schimpf hit 20 HR last year, but his average was only .217. That won’t cut it in the majors. I can’t imagine him being on any of my rosters this season.

SS Erick Aybar—Please stay away from Aybar, Sardinas, or anyone else who is playing SS for the Padres this season—unless they somehow trade for Corey Seager.

3B Yangervis Solarte—Solarte flies under Fantasy radars, but he is a very solid player. Last year he often batted cleanup and can hit close to .300 and 20 HR over the course of the season. It seems like there is a good chance he will qualify for 2B and 3B too, which should also enhance his draft value.

OF Manuel Margot—Right now, Margot might be the best source of late round speed that Fantasy owners can find at their drafts. Margot is only 22, and he will struggle this year at the plate for sure. But, if the Padres (and Fantasy owners) are patient, big dividends might pay off in the not too distant future. I like his upside in dynasty formats.

OF Hunter Renfroe—It’s Renfroe’s job in right field and all he has to do to keep it is hit. He was the Pacific Coast League’s MVP last year, and the Padres will be happy if he can hit .280 and go 20/80 as a rookie this season. He makes for an intriguing pick in dynasty leagues.

OF Alex Dickerson—Dickerson has been dealing with a back issue throughout spring training and is not close to being ready for the season. His injury has opened the door for both Jankowski and Jabari Blash. Blash has huge home run power but has shown little ability to hit for average in the majors.

Util Travis Jankowski—Jankowski is nothing more than a speedy guy with little power, but he might make for an interesting late round pick especially if Manuel Margot struggles at the beginning of the season.

Pitching Staff

SP Clayton Richard—I have zero interest in Richard in DFS or seasonal formats.

SP Jered Weaver—I can’t believe that the Padres were so desperate that they had to dig this guy out of the grave. No way am I drafting him this year.

SP Jhoulys Chacin—I didn’t like him at Coors. I don’t like him in San Diego. I am not sure I would like him for the Erie Sea Dogs either.

SP Luis Perdomo—Every once in a blue moon, Perdomo has a decent start, but I am not buying into it. He walks too many guys, strikes out too few guys, and is an innings eater.

SP Zach Lee—I might take a shot on Lee as a flyer in a draft champions league. He was once a top prospect of the Dodgers who was involved in the Matt Kemp trade. If Lee can find his confidence once again (which should be easy in SD since they have no one else), he might be a late-round sleeper in NL-only leagues.

RP Carter Capps—Capps is the “what if” reliever. What if he was healthy? What if he was the closer? What if he pitched a full season? What if I stop saying what if and let someone else draft him?

Closer Brandon Maurer—The Padres are truly awful, but even awful teams usually end up winning games. Moreover, they rarely, if ever, blow teams out which means that a lot of their games will be of the one-run variety. This means that if Maurer is the closer, he might get 30 or so saves this year. Brian Harvey had 40+ saves when the Marlins were the worst team in baseball. For that fact alone, Maurer might just be Fantasy relevant this season.

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