Fantasy Baseball Spotlight News – January
With the Major League Baseball season only two months away, it’s time for sports gamblers to start looking for or developing a reliable sports betting system that will work well with MLB tips offered up during the regular season. At 162 games, it’s a long season that demands patience and commitment on the part of the gamblers. After assessing player signings during the off-season, a good sports betting system and reliable MLB tips could be all it takes to build a big bankroll over the entire season.
Of course, it’s also time for Fantasy Baseball managers to get back to work. With plenty of top talent still available through free agency, there is a lot of current news to start digesting. Here is a handful MLB news stories that could have a big effect on the 2016 fantasy landscape.
Justin Upton Signs Multi-year Deal With the Tigers
As one of the most sought after jewels of the 2016 free agency class, OF Justin Upton signed a 7-year, $132.75 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. He joins an elite group of hitters, including 1B Miguel Cabrera and OF J.D. Martinez who is coming off a breakout season.
Fantasy Analysis: For Fantasy Baseball managers, Upton has been a reliable source of power with 27 HRs and 85 RBIs per year over the last three seasons. He accomplished this while playing in pitcher friendly ballparks like Atlanta and San Diego with little to no lineup protection around him. Now he moves to the hitter friendly confines of Comerica Park. He figures to be slotted in the two-hole with Cabrera behind him, or in the cleanup spot between Cabrera and Martinez. In either slot, he should see more pitches to hit, which should drive his power numbers up about 10%. Good take in rounds 5-7.
Starlin Castro at Third Base
Over the past few seasons, the New York Yankees have been looking for a long-term solution to its problems at third base. It appears Starlin Castro is open to the idea of playing there, a notion confirmed by GM Brian Cashman.
Fantasy Analysis: By adding third base to his position eligibility that includes second base and shortstop, Castro would improve his value to fantasy managers. With that said, his offensive numbers to date (65/10/60/.281 career slash-line) don’t slot well for a third baseman. Given he figures to start the season at second base, he could probably do without the distraction of learning to play a new position as he works to improve on his career numbers from a less than desirable place in the bottom third of a weak hitting lineup. Usually overrated, best to wait until rounds 14-16.
P Carlos Martinez Progressing Nicely for Cardinals
After being shutdown in late September due to a severe right-shoulder strain, RHP Carlos Martinez has indicated he is currently at 90% strength and should be ready to go by Spring Training. This is good news for a Cardinals team that has several question marks in its rotation.
Fantasy Analysis: In his second full season in the majors and first as a starter, Carlos Martinez put together some impressive numbers. His record of 14-7 with an ERA of .301, WHIP of 1.29 and K/BB ratio of 184/63 plays well in the big leagues. Fantasy managers should be aware that the injury occurred at the 179 innings mark, which might prompt team officials to impose an innings cap of between 180-200 innings. For the most part, it would be reasonable to expect similar numbers in 2016 with a slight increase in ERA, given teams started hitting him a little better in the 2nd half of the season. Rounds 6-8 would be ideal.