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January 29, 2014

Fantasy Team Preview

Milwaukee Brewers

by Ben Carsley


There is a lot of fantasy talent on the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers roster. Their tumultuous 2013 season and consensus ranking of “fringe contender” for next season have made the Brewers somewhat anonymous nationally, but that shouldn’t be the case. They have batters who can hit for power and run. They have pitchers who are better than you think. And even their bullpen has a few high-strikeout options of note. It’s a flawed team, to be sure, but one that could produce some fantasy steals this year.

Projected Starting Lineup

  1. SS Jean Segura
  2. 2B Scooter Gennett
  3. RF Ryan Braun
  4. 3B Aramis Ramirez
  5. C Jonathan Lucroy
  6. CF Carlos Gomez
  7. 1B Mark Reynolds
  8. LF Khris Davis

This is pretty much a fantasy goldmine. Braun is still one of the best 10-15 fantasy players in the game and could be a relative bargain on draft day due to his suspension. Segura and Gomez enjoyed breakout campaigns in 2013, and while neither is a great bet to be quite as good as they were last year, each is still a significant five-category contributor. Segura should challenge for a top-five shortstop finish, while Gomez should be considered a top-20 outfielder. Ramirez is old but still quite good when healthy, and Lucroy is a no-brainer top-10 catcher.

The remaining players lack crazy upside but are interesting for their own reasons. Gennett’s only tool is his bat, but he can hit for respectable averages and could see more playing time than you think in 2014. Reynolds’ only tool is his power, but he could challenge for 30 bombs with 400 PA at Miller Park. Davis is a solid sleeper pick in NL-only leagues, as he could hit 15-20 bombs with a decent average. His defensive deficiencies could limit his playing time, though.

Projected Bench

There’s not a ton here from a fantasy point of view, although it’s possible (albeit unlikely) that Weeks could have some value, which I’ll address below. Francisco has power but it comes with an unusable average, and he shouldn’t be let within 500 feet of lefty pitchers. Bianchi and Maldonado are total non-factors, while Schafer has some speed but had yet to prove he can hit MLB pitching.

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