March 3, 2016
Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued
Starting Pitchers on the Ocean's Floor
Welcome down to the depths below the positional top 50—or in this case the top 175—where each week we scavenge for potential crumbs among the current professional ranks and look mercifully into the future for the next wave of fantasy talent at each position. This series is geared towards those of you in deeper dynasty formats, particularly those either with a mid-season minor-league draft or with no eligibility restrictions on the player pool. This will be the last installment of the series for this year, as we’ve already completed our look at the position players, and since we’ll be pivoting next week to relievers I figure I’ll spare every one clicking on a link that just leads you to a giant shruggy-emoticon guy. Here’s the positional series breakdown thus far:
Pitchers, man. What to do about the next wave of pitchers. This is a monster column today in part because there are so many pitchers, but also because it turns out they’re a volatile lot. There’s a league’s worth of “almost/so close” guys already in the majors, about a billion upside guys in the minors, and oh-by-the-way a potential international bonus baby on every Latin American street corner. But seeing as how the likes of The Ghost of CC Sabathia and Joe Kelly’s Great Stuff made Bret Sayre’s Dynasty League Top 175 list (go read that if you haven’t already), the bar is fairly low for consideration. I tried to keep this as brief as possible (I failed), so if you have questions about someone who should have been covered but wasn’t (there are plenty, I promise) just toss their names into the comments.
Hey, These Guys Are Major Leaguers!
Chad Bettis, RHP, COL – Bettis was quietly effective on balance last year, posting a top-40 DRA among starters who logged at least a hundred innings, and backing it up with a league-average cFIP. An elbow injury knocked him out for most of August, and his performance flagged significantly in the half-dozen starts before he hit the shelf. In another organization he’s an interesting young arm generating some sleeper buzz right now, but as is he’s a potential matchup play for NL-onlies. Still, if he can replicate his early- and late-season success over a more sustained calendar we may just be on to something in spite of the home park by this time next year.