April 28, 2017
The All-April Team
On Thursday, Mike Gianella reminded all of us that it is far-too early to be worried about our rosters. April stretches obviously get us more worried than any other poor month-long periods, simply because there is no encouraging stretch of time beforehand to alleviate our concerns. To put it another way: The current sample is too small to inform any sweeping evaluations. With that being said, April performances sometimes do last all season, and identifying the sustainable early trends can catapult you to a championship. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at the best players at each position on ESPN’s Player Rater and see if they can remain fantasy assets throughout the season, or if they simply are mirages we’ll look back at a year from now and laugh about.
(Note: These rankings are through action Wednesday.)
It’s been a weird start at the catcher position, with Buster Posey and Gary Sanchez missing time because of injury, and Jonathan Lucroy just being disappointing. All of that leads to someone like Bandy taking the top spot. He’s done so on the back of a high .349 batting average and surprising pop that’s led to four home runs. He’s a fine target in two-catcher leagues or NL-only leagues, but don’t go breaking the bank hoping for big production at a weak position. For starters, he’s evenly splitting playing time right now with Manny Piña, who has been damn good himself. On top of that, he’s succeeding on the back of an unsustainable BABIP and an off-the-charts HR/FB ratio. I’d be surprised if he finishes better than the No. 20 catcher, which is still better than his No. 32 ADP in NFBC drafts.