July 17, 2017
The Buyer's Guide
Jhoulys Chacin did not have the best start to the 2017 season. In his first start of the year, he gave up nine earned runs against the Dodgers. Chacin gave up another seven runs four starts later at the hands of the Diamondbacks. By the time the baseball season reached the end of April, Chacin was 3-3 with a 5.82 ERA. The threat of him imploding on any given night made him a player to avoid for fantasy purposes.
However, since the beginning of June, the 29-year-old starter has produced very different results. So different, that he became one of the most added players across fantasy baseball this week. Over at ESPN, Chacin had the seventh largest change in ownership rate (16.9 percent to 24.6 percent). He saw a similar boost at CBS going from 34 percent owned to 45 percent.
What’s led to this increased interest? Chacin has been a top-40 starting pitcher over the past 30 days according to ESPN’s Player Rater. In those eight starts since the beginning of June, Chacin is 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA. Is it time to believe in Chacin as a solid starting pitching option? More important, is now the time to invest in Chacin if he’s available in your league? We’ll try to answer those questions in this week’s Buyer’s Guide.