September 8, 2017
Late-Season Keeper-League Pickups
In keeper leagues, you try to balance your needs in the current season with your needs for upcoming seasons. That means that when you’re scanning the free agent pool, you’re not just looking for players who can help you this year. Of course, a lot depends on the specifics of your league: how deep it is, how much a player will cost as a keeper and how long you can keep him. Here are three guys to think about for next season.
He’s probably taken in all but the shallowest leagues since he has been awesome in his rookie season, posting a 3.12 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 89 1/3 innings with 98 strikeouts and 32 walks. He doesn’t do it quietly, either, regularly hitting triple digits with his fastball and racking up whiffs that end up becoming animated GIFs on Twitter. I picked up Castillo in two of my mixed league keeper leagues when he debuted and I’m strongly considering keeping him for next season in both despite the fact that these leagues don’t have many keeper slots. That the Reds have shut him down for the season to limit his innings could mean that owners drop him in favor of players who will help this season. If he becomes available in your keeper league, snap him up.