5 Fantasy Baseball Overreactions I’m Selling
The Fantasy Baseball season is finally here and the first week did not disappoint. I have gathered 5 fantasy baseball overreactions you should sell on your fantasy baseball team.
Toronto Blue Jays
7 for 18, .389 AVG, 2 Homeruns, 5 Runs, 4 RBIs, 1.283 OPS
George Springer is off to a blazing start with the lethal Toronto Blue Jays lineup. Springer is the lead-off man for one of the best offenses in baseball and has not disappointed so far in 2022.
Why am I selling?
Springer has a long history of injuries that have set him back in previous seasons, I’d be shocked if he stays healthy for the entire season. This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a household name and trade him for a 1st or 2nd round fantasy baseball draft pick. Springer was getting drafted in the 4th or 5th round in most drafts this year, it’s time to flip him for someone who can be a little more stable from a health perspective for your fantasy baseball team.
7 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, .28 WHIP, 10 Strikeouts
Kyle Gibson was unstoppable in his debut with the Phillies going 7 strong with 10 strikeouts against the Oakland A’s. Gibson was getting drafted at the end of fantasy baseball drafts for good reason. Last season between the Texas Rangers and Phillies, Gibson had the best season of his career throwing a 3.71 ERA and logging 155 strikeouts.
What’s the issue?
Gibson had a 2.87 ERA with the Rangers to start the year, then threw a 5.09 ERA with the Phillies. I don’t expect this start to continue for Gibson, so go ahead and try to get any solid pitcher who had a rough first start this season.
San Diego Padres
7 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, .14 WHIP, 7 Strikeouts
I was outspoken saying how much I liked the trade for Manaea being traded to the Padres from the A’s. Manaea will be giving way more opportunities for wins, but the downside is he will be going to a worst pitcher-friendly ballpark.
Why trade him?
Manaea was phenomenal in his first start with the Padres going 7 innings of no-hit ball, but let’s not forget this was against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Manaea will be going up against the best offense in the majors, the Dodgers, probably a couple times this year and will have to throw at Coors Field (the worst pitcher-friendly ballpark in the majors). I still really like Manaea this year, but not where his value currently is in fantasy baseball. I read multiple articles stating Manaea is a good pick for Cy Young after his performance last week. If you have Manaea rostered, go ahead and feel free to explore trade options, I think you’d be surprised what some managers would give up for him right now.
St. Louis Cardinals
6 for 12, .500 AVG., 2 Homeruns, 4 Runs, 7 RBIs, 1.788 OPS
The Cardinals produced 19 runs over their 3 game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Arenado was outstanding knocking 7 runs home and hitting 2 bombs to start off his 2022 campaign. A lot of baseball writers were expecting a drop-off last season with Arenado going from the Rockies to the Cardinals, but he ended up having a very good season hitting 34 home runs and over 100 RBIs. Arenado is also averaging 25 Fantasy Points on OwnersBox, which currently ranks him number 1 on our platform.
Why am I selling?
Arenado is outperforming himself right now and his advanced analytics show this as well. He’s currently hitting for an average of .500, but his expected batting average is only .390 … This is telling us Arenado has been getting lucky with some of his hits so far this season. Also, Arenado is averaging an exit velocity of 95 MPH off the bat this season, don’t expect this to stick, as the 8-year veteran has a career exit velocity of 89.5 MPH. Take advantage of another household name in Arenado to get yourself someone who will be better for the entire 2022 season.
9 for 13, .692 AVG, 6 Runs, 3 RBIs, 1.789 OPS
Steven Kwan? If you asked me two weeks ago about Steven Kwan, I would have asked who the hell is that. Kwan has been flooding MLB news with his hot start with the Guardians.
Why sell him?
He is definitely outperforming himself – he is a decent ROTO option, but irrelevant in points leagues. Kwan will hit for a solid average around .300 but will struggle mightily in the homerun and RBI categories. Take advantage of his hot start and get someone who you can trust long-term for your fantasy baseball lineups.
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