C Chris Iannetta — Iannetta might be able to still hit 12-15 HRs, but his batting average will kill you (expect around .225 or so). Pass in mixed leagues, but he might be playable in NL-only formats.
1B Daniel Murphy — Murphy is what I like to call a professional hitter. He struggled last season as he was dealing with a knee injury for most of the first half of the season, but post All-Star Break he looked like his old self. Now with the Rockies, Murphy should be a lock to hit .300 with 20/80 and possibly more.
2B Garrett Hampson — Assuming Hampson wins the starting job, there’s a great chance that he can hit .270/10/50/75/30. It’s those potential 30 stolen bases that makes him extremely interesting in drafts and someone who could be an intriguing sleeper this season. (SLEEPER)
SS Trevor Story — People panicked last season, avoiding Story after he batted .239 in 2017 which was a mistake as Story hit .291 to go along with 37 HRs and 27 SBs. I am not sure that he is a true .290 hitter (I am thinking more like .270), but the power and speed are real, and Story should be considered a lock for the second round in any 15 team mixed league.
3B Nolan Arenado — Consistency, thy name is Nolan Arenado! 38+ HRs, 110+ RBIs, and a .290+ BA can be yours as soon as you draft him in the first round.
OF David Dahl — Fantasy owners are salivating about Dahl’s potential and it looks like this might be the year that he finally gets 550 at bats. If he does, look for him to hit 30/90 with about a dozen steals. Dahl is the type of player who you can take in Round 6 or 7 but who gives you 2nd or 3rd round value. (BREAKOUT)
OF Ian Desmond — I drafted Desmond begrudgingly in a draft champions league more due to his position eligibility than his performance. I see him slowing down and wonder if he will ever see 20-20 again. (BUST)
OF Charlie Blackmon — For some reason every time a player reaches 32-33 years old people always scream out for the potential decline to start happening. I think those people are wrong. Players are healthier now than they ever have been before, and a player can easily hang on to his prime after the age of 35. Even if Blackmon’s production drops 10-12% he is still one of the best OF in Fantasy Baseball.
OF Ramiel Tapia — I think there are seeds of something interesting here with Tapia, but he is blocked right now from any real playing time unless an injury occurs. Assuming he gets 400 at-bats, I think 10/20 is a distinct possibility so keep him on your radar in draft champion leagues at the very least.
SP German Marquez — Was there a better pitcher in the second half of 2018 than Marquez? I am not so sure there was. Can he continue to improve and put outstanding numbers together for an entire season? I think the answer is yes. If he avoids giving up too many HRs and improves his strand rate a bit (it was 72% last season), I think he is poised to make a big jump in 2018. I would be ecstatic if I could roster Marquez as my SP3 this season. (BREAKOUT)
SP Kyle Freeland — Freeland is a tough pitcher to project. He pitched better at Coors than on the road (he is from the Colorado area so perhaps he is used to the altitude?), but he is a soft tosser which makes him susceptible to blowing up on occasion. I think his chance of winning 17 games again is remote as his keeping his ERA under 3.00. He had a strand rate of 80% last season which is bound to go down which means his ERA will spike to about 3.30 or 3.40. Take Freeland as your SP5 and hope for the best.
SP Jon Gray — I feel like I need to exercise patience with Gray, as I think there are seeds of potential growth from him that are bound to show up one day. My biggest problem in waiting for him to succeed is that he can blow up at anytime pitching at Coors Field which could set my ERA back a ton. I will most likely avoid Gray in drafts this season, but I will keep a close watch on him on my waiver wire if he does begin to turn it around.
SP Tyler Anderson — Anderson has flashed potential, but he let up a whopping 30 HRs last season, so until he can figure out how to keep the ball in the park, I will take a hard pass.
RP Wade Davis — Davis is not going to have a microscopic ERA, but he will amass saves and has a lock on the closer’s job. He’s certainly someone who I have my eye on when it’s time to pick second tier closers.
Brendan Rodgers — Rogers is about a year away, but if Hampson and McMahon disappoint, there is an outside chance he might be with the parent club sometime after the All-Star Break. A five-tool future star, Rogers is someone I want to own in dynasty leagues. (STASH and CASH)
Ryan McMahon — At some point in 2019, McMahon will have a chance to win a full-time job for the Rockies. Until that point, he will fill in at 1B, 2B, and 3B giving him a chance to have multiple eligibility in leagues that use five games as the requirement.