2019 Fantasy Baseball: Detroit Tigers Team Preview

How will Miguel Cabrera and the 2019 Detroit Tigers perform from a Fantasy Baseball perspective? Dr. Roto has you covered!
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C John Hicks — I know that Grayson Greiner will most likely be the Tigers’ starting catcher, but I would much prefer to draft Hicks who will also have 1B eligibility. In a part-time role look for Hicks to have about 10-15 HRs and knock in around 50 RBIs. Those numbers are awful for a 1B, but they are good for a catcher.

1B Niko Goodrum — I must admit that I didn’t know much about Goodrum before the 2018 year started, but he emerged as one of the Tigers’ leading offensive players. Goodrum could go 15/15 again and qualifies at 1B and 2B and could even see a few games in the outfield. He is one of my favorite end game reserve players who I can use to plug a few holes in my lineup in case of injury.

2B Josh Harrison — The Tigers just signed Harrison to a contract to be the team’s starting 2B and I think there is a good chance that he might end up hitting leadoff for them this season. At his best, Harrison is capable of being a table setter with 15/15 potential with an aggressive approach at the plate. He is a nice late round pick in deep drafts. (Rip van Winkle Sleeper)

SS Jordy Mercer — I only am willing to roster Jordy in DFS when a LHP pitcher is on the mound. In seasonal leagues, he is not even on my radar.

3B Jeimer Candelario — Candelario is a solid defensive 3B who hits very well against LHP. The problem is that he defense is so good that the team keeps him out there against tough RHP which in turn will always keep his batting average below .250. He does have some pop in his bat (20 HRs are possible), but I am not sure he is worth more than $1 in auction leagues.

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OF Nick Castellanos — I almost feel badly for Castellanos as he is a solid hitter coming into his prime who is stuck playing on a crappy team with no chance of making the playoffs. Castellanos signed a one-year deal in the off-season so there is a chance that the Tigers might look to trade him for prospects to a contender. If that happens, Castellanos’ value will take a huge jump and he might be one of the better second half pickups this season.

OF Christin Stewart — Stewart could be a sneaky source of power for the Tigers as he has shown an ability to mash the ball in the minors. He has done all he can do at the minor league level and he will start out the season with the hope of securing the LF position. If he can get 500 at-bats, Stewart could easily hit 25 HRs. Think of him as a Daniel Palka-type with a slightly better batting average. (Rip van Winkle Sleeper)

OF JaCoby Jones — Jones has a little power and a little speed, but I think he would be much better off as a 4th or 5th outfielder than a starter. Look for him to man CF until Daz Cameron is ready to take the job.

DH Miguel Cabrera — Cabrera has struggled to stay on the field recently, but the hope is that he can make the full-time move to DH this season which could help extend his career. I am not sure that we will ever see the days of .340/35/100 ever again, but /290/20/80 could be a possibility if he can get 500 at-bats.

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SP Michael Fulmer — Fulmer is the #1 starter on a bad team which means he should have little chance to win 10 games. That, along with an ERA north of 4.00, gives him virtually no value in mixed league formats.

SP Matt Boyd — Boyd needs to continue to cut down on the HRs and improve his command if he wants to take the next step. I am willing to roster him in DFS in the right matchup, but there is no way I trust him to be on any of my seasonal teams.

SP Jordan Zimmerman — There is always one person who likes drafting older veteran players who were good like five years ago. Moreover, the person who drafts them usually owned them at that time. Zimmerman’s last good season was 2015. Why anyone would want him in 2019 is beyond me. (BUST)

SP Tyson Ross — The Tigers gave Ross a one-year contract in the off-season in the hopes that he returns to full-health after undergoing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. While I am rooting for Ross to fully recover and hope for the best for him, I cannot imagine doing anything more than using him as the occasional two-start pitcher that I pull off the waiver wire when I am desperate for wins.

RP Shane Greene — Greene will once again be the Tigers closer until they are ready to turn the job over to Joe Jimenez. I think it would be foolish for Fantasy owners to assume that Greene will be a closer for the entire season even if he gets traded. Hope for about 15 saves from Greene at best. (BUST)

RP Joe Jimenez — Will this be the year that Jimenez finally takes over as the Tigers’ closer? I can only hope so. Jimenez is blessed with a power arm capable of amassing many strikeouts. I am hoping that if Shane Greene pitches well enough in the first half of the season that some team will want him for its bullpen to make a playoff run.

Minors

Daz Cameron — Mike Cameron’s son is on the fast track to the majors and I think we might end up seeing him by the All-Star Break if he is hitting well in Triple A. (Stash and Cash)

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