2019 Fantasy Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers Team Preview
Most of the Brewers broke out in 2018, but I still expect Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Jesus Aguilar, Yasmani Grandal, and Travis Shaw to continue their stellar play. Josh Hader might have been the number one breakout pitcher in all of baseball in 2018—and although he might not be the Brewers full-time closer, he will still be invaluable to their pitching staff.
Mike Moustakas: When most people think of the word sleeper, they think of a player who is barely known who emerges during the season. And while most Fantasy owners certainly know Moustakas, I think he is being overlooked, making him a potential sleeper in 2019. Moose has 40 HR power and should bat in the middle of arguably the most potent lineup in the NL. Moreover, Moose signed a one-year contract with the Brewers which should give him all the incentive he needs to continue hitting at a high level.
Rip van Winkle Deep Sleepers:
Corbin Burnes — In order to preserve pitchers long-term, many teams have chosen to bring their starters up to the majors and place them in the bullpen in their first year or two to get their feet wet. This happened last season to Burnes, who started 13 games in the minors only to become a trusted setup man when the Brewers brought him to the majors. The Brewers still think of Burnes as a starter and he has been working on his secondary offerings (changeup and sinker) in order to round out his arsenal. Burnes might not pitch more than 160 innings this season, but I think he could have 10-12 wins and an ERA under 4.00. Keep an eye on him late in your drafts.
Ryan Braun — At some point even the best players become more name than game—and sadly that is exactly where Braun is right now. In the past, Braun was a lock for a .300+ batting average with power and speed to match. Now he looks like a .250-.260 hitter who will go 15-15 at best. Fantasy owners are looking at his name and still drafting him in the 8th and 9th round of drafts, but I much prefer to find younger guys on the rise who I can take in the later rounds with similar skills.