Dr. Roto Podcast - Thursday, March 29
Trea Turner — If I had the 4th overall pick in a Fantasy Baseball draft there would be no doubt in my mind that I would select Trea Turner. Some experts (including Adam Ronis) might argue that I would fall behind too much in HRs and RBIs, but I think that I could overlook that because Turner is potentially a monster in three categories. He legitimately could finish with a batting average well over .300, score over 100 runs, and steal 50+ bases. His power isn’t that bad (he did have 11 HR last season) and there is an outside chance that he might get close to 20 in 2018. The bottom line is this: Turner is an impact player who does things that no other player can do. It makes him special. Special players are hard to come by and they deserve to be drafted early whenever possible.
Bryce Harper — Harper is playing this year for a contract next season which should ensure him giving 100% and providing huge fantasy statistics. There is nothing Harper can’t do, and I am excited to finally see him put an entire season together where he competes for the Triple Crown. If I drafted in the middle of the first round, I would gladly take Harper and hope for monster type numbers.
Stephen Strasburg — I know that Strasburg is a terrific pitcher. In fact, he might have one of the top five or six best arms in the game. However, I never seem to draft him on my team. I think the problem for me is that I consider him to be a 170-inning pitcher. Years ago this might have been a problem when many top starters were throwing over 200 innings, but times have changed and I think 170 innings is a good amount for a starting pitcher in 2018. With that in mind, I think I have softened my stance on Strasburg and would be happy to draft him this year.
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