Fantasy Preview: Detroit Tigers

John Aurora, Contributor

Key Players

Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF (rank 112, ADP 110.8)

2017: .272 AVG, 26 HR, 101 RBI, 73 R, 4 SB

Castellanos will be moving to the outfield fulltime this season as he looks to improve upon his breakout season where he posted a .272 AVG, 26 HR, 101 RBI, 73 R due to his improved his contact rate. Despite his cool start, he batted .299 with 16 homers over the final two and a half months. His dual position eligibility in addition to his prime lineup spot to fuel his counting numbers mean he may be undervalued with his current ADP.

Miguel Cabrera, 1B (rank 106, ADP 125.7)

2017: .249 AVG, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 50 R, 0 SB

Last year I was able to draft Cabrera in the third round and thought that was a steal. Wow was I wrong. Cabrera had the worst season of his career due to nagging injuries throughout the season. Miggy snapped his eight-year streak of .300 batting averages and ended with a subpar .249 AVG, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 50 R. I wish I could say that season was a fluke, but back injuries for a 35-year-old player make me cringe, especially for a player that will not be a DH (remember Don Mattingly?). At his ADP, there is enough upside to draft him. He’s the ultimate risk/reward player this season. How lucky are you feeling?

Michael Fulmer, SP (rank 133, ADP 173.7)

2017: 10 W, 114 K, 3.83 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

Fulmer is coming off elbow surgery sustained in September and will look to return to the ace of his staff. For fantasy purposes, Fulmer lacks strikeout upside in an era where most starters have high strikeout upside. His elbow injury in addition to his subpar strikeout rate and low win potential mean I will not be taking a flier on him at the end of the draft.

Deep Sleeper

Leonys Martin, OF (rank 395, ADP 260)

2017: .172 AVG, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 14 R, 7 SB

Martin was acquired this offseason coming off a season where he struggled at the plate. If Martin wins the centerfield job, look for him to rebound offensively. In 2016 he had a .247 AVG, 15 HR, 47 RBI, 72 R, 24 SB. If he plays fulltime, and maybe even hits leadoff, look for him to meet or exceed his 2016 numbers. For now I’ll be watching to see how he does in spring training but be prepared to take a flier on him if he wins the job. 

Categories: Fantasy Baseball, Team Previews

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