Today we’re talking fantasy baseball. The Yankees always have many key contributors in fantasy, so here are the 10 most valuable options for your armchair team based on previous production and current draft position.

1.DJ LEMEHIEU 1B, 2B, 3B

ADP — 58.8

Round — 5.7

26HR 102RBI 109R .327BA .893OPS

Value! DJ LeMehieu was a breath of fresh air for the Yankees, and he outdid himself for fantasy owners in his first season in pinstripes. Not only is he versatile, playing first base, second base and third base, he’s also consistent. He’s a perennial .300 hitter with a plethora of run producing opportunities. He had an uptick in power last year, but even if that levels off a bit, DJ will way out produce where he’s currently being drafted. If you can manage to get him in the 6th, jump on it and count your blessings.

 

2. GLEYBER TORRES 2B, SS

ADP — 25.7

Round — 2.8

38HR 90RBI 96R .278BA .871OPS

Gleyber Torres just gets better and better. Since he’s been called up, Torres has been doing nothing but rake. A durable and steady force in the Yankees lineup, and he would be exactly that for your fantasy team as well. Nearing 40-homerun power last season, Torres is just hitting the prime of his career and should be in store for another stellar season. You’ll likely need to snag him within the first 3 rounds as he is often one of the first 25 players selected in drafts this season.

 

3.GERRIT COLE SP

ADP — 6.6

Round — 1.1

20W 5L 326K 2.50ERA 0.895WHIP

Ace alert! Gerrit Cole is going to be an absolute delight to watch in pinstripes. He’s as professional as it gets and a total executioner on the mound. If you want him, you better hope you have a good draft pick, because he’s often gone within the top 5. He’s easily in the top 3 starting pitching conversation and may just be at the very top of the heap. 20 wins, 300 strikeouts and a pristine ERA is expected from the newest Yankee weapon and is well worth your early-round selection.

 

4. GARY SANCHEZ C

ADP — 77.1

Round — 7.2

34HR 77RBI 62R .232BA .841OPS

Scary Gary is the best fantasy catcher in the game. While his defense, though improved, is still a bit lacking … that doesn’t matter in fantasy sports. Catcher is a notoriously thin position, and Sanchez has proven 30-homer power and constant RBI opportunities. His batting average leaves much to be desired, but there’s always a possibility he improves in that department and adds to his value at a position with few options. He’s being drafted in the 7th round but is worth picking up in the 5th, especially if you missed out on your favorite power options in the beginning of the draft.

 

5. AARON JUDGE OF

ADP — 44

Round — 4.3

27HR 55RBI 75R .272BA .921OPS

How soon people forget. Yes, Aaron Judge has had a few injuries in his short career. But this is a guy who was considered a borderline first round pick in last year’s draft and for good reason. He should come back fully healthy by the time baseball season is in full-swing and definitely will perform well within the top 50 overall players, which is where he’s currently being drafted, with the potential of performing like a top 20 player. In other words, get him on your team.

 

6. AROLDIS CHAPMAN RP

ADP — 67.5

Round — 6.4

37S 85K 57IP 2.21ERA 1.105WHIP

He’s a top 3 closer in fantasy baseball and is going right where he should, smack in the middle of the 6th round. Assuming his health, which has never really been a problem, he’s set up for about 40 saves, excellent strikeout ratios and helpful across the board stats. If you value closers, which I definitely do in fantasy baseball, he’s a lock.

 

7. GIO URSHELA 3B

ADP — 232.4

Round — 20.7

21HR 74RBI 73R .314BA .889OPS

Gio Urshela was a great pick up in real life for the Yankees and for fantasy owners last year. Thrust into a starting role after Andujar went down with a significant injury early in the year, Urshela took the job and never looked back. Lauded for his exquisite defensive prowess, Gio also managed to put out a full year of consistent production offensively. Equipped with a high batting average and steady power numbers, Gio will never sink your team and is an absolute steal in the 20th round, which is usually around where he’s going in drafts. If you miss out on the top options at a thin position, Gio Urshela again will fill in admirably.

8. GIANCARLO STANTON OF

ADP — 61.9

Round — 5.9

3HR 13RBI 8R .288BA .894OPS

Stanton had a season to forget last year, but when he’s at the top of the game, he carries fantasy teams to the playoffs … we’ve seen it before, and it wasn’t too long ago. If he can stay on the field, he’s a good bet to be well worth 6th round value, which is right around where he’s currently being drafted.

 

9. JAMES PAXTON SP

ADP — 197.2

Round — 17.5

15W 6L 186K 3.62ERA 1.281WHIP

After scuffling to start his career in pinstripes, Paxton recovered from a mid-season injury and absolutely dominated at the end of the season. He did so well that he ended up with ace-like statistics and more than lived up to his ADP this year. By the time the season starts, Paxton should be ready to come back from his most recent injury, and we hope he picks up right where he left off. He’ll probably go sooner than his 17th round average, so if you want him, you’ll probably need to grab him in the 13th. If he falls any later, definitely take a chance on a potential fantasy ace.

 

10. MIGUEL ANDUJAR U

ADP — 220.5

Round — 19.6

2018 — 27HR 92RBI 82R .297BA .855OPS

As we’re all aware, Miguel Andujar lost the entirety of his 2019 season due to a myriad of injuries, so it’s likely he is benefitting from the extended time off at the moment. Andujar looked ready to go in spring training, and even though he isn’t currently eligible at any positions in standard leagues, it’s possible he’ll be eligible at both corner positions and in the outfield by season’s end. If he can return to his 2018 form, he could be your best sniper in the draft in the 20th round. I’d even reach for him in the 18th.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

MASAHIRO TANAKA SP

ADP — 172.2

Round — 15.5

11W 9L 149L 4.45ERA 1.242WHIP

Masa had some dominant stretches over the course of last season, but some inconsistencies at times kept his overall stat-line below his potential. He’s going in the middle of the 15th round, but could be an absolute steal if he slips to the 17th or 18th.

 

LUKE VOIT 1B

ADP — 197.4

Round — 17.6

21HR 62RBI 72R .263BA .842OPS

When feeling well, Voit can really grind out power numbers. A core injury kept him from reaching his ceiling like in 2018. If he can come back fully healthy, he’s well worth his a pick in the 16th round if you missed out on the top first baseman.

 

SOLID VALUE

J.A. HAPP SP

ADP- 232.7

Round- 20.3

CLINT FRAZIER OF

ADP- 243.6

Round- 21.7

BRETT GARDNER OF

ADP- 243.8

Round- 21.7

DOMINGO GERMAN SP

ADP- 247.4

Round- 22.2

JORDAN MONTGOMERY P

ADP- 247.7

Round- 22.1

 

UNDRAFTED DEEP LEAGUE/MID-SEASON TARGETS

CLARKE SCHMIDT, TYLER WADE, MIKE FORD, DEIVI GARCIA, MICHAEL KING, JONATHAN LOASIGA are definitely names to keep your eye on. All of them are an injury away from being extremely valuable.

 

 

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