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Fantasy baseball: The Post’s overrated-underrated team


The fantasy drafts are done, but your work is far from done.

It’s time to see if your bet on that under-the-radar outfielder you picked three rounds above his average draft position pays off. It’s time to see if that veteran pitcher you’ve given a key spot in your rotation still has a stellar season in his aging arm. Will this late sleeper get the escape you were hoping for, or just become another name added to the waiver thread?

It’s time to get those answers. It’s time to play ball.

But before the season begins, it’s time for Roto Rage’s eighth annual overrated/underrated fantasy team. Here’s a look at this year’s team:

First base

Overrated: Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles

Enters the season widely considered one of the top 10 fantasy first basemen, but finished 2021 with the 17th-worst strikeout percentage (27.5%), 15th-worst on-base percentage (.309) and the second-lowest walk rate (7%) among qualified players at his position. Although Mountcastle has proven he has power (33 homers), it’s hard to believe he’ll replicate that performance – especially as 22 of those bombshells came to Camden Yards where they just rolled back the fences 30 feet. Take all that and mix that with a mediocre supporting cast, and you’re stuck with a player relying almost solely on power output. No thanks.

Both Trevor Story and Charlie Morton are part of the Post’s overrated-underrated Jarad Wilk team.
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Underestimated: CJ Cron, Rockies

After a lackluster first half (.254, 12 HR, 35 RBI, .833 OPS), he finished with a solid second half (.307, 16 HR, 57 RBI, .974). There’s also the Coors Field factor, where he hit .326 with 19 home runs, 68 RBIs and a 1.073 OPS.

Second base

Overrated: Brandon Lowe, Rays

Being drafted as the fifth-best second baseman was overkill, especially since he offers few stolen bases and is a career .222 hitter with an almost 36% strikeout rate against lefties. Power is good, but there was plenty to find throughout the drafts.

Underestimated: Brendan Rodgers, Rockies

He’ll play every day, has 20+ homer potential and multiple position eligibility. His road numbers (.289, 12 HR, 30 RBIs, 25 R, .873 OPS in 51 games) were better than his home numbers (.280, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 24 R, .723 OPS in 51 games) , so this is not a decision based on Coors Field.

Fantasy baseball: The Post’s overrated-underrated team
Brendan Rodgers
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Shortstop

Overrated: History of Trevor, Red Sox

While with the Rockies, he was a .241 hitter with a .752 OPS in 370 road games while hitting .303 with a .972 OPS in 375 games at Coors Field. Enough said.

Underestimated: JP Crawford, sailors

Double-digit home run and stolen base potential, finished in the top 40 in runs last year and should be the leadoff hitter for an improved formation.

third base

Overrated: Adalberto Mondesi, Royals

Primarily a shortstop, he is eligible for third base. It makes no difference. Played over 75 games in one season once in six-year career.

Fantasy baseball: The Post’s overrated-underrated team
Adalberto Mondesi
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Underestimated: Jeimer Candelario, Tigers

Tied for the league lead in doubles while hitting .271 with 16 homers, 67 RBI, 75 runs scored in 2021. Hit .282 with 11 homers, 43 RBI and an .882 OPS in the second half. An improved range could help with a potential breakout.

Seeker

Overrated: JT Realmuto, Phillies

Did you know his batting average has gone down every year since hitting .303 in 2016, while his strikeout rate has gone up? Well, now you know.

Underestimated: Austin Nola, Padres

Injuries are behind a disappointing 2021, but Universal DH should help him stay on the pitch.

Outfield

Overrated: Byron Buxton, twins

Having all the talent in the world means little when you can’t stay healthy.

Underestimated: Bryan Reynolds, Pirates

Among NL batters, he ranked sixth in OPS, seventh in average, ninth in walk rate, 12th in runs, and 15th in RBIs. He also hit 24 homers and had the 22nd-lowest strikeout rate.

Fantasy baseball: The Post’s overrated-underrated team
Bryan Reynolds
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starting pitcher

Overrated: Robbie Ray, Sailors

Not only did he allow a ton of hard touches and 33 home runs, but he had a 3.69 FIP. He also has a career ERA of 4.00. Expect the southpaw to come back down to earth after his Cy Young campaign in 2021.

Underestimated: Charlie Morton, Braves

Yes, he’s 38, but he was 61-24 with a 3.34 ERA, 10.6 strikeouts per nine (11th best in the majors) and a 1.13 WHIP from 2017-21 . He’s also armed with one of the best curve balls in the game, limiting opponents to an average of .127 and a 40% smell rate (127 Ks) last year. The fibula fracture he suffered during the World Series last year is nothing to worry about.

Relief Pitcher

Overrated: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees

The closest flame pitcher had the second-most strikeouts per nine (15.5) among pitchers with a minimum of 50 innings pitched, but he had the fifth-highest walk per nine (6, 07), and his xERA (3.87) and FIP (3.99) were well above his ERA (3.36). Not a good sign.

Fantasy baseball: The Post’s overrated-underrated team
Aroldis Chapman
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Underestimated: David Bednar, Pirates

Knocked out 32.5% of the batters he faced while maintaining a 2.23 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 60 ²/₃ innings.

Rankings

First base

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Tor
  2. Freddie Freeman, L.A.D.
  3. Matt Olson, athlete
  4. Pete Alonso, NYM
  5. Paul Goldschmidt, Stl

Second base

  1. Trea Turner, DAL
  2. Ozzie Albies, Atl
  3. Marcus Semien, Texas
  4. Whit Merrifield, North Carolina
  5. Ketel Marte, Ari

Shortstop

  1. Trea Turner, DAL
  2. Bo Bichette, Tor
  3. Xander Bogaerts, Bos
  4. Tim Anderson, CFS
  5. Francisco Lindor, NYM

third base

  1. Jose Ramirez, Key
  2. Raphael Devers, Bos
  3. Manny Machado, SD
  4. Wander Franco, TB
  5. Kris Bryant, Col

Seeker

  1. Salvador Perez, KC
  2. Will Smith, L.A.D.
  3. Yasmani Grandal, SCF
  4. Willson Contreras, CSC
  5. JT Realmuto, Phi

Voltigeurs

  1. Juan Soto, Was
  2. Ronald Acuna, Atl
  3. Bryce Harper, Phi
  4. Kyle Tucker, Hou
  5. Mookie Betts, L.A.D.

Starting pitchers

  1. Corbin Burnes, Mil
  2. Gerrit Cole, NYY
  3. Max Scherzer, NYM
  4. Walker Bühler, LAD
  5. Brandon Woodruff, Mil

Relief Pitchers

  1. Josh Hader, Mil
  2. Liam Hendriks, CFS
  3. Raisel Igelesias, LAA
  4. Emmanuel Clase, Key
  5. Ryan Pressly, Hou

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