The fantasy baseball season is fast approaching. The question soon will be who from the Mets should you draft and when should you draft them.
Safe options to draft:
David Wright- (17 ESPN composite ranking) The power has fluctuated some, but with contributions of speed, average and runs Wright remains a great option to headline your team.
Daniel Murphy- (234) He is what he is, but at an end of a draft if you have taken some risks, Murphy is a solid player to round out a team. He shouldn’t be drafted before one of the last few rounds.
Jonathan Niese- (122) Niese is ESPN’s 36th ranked starting pitcher, but has the ability to jump many of the pitchers ranked ahead of him. Besides his mediocre strikeout totals and questions about how many wins he can get, Niese is a very solid option with some upside.
Matt Harvey- (164) Huge strikeout and WHIP upside. With no reported innings limit Harvey should be able to put up big fantasy numbers in his first full season with the Mets.
Ike Davis- (97) Davis looks to have the biggest room for improvement on the team. His poor average impacted numerous categories. With an average boast to at least .260 coupled with his power will make him a legitimate factor to break the top 10 at first base.
Johan Santana- (NR) He may not be draft worthy but if he has a couple good outings to start the season grab him for off the waiver wire and see if he can put up similar stats to the beginning of last season.
Shaun Marcum- (259) He lacks in the strikeout category but he hasn’t posted a WHIP over 1.27 or an ERA over 3.70 in the last three seasons. If he can pitch to his norms he can be a solid contributor in a late round or off the wire. However, once he starts showing signs of injury, pull the plug.
Closer options: Only one can emerge from this group, but whoever does will have some value. With that said none of these players should be drafted.
Bobby Parnell- (273) Probably the best pitcher of the group, if he gets a chance, he won’t squander it like he did at the beginning of last season.
Brandon Lyon- (NR) Good strikeout numbers, good ERA but probably the least likely to get and maintain the job.
Frank Francisco- (274) The incumbent (for now), has opened camp with yet another injury. If he can get healthy, look for a bounce back campaign after his very poor stats last season.
Jeurys Familia- (NR) Admittedly a long shot. If the Mets go into the tank at some point don’t be surprised if he gets a shot and never looks back. Expect high strikeouts but a damaging WHIP if he ever gets the job.
Prospects to pick up:
Travis d’Arnaud- (NR) Expect a mid-May call-up and for him to have an instant impact in fantasy as a top15 catcher with good power, and an average that won’t kill your team.
Zack Wheeler- (NR) Presumably he will be called-up later in the season. He shouldn’t be on a roster until he is called-up but once he is he can have an impact, similar to that of Matt Harvey at the end of last season.
Don’t draft but if they get playing time keep an eye on them in deeper leagues:
Jordany Valdespin- (NR) Don’t be surprised if he gets a prolonged shot in the outfield and if so he can provide a power/speed option in a deeper fantasy format.
Jenry Mejia- (NR) With the inevitable injuries in the rotation, Mejia could serve as a viable spot starter option as long as he is racking up strikeouts.