Baseball season is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start resarch for your fantasy baseball team. This year’s draft will be full of sleepers, busts, and stars that you’ll either want to avoid or grab for your lineup. For Mets fans and baseball fans in general, there are several Mets players that you’ll want to keep your eye on.
Let’s start with the easy ones. There are a few Mets players that you should definitely select in your upcoming draft: Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Yoenis Cespedes.
Even though Syndergaard had a partial tear in his right lat muscle last season, he is an elite starting pitcher and shouldn’t be overlooked. In 2016, Syndergaard gave up 0.539 home runs per nine, the best rate in the game among qualified pitchers, and had a 2.60 ERA, the third-lowest mark in the National League. He’ll be looking to rebound in 2018 after sitting out most of his 2017 campaign. If you are keen on taking Syndergaard, you should look to grab him in the late third round or the early fourth round.
If you miss out on Syndergaard, don’t fret, as you could select deGrom. He was outstanding in 2017. He set a career high with 10.68 K/9 and posted a better WAR compared to the previous season. Unfortunately for deGrom, both his ERA and HR/9 skyrocketed. He posted a 3.53 ERA and a 1.25 HR/9. If you’d like to add deGrom to your pitching staff, you should look to select him in the fourth round of your draft.
Cespedes could also be a great fit for your fantasy lineup. He had a rough season last year full of injuries including hip, hamstring, and quad issues. However, he looks sharp so far in spring training. In 23 plate appearances, he owns a line of .261/.292/.652. Cespedes has also shown great power and has three home runs so far. If Cespedes can remain healthy, he can be an asset for your squad. Look to grab Cespedes in the seventh round of your fantasy draft.
There are also a few sleepers on the Mets that you should take a look at. My favorites are Michael Conforto and Matt Harvey.
If you are in your draft and having a hole in the outfield, don’t sleep on Conforto. He isn’t supposed to re-join the Mets until May, but he’s due for another strong season. Last season, he owned a line of .279/.384/.555 in 440 plate appearances. Steamer projects that Conforto will have lower numbers this season and that he’ll own a line of .260/.349/.491. Even though his stat line projections are low, he still has a lot of power. Steamer projects that he’ll hit 22 home runs.
Harvey is another solid sleeper. Last year, he had an abysmal season but is due for a rebound. In 2017, Harvey posted a career low in K/9, ERA, and WAR. But, Steamer projects that he’ll improve in 2018 and that he’ll post a 4.64 ERA, 6.85 K/9, and a 1.1 WAR.
Syndergaard, deGrom or Cespedes could be great assets for your fantasy lineup. But if someone else selects them before you do, don’t fret. Harvey and Conforto could be solid for you down the stretch.