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About Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller

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Can The Defense Come Through For Gio Gonzalez This Year?

Back in 2012, Gio Gonzalez won 21 games for the Nationals, finishing third in the Cy Young voting. After going 21-18 in his next two seasons, he finished with an 11-8 record in 2015. His 3.79 ERA was his highest in six years. Still consistent on strikeouts, his BABIP might hint at what went wrong... Read More

4 years ago

Jonathan Papelbon's Stranglehold On The Closer Role

After an eventful 2015 season that saw him get traded to Washington and get into a fight with team star Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon returns to the Nats, surprising many. It was widely expected that he’d be gone from the team by the time the new season came around, but the Nationals parted ways with... Read More

4 years ago

Father Time Closes In On Jayson Werth

Entering the sixth year of his seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals, Jayson Werth faces an unsteady future. He spent a large portion of last season on the DL, only hitting .221 with 12 HR. His numbers prior to last season appeared to show that he was still serviceable, as he hit .318 and .292... Read More

4 years ago

Ben Revere All About Speed

Speedy outfielder Ben Revere will be returning to the National League this year after getting traded to Washington from Toronto. In his brief stint with the Blue Jays, Revere hit a strong .319, driving in 19 runs. His return to the National League East should bring more solid hitting to the top of Washington’s lineup.... Read More

4 years ago

Only A Miracle Will Keep Ryan Zimmerman Injury-Free

Entering his 12th year in the majors, Ryan Zimmerman remains the lone Nationals player from the team’s first year back in the nation’s capital. While he once played all 162 games in a season, a rash of injuries that include strained hamstrings, a fractured thumb, an abdomen strain and plantar fasciitis have severely affected his... Read More

4 years ago

Versatility Makes Daniel Murphy A Strong Utility Option

Following a classic October, Daniel Murphy departed from the New York Mets for the rival Washington Nationals. The second baseman, who’ll be 31 when the season starts, owns a .294 average at his new home stadium, Nationals Park. One thing Murphy has been for the past four years is consistent with his batting average, hovering... Read More

4 years ago

Lack Of Plate Discipline Severely Hampers Wilson Ramos

After spending three years sharing time behind the plate, Wilson Ramos once again became the outright starting catcher of the Washington Nationals in 2015. Playing in 128 games, he finished with a career-high 109 base hits, but with a career-low .229 batting average. He also hit 15 HR and recorded a career-high 68 RBI, ranking... Read More

4 years ago

Stephen Strasburg Seeks Career Year Heading Into Free Agency

While he was once hyped as a “once-in-a-generation baseball phenom” by the Washington Post, Stephen Strasburg never lived up to those expectations through his first four years in the majors. His 2015 campaign began with the worst stretch of his career, as he went 3-5 through his first 10 starts, with a 6.55 ERA. Then... Read More

4 years ago

Max Scherzer’s Consistency Calls For More Brilliance

After signing a seven-year mega deal with the Washington Nationals, Max Scherzer did not disappoint in his first year, posting a strong 2.79 ERA to go with a subpar 14-12 record. The record shouldn’t tarnish his season, however, as he threw four complete games, three shutouts, and two no-hitters. His K/9 ratio was a strong... Read More

4 years ago

Bryce Harper Poised For Another MVP Season

In 2014, Bryce Harper had the worst season of his infant career. Dealing with a thumb injury that cost him a good portion of the season, he finished with career lows in runs, hits, home runs, and slugging percentage among other things. With the rise of fellow youngster Mike Trout over in the American League,... Read More

4 years ago

Gleyber Torres Still Years Away

At 19 years old and hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Gleyber Torres is the Chicago Cubs’ lone top 50 prospect on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects of 2016 list. In his first full season of minor league baseball last year, he slashed .287/.346/.376, picking up 140 hits and 64 RBI. While the numbers are solid, especially... Read More

4 years ago

Chris Coghlan's Bad Luck Continues To Haunt Him

Remember back in 2009 when Chris Coghlan, as a member of the then-Florida Marlins, won the NL Rookie of the Year Award? Neither do I. It’s been quite an interesting career for the center fielder since then. In 2010, he injured his knee celebrating a walk-off victory, needing surgery. In 2011 he struggled, eventually getting... Read More

4 years ago

Pedro Strop Doomed To Remain Setup Man

In his second full season with the Chicago Cubs, 30-year-old Dominican Pedro Strop emerged as one of the best setup relievers in the league. In 76 appearances, he recorded 28 holds in 68 innings, finishing tied for fifth in the category. He also had a shot at closer, as Joe Maddon implemented a closer by... Read More

4 years ago

Adam Warren's Value Hinges On Spring Training Battle For Rotation

Traded from the New York Yankees for Starlin Castro, Adam Warren arrives in Chicago as an interesting project. He spent the majority of his first three seasons as a reliever with the ability to pitch extended innings, but he became New York’s fifth last year in the wake of Ivan Nova’s injury. His season can... Read More

4 years ago

Can Jason Hammel Bounce Back From Second-Half Slide?

33-year-old Jason Hammel is coming off a roller coaster 2015 campaign that saw him start strong before spiraling downhill in the final three months of the season. Now entering his 11th year in the majors, he finds himself at a crossroads. With possible free agency awaiting him next offseason, does he have what it takes to... Read More

4 years ago

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Values: David Wright

David Wright spent the majority of his 2015 season on the disabled list with spinal stenosis. Sure, that sounds bad, but Wright was able to return in August and played right through the postseason run and into the World Series. In September, his only full regular season month, he posted solid numbers. Playing in 23... Read More

4 years ago

Flying Under The Radar, Kyle Hendricks May Be Worth A Late-Round Pick

Lost amidst the free agent signings and veterans at the top of Chicago’s pitching rotation is Kyle Hendricks, the 26-year-old who’ll be pitching in only his third season in the majors in 2016.  His first two years weren't exactly extraordinary, but there have been signs of fantasy value. He became a solid late-season pickup in 2014,... Read More

4 years ago

Javier Baez Will Be The First Man Off The Bench

If Javier Baez played for nearly any other organization besides the Cubs, this would be a big year for him. A second baseman/shortstop, the 23-year-old Puerto Rico native showed improvement in his short, 28-game stint in the majors last year, recording just 14 fewer base hits than in 2014, despite playing in 24 fewer games.... Read More

4 years ago

Controlling The Strikeouts Will Be Key For Addison Russell

Now that the Cubs have traded Starlin Castro away, Addison Russell has been given the starting shortstop position, which he should carry all season. Last year, Russell was called up at the end of April and struggled at the plate. He finished with a .242 BA, striking out 149 times to only 115 hits. The... Read More

4 years ago

Ben Zobrist Fights Age And Lineup Position

When Ben Zobrist signed a four-year deal with the Chicago Cubs this offseason, he knew he’d be entering an already-stacked lineup. From second to sixth, all spots are taken, which will force him to break new ground. Zobrist has spent the majority of his career hitting between second and fifth in the order, so he’ll have... Read More

4 years ago

Run Support Will Be The Key For Jon Lester

When Jon Lester signed with the Cubs for six years and $155 million in December of 2014, he was widely expected to be the ace of the pitching staff. Then a funny thing happened along the way, as Jake Arrieta enjoyed a Cy Young-winning campaign while Lester never really got going. His first month of... Read More

4 years ago

Will Hector Rondon Lose The Closer Role Again?

Last year, Hector Rondon had some struggles as closer of the Chicago Cubs. He led the team with 30 saves, but was shaky right from the start, eventually getting downgraded to setup man. Ultimately, six other pitchers recorded saves for the Cubs, as Joe Maddon implemented a closer by committee policy. Rondon did eventually get... Read More

4 years ago

Like His Home Runs, How Far Will Kyle Schwarber Go?

After an impressive stint in the majors last year, Kyle Schwarber enters the 2016 MLB season as one of the more exciting young sluggers in the league.  At 22 years old, he played 69 games, smashing 16 HR and recording 43 RBI. He’s not a great hitter, however, as he finished with a .246 BA. That... Read More

4 years ago

Miguel Montero, Backup Extraordinaire?

After his first season with the Chicago Cubs, 32-year-old catcher Miguel Montero enters the 2016 campaign as the hitter with arguably the least fantasy value in the lineup. That’s certainly not a knock on the Venezuelan veteran, it’s simply a matter of this lineup's strength, which will relegate him to the bottom third of the order. One... Read More

4 years ago

Will Jason Heyward Reap The Rewards Of His New Lineup?

Chicago’s biggest acquisition this winter was Jason Heyward, the 26-year-old outfielder who left St. Louis for the rival Cubs. Heyward is widely considered the final piece to this powerful lineup, but what exactly will he provide in terms of fantasy value? Chicago has a solid core in the middle of the batting order with Rizzo,... Read More

4 years ago

Will Kris Bryant Live Up To The Hype Again?

Kris Bryant had some debut season in the Windy City. First, the Cubs stirred up controversy by keeping him in the minors for the first 12 days of the season so they could retain him an extra year. Then he had a tremendous rookie season, smashing 26 HR to go with 99 RBI, while slashing... Read More

4 years ago

John Lackey's National League Renaissance

Following a subpar 2014 season that saw him get traded from the Boston Red Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals, 37-year-old John Lackey had a terrific 2015, although the numbers won’t immediately show you that. His record barely changed, going from 14-10 to 13-10, but his ERA was over a run lower, going from 3.82 to 2.77.... Read More

4 years ago

Anthony Rizzo Readies for Prime Years

Anthony Rizzo will be 26 years old for the majority of this season, right at the beginning of what can be considered his “prime years”, when a player posts the best numbers he’ll ever have. Although this is usually the norm, Rizzo might be an exception, as he's already been a two-time all-star. With the... Read More

4 years ago

Jorge Soler's Tricky Potential

Jorge Soler, the 23-year-old Cuban right fielder, will be playing his third season with the Cubs in 2016. Last year, in his first full season, he was only able to play 101 games, having suffered an ankle injury midway through the season. As of now, Soler would have a difficult time cracking the top five... Read More

4 years ago

Is There a Track Record for Jake Arrieta's Future?

Last year, Jake Arrieta had the best season of his career (22 W, 1.77 ERA, 236 K, 0.86 WHIP) en route to the Cy Young Award. Now the question of what will he do in 2016 beckons for fantasy baseball owners. Arrieta will be 30 years old when the season starts, and a track record... Read More

4 years ago

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Wide Receiver VOS (Values Over Starter): 2019 Season In Context

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