Colorado Rockies: 2017 Fantasy Projections
For the first time, possibly ever, a Rockies pitcher could help your fantasy pitching staff. Jon Gray sticks out as the obvious choice here. Currently, Yahoo has Gray ranked 202nd overall and owned in 77 percent of leagues. As a late round pick, Gray can provide good projected value for wins (12), quality starts (18) and Ks (187).
- Jon Gray
- Tyler Chatwood
- Tyler Anderson
- Kyle Freeland
- Antonio Senzatela
Tyler Anderson provides the second most projected value on the Rockies staff. At Present, Anderson in owned in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues and is projected for 11 wins and 16 quality starts. This season marks the first year of fantasy that not only one, but possibly multiple starting Rockies pitchers being fantasy relevant.
Tyler Chatwood is a sleeper candidate, as he did get owners 12 wins last year and is owned in eight percent of leagues, but keep in mind his home ERA was atrocious. For fantasy purposes, no other starters can provide your team much value.
Projected Closer: Greg Holland
On a different note, everybody needs saves in fantasy. Historically the closer role was the only really value any Colorado pitcher could provide. Currently, the closer situation is unclear to say the least. As you can recall, the Rockies signed former All-Star closer Greg Holland during free agency. The move has some risk as Holland didn’t play at all in 2016 due to Tommy John surgery.
The Rockies most recently dominant reliever, Adam Ottavino, is also coming back from Tommy John although he was able to catch the tail end of 2016. Also, the Rockies tried to go with Jake McGee to start 2016, but inconsistency and lower extremity injuries led to a disappointing season.
To start 2017, we like Holland to get the first crack at save opportunities. Ottavino would be plan 1B, with McGee being the next man up. Hopefully it never gets that far. Our advice is to get Holland late in drafts as he can address your reliever needs.