Colorado Rockies: 2017 Fantasy Projections
Fantasy MVP: Nolan Arenado
No-brainer. Nolan Arenado is the Rockies best offensive player. This translates to being the most valuable fantasy player on Colorado’s roster. In 2016, Nolan ranked as the fifth overall fantasy player in Yahoo leagues. With 116 runs, 41 homers, 133 RBI, and .932 OPS, Arenado was a fantasy beast by all accounts. You better have a 1-4 overall draft pick to get his services for 2017.
If you’re too late, Charlie Blackmon established himself as an elite fantasy guy last season. Surprisingly Blackmon provided all around the board for offensive categories. In that same vain, Carlos Gonzalez was once an elite fantasy player and projects to improve upon his stats from last season. In sum, grab Nolan if you have a top pick, grab Charlie late in round one, or early in round two. If you miss the boat on both those guys, you can get CarGo in round three or four.
Breakout Player: David Dahl
After Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story burst onto the fantasy scene in 2016, who is someone that you can grab late and reap the benefits all season long? Well, for 2017 that guy is going to be David Dahl. Currently Dahl is on the disabled list, and will likely miss the first month of the season.
While the injury is a set back, that just means you can potentially grab David even later in the draft. Dahl is a five-tool guy that provide your team with value all over the board. Grab him in the middle to late rounds and stash for later. Remember, its a marathon and not a sprint.
Comeback Player: DJ LeMahieu
Wait, what? Yes, we are picking a guy who won the NL Batting Title as our fantasy comeback player for 2017. Here is why; DJ finished the 2016 campaign as the 32nd best fantasy player according to Yahoo, but this preseason they dropped DJ’s rank more than 50 spots to 83rd.
That’s crazy, LeMahieu is a professional hitter that is going to get you runs, average, and OPS. Not to mention, LeMahieu had double digits in home runs and stolen bases last year. For whatever reason fantasy experts think he can’t reproduce those numbers, but don’t buy into it. Consider LeMahieu a steal in the early-middle rounds.