Sleeper Pick: Tom Murphy
Like Dahl, Murphy’s 2017 is starting with a month long stint on the DL. Not withstanding, Murphy still won’t be the every day catcher for Colorado once he returns; but, there is no reason to fret. When he’s back, Murphy and Tony Wolters will presumably share catching duties. At the end of the day, Murphy is the much more superior hitter than the defensively capable Wolters.
For this reason, Murphy will play himself into more and more at-bats as the season progresses. Plus, Murphy will likely be the club’s first one off the bench late in games when trailing. As of today, you can get Murphy off of waivers following the draft, and stash him for later if your insecure about your starting catcher. Our advice is to start him over your everyday catcher on days when he plays at Coors Field.
Prospect To Watch: Raimel Tapia
Although recently reassigned to Triple-A, Raimel Tapia is the next man up fantasy wise. The Rockies 23-year-old is a professional hitter similar to DJ LeMahieu. Tapia doesn’t provide much projected value power wise, but he has speed and will hit for average. This combination suggests that Tapia will hit in the top of the order when he is established, meaning a lot of runs. Currently Tapia sits fifth on the Rockies outfield depth chart, but if the club makes a trade or the injury bug hits the outfield, look for Tapia mid-season on the waiver wire.
There you have it, all the fantasy analysis you’ll need to incorporate your favorite Rockies into you ‘make-believe’ title run. For the no fluff folks out there, here are the top Rockies in Yahoo’s fantasy rankings: Nolan Arenado (6), Charlie Blackmon (12), Carlos Gonzalez (36), Trevor Story (40), DJ LeMahieu (83). Any one of these guys deserves to be in your lineup.
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