J.D. Davis, like McNeil, brings value in a variety of ways. After posting a 2019 season with 22 homers and a .307 average, the former Astros prospect has earned his place in the daily lineup. While there are some concerns that the returning Yoenis Cespedes could steal some of his time in leftfield, Davis has proven to be proficient at a number of different positions.
The poor man’s version of McNeil can be placed in the outfield or third base positions in your fantasy lineup. He should also be a lock for 20+ home runs.
Expect him to outperform his ranking as the 221st best overall player and 59th best outfielder. He has great value as the last outfielder on your roster.
Where He’s Being Drafted: 219.2 ESPN ADP
Where You Should Take Him: Don’t wait for Davis. You’ll need good depth at their outfield or your 1B/3B slot. Snag Davis anytime after pick #180.
Dellin Betances and Seth Lugo
Traditionally, a bullpen players’ major draw in fantasy is their opportunity to record saves. With Edwin Diaz seemingly first in line for ninth inning chances, both Dellin Betances and Seth Lugo have limited upside.
Lugo’s 100+ strikeouts in each of the past two seasons make him worthy of a roster spot in your league. His 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 2019 also add to his allure (particularly in roto leagues). His 21 holds (21st overall in MLB) give him a much higher evaluation in leagues that award that statistic.
Betances, on the other hand, is in the fringe of irrelevance at this point in the year. His lack of defined roles will likely leave him as an available free agent after your draft has concluded.
However, both players have a clear path for stardom in 2020. If the inconsistency and control issues that plagued Diaz’s first season in Flushing reappear, there is little doubt that the team will make a change at closer.
Lugo’s skills as a pitcher would make him a candidate for 30+ saves if given the proper opportunities.
If Betances is able to shake off the injury rust and recapture some of his prime value, he too could have a path to 20 saves.
Keep an eye on both players and monitor the bullpen stability in New York as the season progresses.
Where Lugo is Being Drafted: 246.8 ESPN ADP
Where You Should Take Him: Lugo would be an excellent reserve pitcher on a 10 team league. His ability to record strikeouts every day makes him a valuable plug-and-play weapon.
Where Betances is Being Drafted: 249.9 ESPN ADP
Where You Should Take Him: Most leagues don’t have a pick 249. However, monitor the bullpen in NYC closely. If Betances starts the season well and Diaz shows any signs of struggling, stash him on your bench.
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