Fantasy Baseball Detroit Tigers Projection
For the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season, FanPicks take a look at every single team and what are their expectations for the upcoming year. Time to see what the American League Central Detroit Tigers have been up to this off season. This is your Fantasy Baseball Detroit Tigers Projection.
The Detroit Tigers fell hard last season. They were atop the A.L. West for four straight year and had a World Series appearance before finishing dead last in 2015. New management wasted no time to change the dynamics with the arrival of pitcher Jordan Zimmerman and outfielder Justin Upton. Meanwhile, prospects netted from the Price and Cespedes trades are likely to start making an immediate impact this season. This could bring new life to a team that was decimated with injuries.
Players to watch
The Tigers turned a potential problem area into a position of strength with the signing of Justin Upton in January to play left field. Upton has averaged 27.3 home runs over the last three years and he also adds another base runner to the lineup.
Detroit will look for more of the same from Ian Kinsler next season as he had a solid 2015. His fantasy value is not as high as it used to be thanks to the drop in his power and speed numbers, but hitting atop one of the best lineups in baseball has its perks.
Barring anything unforeseen, veteran ace Justin Verlander appears set to make his eighth Opening Day start in nine years on April 5, following a second-half resurgence in 2015 that had onlookers recalling vintage Verlander.
The Detroit Tigers do have a chance to compete for the division, but the world champion Royals will be there again and the Indians look ready to contend with their elite pitching staff as well.