FANTASY BASEBALL OAKLAND ATHLETICS PREVIEW

FANTASY BASEBALL OAKLAND ATHLETICS PREVIEW 2016 MLB SEASON

FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy Baseball Oakland Athletics preview. Come enjoy daily fantasy baseball news and predictions at Fanpicks.com ahead of the MLB 2016 season.

Things didn’t work for the Oakland Athletics in 2015. GM Billy Beane must scratch his head and wonder how he didn’t saw this coming, last summer. The idea of trading away Josh Donaldson during that time sounds unimaginable today. Donaldson went on to win the MVP award in his first year with the Toronto Blue Jays. The main return and player to replace him at third base, Brett Lawrie, was a big disappointment, so much so that they let him sign elsewhere this past summer. The only remaining prospects part of that deal, still within the A’s organization, are Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto. Graveman will enter his sophomore season after posting a 6-9 record with 4.05 ERA, while Barreto has just been named the eight best minor league shortstop by the MLB.

Fantasy Baseball Oakland Athletics Preview

Oakland has made the MLB playoffs for three straight years, before finishing last in the American League this past season. In his 18 years as the Athletics general manager, the 2015 season was the worst for Billy Beane.

Three players to watch for:

  • Marcus Semien
  • Jesse Hahn
  • Matt Olson

The A’s remain faithful to shortstop Marcus Semien despite his league-leading 35 errors in 2015, breaking Bert Campaneris’ franchise record. To his credit, his defense improved in the second half. He made three errors in his final 30 games, and the A’s see a defensive progression with Ron Washington on board as the infield coach. Semien showed pop (15 homers, 45 RBIs) but needs to improve his average (.257) and OBP (.310).

26-year-old, Jesse Hahn should be in much better health, this season. He missed half of last year due to different arm problems. The 6-foot-5 righty has an ERA of 3.23 with 13 wins and 10 losses in two MLB seasons.

Given the lack of talent at first and in the corner outfield spots, it wouldn’t be a surprise if 21-year-old Matt Olson finds his way to the majors. He’s one to monitor closely, as he hit 37 home runs in the minors in 2014 while also leading the minors in walks in 2015.

With reports of bad chemistry inside the A’s clubhouse in 2015, the main goal for the team in 2016 will be to find the good vibes and the winning spirit.

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Atlanta Braves Preview Fantasy Baseball

Atlanta Braves Preview 2016 MLB Season

FanPicks is proud to bring you this Atlanta Braves preview. Come enjoy daily Fantasy Baseball news at Fanpicks.com ahead of the MLB 2016 season.

The Atlanta Braves are still completely in rebuilding mode with a lot of potential fantasy baseball players including Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis.

 

Atlanta Braves preview lineup

The Braves want to be serious contenders for the upcoming seasons and have taken the opportunity to amass as much young talent as possible, which would be also aligned with the opening of their new SunTrust Park stadium next year.

The Shelby Miller trade this offseason can possibly be seen as a franchise defining trade and thanks to the Diamondbacks for that matter. This big deal may not have a direct impact this upcoming season for fantasy baseball owners but it’s important to monitor the prospects in case of a call up to the majors.

Julio Teheran and Bud Norris are the only two sure starters with Miller out of the rotation this season. Norris’ performance the past two years will have fantasy owners’ radar away from him however Teheran will be an enigma coming into 2016. Teheran is solid, durable and has been able to outpitch opponents usually but last season, things seem to have caught up a little bit. Fantasy wise, warning signs such as strikeouts dropping and homeruns skyrocketing warrant owners to take a step back to see if he can recover.

The rotation slots and situation in the bullpen is too clouded right now for fantasy consideration of others starters such as Mike Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair or Matt Wisler.

In the outfield, the best fantasy pick is Ender Inciarte with his 21 bases stolen last season. Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman are good picks fantasy wise with their constant production and skill sets, shouldn’t have any issue reaching 80+ RBI this upcoming campaign.

The real strength of the Braves lies in their minor league system, one of the most stacked in baseball and is to be thoroughly monitored by fantasy baseball owners.

 

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Cincinnati Reds Preview Fantasy Baseball

Cincinnati Reds Preview 2016 MLB Season

FanPicks is proud to bring you this Cincinnati Reds Preview  of the 2016 Season. Come enjoy daily Fantasy Baseball news at Fanpicks.com ahead of the MLB 2016 season.

The Reds struggled mightily in 2015, they’ve ended the season in last place of the Central Division. Injuries and under-performances combined was the reason for their unsuccessful campaign, and it doesn’t seem like this year will be any better.

Cincinnati Reds Preview

 

They’ve started cleaning up their clubhouse since last year’s MLB trade deadline, with ace Johnny Cueto being traded to the eventual World Series Champs, Kansas City Royals. The departures followed in the offseason with Todd Frazier & Aroldis Chapman trades to the Chicago White Sox & the New York Yankees respectively. In return, the Reds received a bunch of minor leaguer’s with no immediate impact to this year’s lineup.

Cincinnati will be looking for talents inside their farm system, as what could be considered a rebuilding year for the franchise.

The 3 main players to watch are:

  • Raisel Iglesias (SP)
  • Devin Mesoraco (C)
  • Zack Cozart (SS)

Iglesias didn’t have the numbers, in his rookie season, to prove that he’s the ultimate prospect the Reds should build around on. But the Cuban import showed that has the pitching arsenal to be a solid fantasy baseball contributor.

Lookout people! Devin Mesoraco is back. The catcher who belted 25 homers in the 2014/15 season is returning, after suffering from hip injury that kept him for most of the season. There is concern that this injury could affect his overall numbers. But with the spotlight off of him early, he could be the difference maker early in DFS.

Yes, his numbers have been dwindling down for the past two years, and yes, he’s been hurt for most of last season. But Zack Cozart has been a solid fantasy league shortstop in the year’s prior. A return to form and batting as leadoff with Joey Votto and Jay Bruce following him (55 homers combined last year) is a recipe for success.

Even though they will more than likely struggle this season, the Reds do have a number of intriguing fantasy options heading into 2016.

 

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