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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Philadelphia Phillies 2016 MLB season

Fantasy Baseball Philadelphia Phillies Preview 02-16-2016

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

The Philadelphia Phillies had an extremely tough year last season and had to face an important offseason to enter the 2016 season. They ended with MLB’s worst record (63-99) but the positive note is that they were able to secure the #1 draft pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, a pick they haven’t had since 1998.

Philadelphia Phillies Preview

 

The biggest news of course was when GM, Ruben Amaro Jr. was ditched by the organization back in September due to the obvious disappointment of the team’s results and poor 2015 campaign.

The Phillies showed during the second half of the past season when they almost posted a .500 record, that a sounder organization-building approach could do them some wonders.

The 3 main players to watch are:

  • Aaron Nola (SP)
  • Maikel Franco (3B)
  • Odubel Herrera (OF)

Nola, 2014 7th pick overall will definitely have a more important role and will be looking for his form of 2 years ago when he entered the majors with a solid season.

Maikel Franco will cast an important role using his power which helped him put up 14 home runs and 50 RBI in just 80 games as a rookie before he broke his wrist.

Herrera will be a steady contributor with his .297 batting average and solid on the steals department hoping for about 30 this upcoming campaign.

After the blockbuster trade involving Cole Hamels, the Phillies will be hoping to bounce back to their potential although it may take a while before they establish themselves back as a powerhouse in the N.L. East, having won before this past campaign, five straight National League East titles.

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