National League Fantasy Baseball Surprises
Arizona: Paul Goldschmidt — Here we are on Memorial Day and Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .201 with six HRs and 16 RBIs. Who would ever have thought this could happen to a first round pick? Even worse, is that the D’Backs have now moved him to number two in the batting order and nothing seems to be getting Goldy out of his funk. I normally would suggest trading for him because he’s too good a player to play like this, but at this point, is he really going to hit 30 HRs this season? I doubt it.
Chicago: Yu Darvish — When I drafted Darvish at Tout Wars I thought I was getting a potential ace who would win me 15-18 games and get 200+ Ks. Right now, Darvish is a complete mess who is dealing with a right triceps injury. Will he ever be the same pitcher in 2018? I don’t think so. In fact, I think we might see a long DL stint from him before the year is over.
New York Mets: Michael Conforto — In the preseason, I had no problem drafting Conforto thinking he would come back from his injury to continue his sweet-swinging ways for the Mets. But as of right now, Conforto has yet to get on a hot streak, and he has looked a bit overmatched at the plate. Perhaps he is not as good as he looked last season? I am not sure, but hopefully, he will turn it around soon.
San Francisco: Brandon Belt — It seems like we’ve been waiting for the Brandon Belt breakout for years now. Well, it’s finally here in 2018 as Belt is hitting over .300 with 11 HRs and 31 RBIs. He’s on target to go about 30/90 this season, so long as he can stay off the DL.
Washington: Juan Soto — I listed Soto here more for the fact that I never imagined that a 19-year-old would be this good and called up to the major leagues. This goes to show that it’s never a bad idea to take a chance late in drafts on talented rookies and hope for the best. Most of them don’t pan out, but those who do can really propel your team to a Fantasy championship.