- Matt Joyce
- Marcus Semien
- Khris Davis
- Matt Olson
- Matt Chapman
- Jed Lowrie
- Franklin Barreto
- Bruce Maxwell/Josh Phegley
The A’s have been locked in mediocrity for some time, they seem to trade any player with value, (I.E. Josh Donaldson, Ryon Healy), even when they are not close to free agency. That being said is there anything that can be salvaged fantasy wise in a desolate lineup in a terrible ballpark?
Matt Joyce certainly isn’t helping the A’s case. While Joyce did hit 25 home runs last year, in a league where home runs aren’t as valuable as they once were, Joyce was little more than waiver wire fodder in most leagues. Safe to say he can be ignored again in 2018.
Marcus Semien is an interesting speed/power combo at shortstop and does have some fantasy relevance heading into 2018. He had an injury-plagued year in 2017, but managed to hit 10 home runs and steal 12 bases in 85 games for the A’s. While the average will never be great, Semien has the tools to be a 20/15 guy at shortstop and even with the depth that shortstop has, is still valuable enough to be relevant.
Khris Davis was the best fantasy contributor that came from the A’s in 2017, when he hit 43 home runs and drove in 110. He has now hit 40+ home runs for two years in a row now and even in a game with all this pop, Khris Davis is still near the top of that pile.
Matt Olson burst onto the scene in 2017 when he hit 24 home runs in only 57 games. That put him on pace for 68 home runs in 162 games. While he won’t keep up that kind of pace in 2018, he should still hit for a ton of power and be sort of Khris Davis like. The average won’t be anything to write home about, neither will most other stats, but if he can eclipse 30 HR, he will be fantasy relevant, especially in dynasty leagues.
Matt Chapman is doubtful to be much of a fantasy relevant player outside deep dynasties. He hit 14 home runs in 84 games while batting a putrid .234 for the Athletics in 2017. What little power you get from him is not worth the stats you sacrifice to get it.
Jed Lowrie has been in the show since 2008? Can you believe that? His only real fantasy relevant season came back in 2013 with the Oakland A’s, but injuries have taken its toll on Lowrie and I don’t see him being fantasy relevant going forward.
Franklin Barreto had a miserable cup of coffee with the Oakland A’s in 2017, hitting .197 with 33 strikeouts in 25 games. He did have a 15/15 season in the Minor Leagues, but I don’t see him showing any relevancy in an already crowded position at shortstop.
Bruce Maxwell/Josh Phegley er skip?
Who knows who will DH for the Athletics going into 2018, their roles should become clearer as Spring Training comes. What I do know is there is very little value to be found here. With not even sleeper worthy candidates, the A’s will stay in mediocrity come 2018.
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