a year ago
christianmordi
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Masahiro Tanaka: Nab Or Pass For Your Fantasy Team?
Masahiro Tanaka hit the ground running when he started with the Yankees.
Last year was up and down for Tanaka though. For starters, the Yankees as a whole wasn't the team that people have grown accustomed to. They made the playoffs, but they were clearly a weaker team than the year before.
Also, Tanaka suffered through multiple injuries last year. As a result, his product suffered on the field as well.
Tanaka spent the off-season resting. The Yankees made key additions to their roster. Does that mean we should invest in Tanaka?
In 2014, (when Tanaka was healthy) he posted a stat-line of 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA.
That's pretty good. The Yankees also had a pretty solid bullpen, which meant he didn't have to go as deep into games. Also, having a better offense behind him helped ease the pressure in numerous contests.
This year, the Yanks added bullpen help in Aroldis Chapman. This gives the Yanks a solid closer and two REALLY good set up guys for the 7th and 8th innings if needed.
If Tanaka stays healthy, I think a bounce back isn't far fetched. While he may not be your #1 pitcher on your fantasy team, he could be a REALLY GOOD #2 arm if things fall into place. Worse case, he should be your 3rd guy, but I there's nice value if you grab him at the right time.

What do you think? Is Masahiro Tanaka in for a big year in fantasy baseball?

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Ehhh kind of against taking players right after they come back from injury. He's bound to get Tommy John sooner or later.
a year ago·Reply
Yeah pass for me too unless all the pitchers I wanted for the second pitching spot was gone.
a year ago·Reply
I might...depending on how people in my league do
a year ago·Reply