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Friday, April 1, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: DON'T SLEEP ON J.T. REALMUTO AS A PRIME CATCHING SLEEPER

Ever since The Fantasy Sports Boss Inc. was born almost a decade ago, we have shared with you our tried-and-true drafting methods that have led to a bunch of success for our staff and those who follow us.  One of our biggest commandments centered on the catching position and now waiting for value in the middle-to-late rounds was always the smart way to go.  With injuries, rampant days off, and with the trend of offensive numbers sinking in September when leagues are decided, going value at catcher made complete sense.  2016 is no different and we have shared with you some of our value plays behind the dish for the upcoming fantasy baseball season.  One such player resides in Miami with the Marlins in the form of J.T. Realmuto who made his debut in 2015 and all in all proved to be a guy worth paying attention to moving forward.  At the age of 24, Realmuto batted .259 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI for the team and he also chipped in a position-leading 8 stolen bases which is like 18 at any other spot on the diamond.  Never considered a TOP prospect but a solid one nonetheless, Realmuto clearly has some ability that translates well to fantasy baseball purposes.  With the Marlins screen providing cover and with the light home run output not drawing a bunch of attention, Realmuto has gone completely under the radar this drafting season which makes him a potential diamond in the rough.  Getting any type of stolen bases from your catcher is a major bonus since there is zero speed at the position and Realmuto has a decent swing that can generate 10-14 home runs as well with 50-plus in the runs and RBI columns.  Again not great but Realmuto has some decent upside and plays especially well in two-catcher formats.  He does strike out a bit too much and there is a firm cap on how much power he can hit for but Realmuto should be picked up where available as he stands a good chance to providing near-top ten catcher value this season. 

 

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