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Friday, March 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: MORE FOREARM PAIN A BAD OMEN FOR CHRIS ARCHER

When it comes to Tampa Bay Rays ace pitcher Chris Archer, you won't find a bigger fan than this peanut stant.  I have been a major booster of Archer the last few seasons and personally owned him in my winning Experts League last season.  With 240-strikeout ability and a nuclear fastball, Archer has ace-like stuff but only needed to refine a third pitch and curb some homers to become a true lockdown stud.  Unfortunately I decided to pivot away from Archer this spring and it had more to do with the scary forearm pain that led to some Tommy John whispers during the second half of 2017.  While Archer made it through that scare all right, once those symptoms begin, they usually return.  Archer did have to leave his outing on Friday after taking a comebacker on his forearm which is obviously not related to his previous issue in the area but again I have this nagging feeling that Tommy John could be in the offing in much the same way we almost all feel with Noah Syndegaard having to eventually undergo the procedure.  That is why I avoided Archer in drafts this spring as I think there will be more trouble ahead for a guy who fits the classic TJ profile. 




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