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Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: DAVID PRICE SP BOSTON RED SOX

Back in the beginning of March, I did a piece on Boston Red Sox lefty David Price in discussing how he was shaping up to be a more than decent buy-low fantasy baseball ace-level starter and it all had to do with his drastically reduced sticker price and seemingly positive health.  The same couldn't be said of Price a year ago as he came down with elbow trouble early in spring training and then endured inconsistent pitching results.  More elbow trouble soon flared and Price also got involved in some run-ins with the team's front office and former player royalty.  It all resulted in Price finishing the year in the bullpen where he excelled but his overall 3.99 ERA left a lot to be desired.  Adding to the concern has been Price's fastball trending in the wrong direction, with his average velocity going from 96.5 in 2012 all the way down to 94.1 a year ago. 

Fast forward to present day and Price was one of the top stories in fantasy baseball on Friday as he tossed 7 innings of shutout ball which included just four hits and no walks with 5 K's versus the Tampa Bay Rays.  By all appearances, Price was throwing free and easy and looked like his old ace self.  There have been no mention of any sort of elbow trouble from Price going back to the start of camp and so at a still young age of 32, he could be primed for a move back toward at least SP 2 status if all goes according to plan.  This is why I said to invest in Price this season as his ADP slid tremendously an I fall back on the mantra that any player is of value depending on cost.  The upside looks very potent here and those who did buy low might be looking at one of the very best value plays for 2018 fantasy baseball. 


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