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Saturday, March 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: IAN HAPP 2B/OF CHICAGO CUBS

                                                                

Three weeks ago when yours truly took part in the annual Fantasy Sports Boss Fantasy Baseball Draft, I like everyone else had a list of "must have" players I would do everything short of pure draft insanity to get my hands on.  Right near the top of that list was Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ian Happ who I fell hard for in 2017 when he came up as a top prospect and proceeded to put up the following numbers:

.253
24 HR
68 RBI
62 R
8 SB

Mind you those totals above were in just 364 at-bats which speaks to how potent a bat Happ has and it also reveals a player who can run a bit too as evidenced by the 8 steals.  Fast forward to present day and Happ has gone absolutely bonkers this spring to the tune of hitting .341 with SIX home runs this spring while working primarily out of the leadoff spot.  While we all knew Happ had immense power, it is even more exciting when you take into account the fact that Joe Maddon has used him almost entirely out of the leadoff spot.  That means more at-bats and more counting stats for Happ who certainly looks poised to hit 30 home runs, steal around 10 bags, and go north of 80 in runs and RBI.  About the only concern we have here is Happ's batting average; which will it has been fantastic this spring; is a valid worry given the fact he strikes out a bunch.  Even if Happ were to hit just .270, the rest of his numbers would make him a monster for 2018 fantasy baseball and so I feel very fortunate I was in fact able to snag him in the Experts League draft.  Literally the sky is the limit for Happ who seems poised to hit stardom this season.  


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