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Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: NICK CASTELLANOS 3B/OF DETROIT TIGERS

Each and every season as annual fantasy baseball drafts get underway, yours truly likes to put forth a list of sleepers in my annual draft guide centered on those hitters and pitchers I think will supply the best bang for the buck.  Some of these sleepers I downright obsess over in an effort to try and make sure such players are on my rosters once the draft is complete.  This past spring one of those players was Detroit Tigers third baseman/outfielder Nick Castellanos who I felt was on the verge of a big rise to top-level status in both real life and fantasy baseball and I concluded he was capable of 30 home runs and a batting average over .280 which would be tremendous numbers considering his spring price tag was not overly pricey as he reached the age of 26.  Fast forward to present day and Castellanos has been terrific as expected and one draft pick that has almost completely worked out.  Going into Saturday's action, Castellanos' numbers spoke for themselves:

.302
14 HR
54 RBI
48 R
1 SB
21.4 K/9
6.1 BB/9
.359 BABIP

Outside of a very lucky BABIP, Castellanos has been fantasy baseball money well spent so far as he has graded out nicely almost everywhere.  The power started out a bit slowly but Castellanos has really ramped that up of late as he heads toward the All-Star Break just slightly behind the 30 home run pace.  The 54 RBI is a very good number for that point of the season and the 48 runs scored qualifies as such as well.  Yes, the lack of steals is a bit of a bummer but Castellanos was never going to help there anyway.  All in all, Castellanos has fully graduated into being a top-ten fantasy baseball third baseman this season and he should be at such a tier for the next few seasons at the very least since he is only just now entering into his prime.  

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