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Friday, August 3, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: CHRIS ARCHER TAKES MASSIVE K RATE TO THE NL WITH THE PIRATES

While I have spoken openly about how I suggested avoiding old friend Chris Archer for 2018 fantasy baseball due to his continued lack of a third pitch, increasing home run troubles, and for the elbow scare late in 2017; his move to the National League after being dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a massive trade late Tuesday has me excited about his prospects again.  Having already cemented his status as one of the truly great strikeouts artists in the game in posting three straight seasons of 230 K's or more, Archer was still a letdown both in 2016 (4.02 ERA), 2017 (4.07), and so far this season (4.31).  The home runs remain an issue and Archer also saw his K/9 go from a crazy good 11.15 in 2017 all the way down to just 9.56 this season.  Be that as it may, Archer will now get to ring up a ton of K's versus the much weaker NL lineups and his ERA and WHIP are guaranteed to dip as well in getting out of the AL East.  There are still some concerns about health but Archer has managed to avoid major trouble there to this point despite some high workloads.  So for the remainder of 2018 and especially for 2019, Archer's fantasy baseball stock is pointing solidly northward given today's trade and I gather I will be fully back on this train next spring by the looks of it.

What is also key in this deal is the fact top Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows will now get the chance to be an everyday player and he certainly deserves that look since he has hit .292 with 5 home runs and 4 stolen bases in just 165 at-bats this.  A former 2013 first-round pick, Meadows has always had the high pedigree and power/speed game to be an interesting longer-term play and his fantasy baseball stock gets a nice boost as well now that he can be an everyday guy with the Rays.  Pick him up where available.


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