In the final stages of his career, Evan Longoria’s move to the Arizona Diamondbacks could put him on track to become one of the top Fantasy baseball sleepers of 2023 this season. Although he hasn’t been an All-Star since his third year in the majors, the 37-year-old third baseman is about to get another year as a starter with the Diamondbacks. The question for Fantasy baseball players is if he has enough left in his tank to attack him in your 2023 Fantasy baseball draft prep.
Longoria’s career numbers with Arizona are second only to what he finished with in Tampa Bay. In 27 Arizona career games, Longoria has offensive splits of .359/.417/.631 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. Before clocking in 2023 Fantasy Baseball Drafts, be sure to check out the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings and cheat sheets from the time-tested computer model at SportsLine.
Last season, SportsLine’s projection model identified several top fantasy baseball players, breakaways and busts, including Reds first baseman Joey Votto. SportsLine’s team was all over Votto from the start as a Fantasy failure after a resurgent 2021 season that saw him go off the board as one of the top 12 first basemen in 2022 Fantasy baseball drafts. After batting .266/.375/.563 with 36 home runs and 99 RBI the year before, Votto hit .205/.319/.370 in 2022 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs. He finished outside the top 45 players at his position and anyone who followed SportsLine’s advice avoided major headaches.
Their model is powered by the same people who powered the projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing their 2023 Fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets at SportsLine, so you can find Fantasy baseball scorers, breakouts, and busts long before your game. Their cheat sheets, available for competitions on many major sites, are updated several times a day.
Whenever more MLB news comes out about the updated 2023 MLB schedule or Fantasy baseball injuries, SportsLine’s team updates its projections. Head over to SportsLine now to see these proven Fantasy baseball cheat sheets.
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One of the 2023 Fantasy baseball stars that has the model all over it: Giants right fielder Mitch Haniger. The 2018 All-Star was mostly dropped after that season, coming off a year where he played just 57 games last season. However, Haniger hit 39 home runs with 100 RBI in 2021 and will be counted on to recapture that success at the plate for the Giants.
Last season, the Giants finished eighth in the majors in above-average wins in right field (-1.1), but they hope a healthy Haniger can bring stability to the position and change that. Haniger hit balls to the opposite field 18% of the time last season, which was his highest score since 2017, and should serve him well at Oracle Park. San Francisco’s right field wall is only 309 feet, compared to 326 at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, which should help him rediscover his power numbers from a few years ago.
Top 2023 Fantasy Baseball Breakouts
One of the 2023 Fantasy baseball escapes the model jumps on: Tigers outfielder Riley Greene. His rookie season got off to a rocky start, as he missed time early in the season due to a broken foot. He was still able to log 93 games last year and got into an offensive groove towards the end of the season. Although he didn’t show much power, he had 12 doubles, 28 RBI and a .369 batting average on balls put into play.
He already showed great promise in spring training and after his first 12 preseason games he had an OPS of .834. Greene had a .298 batting average over 547 at bats at the Double-A and Triple-A level, so hitting is his calling card. Greene’s perks and opportunities give him one of the biggest opportunities to make a huge return on investment this year in the later rounds of Fantasy drafts.
Top 2023 Fantasy Baseball Busts
As for players to avoid, the model has designated Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes as one of the biggest 2023 Fantasy baseball busts. The 2021 NL Cy Young winner didn’t drop much in 2022, posting a sub 3.00 ERA and leading the Senior Circuit with 243 strikeouts. But a few underlying statistics from Burnes indicate he may not be able to sustain that success in 2023.
His FIP nearly doubled from 1.63 in 2021 to 3.14 in 2022. And while the latter is still solid, Milwaukee lost several good defensemen this offseason, including Kolten Wong and Jace Peterson, which could lead to more points on the field. scoreboard. Burnes also declined after the All-Star break, going from a 2.14 ERA in the first half of the season to a 3.97 in the second half. Burnes is being drafted as the SP6 in 2023 Fantasy Baseball Drafts, but the model is far less bullish and has him outside the top 15 at the position.
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SportsLine’s model also ranks high on a surprising starting pitcher landing in the top 10 of his positional rankings. This player barely makes it off the board in the top 125 picks, but is expected to outperform starters like Aaron Nola, Shane McClanahan and Brandon Woodruff. This choice can make the difference between winning your league or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So which 2023 Fantasy baseball busts, breakouts and sleepers should you target or fade in your drafts? Head over to SportsLine now to check out the 2023 Fantasy Baseball rankings for every position, all from the model Joey Votto’s underwhelming season called, and find out.