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Welcome back to our 2020 team-by-team previews. Today we will be checking out one of the teams who should take a leap in fantasy production this year, the Philadelphia Phillies.
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- Better in OBP formats: Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Rhys Hoskins
- Worse in OBP formats: Didi Gregorius, Jean Segura
- Better than his ADP: Didi Gregorius (200), Andrew McCutchen (230)
- Worse than his ADP: Scott Kingery (181)
- Bench bat(s) worth rostering: None
- Player(s) most likely to lose a starting spot: Adam Haseley
Quick notes: Would it surprise anyone if Bryce Harper had an MVP-type season in his second year in Philadelphia? Rhys Hoskins is a great bounce-back target. He won’t give you a good average, but it can’t get much worse than last year. Andrew McCutchen seems to be forgotten, but he makes for a great, albeit boring, OF3.
- Better than his ADP: None
- Worse than his ADP: Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler
- Starter least likely to stick in the rotation: Vince Velasquez
- Non-starter most likely to enter the rotation: Nick Pivetta, Spencer Howard
Quick notes: While is ADP isn’t as high as it was last year, Aaron Nola is still being overdrafted. Were the Mets really wrong that they helped Zack Wheeler turn a mediocre career into a big payday with the Phillies? Nick Pivetta and Zach Eflin are intriguing late-round targets with upside.
- Projected closer: Hector Neris (Job Security: MEDIUM)
- Top backup: Seranthony Dominguez
- Premier holds option: Adam Morgan
- Sneaky holds option: Tommy Hunter
Quick notes: The Phillies’ bullpen just couldn’t stay healthy last year, as they lost David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, and Seranthony Dominguez. Dominguez has the most skill of the bunch, so he could leap Neris for the primary closer’s role.
- Relevant in 2020: Alec Bohm, Spencer Howard, Damon Jones
- Worth a look for 2021 and beyond: Luis Garcia
- Don’t believe the hype: Mickey Moniak (Moniak was never going to be a fantasy star, but it hurts to see him drafted ahead of Gavin Lux, A.J. Puk, Alex Kirilloff, Forrest Whitley, Nick Senzel, Ian Anderson, and Matt Manning in the real 2016 draft)
Other Helpful Fantasy Info
- Park Factor: 105.4 for runs, 125.1 for homers, 97.4 for singles, 93 for doubles, 97 for triples
- Green Light Rating: Unknown (new manager)
- Likeliest 2020 roster moves: Acquiring arms to bolster its rotation and bullpen
- Bold Fantasy Prediction: Bryce Harper posts similar numbers to his 2015 MVP season.
- Bland Fantasy Prediction: Scott Kingery loses his starting job to Alec Bohm by mid-May.
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