J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ

SP - NYY
Age: 36College: NorthwesternBats: LThrows: L

Next Game

COL @ NYY
Sun, 7/21 1:05pm
Matchup (?) N/A
Rank P #75
Projection (?) 0 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
66%
 
ESPN
72%

Eligibility

Yahoo SP
ESPN SP
CBS SP

Heading into 2019, Happ owned a 3.49 ERA and 8.45 K/9 over the past four seasons. Many drafters nevertheless scoffed at him going around the pick-150 range, which seemed like a reasonable price for someone who accompanied his career-high 193 strikeouts with a career-high 10.3% swinging-strike rate and career-low 78.3% contact rate in 2018. Yet it appears the skeptics were right. The 36-year-old has coughed up a 5.23 ERA and 5.49 FIP, which is especially concerning since he has faced the Orioles in four of 16 starts. A velocity decline has led to a markedly depreciated strikeout rate (18.6%) and more hard hits. Happ could still turn the corner to post a low-fours ERA and stockpile wins for the Yankees, but he's no more than an unreliable streamer in 12-team mixed leagues.