Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler

SP - NYM
Age: 29Bats: LThrows: R

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Yahoo
88%
 
ESPN
89%

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Wheeler was nearly as good as Jacob deGrom after last year's All-Star break, boasting a 1.68 ERA and 20.4 K-BB% in 11 starts. All that promise made his up-and-down start all the more disappointing. He has an underwhelming 4.41 ERA through August while notching 160 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Although continually did in by home runs and one bad inning, he has emerged into a rare workhorse averaging over six innings per start. Armed with a 3.70 FIP, he's not far off from the breakout candidate many drafted as a top-25 starter.

Wheeler was so terrific in the second half last year that it seemed inevitable that he would at least have a solid season, but that hasn't happened yet. He still has the stuff to finish strong but at this point, fantasy owners can't say he is a SP3.

Wheeler's issues with the long ball have resurfaced this season, but he's also been unlucky in terms of BABIP and strand rate. He should be a lot better in the second half than he's been in the first, so buy-low if you can.