Fantasy Baseball – Triple Play Consistency – Week 15
Ron Rigney is here every week sharing his favorite bats and arms who are performing on a consistent basis yet flying under the radar in your weekly H2H points leagues!
The Triple Play here at Big Guy Fantasy Sports is geared toward the head-to-head players using the Consistency model. However, don’t go anywhere just yet you roto players! Each week I’ll highlight three bats and three arms that are consistently scoring points but may not be at the top of the total points category. No matter your league format, you need Consistency! Check out the Baseball Consistent Report by clicking here. Here we go!
Jose Trevino, C – NYY
One of my favorite parts of the recent MLB All-Star Game was hearing the pitchers and catchers mic’d up. My favorite player to listen to mic’d up was Trevino. He really made you believe he was happy to be there and understood what it meant. Great stuff. When it comes to catcher consistency, however, it’s not such great stuff. However, Trevino has been a nice surprise. In my two-catcher 15-team dynasty, he has been one of my favorite and most consistent waiver pickups of the season. At first glance, his numbers seem mediocre at best, but let’s remember, we are talking about the catcher spot here. Sometimes, especially in two catcher leagues, the name of the game is having a guy there that won’t hurt you. Trevino is 64% consistent on the season and ranks 17th in total points. With seven home runs, 29 RBI, and a slash of .263/.307/.425 he’s having a career year. We know he will get plenty of chances to put up numbers in that potent Yankee lineup. He’s available in over 80% of Yahoo leagues and should get the majority of the starts for the Bombers. He’s not a must in shallow leagues but is a nice bench option if your main guy gets hurt or has an off day. In two catcher leagues, he’s a must-own.
Tyler O’Neill, OF – STL
If you’re an O’Neill owner, and you’ve been able to withstand his multiple trips to the IL you know the counting stats are there. But that slash line? WOOF! Hopefully, you didn’t believe in that slash line from last season (.286/.352/.560) that was propped up by a .366 BABIP. While the talent is there, we just know based on his profile the slash won’t be. But, if you construct your team to be able to pick up the slack, those homers and steals sure do come in handy. With all the injuries it’s hard to see the consistency as well. He’s 67% consistent in our system and has five homers and seven steals up to this point. I don’t think he’s as bad as his slash indicates (.233/.295/.352) but it’s going to be tough since he strikes out 31% of the time for his career. All that said, he could be a nice buy-low candidate, especially in dynasty formats if his current owner is tired of him. If he’s healthy, a .255/.325/.500 season with 25 homers and 15 steals should be the norm.
Johnny Cueto, SP – CHW
From 2011 to 2018 Cueto was one of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball. Since then he’s dealt with some serious injuries and tried to find his way back. I don’t think too many of us thought he would be a key part of the White Sox rotation, but here we are. He’s 67% consistent on the season and is sporting a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts. While it looks good on the outside, and I do think he’s a nice add if you need a spot starter or an injury replacement, his numbers are a bit deceiving. He won’t give you many strikeouts (6.44/9) and FIP(3.98) and xFIP(4.28) indicate he hasn’t been as good as the ERA says, and he won’t continue to be as the season goes on. His .278 BABIP and 82% strand rate are propping him up. However, if he can continue to pitch out of jams and get help from his defense, there’s no reason to think he can’t keep his ERA under 3 for the year. Add him if you need him in deeper leagues, but I would only start him if the matchup is right.