I made the case for Clayton Kershaw to be the top pick last year, and while it’s tough to argue against Mike Trout’s consistency, I’ll do the same in 2017. Especially if you want to win a big money league like NFBC, Kershaw easily has the most upside (he was nearly twice as valuable on a per-game basis last year compared to Trout, according to BaseballMonster).
Kershaw is coming off a season in which he threw just 149.0 innings, and pitchers are generally more injury prone (although this is also overstated), but we are talking about a player who’s posted a 1.87 ERA with a 0.86 WHIP over the last four years. He has a 29.8 WAR over that span, which is 6.5 higher than the second next highest SP (Max Scherzer).
Mookie Betts has the second highest ADP and looks like a star, but he has fewer than 1,500 career at bats. Kris Bryant has fewerRead More »from Case for making Clayton Kershaw Fantasy Baseball's top pick in Mostly MLB Notes