Written by: Ray Butler
Contributions by: Zach Gerhart
A new feature that will (hopefully) be reading material on a weekly basis this season is a short list of individual players who did the most and least for their respective fantasy owner each week. To determine these individuals, Zach simply figured out (and will continue to figure out) which players accounted for the largest (and smallest) percent of their owner’s offense and pitching. The players with the largest and smallest percents are the guys you’ll see on this list each week.
Here’s our maiden voyage.
Week 1 Offensive Hero: Dominican DDs’ 1B Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt had 8 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 K, 18 TB, a .452 OBP, and 2 NSB in week 1. He accounted for a whopping 42.6% of Ben’s total offense. Simply put, this is what Goldschmidt brings to the table from a fantasy perspective. A bonafide five-tool player, the Diamondbacks’ first baseman got off to a fantastic start to the 2017 regular season.
Week 1 Offensive Zero: Logan’s Heroes’ OF Nelson Cruz
Add together Nelson Cruz’s runs scored, home runs, RBIs, total bases, and NSB from week 1. Now double the amount you came up with. Nelson Cruz had more K’s than the final answer you got. 0 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 TB, 0 NSB. 11 K’s. He accounted for -20.5% of Bobby’s offense. Yes, a negative percent. The veteran Mariners’ OF will be fine, but he was next to worthless in week 1.
Week 1 Pitching Hero: SeagerShine’s SP Julio Teheran
The Braves are not going to be good this season. Julio Teheran will be. Teheran hurled 13 IP, surrendered 10 H, 4 BB, 10 K, totaled a 0.00 ERA and had 2 QS in week 1. That was good for 35.4% of Frank’s pitching success. Never forget that Frank acquired Teheran from Van for super-prospect Kevin Maitan. That trade will have ramifications for (approximately) the next 10-15 years.
Week 1 Pitching Zero: Dominican DDs’ SP Masahiro Tanaka
Fantasy baseball giveth. Fantasy baseball taketh away. Ben currently leads the way with 2 total mentions on this list for the 2017 season. Tanaka was 2.78 WHIP-bad in the first week of the regular season. He had two different starts, but only threw 7.2 IP. He allowed 14 H, 6 BB, had 8 K’s, an 11.74 ERA, and 0 QS. Those numbers were the equivalent of -6.3% of Ben’s pitching success. It might seem like an exaggeration, but Tanaka’s right arm could literally fall off at any time. But until it does, Ben will need the Yankees’ ace to perform just a little bit better than he did in the first week of the regular season.