Fantasy Baseball: Overlooked Sophomores

SP - Brian Matusz
Text: Eric Mack, SI.com
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SP - Brian Matusz

Baltimore Orioles

Matusz is our pick to lead a large class of overlooked sophomore starting pitchers. Pitchers, in general, tend to get overlooked because there are so many of them to pick from and fantasy owners tend to rotate them through like disposable heroes. The Giants' Madison Bumgarner, the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia and Reds' Mike Leake were big-time contributors for fantasy owners last year in stretches -- even ace-like ones. Well, Matusz was hardly useful for most of the first half of the season, going 3-9 with a 4.77 ERA at the break. It was such a disappointing start, you likely missed his second-half surge of 7-3 with a 3.63 ERA and an ace-like .228 batting-average against (6-1, 2.25 after Aug. 1). That is the makings of a 15-game winner in Year 2, all for the value of a late-round pick in a standard league.

Starting pitchers -- Jake Arrieta (BAL); Madison Bumgarner (SF); Jhoulys Chacin (COL); Wade Davis (TB); Barry Enright (ARI); Jaime Garcia (STL); Daniel Hudson (ARI); Mike Leake (CIN); Brad Lincoln (PIT); Jon Niese (NYM); Alex Sanabia (FLA); Mitch Talbot (CLE); Travis Wood (CIN).


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