WEAPONS IN THE OF
BEAST DOME NATION.
The most common trait you will find among sheep Fantasy Experts, is the fact they overreact with players having bad seasons. Whether it is Brandon Marshall 3 years ago with the Bears before going to the Jets, or Chris Davis every single season he is no the HR Champ.
Today I am about to reintroduce you to a pitcher who many considered right along the Top 10. Gerrit Cole.
In 2013, the Pirates finally called him up, and up until last year, they got nothing but an ACE.
2015, those numbers are pretty close to Clayton Kershaw good.
2016, we saw a mini collapse from Cole which led to three stints on the Disabled List. Elbow issues are never good, but he moved past it and was able to close out the season. Cole and his ERA was at 2.73 on August 1st, his last 6 starts were so bad, his ERA jumped to 3.88.
Now it is 2017. Forget about injuries, let us look at facts
The OF weapons
Starling Marte. Andrew McCutchen. Gregory Polanco
All three of these players can win gold gloves. All three of these players chase down every ball hit their way.
Look at Ivan Nova. His ERA with the Yankees has not been under 4.00 since he was 26 Years Old back in 2013.
In 11 Starts with the Pirates last season, his ERA was 3.06.
RETURN OF VELOCITY
Gerit Cole who is pitching in the WBBC is throwing 97 MPH and striking out the best of the best. There is no doubt that Gerrit Cole is closer to the 2015 Gerrit Cole, than the 2016 version. When Gerrit Cole starts throwing like an ACE, you draft him. Just look at this 2 seam fastball to Adam LaRoche. What are you supposed to do with that.
GERRIT COLE DRAFT STRATEGY
You have to target the Stud around Round 6-7 in 12 man leagues. The strategy here is to go after Chris Davis in Round 5, then grab Cole in Round 6.
If you want to do the Bird/Carter/Napoli strategy and wait at 1B. Then grab Cole in Round 5 and do not mess around with it. Gerrit Cole has Top 10 SP ability, the Pirates are going to be competing this year, and that OF will track down everything. As long as Cole strikes out his fair share of hitters and does not give up launch shots, Cole is a good sleeper to be back in the CY Young conversation.
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