5 Cubs worth a look in your last-minute fantasy draft
By Thomas Erbe
The calendar has finally turned to April. That means baseball is here, and that also means, if you haven’t already, it’s time to draft your fantasy baseball teams. This year’s Chicago Cubs starting lineup for Opening Day is going to look a whole lot different than last year’s without All-Stars Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and others. But there are still some opportunities for you to add some Cubbie blue to a winning fantasy roster.
Here are some Cubs players who could help you win a fantasy baseball league
Willson Contreras, Catcher – At the time of this article, Contreras is still a Cub. He is also a top five catcher in MLB. Although last year was a down year, expect Willy the Beast to bounce back in a contract year, looking for a big payday this upcoming offseason (or earlier with an extension from the Cubs).
Seiya Suzuki, Outfield – Seiya Suzuki is the betting favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year in his debut season stateside. He has also already shown the power with the lumber this spring with a pair of booming home runs. He is going to make a big impact on the Cubs lineup this season and is absolutely worth a look to boost your squad.
Marcus Stroman, Pitcher – Marcus Stroman signed a two-year deal with the Cubs prior to the lockout. Since then, he has made his presence known on social media, interacting with fans daily. While he has shown who he is off the field (a man of the people), Cubs fans are eager to see his work on the field. He has spoken about never feeling so healthy and confident in his craft, and he was already a premier pitcher in the league. Expect Stroman to provide innings, strikeouts and limitless swag. Is that a scoring category?
Kyle Hendricks, Pitcher – Speaking of innings, The Professor will eat those up for you. The modern Greg Maddux ground ball hunter is the ace of the squad, and focuses on getting outs and not giving up runs. So long as the Cubs defense does their job, Hendricks will put up another great year as the team’s number one.
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Nick Madrigal, Second Base – Nick Madrigal came over in the Craig Kimbrel trade with the White Sox. He was injured last year, but the potential is through the roof. Previews and speculation show Madrigal as a leadoff guy for the Cubs, so look for him to be an OBP and hopefully a runs leader. He could play sleeper and spoiler for you to help you get the trophy.