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Madison Bumgarner made baseball history with the greatest individual postseason performance I have ever seen. While a great postseason can lend itself to being overrated the following year, Bumgarner has been a top 10 pitcher the past two seasons. I suspect that Mad Bum will only be drafted behind Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, and Chris Sale among SP, but his floor is incredibly high and he will absolutely be a bonafide SP1.
Matt Cain is someone that I am avoiding as you can read here, but there is no doubt he is now a low-risk, medium-reward option. Cain does not strike out enough hitters in today’s game and his walk rate has jumped two years in a row. His 2013 ERA of 4.00 and 2014 ERA of 4.18 make him useless in terms of fantasy baseball. He is now 30 years old and coming off a very injured season, but it is your prerogative if you want to pick Cain in the late rounds.
Yusmeiro Petit is a really nice sleeper option if he works his way into the rotation of the San Francisco Giants. I suspect he is on the outside looking in, but he is coming off a 117 inning season with a 24.1% K-BB%, 2.51 SIERA, and batters are making less contact against him. Petit’s actual value is masked by his 3.69 ERA in 2014, which could make the former spot starter a fantasy difference maker. His value will ultimately be determined by Spring Training and the health of the other Giants’ starters.
Tanner Bell of Smart Fantasy Baseball has created all of the projections seen in this post. You can read about how he develops his projections here. His projections are invaluable to this site. You can also visit his site at www.smartfantasybaseball.com.