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Welcome to the 2017 Razzball Team Previews! You’ll find everything you need to know about each team to get yourself ready for the upcoming fantasy baseball season. And I do mean everything, everybody. We’ve got line-ups, charts, numbers, projections, questionable questions, smarter answer, potent potables and well, that’s a lie. No potables here, but plenty of potent fantasy names brimming with potential. Now’s the time to be an eternal optimist for the next six weeks. So, we’ve got a team to preview and questions to ask. Let’s get after it!

A quick note on the format. Each preview will feature six questions to a team’s blog writer. Are there only six great fantasy questions for each team? Of course not, but THAT’S WHAT THE COMMENTS ARE FOR! So, enjoy the thoughts of another writer, the dialogue on each team, and then continue the conversation in the comments!

We have a very special guest for this post, Chad Moriyama, to provide his take on what the team has in store this season. Now enough rambling, let’s see what 2017 holds for the Los Angeles Dodgers!

2017 Los Angeles Dodgers Depth Chart & Projections

Starting Lineup

Order Pos Player AB R HR RBI SB AVG OPS
1 2B Logan Forsythe 523 74 17 60 8 0.257 0.743
2 SS Corey Seager 586 87 23 79 4 0.285 0.817
3 3B Justin Turner 512 71 19 74 4 0.278 0.802
4 1B Adrian Gonzalez 510 66 20 75 1 0.262 0.765
5 C Yasmani Grandal 380 54 19 59 2 0.237 0.783
6 LF Yasiel Puig 434 61 19 64 6 0.284 0.832
7 RF Joc Pederson 452 67 25 71 7 0.239 0.808
8 CF Andrew Toles 291 33 6 33 11 0.276 0.726

Bench

Pos Player AB R HR RBI SB AVG OPS
OF Andre Ethier 230 26 7 29 2 0.256 0.738
2B/OF Enrique Hernandez 162 18 5 19 2 0.240 0.690
C Austin Barnes 157 17 3 18 4 0.253 0.700
OF Franklin Gutierrez 153 20 7 21 1 0.241 0.739
1B/OF Scott Van Slyke 149 18 5 19 2 0.240 0.726
OF Trayce Thompson 144 17 6 20 3 0.236 0.710
2B Chase Utley 109 13 2 11 1 0.242 0.677

Starting Rotation

Role Player IP W SV K ERA WHIP K/9
1 Clayton Kershaw 207 16 0 249 2.36 0.97 10.82
2 Kenta Maeda 148 10 0 139 3.7 1.2 8.45
3 Rich Hill 145 10 0 163 3.19 1.18 10.16
4 Alex Wood 119 8 0 112 3.44 1.24 8.48
5 Scott Kazmir 118 8 0 110 3.83 1.27 8.38
6 Julio Urias 96 7 0 100 3.41 1.24 9.33
7 Brandon McCarthy 90 6 0 81 3.8 1.25 8.04

Bullpen

Role Player IP W SV K ERA WHIP K/9
CL Kenley Jansen 65 4 39 92 2.59 0.95 12.69
SU Grant Dayton 65 4 1 82 2.92 1.1 11.41
SU Ross Stripling 63 3 0 53 3.8 1.28 7.61
MID Pedro Baez 55 3 1 61 3.35 1.16 9.91
MID Sergio Romo 55 3 1 54 3.57 1.18 8.89
MID Josh Fields 35 2 0 39 3.39 1.17 10.08
MID Luis Avilan 30 2 0 29 3.5 1.33 8.59
LR Brock Stewart 42 3 0 41 3.74 1.21 8.7
LR Chris Hatcher 40 2 0 42 3.53 1.24 9.51

Note: Projections provided by Steamer.

And now we specifically want to get to the specifics. So, let’s bring in Chad Moriyama from Dodgers Digest to give us the low down on the Dodgers in 2017.

M@: The Dodgers lineup is filled with solid names, including a top option in Rookie of the Year, Corey Seager. He burst onto the scene last year to solidify a Dodgers lineup that was susepctible due to a few disappointing performances. With some young’ns coming up (that’s for the next question), some already there in the form of Joc Pederson, Yasmani Grandal and Yasiel Puig, and then savvy vets like Adrian Gonzalea and Justin Turner, the ceiling is vaulted like the grand parlor of a mansion. So, of all those names, which player leads the team in HR in 2017?

Chad MoriyamaJoc Pederson. While it’s true that he’ll likely be platooned and loses plate appearances that way, he puts the ball in the air frequently and barrels the ball with regularity, and he’s the only Dodger to post 25+ homers the past two years. Joc was well on his way to 30+ last year if not for running into a wall in Miller Park, so he seems like a safe bet. Yasmani Grandal always seems to be limited to 120 games or so and Corey Seager doesn’t put the ball in the air frequently enough yet. Justin Turner is another solid option, but I’ll bet on the upside and raw power of Joc.

M@: On opposite ends of the spectrum the Dodgers have Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson. Adrian’s easily labeled as a declining power bat that now closer resembles James Loney than Edwin Encarnacion. Man…it’s hard writing that. Now, it may be a little stretch to use those two names, as he’s probably situated in the middle somewhere, but the past few seasons have seen his fantasy luster dim considerably. Meanwhile, in young Joc (not the rapper) the Dodgers have someone that should emerge into the elite stratosphere that Adrian once lived in, but has yet to put together the full promise of his minors numbers with the big club. He’s still laughingly young, and Adrian’s not washed up, but which of the two has a better chance to climb a tier in 2017 from the previous two seasons?

Chad Moriyama: Easily Joc Pederson. Adrian Gonzalez is no slouch, but the nagging injuries seem to be limiting him more and more as the years pass, and he does resemble more of a gap-to-gap threat nowadays. Joc, on the other hand, is trending upward. Not only in his OPS, but his contact rate jumped almost 10% in 2016, while his swinging strike rate fell 4%. It’s an amazing amount of progress in just a year’s time, and while I think he’ll always have his flaws, I do think he hasn’t attained his upside yet and 2017 could be the year he does so.

M@: There’s only one pitcher in fantasy I’d consider taking in the first round. And his name isn’t Max. Of course, King Kershaw was as dominant as ever last year before an injury halted his record-breaking pace. Now, for the first time, the seems to be a chink in the armor. How concerned are you with Clayton Kershaw’s injuries and his ability to maintain atop the pitching world for a full season?

Chad Moriyama: Any time a back injury is mentioned, there has to be a level of concern. It’s hard to predict if a re-injury will occur, but all signs have been encouraging thus far. I’m not concerned about his performance, because even while pitching through pain and the injury, when he came back last year he was as dominant as ever (1.29 ERA).

M@: Everyone loves getting an edge. As an expert on this team, give us some insider trading. Who is someone flying under the radar that will surprise us in 2017, making them an underrated option from Los Angeles?

Chad Moriyama: I actually want to say Yasiel Puig, but that might be more hope than anything else, so I’m gonna go with Alex Wood. You’ll have to monitor the rotation battle, but if Wood can win a rotation spot he could be a potential steal. Nobody seems to like him much, including Dodger fans, but he quietly regained his 2014 form last year. Wood’s command was steady, but he posted his highest strikeout rate of his career in 2016. More importantly, after struggling in April he made a mechanical adjustment in May and put up a 3.18 ERA and 2.93 FIP in the month. Of course, he was felled by an elbow injury he reportedly suffered swinging a bat soon after, so the question marks are apparent, but he could be a steal if he comes out of the gate in 2017 pitching like he was in 2016.

M@: Now on the flip side, who is someone on this roster that everyone may be targeting but is an overrated option just waiting to disappoint us?

Chad Moriyama: I’m not sure there’s anybody that overrated on the Dodgers as I think all of the warts of the players who could struggle are known (Hill and injuries, left field playing time mess, Puig’s last two years). So maybe I would go with Julio Urias. Don’t get me wrong, I have all the confidence in the world in Urias to produce, but he’s been getting a lot of hype, and he might not even pitch for the Dodgers until May or later due to an innings limit. From a fantasy perspective having to roster an active player who does nothing for an indefinite amount of time seems like a pain.

M@: Let’s time travel. At the end of 2017 what will this team’s final record be, and how will we remember their year?

Chad Moriyama: This is the most confident I’ve been in a Dodgers team in a while, which reflexively makes me think this is the year they miss the playoffs because baseball. However, the reality is that this is an extremely deep and talented roster and I expect them to win at least 93 games in 2017 (hopefully closer to 95). While I’d never want to predict what could happen in the playoffs, I do think they have the horses to potentially win the World Series.

 

NOW DROP THOSE COMMENTS! Thanks, Chad, for the conversation about the Dodgers in 2017! Make sure to catch more of Chad’s writings at Dodgers Digest, and keep checking back. More 2017 Team Previews to come!

   
  1. Jake says:
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    Hi,

    These things are great. Thanks for writing them up.

    Couple questions:

    * Where does the ine-up projections and bullpen roles come from? Is this your take or pulled from roster resource?

    * Is this data downloadable someplace on Razzball? For instance, if i wanted to see a list of all the expected lead-off hitters, is that something i could find here?

    Thanks again

    • M@

      M@ says:
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      @Jake: Thanks Jake! I get my lineup projections from rotoworld.com,and then make changes that I believe will happen. It’s an inexact science this early for sure.

      I don’t know if we have that available or not. I don’t have it as a resource anywhere. The better resource may be to go to FanGraphs (or use Grey/Rudy’s projections) and sort through plate appearances to find the highest volume of times at the plate.

      You could also ask Rudy on one of his posts?

      • you can infer my modeled PA/G by dividing projected PA into Games.

        • M@

          M@ says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: See…smartest guy in this place.

    • What's A Drexl? says:
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      @Jake: very liberal with some of the bullpen orders, such as stripling here. depthcharts/smokey anybody else i would read would have both baez (if healthy)/romo well ahead of stripling.

      • M@

        M@ says:
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        @What’s A Drexl?: It’s all fluid. They’ll all get holds, and ride the hot hand. You’re right, Baez and Romo will likely get a lot of shots, but so will Dayton. In holds leagues there’s a lot of value here, including Fields if he gets into their pen.

  2. sh says:
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    Love your posts M@.

    I am in a 20 team dynasty, points league. The team I have taken over for has Kris Bryant,, and Roberto Osuna as the players with any value. Needless to say I am looking to rebuild. I have received a offer for the two of them. Bryant and Osuna For C.Bellinger,J.Urias, B.Rogers, A.Riley Atl, L.Brinson, N.Senzel, Z.Collins CHW,Tyler O’Neil,Willie Calhoun and Yadier Alvarez. Is that a deal you would do. Or something like Bryant for C.Seager and a pick. or Bregman and Meadows or Benintendi and Meadows. Would any of these tempt you??

    • M@

      M@ says:
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      @sh: Thanks man! Love doing this. Are you telling me to be quiet, tho, with that name? I’m nervous now…

      Hahaha, wait…you’re getting ALL of that for Bryant and Osuna?

      I’d move both of them for all of that. Yes. Bryant’s other-worldly, but in points leagues his K’s hurt him a little. And closers are whatever.You’d be getting arguably 4 of the top 6 dynasty prospect hitters, and arguably the best SP.

      • sh says:
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        @M@: No man keep on writing, I enjoy these more than a Trump presser.

        The trade I had lined up for Osuna and Bryant is no longer, other owners in the league were chirpping in his ear, so he backed out.

        So now I have a offer for Bryant of Beninitendi, Bobby Bradley and J.Mateo.( The owner also has Moncada, Meadows, E.Jimenez,A.Garrett, A.Espinoza and Tapia.)
        The second deal the owner is offering up. Schawber and Addison Russell.(he also has Giolito,Matz, Taijan Walker and Jose De Leon)

        Would you do either deal or counter with any other players.

        Thanks again..

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          M@ says:
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          @sh: Haha, well that’s high praise, because sweet mercy…

          That sucks other owners got in the ear. Really aggravates me when that happens. Let the owner run their team how they see fit. If they suck, they suck. I’m just going to take advantage of it…

          I wouldn’t trade Bryant for just one stud and middle prospects. He’s have to give three of Benintendi, Moncada, Meadows, Eloy and Tapia. I’d throw something back to him, but you can’t move off the auto value of Bryant for the next, likely, 10 years. Not for primarily Benintendi, who may never eclipse 25/20.

          Schwarber and Russell isn’t enough, either. Not for Bryant.

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