Most fantasy baseball leagues are storming towards their postseason, but there is still a young Boston Red Sox player that is available in over 40 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues — Rafael Devers.
Devers has only played in 16 games at the major league level, but has a slash line of .339/.397/.677 with six home runs, 12 runs batted in and 11 runs scored. His youth shows at the plate slightly with only six walks to 16 strikeouts, but his upside is more than enough to elevate his adds across all leagues.
Not only has he performed well statistically, but he has also had a late game-tying home run against the New York Yankees. And he followed that up with a two-homer game against the Cleveland Indians the next night. Devers also became only the second Red Sox player in the past 100 years to have six home runs in his first 16 games (Sam Horn), according to Rotowire.
With this kind of production — and the recent MLB youth movement — it is perplexing that Devers is still available in such a high percentage of leagues, especially this close to the fantasy playoffs. Perhaps the only reason may be the depth of talent at third base this season, and production coming out of the Top 15 at the position.
According to ESPN’s player rater tool, here is how the Top 15 third basemen list looks.
- Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
- Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians
- Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
- Travis Shaw – Milwaukee Brewers
- Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
- Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals
- Jake Lamb – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Chris Taylor – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Eduardo Nunez – Boston Red Sox
- Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
- Marwin Gonzales – Houston Astros
- Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
- Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
- Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
Devers is sitting at No. 34 in player rater, but he only has 16 games to his name at the professional level. Fantasy sports are part luck, part skill, but all about finding the hot streak players before someone else does.
If you haven’t caught Devers fever in the next day or two, expect to square off against the owner that didn’t wait to be told to snag him.