Measuring the 2017 Keepers: Hitters

Mike Trout

Mike Trout leads a strong group of hitters protected by Eric Brown and Bacon.

Bacon at Mile 11 General Manager Eric Brown has built the foundation for the league’s top offense with the players he protected from last year’s roster. At least, that’s how it looks based on the 2017 Steamer player projections.

Brown invested heavily in hitters, keeping outfielder Mike Trout, third baseman Nolan Arenado, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and young second baseman Trea Turner. Trout is projected to lead the league in both OPS and runs scored and finish second in RBI. The Steamer projections have Arenado leading the league in RBI while Turner is projected to finish fourth in stolen bases.

If you are to believe the Steamer projections, and the system is annually one of the most accurate in fantasy baseball, Bacon at Mile 11 has accumulated more runs, RBI, plate appearances, net stolen bases and will have a higher OPS than any team in the league.

League general managers elected to protect their valuable hitters during the keeper draft. The Lower Haighters, Las Estella Rojas (formerly Los Coches Bomba), Land Shark, JetSetters, Home Run 101, Hapamon, and Bacon all protected four hitters. The Mirrors, Busters Hugs, High Cheese, Let’s Play 2, the Bulls and Stadium Mustard protected three hitters.

Warning Track Power and the Midtown Marsupials built around pitching, protecting just two batters each.

A total of six shortstops, 18 outfielders, a pair of C/OF’s, three catchers, five third basemen, five utility players (multiple position eligibility), and eight first basemen were protected by the league’s general managers.

Below are the totals for each team’s protected hitters based on this year’s Steamer projections. They can help you determine which categories to focus on during next Monday’s player draft.

Steamer Projections for Hitters | Keepers 2017
Team Runs RBI K’s OPS N/SB PA
The Bulls 247.0 243.2 412.7 0.791 37.5 1,896
Home Run 101 311.8 293.6 361.4 0.803 33.7 2,413
Bacon at Mile 11 379 377.3 466.4 0.892 40.2 2,602
Hapamon 334.7 252.1 464.2 0.779 49.5 2,572
Las Estellas Rojas 336.5 356.7 501.7 0.847 10.4 2,540
Let’s Play 2 285.2 274.6 351.7 0.816 18.3 1,996
JetSetters 299.8 278.2 481.1 0.815 31.0 2,306
High Cheese 237.7 244.1 432.9 0.843 11.5 1,778
Land Shark 325.8 345.6 454.6 0.832 18.3 2,499
Stadium Mustard 229.2 223.3 291.5 0.782 12.8 1,839
Buster Hugs 201.6 202.5 246.0 0.785 18.3 1,643
Midtown Marsupials 170.3 162.0 234.8 0.788 10.7 1,306
Warning Track Power 172.8 177.4 276.9 0.849 3.5 1,234
A-Rod’s Mirrors 262.0 269.9 358.8 0.863 12.8 1,889
Lower Haighters 349.6 359.6 526.2 0.851 18.6 2,546
Marin Menehunes 223.5 220.2 420.4 0.754 23.9 1,900
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