5 pitchers who could be fantasy bargains – MLB.com

While most fantasy owners are deep into their offseason slumber, those who stay ahead of the competition are already eyeing the results of early 2018 mock drafts. And although rankings are inevitably going to fluctuate between now and Opening Day, a few pitchers are emerging as potential value picks during the middle or late rounds of the selection process.

1. Luke Weaver, starter, Cardinals
After going 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA across 60 1/3 innings with the Cardinals last season, Weaver has the potential to take another step forward next year. After all, the right-hander was set back by a .335 BABIP despite posting a stellar 25.9 percent hard-hit rate. Having finished with exemplary marks in FIP (3.17) and K/BB ratio (4.2) last year, Weaver — who owns a lifetime 1.99 ERA in the Minors — could emerge as a No. 2 mixed-league starter in 2018.

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2. Dinelson Lamet, starter, Padres
While he posted an unimpressive 4.57 ERA in 2017, Lamet showed exciting skills by logging an elite 10.9 K/9 rate with an 11.8 percent swinging-strike rate across 21 rookie-season starts. To take a step forward, the youngster will need to improve his command after recording a 4.3 BB/9 rate and a 1.4 HR/9 rate last year. But given his mid-90s fastball and outstanding slider, the 25-year-old will head into 2018 with the potential to compile 200-plus whiffs.

3. Mike Clevinger, starter, Indians
Clevinger established himself as a long-term rotation fixture in 2017, going 11-4 with a 2.84 ERA across 21 starts. And while the righty certainly enjoyed his share of batted-ball luck

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