This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
This year, the best laid plans for drafting pitchers can change in a moment's notice. The prevailing thoughts right now mention the actual season beginning in June, perhaps in Arizona, or maybe in empty stadiums. Realistically, it's probably too early to etch that in stone, but there remains a likelihood the season will happen, at least in part. If and when the season opens, one thing will be completely unchanged – value will win fantasy championships. So, we still need to focus on uncovering that value.
That said, I would like to feature a few pitchers who have the potential to provide value when the season begins. Understand, these pitchers won't necessarily be "aces," but they can outperform their draft positions or auction prices, and that is what fantasy is all about. We certainly need to keep the peripherals in mind from the past few seasons, but it's more important to identify factors that could lead to better numbers this year. If you can draft a roster full of players in the fifth or sixth rounds who perform like players taken in the second or third rounds, you will be in the hunt at the end of the season.
You might consider adding these arms as potential value picks:
Yu Darvish (Cubs, ADP 60) – For me, it's pretty simple. When Darvish's entire eight-pitch repertoire (and that really isn't an exaggeration) is clicking, he's a top 10 starter. His recent ADP puts him around 20 to 22 in the starting