Kershaw has posted over 200 strikeouts in each of his last three seasons. He also has not posted an ERA of over 3.00 since his rookie year of 2008, which is dominating from a fantasy number one. Kershaw had a WHIP of 0.98 in 2011 and a similarly low 1.02 WHIP last season.
The Dodgers have never been known as an overpowering offensive squad. However, with the acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, the team looks completely different heading into the 2013 fantasy season.
Los Angeles also acquired shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the middle of last year and he looked much more comfortable at short, as opposed to being forced to play at third like he did with the Miami Marlins. Han-Ram will be one of the best fantasy sleepers to keep an eye on in 2013 and his run support will only give Kershaw more value.
Kershaw has a much stronger number two pitcher behind him with the addition of free agent monster Zach Greinke. Kershaw will no longer be the team’s only reliable fantasy ace, so it will give the 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner much more breathing room down the stretch.
CK is still only 24, so he has a lot of baseball left in his arm. Fantasy owners have put tons of faith in this southpaw over the past few years and this will once again be a season he can be severely counted on.
Kershaw is obviously a first round pick in fantasy leagues this year and the LA ace will easily eclipse the 200-strikeout plateau. This is the best team he has ever had behind him; so expect Kershaw to have a career season and win another NL Cy Young in 2013.