When the 2013 fantasy baseball season started not many people pegged Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon as a viable starter. However, the 40-year-old hurler has been one of the biggest surprises this fantasy season and has shockingly won four straight games.
Colon has only allowed one earned run over his last 25.1 innings of work and has lasted at least seven innings in four consecutive outings. Colon currently has a 7-2 record to go along with a 3.14 ERA and an even better 1.09 WHIP. He has only walked six total batters through 77.1 innings of work and has shown unprecedented control.
The veteran has been the most consistent arms in O-town this season, despite being the oldest arm on the roster. Colon went undrafted in practically every fantasy format, but the journeyman has outpitched superstars like Cole Hamels and Matt Cain all year long.
The success of Colon this season has been somewhat baffling considering that he has predominantly used his fastball. According to FanGraphs, he has thrown the heater 85.1% of the time this year, and yet opposing hitters have simply been unable to track it. Colon has always been a fastball pitcher, but he has never had numbers like this, so a regression to the mean may be inevitable for the starter.
For now, Jabba the Hut is worth starting until he shows signs of slowing down. He may not keep it up all year long, but consider him a must-start while his ERA is under 4.00.