At the beginning of the 2013 fantasy baseball season many owners wrote off New York Yankees’ David Phelps. His role with the team was still undetermined and he was slowly becoming a fantasy afterthought. Over the last month, however, Phelps has finally started to look like a legitimate fantasy ace.
In his last 12 innings of work, Phelps has only allowed one earned run. The right-hander has lowered his ERA all the way down to 3.90, which is extremely promising considering it was as high as 6.75 this year. He has only given up four total hits in that stretch, including his one-hit seven-inning performance against the Cleveland Indians earlier this month.
Phelps quickly rebounded from his four-run debacle against the New York Mets last month. It was his worst appearance of the year and the fact that he has bounced back so fast has shown that maturity of the 26-year-old. The rotation has become a little unpredictable as of late with the struggles of Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte, but the fact that Phelps has remained consistent this month has only solidified his role in the rotation.
Consider to view Phelps as reliable low-end starter in deeper leagues moving forward. He may not throw a gem each outing, but he should be good for a couple quality starts per month.