Each fantasy baseball season, a couple starting pitchers end up having some minor surgery before the season officially starts. It happens each year and just shows how grueling the life of a starter can be.
One starter that has garnisheed a good deal of attention for having an operation this off-season has been Mat Latos of the Cincinnati Reds.
The right-hander had a procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in February. It wasn’t a serious operation and Latos was originally expected to miss only 10 days, but the fireballer has yet to fully return to the mound. Latos is actually in jeopardy of missing his first start of the year and all indications are that he will. As a result, Latos is starting to drastically fall down fantasy rankings this spring.
However, that fact that Latos could miss his opening day start is by no means a death sentence for the young fireballer. Latos will be back within the first couple weeks of the season and fantasy fans will quickly forget about his off-season spiral. Latos has all the making of a fantasy ace, and at 26 years old, he is just beginning to enter his prime. Don’t let a little negative press kill his value this season.
Latos will obviously come a little cheaper considering the negative attention and he will be a bargain as a SP2 this season. If you can grab anywhere outside of the top-15 starters, consider it a steal.