2014 Fantasy Baseball: SP Hyun-Jin Ryu Is A Great Value Pick

By Adam McGill
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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

There are a handful of starting pitchers that are currently flying under the radar this fantasy baseball season. It happens every year, and as a result, a couple hurlers always end up developing into great value picks.

Now everyone knows that Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles D0dgers are two of the best arms in all of fantasy. They are both ranked within the top-20 starters and will be very popular options on draft day.

Unfortunately, due to all the attention on the team’s top two arms, third starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu, is being somewhat ignored.

However, Ryu finished with a very respectable 14-8 record last season to go along with a sizzling 3.00 ERA in 192 innings of work. He turned out to be an ideal third fantasy starter last year and the left-hander quickly became a fixture in starting lineups.

The South Korean sensation wasn’t the best strikeout pitcher, as he struck out just 7.22 batters per nine innings of work last season, but he proved to be a workhorse. Ryu averaged 102.3 pitches per start and his 30 starts in his rookie season were viewed as a huge win.

Ryu will be an absolute steal in fantasy drafts this month. He is once again falling to SP3 territory and is one pitcher that should be watched very closely on draft day.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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