Line of the Day: Jeremy Hellickson

Posted on 09 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

Reigning AL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays shut out the New York Yankees for 8 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out four in a 3-0 victory. The win completed the opening series sweep of the Yanks.

Line: 8.2 IP | 3 H| 0 ER | 4 BB | 4 K; W (1-0) | QS

My fantasy perspective: Hellickson picked up right where he left off. His 2011 K/9 ratio was just 5.6 while his BB/9 ratio was 3.4 for a very unimpressive 1.63 K/BB ratio. Luckily, he had a 1.15 WHIP to go along with a BABIP Against of just .224.

ESPN league owners invested in Hellickson with an ADP of 101.2 even though he was actually ranked higher at #89. Bargain? So far, that’s a yes. CBS owners dove in and drafted him with an ADP of 119.43 even though he was only ranked at #160. Panic? Probably not. Savvy owners probably reached a bit knowing the 160th rank was way too low and he probably wouldn’t be there much past 120.

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