Joey Votto has taken a dramatic shift in average draft position over the past couple seasons. It wasn’t long ago when Votto would be a sure-fire first round pick; he would hit in the neighborhood of 25 home runs and 100 RBI’s, all while hitting .300. In recent seasons, his ADP has fallen due to slumping numbers in two of the past three seasons.
His 2014 season was not the one both Votto and fantasy owners had envisioned heading into the season. A quad injury severely shortened his season, limiting him to just 62 games. In those 62 games, Votto was unable find his previous form. The injury had hampered his power ability, not allowing him to drive the ball the way he’s become known to do.
2015 brings a bounce back opportunity, with all indications showing he is healthy and ready to go. This spring has started to show indications that Votto is getting back to his old ways in terms of hits and RBI. He’s also drawing walks, which indicates his plate discipline is on the way back as well.
Per Fantasy Pros, Votto is coming off of the board at number 70, which is tremendous value for a guy with elite upside. If you play in a points league or one that uses on-base percentage, Votto is worth even more. Assuming Votto can stay healthy, and all indications are he will, a return to the 20 plus home run and 90-100 RBI totals is not out of the question. He will be in the lineup most, if not every day.
While Tony Cingrani is starting the season in the bullpen, the potential for him to gain a rotation spot is not out of the question. At his best Cingrani has the potential to rack up strikeouts but typically works off of deception. His velocity has been better this spring and could help owners later this season. He can provide value to owners in NL only and deep mixed leagues as a reliever in the meantime.