The AL West isn’t as competitive as some other divisions. Though, there are still valuable assets worth having on your fantasy baseball team.
The American League West has been a one-team division over the last couple of years. Last season saw two teams, or three depending on your definition, make some moves to compete for a division title. It did come down to just one team but there was a lot to look forward to for fantasy baseball.
Unfortunately, it was just a one-season wonder as those two same teams let go or traded some important pieces. One team is trying to build but won’t be close this season and the fourth team doesn’t seem like they want to compete.
Then, there’s the division winner as they continue to replace missing pieces in order to win another division championship. Oh for those you are still wondering, in order, those teams are the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.
The hitters in this division are some of the best in the league. Mike Trout. Khris Davis. Carlos Correa. Alex Bregman. Jose Altuve. The pitching, on the other hand, features a lot of aging veterans are back-end pieces you don’t want on your team.
In real life, this division is a one-team race. For fantasy baseball, I would like to have a few hitters on these teams. They can hit for power and contact. Some of them can even run. Avoid the majority of pitchers if possible. Four of the five parks in this division ranked in the top half in home runs, according to ESPN Park Factors.
In this six-part series, I will go over each team’s key departures, arrivals and their remaining needs heading into Spring Training. I will also talk about some players to watch for in 2019.
Here is the breakdown of the first American League division, the West.