Who remembers back when Puig and Pederson were all the buzz in Los Angeles in 2013? Pederson has yet to get 600 plate appearances in a season, but he is only going to be 26 years old to start the 2018 season. Although last season he only hit 11 home runs in 323 plate appearances, he is known to have thirty plus home run potential. He has an incredible 14.3% career walk rate, but his .222 career batting average sticks out like a sore thumb. Now what if his batting average jumped up thirty or forty points? Would this finally make him more relevant in 5x5 Standard Leagues? Well there is a chance that 2018 is the year Pederson breaks out as a fantasy star.
Pederson has been known as a high walk rate, high strikeout player. Last season however he was swinging at more pitches in the zone, holding back on pitches outside the zone, and making more contact on pitches inside the zone. All this together is hinting at a higher batting average for Pederson. With his power and new approach at the plate, Joc Pederson is probably my favorite fantasy sleeper going into 2018 drafts.