One year removed from a career high 59 home runs, Giancarlo Stanton arrived in New York with lofty expectations by his new team’s fan base and fantasy owners alike. However, Stanton slogged through a nagging hamstring injury and turned in a campaign more closely aligned with his career norms rather than his historic 2017 numbers. Owning Stanton in head-to-head formats proves frustrating, but with home runs ebbing back towards 2016 totals, his power proliferates Stanton’s fantasy appeal. But, there’s a price.

Although it’s encouraging to see Stanton able to play through an injury last season, he finished 2018 with 102 runs, 38 home runs, 100 RBI, five stolen bases and a .266/.343/.509 in 617 at-bats. Unfortunately, his discipline metrics regressed. Stanton’s walk rate decreased while his strikeout percentage rose by over six percent along with his chase rate trending back towards his career rate. Thankfully the migration of these numbers to the mean did not cause his average to...