2024 Los Angeles Dodgers Preview

An extensive fantasy baseball preview of the 2024 season

2024 Los Angeles Dodgers Preview Shawn Childs is a legend in the fantasy baseball world and his advice is invaluable. A member of the NFBC Hall of Fame, Shawn has several top-5 finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship as […]

2024 Los Angeles Dodgers Preview

Shawn Childs is a legend in the fantasy baseball world and his advice is invaluable. A member of the NFBC Hall of Fame, Shawn has several top-5 finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship as well as five NFBC auction championship titles under his belt. He also boasts several prominent in the high-stakes market and multiple huge DFS wins. Shawn's process and evaluation are among the most thorough in the sport and his exclusive FPGscore metric is changing the game. This 2024 Los Angeles Dodgers preview and insight are courtesy of the brilliant mind of one of the sport's best.  This 2024 Los Angeles Dodgers Preview is courtesy of Shawn Childs. Read Shawn's expert fantasy analysis at his Substack.   The Dodgers Express has been on the fast track for the past 11 seasons, leading to a playoff berth each year and three World Series appearances (win in 2020). At this point in the franchise, anything short of a championship title is disappointing. Over the past three seasons, they’ve won 317 of 486 games (65.2%). Los Angeles has six other World Series titles (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, and 1988). The Dodgers lost their first seven trips to the World Series from 1916 to 1953 while also losing seven other times when the MLB championship was on the line. The big prize in the free agency this offseason was Shohei Ohtani. LA invested $700 million into his bat and right pitching arm for the next decade. If that wasn’t enough, the Dodgers also signed SP Yoshinobu Yamamoto, OF Teoscar Hernandez, and SP James Paxton. Los Angeles also acquired SP Tyler Glasnow from Tampa for OF Manuel Margot, SP Ryan Pepiot, and OF Jonny DeLuca. The Dodgers promptly signed Glasnow to a four-year extension for $110 million. Los Angeles slipped to 13th in ERA (4.06), but their bullpen ranked third (3.42 ERA). The Dodgers relievers had 38 wins, 25 losses, and 44 saves over 644.2 innings with 644 strikeouts. They finished second in runs (906), home runs (249), and RBIs (877). Their base stealer swiped 105 bases on 130 attempts (80.8%). The top of LA’s lineup is elite, with plenty of veteran experience at the back end of the batting order. The shortstop position remains a question mark until Gavin Lux proves himself at the major league level. Their bench has plenty of experience, giving the Dodgers a chance to survive short-term injuries. Despite improvements to the front end of their starting rotation, Los Angeles needs their aces to prove they can handle the spotlight in the biggest moments of a baseball season. If Walker Buehler’s right arm is healthy, the Dodgers have another special player with potential impact value. Bobby Miller and Emmet Sheehan give this rotation length and upside, and LA has multiple options as backup plans over the long baseball season – James Paxton, Clayton Kershaw, Michael Grove, and Gavin Stone. The ninth inning will be in the hands of RP Evans Phillips until someone knocks him off the closer podium.  Starting Lineup

2B Mookie Betts

The only shortfall for Betts in 2022 was his batting average (.269) due to a weaker contact batting average (.324) and 2022 (.329). In his best season in 2018, he hit .420 when putting the ball in play. He played at an elite level in May (.342/31/12/27/1 over 114 at-bats) and August (.330/30/9/18/5 over 109 at-bats). His combined production in April, June, and September (.217 over 248 with 38 runs, eight home runs, 30 RBIs, and five steals) left something to be desired while also missing the final two weeks in June with a rib injury. Betts played well against left-handed pitching (.308 with 38 runs, 11 home runs, and 29 RBIs over 156 at-bats). Last season, his contact batting average (.375) moved back into an elite area. Betts has had about the same strikeout rate (15.7) over the past four seasons while seeing his walk rate (13.9) reach a new ceiling. His swing was in beast mode in August (.455/35/11/30/3 over 112 at-bats), along with winning production in May and June (.287 with 47 runs, 18 home runs, 44 RBIs, and six steals over 2022 at-bats). Betts lost his rhythm in September (.244/10/1/9/4 over 86 at-bats), possibly due to a minor foot issue.  His swing path continues to push higher in flyballs (48.5% - 43.8 in his career), with progression in his HR/FB rate (16.7) over the past couple of seasons. Betts ranked 18th in exit velocity (92.4) and 44th in hard-hit rate (48.5). He finished with 60 barrels, compared to 30 in 2021 and 46 in 2022. Fantasy Outlook: In 2023, Betts ranked fourth in FPGscore (10.01) for hitters (eighth in 2022 – 7.11). His flyball swing path invites some earlier outs unless he repeats his success in power this year. He tends to rank poorly in RBI chances due to his slot in the batting order. Betts does create one of the higher edges in runs scored. His ADP (5) in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship is helped by him qualifying at second base, where his profile creates a more significant edge. His average hit rate supports 30+ home runs with 550 at-bats. Let’s go with 135 runs, 30 home runs, 90 RBIs, and 15 steals with a pullback to .290 in batting average...  


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Shawn Childs has been a high stakes Fantasy baseball and football player since 2004 where he had success in his first season (three titles and $25,000 in winnings). In early years of the high stakes market in Fantasy baseball, he was ahead of the curve in player evaluation, draft value, and free agent bidding setting up four top-five finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has four AL-only Auction titles, one NL-only title, and five Main Event titles plus an overall title in 2012 at RTFBC (netted $10,000). This success led to an induction into the NFBC Baseball Hall of Fame. His success in the high stakes market led to a career in providing Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football content. On the football side, he’s competed and won in all different formats – auctions, draft championship, main events, and high-dollar leagues. He won 2nd place overall in the 2014 Most Accurate Salary Cap Expert contest at FantasyPros. As a dual-sport player, it was natural to transition to the daily games where he is a “swing for the fences type of guy.” Childs has appeared in one FanDuel NFL Live Final and one DraftKings NFL Live Final, a season-ending tournament which led to a couple of chances to win over $1,000,000.