2024 San Diego Padres Preview

An extensive fantasy baseball preview of the 2024 season

2024 San Diego 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 […]

2024 San Diego 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 San Diego Padres preview and insight is courtesy of the brilliant mind of one of the sport's best.    This 2024 San Diego Padres Preview is courtesy of Shawn Childs. Read Shawn's expert fantasy analysis at his Substack. The Padres tried to compete with the Dodgers over the past few seasons by adding some top-tier players. Their choices weren’t thought out well, leading to a flawed plan and a regressive team build. San Diego made the postseason twice over the past four years after 13 consecutive missed playoff trips. They come off back-to-back winning seasons (89-73 and 82-80). The Padres made the postseason only five times in the team’s 55-year history. Their only World Series appearance (loss) came in 1998. San Diego had the second-best ERA (3.73) in baseball in 2023, thanks to Blake Snell (2.25 ERA over 180.0 innings). The bullpen only had 22 wins (lowest in baseball), 30 losses, and 36 saves over 577.1 innings with a 3.80 ERA (10th) and 575 strikeouts. The Padres ranked 13th in runs (752), home runs (205), and RBIs (719). They stole 137 bases on 169 attempts (81.1%). In the offseason, the Padres acquired SP Michael King, SP Drew Thorpe, SP Randy Vasquez, SP Jhony Britto, and C Kyle Higashioka for OF Juan Soto and OF Trent Grisham. They lost SP Blake Snell, SP Seth Lugo, SP Michael Wacha, CL Josh Hader, SP Nick Martinez, C Gary Sanchez, and SP Rich Hill to free agency. San Diego signed RP Yuki Matsui, RP Wandy Peralta, RP Woo-Suk Go, and OF Cal Mitchell while claiming SP Luis Patino off waivers. Two veteran arms (Joe Musgrove and Yu Darvish) lead their starting rotation. They hope that their three “New Editions” can dance their way to the mound every fifth day in the near future. The ninth inning is in flux, inviting more drama late in games. San Diego has two star bats (Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado) supported by two complementary players (Xander Bogaerts and Ha-Seong Kim). The rest of the offense looks below the league average as a group.

Starting Lineup

OF Fernando Tatis

In 2021, Tatis had a sensational first 274 at-bats (67 runs, 28 home runs, 60 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases). Unfortunately, his bat had a step back in value after the All-Star break (.278/32/14/37/5 over 205 at-bats). He missed 10 days over the first half of April (shoulder), another nine days in May (COVID-19), a slight scare in June (one game), and 16 more days in late July and early August (shoulder). After missing all of 2022 with his suspension and recovery from shoulder surgery, Tatis returned to the Padres starting lineup on April 20th. Despite hitting nine home runs over his first 150 at-bats, he had weakness in his runs (21) and RBIs (19) with a short batting average (.240). He played much better over the next third of the season (.293/38/9/34/12 over 215 at-bats). Tatis drove the bus home with more subpar play (.233 with 32 runs, seven home runs, and 25 RBIs) except for 12 stolen bases. His strikeout rate (22.2) was the best of his career, with a league-average walk rate (8.4) that was below his two best seasons (10.5 and 11.4). He had a sharp decline in his contact batting average (.341 – .432 over his first 1,036 at-bats with the Padres). In addition, his average hit rate (1.743) was below his first three years. Tatis had regression in his exit velocity (91.9) and hard-hit rate (49.3). He finished with a lower flyball rate (33.6) than in 2021 (39.9), and his HR/FB rate (17.0) was well below his previous three seasons (31.9, 29.3, and 32.1). Fantasy Outlook: The luster of Tatis looks diminished this year due to the loss of Juan Soto hitting behind him in the lineup and the lower outlook of the Padres offense in 2024. In addition, he lost his shortstop qualification. His ADP (8) fits his potential, plus his five-category skill set. A correction in batting average is expected while offering a 30/30 floor in home runs and steals. I don’t expect elite RBI chances, so he must drive himself in more to help his counting stats...  


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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.