Detroit Tigers: Which Tigers do you want on your fantasy team?

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers as he crosses the plate in front of catcher Rob Brantly #44 of the Chicago White Sox after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on September 17, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers as he crosses the plate in front of catcher Rob Brantly #44 of the Chicago White Sox after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on September 17, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 20: Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 20: Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Michael Fulmer

Rotoballer Rank: 125. Target Round: 13

Michael Fulmer should be the first Tigers pitcher selected in the majority of fantasy baseball formats. The young right-hander followed up his rookie of the year 2016 season with a stellar 2017 performance. Fulmer made 25 starts last year and posted a 3.83 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He earned 10 wins and struck out 114 hitters in 164.2 innings.

He was even better in 2016, winning 11 games with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, along with 132 strikeouts.

Fulmer’s downfall in fantasy is his lack of strikeouts. While he posts strong ERA and WHIP numbers, his 6.2 K/9 last year was sub-par. Fantasy owners will likely look for pitchers with higher strikeout numbers, which may lead Fulmer to slide down in the draft. The Tigers may not help Fulmer much in the wins category, as a young offense and even younger bullpen could cost the right-hander wins.

Overall, Fulmer is still worth a look in the middle rounds of all fantasy drafts. His health remains an issue, but if Fulmer is healthy and can throw around 180 innings next season, both the Tigers and Fulmer fantasy owners will be happy.

Expect 150 strikeouts, 10 or so wins and an ERA below 4.00 from Fulmer next season. That should make him an appealing target between picks 125-150 in your fantasy league.

Fantasy team name idea: Glass Half Fulmer

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