2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Jesse Winker

by Nick Zaniboni
2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Jesse Winker

Welcome back to our 2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week, where this week we will be looking at Jesse Winker. This Cincinnati Reds outfielder is a somewhat devise topic in dynasty circles. Winker is ranked  259th in our latest Dynasty rankings. 

Before we get started, it's time for some cheap plugs for myself.

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Next, don't forget to tune into the On Deck Circle Podcast live on Tuesday nights. You can find it on our YouTube and our Twitter as well. I am constantly learning from my co-hosts, Dave and Jason! Below is our discussion about this week's player Jesse Winker

This week's iteration is a little different than in weeks past. I will be focusing mostly on this season because I feel in Winker's case it really matters what he is doing now. So please enjoy this writing! It is my last time writing as a 27-year-old, so expect a lot more wise insight next week as a 28-year-old!

If technology is correct, it should start right where it starts! 


2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Jesse Winker

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Numbers Never Lie

Winker's career numbers are pretty remarkable in his five-year MLB career. He holds a 4.3 WAR, .385 OBP, and an OPS of .892. Every player has a set of numbers that make them look like an All-Star. However, some numbers are somewhat alarming on the flip side. An example of this is the fact that Winker has just over 1000 at-bats through five seasons. For reference, Cody Bellinger has nearly double the number of at-bats in the same five years, and Bellinger is not the perfect example of guys that stay healthy.

Winker's biggest knock is not anything he does in the batter's box, rather he is not in the batter's box at all. The guy can't stay healthy. Here are all of his games played in his five "full" seasons; 47, 89, 113, 54*, and this season he has played in 38. (*shortened 2020 season)

As I state in the video above, Winker's best ability is his availability.

Last 162

Like any job, you are only as good as your last year. Since Winker is so injury-prone/shortened, you must go through the previous three years to put together a full year (season). However, Winker's last 162 games are awe-inspiring.

In a vacuum, this is an All-Star. The RBI numbers leave some room to be desired. However, the OBP is elite, and the average is surprisingly excellent. He has never been an excellent hitter when it comes to average. In 2018, where he played his most games 113, he hit a less than league average .269 (nice). Winker's OBP has always made him an exciting player to own in fantasy in OBP leagues.

The Big Red Machine

Winkers is a board aline MVP candidate at the time of this writing. Here are his current ranks when it comes to the "regular" stats.

  • AVG: 2nd
  • HR: 2nd
  • RBI: 12th
  • Hits:4th
  • Slugging: 1st
  • OPS: 1st

His advanced stats are absolutely disgusting. This dude is seeing red and shows no sign of slowing down. He is showing an elite approach at the dish and turning in elite results. Check out his percentile ranks below!


This would be a tough call here. If you drafted Winker in a start-up, you are sitting pretty. He is probably quadrupling his value. But now begs the question: is this sustainable? Should you sell directly and get something you find more valuable?

If it were me, I would be trading Winker right this second. By the time this article comes out, there is a chance that the injury bug bites Winker once again. Depending on your team makeup, there are a few avenues you can go down when it comes to trade. A noncontending team, you can go for a package of prospects. A headliner of a top 100 prospect with a player you might like, an example of this might be Nick Gonzalez and Francisco Alvarez ( got get this guy BTW he's going to be rising fast up lists. This is a lofty ask. However, if this is to a team that NEEDS Winker, it could quickly get done. Another avenue would be a deal where you upgrade your pitching like Winker for Dylan Cease. Not a huge deal, but deepening on team need this could be a fun one to do! Have you sold Winker? Let me know in the comments!

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day Weekend! Have fun and be safe.

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