2017 Outlook: He's one of the most consistent and underappreciated starters in the game: Quintana is one of only five pitchers in baseball with at least 200 innings pitched of a sub-3.75 ERA in each of the past four seasons (Madison Bumgarner, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, Max Scherzer). Quintana's success is largely due to his aggressiveness coupled with good command, as he has ranked among the game's top 15 in getting first-pitch strikes in each of those four years. During that time, however, he hasn't exhibited much room for growth, which is a problem in Rotisserie leagues for a pitcher on a rebuilding team as the White Sox. As is, Quintana's 40 non-win quality starts the past three seasons combined are the major league's most. He's an excellent third or fourth starter for your squad, but at this point it'd be better for his fantasy value if the White Sox trade him, something that has been rumored for a while and might yet happen in-season.
2017 Outlook: Few people recognize Robertson's historic ability to generate swings and misses: His 31.8 percent career strikeout rate is second-best in history among pitchers with at least 500 innings pitched. With them, however, comes a higher-than-normal walk rate (12.0 percent last season) and a variable batted-ball distribution, both of which help explain his annually so-so ratios and higher-than-normal rate of blown saves; calling hitter-friendly ballparks his home for the entirety of his career has also contributed. Robertson's contract assures the White Sox will remain patient with him through his struggles -- and bear in mind he was a popular closer on the trade rumor mill this winter -- so he should find his way to yet another 35-plus saves and 80-plus whiffs in 2017. Brace for the occasional ups and downs, however.
2017 Outlook: In retrospect, the White Sox's call to cast pitch framing aside when making their 2015-16 catching decisions was most perplexing, at least as it pertains to Rodon. He thrived with Tyler Flowers framing his pitches in 2015, his mid-90s fastball and slider a lethal combination that hinted at a possible 2016 breakthrough, but Rodon could never find chemistry with either Alex Avila or Dioner Navarro early in the year and only seemed to find his groove once Omar Narvaez took over as his personal catcher for his final 12 starts. The smart move might be to discard many of Rodon's early-2016 returns, which weren't representative of his true talent, especially since he showed significant improvement with his changeup during the second half, most of that working with Narvaez. Rodon still has the ability to be an eventual top-20 fantasy starter, though he's not quite over the hurdle yet and is more of a fifth option drafted to your team.
2017 Outlook: Jones quietly emerged as one of the game's most talented setup men in 2016, his 5.5 percent walk rate his lowest at any professional stop in his career, and his strikeout rate swelling to an astonishing 32.5 percent after the All-Star break thanks to his filthy slider. He'll begin 2017 as David Robertson's primary setup man, making him one of the stronger speculative saves picks in the game considering the trade rumors surrounding Robertson. Even in a setup capacity, however, Jones should provide enough in ERA, WHIP and K's to be a worthwhile mixed-league asset.