Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1 Mike Trout (LAA - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 2.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 159 549 123 29 100 30 .315
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 158 575 114 35 100 19 .301
Outlook: It's possible we haven't seen Trout's best season yet. Granted, this can be said of all 25-year-old players but no others have been putting up MVP-caliber campaigns since they were 20, winning in 2014 and again in 2016. Most impressive is that Trout's strikeout and walk rates have improved each of the last two years, further cementing the league's best floor. The concern over dwindling steals was assuaged last season as Trout swiped 30 for the first time since 2013. His power dropped, but when 29 homers is a disappointment, the bar is set high. The outfielder is a lock for over 100 runs, averaging 116 the past five seasons while a threat to drive home 100 teammates. Others are legitimately in the conversation but pegging Trout with the first overall pick or spending top auction dollars is absolutely warranted. No one else has the combination of his super-high floor...with upside.
2 José Altuve (Hou - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 4.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 161 640 108 24 96 30 .338
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 158 646 93 15 74 41 .331
Outlook: All Altuve did was take his improbable 2015 season to the next level with an amazing 2016 season. In the AL Tout Wars auction last March, he went for a stunning $43, but in the end, he earned every bit of it as a five-category stud. Altuve improved his walk rate to a career-high 8.4 percent (from 4.8 percent in 2015) and, following suit with the rest of the league, hit for more power. A new power baseline for Altuve is tough to figure out, but his ISO and hard-hit rate progression in recent years suggests 15-20 homers annually is reasonable. Still just 26, he has played nearly every game over the past five seasons and rarely gets himself out. Even when he does chase pitches out of the strike zone, he still makes enough contact to put the ball safely into play and uses his speed to turn outs into hits. Altuve has reached 30 steals in five straight seasons and with a powerful lineup around him, he is an easy top-10 pick for 2017.
3 Mookie Betts (Bos - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 6.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 158 672 122 31 113 26 .318
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 118 486 83 18 69 18 .305
Outlook: The 24-year-old with the slight frame slashed .318/.363/.534/.897 last season -- all career highs -- and cleared the 30-homer mark for the first time in his career. He finished four steals shy of being a 30-30 player, a mark he's likely to threaten in 2017. Betts collected many accolades as a result -- second in the MVP voting, a first-time All-Star, a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. The forecasts for Betts had him hitting for power, but 31 homers was not in the tarot cards. Unlike his previous season, there were no down periods; Betts hit .266 in April and warmed up as the weather did, hitting .368 in July and .378 in August. It was during those warm-weather months that manager John Farrell dropped him from leadoff to third and fourth in the order, where his bat drove in 39 runs in 48 games. The Red Sox will miss David Ortiz, but Betts has emerged as an unlikely middle-of-the-order presence.
4 Nolan Arenado (Col - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 6.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 160 618 116 41 133 2 .294
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 143 555 90 34 108 2 .290
Outlook: Arenado managed to one-up himself yet again and at just 25 years old, it seems like sky's the limit. The All-Star smashed a league-leading 41 home runs, drove in 133 runs and even reached the century mark in runs scored. He managed to cut down on his strikeouts and draw twice as many walks as he did the previous season. As one would imagine, the third baseman's numbers were better at Coors Field than away from it (1.030 OPS at home vs. .832 OPS on the road), but 16 home runs, 48 RBI and 48 runs scored away from Denver is certainly nothing to scoff at. The Gold Glover is a lock to be a first-round draft pick. Even if doesn't replicate his 2016 campaign to a tee, Arenado will be a highly valuable asset in 2017 and for years to come.
5 Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 6.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 12 4 0 149.0 172 1.69 0.72
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 16 5 0 193.3 237 1.91 0.83
Outlook: Despite missing two months with a back injury -- specifically, a herniated disc -- Kershaw finished as the No. 6 pitcher last season in terms of earned 5x5 fantasy value. He was more dominant than ever when on the mound, posting an otherworldly 172:11 K:BB in 149 innings (65:2 K:BB in May). His 15.3 percent swinging-strike rate would have tied Max Scherzer as the best among qualifiers had he logged enough innings to qualify, and Kershaw's command and control reached unprecedented levels as he shaved his walk rate to just two percent. There were no noticeable lingering effects from the back injury upon his return in September (0.86 ERA) and he looked plenty strong into late October as he carried the Dodgers on said back to the NLCS. Entering his age-29 season, Kershaw still looks very much in his prime and remains worthy of a first-round pick, if not top-five overall.
6 Paul Goldschmidt (Ari - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 7.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 158 579 106 24 95 32 .297
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 142 517 95 25 91 21 .308
Outlook: If a .297/.411/.489 slash line with 24 home runs and 95 RBI can be considered a down year, then you know just how good Goldschmidt has been across his six MLB seasons. In 2015, Goldschmidt slashed an absurd .321/.435/.570 with 33 home runs and 110 RBI. Expecting a repeat of those numbers might have been unfair, but that is the standard Goldschmidt has set. On a positive note, he scored 106 runs in 2016, up from 103 in 2015. He also went from 21 stolen bases in 2015 to 32 in 2016. It is his speed and base-stealing acumen that really makes Goldschmidt a special player in fantasy. It is unclear if he will run as much under new manager Torey Lovullo, but considering he upped his success rate from 80.8 percent to 86.5 percent last season, it seems likely that he will have the green light more often than not. Coming off that "down" year, Goldschmidt is no longer a lock to go in the top-five, but he is the clear top player at his position and still has all the tools to finish the year as a top-five player in fantasy.
7 Kris Bryant (ChC - 3B, LF)
Healthy
ADP: 8.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 155 603 121 39 102 8 .292
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 153 581 104 32 100 10 .284
Outlook: If there were any doubts about Bryant's ability to ascend to MVP levels of production following an impressive debut in 2015, the uncertainty was erased by the performance in his sophomore campaign. Bryant trimmed the fat from his 30.6 percent strikeout rate as a rookie to 22.0 percent last season, pushing his batting average up 17 points by swinging-and-missing less often, and by making contact on pitches outside the strike zone at an increased rate. It's hard to believe, but Bryant's raw power could push his home-run total even higher, though the pitcher-friendly tendencies of Wrigley Field are on the short list of things working again him (22 of his 39 homers came on the road). In addition to his step forward at the plate, Bryant's defense at third base has improved to the point where he's become an asset with the glove, quelling concerns about a full-time move to another corner spot for the foreseeable future.
8 Manny Machado (Bal - 3B, SS)
Healthy
ADP: 10.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 157 640 105 37 96 0 .294
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 134 533 82 28 71 7 .287
Outlook: Machado set career highs in home runs, RBI, runs, and batting average, cementing his first-round status despite not stealing a single base. Such $30 players have to be good across the board or great in a few things, and luckily for Machado owners, he is excellent in the other categories. Sure, it would be nice if he stole bases again, but the rest of his excellence will do just fine. Picking faults in Machado is like saying your Lamborghini is only getting up to 220 mph on the Autobahn. While he is split-neutral in terms of batting average, 86 of the 105 homers he has hit in his career have come against right-handed pitching. Machado has good bats in front of him and behind him, which puts him in an ideal spot of the lineup to continue to be a top-shelf run producer. The team hits like a softball team, but Machado could be even better if the Orioles add a true table-setter to the leadoff spot.
9 Josh Donaldson (Tor - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 11.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 155 577 122 37 99 7 .284
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 157 602 112 36 107 7 .279
Outlook: Donaldson's 2016 season wasn't as productive as his 2015 MVP campaign, but he still returned first-round value. Playing through nagging injuries all year, the third baseman managed the second-most runs (122) and walks (109) in the league while ranking in the top five for slugging percentage (.549) and OPS (.953). When evaluating Donaldson's 2016, it's important to recognize that some numbers dipped primarily because he was pitched around. The 30-year-old had only 11 fewer plate appearances than the previous season, but 43 less at-bats. He demonstrated incredible plate discipline with a 0.9 BB/K and 15.6 percent walk rate. Although ailments popped up throughout the season, he managed to never miss an extended period of time, and none of the injuries should linger into 2017. He is in the prime of his career, and could once again be a MVP candidate in 2017.
10 Anthony Rizzo (ChC - 1B, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 12.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 155 583 94 32 109 3 .292
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 152 564 92 32 96 8 .285
Outlook: Coming off consecutive 30-home-run seasons, Rizzo entered the year with lofty expectations and met them. He tied his career high of 32 big flies and set new career highs in RBI and batting average. While he was unable to replicate the 17 steals he put up in 2015, it now seems like a crazy anomaly considering he only has 19 steals over his five major league seasons excluding that season. Rizzo is clearly one of the league's better power hitters, finishing in the top 20 in slugging percentage each of the last three seasons. He's also a consistently disciplined hitter, taking at least 73 walks each of the last four seasons. At 27 years old, Rizzo is entering his prime and figures to be hitting in the middle of a potent lineup for years to come considering the plethora of young hitting talent the Cubs have. While he won't be the first fantasy pick, Rizzo won't last long on draft boards in 2017.
11 Miguel Cabrera (Det - 1B, DH)
DTD
ADP: 13.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: DH-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 158 595 92 38 108 0 .316
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 145 545 86 27 98 1 .321
Outlook: All of a sudden, Cabrera is 34 years old. You would never know it by his statistical production as 2016 was another tremendous year at the plate. He continues to be the best slugger in the game who rarely gets himself out. After playing just 119 games in 2015 due to ankle and calf injuries, Cabrera stayed relatively healthy last season. He also reversed several minor worrisome trends at the plate as his isolated power bounced back to career norms (to .247 from .196 in 2015) and he hit 38 home runs to end a three-year decline in homers. While he's entering his mid-30s, his injury track record is strong, having played fewer than 150 games just once in his career. He's so good at what he does he is almost boring at this point, but spending a first rounder on him is money in the bank.
12 Bryce Harper (Was - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 13.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 147 506 84 24 86 21 .243
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 133 460 81 26 72 10 .283
Outlook: Harper hit .286/.406/.714 with nine home runs through March and April with more walks (17) than strikeouts (13), and opposing pitchers seemed afraid to challenge him, a trend that peaked in early May when the Cubs walked him six times over seven plate appearances in one game. Nagging injuries began to pile up though, particularly to his neck and shoulder, and by the second half he seemed to be a shell of his usual self as he hit just .226/.336/.373 with five home runs after the All-Star break. Harper recorded the first 20-20 season of his career and walked more than 100 times for the second straight year, but the end result wasn't close to what anyone expected. With a full offseason to rest and recover, Harper should be able to come out taking and raking in 2017, and given Trea Turner's emergence and the addition of Adam Eaton ahead of him in the order, health could be the only thing standing between Harper and another MVP-caliber campaign.
13 Max Scherzer (Was - SP)
DTD
ADP: 13.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 20 7 0 228.3 284 2.96 0.97
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 17 8 0 225.7 271 2.95 1.02
Outlook: Scherzer posted his second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP, his third straight with more than 250 strikeouts, his fourth straight with more than 210 innings pitched, and his second 20-win campaign en route to his second Cy Young Award, becoming the sixth pitcher in history to win the award in each league. In fact, his 11.2 K/9 rate was the best of his career, and while his BB/9 and HR/9 rates showed some regression, the former in particular has a long way to go before it will be anything close to a concern. Scherzer has become the prototype of a modern ace, and his presence at the top of the Nats' rotation allows them to weather Stephen Strasburg's annual DL trips better than most other organizations could. As long as the stress fracture in his finger suffered over the winter is healed by spring training, he should remain one of the majors' truly elite starting pitchers.
14 Charlie Blackmon (Col - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 18.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 143 578 111 29 82 17 .324
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 151 595 95 22 71 29 .299
Outlook: Although some toe injuries hampered Blackmon's ability to run last season (only 28 stolen base attempts, as opposed to 56 in 2015), those issues did not hold him back at the plate. The 30-year-old hit 35 doubles and 29 homers which propelled him to a stellar .324/.381/.552 slash line. Blackmon managed to bring his strikeout rate down below 16 percent, and his road splits were perhaps the most encouraging numbers of all. While most Rockies hitters have gaudy numbers at home that drop off as soon as they're away from Coors Field, the outfielder's OPS on the road was a mere 13 points lower than his OPS at home. If he can bring the stolen bases back into his game while maintaining this solid approach away from Coors Field, Blackmon should carry his weight as an early pick.
15 Madison Bumgarner (SF - SP)
DTD
ADP: 16.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-1
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 15 9 0 226.7 251 2.74 1.03
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 17 9 0 220.7 235 2.90 1.04
Outlook: Coming into the season, Bumgarner was regarded as one of fantasy baseball's top arms and he once again lived up to expectations. The wood-chopping lefty posted a career-best ERA over a career-high 226.2 innings. He has defied the critics who thought he would break down after throwing 270 combined regular and postseason innings in 2014. Bumgarner just keeps adding to his regular-season innings total year-over-year while increasing his strikeout rate (to a career-high 10.0 K/9 in 2016). While his demeanor is that of a seasoned veteran, the Giants' ace will be just 27 years old entering the 2017 season, leaving the scary possibility that he could take yet another step forward.
16 Corey Seager (LAD - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 20.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 157 627 105 26 72 3 .308
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 92 362 61 15 44 2 .312
Outlook: Picking up where he left off after a strong September showing, Seager played like a veteran in his first full season en route to NL Rookie of the Year honors and a third place NL MVP finish. Though he exhibited power in the low minors, Seager's 26 long balls exceeded expectations. A 17.9 percent HR/FB mark isn't outrageous, but still, don't be surprised if he incurs some regression in the power department. Seager's batted-ball profile and hard-hit rate fully support a high batting average on balls in play, yielding a solid floor in terms of batting average and run production. There's even some room for growth with respect to plate skills. A 79 percent contact rate is league average nowadays, but his pedigree portends improvement. Despite the fact he is entering his age-23 season, Seager should be viewed as an extremely safe four-category anchor.
17 Noah Syndergaard (NYM - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 19.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-6
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 14 9 0 183.7 218 2.60 1.15
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 12 8 0 166.7 192 2.92 1.10
Outlook: Thor established himself as the Mets' ace fairly early in his sophomore season, improving upon nearly all of his rookie metrics en route to leading all qualified starters with a 2.29 FIP. His elbow was examined in May, and in late June he was pulled from a start and it was revealed that he was dealing with a bone spur in his elbow. Syndergaard posted a 3.10 ERA and 108:31 K:BB in 92.2 innings after the diagnosis, compared to a 2.08 ERA and 110:12 K:BB in 91 innings prior, so it is possible that his control was negatively affected, although he still pitched like an ace. Surgery to remove the bone spur was deemed unnecessary in the offseason. Syndergaard still boasts two filthy pitches in his 98 mph fastball and 91 mph slider, so he should be one of the top five pitchers off the board heading into his age-24 season. The next hurdle for the best young pitcher in baseball will be to eclipse the 200-inning mark for the first time in his career.
18 Robinson Canó (Sea - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 20.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 161 655 107 39 103 0 .298
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 158 625 89 25 88 4 .299
Outlook: Who'd have thought Cano's career high in home runs would come when he was playing his home games at Safeco Field? Well, in 2016, he did just that, while also reaching his best runs total in a much-improved Mariners offense. The long balls were backed up by his highest flyball rate since 2010, and they were helped by more time removed from his double sports hernia surgery to fix the woes that sapped his power in 2015 and perhaps 2014. The 34-year-old has compiled a batting average lower than .290 just twice in 12 years. Can he sustain such high averages as he ages while keeping low walk rates (6.4 percent and 6.6 percent the last two years)? He hits the ball hard enough to believe he will. Cano won't realistically revisit the double-digit steals from 2014, but he's arguably the most stable four-category second baseman not named Jose Altuve. Cano warrants second-round consideration.
19 Edwin Encarnacion (Cle - 1B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 20.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: DH-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 160 601 99 42 127 2 .263
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 145 535 89 38 112 2 .269
Outlook: With free agency looming, Encarnacion managed to put together his most productive campaign at the age of 33. In his 12th major league season, the slugger piled up career highs in runs (99), hits (158), extra-base hits (76), RBI (127) and walks (87) while tying his career-best mark of 42 home runs. His 19.7 percent strikeout rate was his worst mark since 2009, but of the eight players with 40 home runs last year, only Nolan Arenado posted a lower strikeout rate (14.8 percent), so he remains excellent at making contact relative to his contemporaries. Nelson Cruz's move from Baltimore to Seattle serves as a recent example of how the importance of a home ballpark can often be overstated when talking about the elite sluggers in the game. Encarnacion's move to Cleveland in the offseason might provide a similar narrative, as Progressive Field skewed more favorably for both runs and power than Rogers Centre did in 2016.
20 Carlos Correa (Hou - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 24.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 153 577 76 20 96 13 .274
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 126 482 64 21 82 14 .276
Outlook: Correa had a solid 2016 season that may get lost amid his heightened expectations and with so many other shortstops producing at the plate. Correa drew more walks last season, but also struck out a bit more and also did not get as much loft on his batted balls as he did in his rookie season. He also didn't run as frequently as expected, as he attempted just 17 steals. Correa needs to close the gaps in his splits to improve as he has hit for a better average and more power against righties than he has lefties. He could hit anywhere in the top four spots of the lineup in 2017, but hitting between Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve could be huge for his runs and RBI. At just 23, Correa still has time to become the top player at his position and fantasy superstar many envisioned when drafting him in the first round last year.
21 Trea Turner (Was - 2B, SS, CF)
Healthy
ADP: 26.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 73 307 53 13 40 33 .342
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 50 174 29 7 20 18 .328
Outlook: Turner didn't have anything more to prove in the minors, but the Nationals sent him back to Syracuse anyway so he could hit .302/.370/.471 in 331 at-bats with 25 steals before finally getting a long-overdue promotion. If he was frustrated by his slow progress up the ladder, he took it out on opposing pitchers. While his .342 batting average was the product of an unsustainable .391 BABIP, his contact rates and batting averages have always been excellent, and 33 steals in 73 big league games isn't out of line with his minor league theatrics on the basepaths. The real surprise was the power he flashed at the highest level. After hitting just 19 home runs in 268 minor league games, Turner slugged 13 in 73 games with Washington. If that power proves to be even partially sustainable (and his 16.7 percent HR/FB rate, while high, wasn't outrageous), the Nats suddenly find themselves with a 23-year-old five-category shortstop, and a future pillar of the franchise.
22 Freddie Freeman (Atl - 1B, 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 29.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 158 589 102 34 91 6 .302
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 146 537 86 23 78 4 .291
Outlook: In a year where many players set career highs in homers, Freeman nearly matched his total from the previous two seasons combined. He was healthy all year and had 83 extra-base hits and hit over .300 despite a 25 percent strikeout rate. The power spike came from two areas: a 41 percent flyball rate and 44 percent hard-contact rate, both career highs. While lefties and righties did not pose any issues for him in terms of average (.303 vs RHP; .301 vs LHP), 27 of his 34 home runs came against righties and his strikeout rate against southpaws was 28 percent versus 23 percent against righties. He has failed to drive in 100 runs for three consecutive seasons due to injury as well as questionable talent around him, but both showed signs of improvement in 2016.
23 Ryan Braun (Mil - LF)
Healthy
ADP: 29.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: LF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 135 511 80 30 91 16 .305
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 137 516 78 25 85 17 .285
Outlook: What we saw in 2016 was as close to the old Ryan Braun as we've seen since his 2013 PED suspension, and more relevantly, since the injuries that limited him to just 61 games in 2014. Braun finished with a .305 average and 30 home runs, the first time he reached either of those marks since 2012. While he lacks the explosive pull power that made him great in his young age, he has developed into one of the best opposite field hitters in baseball. According to FanGraphs, Braun owned a .446 batting average and .732 slugging percentage to right field, both ranking in the top 10 in the major leagues.
24 Chris Sale (Bos - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 23.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-2
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 17 10 0 226.7 233 3.34 1.04
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 14 8 0 203.0 238 3.01 1.03
Outlook: There was a great disturbance in the fantasy baseball force at the start of 2016 when Sale declared he was looking to be more efficient in 2016 with his pitches. By season's end, Sale struck out at least 10 batters just four times, matching his career low from 2012 when he threw 34 fewer innings and made three fewer starts than in 2016. This came on the heels of 2015, when he struck out 10 or more 13 times. He still carried a 9.3 K/9 and was as stingy as ever with walks. How does moving from The Cell to Fenway Park affect him? Fenway is also hitter-friendly, but he's pitched in dangerous conditions for home games throughout his career. Of course, his numbers won't rival those of the top NL aces, considering he's had an ERA over 3.30 in back-to-back seasons. He is the best real-life rotation arm in the American League, which makes him good enough to scrape the top five or, more comfortably, top 10 fantasy starters.
25 Joey Votto (Cin - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 30.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season 158 556 101 29 97 8 .326
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 126 440 76 21 67 7 .309
Outlook: Votto was a little slow to heat up in 2016, but once he did, he was the hottest star in the baseball universe. After batting .229 and .200 in April and May, respectively, Votto went on to post these marks in the subsequent four months: .319, .413, .394, .395. He easily led all qualifying hitters in average (.408), on-base percentage (.490) and slugging (.668) during the second half of the season, walking 15 more times than he struck out after the All-Star break while adding 15 homers. Now that he's two full seasons removed from the quad issues that led to the only down year of his career, Votto is firmly back among the safest options in fantasy baseball. His success isn't lineup-dependent either, as evidenced by his stellar counting stats in 2016 despite a lackluster supporting cast. There will be younger, sexier options in the first two rounds of drafts, but few can provide the peace of mind that Votto does.
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