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Back by popular demand in 2017... RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB season our Ultimate 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List. 

Our team of MLB enthusiasts and fantasy baseball analysts follow baseball all day, during the offseason and especially during the season. We recommend players for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire - every single day of the fantasy baseball preseason and season.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers by MLB Position

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Mike Zunino (C, SEA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~265 CURRENT ADP: 280 ANALYSIS: The Mariners aggressively promoted Mike Zunino, whom they drafted in the first round in 2012, pushing him to the bigs by 2013 after just 96 minor league games. He has been taking the trial-by-fire path to fantasy relevance, and it really hasn’t been pretty most of the time. Fantasy owners have shuddered at his batting average, which was as low as .174 in 2015, but he’s always held some intrigue as a home run hitter and is still only 25 years...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~225 CURRENT ADP: 243 ANALYSIS: Cameron Rupp has been around the big leagues for a while, muddling through the last few years on last place Phillies teams. Last year, however, as the team got an infusion of young talent and didn’t finish in the N.L. East cellar for the first time in three seasons, Rupp had himself a mini breakout, hitting .252/.303/.447 with 16 homers and 54 RBI in 419 plate appearances. There is reason to believe we haven’t seen Rupp’s ceiling as far as counting stats,...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~270 CURRENT ADP: 295 ANALYSIS: Austin Hedges has long been regarded as an elite defensive catcher, but he didn’t really reach top prospect status until he started tearing up the high minors at the plate in 2015. In two seasons at Triple-A in 2015 and 2016, he slashed .326/.361/.583 in 413 plate appearances, after hitting just .225/.272/.314 in 532 plate appearances in Double-A from 2013 to 2014. His ISO went from .112 before 2016 to .255 in 2016, and he started driving the ball more, with...continue reading

Brandon Finnegan (SP, CIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~280 CURRENT ADP: 333 ANALYSIS: Just a quick glance at Brandon Finnegan’s 10-11 record with a 3.98 ERA doesn’t tell the story of his 2016 campaign. The 23-year-old, in his third season in the big leagues and second as a starter, might have made a monumental discovery late in the season. From his last start in July through the end of the season, he surrendered more than three runs in an outing just once. By late August, he was pitching like a full-blown ace, and he...continue reading

Jerad Eickhoff (SP, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~190 CURRENT ADP: 205 ANALYSIS: Jerad Eickhoff has displayed flashes of brilliance in his two seasons with the Phillies, and although he features a 3.44 career ERA in 41 starts, his record stands at a disappointing 14-17. In terms of his stuff alone, the 26-year-old doesn’t strike out a substantial number of batters, but he does walk very few, induce a healthy number of ground balls and strands plenty of runners. Eickhoff is a horse in the rotation, having nearly surpassed the 200-inning mark last season while...continue reading

Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~165 CURRENT ADP: 192 ANALYSIS: After a promising rookie season with the White Sox two years ago, Carlos Rodon appeared to take a step back last year. The 24-year-old won nine games for the second consecutive season, but lost four additional games, finishing the season a game under .500. His ERA also went up, and he gave up more home runs. The bright spots, however, came in Rodon’s strikeout and walk rates, which both improved in his sophomore season. His 2016 campaign was a tale of...continue reading

Tommy Joseph (1B, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~221 CURRENT ADP: ~277 ANALYSIS: Tojo exploded onto the fantasy baseball scene during his rookie season in 2016 by smacking 21 HR with a monstrous .248 ISO, both ranking third among rookies. If you think Bour has high power potential over a full season, then Joseph says "Hold my beer." In fact, Joseph's PA:HR ratio (16.5) was actually better than Edwin Encarnacion who led the position with 42 HR. The kid can rake. But unfortunately, that is all he has shown the ability to do thus far. Joseph...continue reading

Greg Bird (1B, NYY) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~183 CURRENT ADP: ~246 ANALYSIS: Many fantasy owners were already excited about Bird heading into the 2016 season after he hit 11 HR in only 46 games following a late season call-up in 2015. But fans received the disappointing news prior to spring training that Bird would miss the season after having shoulder surgery. Fast forward to 2017 and the excitement is back as Bird is now recovered and slated to be the primary first baseman for the Bronx Bombers. Bird Dog combined across multiple levels to hit at least 20...continue reading

Justin Bour (1B, MIA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~266 CURRENT ADP: ~328 ANALYSIS: Justin Bour was a popular low-end sleeper pick heading into the 2016 season, and he was certainly on his way to proving that to be true heading into July. In just three months he had racked up 15 HR, 46 RBI, and a .873 OPS. The excitement came to an immediate halt however, after a sprained ankle on July 2 led to a stint on the 60 day DL. Bour finally returned in September, but was noticeably not in his first half form, and...continue reading

Dan Straily (SP, MIA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~305 CURRENT ADP: 335 ANALYSIS: Dan Straily was able to make some minor adjustments in his game last season that had a huge impact on his success. The underlying statistics say he still has work to do (4.88/5.02 FIP/xFIP last season), but he certainly took a big step forward. After winning one game the previous two seasons with an unsightly 6.42 ERA, Straily was a 14-game winner last season for the Reds with a 3.76 ERA. He was 18th in the majors with 20 quality starts, and...continue reading

Robert Gsellman (SP, NYM) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~300 CURRENT ADP: 339 ANALYSIS: The Mets’ rotation was a mess last season due to injuries, but something good came from it— we got to see Robert Gsellman make his major league debut. He made eight appearances (seven starts), and held his own with a 2.42 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and a 42:15 K:BB ratio. Throughout his minor league career he wasn’t a big strikeout guy, as he relied on limiting his walks, inducing soft contact and getting hitters to ground out. He held a 54.2 percent ground...continue reading

Zach Davies (SP, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~275 CURRENT ADP: 297 ANALYSIS: After enjoying a cup of tea in the majors in 2015, Zach Davies burst on the scene as a big fantasy surprise last season. He was able to improve his game in many areas, ending the year with a 3.97 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 28 starts. He doesn’t do his damage being a big strikeout guy, but rather he is a master of control. He was able to up his strikeout rate from 6.35 to 7.44 last season, but more...continue reading

Jaime Garcia (SP, STL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 374 ANALYSIS: After throwing nearly 900 innings with the Cardinals since 2008, Jaime Garcia was traded to the Braves for three minor leaguers this offseason as he enters the final year of his contract. He had a down year in 2016, with a career-high 4.67 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Some of this can be attributed to injuries; a finger injury affected his ability to grip the baseball, and a recurring blister cost him a fingernail heading into 2016. Heading into 2017, those issues are...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~260 CURRENT ADP: 286 ANALYSIS: Cesar Hernandez looked like a utility man when he broke into the majors in 2014, but he’s developed into a player with relevance in many fantasy formats. His plate discipline, contact rate, and contact quality have steadily trended up in the last three years. He earned some criticism for mental lapses on the bases — note the ugly 17-for-30 success rate on stolen base attempts — but he also hit .294/.371/393 with quality defense to turn in a surprising four-win season....continue reading

Jerad Eickhoff (SP, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~185 CURRENT ADP: 205 ANALYSIS: Jerad Eickhoff may not be the most exciting option on the Phillies, but he was the most stable starter of the bunch last season. While the rotation was decimated with injuries, Eickhoff stayed healthy and threw a career-high 197.1 innings. He held a 3.65 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP, and was one of only 20 major league pitchers to throw at least 190 innings with a sub-3.70 ERA. If you look at his season as a whole, he was as consistent as it...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~160 CURRENT ADP: 184 ANALYSIS: Vince Velasquez flashed his huge upside early in 2016 with a dominant, 16-strikeout complete game against the Padres. The 24-year old righty held a 10.44 K/9 rate last season, as well as a FIP/xFIP of 3.96/.3.67 that suggest he pitched better than his 4.12 ERA would indicate. His season was cut short by the Phillies after he reached his innings limit, ending the year with 131 innings. The fatigue may have gotten to Velasquez; after posting a 3.32 ERA in the first...continue reading

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~320 CURRENT ADP: 357 ANALYSIS: After sitting out all of 2015 to help his elbow fracture properly heal, Tyler Anderson became an afterthought in the Rockies organization. He went through a brief rehab assignment to begin the 2016 season, starting in High-A and ending with three starts in Triple-A Albuquerque. Once he got the call-up to the majors he never went back, ending the year with Colorado and leading the team in ERA. Over 19 starts in the best hitters park in the majors Anderson held...continue reading

Mike Montgomery (SP, CHC) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~290 CURRENT ADP: 310 ANALYSIS: Mike Montgomery was acquired by the Cubs last season and filled a very important role in their World Series run. He was mainly used out of the bullpen, earning the save in Game 7 to clinch the series. Throughout the minors, though, he had been a starter, and he will be stretched out this offseason to help Chicago's rotation. He will need to compete with the oft-injured Brett Anderson for the fifth starting spot, but has a good...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, STL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~265 CURRENT ADP: 293 ANALYSIS: Lance Lynn had been a consistent and effective starter for the Cardinals for four straight seasons until 2016. From 2012-15, he held a 3.38 ERA and an 8.65 K/9, and for three straight seasons he was among the top-two starters in all of baseball in HR/FB rate. However, Lynn missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and never made it back onto the field. Heading into 2017, though, you should feel fine about taking him at his reduced...continue reading

ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: NL Outfielders

Spring Training rolls along, giving us a great chance to overreact to every at-bat. It might be a better use of our time to look at some stats from previous years and analyze current draft values instead. This time we'll check out some undervalued and overvalued NL Outfielders, to identify desirable draft targets and avoids based on ADPs. Whether you play in an NL-only league or just want to dig a little deeper, these National League players are worth monitoring throughout the remainder of the preseason. ADP data is taken from early NFBC rankings to...continue reading

Manuel Margot (OF, SD) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~225 CURRENT ADP: 244 ANALYSIS: Manuel Margot came over in the Craig Kimbrel trade, and is expected to start the season in San Diego. Margot, 22, is ranked No. 24 on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list, and has displayed an ability to hit for average in the minors along with a great glove. Assuming all goes well in Spring Training, he should find himself manning center field come Opening Day. There's some risk with unknown commodities, but the reward is far...continue reading

Travis Jankowski (OF, SD) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~260 CURRENT ADP: 288 ANALYSIS: Travis Jankowski has taken advantage of the lack of surrounding talent in San Diego. He drew 130 starts in 2016 and was able to steal 30 bases, although he was primarily a one-cat stat producer. He hit .245 with two homers, 53 R and 12 RBI. Jankowski is expected to bat leadoff in 2017, meaning there should be many steal opportunities ahead, and although he needs to be more selective (caught stealing 12 times -- third worst in MLB), he is...continue reading

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~200 CURRENT ADP: 227 ANALYSIS: Keon Broxton joined the Brewers in the second half of 2016 and was an instant spark plug. In 244 at-bats, he produced 36 steals with a .354 OBP. His strong play has him as the favorite to start in center field, although his fantasy value is stunted by Jonathan Villar occupying the leadoff role. If the Brewers decide to go Villar-Broxton-Ryan Braun, they will have the most steals from their 1-3 spots among all teams...continue reading

Rajai Davis (OF, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~230 CURRENT ADP: 246 ANALYSIS: Rajai Davis is on his fourth team in five years, but still has value thanks to his legs. He had 43 steals last season along with a career-high 74 runs and 12 homers. As a result, he earned leadoff duties for an Oakland team that is in constant rebuild mode. There is no major outfield prospect waiting behind Davis, meaning he should see regular playing time. The 36-year-old is a lock for 30 steals with a legitimate opportunity to match his 43...continue reading

Ender Inciarte (OF, ATL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210 CURRENT ADP: 237 ANALYSIS: The Braves’ offense was sneaky good to finish 2016, posting a .774 OPS in the second half (third in MLB). The addition of Matt Kemp provided Freddie Freeman solid protection, but the biggest X-factor was Ender Inciarte. Inciarte was a tale of two halves, hitting .227 with 26 runs in the first half and .341 with 59 runs in the second half. The 59 runs were tied for second in baseball— with Freeman. The 26-year-old Inciarte...continue reading

Chris Herrmann (C, ARI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 378 ANALYSIS: Chris Herrmann took a big step forward in production last season in his first year with the Diamondbacks, posting a career high 118 OPS+. The problem is he did it in only 166 plate appearances, as his season ended prematurely when he fractured his hand. Also, a .364 BABIP has left fantasy owners skeptical. The skepticism is certainly warranted, but the Diamondbacks still non-tendered Welington Castillo, effectively handing Herrmann the starting job heading into 2017. He’ll have some...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~250 CURRENT ADP: 318 ANALYSIS: James McCann had a nice year for the Tigers in 2015, slashing .264/.297/.387 as a rookie, but last year he appeared to take a step back, as his OPS was down (.629) while strikeouts were up (109). The one thing he did to generate some optimism in the Motor City was hit 12 bombs in 373 plate appearances. It’s too bad that had to come at the cost of more strikeouts and a dismal .221 average and .272 OBP. However, a...continue reading

Tom Murphy (C, COL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210 CURRENT ADP: 221 ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners have to be licking their chops at the idea of Tom Murphy getting at least 200 plate appearances at Coors Field this season, as the 25-year-old catcher hit five bombs in just 49 PA during his September call-up last season and flashed some big-time power in the minors. It’s a small sample size, but Murphy has put up an OPS+ of 133 in 32 games as a big leaguer, so it’s easy to dream of 20-25 homers from this...continue reading

Jett Bandy (C, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~370 CURRENT ADP: 403 ANALYSIS: Jett Bandy was dealt to Milwaukee this offseason, and the move could provide him with a nice sleeper opportunity. He took over as the Angels’ main catcher midway through last season, and will now be competing for playing time with Andrew Susac and Manny Pina. The 26-year-old is regarded as an excellent defender and was sixth-best in MLB at throwing out would-be base-stealers last year, gunning down 39.6 percent of runners. He also showed some nice...continue reading

Neftali Feliz (RP, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 233

ANALYSIS: Neftali Feliz has had an up-and-down career since 2014, so he will look for consistency in 2017 as the best candidate to close out wins for the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering the season in a rebuilding phase, the Brewers may trade Feliz if he becomes desired by other teams over the course of the season. Feliz is a reliable pick for a third closer as long as he stays on the Brewers.

Brandon Kintzler (RP, MIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~240

CURRENT ADP: 270

ANALYSIS: Brandon Kintzler pitched to a 3.15 ERA with just 17 saves, but his job appears to be secure. Former closer Glen Perkins is recovering from a significant injury so his likelihood of being ready for the start of the season is slim. Until Perkins proves he's healthy and capable of progressing to high-leverage situations, Kintzler is the go-to closer for the Twins. Kintzler is being drafted after several setup men, and

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Jim Johnson (RP, ATL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~220

CURRENT ADP: 251

ANALYSIS: Last year, Jim Johnson showed that he may have turned back to a better time in his 11-year career. Having recorded 20 saves on a 3.06 ERA while striking out just over a batter per inning, Johnson appears to have found success as closer of the Atlanta Braves. Is he a top-10 closer? No, but his recent success paired with the inexperienced relievers he shares the bullpen with provide stability for the 33-year-old veteran

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Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~110

CURRENT ADP: 133

ANALYSIS: While Addison Russell didn’t have the huge breakout many were projecting for him last year, he was still pretty darn good, hitting 21 home runs with 67 runs scored and 95 RBI while mostly batting seventh in the lineup. We saw big improvements in his plate discipline here 2016, and there’s no reason to believe the 23-year-old won’t continue to ascend. Given his talent, the ceiling is higher on Russell at this draft price

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ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitchers

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Today, we'll cover some undervalued and overvalued relief pitchers, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over a month away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Undervalued Relief Pitchers Jim Johnson, Atlanta Braves (ADP: 219) Last year, ...continue reading

Travis Shaw (3B, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~275

CURRENT ADP: 311

ANALYSIS: Travis Shaw’s first full season in the majors got off to a good start, but he wasn’t able to keep the momentum going and ended up as the clear weak link in a stacked Red Sox lineup. Now in Milwaukee, he’ll get to play half his games in Miller Park, where left-handed power plays way up. Shaw hit 16 homers last season, and it’s easy to see him pushing that total into the 20–25 range.

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Jung Ho Kang (3B, PIT) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 242

ANALYSIS: The gruesome knee injury that cut Jung Ho Kang’s rookie season short also took a chunk out of his second year in the majors. When he was on the field, though, he produced. Kang hit 21 homers in just 370 plate appearances and added nearly four percentage points to his walk rate while holding his strikeout rate steady. So why is he languishing until the late rounds in most drafts? Unfortunately, it’s not just

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Nick Castellanos (3B, DET) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180

CURRENT ADP: 203

ANALYSIS: Nick Castellanos was in the midst of a breakout last season before injury decommissioned him for most of the second half. Despite a steady upward trend in his production since breaking into the big leagues, Castellanos has yet to improve on his plate approach or contact issues. If he’d made enough plate appearances, Castellanos would have tied for the 11th-worst swinging strike rate and 19th-worst contact rate among qualified hitters. You can make that

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Mike Moustakas (3B, KC) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170

CURRENT ADP: 195

ANALYSIS: Mike Moustakas enjoyed a long-awaited breakthrough in 2015, hitting .284 with 22 home runs. Through the first month of last season, he looked well on his way to an even better follow-up. Unfortunately, a torn ACL ended his season prematurely, but he’s expected to be 100 percent before the start of the upcoming season. It’s understandable that he’s something of a forgotten man given the crazy depth at the hot corner this season, but Moustakas

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Ryon Healy (3B, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170

CURRENT ADP: 190

ANALYSIS: Ryon Healy was lightly regarded as a minor leaguer, barely mentioned by prospect mavens when they reviewed Oakland’s decidedly unspectacular farm system. Despite always being on the old side for his level, Healy hadn’t distinguished himself in his first three minor league seasons. In 2016, however, he began raking at Double-A, and didn’t stop even as he was promoted to the majors midseason.  Healy totaled 27 homers – half of them in the majors

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Jarrod Dyson (OF, SEA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~240

CURRENT ADP: 262

ANALYSIS: Jarrod Dyson was an excellent fourth outfielder with the Royals for most of this decade, his speed and defense making up for a lack of punch at the plate. He’s sixth in the majors in stolen bases since 2012, despite averaging fewer than 300 plate appearances per season during that time. He’s reportedly set to begin the seasons as the Mariners’ primary left fielder and leadoff man, making his current draft price a potentially major

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Matt Holliday (OF, NYY) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~225

CURRENT ADP: 257

ANALYSIS: Matt Holliday is long one of the most bankable assets in baseball, but recent times haven’t been kind to him. Injuries have limited him to just 700 total plate appearances in the last two seasons. In 2015, he managed just four home runs after averaging 26 over the previous nine seasons. Last year, he hit a career-worst .246 and posted a walk rate below 10 percent for the first time since 2007. Now he’s

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Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 231

ANALYSIS: Max Kepler exploded onto fantasy owners’ radar with a three-homer game on Aug. 1, but hit just three homers over the remainder of the season. That late-season swoon is the likely culprit for his current ADP, but there’s a lot to like here. Kepler is still just 23 (he was in rookie ball at age 17 after signing out of Germany) and has always shown good plate discipline. Over the last couple of years,

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Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170

CURRENT ADP: 188

ANALYSIS: Kevin Kiermaier is widely known for his ridiculous defense in center field, but he’s also been a slightly above-average hitter in his career. Before a hand injury derailed things, he was pacing toward a 20-HR/30-SB season in 2016. Plus, he nearly doubled his walk rate. His .246 batting average left a bit to be desired, but he hit .263 in each of his first two MLB seasons. If he can get back to that

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Kole Calhoun (OF, LAA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~160

CURRENT ADP: 184

ANALYSIS: Kole Calhoun seems pretty under-appreciated for a guy who ranks 16th among outfielders in FanGraphs WAR over the last three years. He has averaged 20 homers and just under 90 runs scored over that span to go along with a passable average. Last season, Calhoun managed to chop over six points off his K% while also posting a career best walk rate of 10 percent. In an Angels lineup that should outperform

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ADP Values For Fantasy Baseball: Shortstops

RotoBallers, happy draft season! We are inching closer to Opening Day, and thankfully that means it’s time to analyze everything under the sun as soon we will soon be in the midst of our fantasy drafts. This article is going to take a look at a few shortstops to determine if their ADP is too high, too low, or about right. Keep in mind ADP data at this point is EARLY and will continue to evolve and change as the days go by. Without further ado, here’s an initial look at...continue reading

Third Base Draft Values and Sleepers for 2017

RotoBaller's draft values and sleepers series rolls on! Today, we'll discuss some early third base draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. The quality and depth of the pool at the hot corner this season is astonishing. The top four players at the position are first-rounders, and at least a dozen more are worthy options to be your primary third baseman. Even beyond that, there are several intriguing names. Let's look at a few of them, shall we? Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our ...continue reading

Jurickson Profar (2B, TEX) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350

CURRENT ADP: 376

ANALYSIS: The dust has settled on Jurickson Profar's hype and he is now being valued well outside the top 20 at second base. You may recall Profar got off to a sizzling start, hitting .343 at the onset of July. It was all downhill from there, however, and he finished with a disappointing .239 average with five homers and two steals to his name over 272 at-bats. Profar played all over the field in 2016, making him a

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Jose Peraza (2B, CIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~120

CURRENT ADP: 138

ANALYSIS: Jose Peraza had the kind of post-deadline production that makes you salivate about his potential over a full season. He spent the early part of the season bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the big-league club, hitting .250 with the occasional stolen base. After his last call-up on Aug. 20, Peraza hit .366 with 11 steals in 156 at-bats to close the season. The former Braves prospect now has a .301 career mark across all levels. He

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Joe Panik (2B, SF) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~275

CURRENT ADP: 323

ANALYSIS: Joe Panik is a former first-round pick who hasn't quite panned out yet, but the potential is there. After hitting .305 and .312 in his first two major league seasons, which included an All-Star appearance in 2015, he dropped to .239 last year. Panik’s injuries, although seemingly minor, may have played a big part in his decline. Consider too that his BABIP plummeted nearly 100 points from two years ago, down to .245. His plate discipline

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Devon Travis (2B, TOR) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180

CURRENT ADP: 207

ANALYSIS: Devon Travis was a valuable streamer for many fantasy owners at times last season, but inconsistency has held him back from being a full-fledged fantasy starter. He hit .321 in the second half of the year to finish with an even .300 batting average. Travis took the majority of his at-bats in the leadoff spot, giving him a great chance to score runs atop a powerful lineup. He only posted a .323 OBP when hitting first,

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Brandon Crawford (SS, SF) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 243

ANALYSIS: Despite a substantial drop in his HR total (from 21 to 12), Brandon Crawford deserves more attention than his current ADP would indicate. His contact quality and plate discipline have improved with regularity since he broke into the majors as a glove-only shortstop. Even last season, the loss of power was somewhat offset by a 20-point increase in batting average. Like every other player who calls AT&T Park home, Crawford’s production will be somewhat depressed,

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Jedd Gyorko (2B/3B/SS, STL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~215

CURRENT ADP: 240

ANALYSIS: Jedd Gyorko’s first season in St. Louis couldn’t have gone much better. He took advantage of Kolten Wong’s early struggles and Jhonny Peralta’s injury, turning himself into a versatile and indispensable member of the Cardinals’ infield. Gyorko launched 30 home runs in just 438 plate appearances, and has a chance to emerge as the primary third baseman this year. For fantasy purposes, however, he retains eligibility at both

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Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180

CURRENT ADP: 202

ANALYSIS: The adjustments Marcus Semien made at the plate last season led to greater power at the expense of average. Given the power surge across the sport recently, that’s not ideal for fantasy purposes. However, the improvement in his contact quality was encouraging, and there may yet be more pop in his bat. Semien is only 26, after all, and he’s shown the ability to recognize and improve weaknesses in his game already (cf. his

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Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~140

CURRENT ADP: 160

ANALYSIS: Acquired in the Shelby Miller trade last season, Dansby Swanson jumped from High-A to the majors and immediately set about making that deal look even more like a complete fleecing for the Braves.  The 2015 top overall pick hit .302/.361/.442 with three homers, three stolen bases and 37 R+RBI in 38 games after being promoted to the big leagues. His .383 BABIP was a touch on the high side, but

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Tim Anderson (SS, CHW) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~150

CURRENT ADP: 164

ANALYSIS: Known more for his speed than his bat as a prospect, Tim Anderson had a surprisingly robust debut. He hit .283 with nine homers and 10 steals and scored 57 runs in just 99 games as a rookie. While his plate discipline left much to be desired (111 strikeouts against just 13 walks), the 23-year-old showed he had the chops to hack it in the majors. With the White Sox in rebuild mode, Anderson

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Hunter Renfroe

Those who follow prospects in any way at all should be familiar with Hunter Renfroe. He is a former first-round pick and a top 100 overall prospect the last two years. He was also MVP of the Pacific Coast League last season, mashing to the tune of an .893 OPS with 30 HR and 105 RBI. It marked the third out of four minor league seasons in which he totaled at least 20 HR and 75 RBI. This hardly seems like sleeper material, but the fact is that Renfroe's...continue reading

Francisco Cervelli (C, PIT) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~260

CURRENT ADP: 272.3

ANALYSIS: Francisco Cervelli's .264 batting average despite an otherwise down 2016 campaign proved that he is a guy who won’t hurt you. His 1.6% HR/FB has nowhere to go but up, and his .329 BABIP may seem inflated for a catcher, but he can run a little and avoids popping the ball up. The combination of a 24.1% FB% and 1.6% IFFB% is difficult to top in the pop-up avoidance category.

His average may actually have room to

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Travis d'Arnaud (C, NYM) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~ 250

CURRENT ADP: 281.7

ANALYSIS: Travis d’Arnaud was a popular sleeper pick heading into 2016, as his .268/.340/.485 line with 12 dingers in 268 plate appearances had fantasy owners interested. A shoulder injury bit into his playing time and limited him to a .247/.307/.323 line with four homers, however, removing him from the fantasy radar. He is expected to be fully healthy by Spring Training, giving him some post-hype sleeper appeal.

A mechanical flaw in d'Arnaud's batting stance has also been cited

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Stephen Vogt (C, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~220

CURRENT ADP: 240.7

ANALYSIS: Stephen Vogt's .251/.305/.406 line with 14 HR wasn't sexy, but the bar for catchers is pretty low. He is a little better than his surface stats suggest, too. His BABIP on ground balls was just .153 last year against a career average of .218. The shift was not the issue, as Vogt hit .287 against it. A few more singles are all it would take to bring his average to respectability, as his 15.6% K% is already

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Wilson Ramos (C, TB) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~230

CURRENT ADP: 253

ANALYSIS: Wilson Ramos had one of the better 2016 seasons for a catcher, as he hit .307/.354/.496 with 22 bombs in a breakout campaign. He also tore his ACL, preventing him from playing until May 2017 at the earliest. He seems to be recovering nicely from the knee injury by all accounts, and Tampa intends to use him as a DH while he gets healthy enough to go back behind the plate.

The DH thing is huge.

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ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: NL Starting Pitchers

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Today, we'll cover some undervalued and overvalued NL starting pitchers, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Undervalued NL Starting Pitchers Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks (ADP: 98) Look, there's no getting around this: Greinke's ERA went up...continue reading

ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: AL Outfielders

As Opening Day creeps ever closer, it's a good time to start analyzing player values to get a jump on the competition. Today I'll be taking a look at undervalued and overvalued AL Outfielders, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADPs. These are some American League players to monitor in preseason mock drafts to see how their respective values may shift before Spring Training and fantasy seasons get underway. ADP data is taken from early NFBC rankings to determine which players may be great values, and which ones should be passed...continue reading

ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: AL Starting Pitchers

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Keep reading for my thoughts on undervalued and overvalued AL starting pitchers, to identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Undervalued AL Starting Pitchers Sean Manaea, Oakland Athletics (ADP: 179) After some initial struggles in his rookie season, Manaea really...continue reading

ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: Third Base

Opening Day is approximately two months away, but it's never too soon to start making those draft lists. Today I'm here to take a look at some overvalued, undervalued and fair value 3B for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what players may be great values and who should be passed over at the hot corner. Here are some players to monitor in preseason mock drafts to see how their respective values may shift before Spring Training and the fantasy baseball season...continue reading

ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: NL Outfielders

Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Today I'll be taking a look at undervalued and overvalued NL Outfielders, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADPs. Let's get to it. Undervalued NL Outfielders Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (ADP: 52) Braun hasn't played in 150 games in a season since 2012, thanks to an assortment of nagging injuries. As he enters his...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner

I read something the other day referring to the Yankees as possible "AL Dodgers" due to their ability to spend. I thought LA's limitless payroll made them the NL's Yankees, but apparently the team is the new "Evil Empire." Regardless of their reputation, the team has kept its offseason under control. Balking at Minnesota's asking price for Brian Dozier, the team acquired Logan Forsythe from Tampa Bay to fill their hole at second base. They also resigned Justin Turner, keeping the 2016 team together instead of looking for...continue reading

Five Catcher Draft Values and Sleepers For 2017

The 2017 MLB season, like the vast majority of campaigns that have come before it, figures to feature a weak catcher position. Not to worry - today I'm here to help identify some early catcher draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. Catchers who can hit at all require you to take a hit elsewhere on your roster, as they are taken where the game's best players leave the board. The scrubs you can take later on are worse than leaving the spot blank. Add in how...continue reading

Fantasy Implications of Steve Pearce Joining the Toronto Blue Jays

Welcome back, RotoBallers, to our ongoing series on MLB player outlooks and free agent signings. In case you missed them, you can see our earlier columns on various 2017 player outlooks including those who changed teams. On December 5, the Blue Jays signed one of my favorite Orioles, Steve Pearce, to a two-year deal despite his ongoing recovery from flexor tendon surgery. This article will discuss what to expect from Pearce as a Blue Jay in 2017. Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017...continue reading

Dylan Bundy - Breakout Candidate

Dylan Bundy has a prospect pedigree as good as anyone in baseball. He was previously Baseball America’s and MLB.com’s number two prospect. In 2012, his first year out of high school, he made it to the majors. In my March 2014 Orioles’ prospect rankings, I had Bundy as a 9.5/10 talent; I would not lower that evaluation one bit. The purpose of this article is to show the reader what Bundy’s stat line alone cannot, as Bundy had quite an abnormal 2016. Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Kendrys Morales and Jose Bautista

Toronto has had a polarizing offseason to say the least. Faced with the possibility of losing two of their trademark sluggers, the team jumped on DH Kendrys Morales with a long term contract to fill the void. The move was questioned at the time, and looked even worse when the market refused to pay for sluggers. They saved some face by re-signing Jose Bautista later on, but Canadian baseball fans will not enjoy watching Edwin Encarnacion in a Tribe uniform. Toronto still projects to have a plus lineup...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Nate Karns and Jose Quintana

Pitching always seems to define my fantasy seasons, good and bad. After covering Jarrod Dyson in the last Champ/Chump, it makes sense to acknowledge that the piece Kansas City acquired is also interesting from a fantasy perspective. Jose Quintana may be the best pitcher on the trade market, so he has been involved in his fair share of rumors as well. Will either help fantasy rosters in 2017? Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded...continue reading

Rich Hill Stays With Dodgers, What Can Fantasy Owners Expect?

When the A’s signed Rich Hill to a one-year deal last offseason, it was seen as a risky move on a fairly unknown commodity – a veteran who had pitched very sparingly for a few years and made a few good starts in late 2015. But the veteran reclamation project is a secret no longer. After a 2016 season in which he went 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.997 WHIP in 20 starts between the A’s and Dodgers, he got himself a three-year guarantee this offseason from the Dodgers worth $48...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Jarrod Dyson and Ian Desmond

Welcome back RotoBallers, to my ongoing series of Champs or Chumbs. I take a look at different MLB players, and determine if they truly will be viable fantasy baseball assets in 2017. Fantasy owners have a need for speed that blows the value of the stolen base way out of proportion relative to the real game. Now that Jarrod Dyson has been traded to Seattle, he may be able to provide it. Ian Desmond signed for $70 million earlier in this offseason, but no one seems to know why. Let's...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Sonny Gray and Jason Hammel

Clubs looking for starting pitching are mostly out of luck in this market. Sonny Gray is the among the biggest names on the trade market, but he posted a 5.69 ERA last year. Jason Hammel is the top remaining free agent, but he is not anyone's idea of an ace. Can either help 2017 fantasy squads? Let's take a look. Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded up with tons of great rankings articles and draft analysis....continue reading

Champ or Chump: Danny Espinosa

Last season saw a significant uptick in league-wide home runs, reducing the value of power-only profiles in the fantasy game. No one has conclusively determined why homers were up, but some people are assuming that it will remain the case for 2017. It might, but I look forward to drafting power at a discount in 2017 thanks to the assumptions of others. I'm especially interested in options at positions that traditionally do not provide fantasy owners with power. In that vein, let's look at the newest Los Angeles Angel, Danny Espinosa. Editor's...continue reading

2016 In Review: Outfield (OF) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some more breakout performances in the outfield. Breakout Outfielders in 2016 Jackie Bradley, Boston Red Sox

Bradley technically broke out last August, when he hit .354 with five homers across 79 AB. He had been largely considered a Quad-A player — someone who tore apart Triple-A pitching but couldn’t make the adjustment to the big leagues — before putting it all together late in 2015. He endured yet another slow start in 2016, but exploded in May, slashing .381/.474/.701

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2016 in Review: Catcher (C) Breakouts

Some time has passed since Anthony Rizzo caught Kris Bryant's throw to put an end to the 2016 season. Like Rizzo, I put baseball in my back pocket and just mellowed out - the season is a grind for all those involved, including baseball writers. Enough time's elapsed for me to look back. As far as catchers go, this was not the best year for those who wear the tools of ignorance. No one absolutely dominated - no ridiculous Mike Piazza-type years. In fact, only one catcher broke...continue reading

2016 in Review: Values at Second Base

Second base is no longer the light hitting position of the past. Eighteen fantasy eligible second basemen hit 20 or more homers this season and four hit 30 or more. The deep field resulted in several late round or undrafted values, and here are three of the best bang-for-your buck second basemen from 2016. Value Second Basemen in 2016 Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles Jonathan Schoop got a little overshadowed by the big sluggers in the Baltimore Orioles’ potent offense this season, but fantasy owners looking for good value at second base were...continue reading

2016 in Review: Values at Shortstop

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the best values at shortstop. Value Shortstops in 2016 Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz wasn’t expected to be more than a bench bat going into this season, but an injury to Jhonny Peralta gave him an opportunity. Fantasy owners took note of his breakout campaign. Though the initially low expectations led to him being undrafted in many leagues, owners who snatched him up on waivers at the beginning of the season were rewarded with...continue reading

2016 In Review: Starting Pitcher (SP) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout  performances by starting pitchers. Breakout Starting Pitchers in 2016 Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs “Hendricks could be one of the few fantasy bargains to be found in Wrigleyville this year,” is a thing I wrote back in February. As justification for this assertion, I pointed to Hendricks’ drastic improvement in K% from his rookie year. He maintained that gain, and actually boosted his swinging strike rate by nearly two percentage points. That, along with a...continue reading

 



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