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Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Draft Values (List Updated Daily)

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. If you like draft values and sleepers, also check out the 2017 fantasy baseball rankings hub. Our new Rankings Assistant Tool combines all our ranks in one place - tiers, points leagues, top prospects, dynasty ranks, and more. Now let's win some leagues!

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Lessons Learned From Our Deeper Waiver Wire Adds (American League)

With the season wrapping up this weekend, I wanted to take a moment in this final entry in the column this year to reflect on the 2016 fantasy season in terms of deep AL-only cuts. Quite a few fantasy relevant players made their way into this column this season, including more than a handful that transformed into legit big-name producers. We're going to take a look at some fantasy "rules" learned or re-enforced over the season from all those players to see what can help us in 2017. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and MLB Premium and DFS tools. What are you waiting for?  

Some 2016 Takeaways for Fantasy Baseball

Lesson #1: The Oakland prospect river still runs deep. This year, the A's had one of their nowhere years where the team's underwhelming roster of talent never gets out to sea and just collapses under its own weight, not unlike an severely overweight dog trying to stand for too long. But with that brought new opportunities, and not just for veteran slugger-without-a-home Danny Valencia. Though they had plenty of growing pains along the way, the future in Oakland is bright thanks to rookie hurlers Sean Manaea, Ryan Dull and Jharel Cotton impressing on the mound and rookie batters Ryon Healy and Bruce Maxwell III in the field. Those are just the successful ones too. The A's helped many a fantasy team with their aggressive promoting of their minor leaguers, a reminder to not forget about the power of a rookie. Lesson #2: Relievers are becoming more and more viable in fantasy. With all the injuries happening in baseball as a whole to pitchers, the need to have a ton of surplus is at an all-time high. This means bringing up more and more bodies to fill those roles, be they starter or reliever. But with more and more high-strikeout relievers appearing, it only takes two solid relievers to equal or beat the production of many, many starting pitchers on their own, and at a fraction of the price. Any combination of pitchers such as Matt Bush, Dan Otero, Mychal Givens, and Chris Devenski were able to put up performances outweighing that of sought-after draft-day starters such as Clay Buchholz, James Shields, Yovani Gallardo and Edinson Volquez. Lesson #3: There's still no need to go hard on closers during the draft. This has been a lesson that many an expert shares during those pre-draft weeks, and it continues to ring 100% true: don't go big on draft day when it comes to closers. It takes a little extra work to monitor bullpen job security mid-season, but by simply knowing which bullpens have a shaky foundation, you can pinpoint closer-in-waiting rather easily. So while the competition was crying over big-ticket busts like Steve Cishek, Sean Doolittle and Huston Street for ending up as wasted investments for the most part, waiver wire targets like Edwin Diaz, Ryan Madson and Cam Bedrosian others delivered saves for a fraction of the cost. Lesson #4: Identify impact rookies and stash them ASAP. This lesson was big this year as multiple rookies made a huge fantasy impact, and these players were either under-owned at the time of their promotion, if owned at all. Now, while we all know that every hot prospect isn't going to blow up--some like Jose Berrios just get blown up. But when they do hit, wow, do they ever hit. Outfielders Max Kepler, Tyler Naquin and Nomar Mazara, infielders Ryon Healy, Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel and pitchers Michael Fulmer and Dylan Bundy all contributed huge numbers and were available on waiver wires in most leagues before their call-ups/season debuts. Lesson #5: Work that waiver wire! This is a lesson as old as fantasy sports itself: thou who rocks the waiver wire rocks the body that rocks the mind. Don't get me wrong: nearly all great teams start with at least a decent draft foundation to build upon. But even a poorly drafted team in a deep league can be salvaged using waivers. In the American League alone, un-to-minimally drafted players such as infielders Jose Ramirez, Steve Pearce and Brad Miller, outfielders Leonys Martin and Michael Saunders and pitchers J.A. Happ, CC Sabathia and Kendall Graveman all greatly outperformed their projections going into the season. That's why the saying "never give up, never surrender" is considered old. Baseball has always been a magical, unpredictable sport.  

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Bullpen Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 26

It is the final few days of fantasy baseball! While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men that have proven to be closer candidates to target off the waiver wire for Week 26 and the final week of the fantasy baseball season. Good luck to everyone competing for the championship. The more likely a team is to win, the more likely a pitcher will be eligible to earn the holds that could be the difference between winning or losing in your fantasy league. Bear in mind, an effective relief pitcher highlighted today could find himself in a closer's role if the everyday closer is unavailable or recently ineffective. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and MLB Premium and DFS tools. What are you waiting for?   Adam Ottavino, Colorado Rockies 6 Saves, 4 Holds, 2.52 ERA, 25.0 IP, 30 K, 0.96 WHIP The season is wrapping up and the Colorado Rockies have long since been eliminated from playoff contention. The Rockies can still finish strong this year and closing out saves, Adam Ottavino will get the call. The 30-year-old Ottavino is pitching well this year. Opponents are hitting just .187 against his 93.7 MPH fastball and 81.6 MPH sweeping slider. Despite finishing the season at home, Ottavino is generating ground balls at a remarkable 62.3% rate. Ottavino could be the difference maker in the final days of a postseason push in any fantasy league. Pick him up if saves are needed. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants 3 Saves, 14 Holds, 2.93 ERA, 27.2 IP, 30 K, 1.12 WHIP The Giants are looking for any peace of mind out of the bullpen so former closer Sergio Romo is getting another chance. Opponents are hitting .242 against Romo this year. Signature of Romo; the righty relies on his 75.8 MPH slider first with his 85.8 MPH fastball complimenting it. It's an even year so history favors the Giants but they also field a very talented team. They will put every ounce into fighting for an opportunity at the postseason, pick up Romo as each of the last games for the Giants are as crucial to them as they are to your championship-competing fantasy team. Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds 17 Saves, 8 Holds, 4.13 ERA, 61.0 IP, 47 K, 1.46 WHIP The Cincinnati Reds are simply looking to find out what they have for next season and Tony Cingrani will look to make a good lasting impression entering the offseason. This year opponents are hitting .234 against Cingrani. Nearly solely relying on a 94.2 MPH fastball, Cingrani has found success at the major league level. The Reds are wrapping up the season against the best team in the league but they do not have anything to compete for. If the Chicago Cubs field a weak lineup in anticipation of their bid for a long-sought championship, pickup Cingrani and hope he has a good end to a lackluster Reds season. Andrew Bailey, Los Angeles Angels 6 Saves, 5 Holds, 5.48 ERA, 42.2 IP, 40 K, 1.31 WHIP The Los Angeles Angels continue searching for a positive season with one of the best in the game. The Angels will finish the season against a ravaged slim contender in the Astros so they can put the nail in the coffin. Closer Andrew Bailey can be the hammer to that nail. In 11 games with the Angels, opponents are hitting to a .189 batting average. Bailey provides varying speeds, a 92.1 MPH fastball, 84.4 MPH cutter and 76.8 MPH curveball. He is striking out just under a batter per inning and could wrap up this year with a positive impression to improve his stock for next year as he hopes for another job. Jim Johnson, Atlanta Braves 18 Saves, 8 Holds, 2.92 ERA, 61.2 IP, 64 K, 1.17 WHIP The Atlanta Braves have a chance to finish the season strong and as a spoiler to the Wild Card-contending Detroit Tigers. In a season worthy of receiving Comeback Player of the Year votes, Jim Johnson pitched a strong year with opponents hitting .228 against him. With his 93.3 MPH two-seam fastball and 79.1 MPH slider, Johnson generates ground balls 55.3% of the time. In addition to generating ground balls, Johnson has struck out more than a batter per inning. The Braves have seen parts of their future in present day and Johnson will look to increase his value going into free agency in the offseason.  

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Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups 2016 Fantasy Awards (National League)

A long season has finally come to an end. Hopefully good fortune found you and your teams in 2016. Of course, us RotoBallers know that winning isn't just a matter of luck! I would like to think this column gave you NL-only and deep-league owners some helpful advice along the way. I n lieu of a list of suggestions for waiver adds with just four days remaining, here are some of the most valuable players that were regularly nominated on this list. These players may turn out to be even more valuable in 2017 and some could still be draft-day sleepers. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and MLB Premium and DFS tools. What are you waiting for?  

Hitters

Speed Demon - Jonathan Villar (2B/3B/SS, MIL)  You may not have drafted Villar (let's face it, almost nobody did), but if you scooped him up early on, he rewarded you handsomely. Villar has been running wild all season and isn't stopping. Despite being caught a league-high 18 times, he is still leading the NL with 59 steals. Even with an awful September slump to close things out, he is hitting .283 and delivered more than just speed with 88 R as well. With middle and corner infield eligibility, Villar has become a more valuable version of Billy Hamilton. Honorable mention: Travis Jankowski (OF, SD)   Cheap Seats Investor - Ryan Schimpf (2B/3B, SD) Don't pretend you knew who Schimpf was before this season. This 28 year old rookie was languishing in the minors until the desperate Padres threw him in the lineup mid-season. He delivered far more power than anyone could have predicted, launching nine homers in 23 games in July. He now has 19 HR and 48 RBI in 266 AB, giving him a ridiculous .312 ISO. His .218 average may have been a drag, but if you needed help in homers alone, he was your man. He may not even stick in the lineup next year as the new wave of Padres enters the fray, but he could become a streaming waiver option at some point again. Honorable mention: Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B/SS, STL)   Late Season Savior - Trea Turner (2B/OF, WAS) Fantasy owners were eagerly awaiting Turner's call-up throughout the first half, but it wasn't until July that Turner began to see regular playing time. He was serviceable, but didn't really turn it on until after the trade deadline. Turner hit a blazing .357/5/15 with 11 SB in the month of August and has been just as good in September, hitting .333/7/15 with nine SB. He was truly a savior to many fantasy owners down the stretch and will surely be a high draft selection in 2017. Honorable Mention: Ender Inciarte   Mr. Consistency - Angel Pagan (OF, SF) Pagan got off to a hot start, hitting .315 and scoring 17 runs in the first 24 games of the season. Injuries derailed his season slightly with two separate DL stints, but he never showed ill effects from the missed time. Pagan managed to go the entire season without letting his average slip below .270 until September 23rd. Pagan didn't dominate any one category, but contributed in all of them, including 66 R, 11 HR, 51 RBI and 14 SB. He makes an ideal third or fourth outfielder in deep leagues where consistency matters. Honorable mention: Yasmani Grandal (C, LA)   Maybe Next Year - Hunter Renfroe/Manuel Margot (OF, SD) This pair of Futures stars in San Diego were shoo-ins to be recalled once the Padres traded away Melvin Upton and Matt Kemp. Then they weren't. Once the rosters expanded to 40, they were sure to see time in the month of September. Then they didn't. The PCL playoffs took priority, so it was with one week left in the season that we got ever so slight a glimpse of Renfroe's power (two HR, seven RBI in one game) and Margot's speed (a double, triple and steal in one game). Sure to be hot commodities next year, we can only imagine what they might have done for us as regulars a month ago. Honorable mention: J.P. Crawford (SS, PHI)   Fool's Gold - Jhonny Peralta (3B/SS, STL) Peralta experienced a revival season in 2014 when he moved to St. Louis and then found himself an NL All-Star in 2015. It was known he would miss the first chunk of the 2016 season with a torn thumb ligament, but he was expected to pickup where he left off once he returned. Instead, Peralta has a .252 average and seven HR, 25 RBI in 266 at-bats. Hardly worth rostering, Peralta proved that not all injuries are quite so easy to recover from. Honorable mention: Brandon Drury (2B/3B/OF, ARI)   NL Waiver Wire MVP - Adam Duvall (OF, CIN) Duvall was featured in the very first week of this column due to his starting nod in left field. Nine weeks into the season and Duvall still registered a 12% ownership rate, warranting a third mention. By July he was participating in the Home Run Derby and representing the Reds at the mid-summer classic. With less than a week remaining, he has a whopping 33 HR and 100 RBI. If you snagged him early on (when I suggested), then you gladly reaped the benefits of a power outburst. And yes, it's true that I picked him up on Opening Day in an NL-only league and proceeded to drop him a week later. Lesson learned... Honorable mention: Trea Turner (2B/OF, WAS)  

Pitchers

Strikeout King - Robbie Ray (SP, ARI) Robbie Ray boasts a strong 11.4 K/9 and his 215 K rank him ninth in the majors. How could such a flamethrower be nothing more than a streaming option for most of the season? A 4.77 ERA and 1.46 WHIP might have something to do with it. Ray continues to frustrate with erratic control and an 8.9% BB%. He will also need to limit hard hits by lowering his 28% LD% in the hitter-friendly confines of Arizona. He can get you strikeouts in bunches though. Honorable mention: Jon Gray   Fireman - Fernando Rodney (RP, MIA) Although it was known Rodney would be the closer in San Diego to begin the year, his ownership rate was below 25% for several weeks. Even as he threw 25 consecutive scoreless innings to start the season and boasted a 0.00 ERA as late as June 20th, he was widely available in fantasy leagues. He eventually moved to a setup role in Miami after being traded, but his 17 first half saves came at quite the cheap price for many of you. Honorable mention: Jim Johnson (RP, ATL)   Late Season Savior - Seth Lugo (SP, NYM) If the Metropolitans somehow find a way to hang onto a wild card spot without the majority of their vaunted, young rotation, it will be a miracle. Although Terry Collins is unlikely to get any credit, some of it should definitely go to Seth Lugo. A less than impressive minor league career and injury-filled past conspired to make Lugo a desperation call-up in July. He was forced into the rotation in late August and promptly delivered four straight wins and four QS out of eight. He is still yet to allow more than three ER in an appearance. It's hard to imagine him sticking in the rotation next year if everyone manages to return healthy, but he could find himself bailing out the rotation once again if the need arises. If nothing else, look him up on Youtube to watch one of the filthiest curveballs you'll ever see. Honorable mention: Mike Montgomery (RP/SP, CHC)   Mr. Consistency - Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) Fellow rookie Jon Gray gave fantasy owners some outstanding games and certainly helped in the strikeout category, but he also experienced wild fluctuations in performance. Anderson proved to be the most reliable Rockies pitcher and even, dare I say, Coors Field proof. Anderson's 3.00 ERA and 1.25 ERA in 12 home starts are remarkably good for a rookie, much less one in Colorado. A decent 7.8 K/9 and promising 3.54 K/BB rate should have warranted much higher ownership than Anderson ever experienced. He could fly under the radar in fantasy drafts next season and make for a savvy late round pick. Honorable mention: David Phelps (RP/SP, MIA)   Maybe Next Year - Lucas Giolito (SP, WAS) Like Trea Turner, teammate Lucas Giolito was the pitching equivalent - a top prospect that only needed a chance to strut his stuff. The difference is that Turner delivered, whereas Giolito disappointed. He ends the year with an ugly 6.75 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in four starts and two relief appearances. Giolito remains a top prospect, but his star has lost a little bit of shine. Honorable mention: Jose De Leon (SP, LAD)   Fool's Gold - Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP, LAD) A sneaky mid-season waiver add turned into a wasted roster spot within a matter of days. Ryu's recovery from Tommy John surgery didn't go over as expected, leading to one ugly start (6 ER in 4.2 IP) and an immediate placement back on the DL. Ryu never recovered and will be a risky proposition again next season. Honorable mention: Zach Eflin (SP, PHI)   MVP - Bartolo Colon (SP, NYM) This had to go to Big Sexy. Nobody could have predicted, unfortunately, that the 43 year old would lead the team in games started or wind up as the #2 man in the rotation. With a 3.42 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and NL-leading 1.5 BB/9, Colon earned an All-Star birth and continues to defy conventional wisdom. At this rate, he may be pitching until he's 50. At least we can hope so. Honorable mention: Junior Guerra  

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Week 26 Waiver Wire: First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

The tragic death of Jose Fernandez in a boating accident yesterday morning was a sobering reminder of how trivial this game truly is. And yet it was also an affirmation, because baseball is how he found his way into so many lives. Fernandez’s joyous nature and enthusiasm for the game was as plain as day to anyone who ever watched him on the field. He was a truly special talent and, by all accounts, a special person as well. We are all poorer for his untimely passing. This game we play is, at the end of the day, just a distraction. Distractions are important; anything that brings us pleasure or happiness can and should matter to us. Events like yesterday’s shouldn’t make anyone feel guilty for caring so much about an ultimately frivolous pursuit, but they should offer a healthy dose of perspective. If you’re still in the race as we enter the final week, enjoy that you’ve gotten this far, and remember that even if you fall short, it’s just a game. Good luck, and thanks for reading all season. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and MLB Premium and DFS tools. What are you waiting for?  

Week 26 Corner Infield Waiver Wire Targets

Logan Forsythe, 1B/2B, Tampa Bay Rays (50 percent owned) Since the end of July, Forsythe’s hit .282/.368/.492 with 10 home runs and 56 R+RBI in 46 games. Overall, he’s sitting at .273/.343/.462 with a career-best 20 homers in a pretty solid sequel to his 2015 breakout. The Rays close out their season with road series against the White Sox and a Rangers squad that will likely be resting players after clinching the AL West title. Unsurprisingly, given Tropicana Field’s pitcher-friendly tendencies, Forsythe has hit significantly better away from home this year. Ryon Healy, 3B, Oakland Athletics (31 percent) Even with a final slate of games in a couple of pitchers’ parks (Angel Stadium and Safeco Field), Healy gets a nod in this space for the second straight week. He’s simply hitting too well to exclude - .341/.376/.602 with six homers and 31 R+RBI in 22 September contests. He also gets to face some pretty mediocre starters, like Jered Weaver, Alex Meyer, and Ariel Miranda. Yangervis Solarte, 1B/2B/3B, San Diego Padres (20 percent) Solarte returned to the lineup yesterday after missing a little over a week of action due to his wife’s passing from cancer. That horrific event came during what has been the best season of Solarte’s career. The Padres host the Dodgers and then finish the year on the road at Arizona, and the only quality starting pitcher they’ll face is Kenta Maeda. Hopefully baseball can help him through the grieving process. Just one more reason to root for someone who has become one of my favorite players. Adonis Garcia, 3B/OF, Atlanta Braves (18 percent) The Braves have actually been hitting pretty well recently. That’s partly attributable to Garcia, who’s hitting .293/.336/.468 with nine homers in the second half. He’s recorded multiple hits in 11 of his last 24 games, while failing to reach base in just four of those contests. The Braves will finish 2016 at home, hosting the Phillies and Tigers. Apart from Justin Verlander on Sunday, they don’t have any especially tough matchups. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Kansas City Royals (4 percent) The Royals will be eliminated from the playoff picture in the next day or two, ending their bid for a World Series repeat and third straight AL pennant. One of the bright spots to emerge in 2016 was Cuthbert, who filled in admirably for the injured Mike Moustakas at third base. He’s hit .368/.500/.579 over the past week, with a home run and stolen base to his credit. Kansas City visits Minnesota and Cleveland to end the year. Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson (both with ERAs over 6.00) will pitch in the Twins series, and the Indians could very well be resting players.  

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Early Deep Sleepers / Dynasty Stashes for 2017 (Part Two)

It's never too early to dream about next year. Whether you're looking for the perfect sneaky keeper or dynasty stash, or you're already eliminated from contention from your playoffs, there exists a smorgasbord of underowned players at every position ripe for the picking. The premise is simple: identify players with very low ownership rates who have the potential to gain relevance in standard mixed formats. Low ownership rates serve as a proxy for general interest in players heading into next season; the lower the ownership rate, the lower that player will likely slip on draft day 2017. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and MLB Premium and DFS tools. What are you waiting for?  

It's Never Too Early

This week will feature a shortstop, third baseman and outfielder. Next week will feature three starting pitchers. Each of the following players are owned in 10 percent or less of fantasy leagues, according to FleaFlicker.  

Shortstop

Chris Owings, ARI 2016 stats: 4 HR, 48 R, 42 RBI, 18 SB, .274/.316/.415 in 439 PA Owings isn't the gold standard of excellence in on-base percentage (OBP) leagues. With an 18.7% strikeout rate (K%) and 4.6% walk rate (BB%), he has a Starlin Castro feel to him, albeit with the home run and stolen base columns swapped. Accordingly, Owings doesn't immediately project to be a special bat, despite his status as a former 1st-round pick. He looks a lot like the player he demonstrated he was in the minor leagues, which is actually a compliment -- guys like Owings frequently don't pan out with his skill set. But, with an 89 wRC+, he is a decidedly below-average hitter. He does a few things well, though. He mitigates his aversion to free trips to first base by hitting the ball well when he makes contact, running a .320 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) through his first 1,400-ish plate appearances. His elevated line drive rate (LD%), above-average infield fly ball rate (IFFB%), decent hard-hit rate (Hard%) and plus speed all support his perennially robust BABIP. Speaking of speed: it's the second time in two years that Owings has surpassed the 15-steal threshold. It's nothing exemplary, but with power more plentiful than ever, stolen bases have become relatively scarce. Owings' 17 steals place him tied for 6th among shortstops, making him something like a poor man's Elvis Andrus (owned in 69% of leagues; NFBC ADP 7th among shortstops) or a normal man's Alcides Escobar (16%; 15th). (Note: Owings also qualifies at outfield. If you play in a league with single-position eligibility, he likely will only qualify for outfield.)  

Third Base

Ryon Healy, OAK 2016 stats: 12 HR, 32 R, 33 RBI, 0 SB, .303/.336/.519 in 254 PA It's hard to find sleepers at a position that runs so deep. Healy likely won't be starting fodder in shallow leagues or possibly even in deeper mixed leagues. He's showing a good deal of promise, though, especially as his Athletics teammates flounder around him, so it's difficult not to look his way. Healy actually looks a lot like Owings in terms of plate approach, from his various swing and contact rates to his resultant plate discipline metrics (19.6% K, 4.4% BB). Healy is far from a burner on the base paths, though; at 6-foot-5, (allegedly) 225 pounds, he probably eats guys like Owings for breakfast. So it won't surprise you, then, that he's on pace to hit 30 home runs over a full season. That'll play in shallow leagues, even if he doesn't walk and the league-wide power surge rolls over into 2017. With decent pull-side and fly ball rates, Healy at least swings it like a slugger. The hard-hit rate leaves something to be desired -- 28.6% is not only lower than league average, it's lower than Owings' -- so it'd be nice to see him barrel up a few more balls before buying into the 16% HR/FB rate. With that said, even a little regression in that regard doesn't hurt his stock too much. A 23- to 25-homer pace will do from a third baseman I expected to drafted barely in the top-25 third basemen, if that high. And, again, despite the power surge this season, only a dozen third baseman have topped the 25-homer mark. It gives him the opportunity to be something like a poor man's Jake Lamb breakout, but for 2016. That's something of a discredit to Lamb -- his peripherals looked great last season, and he actually attempts stolen bases -- but next summer Healy could conjure fond memories of Lamb's incredibly first half of 2016.  

Outfield

Alex Dickerson, SDP 2016 stats: 10 HR, 37 R, 37 RBI, 5 SB, .256/.228/.459 in 271 PA I featured Dickerson last week at FanGraphs. It feels cheap to feature him again, but I like him so much more than other players in the same ownership range who will be wide-awake sleepers, such as Tyler Naquin and Keon Broxton. Frankly, I think Dickerson is better than both of them, if less flashy. He's far safer. To touch on the finer points: outside of a suppressed BABIP, Dickerson looks a lot like an outfielding Kyle Seager. He might not have quite the power, but it's something he could (should) grow into, given it was his calling card when being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft. Meanwhile, the strong gains in contact skills he made at Triple-A this season carried over to the Major League level, resulting in an impressive power-plate discipline combination reminiscent of Maikel Franco. Franco has had his troubles this season, stemming mostly from a BABIP as equally marred as Dickerson's. But Dickerson's batted ball profile is much more authoritative and his speed much more impressive, which should help pull his batting average out of the depths. His power pace right now is completely reasonable. Extrapolating his current line, and adjusting his BABIP to a league-average rate, we're looking at a player capable of slashing .280/.350/.470 with 20 home runs and a dozen stolen bases. If keep talking in terms of poor men: that's a poor man's (vintage) Michael Brantley.  

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RotoBaller also brings together the biggest and best collection of baseball news and fantasy baseball articles from around the web, hand-picked from all of the best sites. You can search the archives, follow our live updating 24x7 fantasy baseball news feed for the latest headlines and articles, find injury news, and stay up to date on fantasy baseball closers and saves. Let's win some leagues!