2017 Fantasy Baseball Targets

Fantasy sports has always been one of my favorite hobbies, especially fantasy football and baseball. Since we are at the beginning of baseball season, I am going to give you some of my top overall fantasy baseball hitters this season. I use Rotowire.com to find most of my previous year stats, the guys there are highly knowledgeable and do great work. I highly suggest you subscribe to their content! Many of my targets are targets because of their multi-position eligibility and multi-category contributions

  • Kris Bryant #6 overall on the Rotowire expert consensus rankings, coming off of an MVP season with the Cubs Bryant hit .292 with 39 HR 102 RBI, and 121 R scored. Those are certainly elite fantasy numbers contributing in four of the five main hitting categories. He provided 8 SB as well. While Trout, Betts, Altuve, and Goldschmidt are better overall fantasy contributors. Bryant has the potential to pass up any of the four hitters before him. My biggest turn on to Kris Bryant is the multi-position eligibility. Kris Bryant should have eligibility at 1st, 3rd, and in the OF.
  • Trea Turner #19 on the Rotowire expert consensus rankings, Turner comes in as one of my favorite players in the game. I recently just traded Turner for Betts straight up that’s how much I like this guy. While Turner enters the year #19 that number continues to trend upward as I am seeing him go in the first round of many drafts. In 74 games with the Nationals Turner hit an impressive .342 with 13 HR 40 RBI 53 RBI and 33 SB. Those are elite numbers if you stretch it out over a full season. I expect the batting average to decrease a bit. But, I am confident Turner is a .300 hitter. Turner will contribute in all five categories AND come week two or three he very well could have SS, 2nd, and OF eligibility, that is GOLD in fantasy. If you are in a dynasty league, he is a top five player if not top three.
  • Wilson Contreras #110 on Rotowire, Contreras is intriguing for a couple of different reasons. The first being he should be eligible to play C and OF. That is huge, the C position is very thin this season, and expected to be the full-time catcher with the Cubs. Second, he plays for the Cubs, projected to hit 5th in the order behind Bryant and Rizzo there should be a plethora of base runners on base in front of him. Also with Addison Russell behind him, the run scored opportunities will be there. Along with Contreras the Cubs are so deep with multi-position players Russell (#118), Baez (#128), and Zobrist (#133) are awesome options as well. In a perfect world, Zobrist will play RF and Baez will play 2nd full-time. But, I am not 100% confident that will happen.
  • Jose Peraza #130 on Rotowire, I love the Reds were able to trade Phillips, it opens up 2nd base for this young speedster to show the world what he can do. As a 22-year-old with the Reds in 72 games, he hit .324 3 HR 25 RBI 25 R and 21 SB. Unfortunately, the Reds suck, and besides Votto I am worried there won’t be anyone to hit Peraza home. But, if Peraza is available to hit in the top of the order 70-80 runs scored could be there with 50-60 SBs. Peraza should have position eligibility at 2nd, SS, and OF. Peraza could be a cheap source of steals and average, but since that Phillips trade, his ADP has been climbing.

Others to Consider

  • Manny Machado 3rd and SS
  • Jonathan Villar 2nd, SS, and 3rd
  • Daniel Murphy 2nd and 1st
  • Wil Meyers 1st and OF
  • Buster Posey C and 1st
  • Jonathan Lucroy C and 1st
  • Matt Carpenter 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
  • Jose Ramirez 3rd, SS, 2nd, and OF
  • Jean Segura 2nd and SS
  • Kyle Schwarber if C and OF is available
  • Miguel Sano 3rd and OF

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