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2017 Fantasy Baseball: Five Late Round Players to Target

Adam Ronis looks at a few options who may be worth selecting in the later rounds of your Fantasy Baseball drafts this season.

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Every pick in your Fantasy Baseball draft counts. Don't throw picks away in the last few rounds. Remember, someone drafted Jonathan Villar late last season and it turned out to be a huge difference maker.

Here are a few players going in the later rounds that should be on your radar.

SS Asdrubal Cabrera, New York Mets

Cabrera is one of the most undervalued shortstops. He has been a solid Fantasy player for years and saw a jump in production last season. He batted .280 with 65 runs, 23 home runs, 62 RBIs and five stolen bases. Cabrera had a career-high 36.7 percent hard hit rate and has been around a 40 percent fly ball rate the last few seasons. Cabrera’s power is legit and he provides a high floor. The best part is Cabrera costs nothing and can be used as a middle infielder in mixed leagues.

SP Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves

Foltynewicz struggled in his first two seasons with the Astros and Braves before showing progress last season. In 22 starts, he went 9-5 with a 4.31 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He had an 8.1 K/9, 2.55 BB/9 and a 10 percent swinging strike rate. He averages 95 miles per hour with his fastball, 85 with his slider and he started to use a changeup more last season. He had thoracic outlet surgery in 2015 and had some elbow chips last season, but showed improved control last season. After allowing 11 home runs in 49 first-half innings, Foltnyewicz allowed seven in 74.1 innings in the second half of the season. He can be taken in the final rounds of most drafts due to his upside.

SP Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals

People might have forgotten about Lynn since he missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery and pitched 6.2 innings in the minors late in the season. The initial plan was to go slow with Lynn in the spring, but he has already pitched nine innings and done well. Lynn allowed one run in three innings on Thursday and last week he pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run, two hits, no walks and struck out one. Lynn went 12-11 in 2015 with a 3.03 ERA and an 8.57 K/9. The year prior to that, he was 15-10 with a 2.74 ERA, 8.0 K/9 and a 3.18 BB/9. Lynn is often going after the 20th round in drafts and is worth a pick at that spot.

1B/OF Steve Pearce, Toronto Blue Jays

Check your league rules because Pearce also has second base eligibility in Tout Wars where the requirement is 15 games from last season. He had off-season surgery on his elbow and has been the designated hitter in spring games until this point. Pearce is scheduled to play first base on March 19 and is likely to play some outfield. Health and at-bats are the big question marks. He's someone to get at a cheap price in AL-only leagues and even deep mixed leagues. In 85 games last season, Pearce batted .288 with 35 runs, 13 home runs, 35 RBIs, a .374 on-base percentage and .867 OPS in  264 at-bats. He hits a lot of fly balls and is in another good home ballpark after spending the last few seasons with the Orioles.

3B Jose Reyes, New York Mets

Reyes is going to get at-bats for the Mets. David Wright is already suffering from injuries and it's hard to envision him playing much. Reyes played in 60 games with the Mets last season and looked good. He batted .267 with 45 runs, eight home runs, 24 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 11 attempts. Reyes should hit at the top of the order and is a nice source of some speed late in drafts.


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