Power increased exponentially in baseball last season. It remains to be seen if that will be the case in 2017, but if things continue to trend in that direction, you will need more home runs to compete in your Fantasy Baseball league. There are some good power sources to target in the late round of drafts. Some of them come with flaws, usually batting average, but having a couple of batting average liabilities won't crush a team if there's a good foundation of batting average built in the earlier rounds. Here are some late round power options to consider.
Greg Bird, New York Yankees
The price tag is rising with a great spring and Yankees prospects tend to receive a lot of hype. In leagues with Yankees fans, he might not be so cheap. He went in round 19 of a 12-team high stakes league I participated in this week. That's a fair price. He is 24 and a left-hander playing in Yankee Stadium. Bird missed last season with a shoulder injury but flashed his power in 2015. He hit 11 home runs in 157 at-bats with a 51.4 percent fly ball rate and a 44.8 percent hard hit rate. Bird was just named the starting first baseman.
Jay Bruce, New York Mets
There were rumors that Bruce was on the trade block this past offseason but it appears there were no takers. It feels like this is also happening in Fantasy circles. Bruce went in the 20th round of a 12-team high stakes league I was in this week. I considered selecting him several rounds in a row but had other needs. Bruce is a good bet to hit 30 home runs. He played in 147 games last season between the Mets and Reds, batting .250 with 74 runs, 33 home runs, 99 RBIs and an .815 OPS.
Curtis Granderson, New York Mets
Granderson just turned 36, but the power is still there. He might be moved into a better lineup slot to drive in runs this season with Jose Reyes set to leadoff for the Mets. Granderson could be in the middle of the lineup and that will help boost his RBI numbers. The veteran outfielder batted .237 with 88 runs, 30 home runs and 59 RBIs last season. He hit 26 home runs two years ago.
Brandon Moss, Kansas City Royals
Moss has hit at least 25 home runs in three of the last four seasons. However, he will strikeout often, which is reflected in his batting average. Moss hasn't hit higher than .234 in any of the last three seasons. He batted .225 with 66 runs, 28 home runs, and 67 RBIs in 413 at-bats last season. Moss hits a lot of fly balls and had a 40.1 percent hard hit rate last season.
Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers
Santana struggled with injuries last season, but hit 11 home runs in 77 games. He was near the top in exit velocity, but he swings and misses a lot. He has a career strikeout rate of 34.6 percent. Santana is 24 and hits the ball real hard and showed big power in the minor leagues. He absolutely has the ability to hit 25-30 home runs and even chip in some stolen bases.