Today we are going to look at the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Late Round Hitter Targets. Some of these players can be had so late it is criminal. Not all of the players listed will help in every category, but they can easily be offset with a good draft strategy. Usually when you are grabbing guys like this, you are just trying to supplement certain stats. Whether that be average, home runs or stolen bases.
More often than not it is the last two you are trying to get cheap. As with all players this late, there is some risk involved. Some are coming back from injury. Another is coming back to the majors after a 3-year stop-over in Korea. Whatever their flaw is that lets you get them this late, be thankful you can still find production late in your drafts.
Like the old adage says, you are not able to win your draft in the first round, but you are able to lose it.
Well, smart owners know that where drafting really counts is how you fill out the latter part of your roster. And just as important, how you work the wire throughout your season.
Now let’s take a look at some of the outcast players that can help you to your Fantasy championship!
2017 Fantasy Baseball Late Round Hitter Targets
Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics
It isn’t usually you can get Top 10 production from a catcher going around the 220th pick. But that is what you can get from Stephen Vogt. Last year Vogt had a down year by his standards. He hit .251/.305/.406 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs. Over the past two years, Vogt combined to hit .267 with 27 home runs and 106 RBIs. For my money, I’d rather go for a guy who had an off-year rather than invest what it would take to acquire Gary Sanchez’s services. Let everyone else draft the main catchers high.
Chris Carter, New York Yankees
It is not often that a player hitting 41 home runs is not brought back to the team he hit them for. It’s also not often that you can get that many home runs from someone being drafted in the 235th pick range. Enter Chris Carter.
After not getting extended an offer by the Brewers, Carter has landed with the Yankees on a one-year deal worth $3 million. The 30-year-old first baseman hit an atrocious .222 last year, but tied Nolan Arenado for the NL lead in home runs.
Teams were mostly scared off by Carter’s extreme strikeout rate. He struck out 206 times last season. That led the majors. The best part about Carter landing in New York is, with the DH, they can get his bat in the lineup even when he needs a day of rest. As long as you can stomach the average, he’s well worth the price to acquire him.
Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers
The man signed to replace Chris Carter at first base is making his way back to the United States. Eric Thames is a 30-year old converted outfielder that the Brewers hope can hit the way he did in the Korean Baseball Organization. While overseas, Thames hit an insane .348/.450/.720 with 124 home runs in 388 games played.
There is still a lot to wonder about with Thames. Can he still be the same hitter in the MLB that he was in the KBO? He will have to adjust to the speed of the game and going against the best pitchers in the world. He does have previous experience against major league pitching, so that is encouraging. With his ADP around 240, it is hard not to take a chance on such cheap power.
Tommy Joseph, Philadelphia Phillies
Last season, Tommy Joseph had to split time with Ryan Howard. During that time he hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 home runs and 47 RBIs. Not too bad for a guy only playing 107 games. With Howard gone, the job is Joseph’s to lose.
The current ADP on Joseph is around 220th overall. His projection puts him right around what Carlos Santana’s output will be, except Joseph can be had more than 100 picks later. While the rebuilding Phillies will go through some hard times, the addition of Michael Saunders coupled with the maturation of Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco has this team headed in the right direction.
Logan Forsythe, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a new second baseman. After failed attempts to get Brian Dozier from the Twins, they moved to get Logan Forsythe from the Rays. While he won’t hit as many home runs as Dozier, he can be a very good contributor for the Dodgers.
With almost a 200 ADP gap, you can fill out more of your offense and wait for a guy like Forsythe. He hit .264 with 20 home runs and six stolen bases. His run totals should go up moving to the west coast as well. Dave Roberts came out and said he projects as a top of the lineup bat. Just not necessarily the leadoff man. Hitting behind the Rookie of the Year and in front of Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez, he should get plenty of pitches to hit.
Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
Having a breakout year in 2015 where he batted .284/.348/.470 with 22 home runs and 82 RBIs, Mike Moustakas was on pace to have yet another productive season until it was ended by a torn ACL. Moose had 27 games played where he hit .240/.301/.500 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs.
Now recovered from the ACL injury, he is going to be 100 percent for the start of the season. With all the depth at the hot corner these days, Moustakas seems to get lost in the shuffle. The Moose can be drafted around the 200th pick in many drafts right now.
Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
Just like Moustakas, Nick Castellanos was having his own breakout season before injury derailed him for the second half. Even with the injury, in 110 games played, Castellanos still had .285/.331/.496 with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs. Projected to hit sixth in the Tigers lineup this year, right behind Justin Upton, he could see more RBI opportunities if Upton gets back to normal.
Entering his age 25 season, look for Castellanos to take another step forward in his development. Going around or after pick 200, Castellanos could go for .270/.320/.470 with 20 home runs and about 80 RBIs.
Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals
At age 25, Jorge Soler is entering his baseball prime. Never really putting it together in Chicago, he was traded for Wade Davis. Now, he should be an everyday outfielder for the Royals. They will also be able to keep his bat in the lineup by utilizing the designated hitter spot. The power is undeniable, but he only amassed 12 home runs in 86 games played.
The average may never be higher than that of Adam Dunn, but if he gets his power right, you can live with that. A change of scenery should do Soler well. He is currently being drafted around the 275th pick.
Keon Broxton, Milwaukee Brewers
This one depends on who was paying attention to your league in the later stages last year. Keon Broxton had 29 games played in the first half where he hit an abysmal .125/.253/.188 and had seven steals. After the break he was a mad man at the plate. He had 46 games played and had a .294/.399/.538 with 16 stolen bases.
Now, I do not believe Broxton can hit for those numbers over a season, but he should still have a reasonable average and could be a 20/20 guy that you do not have to overdraft to get. Currently Broxton is going after the 210th pick.
So there are the late round hitter targets I recommend to set your sights on during your draft.
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