2017 Outlook: Apparently, Murphy's adjustment to his swing, made during the summer of 2015 while working with Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, paid as many long-term as immediate dividends. Remarkably, this previously contact-oriented, line drive hitter enjoyed a roughly eight-percent increase to his fly-ball rate as well as a nearly 40 point boost to his well-hit average beginning at almost precisely the 2015 All-Star break, and he accomplished it at absolutely no cost to his contact rate. The result was a new, higher-upside skill set, Murphy's power upside leaping into the 20s to go along with his already great likelihood of a .300-plus batting average. Considering he'll be the Nationals' cleanup hitter, batting behind the newly acquired Adam Eaton, Trea Turner for a full year and a potentially rebounding Bryce Harper, RBIs could be plentiful for Murphy. He might not feel like a good bet to repeat a top-25 Player Rater finish, but he has excellent odds of doing so.
2017 Outlook: The National League's defending Comeback Player of the Year, Rendon's 2016 looked quite a bit like his 2014 in the end. Predictably, better luck in the health department was behind it, though his strong finish was an encouraging sign for the future, as he batted .291/.357/.508 in the second half. Rendon possesses the same five-category potential he has always had, but his injury past shouldn't be completely ignored. He's best valued a borderline top-10 third baseman in Rotisserie leagues, but more of a sure thing to join that group in points leagues.