2018 Outlook: A three-homer, 10-RBI performance in his 25th game on April 30 sparked what was an eventual career year for Rendon, who set personal bests in batting average (.301), home runs (25), RBIs (100), on-base percentage (.403), slugging percentage (.533), doubles (41) and walks (84), while appearing in more than 145 games for the third time in the past four years. In the process, he continued to show growth in his batted-ball distribution -- significantly more fly balls and fewer ground balls -- as well as his hard-contact rate. Rendon, who begins the season at 27 years old, is in the prime of his career and is a worthy early-round pick who could warrant top-25 consideration in points-based leagues.
2018 Outlook: Zimmerman added yoga to his repertoire and began examining Statcast data -- launch angles specifically -- at the onset of the 2016-17 offseason, his greater fortune in the health department and improved approach at the plate fueling a torrid, .330/.373/.596 first half. As pitchers adjusted to him, however, he gave back some of those gains thereafter, his .269/.337/.542 second-half numbers more representative of his true talent. Now 33 years old, Zimmerman might be hard-pressed to repeat his 144 games played, so be careful not to overpay chasing last year's numbers. He's a solid midrounder in all formats, but shouldn't be considered a leading man on a fantasy team.
2018 Outlook: There is still a fair amount to like about Adams. He is one of just 13 players to have an isolated power mark above .220 during the previous two seasons (minimum 600 PA), in a group that includes the likes of Lucas Duda, Evan Gattis, Randal Grichuk, Khris Davis and Logan Morrison, among others. He has also hit .286/.333/.495 against righties throughout his career, which is 23 percent above the league average for production against those types of pitchers. Then we get to the stuff not to like about Adams, such as the fact he has only once had more than 375 plate appearances in a season and that he is rather brutal at the plate when facing lefty pitchers. Another unpleasant wrinkle: he is currently riding the bench in Washington as an insurance policy to Ryan Zimmerman. In his current status, he is undraftable in shallow mixed leagues, but he's a handy guy to have on the bench in deeper formats in case Zimmerman has an injury relapse.