2017 Outlook: Though in many respects, Abreu's performance has regressed since he broke into the majors in 2014, let's not understate the historical significance of his first three big-league seasons: He, along with Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols, are the only three players in the history of baseball to manage at least a .290 batting average, 25 home runs and 100 RBIs in each. That said, Abreu's performance in all three categories comes with some risk: He continues to show poor strike-zone judgment, leading the majors in swings at "non-competitive" (those considerably outside the zone) pitches in 2016; he appears to have sacrificed some power in exchange for a three-year pattern of rising contact rates; and his White Sox, now in rebuilding mode, might not provide as much fuel for his counting numbers. Abreu is no longer a likely-top-25 player and in fact might be a risky pick within the top 50, though as his baseline is probably his 2016 numbers, he's still a worthy early-round pick.
2017 Outlook: In retrospect, the White Sox's call to cast pitch framing aside when making their 2015-16 catching decisions was most perplexing, at least as it pertains to Rodon. He thrived with Tyler Flowers framing his pitches in 2015, his mid-90s fastball and slider a lethal combination that hinted at a possible 2016 breakthrough, but Rodon could never find chemistry with either Alex Avila or Dioner Navarro early in the year and only seemed to find his groove once Omar Narvaez took over as his personal catcher for his final 12 starts. The smart move might be to discard many of Rodon's early-2016 returns, which weren't representative of his true talent, especially since he showed significant improvement with his changeup during the second half, most of that working with Narvaez. Rodon still has the ability to be an eventual top-20 fantasy starter, though he's not quite over the hurdle yet and is more of a fifth option drafted to your team.
2017 Outlook: Castillo is a serviceable catcher, both in the real and fantasy games, but mind his trends: He's improving incrementally as a defensive backstop, with better framing and throwing metrics than the man he replaced in Baltimore, Matt Wieters, but is also becoming less of a fly-ball and more of a line-drive hitter, which adversely impacts his power. Once again he'll call a hitting-friendly environment his home, but his base line might be closer to a .250 batting average and 15-20 home runs than something more. That makes him a fringe standard-league catcher, and more of a No. 2 mixed-league option.
2017 Outlook: An aggressive, free-swinging youngster, Anderson's 3.0 percent walk rate last season was third-lowest among hitters who made at least 400 trips to the plate. Somehow he got by, though a player like this who also hit ground balls 56 percent of the time probably isn't going to contribute much in batting average or on-base percentage, not without adjustments. Anderson is a target almost entirely for his speed, which is good enough to make him a mixed-league middle infielder (more so in 12- than 10-team), but in dynasty terms some of the other young shortstop names make better building blocks.
2017 Outlook: Jones quietly emerged as one of the game's most talented setup men in 2016, his 5.5 percent walk rate his lowest at any professional stop in his career, and his strikeout rate swelling to an astonishing 32.5 percent after the All-Star break thanks to his filthy slider. He'll begin 2017 as David Robertson's primary setup man, making him one of the stronger speculative saves picks in the game considering the trade rumors surrounding Robertson. Even in a setup capacity, however, Jones should provide enough in ERA, WHIP and K's to be a worthwhile mixed-league asset.