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: 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.