2017 Outlook: One of the more patient players in baseball, Gardner's descending career curve hasn't been quite so devastating thanks to his healthy on-base percentage that maximizes his opportunities to steal bases. Though he's probably no longer the mid-teens-power, 30-steal player he was a couple years back, he's certainly capable of 10/20 if all breaks right and he stays healthy, and in points-based leagues that place a heftier weight on his walks, he carries slightly greater value. Gardner should be regarded a fourth or fifth outfielder in standard mixed leagues.
2017 Outlook: The odds-on-favorite to begin the season as the Padres' center fielder and a top candidate for National League Rookie of the Year honors, Margot combines excellent contact-hitting ability with great speed, things that should help him adapt quickly to the big leagues. His 87.6 percent contact rate was fifth-best among qualified Triple-A hitters in 2016, and his minor league track record did show an underrated ability to drive the ball when he finds his pitch; this makes a .270-plus batting average and potentially double-digit home runs possible. Buy Margot primarily for his speed, but he's one of the safer rookie targets in redraft leagues, and he's a future five-category standout in dynasty formats.
2017 Outlook: What a bizarre year Kepler experienced, from his opening month wasted as a Twins bench player to his torrid June/July culminating in a three-homer game on Aug. 1, to his final two months during which time he was completely unusable in fantasy leagues. His final numbers didn't set a completely unfair 2017 baseline, but his circuitous path getting there casts doubt on his utility, as he might still need to make some adjustments -- especially against left-handed pitchers (73 points lower wOBA). Kepler's modest pop and good track record of minor-league contact makes him an appealing AL-only pick.
2017 Outlook: The case for a Heyward rebound is as simple as, "Well, he can't possibly get any worse, right?" His 2016 was that disappointing, as his bat speed declined noticeably, he hit for weaker contact than ever and he battled minor wrist, rib and oblique issues. Heyward had to spend the winter attempting to recapture his former swing, a major reconstruction that almost requires visual evidence of improvement during the Cactus League schedule before terming him mixed-league relevant. Even in his best-case scenario, he's probably a .280 hitter with 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases, so he's not someone to target before the final rounds.
2017 Outlook: Where's he going to play? Conforto might be the future of the Mets' offense, and might not be far from inheriting the throne as the team's second best-hitting outfielder, but as things stand at the onset of spring training, he's stuck behind Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce on the depth chart. Unlike Granderson and Bruce, however, Conforto has greater balance in terms of his ability to hit for power as well as batting average; he's a possible .270-plus, 25-homer hitter right now, if granted the chance to play every day. Dynasty-league owners need keep his future potential in mind, but those in redraft leagues risk his return to Triple-A ball to begin 2017 when targeting him as a fourth or fifth outfielder on draft day.
2017 Outlook: He's fast, and he can field. The Mariners recognized these skills and, planning to adopt a "make things happen on the base paths" strategy entering 2017, acquired Dyson in January to presumably hold down the regular left-field and leadoff roles. He might be somewhat ill-suited for the latter -- he makes rather weak contact and doesn't have the elite walk rate to make up for it -- but the resulting counting-numbers boost might be enough to propel Dyson into the league-leader conversation in stolen bases. He's a good Rotisserie target for his speed, but is more of an AL-only option in points-based leagues.
2017 Outlook: Revere still possesses elite contact-hitting ability and good speed, but his 2016 was so poor that fantasy owners might have forgotten it. An oblique injury sidetracked him early, and he never fully recovered, hitting too many fly balls for a player with his skill set and suffering to the tune of a .234 BABIP (extremely low for a speedster). Revere now finds himself fighting for at-bats in a crowded Angels outfield that also includes Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin, but if he emerges as even a timeshare option in left field, he should rebound with enough steals to be a worthwhile Rotisserie late-rounder.
2017 Outlook: A player more renowned for his defense than offense, Reddick enjoyed a bit of a ballpark bump when he signed with the Astros, who call Minute Maid Park their home. Perhaps he'll return to the fly-ball heavy approach he employed during his days in Oakland, as his recent shift away from that has left him susceptible to left-handed pitchers and diminished his power potential. Reddick is a sneaky-good candidate for double-digit steals, and with some improvement he could restore 20-homer potential, making him a worthwhile final/reserve pick in mixed formats.
2017 Outlook: A superstar defender -- his 21 Defensive Runs Saved as a center fielder last season were fourth-best by any player at any position in baseball -- Pillar is a more ordinary performer with the bat, with the influence of his defense on his playing time, and therefore his counting numbers, fueling much of his fantasy appeal. He's capable of stealing 20-plus bases, with that his strongest trait for our purposes, but his modest walk rate (4.2 percent in his big-league career) makes him more of a fringe mixed-league outfielder, and bench fodder in points-based formats. Pillar's role isn't in doubt, so a repeat of his three-year baseline seems likely, but he's a player who shouldn't be overrated due to his defensive prowess.
2017 Outlook: Don't get fooled by Maybin's surface 2016 numbers, as his career-high .315 batting average was fueled by an outrageous .383 BABIP. He's not known for particularly hard contact and he's a ground ball-oriented hitter, and he has a checkered injury history that makes him an extremely difficult player to trust over the course of a 162-game schedule. Maybin is the kind of player you target for steals, and even there, he has regressed somewhat, and let's not overlook that he'll turn 30 years old in April. Consider him a final-round/bench pick in mixed leagues, a mid-round steals target in AL-only, and a player slightly less attractive than either in points-based formats.