2017 Rebound Candidate: Giancarlo Stanton

2017 Rebound Candidate: Giancarlo Stanton

This article is part of our Rebound Candidate series.

The definition of a fantasy baseball "rebound player" varies. In this series, I have covered three types of entries: one utter disaster (Zack Greinke), one dip that might predict a bigger decline (Andrew McCutchen) and one elite player saddled with one crippling stat (Bryce Harper).

Next up is Giancarlo Stanton, who again falls into his own category. For years, Stanton has been a first- or second-round pick, mainly based on the hope that his immense physical gifts will propel him to hit somewhere around 50 home runs in a season.

Although he mustered 37 in 2012 and 2014, the high cost to get a jump on that magical year has burned aggressive owners, who've received from him an average of only 394 plate appearances the last two seasons. He once again dealt with injuries in 2016, this time to his hip, rib and groin.

With the ongoing duel between the optimism in his fantasy-league-winning power and the pessimism in his ability to stay healthy, what's his 2017 draft value?

The Good

The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder's power undoubtedly continues to pass the eye and analytics tests.

Per MLB Statcast, he rocketed the five hardest-hit balls and 21 of the top 46 last season while ranking behind only Nelson Cruz in average exit velocity (95.1 mph). Stanton also tied for eighth last year in the rate of barreled balls per plate appearance, as RotoWire colleague Derek VanRiper pointed out.

Plus, the edict of

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Tim Heaney
Tim has cultivated award-winning and industry-recognized content in fantasy sports publishing for more than a decade, during which he's captured several industry-league titles (including Tout Wars) and Fantasy Sports Writers Association honors for podcasting. The New York native started with KFFL.com, which eventually linked up with USA TODAY Fantasy Sports, where he contributed football and baseball analysis to Sports Weekly and on the web. Since 2016, he's worked for RotoWire as an editor, Senior Writer and podcaster (NFL and MLB) and has written weekly football and baseball tips for ESPN; he's been lead Editor of the Fantasy Black Book series since 2018.
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