2017 Rebound Candidates: Quick Hits
2017 Rebound Candidates: Quick Hits

This article is part of our Rebound Candidate series.

With spring training games ramping up, the Rebound Candidates series ends with a running list of late-round candidates for mixed leagues.

Thanks for reading the other player-specific reports. The subject of bounce-back players can become repetitive, but I hope I did enough to make each spin unique and useful.

Let's move to our final names to know, listed in order of NFBC average draft position as of Feb. 26:

Marcus Stroman, SP, Blue Jays (161.43)

The right-hander is now two years removed from surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. A healthy plant leg should help his delivery remain clean, which should lead to better break on his pitches.

Plus, his 4.37 ERA last year was accompanied by a 3.71 FIP (and a 3.41 xFIP). Stroman's control remained pristine (2.38 BB/9), and the homer allowance (0.93 per nine) was notable but easily correctable, considering he's one of the game's biggest groundball pitchers at 60.1 percent. Also, the left-on-base percentage was an absurdly low 68.6, meaning he was dealing with plenty of bad luck.

Stroman's strikeouts should rise, considering his 9.3 swinging-strike rate last year, and he's a season removed from an elite 67.0 first-strike percentage. Those two numbers put him on course for a revelation in punch-outs.

The 25-year-old is the safest rebound candidate on this list. Put it on the board: He'll have a better fantasy season than last year's breakout darling Aaron Sanchez, whom I loved heading into last year. Lesson: Adjust expectations

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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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