From barely hanging on with the New York Mets as a utility man to developing into one of the better power/pure hitters in the game, veteran third baseman Justin Turner has really come a long way with his game. A classic late-bloomer, Turner got the high batting average down pat in 2014 when he batted .340 for the Dodgers and then the last two seasons he added the power to the tune of 27 and 23 home runs respectively. Turner checks all the tools in terms of performing as a very valuable power/average guy as he draws walks (between 7.0 and 8.5 BB/9 in his career) and keeps the strikeouts down (never going above 18.0 K/9). Other then the fact there is virtually no speed here, Turner on an annual basis is one of the very best hitting values in fantasy baseball (think Kyle Seager as a comparison). Now Turner is aging as bit as he will be 32 when the 2017 season gets underway (recent injury problems the last two years bear this out) and so just know going in there is an increased risk of a DL stint during the year.
2017 PROJECTION: .288 24 HR 86 RBI 78 R 3 SB