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Friday, March 31, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: ANTHONY RENDON 2B/3B WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Washington Nationals 2B/3B Anthony Rendon was one of the more polarizing hitters entering into 2016 fantasy baseball drafts and for very good reason.  After Rendon went gangbusters with a monster five-category breakout the previous year, his 2015 fantasy baseball stock went through the roof as the "next big star" seemed to have arrived.  Alas an early oblique in spring training that required Rendon to begin the year on the DL was the first of many health woes that interrupted his season.  In addition, Rendon looked nothing like the top end guy he appeared to be in 2014 when he was on the field.  The end result was a horrific .264 average with a measly 5 home runs and 1 steal in 80 games.  As a result, Rendon was persona non grata to many in the fantasy baseball community in 2016 drafts which was more than understandable given the fact he arguably was the biggest bust in the game the year prior.  As often happens in situations such as this, Rendon bobbed when the rest of the fantasy baseball community thought he would weave and he did more than enough to bring himself back into the good graces last season by hitting .270 with 20 home runs, 85 RBI, 91 runs, and 12 steals in 156 games,  The fact Rendon was able to stay healthy and put up numbers again was key and so in terms of 2017 fantasy baseball, he was back to being a top ten guy at second base and top 12 at the hot corner.

As the 2017 season gets set to get underway though, Rendon may not be able to answer the bell as manger Dusty Baker said the foot injury he suffered last Monday when he fouled a ball off of it was still bothering him.  No DL stint was mentioned but Baker said he could miss a "few days" with the injury.  Of course with Rendon and his penchant for slow healing along the lines of a Jacoby Ellsbury, we can never be too sure about these things.  Ultimately though this looks like a day-to-day thing, no matter that is annoyingly comes at the beginning of the season.  The bigger deal is that Rendon looks as if he can be a help in all five fantasy baseball categories again if he stays relatively healthy and that is the bigger story concerning his outlook.

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