What the hell was that? We still have few answers when it came to the ridiculous offensive performance of Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus during the 2017 season. Having failed to hit more than 8 home runs in any of his previous 8 major league campaigns, Andrus somehow figured out how to crack 20 last season which became the highlight of what became a career year. Along with the homers, Andrus also logged career-bests in runs scored with 100 and RBI with 88. Throw in 25 steals with a .297 average and Andrus was likely the cheapest 5-tool stud in 2017 fantasy baseball. The reason Andrus had become so cheap was due to the indifferent attitude the fantasy baseball community rightly developed around the veteran given the fact he mostly was an overrated two-category guy (steals and runs) the previous 8 years. Clearly in uncharted waters in terms of the overall numbers, the only way to treat Andrus in 2018 drafts is to bank on his outlier performance the year prior not being repeatable. It is entirely possible Andrus simply tapped into some more power as he reached the age of 29 last August but we have seen too many fluky upticks in numbers too many times to go overboard here. Be careful but also don’t automatically ignore Andrus either as he will still be quite valuable if he even gives back 15 percent of his numbers from last season.
2018 PROJECTION: .288 17 HR 86 RBI 98 R 23 SB