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Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: CHRIS OWINGS SS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

With all of the hype (and rightfully so) being bestowed on young superstar shortstops such as Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Francisco Lindor, and Corey Seager; the flip side result of this is that some other talented players at the position have seen their ADP's drop sharply to the point they are shaping up as swell value investments.  The latter group is headlined by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings who is well off the fantasy baseball radar as 2018 drafts draw near due to the fact he missed from the middle of July onward last season due to a broken finger.  Thus, many at the same time are forgetting just how good a season Owings was having before that bit of health misfortune as his numbers looked like this when the break occurred: 

.268
12 HR
51 RBI
41 R
12 SB

All of that came in just 386 at-bats and better yet, Owings won't turn 27 until this August which means there is still a bit of ceiling left to his game.  When looking at the numbers as a whole, Owings has a lot to offer.  For starters, Owings' 12/12 split in homers/steals was impressive and that split would have been more like 18/18 or more if the broken finger had not occurred.  In addition, Owings has eligibility at both shortstop and second base which adds to his overall value.  The trouble lies in Owings' average which will likely continue being an issue given his high K Rate and low walk numbers (22.5 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 a year ago) but that is about the only issue he has going forward.  The price on Owings is literally dirt cheap but he could be among the cheapest 15/15 or better players in all of fantasy baseball this season. 

2018 PROJECTION:  .265 17 HR 73 RBI 70 R 16 SB 


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