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We all love a bargain, and it is easy to see one when a player falls below his ADP. However, with a little bit of independent thought instead of blindly accepting ADP, there is value to be had even if you take a player at his recognized average draft position. Here are three current top players that we think represent excellent value for their draft position. Anthony Rendon ADP Last season, the former first-round pick produced the best year of his life with. His contributions were recognized by sixth-place in MVP voting, but the fantasy baseball world is either less impressed or just less convinced of a possible repeat performance.

The year-old has a legitimate shot at finishing in the top He seldom swings and misses, and his excellent batting eye resulted in more walks than strikeouts. At his current ADP of 47, Rendon offers exceptional value, and there is little to choose between him and first-rounder Kris Bryant. Starling Marte ADP He is not even a top player. Since he debuted in , Marte has swiped bags at a rate of one every four games.

We can also include Trea Turner as well, as although he has stolen fewer bases than Marte, they have come at a better rate. You need to invest a top-5 pick to secure the services of Altuve or Turner. Dyson and Davis can be disregarded as one-trick, part-timers, and although Hamilton and Gordon offer elite levels of stolen bases, they give you nothing in the power categories of home runs and RBI.

Marte offers contributions in all five standard fantasy baseball categories at a level of production that is difficult to find outside of the first two rounds. If he swipes bags with 15 home runs, 90 runs and a batting average of around. Marte is likely to hit third, sandwiched between Corey Dickerson and Josh Bell. Having missed a big chunk of last season due to suspension, Marte is making up for lost time with 1.

My theory is that the fantasy baseball world gets confused when teams need to move their veteran players. McCutchen is the same age as first-rounder Charlie Blackmon, yet the way some people talk about him, he is on the verge of retirement. With age has come greater selectivity of which pitches to hit, and McCutchen increased his walk rate while reducing his strike rate. If there's any valid doubt about his numbers entering , it's whether new Nationals manager Dave Martinez will give him the green light with the frequency that Dusty Baker did.

Even as a steal player, though, Turner would remain a Rotisserie building block, though he'd be more of a top player in points formats due to the scoring system's tendency to devalue speed. Charlie Blackmon , Col OF. There's always danger in chasing last year's numbers, especially historic numbers. Blackmon set a record for RBIs by a leadoff man of his were out of the leadoff spot and finished two shy of the record for home runs from that spot in that lineup Also, his total bases paced the majors by 10 over Giancarlo Stanton.

In the process, a lot of things went right for Blackmon: Still, Blackmon's hitting skills are improving, as he set career bests in isolated power. If there's a worry about his , it's his waning stolen base trends, as a.

Regard Blackmon as a building-block type, but don't get carried away chasing his Paul Goldschmidt , Ari 1B. One of the most consistent players in baseball, Goldschmidt has averaged.

With the exception of his campaign, which ended 54 games prematurely due to a fractured left hand after Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch, he has rarely strayed far from those numbers annually.

It's the steals that'll probably catch your eye, as Goldschmidt has stolen at least 15 bases in five different seasons -- an unusual feat for a first baseman. He's a category-filler whose contact rate is better than your typical slugger's, which makes him a first-rounder in Rotisserie and a strong choice in points-based leagues as well, though he's more of a marginal first-rounder there, if only because the position becomes deeper in points-based leagues.

Carlos Correa , Hou SS. The torn left thumb ligament that cost him 42 of the Astros' games during the second half of last season was frustrating to his fantasy managers, but it also might have kept Correa's anticipated price tag within range of him becoming a relative value pick.

He's sneaking up on people as a budding star in the on-field game -- though his playoff success did raise his profile there -- as well as the fantasy game.

Before he got hurt, Correa sported the game's eighth-best batting average. Correa also became only the second shortstop in history with three homer seasons through his age season, joining Alex Rodriguez, the player to whom he was most often compared at the time of his No. Now just 23, Correa has first-round upside, yet he might sneak beyond that tier in drafts, which would make him a relative bargain.

Baseball is just better when its biggest stars stay completely healthy. Stanton, who missed only one game in due to injury for hamstring cramps in late May set career bests in games played and plate appearances , giving him an expanded opportunity to display his best-in-baseball raw power.

Display it he did: Stanton hit 59 home runs in one of the worst home run environments in baseball in Miami, capturing the National League's MVP award in the process. Don't entirely attribute it to good fortune, though, as Stanton's adjustment to a closed stance also helped him post a career-best 73 percent contact rate, making him a much more complete slugger. For an encore, he gets to flash those same skills in one of the most homer-friendly environments in baseball, having been traded to the New York Yankees in December.

Stanton is in a dream circumstance, and while his prospects of repeating couldn't be much better, it's important to remember that he has missed There's risk here, but the power upside is monstrous. He's coming off a historic seven-year run, during which he has captured three Cy Young awards , and , an MVP award and four major league ERA crowns and has averaged 17 wins and strikeouts with a 2. So why is it even a question as to whether Kershaw is the No.

Back problems have shortened each of his past two seasons, costing him a combined 96 Dodgers games and limiting him to 48 regular-season starts, only 13 of which have come after the All-Star break. That's an issue particularly in head-to-head leagues, in which Kershaw is the type of pitcher who can almost single-handedly lead your team to the playoffs, only to disappear at that most inopportune time -- said playoffs.

Depending on your risk tolerance, Kershaw stakes a claim to the No. Max Scherzer , Wsh SP. Let the debate begin: Who was the best pitcher of the past five seasons? If WAR, wins or strikeouts is your measure of choice, it's Scherzer, as he's the major league leader in each of those categories, with Scherzer has also won back-to-back Cy Young awards and three in that five-year span.

These are the things points-league managers want, and they're plenty helpful in Rotisserie leagues, too. Although Scherzer is now 33 years old and had minor neck, calf and hamstring injuries last season, the beginning of his career decline doesn't appear imminent. He should again be one of the first pitchers off your draft board -- if not No.

In what was probably perceived by most as a "down" season, Bryant made some important skills advancements in that bode well for his chances of a return to MVP glory. Thanks to his career-best It was good news for Bryant's Rotisserie value, too, as such polish elevates his batting-average floor, giving him a realistic chance at a.

In a way, Bryant seemed to trade some power for batting average and extra-base hits, in an era when most seem to be doing the opposite.