Ryan Zimmerman
34-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Zimmerman was an endgame consideration in most mixed leagues last season, but he turned out to be a tremendous value for the owners who took the late flier. Underneath his disappointing 2016 numbers was a player who was near the top of the exit velocity leaderboards, which prompted a series of adjustments designed to help him generate a better launch angle. Those changes, paired with improved health, allowed Zimmerman to swat a career-high 36 homers -- the same number he hit in the previous three seasons combined -- while he delivered a .303/.358/.573 line en route to the best OPS (.930) of his career. Amazingly, his plate discipline and batted-ball profile barely changed, although his strikeout rate jumped above 25 percent in the second half. Buy into the skills, but it would be prudent to alter the playing time volume expectations based on the myriad of injuries that have impacted him throughout his career as Zimmerman has averaged 112 games played annually since the start of 2013. Read Past Outlooks
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