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2017 Rebound Candidate: Jose Bautista

Tim Heaney

Before RotoWire, Tim spent a decade with and USA TODAY Fantasy. The Boston University alum was a finalist in the FSWA awards and competes in some of fantasy baseball's biggest expert leagues, including Tout Wars and LABR. He squeezes in fantasy advice between rants about television, music and craft beer. Tweet him @Tim_Heaney.

It probably hurt Jose Bautista to flip his bat in 2016.

Maybe this shook him up. Or perhaps it was the message he sent to his fantasy baseball owners.

That sums up what many thought of his performance last year. After all, Bautista dealt with several dings and dents since 2015 and couldn't show the jaw-dropping power he's owned since his 2010 breakout, when the Blue Jays tweaked his swing and created a star.

Physical limitations like many of the 2017 rebound candidates all but surely contributed to his lowest home run total (22), batting average (.234), slugging percentage (.452) ...

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