Ryan Howard, obvious rebound candidate (Getty)There's an easy profit to be made on Ryan Howard this season. Easy.
No, maybe not for his real-life team — the Phillies owe Howard no less than $105 million over the next five years, so they probably don't feel great about the price tag. But if you're a fantasy owner willing to wait until Rounds 8-10 to draft your first baseman, then this is your guy. At Howard's current price — his average Yahoo! draft position is 98.7, his auction value $11.4 — he seems, to me, like the most absurdly under-appreciated name in the player pool.
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Let's recall that Howard is just a season removed from a 33-homer, 116-RBI campaign, finishing at No. 55 in the overall fantasy ranks in 2011. That year of course ended horribly for the player and the team, as Howard tore his left Achilles while making the final out of the NLDS. He then limped through a messy half-season in 2012, dealing with rehab, infection and inactivity. He didn't make an appearance in extended spring action until early-June and didn't return to the Phillies lineup until July.
When he finally made it back to the bigs, he was slower and larger and more strikeout-prone than ever. Plus he was unusually inept against left-handers (.173/.226/.378).Read More »from Ryan Howard, the most under-appreciated, undervalued name in fantasy