Fantasy Baseball: Phillies infielder Cesar Hernandez a Steal

Mar 8, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) works out prior to their spring training game at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) works out prior to their spring training game at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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While not as popular as fantasy football, fantasy baseball presents a steal off the Phillies roster in 2017

Opening Day means several things, but one of the most forgotten is the start of fantasy baseball. Whether you play in daily money leagues or for fun on ESPN or MLB.com fantasy baseball is a great way to stay involved during an arduous baseball season.

Finding diamonds in the rough is the key to winning any fantasy sport, and the Phillies have one of those diamonds in the middle of their own.

Cesar Hernandez is ranked as ESPN’s 270th player entering opening day despite a strong finish to his 2016 season.

Last year Hernandez hit .294 while leading all of baseball with 11 triples in 155 games. The organization has been keying in on his speed, which could help him produce more than 20 stolen bases in his fifth major league season.

Getting on base is a major part of Hernandez’ game, and it doesn’t just come with the impressive hitting. He walked 66 times, and has proven to be a reliable lead-off hitter for Philadelphia.

In the months of September and October Hernandez was one of the Phillies few offensive catalysts, hitting .321 in 109 at-bats.

If fantasy baseball players can hold off on drafting a second baseman until the final rounds, Hernandez would be a steal as a starter. His impact in money leagues such as FanDuel or DraftKings is just as important, as his daily salary will be among the lowest in baseball.

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Do yourself a favor, and draft Hernandez in your fantasy league as the Phillies 2017 season gets underway next week.

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