Last week, we focused on players who hit a high percentage of fly balls and identified them as solid targets for tournament play as feast-or-famine home run threats. This week, we'll take a look at players who might not go deep all that often, but contribute plenty of fantasy points in other ways.
These players are probably not the best fit for your large-field events, since they lack the upside of a Mark Reynolds or a Khris Davis. They are, however, ideal for cash-game competitions, as they tend to be more consistent fantasy producers than the league's top home run threats. Keep them in mind whenever you're building a 50/50 or H2H lineup.
OF Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
Hamilton is the ultimate non-power fantasy threat, armed with the fastest wheels in the majors and perched atop the Reds lineup for the foreseeable future. Hamilton came into Wednesday batting just .252 with a modest .306 on-base percentage, but that hasn't prevented him from racking up a league-high 19 steals on just 20 attempts.
Hamilton is a threat to steal every time he reaches base - and with two stolen bases equal to one home run, he is just as prolific as the league's top sluggers. Add in the fact that he has four triples already on the young season - each worth nine points apiece -and you can confidently roster Hamilton on any night without needing him to fluke a ball over the fence.
2B Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
Gordon is in the same boat as Hamilton, blessed with sensational speed and a spot at the top of the Miami batting order. He isn't quite as prolific on the basepaths as his Reds counterpart, but Gordon has traditionally been a much better hitter - though you wouldn't know it so far this season, as he entered Wednesday batting a pedestrian .262.
Gordon led the majors in hits in 2015, and topped the National League with a .333 average. That wasn't so long ago, and even if that was his peak, he's still capable of batting north of .280 - an average boost that will see a subsequent rise in runs scored and stolen bases. If Hamilton is too rich for your liking, consider taking a flier on Gordon - or, if you're feeling brave, roster them both.
OF Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves
Markakis is the first non-speedster on the list, but that doesn't mean he's any less capable of putting up solid FanDuel performances. Markakis has never been a big power threat - topping out at 23 home runs in a season - but he finds himself in the heart of the Atlanta batting order, which means plenty of RBI chances - and he has shown he can capitalize on those.
The veteran outfielder racked up 89 RBIs despite hitting just 13 home runs a season ago, and is on a similar path so far this season with one home run and 13 RBIs entering Wednesday. He hits for a good average, and provides a nice baseline for cash-game scoring even though the chances of him going deep are remote.
2B/SS Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
Segura fits into the first category - players who generate fantasy points with their legs - but made some believe he was a dual threat after slugging 20 homers last season in Arizona. He has gone deep three times already this season, but fantasy players shouldn't expect the power surge to continue - Safeco Field is far less homer-friendly than Chase Field.
That said, Segura is red hot right now, leading the American League with a .364 average following Wednesday's victory over Philadelphia with 21 runs scored in 22 games. Confidently roster him in your cash-game entries as one of the league's top hitters and the leadoff man for one of baseball's most potent lineups.